The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (WCC) unites individuals and corporations with a stake in Winnipeg’s economy to ensure the success of Winnipeg’s growing private sector.
Winnipeg Chamber Of Commerce
president & CEO
Loren Remillard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the WCC. He is a federal civil service veteran and an active community volunteer through his work at YMCA-YWCA in Winnipeg. Graduating with a Master of Arts in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, along with a Certification in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation.
Loren Remillard, alongside WCC ’s Board of Directors, meets with members regularly to approve policy, engage in discussion around issues affecting the business community and to make decisions around the general governance of The Chamber. Each director represents an important facet of Winnipeg’s private sector, bringing their unique perspective, knowledge, and background to the diverse business community of Winnipeg.
What is the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and what do they do?
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (WCC) is a network of businesses with a vested interest in Winnipeg’s economy, committed to building a stronger and more resilient economy. Working with business advocacy entities such as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Global Cities Council, the WCC gives regional businesses a means to voice their concerns and interests to various levels of government.
The WCC promotes public policies that build a more active and competitive economic environment across Canada. By building a more robust private sector in Winnipeg, the WCC seeks to encourage business owners, communities, and families across Canada to aspire for greater economic prosperity and quality of life.
Outside of its advocacy role, the Winnipeg Chamber builds a platform for businesses in the regional area to connect to one another and learn business fundamentals to navigate Canada’s unique private sector. Educational events help to equip regional businesses of all sizes with the necessary information to scale operations, follow health and safety guidelines, and learn unique skills from industry leaders. Founded and run by local businesses, the Winnipeg Chamber Of Commerce seeks to improve commerce conditions and support business leaders to make Winnipeg a leader for all types of business and trade.
The Winnipeg Chamber's involvement in the Canadian Global Cities Council
By working interprovincially and agreeing on federal initiatives, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) seeks to work with chambers of commerce such as the Winnipeg Chamber to build competitive and sustainable urban economies. By bolstering efficient trade and movement of goods, people, energy, and information across Canada, urban economies such as Winnipeg can benefit from interprovincial economic policy.
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The Winnipeg Chamber Advocacy Benefits
As a membership-driven organization, the Winnipeg Chamber unites business and community leaders to discuss and advocate for ideas and actions that create better strategic planning. Members agree on specific public policies that help to support Winnipeg’s commerce and trade, and then those policy goals are advocated on behalf of members to various levels of government.
In tandem with membership discussion, the Advocacy Leadership Council takes the expertise of leading business and community members to analyze and develop proposed public policies. Through collaborative effort and expert consultation, the WCC advocates for policies that foster an inclusive and supportive business community at every turn.
Our Chamber's Commitment to Equitable Business
The Winnipeg Chamber has taken a strong stance against systemic racism, inequity, and exclusion, as it undermines the shared and interdependent aspirations of Winnipeg’s diverse business community. The WCC has taken many steps to uproot exclusion and foster an equitable, inclusive business community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
Three advisory boards have been founded by the WCC to oversee internal and external diversity. These boards consist of the Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Council, CODE Community Collaborative, and the Newcomer Employment Hub Advisory Council. Each board of the WCC pursues a movement towards equity and making sure that opportunity and outcomes are possible for all. These efforts centre women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, persons living with disabilities, and people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
More About The Winnipeg Chamber
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (WCC) unites regional actors with a stake in Winnipeg’s economy to ensure the success of Winnipeg’s growing business community. The WCC is a membership-based and drive organization that advocates for business interests by working with all levels of government.
The WCC also connects local businesses with one another and contributes to the inclusive and equitable movement prevalent in Winnipeg’s diverse business community. Along with eight other chambers of commerce in Canada, the WCC collaborates with the Canadian Global Cities Council to align policy interests and overcome common interprovincial economic hurdles.