BC Chamber of Commerce appoints youngest leader ever

Val Litwin, hair salon chain co-founder and former BIV Forty under 40 winner, to take over as chamber CEO in September

Blo Blow Dry Bar co-founder Val Litwin has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the BC Chamber of Commerce | submitted

The BC Chamber of Commerce has appointed its youngest president and chief executive officer ever.

Val Litwin, 38, who co-founded Blo Blow Dry Bar in 2007, replaces Jon Garson as the  chamber’s CEO.

He said he’s excited to take the helm of the chamber at such a young age and is looking forward to leading it after he’s officially in the role in September.

The chamber, Litwin said, is “at an exciting crossroads and ready for its next evolution. We now get to define what the future looks like with our members, with our partners and with our province.” 

Litwin’s hair salon company currently has more than 70 locations in Canada, the U.S. and the Philippines. The new chamber CEO was also a key player for Nurse Next Door, a seniors home care company, and is currently the Whistler Chamber of Commerce’s CEO. Litwin also co-founded Extreme Kindness, which runs volunteer tours and a web series based on committing random acts of kindness.

In 2011, Litwin was a Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award winner. The BC Chamber of Commerce represents more than 125 chambers of commerce and 36,000 businesses across the province.

Earlier this year, the BC Chamber of Commerce parted ways with former CEO Jon Garson a mere seven months after he was hired.