Chamber Governance Documents

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been the recognized voice of business in Truro & Colchester for 130 years on matters of economic. social and political importance.

This page includes a number of the organization's governing documents.

Strategic Plan 2020-2023

6 -Strategic plan 2020-2023


Business Plan 2020

2020 Business Plan


AGM package and reports

AGM package 2020

Join us in sunny Portugal!

As part of our 130th anniversary celebration, we have partnered with Indus Tours to send our members on a trip Portugal.

Online booking link:

Hold your booking today with a deposit and pay the balance until 90 days before departure. Booking deadline is June 29, 2020

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DEPARTURE: WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020


Explore the famous cities of Portugal on this 08-day tour, alongside learning about the country's history, cuisines and popular tourist destinations.


This incredible 08-days tour will offer you the opportunity to see the major cities in Portugal. This southern European country is known for its, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, fine wines, and golden beaches. The Portugal experience can be many things from history, great food, and idyllic scenery to name a few. Begin your tour in Lisbon, the capital city and enjoy time exploring its mixture of gothic architecture. Next you will travel North to Batalha and Fátima, a place for you to gain insights into Portugal’s religious culture. You then travel to Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal thanks to is picturesque canals. Lastly you will spend time in Porto, where you might sample sumptuous food and drink while being delighted by the gorgeous scenery along the Douro River, before to head back to Lisbon for your return flight.


  • Explore Lisbon’s postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways
  • Visit the fishing town of Nazaré and observe massive waves (in winter)
  • See the Monastery of Batalha, one of the most beautiful works of Portuguese and European Gothic architecture
  • Discover Aveiro: The Venice of Portugal along the Aveiro River
  • Enjoy a morning sightseeing in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2,000 years of history



TOUR LODGING INFO: 06 Nights Hotel

Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis


CITIES                                NIGHTS                              SUPERIOR HOTELS

Lisbon                           02 Nights                        Hotel Tryp Caparica/ Hotel Mercure Almada

Coimbra                         01 Night                         Hotel Tryp Coimbra

Porto                             02 Nights                        Hotel Central Parque/ Hotel Axis

Lisbon                           01 Night                         Hotel Tryp Caparica/ Hotel Mercure Almada



  • 6 nights’ accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Private deluxe transportation
  • Service of English-Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Sightseeing tour in Lisbon and Porto
  • International return flights Halifax – Lisbon - Halifax
  • Air taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All local applicable taxes



  • Items of a personal nature, tips & gratuities
  • International airfare for land only option
  • Arrival and departure transfers for land only option
  • Luggage fees may apply and vary by carrier
  • Local city taxes in Porto and Lisbon
  • Optional tours
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items not mentioned as being included




DAY 01:                              HALIFAX – LISBON

Today, make your own way to your gateway airport for your overnight flight to Lisbon. Enjoy inflight meals and services on your flight.


DAY 02:                              LISBON ARRIVAL

Welcome to Lisbon! On your arrival at Lisbon International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day at leisure

Overnight in Lisbon


DAY 03:                              LISBON                                                                                                                                       (B/-/-)

After breakfast enjoy a tour of the beautiful city of Lisbon. You will first discover Belém where the 16th century Monastery of Jerónimos is (UNESCO World Heritage Site), visit the Belém pastry “pastel” factory dating from 1837 where you will taste the delicious “pastéis de Belém”. You will also have a photo stop at Belém Tower before continuing on to hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. you will have the day at leisure to explore the city. We suggest you visit Piriquita coffee shop in the center and taste the delicious pastries: “Travesseiros and Queijadas” - not included. Perhaps you will book one of the following tours.

Overnight in Lisbon


Optional tour: Gastronomic & Cultural Tour of Baixa-Mouraria (4H) – Based on Min of 2 pax- 160 CAD/person

Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Departure Time: 02:00 PM

Meeting Point: Café a Brasileira *transfer to the meeting point not included

The best way to get familiarized with Lisbon historic district while tasting delicious snacks and portuguese typical dishes. This included a guided tour of the city and 10 tasting of local food.


Optional tour: Electric Bike Tour (3 or 4H) – Based on Min of 2 pax -35 CAD/ person

Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Departure Time: 02:00 PM

Meeting Point: Martim Moniz Square *transfer to the meeting point not included

Guided tours to get familiarized with Lisbon in a fun and ecological way! Ideal for touring the hills of Lisbon! This tour will be provided by a guide.


DAY 04:                              LISBON – OBIDOS – NAZARE – BATALHA – COIMBRA                                                  (B-/-/)

Today after breakfast, you will head north with your first stop being at the medieval walled city of Obidos a charming city with its narrow-cobble stone streets, quaint houses and imposing hilltop castle, which once guarded the region. You will continue to Nazaré, a typical fishing village and seaside resort, famous for its high waves. The tour will continue to Batalha, and you will have time to admire the Santa Maria Monastery listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Near the end of your day you will arrive in Fátima, where Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three young shepherds and turned the town into one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites. Continue on to Coimbra.

Overnight in Coimbra


DAY 05:                        COIMBRA AVEIRO – PORTO                                                                                              (B-/-/)

Coimbra, bathed by Mondego River and known as the city of students, is home to the first university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. You can visit the university (not included) which was once the residence of Portuguese Kings, with its Library, considered one of the most beautiful in the world and currently a World Heritage Site. You will have free time to stroll through the city before departing for Aveiro, known as the “Venice of Portugal”. You will have free time here; we recommend a Moliceiro boat tour along the river to admire the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and the salt pans or taste the delicious “Ovos moles” a typical local pastry. We will then continue on to Porto, you will be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Porto


DAY 06:                           PORTO                                                                                                                                         (B-/-/)

Your day will begin in the beautiful city of Porto situated on the Douro River. Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions, a buzzing nightlife, and outstanding tourist facilities. This morning you will have a sightseeing tour to get you familiar with the main attractions of the city. Then you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city will appeal to a wide range of visitors. The region is famed for producing Port, which is stored and matured in the vast cellars along the banks of the Douro River. You might finish your day by walking through the Jardins do Palácio De Cristal to enjoy the pleasant views of the Douro River, or maybe book one of the following optional tours.
Overnight in Porto


Optional Tour:  Tuk Tuk Tour and Six Bridge boat ride (1H50) – Based on Min of 2 pax- 55 CAD /person

Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Departure Time: 04:00 PM

Meeting Point: Largo dos Loios *transfer to the meeting point not included

Discover Porto through a Tuc Tuc Ride in the city and an hour boat ride on the exceptional Douro river; learn about the winery history in Porto and its exceptional wine.


Optional Tour: Walking food tour (3H30) – Based on Min of 2 pax- 155 CAD/person

Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Departure Time: 02:00 PM

Meeting Point: Liberdade Square *transfer to the meeting point not included

Get a true taste of Porto on this private food tour with a local guide. Come hungry and visit everything from local hot spots to hidden gems for a look into the authentic side of Porto.  This tour includes: 10 Food tastings – a perfect balance of sweet and savory /visit the bustling Bolhão food market / Taste 4 wines from Portugal's many undiscovered regions.

DAY 07:                           PORTO  – FATIMA – LISBON                                                                                                 (B-/-/)

After breakfast you will go to Fátima, counted among the largest centers of Mariano worship. Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own, perhaps visit Aljustrel a hamlet located on the outskirts of Fatima. It is the birthplace of Lucia dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who are known to have witnessed three apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916. Afterwards we will depart back to Lisbon.

Overnight in Lisbon

DAY 08:                        LISBON – HALIFAX                                                                                                                  (B-/-/)

After breakfast, today you will be transferred back to Lisbon International Airport to check in for your onward flight back home.



You may cancel your booking at any time prior to the commencement of your by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before the first day of the tour, we will retain any monies paid to cover our costs.


If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is at least 50% of the total cost (Please refer to the booking form for more details), plus any applicable insurance premiums. This deposit can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or Visa/Master card.


If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $100.00 per revision per booking. No name changes are accepted. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible.


All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour.  Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler. Please ensure that passport/s are valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the intended date of return and contains between 2-6 blank “Visa” pages.


We understand that our guests would like to confirm seat reservations for their flights.  Please note that some airlines don’t allow seat requests until the time of check in whether that is online or at the airport. When an airline does allow seat requests in advance there is often a cost associated with this. Each airline has its own fees, and this can often depend on the length of the flight or destination etc.  If you would like us to pre-book a seat for you and it is possible for us to do so, we will charge $25 per person plus any airline fees.



Nominate an outstanding business for a gala award

Links to online nomination forms:
Link to online application-BDC Business Person of the Year

Link to online application – Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award

Click links below to download a PDF

Business Person of the Year Nomination Form19

ccc Business Excellence Award nom form19

Call for nominations for Annual Gala Dinner and Awards

News Release
Feb. 27, 2019
Call for nominations for Annual Gala Dinner and Awards
Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to honour outstanding business leaders
TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations to recognize outstanding business leaders at its Annual Gala Dinner and Awards celebration.
Two awards will be presented at the April 25 event; the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Business Person of the Year Award and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award.
“The Chamber looks forward to hosting this special evening each year, celebrating our business community and honouring those that have made significant contributions to our local economy by not only investing in the community but inspiring others through their success,” said Chamber President Joanne McRae. “We have so much to be proud of here and we want everyone to celebrate with us.”
To view the full award criteria and to access 2019 nomination forms, visit, or email [email protected] .
The deadline to submit completed nominations is April 1, 2019.
The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes a business that has been in operation for at least 10 years and has had an outstanding impact on the community in Truro or Colchester. The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success in business showing strong leadership skills and business acumen contributing to the consistent growth of the business.
The Chamber is now accepting seating reservations for the April 25 gala dinner at the Holiday Inn, Truro. Reserve Seats by April 17. Cost for members $50 plus HST ($60 plus HST for future members). For more information contact the Chamber office at 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]
Links to online nomination forms:
Link to online application-BDC Business Person of the Year

Link to online application – Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award

Federal Small Business and Export Promotion Minister to speak in Truro


March 21, 2019

News release

Federal Small Business and Export Promotion Minister to speak in Truro

Swift action needed to improve broadband internet access


TRURO – Newly announced support for business will be one of the topics to be discussed at a Chamber breakfast next month with the federal Small Business Minister.


On April 8, Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce will host a roundtable breakfast with Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.

Ng will speak about benefits for small business identified in the Liberal’s 2019 budget, released on March 19, along with answering questions presented by the business community.

One of the the recently announced benefits, support for rural broadband, could help grow business in the Colchester region, said Chamber president Ron Smith.


While the Liberal government has committed $1.7 billion, specifically earmarked for rural and remote and Northern communities as part of its plan to have Canada-wide high-speed internet access by 2030, swift action needs to be taken by Internet Service Providers to get projects moving as soon as possible.


“Our members have told us repeatedly that access to better, and in some case any, high speed internet will assist with business growth and retention in this region,” said Smith. “Lack of access was identified as one of the greatest barriers to growth and we have been lobbying on our member’s behalf to all levels of government to seek improvements.”


Last fall, the Truro and Colchester chamber was among 450 chambers from across the country to vote on policy recommendations that were forwarded to the federal government for consideration. The budget recognizes some of those recommendations, such as expanding Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programs, new partnerships with industry for WIL, and enhancements to skilled trades apprentice programs.


However, two other major barriers to growth identified by Truro and Colchester chamber members, and echoed by business across the nation, were not addressed in this year’s federal budget. The Chamber has joined calls from across the nation for a comprehensive review of the taxation system to make it fair and less cumbersome for businesses and a broad-based commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.


“For years our Chamber has been asking the federal government to review its taxation system with an eye to modernizing it for today’s business world,” said Smith. “It is unacceptable that we are using the same system that was implemented more than 50 years ago. Business has changed and the government needs to evolve with us.”


The Chamber will continue to work with the federal government to ensure the voice of the business community is heard to identify critical priorities for them to maintain competitiveness and prosperity. A report 50 Years of Cutting and Pasting, Modernizing Canada’s Tax System is available on the Chamber’s website,

The breakfast with Minister Ng is open to anyone in the business community, however, the cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members.

To reserve a seat at the breakfast roundtable, call 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business in this region for 129 years. It represents more than 430 member businesses and advocates on their behalf at all levels of government on issues of political, economic and social importance.



View Canadian Chamber of Commerce report by clicking the link below:



For more information about Canadian Chamber of Commerce's position on the budget, visit:


Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals invited to Talk Taxes

Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals are welcome to join us for a FREE lunch on April 2 to talk about taxes and meet connections to build your business!

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce elects new officers

March 15, 2019

News release

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce elects new officers

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated 129 years serving the business community at its Annual General Meeting held March 13 in Truro. A new slate of officers and directors was elected by the membership which will see Ron Smith, Manager of Business Development, Old Fletcher Farm Property Limited, a division of Masstown Market Limited, step into the president’s seat.

More than 80 people attended the meeting where Smith spoke about the positive growth across many sectors taking place in this region

“Our community shows continuous improvements and growth in commercial, industrial, residential and social infrastructure,” said Smith.  “The last number of years have shown large-scale investment in both public and private construction projects from our rural areas to our revitalized downtown cores.  Each project offering more and more opportunity to retain and attract people to live and work in Colchester County.”

Smith has served on the Chamber board for four years and was elected to serve a one-year term as President. He said during the next year the Chamber will continue to focus on membership growth and supporting the needs of business.

“Serving with the Chamber has presented the privilege to meet one-on-one, in groups and en masse many of our local business people, community proponents and interested citizens, all willing to work together and strive for a more inclusive and prosperous Truro Colchester,” said the newly elected President. “It is amazing to see behind the scenes what many of our local business people have contributed in time, resources and pure financial gifts to help this area prosper, often below the radar and without acknowledgement.”

Outgoing president Joanne McRae, CPA, CA, Senior Manager with MNP, said there were many Chamber accomplishments to celebrate during the past year and looks forward to continuing her work with the board in the role of Past President.

“During the past year, we have continued to collaborate with government of all levels, local businesses and organizations, the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and other Chambers in the region to ensure the voices of our members and businesses from the area are heard and their interests are protected as our region continues to grow and flourish,” said McRae.

At the end of 2018 there were 431 members in the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce making it the largest Chamber in Nova Scotia outside metro.

Other newly elected executive and directors are: Vice-President Mathew Mossman, Sales Manager at Cat Country and Big Dog Radio; Treasurer Amanda Pothier, owner of Atkinson’s Accounting; Solicitor George White, Patterson Law; and directors Dr. David Gray, Dean of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus; Karen Baillie,  Elegant Steps; Karen Gillespie, Nova Scotia Community College; Bob Brown Lynds Industrial Services;  Nancy Johnstone, Lock and Stone Property Management; Peter Thiesen Pulse Property Services; Connie Baird, Party Time Rentals and Sam Abushenaf, PuroClean Restorations; David Ritcey, Community Credit Union; Julie Taylor, Skin Decision; Trina Langille, Warmth By Design; and Phil Smith, Home Hardware Stores Ltd., Eastern Dealer Support Center.

The Chamber’s Annual Awards and Dinner Gala will be held on April 25 at the Holiday Inn.

The Chamber has issued a call for nominations for BDC Business Person of the Year and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence awards.

To reserve a seat at the gala or for more information about award nominations, call 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019.


Cutline: (group)

Newly elected executive and directors are, front row, from left, Treasurer Amanda Pothier, owner of Atkinson’s Accounting; Solicitor George White, Patterson Law; Past President Joanne McRae, CPA, CA, Senior Manager with MNP; Ron Smith, Manager of Business Development, Old Fletcher Farm Property Limited, a division of Masstown Market Limited; Vice-President Mathew Mossman, Sales Manager at Cat Country and Big Dog Radio, and Executive Director Sherry Martell. Second row, Connie Baird, Party Time Rentals; Nancy Johnstone, Lock and Stone Property Management; Phil Smith, Home Hardware Stores Ltd., Eastern Dealer Support Center; Peter Thiesen, Pulse Property Services; Karen Gillespie, Truro Campus, Nova Scotia Community College; and David Ritcey, Community Credit Union.

Other elected directors are: Dr. David Gray, Dean of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus; Karen Baillie,  Elegant Steps; Bob Brown Lynds Industrial Services;  and Sam Abushenaf, PuroClean Restorations; Julie Taylor, Skin Decision; Trina Langille, Warmth By Design. PHOTO BY BRENNAN GILLIS

2019 Chamber AGM Package

Download material for the 2019 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce AGM

TCCC-AGM 2019 SupportingDocuments



Chamber hosting Spring Ice Breaker at Raging Crow

Join us at our new Spring Ice Breaker social event!

March 26th, 4-6pm. Raging Crow Distillery, North River

To encourage shopping local, we are welcoming members currently offering a Member-to-Member (M2M) discount to bring information or promotional materials about their offers to showcase at this special social event. This will give members a chance to “break the ice” with one-on-one conversations and learn about current offers while having the opportunity to take a break from winter weather and network.

It is also an opportunity for members considering participation in the program to find out more details.
Raging Crow Distillery will be providing samples of their products and light snacks will be provided.

This is a free event open to Members (including all employees) and their friends.

Come break the ice with us to learn more about other businesses in the network that can help you save money and strengthen your local business connections.
RSVP to [email protected] by March 20. M2M participants should let us know in advance if they require table space.

Share Your Bright Idea!

Young entrepreneurs (under age 25) are invited to apply to the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to showcase their products and services at the WTH Youth Expo, April 27, 2019
Selected applicants will join us at the Chamber's expo booth.
How to apply: Send us a 200-word essay detailing your business. It may be submitted here, emailed to [email protected], dropped off or mailed to 605 Prince St., Truro, NS, B2N 1G2
Deadline: April 5, 2019
Those selected will be contacted by a member of the Chamber's Youth Engagement, Investment and Retention Committee by April 12 to confirm participation.