The Fernie Chamber of Commerce has announced its guest speaker for the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for Central Credit Union 1, the central financial facility and trade association for the BC and Ontario credit union systems.

Helmut’s years spent analyzing and forecasting the B.C. housing market and economy at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, combined with his former role as President of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. and as a current member of B.C.’s Economic Forecast Council, make him a sought-after media contributor and speaker across the country.

The meeting will be held April 19, 2018 from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge. The Chamber will present financials, elect directors, and provide a report on 2017 activities. Over the past year, Chamber membership has grown 6% and welcomed 33 new members. “We are excited by our steady growth. Our board has focused on supporting business through relevant education sessions and advocacy,” states board president Graeme Nunn. “Our AGM speaker is another way we are listening to the membership. Fernie businesses want to know how the BC and AB economies are doing so we are bringing in an expert to speak on the topic”.

Chamber executive director Patty Vadnais says “it has been a successful year for the Chamber. From running another year of the Fernie Ambassador Program, to a coworking feasibility report, to getting our first policy passed at the BC Chamber, the Fernie Chamber has been working for its members. We are supporting business growth and supporting community growth. Both allowing our local economy to thrive”. The annual general meeting is an opportunity for members and the community to come hear directly from the Chamber the activities that are strengthening commerce in Fernie.

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 265 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best-practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship.

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