Kelowna Chamber CEO ready to embark on a career change

A staple in the Okanagan’s business community is bidding adieu to his duties and starting on a new path—although he’s not saying what that might be just yet other than it won’t take him from this city.

A staple in the Okanagan’s business community is bidding adieu to his duties and starting on a new path—although he’s not saying what that might be just yet other than it won’t take him from this city.

Weldon LeBlanc, the CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, announced Thursday afternoon that his relationship with the local lobbying organization would come to an end June 30.

“I’ve been working with chambers for the last 14 years, and in organizational management for the last 20 years—for me, it’s time for a change in what I’m doing,” he said.

“I have no plans at this point, I am currently looking for options.”

LeBlanc’s exit date coincides with his six year anniversary of starting with the chamber, and he says it’s been a great run.

“I’m absolutely pleased with the direction we’ve gone,” he said.

“With the programming we’ve put in place, it’s been back to the basics. We’ve been reaching out to the community, getting out there and meeting one-on-one with businesses, in their own businesses.”

During the economic downturn, that kind of focus persisted, he added.

Karen Hawes, the chamber’s president, thanked LeBlanc for his leadership and commitment to the Kelowna Chamber, wishing him much success in the future.

But, they won’t be spending much time lamenting his departure.

The chamber announced it will immediately start the search for a new CEO. LeBlanc will stay on to help with the transition.