St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board of Directors
November 29, 2023
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Mr. Ross Gardner, Managing Director of Carasco & Son, is the new President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. He was elected President at the Chamber’s 139th Annual General Meeting held on November 29th, 2023 at the Sandals Grande Ballroom, under the theme “The Driving Force for Sustainable Business and Community Prosperity for St. Lucia’.

Mr. Gardner succeeds Mr. Trevor Louisy former Managing Director of the St. Lucia Electricity Services Company Ltd., and now Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Company. The Outgoing President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Louisy, did not seek reelection after serving the traditional two one-year terms. Mr. Gardner has previously served as First Vice President to Mr. Louisy and has been on the Chamber Board since 2015.

The Open Session of the Annual General Meeting featured two presenters. The first was the Ambassador of the Mexican United States to St. Lucia and the OECS, His Excellency Manuel Lopez Moreno, and his Trade Team from Mexico, and the second Mr. Rodrigo da Costa Fonseca Manager for Strategic Affairs ofApex Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Both presenters spoke to the issue of “Exploring Opportunities to increase trade with Latin America as a Strategy to bring better and more stable supply of goods and prices to St. Lucia Consumers.”

The 139th AGM was sponsored by Real Foods Ltd., the operators of KFC in St. Lucia.

During the Closed Session of the Meeting the Executive Director’s and the Auditor’s Report were presented. This was followed by the Election of the Board of Directors. This election was highly contested and saw the election of several Business Executives as first-time Directors the Chamber Board.

The new Board of Directors of the Chamber are: • President – Ross Gardner, Managing Director, Carasco and Son

• 1st Vice President – Nicholas Barnard, Managing Director, St. Lucia Linen

• 2nd Vice President – Jason King, Chief Financial Officer, St. Lucia Distillers Group of Companies

• Immediate Past President- Trevor Louisy Chairman WASCO

• Director – Cheryl Renwick, Managing Director, Renwick and Company

• Director – Louise Victor, Corporate Affairs Manager, Heineken Saint Lucia

• Director – Gidden Augustin, Managing Director, islandTEK

• Director – Deborah Edward, General Manager SOL EC LTD St. Lucia & Dominica

• Director – Rhon Stephens, Executive Director, Hewanorra Air Cargo Services

• Director – Omari Frederick, Corporate Communications Manager, LUCELEC

• Director – Eldris Mauricette, Island Manager, Tropical Shipping

The new Board has already scheduled their first meeting and have indicated their excitement and enthusiasm to serve the Chamber and the wider business community.

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Frequently asked questions
Where is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce located?
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The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is located at Orange Park Commercial Building, 1st Floor, Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet.

Is the chamber of commerce part of the government?
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While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government  

What are the benefits of being in the chamber of commerce?
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Advocating on behalf of members with the public sector. Increased visibility and credibility. Business training and education information sharing and networking.

What is the main purpose of the chamber of commerce?
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A chamber of commerce is an organization of business owners and entrepreneurs who promote the interests of their local business community. Chambers of commerce provide access to valuable resources, discounts, and relationships that help businesses save money and market their products.

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Chambers of Commerce will act to promote public policies that are in the best interest of business, in general. Specific Chambers of Commerce may also attempt to promote policies that serve specific industries or geographic locations.