VANCOUVER, BC, March 01, 2021 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Famulak as president and chief executive officer. Famulak brings to the role more than three decades of international experience working in both private and not-for-profit sectors.
“I have enormous respect for the BC Chamber of Commerce and am honoured and excited to lead the organization at such a pivotal point in its history,” said Famulak. “The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of community, the power of collaboration and the need for courage to pursue new approaches to business,” she continued. “Our work ahead is to determine how to best serve the network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and the 36,000 businesses they represent, so that they not only navigate through the pandemic but are positioned to compete and thrive beyond it.”
As former president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, and CEO of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, being of service to others and listening and responding to the needs of the community is at the core of what Fiona does. Her natural passion for connecting with people and building community around meaningful conversations, will help catalyze positive change for businesses across British Columbia as they navigate through and beyond the current challenging times.
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a former small business owner, Famulak will lead the BC Chamber team as it continues to support building resiliency in businesses across the province.
She will also work closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, government officials, and stakeholders to prioritize the immediate needs of the provincial business network.
“Our Board of Directors, staff team, and our network are pleased to welcome Fiona Famulak as our new President and CEO,” said Aleece Laird, board chair, BC Chamber of Commerce. “Fiona not only embodies a spirit of collaboration, which is in the DNA of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, but she brings extensive executive leadership experience, understands the power of our network to advocate for business, and has a proven track record for courageous and innovative change. With Fiona, we enter an exciting new chapter with sound leadership that will further strengthen our network as we work together to emerge stronger after what has been an incredibly challenging year for so many of our members.”
Laird also acknowledged the BC Chamber Board of Directors are appreciative of the contributions of Dan Baxter, Director of Policy Development, Government, and Stakeholder Relations who seamlessly stepped into the interim CEO role and provided leadership to guide the organization and continue the momentum of the network during such a critical time. The President and CEO search was led by the BC Chamber CEO Transition Task Force and supported by national executive search firm Leaders International.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce. Our regional membership with the provincial Chamber ensures our business community has representation at the provincial level. Their leadership matters.