Here you will find few dates which recount the history of The Saint John Board of Trade.
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1913 - Immigration time
By 1913 the Board added immigration to its focus by allowing the newly arrived immigrant to view the advantages of New Brunswick in general, and Saint John in particular, against the disadvantages of their former homeland. Bringing, in 1913 alone, 53 such members to Saint John.
1922 - Entertainment time
The Saint John Board of Trade focused on entertainment and helped initiative the creation of the New Brunswick Films, which produced Blue Water, the first feature film made in New Brunswick.
1930 - Civic government
By the 1930’s, with civic interest running high in Saint John, the Board decided it was time to take a more active role in civic government. This action lead to the formation of the Civic Improvement League, which in 1936 managed to change the form of civic government.
1950 - Creation of a full time tourist coordinator
By the mid 50’s, with tourism growing in Saint John, the Board also decided some co-ordination was needed. So, in March of 1955, they presented a brief to Common Council on the matter. This brief led to the creation of a full-time tourist coordinator.
The Board also played an active role in the creation of a Port & Industrial Development Bureau, which, in later years, became the Saint John Port and Industrial Development Commission.
1960 - Social Services priorities
In the 60’s the Board continued their fast pace, by helping to initiate the creation of the Social Service Council of Greater Saint John, Consumer-Business Information Bureau, Saint John Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, Joint Labour Management Standing Committee, Statistical Information Centre, Provincial Study Committee on Mental Health Service and a free garbage collection system throughout the city.
Along with these ventures the Board also managed, in the 60’s, to be a major player in the amalgamation issue of 1967 and foster the growth of U.N.B.S.J. While at the same time creating their own Water Committee (Environment), Designated Areas Incentive Program and Growth Centre Concept.
1970 - Development of Saint John
The 70’s saw a return to past issues, with the Board pushing for Power Generating Stations at Coleson Cove and Point Lepreau. A new regional hospital at Millidgeville and commercial developments in the uptown area (Brunswick Square, Market Square) also received strong support from the Board.
The Canada Games in 1985 and Festival By-The-Sea the same year were endeavors of the 80’s that received strong support from the Board. Also, transportation was a focus as always, with the Board pushing for better road, rail, sea and air connections with other parts of Canada and abroad.
Nowadays – Make it Happen for Business
The new logo, with the blue box, is a symbol of this partnership and how four walls can come together as one, stronger regional chamber. The Chamber, through its deep roots, originating as the Saint John Board of Trade, still maintains its legacy as one of the country's first established business associations, serving as the voice of business for the Saint John region since 1819. Representing almost 700 small, medium, and large businesses and organizations and therefore, the interests of more than 30,000 citizens, the Chamber is a dynamic advocate and the principal voice for the business community of Greater Saint John. Through the support of our members we are committed to have the Greater Saint John to be recognized as the best place in Canada to start, run and grow a business… period!