About Us

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce is the only professional organization representing the entire depth and breadth of the Cranbrook business community. With over 500 members spanning the entire cross section of the local economy the Chamber is in a strong position to Build Business & Community

With clarity and an enhanced focus the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce can strategically direct policy and lobby to ensure a successful and sustainable future for the economy of Cranbrook.

2015 Bylaws

Mission Statement

Leading a healthy business climate in Cranbrook

Vision Statement

A valued and respected champion of business and a positive contributor to our community


Goals and Key Performance Indicators

Relevant Services to Members

  • Number of Members and Retention Rate
  • Participation Rates
  • Member Satisfaction

A Successful Advocate for Business

  • Achievement of Desired Outcomes
  • Member Satisfaction

Effective Relationships and Partnerships

  • Achievement of Desired Outcomes
  • Member Satisfaction

A Sustainable Organization

  • Number of Members and Retention Rate
  • Strong Balance Sheet
  • Risk and Liability Assessment and Mitigation
  • Succession Plans for Board Staff

Guiding Principles

  • Ethical
  • Representative
  • Innovative
  • Non-partisan and Non-sectarian


The Board of Directors of the Cranbrook of Commerce in comprised of 12 members; Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Treasurer, and Eight Directors.

At the 2019 Annual General Meeting the Board President, Vice President, and Treasurer will be elected for one-year term. Four directors will be elected for a two-year term. The Immediate Past President is and automatic succession. There are four directors with one year remaining on their term.

Governance

Under the Carver Governance Model that the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce has adopted, a Director’s work is governance and policy. It is incumbant upon those seeking nomination to Board positions to understand the basic underlying pronciples of this system. More information is available from the Chamber Executive Director.

Legislative and Fiscal Year

The legislative year fro the Chamber runs from April 01 to March 31

The fiscal year for the Chamber runs from January 01 to December 31

Role and Duties of Board Members

The Role of a Board member is to:

  • Establish policies necessary to carry out the Chamber’s mission and purpose
  • Engage in the Board strategic planning and set priorities from the strategic plan
  • Determine the Chamber’s position as they relate to policy statements
  • Allocate adequate resources for the successful execution of the strategic plan
  • Actively promote the Chamber and encourage new members to join

The Duties of a Board Member are to:

  • Attend all Board meetings. Review all materials distributed prior to the meeting and be prepared and ready to discuss and act on agenda items.
  • Commit to serving on at least one committee or task force
  • Participate in as many Chamber events as possible thoughout the year
  • At every opportunity promote the Chamber to businesses and the community

RECRUITMENT OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Your Opportunity to Initiate New Ideas to Affect, Inform and Influence the Cranbrook Business Community

It is important for the Chamber to be effective, forward thinking and have the ability to provide worthwhile input to municipal, provincial and federal regulators on a variety of issues. This can only be accomplished with strong, diverse, dedicated leadership.

Involvement with the Board of the Chamber is an excellent way to gain experience and demonstrate commitment to the business community and to Cranbrook.

Qualifications Sought in Board Members

The Board is strongest and mist effective what the following core competencies are represented on the Board, with each director contributing their unique combination of knowledge, experience, and skills.

Membership and Belief in the Chamber Vision, Values and Mission

  • When nominated, and during your term on the Board, Directors much be either an Individual Member in standing or the Business Member Representative appointed by a Business Member, which in is good standing.
  • Directors must agree to support the vision, mission and values of the Chamber

Integrity and Accountability

  • Directors much have demonstrated high ethical standards and integrity in their personal and professional dealings, and must be willing to act on, and remain accountable for, their boardroom decisions
  • Directors should be respected and influential in the community, and/or possess special knowledge, skills, or experience which would assist the work of the Board

Mature Confidence and Informed Judgment

  • Directors shall provide wise, thoughtful counsel on a broad range of issues
  • Directors much value the performance of the Board as a whole over individual performance and should demonstrate respect for others in executing their responsibilities
  • A Director must put the overall interest of the Chamber ahead of their own business interests
  • Directors must be self-motivated and demonstrate an ability to work independently when required and in a high functioning group environment

Financial Literacy

  • Directors should be financially literate and able to evaluate organizational performance

Financial Contribution

Directors should be aware of a modest financial commitment. Including expenses for regular attendance at Chamber functions and special events demonstrating a personal commitment and establishing credibility when called upon to ask other to give.

Time Availability

  • Directors must be willing and able to commit approximately 5-7 hours per month to Chamber work in order to fully participate in the governance of the organization. This time is inclusive of events, meetings and preparation time.
  • Directors are expected to attend one Board meeting per month, committee and inter agency meetings as required, and Chamber events. The meetings are monthly, save August.

Time Lines

Timing for Nominations and Annual General Meeting

  • February 7 – Deadline for Nomination to be submitted to Committee for consideration
  • February 21 – Deadline for nominating committee to report back to board
  • February 25 – Deadline for first notice of AGM to membership
  • March 6 – Deadline for member nominations without recommendation of nominating committee
  • March 8 – Deadline for second notice of AGM to membership
  • March 25 – Annual General Meeting

NOTE: The newly elected board will be sworn in as part of the Annual General Meeting