About the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce

Our Mandate

Our mandate is to act as the primary voice of business through involvement in activities, projects, and matters that are of importance to members of the Chamber.

Our goal is to enhance the economic and social environments within the City of Prince Albert and surrounding area through advocacy, support and education.

 

Advocacy

The Chamber of Commerce objective is to promote, support and encourage business and community. We represent the business community to all levels of government, with the understanding that excessive government intervention/ intrusion into business results in the difficulty of business being constrained and unable to be fully effective under those circumstances.

Benefits

Powerful partnerships allow the Chamber to offer businesses access to merchant services and discount plans that provide stability and reduce business costs. The most notable is the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.

 

Connector

The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role as a “Connector” to bring together groups or organizations through meetings, luncheons, and business planning sessions. This results in exceptional opportunities for our members to become better informed about business opportunities, policies, information sessions and networking events. Many of our events incorporate a strong social aspect that allows members to make new connections, or strengthen existing ones. Membership in the Chamber of Commerce is a partnership. The Chamber works on behalf of its membership and we look to our business partners to determine the organization’s direction and mandate.

 

Governance

The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization which utilizes a governance model for the Board members, committees and staff. The Chamber Board is comprised of professionals who are representative of our local business community. Bylaws and Policies are reviewed and updated annually.

History

The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce was formally established in 1887.

​As one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in Canada, the history of the Chamber is very much a history of the City of Prince Albert. It has worked in close partnership from the time Prince Albert was named the fourth town of the North West Territories in 1885. Preliminary organization of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce commenced in the winter of 1881-82, with the first meeting held in the Hudson’s Bay store.

During those first years the Chamber worked to bring the Rail Line to Prince Albert, welcoming the first train in 1890. With transportation options expanding, the Chamber began to actively promote Prince Albert as a destination for industry and trade. The ‘Prince Albert Route to the Klondike’ allowed local suppliers to prosper during the gold rush.

As Prince Albert was established a City in 1904, the Chamber actively promoted it nationally and internationally as a place to immigrate and do business.

Some of the industries explored and assisted by the Chamber in the early years included:  Abattoir and Pork Packing, Forestry, Washing Powder Plant, Creamery & Cheese Factory, Foundry, Machine Shop, Grain Buying & Handling, Livestock Marketing, a Tannery, Mineral Exploration, a Cigar Factory, 2nd Newspaper, Radio Station, Pulp & Paper, and many others.

The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce was also instrumental in the development of infrastructure including Rail Line Studies & Construction, River Navigation, Postal Service, Assistance to Settlement, Search for Electrical Power, Water Power, Road & Bridge access, Ferry Service, Shipping, and an Airport.

It was also instrumental in obtaining facilities for Health Care and Education.

In 1918, following the collapse of the La Colle Falls project, one of Prince Albert’s early settlers and entrepreneurs, Samuel McLeod, pledged his personal credit to prevent Prince Albert schools from closing. This led to the establishment of the Samuel McLeod Business Awards, which recognizes the legacy of Samuel McLeod’s pioneering spirit, entrepreneurship, civic leadership and unfailing faith in Prince Albert that we recognize in our business award recipients.

Over the years the Chamber witnessed the Riel Rebellion, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and times of peace and prosperity within varying economic cycles. Through it, the citizens of our District have demonstrated determination and tenacity, building bonds between people and communities.

Today, the Chamber continues to work on behalf of business and industry as an advocate to all levels of government and facilitating opportunities for business people to engage and connect.

List of Chamber of Commerce chairs

1887-1889 Hon. L. Clarke
1890-1891 T.O. Davis
1892-1895 J.E. Young
1896-1897 T.J. Agnew
1898 D.C. McLennan
1889-1902 F.C. Baker
1902-1903 J.H. Wilson
1904 T.H. McGuire
1905-1906 Roy H. Hall
1907-1908 J.E. Bradshaw
1909 Roy H. Hall
1910 A.J. Bell/F.C. McGuire
1911 N.W. Morton
1912-1913 A. Homes
1914 S. McLeod
1915 T.J. Agnew
1916 R.H. Hall
1917 F.W. Armitage
1918 A.L. Mattes
1919 Unknown
1920 G.W. Baker
1921-1922 J.S. Fowlie
1923 J.H. Lindsay QC
1924 F.J. O’Leary
1925-1926 P.W. Mahon
1927-1928 H.M. Sibbald
1929-1930 R.G. Heim
1931 G.W. Baker
1932-1934 C.H. McIntosh
1935 J.H. Strong
1936 R.R. Manville
1937 C.C. Gamble

​1938 H.M. Sibbald
1939 J.A..M. Craig
1940 R.Mayson
1941 F.A. Watson
1942 C.S. Smith
1943 E.H. Mitchell
1944 E.M. Saville
1945 J. E. Mitchell
1946 F.H. Helme
1947 G.G. Daviss
1948-1949 F.R. Hadley
1950 E.A. Rawlinson
1951 W.J. Quinn
1952 D.L. Dalziel
1953 L.S. Wordale
1955 F.W. Veale
1956-1957 R.J McArter
1958 J.M.B. Longpre
1959 E.C. Gerry
1960 G.H. Nies
1961 Gordon C. Mann
1962 C.G. McWha
1963 R.F. Matthews
1964 J.G. Anderson
1965 R.J.Casey
1966 J.D. Tomney
1967 N.J.J. Mahoney
1968 G.H. Brooker
1969 Denis B. Hinz
1970 J. Ham
1971 Jim Sanderson
1972 C. Gordon Mohler
​1973 Ab Pelligrini
1974 N. Bomphrey
1975 Ervin Bauer
1796 R.G. Bundon
1977 John B. Matheson
1978 Kris Eggum
1979 Ron Emmons
1980-1981 Ken Tucker
1982 David Ballantyne
1983 Nancy Kent
1984 Harold Guy
1985 Ron Wesolowski
1986 Jack Cennon
1987 Don Atwell
1988 Myrna Nagy
1989 Ben Plemel
1990 Gary Kemp
1991 Jim Smith
1992 Rick Lokken
1993 Tim Steele
1994 John Mitchell
1995 Mervin Schneider
1996 Sid Adams
1997 Gerry Stroshein
1998 Don Lowry
1999 Verna Block
2000 John Mitchell
2001 Ralph Boychuk
2002 Marc Hauser
2003 Larry Fladager
2004 Wayne Roznowsky
2005 Don Shindelka

2006 Harvey Agnew
2007 Larry Aitken
2008 Allan Hopkins
2009 Krista Eggum
2010 Joe Bexson
2011 Doug Patrick
2012 Michael Mitchell
2014 Shelley Cannon
2015 Greg Breeze
​2016 Gord Jahn
​2017 Meghan Mayer
​2018 Ian Litzenberger
2019 Jason Hurd

List of lifetime members
1887 Hon. J. Clarke
1888 Hon. J. Clarke
1889 Hon. J. Clarke
1890 T.O. Davis
1891 T.O. Davis
1892 J.E. Young
1893 J.E. Young
1894 J.E. Young
1895 J. E. Young
1896 T.J. Agnew
1897 T.J. Agnew
1898 D.C. McLellan
1899 F.C. Baker
1900 F.C. Baker
1901 Unknown
1902 J.H. Wilson
1903 J.H. Wilson
1904 T.H. McGuire
1905 R.H. Hall
1906 R.H. Hall
1907 J.E. Bradshaw
1908 J.E. Bradshaw
1909 R.H. Hall
1910 A.J. Bell/ D. McGuire
1911 N.W. Norton
1912 A. Holmes
1913 A. Holmes
1914 S. McLeod
1915 T.J. Agnew
1916 R.H. Hall
1917 F.W. Armitage
1918 A.L. Mattes
1919 G.W. Baker
1920 E.A. Fox
1921 J.S. Fowlie
1922 J.S. Fowlie
1923 J.H. Lindsay
1924 F.J. O’Leary
1925 P.W. Mahon
1926 P.W. Mahon
1927 H. M. Sibbald
1928 H. M. Sibbald
1929 R.G. Heim
1930 R.G. Heim
1931 G.W. Baker
1932 C.H. McIntosh
​1933 C.H. McIntosh
1934 C.H. McIntosh
1935 J.H. Strong
1936 R.R. Manville
1937 C.C. Gamble
1938 H.M. Sibblad
1939 J.A.M. Craig
1940 R. Mayson
1941 F.A. Watson
1942 C.S. Smith
1943 E.H. Mitchell
1944 E.M. Saville
1945 J.E. Mitchell
1946 F.H. Helme
1947 G.G. Davis
1948 F.R. Hadley
1949 F.R. Hadley
1950 E.A. Rawlinson
1951 W.J. Quinn
1952 D.L. Daziel
1953 L.S. Wordale
1954 F.W. Veale
1955 F.W. Veale
1956 R.J. McArter
1957 R.J. McArter
1958 J.M.B. Longpre
1959 E.C. Gerry/G.H. Nies
1960 G.H. Nies
1961 G. C. Mann
1962 C.G. McWa
1963 R.F. Matthews
1964 J.G. Anderson
1965 R.J. Casey
1966 J.D. Tomney
1967 N.J.J. Mahoney
1968 G.H. Brooker
1969 D.B. Hinz
1970 J. Ham
1971 J. Sanderson
1972 C.G. Mohler
1973 A. Pellegrini
1974 N. Bomphray
1975 E. Bauer
1976 R.G. Bundon
1977 John B. Matheson
1978 Kris Eggum
​1979 Ron Emmons
1980 Ken Tucker
1981 Ken Tucker
1982 David Ballantyne
1983 Nancy Kent
1984 Harold Guy
1985 Ron Wesolowski
1986 Jack Cennon
1987 Don Atwell
1988 Myrna Nagy
1989 Ben Plemer
1990 Gary Kemp
1991 Jim Smith
1992 Harold Guy/ Floyd Glass
1993 Ab Pellegrini/Jack Matheson
1994 Kris Eggum/ Steve Pasloski
1995 Art Hauser, Vic Lemieux, Harold Mallwitz
1996 Hershel Davidner
1997 Alex Aaron/ Paul Houle
1998 George Thorpe/Bob Bundon
2002 John Mitchell
2003 John Boyd/ Hershel Davidner
2004 Floyd Baldwin
2005 Ron Wesolowski
2006 Wayne Person/ Merv Sneider
2007 Don Atwell
2008 Ralph Boychuk
2009 Harvey Agnew
2012 Craig Mitchell
2014 Barry Dutchak/ Jim Scarrow
2017 Fred Matheson
​2019 Maureen Frey