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Chamber welcomes new president and chief executive officer

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:31 PDT, Fri May 13, 2022

Last Updated: 11:32 PDT, Fri May 13, 2022

Shaena Furlong is the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. 

Furlong has spent the last decade working for the organization in various capacities, most recently as its director of operations. She is passionate about connecting members to each other and finds inspiration in the members she gets to work with every day.

Furlong takes over from Dan Baxter, whose departure for personal reasons was announced earlier this week. 

“We thank Mr. Baxter for his work in continuing the 97-year tradition of the chamber’s commitment to furthering business in our community and wish him well in his future endeavours,” said board chair Carolyn Robertson.

The chamber also welcomed new communications and policy coordinator Aleena Hussain earlier this month.

And in late April, for the first time since 2019, chamber members gathered in-person for their Annual General Meeting and confirmed a new board of directors.

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce 2022/2023 board of directors includes:

Chair: Carolyn Robertson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Vice-chair: Lisa Cowell, Aspire Richmond (formerly Richmond Society for Community Living)

• Corporate secretary: Naomi Horsford, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Treasurer: Fan Chun, Dr. Power

Executive-at-large: Lisa Wong, Lauren Financial

Executive-at-large: Grant Bryan, O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store

Directors:

• Mirjana Galovich, Gateway Theatre

Stephanie Howes, Melville School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

• Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

• Cila Kwong, RBC Insurance

• Rachel Li, Roynat Capital, Scotiabank

• Bernard Loh, Next Environmental Inc.

• Jason Tse, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

• Connor Williams, Vice-President, Ashton Service Group

View the Annual Report here.

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a broad-based non-profit membership association representing businesses ranging from international and national corporations to mid-size firms, start-ups, and small companies in every industry and profession in the region.

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