The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is committed to promote, represent and enhance the interests of Airdrie’s business community.
The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, professional organization that provides value to its members by being a strong, enthusiastic, innovative advocate for local business.
Through collaboration with government and community organizations, the Chamber strives to make Airdrie a desirable, attractive destination for tourists, residence and business.
Growth, Innovation, and Excellence
We will strive to provide a growing list of services, delivered to members via both conventional and innovative delivery methods, with increasing excellence.
Relationships with Mutual Benefit
We will treat members, stakeholders, and government with respect and consideration, and will develop relationships to afford all the opportunity to share in the financial successes of the community.
Long Term Sustainability
We will strive to plan, make decisions, and execute strategies that will focus on yielding long term benefits for members, key stakeholders, and the community.
Flexibility and Fairness
We will conduct our operations with policies that will allow for the treatment of every case as unique, and every person/organization as an individual.
Integrity and Honesty
We will conduct ourselves with integrity and honesty – we will admit when we have failed our members, stakeholders, or the community, and will make every effort to make things right
On the cold night of January 29, 1973 a group of Airdrie leaders gathered in the Airdrie Community Centre for the purpose of establishing a new Chamber of Commerce. Those attending that night were Mayor Darrel Bennett, Hugh Hamilton, Robert Tronsgard, Walter Judge, Orville Kessler, Don Yantz, Russell Check, Sterling Clayton, Jim Stewart, Leonard Farr and Don Sturroch. Their first two committees were Nomination and Projects and later added By-Laws, Membership, Agriculture, Publications, Civic Operations and Recreation. The membership count that year was 24.
The Village of Airdrie grew to 1,000 inhabitants. Membership fee was a mere $10 and the membership count grew to 85. Projects increased over the next few years to include clean up & beautification, working closely with Town Council to assist with expanding industrial and commercial land, EMS and RCMP service.
The Chamber’s early purpose was for business people to interact with the Village Administration and Provincial Government to improve the community. Five years later the Chamber membership had increased to 85 members who represented business in the following areas: agriculture, farm machinery, insurance, real estate, banking and service stations. Airdrie was now a town and the key issues were lack of a local hospital and the increase in vandalism.
Formal Bylaws were finalized and the chamber was ready to be incorporated under the Province of Alberta Board of Trade Act in November 1978.
Our past presidents are Stan Barry, Tim Bolton, Mike Brandrick ,Dick Buchanan, Larry Callaghan, Dick Clayton, Wade Cormier Roy Danielson, Mike De Bokx, Brian Dennis, Pat Dexter, Bob Doerksen, Ed Eggerer, Hugh Hamilton, Reg Hihn, Joy Hunt, Tom Kelly, Bruce Kerr, Keith Kimbal, Vicky McClain, Moray Mytroen, Brad Oneil, Carol Pearse, Redvers Perry, Rey Rawlins, Dan Speth, Alan Tennant, Ben Thorlakson, Dr. Mel Vance and Mike Watkins.
Airdrie’s first Farm & Trade Fair was held in the spring of 1978 in the Plainsman Arena sponsored by the Airdrie & District Agricultural Society. This group organized the event for the next 11 years until 1989 when the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce assumed sponsorship. This annual tradition, now called the Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show, moved to Genesis Place Recreation Centre in 2010 after many years in the Airdrie Twin Arenas. The purpose of this event is to showcase local businesses and it continues to be the Chamber’s major source of revenue.
The Chamber of Commerce is the only collective voice of professional and business people representing the entire community, operated on a not-for-profit basis by and for its membership. The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce continues to organize seminars and luncheon meetings that help members become more effective in their daily business. Together, members can discuss business trends with other people in their field and in their community. Members can take advantage of the Chambers group insurance and many other preferred rate discounts. Members are able to participate in the formulation of policy positions for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. These policies are then presented to the various levels of government to enhance the environment in which business is conducted in Alberta. The Chamber network is the most effective way to be heard on municipal, provincial and national business issues.
The Airdrie Chamber is very proud to be one of a very few Chambers who are totally self-sufficient. We were awarded the 2005 Alberta Chamber of the Year and Lorna Hunt, our executive director, was awarded the 2007 Alberta Chamber Executive of the Year. In December 2011 we welcomed our 500th member and membership continues to increase as Airdrie grows.