Board of Trade holds AGM

Greater Cor­ner Brook Board of Trade should be more vo­cal, Ped­dle says

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DIANE CROCKER THE WESTERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

The Greater Cor­ner Brook Board of Trade looks ahead

The Greater Cor­ner Brook Board of Trade elected a new board dur­ing its annual gen­eral meet­ing at The Grove at Gren­fell Cam­pus on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, with Shel­don Ped­dle stay­ing on as pres­i­dent.

While he has yet to meet with the new ex­ec­u­tive, Ped­dle said there are a few things the out­go­ing board has been do­ing that they’d like to see con­tinue.

1. Mem­ber­ship out­reach. The board ex­panded mem­ber­ship by 23 per cent in 2016 and Ped­dle said there is still huge po­ten­tial to in­crease that fur­ther.

2. Di­ver­sify the types of events and ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered. While lun­cheons are im­por­tant and great fo­rums for peo­ple to learn about what’s hap­pen­ing in the area, Ped­dle said they want to put even more fo­cus on skill train­ing and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment ses­sions for mem­bers.

3. More re­gional co-op­er­a­tion. Ped­dle said the board of trade wants to work much closer with the cham­bers of com­merce in Deer Lake and Stephenvil­le.

“We can­not op­er­ate in si­los for a re­gion our size. We can’t view each other as com­pe­ti­tion.”

He said the board has made some progress on that, but wants to con­tinue it this year.

4. Iden­tify some­thing to re­place the oil and gas sym­po­sium. The board hosted the oil and gas sym­po­sium for a num­ber of years, but the oil in­dus­try didn’t pick up as ex­pected on the west coast and with reg­is­tra­tion num­bers dwin­dling, Ped­dle said it has lived its life.

The new board will be tasked with iden­ti­fy­ing some­thing to re­place that, “some­thing a lit­tle more in tune to the cur­rent cli­mate in western New­found­land.”

An event re­lated to agri­cul­ture is a pos­si­bil­ity. In­creas­ing the board’s in­volve­ment with In­no­va­tion Week is another.

The board has also of­fered to host the annual meet­ing of the At­lantic Cham­ber of Com­merce.

5. From a per­sonal per­spec­tive, Ped­dle said he would like to see the board be­come a lit­tle more vo­cal on is­sues.

“Part of our man­date is ad­vo­cacy … and there are is­sues here in western New­found­land where I think we as a board should be speak­ing a lit­tle bit louder on be­half of our mem­bers.”

Ped­dle said those is­sues in­clude im­mi­gra­tion, agri­cul­ture and wind en­ergy.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Greater Cor­ner Brook Board of Trade pres­i­dent Shel­don Ped­dle ad­dresses mem­bers dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s annual gen­eral meet­ing at The Grove at Gren­fell Cam­pus on Wed­nes­day. Ped­dle will re­main in the pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion for this year.

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