About Us 2017-06-20T14:53:08+00:00

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
Brian CoombesPresident
Netty Tam
Netty TamManager of Business Development
Cheryl Britton
Cheryl BrittonManager – Administration
Michelle Graham
Michelle GrahamAdministrative Assistant

Volunteer Board of Directors

  • Mark Omelaniec – CEPCO Chair
    President, Langley Concrete Group

  • Robert Hasell – CEPCO Vice Chair
    Vice President & COO, Emil Anderson Maintenance Co.

  • Debbie Aarts – CEPCO 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

  • Evelyn Novak
    Superintendent, Chilliwack School District #33
  • Jeff Shields
    CFO, Visscher Group of Companies

  • Craig Toews
    Director, Campus Planning, 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

  • Sharon Gaetz
    Mayor, City of Chilliwack

  • Peter Monteith
    Chief Administrative Officer, City of Chilliwack

  • Chuck Stam
    Councillor, City of Chilliwack