• Chamber History

  • Over 100 Years of Commitment to Business Excellence

    The Chamber of Commerce, incorporated in 1897 as the Vernon Board of Trade, was established to meet the ever increasing demands for business and travel information that came with the arrival of the new railroad. The 44 charter members of Vernon’s senior business organization elected George A. Henderson as their first president.

    The Vernon Board of Trade registered a name change in 1961 to the Vernon Chamber of Commerce when RD. Seaton was President. Later, the name was unofficially changed to the “Vernon & District Chamber of Commerce”. In 1990, application was made to change the name a third time to Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, which better reflects the Chamber’s changing and expanding mandate as the “Voice of Business” for the Greater Vernon area.

    The following is a list of the Past Presidents. These individuals have been the pioneers, entrepreneurs and community leaders who have been a vital part of the Chamber’s success and the region’s prosperity.

  • 2015-16 Tracy Cobb Reeves
    2014-15 Jaron Chasca
    2013-14 Adrian Johnson
    2012-13 Ingrid Dilschneider
    2011-12 Ken MacLeod
    2010-11 Deb Leroux
    2009-10 Jonathon Jones
    2008-09 David Fletcher
    2007-08 Jay Hack
    2006-07 Bob Sattler
    2005-06 Ruth Hoyte
    2004-05 Malcom Dunn
    2003-04 Ruth Hoyte
    2002-03 Ian Hawes
    2001-02 Darren Bradley
    2000-01 Bruce Shepherd
    1999-00 Jim Leith
    1998-99 Sean Harvey
    1997-98 Liz MacArthur
    1996-97 David Schaefer
    1995-96 Dave Adams
    1994-95 Luby Pow
    1993-94 Rick Balfour
    1992-93 Sherry Price
    1991-92 Terry Quesnel
    1990-91 David Hodge
    1989-90 Morgan Thomas
    1988-89 Bob Papworth
    1987-88 Greg Schroeder
    1986-87 Brian Coburn
    1985-86 M. Fitzsimmons
    1984-85 Richard Hamilton
    1983-84 Claudette Everitt

  • 1982-83 Ed Burnett
    1981-82 Mike Kowaluk
    1980-81 Frank Estergaard
    1979-80 Gordon Clements 
    1978-79 Norm Stevenson
    1977-78 Frank Estergaard
    1976-77 Brian Usher
    1975-76 Chris Brown
    1974-75 Don Branton
    1973-74 Don Firzzell
    1972-73 Jack Gordon
    1971-72 Joe Keenan
    1970-71 H.G. Powell
    1969-70 Lyall E Hanson
    1968-69 J. Passmore
    1967-68 G. Langford
    1966-67 Walt Nielson
    1965-66 William Malcolm
    1964-65 D.G. MacMillan
    1963-64 S.R. Muirhead
    1962 L.R. Mercier
    1961 P.D. Seaton
    1960 F.W. Oliver
    1959 S.J. Ladyman
    1958 A.J. Gilroy
    1957 J.B. McCallum
    1956 M.J. Conroy
    1955 ER. Harris
    1954 E.C. Brown
    1953 D. Howrie
    A.E. Royce

  • 1952 W. Helmsing
    1951 A. Bemer
    1950 C. McDowell
    1949 H. Fosbrooke
    1948 N. Bartlett
    1947 E.R. Dicks
    1946 A.W. Howlett
    1945 M.H. Beaven
    1943-44 W. Bennett
    1942 W. Bennett
    J.E. Montague
    1941 A. Browne
    1939-40 T.E. Clarke
    1938-39 H.W. Galbraith
    1935-37 R. Peters
    1931-32 G.O. Nesbitt
    1929-30 A.T. Howe
    1927-28 H. Pout
    W. Kennedy
    1926 W.G. Ferris
    1923-25 Jas. Valiance
    1922 W.E.Taggart
    1921 K.W. Kinnard
    1919-20 F.B. Cossit
    1916-18 Jas. Valiance
    1915 M.J. O’Brien
    1912-14 G.A. Henderson
    1911 C.C. MacRae
    1910 M.J. O’Brien
    1908-1909 Jas. Valiance
    1905-1907 W.R. Megaw
    1897-1904 G.A.Henderson


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