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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Greater Niagara Chamber forms Niagara Chinese Business Council

In 2017, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) hosted the first meeting of the newly-formed Niagara Chinese Business Council (NCBC).

The GNCC was approached by a group of Chinese businesspeople in Niagara who sought to form a new business organization for Niagara’s Chinese business community. Their goal were to create a forum for the exchange of business information and an avenue for fostering regional communication and promotion of trade and commerce. The NCBC will do this through joint events, educational seminars, research, and meetings with policymakers.

Housed in the GNCC, the NCBC will be comprised of people with significant knowledge and experience of the Chinese business communities both in Niagara and overseas. The NCBC will also assist Niagara’s Chinese businesses with integration into the broader economy.

As Niagara’s largest business organization and as the third-largest Chamber in Ontario, with over 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, the GNCC is uniquely positioned to host this new organization and to help it make the connections it will need to fulfill its mission.

The NCBC is the newest of many GNCC councils, including the Government Affairs Council, which promotes effective government policies that help the business community; the Non-Profit Council, championing Niagara’s sizeable and important non-profit sector; the Women In Niagara Council, which promotes and assists Niagara’s women in business; the NEXTNiagara Council, the voice of the emerging generation in Niagara charged with representing Niagara’s young leaders; and the Small Business Niagara Council, which assists Niagara’s hugely important small business community.

The inaugural NCBC business dinner event will take place on Thursday, February 09th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines. For more information, please contact the GNCC at 905 684-2362 or visit


“We are tremendously excited to have been approached with this opportunity. The GNCC’s mission is to help Niagara’s businesses succeed, and we are glad to help Niagara’s Chinese business community.”

– Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

“As Niagara’s largest business organization, the GNCC was uniquely positioned to help us achieve our goals. Greater integration and understanding between Chinese businesses and the rest of Niagara will be enormously beneficial to both. We look forward to that and to the prosperity that will follow.”

– Chris Zhu, Chair of NCBC


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Caption: Members of the Niagara Chinese Business Council with NCBC Chair Chris Zhu (seated, centre), NCBC Vice-Chair Tony Zhang (standing, third from left), GNCC CEO Mishka Balsom (seated, at right), and GNCC Chair Ian Kowalchuk (standing, far right)

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Caption: GNCC Board of Directors with GNCC CEO Mishka Balsom (front, at far left), NCBC Chair Chris Zhu (front, second from left), GNCC Chair Ian Kowalchuk (front, second from right) and NCBC Vice-Chair Tony Zhang (front, far right)


The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

For further information, contact:
Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

Chris Zhu
Investors Group

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