Krista Ross - Chief Executive Officer
The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is the Voice of Business in the Fredericton community. With 950 members, we are the largest chamber in New Brunswick and the 2nd largest chamber in Atlantic Canada. Our priorities for our members are in three main areas: advocacy, networking & events, and shared services. Our vision is ‘Community Prosperity Through Business”.
First of all, as an advocate for business, we work closely with all levels of government on issues that affect business. Such things as the tax burden, natural resource development, red tape reduction, and a skilled workforce are firmly on our radar. Each year, we make presentations to both the provincial and municipal governments. We engage in the budgeting process and we champion business needs and issues during election campaigns. The chamber’s advocacy committees include Provincial Government Affairs, Municipal Government Affairs, Policy Development and Physician Recruitment & Retention. Ad hoc committees and task forces are also established to address issues affecting business that may arise throughout the year.
Secondly, we provide many networking and educational events for our membership. With more than 50 events each year, we aim to be the connector of choice for our membership - knowing how important it is to be networked within the community. Our events range from education and training sessions, Business After Hours networking, our ever-popular Annual Golf Tournament and our largest event - the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce State of the Province Address, which sells out annually and attracts more than 1000 business and industry leaders as well as government officials each year.
Our third priority area is providing shared services (tangible benefits) or ROI, to chamber members. We have a tremendous number of valuable benefits that can be accessed through the chamber, such as a group insurance plan, credit & debit card merchant discount rates, and our popular Member 2 Member discount program. Many small businesses can’t access programs of this nature except through a group like the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
If there are ideas that you have to improve our shared services, our advocacy, or our events – let us know! The Chamber team is made up of our six full-time and one part-time staff members, seven Executive Members and 14 other Board Members. Contact any one of us to discuss your ideas or suggestions - we want to hear from you! And... if you like what we are offering... let other businesses know! We appreciate your membership and we appreciate your referrals as well.
Wishing you the best of continued success in your business.
Chief Executive Officer