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About the Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton has been the Voice of the Greater Moncton Business Community since 1891, working to promote the success of our members and foster the wellbeing of the overall business community. Our vision has always been to help propel the Greater Moncton region to unrivaled economic growth, leading New Brunswick to a prosperous future.

Today, the Chamber’s membership is comprised of over 750 businesses from Dieppe, Moncton, Riverview and surrounding areas representing 30,000 members. As a non-profit organization, we are funded through our membership and fundraising efforts.

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About the Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton has been the Voice of the Greater Moncton Business Community since 1891, working to promote the success of our members and foster the wellbeing of the overall business community. Our vision has always been to help propel the Greater Moncton region to unrivaled economic growth, leading New Brunswick to a prosperous future.

Today, the Chamber’s membership is comprised of over 750 businesses from Dieppe, Moncton, Riverview and surrounding areas representing 30,000 members. As a non-profit organization, we are funded through our membership and fundraising efforts.

Advocacy

Events &
Networking

Membership
Benefits

Territory

3 municipalities
1 business community

Mission

The Chamber promotes the success of its members and the well-being of the overall business community.

Vision

To propel the Greater Moncton region to unrivaled economic growth that leads New Brunswick to a prosporous future.

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I have agreed to take on the position of Chair of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton. I believe sincerely in the need for the Chamber as well as its role among our business community.

Our mission at the Chamber is to inspire growth with a focus on promoting the success of our members and the well-being of the business community as a whole. The fact that we are independent makes us THE voice of the business community.

First and foremost, however, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton is each of you. It is you who create a vibrant business community, who are constantly innovating to find new approaches and who are helping our region to thrive as it has been.

It is also you who motivate us to keep evolving and remaining proactive when it comes to offering what you expect from your Chamber.

Your individual realities and requirements are at times very different from one another. For this reason, we strive for diversity in our services, activities and themes. That said, you have much in common as well, including the need to grow, stay informed, get support and be connected. The Chamber is consequently here for each of you individually but also for all of you as a community, for example, by taking a public stance on issues that impact the overall business community.

Over the coming year, the Board of Directors will continue to implement the strategies set out in our 2017-2020 plan while also ensuring that these strategies remain appropriate and relevant.

Chair’s Message:

Dear Members

Work is well underway in this regard, with three committees formed over the past year.

The Advocacy Committee intends to continue expanding the Chamber’s role in member representation and moving forward on issues of public interest that affect you.

The Membership Committee will seek to optimize our corporate image, fulfil our mission and improve our communications both with you and with other stakeholders.

Finally, the Events Committee will endeavour to offer you high-quality events that meet your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to share your comments, suggestions or ideas with us. The Chamber is here for you.

Sincerely,

Geneviève Laforge
Chair of the Board , Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton

Chair’s Message:

Dear Members

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I have agreed to take on the position of Chair of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton. I believe sincerely in the need for the Chamber as well as its role among our business community.

Our mission at the Chamber is to inspire growth with a focus on promoting the success of our members and the well-being of the business community as a whole. The fact that we are independent makes us THE voice of the business community.

First and foremost, however, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton is each of you. It is you who create a vibrant business community, who are constantly innovating to find new approaches and who are helping our region to thrive as it has been.

It is also you who motivate us to keep evolving and remaining proactive when it comes to offering what you expect from your Chamber.

Your individual realities and requirements are at times very different from one another. For this reason, we strive for diversity in our services, activities and themes. That said, you have much in common as well, including the need to grow, stay informed, get support and be connected. The Chamber is consequently here for each of you individually but also for all of you as a community, for example, by taking a public stance on issues that impact the overall business community.

Over the coming year, the Board of Directors will continue to implement the strategies set out in our 2017-2020 plan while also ensuring that these strategies remain appropriate and relevant.

Work is well underway in this regard, with three committees formed over the past year.

The Advocacy Committee intends to continue expanding the Chamber’s role in member representation and moving forward on issues of public interest that affect you.

The Membership Committee will seek to optimize our corporate image, fulfil our mission and improve our communications both with you and with other stakeholders.

Finally, the Events Committee will endeavour to offer you high-quality events that meet your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to share your comments, suggestions or ideas with us. The Chamber is here for you.

Sincerely,

Geneviève Laforge
Chair of the Board , Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton

The Team:

Chamber Officers

Geneviève Laforge

Chair

Assumption Life

Greg MacLean

Vice-chair

McInnes Cooper

Lisa Wood

Treasurer

FundyPros Specialty Construction

Mathieu LeBlanc

RBC Dominion Securities Inc

(Past Chair)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018/2019

David Adams

Medavie Blue Cross

Patricia A. Guitard

Bass Pro Shops

Marc Lanteigne

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick

Nicolas Parisi

Oulton College

Maxime Savard

ACOA/APECA

David Shin

Cafe C’est la Vie

Rock Lefebvre

CPA New Brunswick

Michelle Duffie

Lounsbury Group

Ex-Officio Members

Richard Dunn

City of Moncton

Chantal Ferguson

Ville de Dieppe

John Wishart

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton

Tahlia Ferlatte

Town of Riverview

Chamber Staff

John Wishart

Chief Executive Officer / Directeur général
Direct: 856-4000
Email: jwishart@gmcc.nb.ca

Xavier Infantas

Director of Events and Operations / Directeur des événements et des opérations
Direct : 856-4014
Email : xinfantas@gmcc.nb.ca

Sylvain Montreuil

Director of Communications and Policy / Directeur des communications et politiques
Direct : 856-4004
Email : smontreuil@gmcc.nb.ca

Mireille Thibeault

Promotions & Events Coordinator / Coordonnatrice de promotion et d’événements
Direct: 856-4003
Email: mthibeault@gmcc.nb.ca

Natacha Pettigrew

Office Management Coordinator / Coordonatrice gestion du bureau
Direct: 857-2883
Email: npettigrew@gmcc.nb.ca

Benjamin Gallant

Director of Membership & Business Development
Direct : 856-4002
Email : bgallant@ccgm.ca

Our History:

Over a century of Loyal Service…

The roots of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton date back to the year 1891. Driven by the desire to secure cheaper rail rates and build a new railway station and additional wharf accommodations, a group of local merchants signed a petition to form the Moncton Board of Trade. A Board of Directors was elected with C.P. Harris as Chairman.

The new Board’s first task was to appoint standing committees on finance, harbour and city improvements, legislation, transportation and freight, information and statistics, reception, Merchants’ Week and manufacturing. A total of thirty-five businesses joined the Board of Trade in its first year of operation. Moncton’s population in 1891 was 8,762.

As the century drew to an end, Moncton enjoyed relative prosperity and had much to offer prospective investors. The golden age of shipbuilding was over, but new investments, particularly the coming of Intercolonial Railway (ICR), provided Moncton with a revitalized economic base. The local economy was also fuelled by federal policy decisions on restrictive tariffs and trade that encouraged local entrepreneurs to take advantage of Canada’s protected domestic markets.

By 1900, Moncton had established itself as an important regional centre for business. A 1915 publication entitled “Moncton: The City of Opportunity” states that the Board of Trade played an active role in developing the city as an industrial centre: “It has been instrumental in bringing to Moncton some of its largest industries.”

During the several decades that followed, the Moncton Board of Trade continued to play a vital role in the economic development of the region. Records dating back to 1935 show that the Board of Trade helped persuade the Federal government to establish a national park in Albert County. Fundy National Park was the result.

In 1947, the Moncton Board of Trade worked with the Council of Women to form the Moncton Welfare Council that was responsible for bringing a social worker into the area. A few years later, the Board of Trade formed a Better Business Bureau to insure that businesses in the area were maintaining high standards of business practice. The first was opened in 1949 with Harold Farthing as Secretary-Manager. That same year the first credit reporting service was established, the Credit Bureau of Moncton.

In 1958, the Board of Trade recommended that a civic corporation be formed to purchase property that it would service and make available to prospective industrial purchasers at cost. As a result, Moncton Industrial Development, the first industrial organization in New Brunswick, was established and today more than 300 businesses operate out of Moncton Industrial Park and Caledonia Estates.

Because the term “Board of Trade” is a British tradition, many boards of trade decided to change their names to reflect the North American business culture. The Moncton Board of Trade changed its name to the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce in 1971.

In the mid-1970’s, the Chamber formed a small committee of volunteers to look into the revitalization of the city’s core area. Eventually, this committee evolved into an independent organization, now called Downtown Moncton Incorporated, whose mission is to promote, develop, and enhance the interests of property owners and tenants in a vital and safe downtown core.

The Chamber of Commerce in its role of catalyst or supporter has helped with other notable accomplishments over the years including the:

  • formation of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Society – Moncton Chapter
  • development of the slogan “Hub of the Maritimes”
  • formation of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
  • creation of the Christmas lighting program
  • foundation of the Moncton Jaycees and Junior Achievement Program
  • formation of the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Commission
  • establishment of United Way Greater Moncton
  • establishment of the Greater Moncton Economic Commission
  • building of a new regional library
  • forming the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Commission
  • privatization of the Greater Moncton Airport
  • establishment of the Greater Moncton Immigration Committee

Over a century has passed since C.P. Harris knocked his gavel for the first time, and the Chamber enjoys a history of notable contributions to the development and the growth of the Greater Moncton area.

Today the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce has over 750 members and dozens of volunteers who serve as directors on the board or on various committees. Through the delivery of a wide-variety of programs and services from its headquarters at 1273 Main Street, the GMCC continues to help its members’ Connect, Grow and Prosper while still serving as The Voice of the Greater Moncton Business Community. 

inspiring growth // inspirer la croissance