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.
The board of directors for the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade for 2017 was elected by acclamation during the organization’s annual general meeting, attended by 22 people, on Wednesday.
President — Sheldon Peddle
1st vice-president — Nathan Locke
2nd vice-president — Wayne Hicks
Secretary — Ray Brake
Treasurer — Jodie Wells