For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2015

Re: BC Chamber of Commerce announces new President and CEO

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s announcement that Jon Garson has been selected as the new President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

“We were delighted to learn that Jon has been chosen to lead the BC Chamber. I have worked with Jon for 10 years and know firsthand that he has an acute understanding of the needs of B.C.’s small business community and a passion for building a more prosperous province,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade.

“In recent years, The Vancouver Board of Trade has worked closely with the BC Chamber on a number of public policy initiatives, and Jon has always proven himself to be insightful, perceptive, and a champion of collaboration with municipal chambers. We look forward to many more years of working together with Jon and the BC Chamber of Commerce, in the best interests of the greater business community.”

The Vancouver Board of Trade was a driving force in the creation of the BC Chamber of Commerce and proudly rejoined the organization in 2013, with the intention of working alongside its provincial counterpart as a unified voice for business owners and job creators.

“Now, more than ever, the chamber community needs to stand together and amplify our voice,” said Tim Manning, The Vancouver Board of Trade’s 2015-16 Chair and the Regional Vice President of Commercial Financial Services for RBC Royal Bank.

“A strong BC Chamber is important for The Vancouver Board of Trade and our 5,000 Members across the Lower Mainland. By working together, we can help ensure that our region remains a business-friendly environment where trade can flourish.”


About The Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, The Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to positively impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one third of B.C.’s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events businesses in the country, providing a platform for national and international business and thought leaders to further enlighten B.C.’s business leaders.

Media contact:

Greg Hoekstra
Communications Manager
The Vancouver Board of Trade
604-640-5450 |


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