The board of directors guides our efforts as we map out our priorities each year. Our expert committees assist the Chamber in defining initiatives and priorities related to important matters such as, business impediments, taxation, or capital priorities.
In order to offer a more detailed response to the above question, I have compiled a brief list of some of the initiatives on which the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce continues to focus.
Key Relationships: Chambers seek to build and maintain relationships with many sectors, groups and organizations. Whether the Chamber is looking to engage on matters related to business policy, healthcare, education or taxation, we strive to have a relationship that is open so we can engage in dialogue to either gain insights or strive to effect change. Through all our work, the Chamber looks to become informed and then speak to various issues and changes as the Voice of Business, and the voice of our members.
Information & Events: the Chamber hosts a variety of events each year and work to feature a keynote speaker at every Chamber luncheon. Each Chamber event is an opportunity for members to network with other business owners. We can also connect a government minister or representative with the community to gain insights first-hand. This always comes with the opportunity for our members to ask questions and engage directly.
Committees: Our Government Affairs Committee reviewed the municipal taxation model and compiled recommendations that were later presented to City Council on behalf of Chamber members. The recommendations advocated for both short and long-term planning so our community can move forward and collaborate to pursue the various goals and priorities identified for our region. The Chamber also has a committee member representing Prince Albert on the Saskatchewan Chamber’s Northern Business Task Force. The NBTF advocates for many initiatives aimed at strengthening the northern region including roads, power generation and increased access to healthy foods.
The Chamber hosted events and consulted with various groups on labour and education including the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program. Our organization also sponsored SIAST scholarships and invited students to Chamber events to expose them to the business sector.
The Chamber has worked with community partners to pursue the creation of a Prince Albert Industry Education Council, supported the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program, sponsored SIAST Scholarships and given students the opportunity to attend chamber events to learn about the business sector and environment. In summary, we have engaged in various education initiatives to assist in building the workforce and business leaders of tomorrow.
Member Engagement: We offer various ways for our members to engage and assist the Chamber, such as volunteering as a committee member or Board Director. It is very important that we align our priorities and objectives with those our membership identifies or confirms.
Direct Benefits: Membership includes access to affordable group benefits, discounted merchant services, marketing exposure through our business directory and affordable and effective advertising products.
We are also able to assist our members through business referrals and help navigating bureaucratic processes at city Hall.
In closing, the Chamber is many things and we work to make our efforts benefit our members directly. We also assist them as they make efforts to market, promote and network as they grow their business. In summary, we do many things to strengthen and improve the business climate, both for today and tomorrow. Hopefully, these insights will assist our members in understanding what we have done for them lately.
We now need our member’s help so we can better define our future priorities.
The Chamber has compiled a very short survey to seek insights from members. Please take a couple minutes to assist us in defining our goals and priorities. We want to be sure our efforts reflect the needs and issues facing our local Chamber members.
Please take some time to assist us in defining objectives by completing the short survey.
On behalf of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce, I thank you for taking the time to review this survey and look forward to receiving the critical feedback from our members. Please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office with any questions related to our work, efforts and the value we bring to our members.
We welcome your thoughts and expertise.
CEO Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce
F: 306- 922-4727