About the CBCC

The CBCC connects local businesses and supports business growth in the Canterbury Bankstown region and beyond. We invite all business owners to contact us to see how we can help you grow your business. The Canterbury Bankstown Chamber is one of the few Chambers in Sydney that has a dedicated full-time Chief Executive Officer. Established in 2016 by Wally Mehanna who is now the Full-Time CEO

What We're About

Our Mission

The Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide opportunities to:

 Get your business name out there

 Network with local business and potential suppliers

 Learn about best practice from others

 Stay up-to-date with market trends

 Business mentorship opportunities

 Cementing our sense of community

Our Vision

Our aim is to provide the business sector in the region with a common voice, which will listen to local business needs, advance their interest and support our community sectors, through direct advocacy, to encourage local investment.

Our Values

The Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce Values:

Transparency
We focus on members and the economic and social prosperity of our district -the Canterbury Bankstown LGA. We need your trust and trust comes from transparency. We are open to discussing any and all mission goals.

Reliability

Business Innovation

Responsibility

Our Objectives

When our members needed us the most #COVID19Aus we strived to stand shoulder to shoulder with them. We digitised and mentored our members on #howto pivot. We ramped up our operations, kept events on, delivered online support, and founded our #shoplocal video series.

Membership Target
2021
2022
2023
Events Targets
Community Engagement

Build partnerships to help our region be an ideal place to live, study, work and do business.

Inclusion & Diversity

Promote, Educate & Lead.

Our Patrons, Ambassadors and Community Representatives
As the pandemic unfolds, Australia is navigating its way to the next normal. We’re working to support businesses to build resilience through the next phase of the pandemic collectively with our members, community leaders and the support of Local, State and Federal Government. We believe that through conversation, collaboration and teamwork – our economy will recover more rapidly.
Wendy Lindsay MP East Hills
Wendy Lindsay MP
Member for East Hills
CBCC Ambassador
Jason Clare
Hon Jason Clare MP
Member for Blaxland
CBCC Patron

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government. Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Councillor Khal Asfour
Councillor Khal Asfour
Mayor City Canterbury Bankstown
CBCC Community Representative
Jihad Dib
Jihad Dib MP
Member for Lakemba
CBCC Ambassador

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

David Coleman
Hon David Coleman MP
Member for Banks
CBCC Patron

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Councillor George Zakiah
City Canterbury Bankstown
CBCC Community Representative
Meet our Board of Directors
Wally Mehanna - CEO - Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce
Wally Mehanna
CEO and Board Member

A founding board member of the CBCC, Wally is the current CEO and the backbone of our operations. A connector who empowers others with assertive, clear and innovative strategies, he works tirelessly for the betterment of the community.

Bill Parasiris
Bill Parasiris
Western Sydney University

After a varied career in various industries, Bill is currently Western Sydney University’s Chief Estate & Commercial Officer, and founding board member of the CBCC. He is currently leading the delivery of their Bankstown City Campus, set to open in 2022.

Jason Arraj - Forward Legal
Jason Arraj
Forward Legal Pty Ltd

Jason Arraj is a founding board member and the principal and founder of Forward Legal, an experienced solicitor, effective communicator and advocate for promoting local businesses in the community.

Phillip Iacovou
Phillip Iacovou
Lefand Group

Philip is the Managing Director of Lefand Group and a founding board member. He believes in the strength of relationships maintained with integrity and loyalty, and his values shine through his generous support to charities and community sponsorships.

Geoff Gaymer
Geoff Gaymer
Manager TAFE Services

Geoff is a founding board member and the Manager of TAFE Services at TAFE NSW, leading property and logistics for the Western Sydney Region. He’s passionate about quality education and supporting the community he’s lived, worked, and supported most of his life.

Sandra Duarte
Sandra Duarte
Sandra Duarte Consulting

CEO of Sandra Duarte Consulting, Sandra lends her extensive experience in leadership into her passions of inspiring others and promoting women in leadership. Dedicated to teaching students and future leaders of Australia, she is the current Chair of our CEO for a Day! Initiative.

Antoinette Khalil
Khalil Lawyers Pty Ltd

Antoinette is a female founder, has a Masters in Family Law, Principal Lawyer at Khalil Family Lawyers, a proud mother and passionate about helping others through tackling issues head-on. Current Chair of the CBCC’s Women’s Policy Committee.

jacqueline venesjarvi
Jacqueline Venesjarvi
Vicinity Centres

Jacqueline is the Guest Experience Manager at Vicinity Centres. Working in retail in customer engagement, she manages and improves the shopping experience in Bankstown Central and helps keep Canterbury-Bankstown a vibrant, engaging place to live and visit.

Jessica Emily
Jessica Wehbe
Kleanwell

Industry-leading client relations extraordinaire and passionate about helping people, Jessica Wehbe is well known amongst Sydney-based property and construction circles as well as charity organisations and various chambers of commerce.