Former Whistler Chamber of Commerce CEO Melissa Pace has been appointed to a new role with the BC Chamber of Commerce.
In a release Monday, June 6, B.C.'s largest business association announced that Pace would be taking the position of director, member experience.
“Melissa brings a wealth of experience from her five years as the CEO of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and another 35 years working in the tourism and hospitality sector here in British Columbia,” said BC Chamber president and CEO Fiona Famulak in the release. “She is a respected leader and fierce advocate for business, who has brought a bold voice to many conversations with government, and encouraged positive change for businesses and not-for-profits locally, provincially and nationally.”
In her new role, Pace will contribute to the chamber's 2022-24 strategic plan by engaging with local chambers and boards of trade across the province "on their evolving short-, medium- and long-term needs, exploring ideas and connecting with colleagues to deliver high-value solutions that are responsive, timely and enrich the member experience," the release went on.
Pace's appointment is another addition to the Whistler-to-BC-Chamber pipeline. Famulak, who was selected to head the provincial business network last year, served as head of the Whistler Chamber between 2008 and '13, while Val Litwn took over that role after Famulak's departure before assuming the top job at the BC Chamber in 2016. He stepped down from the position in 2020 with an eye towards provincial politics.
Pace announced she was leaving the Whistler Chamber in April. The search for her replacement is ongoing.