This committee works to connect the Chamber with both members and the general public through various avenues including social media and traditional media. Member and non-member interaction is important to contributing and connecting to the key influencers within the West Shore community.
This committee takes lead responsibility to assist the local municipalities and the region to continue to grow and thrive. Definitions of desirable economic development vary across the municipalities from fast but sustainable urban growth desired in Langford, View Royal and Colwood to stable population plans in Metchosin and the Highlands.
With the Events Coordinator in the lead, this committee oversees a number of events that take place in the annual Chamber calendar, including the Annual WestShore Community Awards, WestShore Women's Expo, summer & winter Member Mixers & auctions, Connect 10 business networking and more.
The Chamber maintains a significant number of relationships with all three levels of government organizations. In all cases, the Chamber and its positions on various issues need to be consistent and well represented at both the staff and political levels. These representations may be general in order to maintain a presence, or may deal with specific issues and recommendations.
This portfolio is a large one! The market in the West Shore is burgeoning with opportunity; from construction to retail, there are many new and growing key industry segments to target. With an annual Membership growth of 20% per year, the West Shore's consistent economic, social and infraturctural growth creates ample opportunity for the Membership team.
Transportation is arguably the number one issue in the West Shore. It affects not only our members from a business point of view, but also their families as well as everyone else in the community.
- The Chamber conducted a research project with an MBA student from RRU’s Faculty of Management to examine both the rehabilitation of the E&N rail corridor and the possible Light Rapid Transit proposal from BC Transit.
- For 2013, a new study by another RRU student is just rapping up. It will determine the feasibility of a 200-person passenger ferry from downtown Victoria to Royal Bay in Colwood. When they become available, the results of this study will be shared with the public and all key stakeholders especially government groups.
For information on any of these committees and to join a committee, please contact the Chamber at 250.478.1130