The business community’s strongest advocate, the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce, welcomed a roster of new board members to spearhead the organization on June 6.
Returning for a second term as president is Shaun Thompson, who owns the local Sobey’s.
“We have a great board, they’re going to do fantastic,” he said in an interview.
New to the board are Joel Chevalier of Investors Group, Leighann Hoetme of Capital Vision and Mark Stevens of Stevens & Company Chartered Professional Accountants.
Marc Cardinal of Diary Queen and Phil Hughes of Premium Foods are returning to the board.
Last year was Thompson’s first time serving at the helm. He said it was a term full of improvements. One such improvement was cancelling the town’s annual trade show to “refine it, strip it down and make it so there’s a little more value for members.”
“We had a lack of attendance, so it was very hard to get volunteers. We’re just taking it back to the drawing board, see if maybe we can make it a bigger attraction so we can get people to come out to it.”
There is a chance the trade show could be back on next year, he said.
The organization has also been holding networking events outside of its regular monthly meetings, which Thompson said have been steadily growing in attendance.
He said one highlight has been a recent switch in space. The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce moved into its own office on 100 Block West. Thompson said this helps the organization develop its own identity in the community.
Moving forward the chamber will continue focusing on its three-pillar approach: education, advocacy and networking. Education for members will be at the forefront, with the chamber hosting events on marketing and workplace safety, Thompson said.
“We want to be strong on those three pillars before we starting branching out.”
The next Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce meeting will be in September.