Apr 14, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Establishes Economic Development Advisory Committee

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 14, 2015 – Coquitlam Council has established a new committee to provide advice on matters related to economic development and investment. 

The committee will be comprised of two Council members, a Coquitlam representative of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and nine members of the public and business community. These members will cover a wide range of sectors such as technology, manufacturing, retail, finance, real estate, etc.

The role of the committee is to advise Coquitlam Council on issues related to economic development and investment which could include: 

  • Providing a business perspective on economic development priorities which should be addressed; 
  • Identifying the pillars of economic development in Coquitlam;
  • Identifying economic development impediments and opportunities for the City;
  • Advising on business attraction and business retention and expansion activities; 
  • Advising on ways to provide information about business and economic opportunities to the general public; and
  • Attending to economic development matters which may be referred to the Committee by Council or other standing committees of Council.

The committee members are: 

  • Councillor Dennis Marsden (Chair)
  • Councillor Bonita Zarrillo (Vice-Chair)
  • Michael Hind, (Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, non-voting)
  • Franca Aere (Coquitlam Centre)
  • Jason Carvalho (Stand Desk and TriCelerate)
  • Rick Eastman (Cushman & Wakefield)
  • Mark Fitzsimmons (360 Degrees Consulting)
  • Chuck Keeling (Hard Rock Casino / Great Canadian Caming Corporation)
  • Steve Kim (Boilingpoint Group)
  • Hazel Postma (Douglas College)
  • Guyle Tippe (KPMG Enterprise)
  • Ken Woodward (Industrial Property Owner / Investor)

This will be the 13th advisory committee / task force currently established by Council. These committees are created to provide information, well-considered advice, and recommendations for consideration by Council and staff on specific areas of civic concern.

All advisory committees and task forces are made up of citizen representatives and one or two Council members.

To learn more about the Economic Development Advisory Committee, or other Coquitlam advisory committees, visit www.coquitlam.ca/committees.


For more information, contact:
David Munro
Manager, Economic Development