McQUARRIE – Is the chamber of commerce still relevant?

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce members at AGM. (Image: File photo)

LAST WEEK at City Council, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce was a topic of conversation and concern.  In a letter to the City, the Chamber, on behalf of all their members, was claiming the Ajax mine would create 10,000 jobs in Kamloops.

The 10,000, which to the best of my knowledge has never been use in any prior economic estimates, came as a surprise both for its size and the source.  The source, it turns out, was not the result of the Chamber’s own studies of independent industrial or scholarly reviews, but was provided to them by KGHM, the mine’s majority owner.

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Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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1 Comment on McQUARRIE – Is the chamber of commerce still relevant?

  1. Jerome Farrell // July 28, 2017 at 2:25 PM // Reply

    Completely out of touch,with reality .
    You should publish a list of members
    Likes of Gagliardi and Milobar

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