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June 21, 2017   

Energy Efficient Alberta Luncheon
Save Energy - Save Money

June 22 
Learn more about Alberta's Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

We are pleased to invite you to learn more about the Government of Alberta's Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program at a luncheon on Thursday, June 22, hosted by the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove & District Chambers of Commerce.

Attendees will enjoy lunch at the Best Western Sunrise Inn and Suites. Guest speaker, David Courte of ICF Canada, will discuss how businesses can take advantage of the Energy Efficiency Program, what products qualify for rebates, and how to claim.

The next chapter in pension reform
Individually the pension initiatives are advances for Canada's retirement income system, but as a whole the reform has left a lot of unfinished business.

Written by Bob Baldwin, Richard Shillington   June 14/17
The announcement a year ago by Canada's finance ministers that they had finally reached an agreement on a plan to enhance CPP benefits for future generation of retirees brought to a close a rather tumultuous, lengthy chapter in the history of pension reform in Canada. The then-new Liberal government had agreed to resume talks with the provinces, talks that Ottawa had aborted in 2013, after four years of intense discussions. 

The government also restored the age of eligibility for benefits under Old Age Security (OAS) and for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 67 back to 65, and increased the top-up on GIS benefits for single elderly persons... continue reading
Join us Tuesdays
8 -9am  for Business at Breakfast.  

We are excited to announce the third of our Member Series Breakfasts.

You are invited to a valuable information session on cyber security presented by Dave White of Trinus Technologies in Stony Plain.

Join us as Dave discusses ways you can protect your business and databases from being compromised. Technology is somewhat of a moving target, and we are appreciative of this educational session for fellow members. You can't afford to miss this one!

Creating relationships is valuable to your continued growth and Business at Breakfast is a great opportunity to connect ... Learn more

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce hosted the Taste of Spruce Grove on Saturday, June 17th in Columbus Park. Delicious food, drinks, entertainment and family street dance were enjoyed by all.  We would like to offer many thanks to Liquor on McLeod and the Beer Shak for sponsoring this splendid event.
Chamber trade promotion in the U.S.
The national chambers of commerce of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are launching the North American Economic Alliance, a platform for the three private sector organizations to speak with one voice to the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments about the most effective way to enhance the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Last week in Washington, our president and Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Juan Pablo Castañón, Chairman, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial of Mexico, stood together to announce the Alliance, surrounded by business and political leaders from all three countries. In a joint statement, the leaders expressed the basic principlesthat need to guide NAFTA discussions, if they are to lead to increased competitiveness and a stronger capacity to create jobs in North America: .... continue reading

The Task Force on Mayoralty Status presented their recommendations to council at the City of Spruce Grove Community of the Whole meeting on Monday evening  (June 19, 2017).

Mr. James Trodden, Ms. Susan Ullyot and Mr. Daniel Doornekamp were the three members of the task force. James Trodden was a member of the 2013 task force and presented on behalf of the current task force. The task force findings are thorough and the link for their complete report is below.  
The recommendation is to support a full time Mayor beginning in the 2017 - 2021 term at a modest annual wage of $88,000.00; slightly under $10,000 more than the current salary for the part-time Mayor position. Council will review the Task Force report and council will vote on support or non-support at the next city council meeting June 26th. 
For more information on the Mayoral Task Force Report click here.
Oil falls to seven-month low on more signs of growing crude glut
By Scott DiSavino | NEW YORK  Business News  Jun 19, 2017

Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Monday to a seven-month low as market players saw more signs that rising crude production in the United States, Libya and Nigeria undercut OPEC-led efforts to support the market with output curbs.

"We're seeing more tankers used for storage and more crude from West Africa and Europe being offered into the U.S. Gulf Coast at the same time the Gulf Coast has been an exporter of light sweet crude," said Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston.

"These are all signs of an oversupplied market."

Brent LCOc1 futures for August fell 46 cents, or 1 percent, to settle at $46.91 a barrel, their lowest since Nov. 29, the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut output for the first six months of more
REWARDING PEOPLE EQUALLY  Find out how to maintain morale and motivation by treating everyone fairly at work.

It is important everyone at work receives a reasonable reward for their efforts. If not they may feel demotivated and unappreciated. Find out more about communication in the workplace and fair ways of measuring achievement.

We may not compare themselves against others on a day-to-day basis but if a colleague is perceived to be praised or rewarded unfairly we may become dissatisfied. Read more about how to audit skills and development, find out what keeps us motivated at work and learn more about how performance-based rewards benefit employees and organisations... read more

National Council for Voluntary Organisations NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit offers advice and support for voluntary organisations. Learn from experts and your peers, and share your experiences with the community.

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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