This is an extremely important process and member value that the membership should pay great attention towards. Think about what issues impact & affect your business and how can the GWBOT act on your behalf to assist with influencing both the provincial and federal governments…Please read on…..
WHAT IS POLICY DEVELOPMENT? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
In order for Boards of Trade/Chambers of Commerce to advance the interests of business in their respective communities, it is important that they engage in the advocacy process – meaning they communicate with government decision makers in an attempt to advance their informed positions on certain issues. This is truly a grassroots process.
One of the most important, yet most overlooked roles of Boards of Trade/Chambers is to develop policies and then advocate them for their enactment to the provincial and federal governments. For the first time, this year the Greater Westside Board of Trade developed a policy called “Supporting Canada’s Air Travel Industry Through Lower Fees” which was passed and adopted by the BC Chamber membership (representing 36,000 businesses provincially) and will be presented at the Canadian Chamber Annual General Meeting to garner support Canada wide.
With our newfound success, the GWBOT is beginning its policy development process for the 2016/2017 year NOW! We are requesting our MEMBERS’ INPUT on those business issues you are currently facing AND we encourage you to participate by bringing these business issues and potential solutions to the Member Policy Development Roundtable SEPTEMBER 14.
These Roundtable Discussions (a second will be held in September) will focus on Provincial and Federal issues. If a municipal issue is raised, it is forwarded to the Board of Directors for their consideration and process.
Here is a link to the 2016-2017 – Policy and Positions Manual – Final_1-BC-Chamber to see the wide range of topics/titles that policies cover. Or visit the BC Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bcchamber.org/
Member Policy Development Roundtable
SEPTEMBER 14, NOON AT THE GWBOT OFFICE
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED SO PLEASE
RSVP ASAP 250-768-3378
Once the key issues are identified, a working document is written and developed into a policy. The Greater Westside Board of Trade will make all proposed policies available to the membership and identified stakeholders for their review and comment prior to submission to the BC Chamber Policy Review Committee.
Each proposed policy is then presented at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting where we will advocate for its support from the BC Chamber and its members. If the proposed policy is supported by the BC Chamber and its members it is presented to the provincial government.
Please contact myself, Executive Director Karen Beaubier to RSVP and answer your questions 250.768.3378.