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About Us

The Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on January 10th, 1927.  We are in the 96th year of our incorporation, and we are honoured to represent the businesses in Burns Lake & the Lakes District as the Voice of Business.

A volunteer Board of Directors governs the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce. 

We are located at 258 Hwy 16 in Burns Lake, BC.  Our regular hours of operation are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Thursday, and we are closed on Statutory Holidays.

Our Chamber offers many workshops and networking opportunities – please check our events page.

Board of Directors 2022-2023

The Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors currently consists of 9 members, President, Vice-President, Treasurer/Secretary, Past President and five directors. Members are nominated and elected at the Burns Lake Chamber Annual General Meeting, held every April. Each board member is elected for a 2-year term, executive positions are elected yearly for a 1-year term.

Mark Rogers | President 

Kal Tire Burns Lake 
Dedicated to helping our local business economy flourish, Mark Rogers has been the President of the Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years.
 
Growing up on the Southside of Francois Lake, Mark has been a local of the area for many years. After spending nearly a decade working in blasting, Mark returned to a job working with tires in 1996, giving him over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. He is currently the Burns Lake Kal Tire manager, dedicated to ensuring our committee has access to friendly and professional tire maintenance services.
 
When he isn’t working to ensure every one of his customers is receiving exceptional service, Mark enjoys spending time with his family at their cabin on Babine Lake, taking in the natural beauty of our area.

Ron Zayac | Vice President 

Tech North Solutions

As the President of Tech North, Ron Zayac wears many hats as both a business and technology professional.  Ron’s wide range of expertise lies in business development, networks, backup & disaster recovery, systems design, systems administration, big-picture technology, cloud computing, virtualization, web and application development and corporate training.  With a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and 30 years of I.T. industry experience under his belt, Ron has the expertise to guide his clients’ use of technology. As a leader with multiple community groups, Ron has always been passionate about helping improve his community. He has been President of the Rotary Club of Burns Lake, President and Vice President on the Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Vice President at the Burns Lake Community Forest.

Alice Harris | Treasurer / Secretary 

RBC Burns Lake 
 

Laura Blackwell | Past President 

Lakes District News

Laura Blackwell was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved to B.C. when she was 9. She went to school in the area and moved to Smithers for 10 years. After receiving a promotion with Black Press, Laura returned to Burns Lake in 2001. She is the publisher for Lakes District News and Houston Today and has been employed by Black Press for over 26 years. 

Laura enjoys working for the newspaper and volunteering for the community of Burns Lake. Her volunteerism in the past has included 18 years for the Burns Lake Rotary club, over 20 years with the Burns Lake Foodbank and many years with the charity garden and Pinkut Lake Fish Tragedy Fund. Her present day – she has volunteered for the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years and is currently sitting on the Board of Directors as the Past President. She also sits on many committees that include the Village of Burns Lake tourism advisory committee, the United Way, the Bulkley Valley Credit Union community building committee, and the Vulnerability Analysis Advisory Committee for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako for Area B & G.

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