D'Aigle reflects on departure
Ending his two-year term, President Yanik D'Aigle thanked everyone for attending the April 13 AGM and also expressed his gratitude for the work done by the outgoing board. From his speech at the podium:
"Throughout the year, we continued to advocate and be at the forefront regarding inflation and the cost of doing business in the North and holding the government to account in ways they could help or do things differently.
"We advocated for post-pandemic recovery policies and business support. We continued to advocate around the current procurement process for the federal and NWT governments and the changes we believe should occur.
"We continue to advocate against the Carbon Tax as presented until real alternative solutions can be provided to Northern businesses and residents. And we’ll continue to listen to our members to help be their voice to advocate positive change on their behalf.
"As we enter our 50th year with a new board and new members, the finalizing of our new Strategic Plan will be instrumental in positioning our priorities as an organization for the next four years. I would encourage all members and stakeholders to reach out and share with us what you think these should be."
Executive Director James O'Connor's report was contained in the AGM Booklet. Some excerpts:
"There are many government agencies providing training and financial support for entrepreneurs to get off the ground in the North. Where do we come in? Once those businesses are in operation, they will discover government regulations can end up being a detriment to their success.
"That’s where the need for NWT businesses to speak with one unified voice becomes important. The NWT Chamber works to ensure the stage is set and the playing field is level.
"Standing alone as a small business can be daunting and disempowering. Uniting with other businesses through a Chamber of Commerce can give your small business big backing."
Materials from the AGM, including a short video of the gathering, can be found here.