Chamber Insider  |  February 8, 2018

  10 Ways to Build a Better Canada
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released 10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins, a document that provides business, decision-makers and government with a series of clear priorities and objectives that, if addressed, will give Canada a competitive edge, improve productivity and grow the economy.      

In the year ahead, the Canadian Chamber will work with their chamber network to advocate public policies that will improve Canada's policy environment and create the necessary conditions to support business growth and build a more prosperous economy for all Canadians.  
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In The News
New Name for Arena: Westoba Credit Union and the Keystone Centre have signed an eight year deal giving Westoba naming rights to the main arena which will now be known as Westoba Place. To celebrate, Westoba Credit Union is hosting a free family fun event at the Keystone on February 19th.

Business Expansion - Wawanesa Insurance is expanding in Wawanesa as they have outgrown their current space that they have had since 1941. Read more here.

Downtown Designs: Brandon University presented the conceptual designs for their downtown project on Tuesday during a public meeting. The designs can viewed online where people can also submit their feedback and ideas for the project.

Coldest Night: The Samaritan House in Brandon will be holding their fourth annual Coldest Night of the year walk. This event raises money for the local foodbank, emergency shelter and rescue centre. Contact the Samritan House to learn more.

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Member Spotlight

Interview with Blaine Moroz, President, Commissioner, and Equipment Manager of Westman Youth Football Association

What does your organization do?
Westman Youth Football Association
Westman Youth Football Association (WYFA) provides a safe, fun, inclusive environment for youth to participate in Football. We are a developmental, fair play league that's puts more emphasis on "FUN in Fundamentals" before any win or loss on the field.   

What do you do at your organization?

I am the current President, Commissioner, and Equipment Manager for WYFA. I am also the Lead Chairperson for the Boyd Stadium Project, a project already underway, to finally have a permanent home for Football and other user groups in our community.

I manage all aspects of on field activities for the league, set all schedules, recruit and interview all coaches, staff the officials necessary to play, I also assist in practice planning to ensure the basics don't get overlooked or not taught at all. I also ensure that each player is fitted in the proper equipment to maximize player safety as best we can.

2018 HR Conference

Chamber Events
Thursday, February 15, 2018 CENTUM Mortgage
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Victoria Inn
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is the world's largest manufacturer to grow, make and sell their own line of hemp products. Hear from their Director of Farm Services, Clarence Shwaluk as he shares their story on linking farm activity and acre contracting to retail shelf.
Luncheon generously sponsored by: CENTUM Mortgage 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chamber Boardroom
Chamber 101 is a quick, how-to workshop that gives you an insiders look at what's available to promote your business, save money, provide benefits to your staff, and make the connections that you need to grow your business and your career. 

Chamber 101 This is a great event for:
  • those wanting a 'refresher'
  • your new employees
  • all new members
  • those thinking of joining
This is a complimentary event but registration is required. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018  Rotary Villas
5:00 - 7:00 pm
1340 10th Street, Brandon, MB
Join us with host Rotary Villas for complimentary refreshments and socializing after work. The Rotary Villas Fireplace Lounge is the perfect juxtaposition to the snowy views outside. Stay warm while sipping a refreshment and enjoying an after work snack complimented with good conversation. The evening will wind up with a tour of the newest most innovative retirement facility in Westman and a chance to take a prize home

Come and enjoy this informal event; it's a great networking opportunity to create new contacts and grow your business while enjoying some food and drink, and getting to know this growing enterprise. Open to all employees of our members businesses; bring a colleague! No RSVP required, come and go as your schedule allows. 
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Brandon University
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Clarion Hotel & Suites
Best friends and business partners, Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse started Coal and Canary in 2014 over a glass of wine and an idea. They now sell their handmade candles online, at markets and are in over 200 retail stores in 3 countries and have opened their own store in Winnipeg. The pair found a gap in the market for high-quality, handmade candles and jumped on it. What started as a side project is now a full time job for the two. Having had their candles featured in Oscar and Grammy swag bags and with their hard work and dedication, they have experienced a quick rise to success. Hear about their journey and love for candles. 
Luncheon generously sponsored by: Brandon University  

Thursday, March 15, 2018  Gala
5:30 - 10:00 pm
Keystone Centre
Spend an evening in Tuscany...

Join us to celebrate at our 135th Annual Dinner & Awards Gala - Hosted by BDO LLP Canada. The most prestigious business event of the year!

The Business Achievement Awards will be presented at this gala event:
  • Business Person of the Year 
  • Lifetime Business BuilderBDO
  • Outstanding New Business
  • Business Excellence
  • Community Service
Join us for the Sunrise Credit Union Champagne Reception at 5:30, followed by a five course dinner complete with wine.  
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