The Chamber is one of the most active international chambers of commerce operating in London. Its approximately 300 corporate members elect a board of directors, which currently includes representation from the Alberta UK Office, Bank of Montreal, BlackBerry, Canary Wharf Group, Cavendish Group, CGI, CIBC, Dadco Group, European Trade & Investment Office for British Columbia, Fasken Martineau LLP, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Hatch Associates, HSBC Bank plc, Madano Partnership, McCarthy Tétrault, Nexen, Norton Rose Fulbright, Ontario International Marketing Centre, Quebec Government Office, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, SNC Lavalin, Stikeman Elliott, TCL Corporation (BlackBerry Mobile), Thomson Reuters, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and White & Case.
The Chamber regularly hosts senior Canadian business leaders and politicians, such as the Hon Andrew Scheer PC MP, Leader of the Official Opposition (2018), the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade (2017), and the chief economists of Canada’s six largest banks, who will take part once again on 8 June 2018 in an annual panel discussion hosted by the Chamber for the 9th year. The Chamber also maintains strong ties with governmental and other bodies, such as the High Commission of Canada, Canadian provincial governments represented in London, the British High Commission and British and Canadian chambers of commerce and boards of trade. In recent years, the Chamber has welcomed many official dignitaries to its events, including sitting Canadian and British Prime Ministers, and former Heads of State.
In addition to his new role, Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Board Director and Trustee of FitzRoy, a national charity helping to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Matthew commented, “I am honoured to be appointed President of the Chamber which has such a long and proud tradition of assisting businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, and am looking forward to my new role in an era of continual change, challenge and opportunity.
For over 90 years the Chamber has been promoting and facilitating trade and investment in Canada, the UK and Europe. The special relationship between Canada and the UK, its largest investment partner in Europe, is stronger than ever. I look forward to working with our members and all our stakeholders to take full advantage of the new opportunities that the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) has created and the further relationships that develop in the months and years ahead.”