Western Executive Council

A strong Western Canada is critical to a strong Canada.

We must act now to set up both the region and the country for a successful future. It will take a strategy that both responds to the needs of Western Canada and builds on the strengths that the region brings to our country.

Creating sustainable economic growth that achieves this will not be accomplished by a single measure, but instead by deploying a range of tools available, and including a broad range of businesses. From agriculture, to energy, to transportation, to tourism, to IT, to legal services – and everywhere in between – getting the job done requires a strategy that both responds to the needs of Western Canada and builds on the strengths that the region brings to our country.

Together with our Council members, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pursing policies that advance a positive agenda in the interest of the West and of Canada as a whole. By building our economic capabilities to ensure Canadian businesses can compete, investing in a modern economy ready to seize new and emerging opportunities, and laying the foundation to foster a better society for the future, we can grow our economy and create opportunities for Canadians everywhere.

The Council

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its members on the Western Executive Council are best positioned to assist in the process by presenting a positive and focused agenda that concentrates on a handful of transformational policies.

The Council will make the greatest impact through focusing not only what it asks the government for, but also what it can do to advance a positive agenda in the interest of all Canadians. The Council can play a leading role in developing and advocating positive policies that include uniquely Western perspectives. In turn, this can help bridge the gap between Ottawa and the West.

For more information on the Western Executive Council, please contact Robin Guy, Senior Director, Transportation, Infrastructure & Regulatory Policy.

Western Executive Council Co-Chairs

Tamara Vrooman
Vancouver International Airport

Susannah Pierce
Shell Canada

Key Issues

The Western Executive Council is focusing on three themes:

  • investing in a modern economy to seize new opportunities;
  • building our economic capabilities to help Western Canadian businesses compete; and
  • laying the foundation for a better society for the future.

These issues are also often interdependent and should be considered together. For instance, successfully building a new an agricultural project may be relevant to natural resources policy, which in turn requires an economic lens to consider trade opportunities, subsequent trade-enabling infrastructure demands, and crucial reconciliation opportunities.

Investing in a modern economy to seize new opportunities

Successfully and sustainably bringing the immense natural wealth of Western Canada to international markets can help drive prosperity throughout Canada.

As the pace of change facing Canadian businesses accelerates, companies must remain agile and adapt to remain competitive. The right policy environment sets-up industry to succeed in this rapidly changing context and generate long-term economic growth.

Topics within this section include agriculture, natural resources, trade infrastructure, and travel and tourism.

Building our economic capabilities to help Western Canadian businesses compete

Making Western Canada an attractive destination for business investment that will support economic growth requires getting the fundamentals right.

Addressing policy challenges related to regulatory certainty, talent, digital infrastructure, and innovation and technology are all necessary ingredients.

Lay the foundation for a better society for the future

We all want to leave our society in a better place than when we found it. We believe western businesses can help lead the way to a more prosperous and successful Canada.

Important topics such as furthering Indigenous reconciliation and housing affordability and availability are components to build a better Canada for all Canadians.

Members