Chamber Chatter - October 6 2020
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This WEEKLY email highlights information and updates from our Chamber, the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners.  
Be sure to watch for our weekly Chamber Member Connections newsletter on Thursdays featuring sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership. 

For more information on Chamber Member Connections submissions,
please email
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is inviting input from local job seekers, employees, and businesses asking for their insights about strengths and challenges in the local labour force as well as their priorities for workforce skills and training. Residents and businesses in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview, Hythe, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley, Fox Creek, Valleyview, Horse Lake First Nation, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and Grande Cache Co-ops and Enterprises are invited to participate.

Two surveys will run until October 31, 2020. They are part of a Labour Market Needs Assessment led by the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the three municipalities and Alberta Labour and Immigration.

The Job Seeker & Employee Survey is gathering critical information from local employees and job seekers, including factors making it difficult to find work; reasons for leaving or staying in a job; and factors that help gain and maintain meaningful employment. The Employer Survey seeks to better understand local labour force strengths and gaps, and also identify gaps and opportunities in skills, training, and workforce services.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for Ballad Consulting Group on Friday, October 16 at 11:45 AM. (Event runs from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM).

Ballad Consulting Group is located in Unit 101, 9817 - 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie.
BDC Small Business Week 2020 is set for October 18-24. This year's theme is "Forging the Way Forward". Join us as we recognize entrepreneurial resilience and forge a way forward in uncertain times. The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce will host an informative, entertaining and interactive virtual event on Thursday, October 22 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The event will include speaker presentations as well as local businesses sharing their stories of entrepreneurial resilience and innovation.

If you would like to share your story of adapting to the pandemic; employee resiliency; or what you've learned about your industry moving forward, contact Cindy Simigan in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email BY THE END OF THE DAY THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8. Select businesses will be scheduled for interview with Eastlink TV on October 13-14. 

The cost for the event is $20 + GST. Participants are urged to watch in their cohort groups while enjoying complimentary snack packages either picked up from our office or delivered to YOUR office! Please register by October 16 by CLICKING HERE.

Our keynote speakers will be Linda Edgecombe, CSP, HoF, an award-winning celebrity humorist speaker, trainer and consultant; and Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC.

GOLD Sponsors - City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; GetInTheLoop; Grande Prairie Downtown Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network
SILVER Sponsors - ATB; Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
BRONZE Sponsors - Eastlink TV; Jeffrey's Mill District; MD of Greenview; Shade Tree Chocolate Studio; Swan City Rotary Club
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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grande Prairie are supporting local businesses on the road to recovery:
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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 3. (Format TBD)

The meeting will include a review of our activities in 2020 and election of our 2021 Board of Directors.
* If you are interested in running for the Board:
Contact the Chamber Office to request a Nomination Package
Call 780-532-5340 or Email 

Completed nomination forms must be received by the Chamber office prior to 12:00 PM on Friday, November 20 to be considered by the Nomination Committee.
The Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Departments are working together to provide a unified approach to supporting local businesses. On our website is a list of resources to help you navigate the various levels of support for business.

Thank you to the 1,300 member businesses for supporting our Chamber! In our efforts to best promote your services, we need your help. Please take a few moments to check your information with us including your contact information, categories in which you are listed, and your web page to ensure you are making the most of your membership and look your best to users searching for your info!

Contact Leah Fujarczuk, Member Relations and Engagement, at 780-532-5340 or for more information on using your Info Hub with us!

Let us help you spread the word about your business! Send us an ad for our our Digital Sign outside Centre 2000 on 116 Avenue!

For more information on Digital Sign advertising with EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS, contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email
What local barriers are holding your members back?

Yesterday, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce network launched the first of three short surveys to identify the top barriers and opportunities for business in their communities – this first one focuses on local red tape and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

The ACC will launch the next survey (business supports) on October 12, and the final survey (business opportunities) on October 19 during Small Business Week.

Last year, we received over 1,000 responses to our municipal red tape and business supports survey. This year, our goal is 1,500 responses – and chambers can help us win prizes to get there!

Chambers can WIN on of two Apple Watches being awarded with the most sign ups from their community:
  • 1 for the chamber with the most sign ups
  • 1 for the chamber with the most sign ups as a percentage of their total membership

Respondents who join the Alberta Perspectives insight community after completing any of the three surveys will be entered to WIN one of three Apple Watch prize giveaways

For any questions about the survey please contact Heather Clifford at
Join us for our first-ever virtual Alberta Business Awards of Distinction gala this Friday, October 9!

Join the virtual celebration from the comfort of your own home as we go live to recognize this year’s finalists, including Aztec Engineering and Made By Africans Incorporated from Grande Prairie in the Mentorship Category, and announce our ABAD 2020 winners!

The celebration starts at 7 PM so don't miss out - for details and the event link, visit
New WCB updates for employers

WCB-Alberta will be implementing cost relief measures to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 affected claims, and has also identified a primary reference, called AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation, for use by WCB Physicians and Medical Consultants to evaluate causation for workplace claims.  
Value-added agriculture target for Alberta's private investment attraction strategy

Alberta’s government is working to build value-added agriculture capacity with an aggressive private investment attraction target of $1.4 billion. Olds College, with an investment of $200,000 from the governments of Canada and Alberta will partner with THRIVE’s Canada accelerator and startup program, which focuses on technology-driven solutions to support agriculture and food sectors.
Recognizing lifetime achievement in health

Alberta’s government is seeking nominations for the Dr. Peter B. R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award to celebrate people who have dedicated their lives to improving the health-care system and patient outcomes in the province.
Increasing job mobility could grow Alberta’s economy by $2.8 billion

Alberta’s Opportunity: The Ins, Outs and Benefits of Greater Job Mobility a new report released by the C.D. Howe Institute, highlights the role that knocking down barriers to job mobility could play in Alberta’s future economic growth.
Cybersecurity: Risks, Issues And Trends Affecting Canadian Business

In Partnership with Field Effect, CIRA and Canadian Centre for Cyber Security - October 13 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Join us for a conversation with a never-before-seen panel featuring three of Canada’s leading cybersecurity organizations. We’ll explore risks, trends and recommendations for Canadian businesses…while encouraging and challenging you to bring forward all of your cybersecurity questions! 

Business Planning In This Period Of Uncertainty

October 14 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
In partnership with TD

In these extraordinary times, business owners are faced with significant challenges. Learn what many owner managers are doing now to increase their corporate and personal cash flows through income tax planning, including:  
  • Recovering taxes already paid through tax loss selling.
  • How to withdraw cash from your corporation tax free.
  • How to improve your estate planning in down markets.
  • How you can support your selected charities and yourself at the same time.

Business During a Pandemic: A Discussion On Sales Development And The Small Business Trends Report

October 15 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
In partnership with Salesforce

Join Laura Norman, Senior Director of Marketing for Essentials and SMB, and Adam Kirsh, AVP SMB Commercial Sales Canada at Salesforce as they discuss and examine key insights into how SMBs are navigating business during the pandemic.

Harnessing Canada’s Tax System For Inclusive Recovery And Growth

October 15 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy beyond its status quo, we have assembled a team of Canadian business leaders to voluntary explore ideas for harnessing Canada’s tax system for inclusive recovery and growth.

We have hosted five consultations already across the country to solicit feedback on some big tax reform ideas from Canadian businesses, tax practitioners and chambers of commerce. We are hosting one additional conversation on October 15 to ensure no idea is overlooked.

Mental Health Commission Of Canada: Tip Sheet For Those Caring For Older Adults During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has prepared a tip sheet for those caring for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also access the tip sheet, and additional COVID-19 related resources, on MHCC’s COVID-19 Resource Hub. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Launches Executive Summit Series 

Our Executive Summit Series brings together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on top issues affecting Canadian business. Our first event, taking place online on November 3, features a discussion with former Prime Minister the Right Hon. Paul Martin and panels on the post-COVID-19 economy and the impact of the pandemic on the future of talent. 

Some Clarity on the Municipal Assessment Review from the Hon. Travis Toews, Minister of Treasury Board and Finance, and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti: