Fernie Chamber of Commerce
The Fernie Chamber of Commerce enhances the community's economic future.
The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting businesses and developing community. Sometimes it is a cheerleader and loyal advocate; other times it steps in at just the right moment with a best-fit benefit or tailored resource. The Chamber is growing the people who power Fernie. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce operates the Fernie Visitor Information Centre at 102 Commerce Road and can also be found with its mobile kiosk at Fernie events. Follow at facebook.com/ferniechamber for latest information or check out its website at FernieChamber.com (@ferniechamber).
- Patty Vadnais, executive director; 250-423-6868
Current president: Graeme Nunn
When established: 1902 as Board of Trade
Membership fee: $250 - $1,999 based on benefits and services
Number of members: 270
Key events: Griz Days in March, Show & Shine in August, annual Business Excellence Awards in October.
Ongoing events for members: Business, Banter & Beer, typically third Wednesday of the month
2018 Fernie & District Chamber of Commerce award winners
Ryan Doehle was voted 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. - Kerry Shellborn photo
Every year the Fernie & District Chamber of Commerce recognizes the front runners among its citizens and businesses in a number of categories. The high achievers for 2017 are:
Citizen of the Year: Chuck Shoesmith
Volunteer of the Year: Rick Wiess
Spirit of Fernie: Wapiti
Community Tourism Achievement: Fernie Wilderness Adventures
Outstanding Customer Service: Big Bang Bagels
New Business of the Year: Fernie Copperworks Inc.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Chopstick Truck
Team of the Year: Three Sisters Day Spa
Employer of the Year: Giv'er Shirt Works
Fernie Business of the Year: LWE Builders
People's Choice Award: Denham GM
Chamber Legacy Award: Gerald Price at GPI Chartered Professional Accountants
Community Leadership Award: Fernie Brewing Company