History of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce was started in the early 1900s. It experienced a hiatus in the early 1960s and was rejuvenated by a group of interested business people in 1979. In 1984, the Chamber moved to its first office – an old sales trailer on the same site where the current office is located.
The new building – a meeting place for business – was opened in December 2002 under the leadership of Ian Johnson, President of the Board of Directors, and Rosalyn Gonsalves, General Manager.
The Chamber was known as the Aurora Board of Trade initially, with the name changing in 1967 to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a politically independent, membership-based, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization. It is not part of the Corporation of the Town of Aurora; however, we work closely on a number of issues to benefit the local business community.
Funding for the Chamber comes from revenue raised through membership fees and special events. The events bring together community members, businesses, and visitors from surrounding communities.
Since the early days, Chamber members have benefitted from connecting with each other. They have shared problems and dreams, business knowledge, the excitement of being a business in Aurora, and survival skills during some tough economic downturns.
Today, the Chamber has a membership of approximately 600 businesses and continues to grow, increase retention and respond to new challenges and opportunities to benefit its members.
Learn More About Governance of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Annual General Meeting
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors' are elected by the membership at the organization's Annual General Meeting. Annual Financial Statements are approved at this meeting.
Board of Directors
A complete list of the current Board of Directors and their backgrounds.
The Board of Directors follow the Chamber's bylaws to govern the organization.
In addition to the Chamber's Board of Directors, the organization is supported by a valuable group of volunteers who sit on various committees to assist with the work of the organization.
Members volunteer their time to ensure that the Chamber continues to represent the interests of local business. The list of member businesses can be found in our member directory.
Mission, Vision and Values
The activities undertaken by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce are directed by our mission, vision and values.
Past Chairs' Hall of Fame
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is governed by a dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors. Our Past-Chairs & Past-Presidents Hall of Fame offers a comprehensive list of the committed individuals who completed a term as President or Chair of the Board of Directors.
Daily operations of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce are fulfulled by a team of dedicated Chamber professionals.