President's Message

Christine Beaumont

The pandemic has weighed heavily on our businesses and on our community as a whole. There have been losses, but much has also been gained. The Steinbach and area businesses have demonstrated resilience and innovation and have pulled together to not only keep their businesses moving forward but also to support the charitable and non-profit organizations that keep our community healthy.

The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce has had to rethink how to deliver services to member businesses and continue to add value by providing opportunities for member businesses to network and connect, sharing current up-to-date information and resources, advocating on behalf of the business community to provincial policy makers, and leading growth by way of advancing our community’s economic development objectives.

As we move into a phase of economic recovery, the Chamber Board and staff are committed to supporting immigration. The Chamber’s largest initiative, Eastman Immigrant Services, plays a key role in filling labour gaps for our businesses and providing job opportunities for newcomers to settle in southeast Manitoba.

The Steinbach Chamber continues to collaborate with the City of Steinbach and stay engaged with municipalities in surrounding areas, as well as community organizations who are advancing healthcare, education, and recreation for residents of the southeast.

We look toward the future with optimism as we serve our community by offering events and services that enable us to connect in meaningful ways, and by lending our voice to member businesses in support of their activities and growth in our community.

– Christine Beaumont, President

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Chamber Team

The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce unites and represents Steinbach and area businesses, in the belief that the resulting economic growth and stability provides an enhanced quality of life for the entire community.

Executive Committee

The mandate of the Executive Committee is to oversee all Chamber functions, programs, committees, and staff. This committee will recommend a strategic direction and assess annual achievements.

They will monitor the achievement of the financial goals and ensure prudent financial practices are being followed. They will provide an advocacy role to represent members on current issues and employment legislation that affect business and workforce needs and will lobby local, provincial and federal governments.

This committee will build and develop an effective, knowledgeable Board of Directors, identifying required knowledge, skills and experiences. They will strive for diversity of board members, and continuity through a smooth succession of board members that balances new ideas and energy with experience and ‘institutional memory’.

Community Relations Committee

The mandate of the Community Relations Committee is to bring business and the community together. This committee will coordinate various community events and will participate in community initiatives.

They will work to ensure the community is aware of the Chamber’s projects and activities, and in doing so, promote the values and work of the organization. They will look for ways to support and celebrate the work of our many local not-for-profit organizations and will support tourism in our area.

See Community Relations Committee Report

Membership Services Committee

The mandate of the Membership Services Committee is to develop and implement effective marketing, mentoring, and membership programs to achieve Chamber retention and recruitment objectives.

This committee will actively pursue new memberships and retain existing memberships through the provision of value to all members and will identify and respond to the changing needs of the membership. These committee members will be Chamber ambassadors in the business community.

See Membership Services Committee Report

Business Development Committee

The mandate of the Business Development Committee is to promote and support growth and development of business in the community.

This committee will create a learning environment and share information with members through special events, expert speakers, and workshops regarding employment, labour and job creation, workplace legislation and best HR practices, always attempting to help our members improve their knowledge base and develop new skills to strengthen their business. This committee will oversee the Eastman Immigrant Services program and the English at Work program, and ensure they stay vibrant and relevant.

See Business Development Committee Report

President

Christine Beaumont

Paul Craft Financial Inc.

(204) 346-1406

Vice President

Matt Penner

Print Studio One / Three-Six North Marketing

(204) 326-6630
Wayne Patram

Past President

Wayne Patram

Barkman Concrete

(204) 326-3445
Michelle Hillyard

Executive Director

Michelle Bezditny

Steinbach Chamber of Commerce

(204) 326-9566
Dolly

Operations Manager

Dolly Fuchs

Steinbach Chamber of Commerce

(204) 326-9566
Gwen

Program Director

Gwen Reimer

Eastman Immigrant Services

(204) 346-6609
Meghan

Membership Coordinator

Meghan Esau

Steinbach Chamber of Commerce

(204) 326-9566
Amber

Communications Coordinator

Amber Reitsma

Steinbach Chamber of Commerce

(204) 326-9566
Dwayne

Treasurer

Dwayne Doroshuk

RBC Royal Bank

(204) 346-6016

Board Member, BDC Chair

Tracy Ouellet

Ellement Consulting Group

1-888-840-1045

Board Member, CRC Chair

Tessa Masi

YWAM Island Breeze

(204) 371-1765
Michell Hillyard

Board Member, MSC Chair

Michelle Hillyard

Steinbach Credit Union

(204) 326-3495

Board Member

Eugene Warwaruk

Loewen Henderson Banman Legault LLP

(204) 326-6454

Board Member

Adam Neustaedter

Century 21 Gold Key Realty

(204) 326-4459

Board Member

Gerald Banman

Harvest Insurance Agency Ltd.

(204) 326-2323

Board Member

Gion Delvecchio

Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.

(204) 326-3737

Past Presidents Council

Every fall, the Chamber hosts a Past Presidents Council to thank former Chamber presidents for their involvement and commitment to our business community.

This event serves to keep these individuals updated on the Chamber’s current activities and future goals, while also providing an opportunity to gain valuable feedback from them.