• History of The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce


    The St. James Board of Trade obtained its charter on March 19, 1930 and its
    certificate of formation was recorded on June 18, 1930. It was referred to
    as the St. James Chamber of Commerce starting in 1949 and officially was
    recorded as such by the Boards of Trade Act in 1966.

    On June 25, 1969, the Assiniboia Chamber, which had been formed in 1959
    amalgamated with the St. James Chamber to become the St. James-Assiniboia
    Chamber of Commerce.

    At the 1996 Annual General Meeting the name was modified again to The
    Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce to reflect the current reality of the part of
    the City of Winnipeg that the Chamber represents.

    Our service territory encompasses the western half of the City of Winnipeg
    commencing at St. James Street and all points to the north, west and south to
    the city limits. This includes the airport area, Centreport, Red River Exhibition
    Park, Assiniboia Downs complexes as well as the Kenaston Boulevard Power

    Our mandate guides the Chamber Board to provide effective representation
    of the over 100,000 citizens and 4,000 businesses who live, work, learn and
    play in West Winnipeg.

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  • Certificate of Formation of The St. James Board of Trade, June 18, 1930.

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  • The Chamber was gifted this plaque from the City of St. James in what we can assume was in 1956 when the RM of St. James became a city. We are told only a few of these exist. It is a plaster emblem mounted on a velvet background.

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  • This picture is what we can only assume to be a gift to the Chamber from George Chapman Canadian Champion 1966. George Chapman was Past Chair of the Chamber in 1963.

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  • The resolution of amalgamation of The City of St. James and The Rural Municipality of Assiniboia. (1969)

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  • The Chambers 50th Anniversary 1980.

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  • Circa 1987 and still true today!

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  • Bob Waldon (left) accepts a miniature Red River cart at the Professional Photographers Association convention.

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  • The tradition of sponsoring a horse race at Assiniboia Downs continued through the lifespan of the Chamber. The last event was in 2010 for the Chamber's 80th Anniversary Purse.

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  • This certificate was presented to The Chamber October 1989 from the Minister of State for youth.  For the participation in the Summer Employment Program for Canada's students.

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  • Land Acknowledgement
    The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce acknowledges that we gather on ancestral lands, Treaty One Territory, traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota and Dene Peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis. Our drinking water comes from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, in Treaty Three Territory.