On Wednesday, she announced the chamber easily surpassed that goal, adding 146 members in the past year to bring the total to 738.
But chamber chair Tim Redpath said the business group isn’t done growing, and that a broader membership base will give the organization more legitimacy when speaking on behalf of the business community.
“Right now, we have a fragmented business voice in Ottawa,” he said in an interview during a Chamber networking event Wednesday evening.
Mr. Redpath, who is also president of consulting firm Train of Thought, said the Chamber aims to draft more municipal policies in 2010 so it can represent the business sector at City Hall and be a “partner” in building a better Ottawa.
In a speech to chamber members, Ms. Kelly said the organization wants to business issues front and centre during this year’s municipal election campaign and plans to host all-candidate debates.