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The winners of the 2011 World Chambers Competition were announced Friday during a special award ceremony held on the closing day of the 7th World Chamber Congress in Mexico City.

Best Unconventional project

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (Canada) – Funny Money

The Cambridge Chamber believes that it is paramount to instil strong financial literacy values in the next generation of national and international leaders. Since its inception in 2005, the programme has been presented to over 400,000 high school children across Canada.

Best International Project

Canterbury Employer’s Chamber of Commerce (New Zealand) – Recover Canterbury, the role of a Chamber of Commerce when disaster strikes

On 4 September 2010 a devastating earthquake hit New Zealand. But within hours, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce or the Employers’ Chamber was operating as a key reference point for the region’s businesses. Their project demonstrates the unique and vital role that a chamber of commerce can play to protecting and supporting the business community.

Best Small Business Project

New South Wales (NSW) Business Chamber (Australia) – Online Growth Programme

The Online Growth Programme is a comprehensive, educational and coaching programme designed to help small businesses go online, and improve their web presence and e-business capabilities. The programme specifically assists small business owners, regardless of industry focus, across NSW and the Australian Capital Territory in both rural and urban areas, to develop and implement practical action plans for successful online operations.

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (Turkey) – Ozimek

This project aims to preserve, develop and increase employment opportunities by enabling individuals to benefit from vocational and technical education institutions in Turkey. The project aims to address unemployment in Turkey which intensified significantly after the crisis.

The 2011 edition of the World Chambers Competition attracted 72 entries from 41 countries.

Winners each receive €1,000 generously donated from Competition sponsors and chamber members.

Organized by the ICC World Chambers Federation, the Competition is the only global awards programme to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world. Due to the recognition that Competition projects receive, previous finalists and winners have experienced a significant positive impact on their local and national profiles and influence.

For further information, please contact

  • Anthony PARKES
  • +33 (0)1 49 53 29 67
  • Director, WCF