Posted on: February 14, 2017

Regional Partners Complete Sector Consultations as a Lead Up to Business Leaders Breakfast

Regional Partners Complete Sector Consultations as a Lead Up to Business Leaders Breakfast


Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Business Leaders’ Round Table Series is opening up a new level of dialogue with the business community, following discussions with 60 business leaders in six major sectors.

The Round Tables Series is a partnership between Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures, Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) and MNP LLP. In the past three months, business owners and operators from across the Cowichan Region in tourism, agriculture, retail, manufacturing, technology, construction and real estate have provided valuable insight on opportunities and barriers to doing business in the Cowichan.

The sessions have been facilitated by Ron Lees, Director of Public Sector Advisory Services for MNP LLP. A major finding of discussions is that across various sectors, many of the same issues, opportunities and challenges are being identified.

“Cowichan businesses have been innovative in creating and expanding their marketplace and remaining sustainable,” says Lees. “As partners, we’re learning through collaboration with business, we can create a stronger vision for Cowichan’s economic future – and start to address many long-standing issues.”

The Round Table Series is the follow-up to the Cowichan Economic Outlook Breakfast held in March 2016. The purpose of this event was to release and discuss the results of the first-ever MNP Business Leaders Survey for the Cowichan region.

A key theme heard at the event, which attracted more than 100 business and community leaders from across Cowichan Valley, was the need for increased communication and cooperation amongst communities, local government and business service organizations in the region, coupled with a renewed focus on economic development.

“At Economic Development Cowichan, we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to engage in this process at such a key time for creating new economic growth,” says EDC Manager Amy Melmock. “Participants have been generous with their time and their insights and have demonstrated they’re personally committed to building a strong future for the region.”

At the Second Annual Business Leaders Breakfast on April 6, the partners will announce the major findings of the round table consultations.

“We’ll be talking about the partnerships and projects we’re creating in response to what we heard from business,” says Community Futures General Manager Cathy Robertson.

“We’re anxious to show we’ve used the round tables as an opportunity for the Chamber to advocate on behalf of our members and businesses,” adds Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sonja Nagel.

The breakfast will be held at the Cowichan Golf Club, Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Chamber website at All guests will receive a copy of the Cowichan Business Leaders’ Round Table Series Summary Report. 

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