Mr. Jahn will be officially installed as board chair at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting September 8.
Mr. Jahn has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since joining the Chamber’s investment and growth committee a few years ago. He also served on the Chamber’s government affairs and finance committees and joined the Board of Directors in 2013, serving as treasurer and First Vice-Chair. A member of the team at MNP, Mr. Jahn is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was named a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant for his work with the Provincial Institute of Chartered Accountants for Saskatchewan. Mr. Jahn served on two committees with the organization for eight consecutive years.
A lifelong resident of Prince Albert, Mr. Jahn has been working in the financial services industry for 36 years, and worked with Woodhouse Tucker before it merged with MNP in 2000. Since that time, the local office has grown from six partners and 18 people to an office of 40. MNP is now the fifth-largest accounting firm in Canada, with 60 offices across the country.
Mr. Jahn specializes in assurance services, including business and public entities, Non-profit organizations and First Nations.
“I’m a service line kind of person. I like helping people achieve their goals,” he adds. “I’m a problem solver, so to be able to help someone out, that’s one of the things I enjoy the most.”
Mr. Jahn learned a lot about business from his father, Warren, who started Clearview Glass in Prince Albert in the late 1960s. He is looking forward to continuing his work with the Chamber as Board Chair, promoting networking and education opportunities, and public debate on issues of interest to business members. He will also continue to advocate for an improved tax ratio for businesses, to bring them more in line with other Saskatchewan communities and make it easier to do business in Prince Albert.
Mr. Jahn volunteered on a sub-committee in the inaugural year of the Samuel McLeod Business Awards, which recognizes achievements in local business. Community volunteers – including individuals from Deloitte, Weyerhaeuser and the local media, with administrative support from the City of Prince Albert – first organized the event before it was taken over by the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce. Jahn volunteered with the committee for 10 years, including a period of time as committee chair.
“it’s really about making sure you maintain relationships,” he adds of his work with the Chamber. “I think there’s more we could do as far as attraction, investment and growth in Prince Albert and around the region.”
“You become acquainted with more than one perspective. Everyone brings something to the table ... working with the Chamber is rewarding.”
Mr. Jahn and his wife Sonya have two children, Melissa, a social worker; and Carson, an associate advisor with RBC Dominion Securities.
Outside of work, Mr. Jahn enjoys working in his yard, paddling and kayaking in the summer, and spends winters cheering on the Prince Albert Raiders. He also enjoys travelling and has been to every province in Canada, and Europe four times. One of his most memorable trips was one he and his wife took with their children to Ukraine in 2011. The family visited Sonya’s relatives near Tarnopol and spent three weeks in the region.
“It was really a meaningful experience for all of us,” he says.
Mr. Jahn and the entire Chamber board of directors will be formally recognized at the Chamber’s annual Chairman’s Night event November 3. The event will feature the installation of the Chamber’s newest board of directors, a silent auction and a keynote speech by legendary Canadian Football Star, Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons.
Mr. Jahn takes over as board chair from Greg Breeze with Affinity Insurance. Mr. Breeze moves to the position of past chair, while Garrett Lawless from Transwest Air takes over as First Vice Chair.