The first meeting to discuss the idea of a Board of Trade was held in the winter of 1881-1882 at the Hudson’s Bay Store. At the time, Prince Albert’s population was roughly 2,500 people, according to a 1966 article from the Prince Albert Daily Herald. The city was then part of the Northwest Territories.
Samuel McLeod, one of Prince Albert’s most well known citizens, was a founding member of the Prince Albert Board of Trade. Others who helped form the Board included bankers, merchants, blacksmiths, druggists and insurance agents.
The Chamber received an annual operating grant from the City of Prince Albert which in 1907, amounted to $3,500. The organization changed its name to the Chamber of Commerce in 1954.
Throughout its long history, the Chamber has acted as a voice for local business and an advocate for policies and initiatives that would grow the local economy and benefit the community. The Chamber continues to work to build relationships within the local business community and be a voice on activities and matters that are of importance to our business members.
Of course, the success of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce can only be attributed to our members, who show their support by purchasing an annual membership. Our local members are knowledgeable and engaged in matters that affect our local economy. The Chamber appreciates your continued commitment to our organization.
As the Chamber celebrates another anniversary, we want to thank our members for their continued support. As the city of Prince Albert has changed and grown, so have the activities of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has always strived to be an advocate for local business and we welcome engagement and involvement from our members. We look forward to seeing you at our regular Chamber luncheons and networking events throughout the year.