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  • 1. Business Progress Message from the Chairman Upcoming Events From the Chair of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Board, Mr. Doug Patrick; On behalf of the Board for the Prince Albert and April 2012 District Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Merle Lacert as the Chief Executive Officer., “We look forward to working withApril 10th Merle. He brings a strong business administration background and knowledge ofSamuel McLeod Awards, 7:30 PME.A. Rawlinson Centre the Prince Albert and area business community. Merle has experience in the administration of Human Resources for one of Prince Albert’s largest privateApril 12th sector employers with over 400 employees. Merle also serves as President ofChilean Miners Rescue Testimony, Smart Families Food Cooperative. These attributes will help the Prince and11:45 AM, Ches Leach Room District Chamber of Commerce in its goals to advocate for business and pro-April 19th-Next Quarterly Meeting mote the region.”Investment and Growth Committee Doug Patrick, Chairman Register Online Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce@www.princealbertchamber.com or Message from the CEOAdmin.pachamber@sasktel.net From the CEO of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce, Merle Lacert; It is a real honor to represent the members of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce, and to be the voice of business, for the Prince Albert & District businesses. I look forward to working with the mem- bers of the PADCC, as it an exciting time to be a part of Prince Albert. We have had much success, a few challenges, yet so much opportunity. I look for- ward to pursuing those opportunities, overcoming the challenges, and celebrat- ing the success’s with you.Our Mission Merle Lacert, CEOTo ensure that a second bridge that Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerceserves central and northernSaskatchewan will receive a Budget Highlightscommitment from senior 2012 Federal Budget Highlightsgovernments. 1)5.2 billion in cuts, this is geared to balance the Canadian deficit by 2014-2015.For more information go to: 2)Gradual change to the eligibility for Old Age Security, changing to age 67 from age 65. Elimination of the Penny, Canadian mint tohttp://www.buildasecondbridge.com stop producing the penny 3)Spending reductions to result in the reduction of approx 12,000 public sector jobs over three years. $275 million investment to Aboriginal education and job training over the next three years. $331 Million investment over two years, toPrince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce build and renovate on reserve water systems.3700 2nd Ave West Provincial Budget Highlights:Prince Albert, SK S6W 1A2 1)Funding for a new Gym at Carlton Comprehensive High school 2)Increased Revenue Sharing for MunicipalitiesPhone: 764 6222 Fax: 922 4727 3)Increased funding to provide more education and training opportunities forWebsite: www.princealbertchamber.com aboriginal students in SaskatchewanFor Newsletter and advertising : 4)Increases to various infrastructure projects through Saskatchewan and including the Prince Albert RegionE-mail: chamberpa@sasktel.net
  • 2. Completed EventsJanuary-19th 2012 22nd Annual Samuel McLeod Awards Samuel McLeod Finalists Tourism : Sponsored by The Northern Lights Casino The Prince Albert Destination Marketing Fund Inc. The Hawood Inn Young Entrepreneur: Sponsored by Diamond North Credit Union(Picture provided by Rawlco Radio) Schmalz Real Estate Dr Java’s Coffee HouseMayors State of the City Address-His Worship, Mr. Jim Scarrow Novus Salonspoke about the progress our city has made and our standing as New Product/Service:an entrepreneurial region. This event was a great success with over Sponsored by Enterprise Saskatchewan200 people in attendance. Solid Innovation SystemsFebruary-15th 2012 Results Cosmetics and Wellness Therapies Investment: Sponsored by Scotiabank PBCN Petro Canada The Prince Albert Co-operative Association North Ridge Development Corporation Victoria Square Compounding Pharmacy Job Creation: Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Offices Cornerstone Insurance Services Incorporated(Left to right: Don Deranger, Board Member for Cameco, Jay’s Moving & Storage Ltd.Tim Gitzel CEO of Cameco, Doug Patrick, PA Chamber Chairman, Pronto AirwaysEric Anderson, Investment and Growth Committee Member. ) New Venture:Cameco Luncheon– Sponsored by Conexus Credit UnionTim Gitzel, CEO of Cameco discussed PBCN Petro Canada TADA Shoppingthe growing demand for energy in the years to come and PA Anglers Fishing and Huntinghow Cameco can meet our energy needs. Dr Java’s Coffee House Service Industry: Sponsored by: RBC Royal BankMarch-15th 2012 Granite CDRG Cornerstone Insurance Services Incorporated P.E. Advertising Marketing : Sponsored by Direct West The Prince Albert Raiders Hockey Club Inc. Windows Beautiful and Home Decor Ltd. Environment : Sponsored by Advantage Credit Union Canadian Bio-Energy Management(Photo provided by the PA Herald) KIN Enterprises Inc Business of the Year:Robert Mann Accepted the award of behalf of his father Sponsored by Community FuturesChampagne Breakfast–Recognized the finalists and Cornerstone Insurance Services Incorporated PBCN Petro Canadaannounced the legacy award winner. North Ridge Development CorporationLegacy Award Winner– The Samuel McLeod Committeeselected Roger Mann for his dedication to the communityand his charitable contributions.
  • 3. Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Committee Update Investment Growth CommitteeTerms of ReferenceThe Chamber of Commerce Investment and Growth committee will be charged with identifying industries/issues forwhich the Board of the Chamber and its staff should be focusing their advocacy efforts on and then re-evaluating thosepriorities on a regular basis by receiving updates from various community stakeholders.January 2012: The committee met to identify industries and issues which it felt were likely important to the business com-munity as a whole.February 2012: The committee met to evaluate and prioritize the identified industries and issues which it believes shouldbe the focus of the Chamber Board and staff. Invest & Growth Committee Priorities1. Infrastructure, specifically the bridge and other transportation flow issues (highway bypass, rail supply, bridge withproper weight limits, etc.);2. The City, specifically the City’s image and its development plans (reducing crime and social related issues, downtownrevitalization, neighbourhood beautification, supporting sport and arts activities, etc. for the image and ensuring properplanning by the City is occurring to support current and future development of industrial, commercial, and residentialproperty); and,3. Human Capital issues, specifically assisting with identifying sources of new workers (support for those with social is-sues to be work ready, immigration or training programs) and training opportunities and facilities for current and futureworkers.Elimination of the PennyThe Canadian Mint will be stopping production of the Penny. MP Mr Randy Hoback has initiated a penny drive with allproceeds going to the Children’s Haven, here in Prince Albert. The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce issupporting this initiative by collecting pennies throughout the month of April. Should you have any pennies you wish tocontribute, please drop by the Chamber office. Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors 306.764.6873 mnp.ca As a proud member of the Prince Albert community, our team of chartered The town of accountants and business advisors continue to grow to meet your unique needs. National in scope and local in focus, we take the time to understand your challenges Shellbrook and deliver personalized solutions that help you achieve your goals. Our diverse The Chamber of Commerce has services include: expanded to include the town of  Assurance Shellbrook.  Consulting We are dedicated to growing the  Corporate Finance business community and helping entrepreneurs succeed, no matter  Corporate Recovery & Insolvency where they are.  Enterprise Risks  Investigative & Forensic Services Renewed Memberships  Succession  Tax & Specialty Tax  Valuation & Litigation Support  For more information contact a local MNP advisor at 306.764.6873.
  • 4. Safer Workplaces start with you! Every day across this province someone will be injured in an inci- dent that ranges from falls, to motor vehicle collisions. Some of those injuries might occur in the workplace ranging from some- thing minor to life changing injuries. As an employer you try to make the workplace as safe as possible. Safety is not a really excit- ing water cooler topic but it is an essential part of everyone’s eve- ryday activity. No matter whether you work in retail selling cloth- ing or food to an office job or construction your personal safety and that of those around you is important.What can we do to make our workplaces safer places? Education is first and foremost the Board of Directorsmost important aspect. A quick message taped to the water cooler, posted on the wall in thewashroom, stuffed into a paycheck, can all serve as reminders. Don’t make the message Executive Officerscomplicated or too wordy. Think of it like a billboard, quick and easy to read. Another ideamight be to ask employees to bring one aspect of their job to a staff meeting and offer Chairman– Doug Patrickmeaningful suggestions on what the change might be. Fatigue mats at the checkout, better Grand Trunk Developmentlighting, some to stock the first aid kit, might be ideas that are easy to achieve. Past Chairman– Joe Bexson, paNow.comDo you have enough people trained in first aid? First aid is not only an investment of thesafety of your employees but they will carry those skills home to their family and our com- First Vice Chairman– Larry Fladagermunity. It is an inexpensive investment in your people. While help from paramedics mightbe a mere few minutes away, those few minutes might seem like an eternity in an emer- SIASTgency. Imagine that today you walk into the washroom and find a co-worker lying on the Secretary Treasurer– Maureen Freyfloor. What would you do? Do you know what to do? Would you be worried about makinga mistake? A simple skill like performing CPR can be learned in minutes heck there is MNPprobably an App for that too! Does your workplace have an AED or automated external Board Appointed– Mike Mitchelldefibrillator on site? If you do, when is that last time you reviewed the operation of theAED? In the seconds it takes for you to call for help, start CPR and get the AED you might Tyrone Pest Controlsave that co-worker from certain death.What we often fear is that I don’t know what to do or that doing something might be the Elected Board Memberswrong thing to do. First aid training helps you overcome that reluctance to not want to be Lonny Deobaldinvolved. First aid training gives you the confidence that in an emergency you will knowwhat to do. We all want to go home safely at the end of our work day. With those new skills Beachcomber Hot Tubsyou will also be encouraged to not over extend your reach while up on a ladder. Wear fall Brent Zlukoskyprotection if up on your own house roof. Dress for the job with safety glasses, gloves andearing protection while doing home projects. Things we take for granted “that won’t hurt us North Central Enterprise Regionat home” can and often do. Shelley L. Gentek Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law OfficeLooking for a way to kick start your safety meetings in your workplace, give us a call. We Trevor Dutchakare more than willing to spend 5 minutes or 50 minutes with your group to help you becomea safer workplace. Looking for additional training in first aid, CPR, WHMIS or purchase an Parkland AmbulanceAED? Give us a call our competitive rates and flexible program delivery will help you getyour staff trained. For more information call Lyle at 953-8358 or email Darwin Zurakowskilyle@parklandambulance.com. Have a safe day! Mark-it Signs Graphics and Web George Vass Prince Albert & District Community Futures Greg Breeze Affinity Insurance
  • 5. Message from Bruce Vance Business Manager: Prince Albert RaidersThe Prince Albert Raiders average attendance for the 2011-12 seasonwas 2425 or 93% capacity of the Art Hauser Centre. Of the 22 teams inthe Western Hockey League this was the third best! Obviously “Thank You” to our loyal fans, Chamber Members and business partners is an understate- ment! Your support of our community owned fran- chise is tremendous and a key reason why there is Major Junior Hockey in Prince Albert! Board of Directors We increased our season ticket base to 1740 Executive Officersthrough the efforts of many last year including increased support from Chairman– Doug Patrickthe business community, and we need to grow that number for the 12- Grand Trunk Development13 season! The entertainment of seeing the top Junior Hockey playersin Western Canada as well as the great atmosphere created by fans at Past Chairman– Joe Bexson,the Art Hauser Centre cheering on our Raiders is part of the fabric of paNow.comour community! First Vice Chairman– Larry FladagerOur marketing season is underway and we will again be asking for your SIASTloyal support! Our slogan for 2012-13 really reflects what the Raiders Secretary Treasurer– Maureen Freymean to our community ‘ “We LIVE hockey”. MNPPlease call me directly at 765-2824 at any time for marketing informa- Board Appointed– Mike Mitchelltion or just to chat about our team! Tyrone Pest ControlHave a great spring and summer and we will see you at the Art Hauser Elected Board MembersCentre in September! Lonny Deobald Beachcomber Hot TubsBruce Vance, Brent ZlukoskyBusiness Manager, North Central Enterprise RegionPrince Albert Raiders Shelley L. Gentek Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Office Trevor Dutchak Parkland Ambulance Darwin Zurakowski Mark-it Signs Graphics and Web George Vass Prince Albert & District Community Futures Greg Breeze Affinity Insurance
  • 6. Renewed Chamber Members Welcome Wagon Home Building Centre Report Direct West Western Financial Group Can West Properties Flaman Stores Inc. PA and District Association of Realtors “But we’re such a small operation. We’d like benefits but how can we afford them.” At the Chamber of Hesje Cabinets Commerce Group Benefits, size doesn’t matter. 1 or Carrier Forests Product 50 employees, the Chamber of Commerce Group Phil West Benefits offers competitive rates, quality benefits, In Province Riverside Hyundai prescription medication coverage, dental benefits, In Province WK Kitchen long-term disability, travel medical coverage, life insurance, employee assistance and more at Saskatoon, Sk 2 Advantage Credit Union affordable prices, no matter how many – or how few Regina, Sk 1 BMO Bank of Montreal –employees you have. Benefits can help you retain La Ronge, Sk 1 Steel Craft Doors Sales & Service Northern Sask, 3 your employees, people that your business needs! The Pronto Airways Chamber plan is a non profit organization, blending Nipawin, sk 1 Prince Albert Rental & Leasing the usage experiences of the many to keep the cost Fresh Air Experience down overall to the users. The Chamber offers solid Prince Albert Model Forest medical benefits and can be the supplier for you and If your business would like your business. Not sure how your current benefits Glenmore Inc. to be part of the match up? Call us at Freedom 55 Financial for a Ramada Prince Albert quote and a comparison at 922-4414, email Newcomer Welcome Package Canadian Red Cross Tracy.feher@f55f.com or check out our website at: , please visit our website Sylken Confectionary f55fprincealbert.com . www.welcomewagon.ca Wheatland Tire and Auto You have enough to do. Let us help you take care of or call toll-free First General Services your employees while you take care of your business. 1-877-251-8685. Business Development Bank We look forward to working with you. Prince Albert Daily Herald P.E. Advertising Farm and Garden Prince Albert Out of Province Frank Dunn Trailer Sales Thompson, Man 1 McDiarmid Lumber Freedom 55 Financial and the Charlottetown, P.E.I 1 New Chamber Member Chamber of Commerce Quebec, 1 Johns Garden & Nursery Group Benefit Plan Out of Country Christine Tienkamp Philippines, 1 St. Joseph’s Perish WHITROW RELIABLE ADVICE & SOLUTIONS Successfully STOBBS 144 12th St. East Prince Albert Phone: 764 2773 helping clients be & ASSOCIATES ...ACCOUNTING...TAXATION...CORPORATE SERVICES... successful Professional Accountants
  • 7. Investment and Growth CommitteeTerms of ReferenceThe Chamber of Commerce Investment and Growth committee will be charged with identifying industries/issues for which the Board of the Cham-ber and its staff should be focusing their advocacy efforts on and then re-evaluating those priorities on a regular basis by receiving updates fromvarious community stakeholders.January 2012: The committee met to identify industries and issues which it felt were likely important to the business community as a whole.February 2012: The committee met to evaluate and prioritize the identified industries and issues which it believes should be the focus of the Cham-ber Board and staff. The results of the Committees voting: Greatest importance: Infrastructure – Bridge (state and use of current, building of second) City – Image (policing/community safety, downtown, available activities, etc.) Infrastructure – Transportation Flow (movement of people in and around the City, movement of products and sup- plies to and from and through the City)Greatest impact:1. City – Development Plans (industrial, commercial, and residential)2. Infrastructure – Transportation Flow (movement of people and products)3. Human Capital – Training and Supply (finding labour to work in the businesses and the ability to find skilled labour orsend them for training locally)4. Infrastructure – Bridge (potential for failure to cross the river) Greatest likelihood of success of Chamber advocacy/lobbying1. Infrastructure – Bridge (municipal, provincial, and federal lobbying)2. City – Development Plans (identifying the need for additional available land)3. Mining – Value Added Services (participating in business recruitment activities with other stakeholders and workingwith mining companies to identify opportunities)Based on the above results of the voting activity completed by the Committee and brief discussions, it is the Commit-tees recommendation to the Board members and staff of the Chamber of Commerce to focus their efforts on the fol-lowing priorities:1. Infrastructure, specifically the bridge and other transportation flow issues (highway bypass, rail supply, bridge withproper weight limits, etc.);2. The City, specifically the City’s image and its development plans (reducing crime and social related issues, downtownrevitalization, neighbourhood beautification, supporting sport and arts activities, etc. for the image and ensuringproper planning by the City is occurring to support current and future development of industrial, commercial, and resi-dential property); and,3. Human Capital issues, specifically assisting with identifying sources of new workers (support for those with socialissues to be work ready, immigration or training programs) and training opportunities and facilities for current and fu-ture workers.
  • 8. ResultsTo assist in interpreting the chart, we prepared the following: The higher the bubble, the more importance to the business community; The further to the right the bubble, the more impact the issue or industry will have on the business community; and, The larger the bubble (either visually determined or by the number in the centre of each bubble), the more likely the Chamber will have success in affecting an outcome.