New Executive Group Gets Off the Ground

May 2, 2014 | Chamber News

After a number of requests and meetings to find a way to help strengthen the communication between local chambers, comes a new group ready to bridge the gap.

Soon after taking over as President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce last June, Chuck Davidson was soon inundated with calls from local chamber executives to help put into place a professional development association to help chamber professionals of all size chambers across Manitoba to unite, learn, and grow. Out of those initial meetings grew the Chamber Executives of Manitoba (CEM), consisting of managers and staff of Chambers of Commerce and Board of Trade in Manitoba, Canada. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) serves as the administrative body for CEM.

“Our goal has been to help facilitate the initial development of CEM”, said Davidson. “The local chambers asked for this and for it to be successful and be of value to them, we (MCC) have to let them grow and develop from here, and they are running with it.”

CEM offers education, resources, and networking opportunities for Chamber professionals and is all about making good Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade staff even better with a mission to help chamber professionals of all size chambers across Manitoba to unite, learn, and grow. The networking opportunities, exchange of information and ideas, access to tools and training assists CEM in providing professional and effective management of their organizations.
With that goal in mind, the CEM, led by Brandon Chamber of Commerce General Manager Carolynn Cancade, held their first AGM prior to the MCC AGM back in early April. The CEM AGM allowed the members to hear from social media experts, other chamber members and from each other on ways to strengthen their local chambers and how to help the Provincial chamber work better with local chambers.

For her part, Cancade understands that local chambers must have a pool of resources to help grow and sees CEM as a positive addition to the Manitoba Chamber network.

“A number of local chambers work on an island and are operated by dedicated officials”, said Cancade. “This group allows us to understand what challenges the chambers are dealing with and share our knowledge and experience to help give them the tools required to address those issues. Without a support network, many of these chambers will continue to be isolated and that will damage our ability to support our communities.”

If you are a Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade Executive Director, Manager, CEO, or staff member, you may become a member of the CEM. You can contact the Manitoba Chamber for more information.

(Back Row L-R) Matt Allard (Francophone/St. B chamber), Becky Cianflone (Altona Chamber), Candace Olafson (Morden Chamber), Carolynn Cancade (Brandon Chamber), Dianne Friesen (Winkler Chamber) Linda Peters (Steinbach) (Front Row L-R) – Ernie Narin (Assiniboia Chamber), Cindy McDonald (Portage Chamber) Chuck Davidson (MB Chamber), Angela Braun (Winkler Chamber), Sheri Skalesky (Selkirk Chamber) and Chantal Skraba (Dauphin Chamber) – Not Pictured; Loren Remillard (Winnipeg Chamber)

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