Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Swears in 119th Chair

Canadian Footwear president and CEO Brian Scharfstein is sworn in as new chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce by Mayor Sam Katz. (HANDOUT)

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce swore in its 119th chair on Thursday.

Brian Scharfstein, president of Canadian Footwear, assumes the executive role as the Chamber celebrates its 140th anniversary.

“My goal over the course of the year is to encourage the more than 2,000 members of the Chamber to increase their engagement and to ensure they receive value in return,” Scharfstein said in a statement.

The Chamber is continuing with its “Be Bold” plan for a second year, leveraging the opportunities and strengths in the province.

Initiatives and programs related to the plan include bold ideas that enhance prosperity for all Manitobans, marketing Winnipeg as an international city, attracting and retaining Manitoba residents and increasing membership value.

“Some tremendous things are happening in our community such as Centrallia 2012 and the World Trade Centre Winnipeg that will be pivotal in taking Winnipeg to the world,” said Chamber president and CEO Dave Angus. “In addition, in the coming year we will be launching a purchasing initiative to increase local business opportunities; launch Chamber U to provide our members with educational opportunities and launch Winnipeg BOLD to engage the community on how we can build upon what is happening in our City to build a more prosperous community.”