Standing Policy Committees:
Standing policy committee’s and their business volunteers are the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce's main information and policy development resources. Designed to develop policies reflecting the best interests of the local business community, each committee serves as the main policy advice arm on its particular area of expertise for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and World Trade Centre Edmonton. All chamber committees, as well as its task forces (temporary) are comprised with senior volunteers from Edmonton's business committee, who hold specific subject matter expertise in their respective areas.
It is the members who sit on these committees who work diligently to discuss and develop policy issues into policy positions which they believe have an adverse impact on commerce and Edmonton’s business community.
During the committees year cycles (September – June), policy positions are forwarded to Policy Forum (the Chamber’s main policy decision making body) for further debate and approval.
Once approved these positions form the consensus used to lobby all three levels of government on behalf of nearly 3,000 Edmonton Chamber of Commerce members.
For 2012-13 the active Standing Policy Committees are:
Energy & Environment Committee
Finance & Taxation Committee
Municipal Affairs Committee
For more information on how to join a standing policy committee - click here
Currently the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce has two task forces in operation; both task forces were struck at the June 2011 board meeting and have both completed their first year of operation (September 2011-June 2012), upon successful completion of their final report; the mandates of both task forces have since been extended.
Workforce Development Task Force - Rick Butler, LOKKEN, Chair
To view the original mandate of the Workforce Development Task Force - click here
Economic Diversification Task Force - Dr. Corey Wentzell, University of Alberta, Chair
To view the original mandate of the Economic Diversification Task Force - click here
Led by the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Policy Forum is made up of the chairs of each standing policy committee, and (if applicable) task forces, along with other select board members. All issues lobbied for by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce must first received approval by Policy Forum.
For more information about Policy Forum - click here