By Meg Olson
The Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting will feature guest speakers from across the border highlighting the changes coming to the Tsawwassen First Nation lands and surrounding area, and talk about how Point Roberts businesses can catch the wave.
“You’ll be hearing about the progress of one of the new malls as well as how the business community is gearing up for the change,” said Delta Chamber of Commerce executive director Ian Tait, the featured speaker at the Thursday, November 5 meeting. He said he had reached out to Mark Fenwick, general manager of Tsawwassen Mills, who had agreed to speak as well. “You’re getting two speakers for the price of one!”
Fenwick will talk about the schedule for the opening of Tsawwassen Mills, the largest of the two malls planned for the Tsawwassen First Nation lands, and which merchants are expected to be there.
Tait said he would discuss the larger picture for development of retail, residential and industrial projects that are part of the Tsawwassen First Nation economic development plans, and how those plans can offer opportunities to other local businesses. “I think it’s a call for businesses to step up their game,” he said.
Presentations made by key partners working with the Tsawwassen First Nation at an economic development update held in September 2014 are available on the Delta chamber’s website at deltachamber.ca/tfn-update.html, Tait added.
The Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce’s meeting will be held at the Top of the Pier at the marina on Thursday, November 5. Doors open at 6 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Speakers start at 7 p.m.
The event is open to the general public.