• History


    The Brampton Board of Trade has been advocating on behalf of Brampton’s business community for more than 130 years.

    Established in 1887, local grain dealer Kenneth Chisholm served as the Board of Trade’s first President. Like many business leaders involved in the Board of Trade, Mr. Chisholm was also active in public service as a local reeve and member of provincial parliament.

    Advocacy on behalf of the business community is core to the Board of Trade’s history. In fact, Board of Trade past-presidents and directors have served as Brampton Mayor no less than 5 times in Brampton’s history; four served as MPPs and many as local councillors.



    “The Board of Trade is the only organization in Brampton that takes a comprehensive approach to economic development.  The work they do is invaluable.  I encourage more business people to join and volunteer at the Board.”

    Evan Moore, 2017 BBOT Chair



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    “The work that the Board of Trade is doing with all levels of government to improve the city’s economic climate is worthy of any business’s support.”    

    Heather Strati, 2018 BBOT Chair



  • Notable milestones and achievements throughout the decades include:

    1897:  assists in securing a buyer for the town foundry

    1950: officially incorporates as Brampton Chamber of Commerce

    1956: sharing equal representation with City Councillors on Brampton’s first Industrial Commission

    1956: sent representative to Hungary as part of Brampton’s refugee aid committee

    1963: organizes the city’s first festival of flowers

    1974: regional government forms and re-incorporated as Brampton Board of Trade

    1974: operated the motor vehicle licensing bureau until 2015

    1985: revives the Santa Claus Parade, as a nationally-acclaimed night parade

    1997: wins Ontario Chamber of Commerce award for communications

    1997: welcomes Maria Britto as its first female president

    2000: assists with the recruitment of Chrysler, Brampton’s largest employer at the time

    2004: successfully advocates for the extension of highway 410 through Brampton

    2004: launches the “Save Our Hospital” campaign and continued healthcare advocacy for Peel Memorial

    2014: international trade advocacy and market development supported by mission to Turkey

  • 2015: launches the Prosperity Roundtable and agenda to boost key economic drivers

    2015: founding member, Canadian Global Cities Council, a coalition of business communities in Canada’s nine largest markets

    2016: recognized as #1 business association and networking organization in Brampton

    2016: founding member, Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council

    2017: joins World Trade Centre – Toronto’s first mission to United Arab Emirates

    2017: establishes Top 40 Under 40 initiative to showcase Brampton’s talented workforce

    2018: successful advocacy to reduce city property tax increases (frozen 2018-2020)

    2018: re-accredited with standard of excellence by the national accreditation council (with distinction)

    2019: hosts Chamber Executives of Ontario Conference

    2019: CEO named to Governing Council, World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce

    2020: collaborates with Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery to provide essential business guidance through global pandemic

    2020: advocacy for Two-Way, All-Day GO train service leads to CEO’s appointment to the Minister of Transportation’s Business Advisory Council on Transit in the Innovation Corridor


    BBOT 2016 Chair Badar Shamim says it well, “Through BBOT I have seen the significance of the business community as a key driver of prosperity and economic growth for our community at large. I feel enriched as a person and as a business community member being a part of the Board of Trade.”



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