To everyone involved with the Games: you did Winnipeg proud.
It was an equally hot year for your Winnipeg Chamber. There wasn’t a podium, but there were plenty of golden moments.
In June 2017, the Chamber set a new high-water mark for membership: 2,100 and growing. On a per capita basis, your Winnipeg Chamber is now among the largest in Canada.
This record membership level is a natural outcome of a year full of achievements. Small business support took a major step forward at The Chamber through our Small Business Forums, which leverage our members’ expertise to help other members enhance their businesses. A new dedicated social media community has extended this vital networking to small business leaders unable to physically attend our events – part of our efforts to increase the ‘stay at home’ value of Chamber membership.
A growing and effective Chamber is only possible through the combined strength of volunteers, staff and our community partners. One of the great privileges of my role is being able to thank them.
My deep appreciation goes to our Chair, Wadood Ibrahim, and the entire Board of Directors. Managing a leadership transition is not easy under any circumstances. Your vision, guidance and support were instrumental in taking the Chamber to the next level and setting the compass for a bright future. The passion and talent around the Board table is why that future is now.
To the backbone of our team – our members and volunteers – words fall short of expressing our gratitude. Actions will have to do.
I believe that where a person spends their time and money is the truest indication of their priorities. Based on the past 12 months and more, you’ve made your Chamber a priority. In the months and years ahead, our commitment to you is simple: we’ll honour that investment by making you, your business and our community our highest priority.