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

Member

Mark Hiebert

Barkman Concrete

(204) 326-3445

Member

Kristi Hill

YWAM Island Breeze

(204) 371-1765
Elvin Krahn

Member

Elvin Krahn

BDC Business Development Bank of Canada

(204) 983-6230

Member

Chad Brown

Brown's Plumbing & Heating

1-800-605-3443

Member

Emma Lafreniere

Coldwell Banker Preferred Real Estate

(204) 326-3338

Member

Alex Philippot

Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP

204-326-3442

Member

Rick Battistoni

MNP

(204) 326-9816

Member

Rona Malama

Rhino Carpet Cleaning

(204) 381-0266

Member

Stacey Gagne

Signex Manufacturing Inc.

(204) 326-4282

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.