Chamber Chatter - November 28 2019
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
This is our weekly summary of upcoming events and other reminders
to help keep you up to date with what's happening at the
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Members have an opportunity to promote their business in our Connections Newsletter on the 1st and 15th of the month.

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: We are changing the format this year, as well as the name! This will now be an evening event called the Chamber AGM and CANWEST Chamber Chair Salute . The agenda features dinner beginning at 5:45 PM, AGM at 6:30 PM, and presentations at 7:30 PM including Farewell to Past Chairs, Welcome to the NEW Chair, our traditional Chamber Awards, and door prize draws.

For more information and to register for the event, please click here .


The meeting is open to all Chamber Members and will include a review of our activities over the past year as well as the election of our 2020 Board of Directors. The following candidates have submitted their nominations for the Board and will stand for election on December 5th.

Jon Anderson
ATB Financial
Jon Anderson is the Director, Business & Agriculture for ATB Financial. Jon and his team are focused on listening to the needs of Alberta entrepreneurs and making banking work for them.
Jon believes that by surrounding entrepreneurs with knowledgeable experts and supportive advocates, he can enable entrepreneurs to be successful and resilient for the long run.
Jon has focused his community contribution through the Scouts Canada program. Not only does scouting provide enriching experiences for youth and actively give to the community through its many volunteering efforts, it also aligns strongly with Jon’s
commitment to building future community leaders.
If you haven’t seen Jon performing with the Grande Prairie Pipe Band lately, he has likely been engaged in his current pursuit of a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree. 

Lisa Hall
International Paper

I have enjoyed being a director the last two years with the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce. There are so many active businesses and volunteer organizations that make a difference in our community. It is exciting to get to know them, learn what they do and educate on the services the chamber provides.
I enjoy serving my community. I have a variety of experiences in volunteer and outreach activities related to my engineering profession. My involvement and leadership also include community groups - and like most parents in Grande Prairie, some of them associated with our children's activities.
I am a logical and process driven person. I am an effective communicator and have a strong track record of efficiently managing initiatives to stay on target and meet team objectives. I have a collaborative management style and work to ensure all opinions are considered as decisions are made.
I also bring to the Board, my knowledge of the priorities and strategies of the local, and corporate, goals of International Paper. As the Power & Recovery Department Leader, I sit on the leadership team for our local manufacturing facility.
We need to continue to advocate for our businesses and industry, so that our community continues to improve and diversify. While supporting existing industry, we also need to look at the growing impact of renewable energy, and make sure our region is positioned to remain strong through economic change.

Pamela Nordin
London Hauling
The importance of community was instilled in me at a young age having been raised in a small rural community in Manitoba. I am a proud mother to Sydney, a 23-year-old entrepreneur and wife to Geoff, with whom I run a small trucking business. My greatest personal achievement has been completing my Bachelor of Political Science degree as a mature student. Going back to school in my late thirties was both terrifying and incredibly rewarding. I am now pursuing my Masters in Integrated Arts and hope to finish that in the next couple of years. Upon completion of my undergrad degree, my husband and I officially put down roots in Grande Prairie where we continue to run our business.
Since moving here, I have had term positions with the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the County of Grande Prairie. Along with my duties in running our company, I work as a research consultant. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Suicide Prevention Resource Centre and the Regional EMS Foundation. I am a founding member for Gaps in the Peace, which has recently been involved in the collaboration with Salvation Army and the Friendship Centre in bringing forth the Community Kitchen in this city.
In addition, I am proud to be part of the Rotary family having been a member of the Swan City Rotary Club for two years. I am currently the lead for the Cars for Christmas Lottery and a member of the Rotary Partnership Steering Committee with Inclusion Alberta. I also serve as a Chamber Ambassador which has been a great opportunity to both promote the Chamber to prospective members and to visit and celebrate our current membership.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is about the success of business while advocating improvement of the lives of those who work and live in this region. Giving back has always been important to me and the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board for the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce would be my honour and, most certainly, fulfilling and rewarding.

Jan Nutting
Fletcher Mudryk LLP
I’ve submitted my nomination for the Chamber’s Board of Directors in the interest of contributing to the community in a role that leverages my experience as a business advisor, owner and non-profit director. Our Chamber understands the connection between the well-being of the business community and our community as a whole. I feel closely aligned to this and would like to help drive the Chamber’s work to improve the business environment in our region.
I was born and raised in Grande Prairie, attended GPRC and completed my degree at U of A. After graduating, I began working at Fletcher Mudryk LLP in 2008, completed the Chartered Accountant and Certified Financial Planner programs and was added as a partner in 2017. My work is focused on taxation and consulting for small-to-medium enterprise, but I also audit private and public entities. As a partner, I’m involved in our Firm’s finances, staffing, IT management and many other areas familiar to business owners. 
My most recent work as a director was for the Grande Prairie 2018 Alberta Summer Games Society where I served as Director of Administration and Treasurer. I’m proud to have been part of that board’s executive for an event that brought 2,500 youth athletes to the region with an estimated local economic impact of $2.1m. With related capital projects included, the Games resulted in a surplus of over $250,000 which was contributed back to City and County of Grande Prairie. I acted in a leadership role on administration, staffing, budgeting, finance and admissions volunteers. In part due to this work, I was recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and am the recipient of a 2019 Early Achievement Award for exceptional service to the profession.

Karci Wallan
Karci Wallan is a Senior Manager with MNP LLP. Karci was born and raised in Beaverlodge and has been an MNP team member since September 2010. Karci’s experience with MNP includes comprehensive assurance services, financial statement preparation and tax compliance reporting for a variety of industries and businesses in Grande Prairie and surrounding area. She strives for a high level of client service and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family, husband and pets.

Nominee for Chair of the Board
Larry Gibson
Nominee for 1 st Vice-Chair
Tertius Genis
Fusion Business Solutions Inc.

Nominee for 2 nd Vice-Chair
Cindy Park
Seven Generations Energy

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce welcome our Members and invited guests to a Business After 5 Mixer hosted by Quality Inn & Suites TONIGHT Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

The location is 11710 - 102 Street, Grande Prairie.

Join us for an evening of networking, refreshments, and door prizes while finding out more about our host, Quality Inn & Suites , a Choice Hotel.

Choice Hotels has been part of the North American landscape since the 1930s. Since then, Choice’s international presence has evolved into one of the world’s largest and most successful lodging franchisors, with over 6,000 hotels in 35 countries. They’ve built their reputation on developing high-value lodging options ranging from limited to full service, in the economy to mid-scale markets, and they’re committed to offering you the best hotel experience including over 300 locations across Canada. 

There's no cost to attend and no registration required!
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce welcomes our members and guests to the following upcoming Ribbon Cuttings:

10:30 AM
Bang-Up Beauty
#101, 10014 - 102 Avenue
Grande Prairie

12:30 PM
Once Upon A Child
#103, 11731 - 105 Street
Grande Prairie

Please contact our office for more information.
Thursday, January 16 | 11am – 12pm MST
Are you on track to achieve your goals? Proper goal setting requires a commitment to your dreams. It gives you a road map to follow, allowing you to focus your efforts on the right thing at the right time, and holding you accountable for progress.
Stop rationalizing why a deal didn't close and do something about it. Learn a system for success and capitalize on your strengths to start the year strong.
Does any of this sound familiar?
• You set goals but forget about them after three months.
• Struggle to hold yourself or your team accountable to reaching your sales goals.
• You find yourself racing the clock at the end of every quarter.
If you are committed to succeeding in 2020 and want to do something about it, join us for our upcoming webinar to learn:
• How to manage your calendar
• How to succeed at time-blocking
• How to lead your team
• How to think strategically
Join sales and sales management expert Chad Banman of Sandler Training in partnership with the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, and take a deep dive into the three elements of success: Behaviour, Attitude, and Technique.

Labour Law and Red Tape Surveys
Business Feedback Needed!

The Alberta government recently launched a  survey   on potential changes to employment standards – a key Vote Prosperity recommendation from our network. The survey covers:
  • youth employment rules,
  • hours of work averaging agreements,
  • temporary layoff notices and group terminations, and
  • employment standards rules.

The survey is open until November 28 and we encourage you to  have your say !

While the government's survey addresses red tape and employments standards impacting business at the provincial level, our network is currently  surveying on red tape and other barriers to business  at the municipal level. 

We've extended the survey cutoff to November 29  to make sure job creators across the province can share their insights. Don't miss your chance to shape chamber advocacy in YOUR community.

Taking these two surveys will allow you to directly address the top barriers identified by more than 700 businesses across the province earlier this year.
Thank you in advance for your engagement on these very important issues!

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 124 community-based chambers of commerce representing more than 25,000 job creators.
Nominations and submissions for ABAD 2020 are now open!

There are some new categories this year.

Know a deserving Alberta business?

Does your business have a story that deserves to be recognized?

Closing date is February 14th.
Finalists will be announced in Spring 2020.


The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity for our Members to advertise themselves, their events and promotions on our  digital sign at Centre 2000 . Not-for-Profit Member Rates also available. Now taking yearly, monthly, and weekly/bi-weekly bookings.

For rate information, contract terms, and design guidelines please contact Leah Fujarczuk, Membership Sales & Services Manager, email , or phone at 780-532-5340.
For Chamber Member to Member Discounts , please click here .

To offer your own M2M Discount, contact Membership Services Manager Leah Fujarczuk by email or by phone 780-532-5340.
For Chamber Value Added Programs , please click here .
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