At the ‘sold out’ Campbell River Chamber Business Awards of Distinction event, congratulations go to local business Poseidon Ocean Systems – Engineers for the Marine Environment, took home awards for both New Business of the Year, which is open to operations that have been in business for under three years. Later in the evening, the business also won in the Excellence in Innovation and Technology category. We’re really trying to put Campbell River on the global map,” Poseidon’s Heather Clarke said. “Aquaculture really is a global industry.” The Chamber took the opportunity to launch our community spirit video as part of the awards events, showcasing Campbell River business and community leaders and how together, with the Chamber, we are growing the people powering Campbell River. The video can be viewed on the Campbell River Chamber Facebook page or online at www.campbellriverchamber.ca.
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Meeting face to face with our members and business community, to find out what they need to thrive and prosper in Campbell River took place at the Chamber’s Business Walk on October 18. Early survey indications show that a very high percentage of businesses in Campbell River indicated their business compared to same time last year is doing better than the previous year. Great news with full survey results to be posted in December. According to statistics provided in the recent Destination Campbell River report, Campbell River had the highest hotel occupancy rate anywhere in the province – 97 per cent. It’s exciting to see the City achieving this high level of interest, but we are also pleased that new accommodation amenities are under development to meet these growing needs.
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Development activity in our community continues to increase month over month and the City’s new Development Guide was created to help cut red tape and provide information to move the process along. It’s a welcome resource.
Congratulations to the newly elected City Council members including Mayor Andy Adams (acclaimed) and incumbents Michele Babchuk, Charlie Cornfield, Colleen Evans and Ron Kerr with newcomer Kermit Dahl and past Councillor, Claire Moglove forming Council for the next four years.
Colleen Evans is President and Executive Director of the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce