What the Chamber Does

The Nanaimo Chamber has served the local business community since 1889. We feel very confident that we have gone beyond most Chamber’s mandates by becoming involved in projects that provide significant holistic value to our community.

The Chamber collaborates with organizations such as Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Port Authority, Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Hospitality Association, Tourism Nanaimo, Community Futures, Innovation Island, and the Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation to accomplish its many goals in community building and network development. The Chamber has partnered with Futurepreneur Canada, Small Business BC, BIABC, British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association, and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association and is a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Nanaimo Chamber plays a vital role in advocating with each level of government to seek support on policy issues most favourable to our community and provides a forum for developing and organizing those efforts. It is one of the most important roles your Chamber plays – fighting for the success of our business community through government advocacy.

The Chamber’s Community Work

Chamber CEO Kim Smythe represents the Nanaimo Chamber in a number of organizations connecting the community, raising social awareness, and driving local economic prosperity. Below are some of the boards and committees Kim currently volunteers on:

    • Downtown Nanaimo Business Association, Chair
    • Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation, Shareholder & Director
    • Tourism Nanaimo, Director
    • Airport Commission, Entity
    • Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, Member
    • BC Chamber Executives, Past President
    • Canadian Chamber Executives (BCCE Appointee)
    • Canadian Chamber Mid-Cities Peer Network, Member
    • Mayor’s Leader’s Table
    • Mayor’s Task Force on Health & Housing

What Membership Offers


Member-exclusive rates, discounts, and special offers. Enhance and expand your benefits portfolio with member-exclusive rates, discounts, and special offers to increase purchasing power and provide additional value for your Chamber investment.


Opportunities for professional development. The Chamber produces professional development events and presents them through a variety of virtual platforms, and post them to our YouTube channel for viewing later, or in a group. Further development of these learning experiences continues to respond to changing needs of our times.


Expand your reach through our unique marketing channels. The Chamber offers its members a wide variety of platforms and opportunities for members to raise awareness and communicate directly within the business community. From event sponsorship to weekly e-blasts, social media, networking, NewsLine, the Business Handbook and much more.


To our virtual community… Right now, networking is focused on online platforms, social media channels and virtual get-togethers. We’ll continue to develop ways of making our new normal both more normal and productive at the same time.


Raise your reputation… The Chamber provides a platform for business leaders to increase positive perception and raise their reputation by affiliating their brand with the Chamber.


A voice with all levels of government. We bring member input to City Council including economic development, taxation, affordability, downtown issues, and social order in our community. We also work closely with elected officials and bureaucrats at the federal and provincial levels.

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