Economic Outlook & 2021 Pre-Budget Survey Results
It has been a difficult year for businesses, according to the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Survey.

Government support to keep the doors open during the pandemic has been appreciated, however 50% of respondents believe the provincial government did not create a more competitive and attractive environment for businesses over the past year while 73% believe the same of the federal government.

Moving past the pandemic in this environment will be challenging for our private sector.

As indicated in the 2021 Pre-Budget Survey, businesses are hoping for government action that will encourage sustainable growth and create a competitive environment by reducing the tax burden businesses face.
Direct Sellers Legislation Consultation
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and the Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) are seeking input, comments, and feedback regarding the initiative to make direct selling activities a part of The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Regulations [Regulations]. 

Please provide your comments by December 20, 2021, by emailing DSConsultations@gov.sk.ca
Modernizing the Property Tax Model in Saskatchewan
The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter, endorsed by Saskatchewan’s provincial chamber network, to Minister Don McMorris, Minister of Government Relations providing recommendations for a modern and competitive property tax system.
Speech from the Throne 2021 Overview
Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Week 
Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Week (SVPW) will be held from November 28-December 4, 2021. The 2021 theme is ‘Reach Out’
 
STOPS to Violence is reaching out to offer more information about SVPW 2021 planning and to invite your active participation. 

Here is some information, tools, and support to participate and be an active part of SVPW 2021
SCC Indigenous Engagement Charter Signatory Celebration
Join us for our second Indigenous Engagement Charter Signatory Celebration on Wednesday, November 17 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

This virtual event will feature a moderated panel discussion of Indigenous Engagement Charter signatories who will discuss the successes, innovative solutions and challenges that they have experienced in their first 18 months since signing the Charter, how the Charter has changed their business and what their path forward looks like as they continue their Indigenous engagement journey.
Energy on Tap: SaskPower
Join us for our next Energy on Tap on November 18 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM featuring Doug Opseth, Director of Asset Management and Resource Planning for SaskPower.

Doug will discuss power supply planning, considerations for the future and the role SaskPower will play in the evaluation and generation of clean electricity.
Fuel for Thought:
Uranium from the Ground Up
Join us for a panel session on November 23 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM about the potential role that uranium will play in the future of energy, as well as the economic impact that the development of these resources will have.
 
This session will feature:
  • Travis McPherson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, NexGen Energy Ltd
  • Brad Wall, Director, NexGen Energy Ltd
  • Sean Willy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Des Nedhe Group. 
Nuclear 101:
A Dive Into Nuclear Technology
In this presentation on November 30 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Dr. Steve Livingstone, P.Eng, PhD, Government of Saskatchewan, will discuss nuclear technology and answer technical questions around fission, how an SMR is similar to a coal plant, and why SMRs need enriched fuel but CANDUs don't.
Canada Business Talks - Up-close & personal interaction with Shahrzad Rafati
Canada Business Talks will be hosting their last event for this year on November 30 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.

Tune in for an up-close and personal interaction with Shahrzad Rafati, the Chairperson and CEO of BBTV.

This is a free webinar for small business owners to discuss the most important topics for small business success, such as small business finance, digital transformation, cloud & technology for SMEs, women entrepreneurship, global business mindset, and small business leadership.
The 2021 ABEX Awards Presented By Conexus Credit Union - Award Winners
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the 2021 ABEX Awards on Friday, October 22!
 
Congratulations to the 2021 award recipients:
 
Innovation Award, sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Greenwave Innovations Inc. 
Marketing Award, sponsored by Xplornet Enterprise Solutions: Dandy’s Artisan Ice Cream
 
Community Involvement Award, sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP: Avana 
 
Priority Focus Award (Digital Integration), sponsored by Nutrien: Vendasta 
Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Cameco: Cody Demerais (Limitless Gear Clothing)
 
Growth and Expansion Award, sponsored by PFM Capital Inc.: 9 Mile Legacy Brewing
 
New Venture Award, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development: Curbie Cars
 
Service Award, sponsored by CN: Clarity Coaching & Development

STEP 25th Anniversary Export Award, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership: XPT Grain Inc.
 Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by the University of Regina: Murad Al-Katib (AGT Food and Ingredients)
 
Community Leader of the Year, sponsored by SaskEnergy: Pamela Klein (Phoenix Group)
 
Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Conexus Credit Union: Novlan Bros
 
Roger Phillips Chamber Builder Award: Rob Clark
 
Business of the Year, sponsored by David Aplin Group: Vendasta
FCL exploring carbon capture with Whitecap Resources to help meet new emissions targets
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2015 levels by 2030. FCL is also aspiring to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

As part of efforts to achieve these new emissions targets, FCL signed a memorandum of understanding on October 22 with Whitecap Resources that will tangibly increase the amount of carbon dioxide being captured and sequestered in Saskatchewan.
Regina salon owner wins national Indigenous entrepreneurship award
Congratulations to SCC member Destiny Peters of Tangles Hair and Beauty Salon for winning an Up and Coming Award at the inaugural Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards, which was put on by the national non-profit Pow Wow Pitch - a national non-profit organization supporting and celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Agtech Accelerator and Innovate UK announce a global agtech partnership
The Agtech Accelerator, founded by SCC members Cultivator (powered by Conexus) and Economic Development Regina, announced a partnership with Innovate UK on November 9 to accelerate the cultivation of agtech innovation on a global scale.

Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency and part of UK Research and Innovation, drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realize the potential of new ideas.

Through this partnership, Innovate UK will recruit and enable up to five innovative UK companies to take part in the accelerator’s yearly cohort.
Results for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Activities Study
InputSask and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce recently undertook a study to see how businesses in Saskatchewan recognized the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30). 
SCC Indigenous Awareness Training
Register for our upcoming Indigenous Awareness Training webinars (Level 1: Myths and Misconceptions) on November 23 & 24, led by SCC Director of Indigenous Engagement Nick Crighton!
 
Open to the SCC membership and the general public, the introductory sessions cover the history of First Nation & Métis peoples in Saskatchewan from pre-contact to today, including Treaties and the TRC Calls to Action.
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