Chamber Membership Grows in tough year for Business: Latest Annual Report

The Canberra Business Chamber has reported strong membership growth in a tough year for business at today’s Annual General Meeting.

“This has been a tough year for many Canberra businesses dealing with fires, smoke pollution, hail storms and the global Covid pandemic” said Chamber CEO Graham Catt today. “We’ve focused on listening to our members, providing timely information and resources, supporting employers with workplace relations advice, and making sure that governments and the community understand what business needs.”

“Advocacy has been particularly important in a year that brought us an economic crisis and an ACT election. We’ve worked hard to ensure that the media, government and the community understand how critical business will be to the territoy’s recovery and long term prosperity.”

Providing networking opportunies, facilitating business connections and supporting international trade are all core activities. “We were unable to run most of our major events due to Covid restrictions but moved quickly to offer online opportunities, and by June we were planning the Covid Safe return of face to face business networking in July.”

“Memberhip grew by almost 20% over the year, with a significant proportion of that growth between January and June 2020” Mr Catt said. “ I’d like to thanks all of those businesses who stayed loyal to the chamber, and those who joined our community, for their support.”

The re-election of three sitting board members to fill three vacant positions was also an endorsement of the Chamber’s performance over the past year. Long standing board member, Keith Cantlie, stepped down from the board and his position as deputy chair, and the following directors were re-elected for a further term.

  1. Sarah Rajic – Director, Capital Recruit
  2. Richard Snow – Head of Property, Canberra Airport
  3. Craig Wagstaff -General Manager, Canberra FM

“The re-election of three current board members reflects the confidence our members have in the leadership and governance of the Chamber” said Chamber Chairman Archie Tsirimokos. “I would like to thank every member of the board for their ongoing commitment and support in what was a challenging environment. I would particularly like to thank Keith Cantlie, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chamber over many years.”

They join existing directors:

  1. Archie Tsirimokos – Chairman, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
  2. Vicki Williams –Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance & Infrastructure) University of Canberra
  3. Craig Sloan – Partner, KPMG
  4. Scott Leggo – Owner & Co-Founder, Scott Leggo Gallery
  5. Carrie Leeson – CEO, Lifeline

A full copy of the Annual Report can be found at www.canberrabusiness.com/annual-reports