About Us

The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation is a proactive, business-oriented organization responsible for the City of Chilliwack’s economic growth and marketing through a made-in-Chilliwack economic strategy. Our mission is to empower the stakeholders and residents of Chilliwack to achieve their own economic growth and community development for the betterment of all the residents and to enhance the quality of life that is unique to Chilliwack.

CEPCO provides site selection resources, demographic and labour force data, community information and orientations, and project development assistance. We also serve as a resource facilitating introductions to the business community and the City of Chilliwack, and provide contacts and information on zoning, building permits, development cost charges, engineering and infrastructure.

Our mandate is to attract and facilitate economic growth. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with confidential and professional investment analysis assistance. We invite you to contact us to learn more about why Chilliwack is better for business and better for life.

Structure

CEPCO evolved from cooperation among the City of Chilliwack government, the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. In 1998, it was incorporated as a private company under the BC Companies Act. The partnership furthers its representation of the community through public and private sector strategic alliances and committees that oversee development in the principal areas of opportunity. The City of Chilliwack Council appoints all members to the volunteer Board of Directors.

Our Team

Brian Coombes
President
Netty Tam
Manager of Business Development
Cheryl Britton
Manager – Administration
Michelle Graham
Administrative Assistant

Volunteer Board of Directors

  • Robert Hasell – Board Chair President & CEO, Emil Anderson Group.
  • Mark Omelaniec – Past Board ChairPresident, Langley Concrete Group
  • Debbie Aarts – Board Secretary Co-Owner, Elmido Farms
  • Kirk Dzaman Partner, NextLevel Financial
  • Ken Huttema President, K and R Poultry Ltd.
  • Bryce Lewis Account Executive, Hub Int’l Barton Insurance Brokers
  • Tim McAlpine President, Currency Marketing
  • Brian Minter Owner, Minter Country Garden Chair, Tourism Chilliwack
  • Amber Price Owner, The Book Man
  • Craig Toews Vice President External, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Bruce Van den Brink Owner, Canex Building Supplies
  • Stan Vander Waal Owner, Rainbow Greenhouses
  • Luke Zacharias Partner, Baker Newby LLP

City Liaisons

  • Ken Popove Mayor, City of Chilliwack
  • Peter MonteithChief Administrative Officer, City of Chilliwack
  • Sue Knott Councillor, City of Chilliwack