It’s been a busy year for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.
The group handed over management of the city’s visitor centre after 74 years in order to focus more on business. It also rebranded its look with a new logo and travelled to China to explore business opportunities.
Those activities attracted the admiration of chambers of commerce across the country last week during the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada annual conference in Kelowna.
The organization recognized Kamloops Chamber executive director Deb McClelland for her part in the group’s success, naming her the Canadian Executive of the Year for a population of less than 100,000.
“(McClelland) has the best operational processes and policies in place, which chambers from across the country emulate and she is always willing to share them,” said Shannon Churchill, award committee chairwoman. “I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this award.”
Kamloops Chamber president Bob Dieno said the award acknowledges McClelland’s invaluable work — a fact that’s already very familiar to local members.
“She demonstrates passion in promoting the chamber’s goals and values and is dedicated to building a better business environment for our community and our country,” he said.
For her part, McClelland said she was “humbled beyond words” by her chamber’s nomination submission as well as the award.
“I was so incredibly surprised and honoured to be placed in the same category as the past recipients of this award.”