Fernie Chamber of Commerce

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce enhances the community's economic future.

Fernie chamber of commerce building

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce boosts the local economy in many ways. — Dan Williams photo

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).



(L to R) Graeme Nunn (Rockies Law), president, Fernie chamber board; Patty Vadnais, Fernie chamber executive director; Anita Palmer (College of the Rockies, Fernie campus), Fernie chamber board vice-president
Fernie chamber, 2018 report

Patty Vadnais, executive director of the Fernie chamber of commerce, applauds Fernie as a community of doers and problem solvers.

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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

2017 Fernie & District Chamber of Commerce award winners

Ryan Doehle was voted 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: Jeri Mitchell; sponsor: City of Fernie
Volunteer of the Year – Deb Harris; sponsor: Fernie Free Press
Spirit of Fernie: Elk River Alliance; sponsor: Isosceles Business Systems
Community Tourism Achievement: Island Lake Lodge; sponsor: Tourism Fernie
Outstanding Customer Service Award: Nevados; sponsor: Scotia Bank
New Business of the Year: Coal Town Goods; sponsor: FAR Summit Fund
Entrepreneur of the Year: Ryan Doehle; sponsor: Community Futures East Kootenay
Team of the Year: Tanglefoot Veterinary Clinic; sponsor: EK Employment
Employer of the Year: Super 8 Fernie; sponsor: College of the Rockies
Fernie Business of the Year: Three Sisters Day Spa; sponsor: CanAus Coal Ltd and Trucut Ltd
Chamber Business Excellence Award: Super 8 Fernie; sponsor: Fernie Chamber of Commerce
People’s Choice Award: Kettle Black Bartending; sponsor: Rockies Law Corp
Community Leadership Award: Park Place Lodge; sponsor: Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

Promoted Fernie businesses