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  • 19 Jul 2018 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Eastern Chamber of Commerce Promotes Resource Development!

    Recognizing that our primary resources have always been the mainstays of our economy, the EPEICC has been looking for new ways to increase development. We started thinking about the “forestry sector”, as we have more woodland in the east than the rest of the Island combined, and much is underutilized, says Board Member, Pat Binns. To get the ball rolling, Chamber Directors sponsored a meeting in January with a small group of woodlot owners to discuss ideas which would might bring more value to our woodlots. While the discussions recognized the continuing low prices and obstacles to development, some great ideas were discussed. Most were interested in “biomass heating systems” and their potential, especially if small woodlot owners, using sustainable harvest methods, were used. The new District system in Tignish was highlighted as were other projects in Summerside and Charlottetown. As there are few biomass installations in the east, follow up was agreed upon. Other ideas promoted included the following: * nut trees plantations such as black walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans. * non-timbered forest products including sugar maple * small mill opportunities for hardwood flooring and live edging products. * agroforestry opportunities such as using willow extracts for medicinal purposes * more milling capacity and kiln drying * studying European small scale forestry practice

    Participants generally agreed that a Marketing Structure that supported the small woodlot owner would enable owners to generate more income and expand sustainable activity. As a result, next steps include looking at the potential for a woodlot owner's cooperative or similar structure.

    Discussions on the biomass opportunity have continued. The Town of Montague, along with their Economic Development group is doing a feasibility study on using biomass heat for municipal, Government, community and commercial facilities. A project is in early stage consideration for the Belfast area and interest is also being shown in the Souris area.

    Russ Compton, current President of the Chamber, and a long time woodlot owner, urged anyone interested in a marketing structure controlled by woodlot owners, to contact the Chamber office or the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. A follow-up meeting will be held in the near future.

  • 21 Feb 2018 3:17 PM | Anonymous


    Montague, PEI February 20, 2018 –  On February 13th, the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce joined over 150 leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the EPEICC Business and Community Excellence Awards Banquet.

    “The Eastern region is fortunate to have so many great businesses and innovative entrepreneurs,” explains Russell Compton, Acting President of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce. ” The Business and Community Excellence Awards Banquet gives us a chance to showcase some of the amazing business talent that we have here in Eastern PEI,” noted Mr. Compton.  “This annual event is a great opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding performances of business excellence, while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial and community spirit Prince Edward Island is known for.”

    Recipients of this year’s 2018 Awards were selected from a robust list of finalists and nominees from across eastern PEI and are:

    Provincial Credit Union, Excellence in Business Award:
    Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge

    Grant Thornton, Emerging Business Growth Potential Award:
    Seaside Innovation Inc.

    MRSB, Pillar of the Community Impact Award:
    Scott Annear

    Innovation PEI, Employee of the Year Award:
    Sandra Smith, Baker’s Corner Express + Petro Canada


    The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce was also excited to host and receive remarks from Her Honour the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and from the Honourable Chris Palmer, Minister responsible for Economic Development and Tourism.

    This year’s banquet took place at the St Peter’s Bay Complex in St Peter’s Bay.  In addition to the Excellence in Business Awards, it included a keynote presentation sponsored by CDBC and delivered by Michel Neray on Powerful Storytelling.  Michel shared inspiring stories which kept the audience engaged.

    Martina Macdonald, General Manager with CBDC noted, “These awards confirm people want to celebrate the successes in our community and spread the message that eastern Prince Edward Island is a great place to live, work and do business.”  She urges everyone to consider nominations for the next year.  It is a great way to honour those in your business community that go above and beyond.




  • 8 Feb 2018 3:19 PM | Anonymous



    Montague, PEI – 8 February 2018  The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) encourages all members and the concerned public to attend a public meeting between Northern Pulp and the PEI Standing Committee for Agriculture and Fisheries to be held on Friday, Feb. 16th – 10:00 am at the George Coles Building in Charlottetown.

    “The EPEICC’s mission is to disseminate the information from all points of view and keep our membership and the concerned public well informed,” said Russ Compton, Vice President of the EPEICC.

    “The EPEICC Board of Directors feel that it is important that concerned chamber members and the public be informed of the proposed pipeline that will pump effluent directly into the prime fishing grounds of the Northumberland Straight,” said Russ Compton, Vice President of the EPEICC. “Representatives from the EPEICC board will be in attendance and we encourage everyone to attend.”

    The EPEICC requested that the PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), Friends of the Northumberland Straight and Northern Pulp participate in a public information session. However, Northern Pulp elected to meet directly with the PEI Standing Committee for Agriculture & Fisheries. While this is not the meeting that the EPEICC had originally requested, we strongly encourage the members of our community to attend and be informed.


    For more information, contact:

    Russell L Compton, EPEICC Acting President, rcompton@norcanmarine.com 902 394-2616

  • 16 Jan 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    There is no charge for the event, but pre-registration is required. Please register early to guarantee your spot.

    For more information contact:

    Marie Lavie

    Managing Director at the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce



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