News We're Following April 29, 2016

Royalty changes promote jobs, investment and innovation - AB Gov - Oil and gas producers in Alberta can move ahead on drilling and investment plans for 2017 with new technical formulas now available.

Liberals unveil details of first phase of 10-year infrastructure plan - Canada Gov - Infrastructure projects will be eligible under the first phase of the program as long as the work is completed within the next three years.

Government to require contract disclosure for high-income earners in the public sector - AB Gov - The next phase of government’s transparency plan will ensure employment and severance contracts are disclosed by this time next year for executives of agencies, boards and commissions. 

NEB approves Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement - CBC - The National Energy Board will allow Enbridge to replace an aging pipeline across the Prairie provinces as long as the company meets 89 conditions.

Member News: YMCA welcomes Interim CEO

The YMCA of Medicine Hat is pleased to announce that Nick Wiggins has accepted the role of Interim CEO and will start his role on Monday, May 2nd.  Nick is currently the General Manager of the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA in Calgary and will be seconded to the YMCA in Medicine Hat for up to 6 months during the search and selection process for a new CEO.

Help bring FREE Family Entertainment to Hatters this Summer!

The Park After Dark Cinemas is an outdoor 3-storey tall inflatable movie entertainment system, capable of being viewed by up to 3000 people on the Toboggan Hill in Kin Coulee Park in July and August. They are currently seeking sponsors for the Free to Public 2016 movie season!

Sponsorship organically transforms into a viable advertising opportunity that attaches your business or organization to a successful and favoured, family-friendly event. There are three tiers to sponsorship: Gold ($3500+), Silver ($1000+) and Bronze ($500+), and more information on the tiers can be found here.

If you would like to sponsor The Park After Dark Cinemas and provide families and visitors to our great city with clean, safe, wholesome, FREE outdoor entertainment, please call (403)977-9138 or email before June 1, 2016. To see photos and more information about The Park After Dark please visit our website or Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you in THE PARK!

Benefit Highlight: Document Certification Services

Does your company export products outside of Canada? As a valuable service to our local business community, our Chamber certifies documents required in the sale of goods and services to foreign countries. The certification is officially recognized by overseas customs officials, foreign governments and international businesses and our Chamber is pleased to provide this service to members free of charge in order assist area exporters in expediting their shipments and business travel. Contact us for additional details on our document certification services. If you require other export-related documents such as VISA request letters, or need your documents certified quicker and submitted electronically, Chamber members receive a discount on certification through TradeCert and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Member News: Art's Excavating has moved!

Art's Excavating has moved to their new location at 1793 32nd Street SW.  Give them a call at (403)526-5269 to fulfill all of your Excavating, Demolition or Gravel Hauling needs.

New M2M Discount: 10% off Management Training Series

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce members and their employees receive 10% off the Management Training courses/series.  This comprehensive series will teach those in management (or aspiring to management) how to improve customer service, increase employee effectiveness in difficult economic conditions, deal with conflict, understand workplace differences and become an "Employer of Choice".  The series begins on May 18th, with each course happening on the morning of the third Wednesday of each month (except July and August). 

Some employers may also be eligible for the Canada Job Grant for this training.

Member Spotlight: Weddingstar Inc.

From its humble beginnings in 1983, the Canadian company Weddingstar has grown and evolved to become a designer, manufacturer, distributor and ecommerce seller of wedding related products worldwide. Rick Brink is the CEO of Weddingstar and he and along with his wife Helle, began the company together over 30+ years ago.

The company has a team of graphic and product designers that has developed a product line of over 3000 products, the vast majority of which are exclusive to Weddingstar.  These unique designs along with the company’s online technology have propelled Weddingstar to the position of leader in the online wedding market.  The Weddingstar magazine is filled with stunning photographs featuring its product line.  It is sold in over 40,000 retail outlets across North America and is re-purposed for markets in the UK and Australia where it is distributed to more than 100,000 brides.

Weddingstar has expanded internationally to the point where over 85% of the company's sales are outside of Canada.  This is the result of strong online direct sales as well as through vital partnerships with affiliates, new acquisitions and other leaders in the global wedding industry.

International Regulatory Cooperation Strategy Needed

The Canadian Chamber recently released their latest report entitled Canada’s Next Top Trade Barrier: Taking International Regulatory Cooperation Seriously. Nearly every international business has a horror story about getting its products approved in a new market. From redesigning a headlight because it tilted a few degrees higher, to losing a shipment of cookies at the border because they were made with regular (unfortified) flour; companies from all sectors spend enormous amounts of money and time navigating and complying with a vast web of divergent regulations. Good regulation is a force for competitiveness. Demanding and evidence-based regulation protects the health, safety, environment and pocketbooks of Canadians. It builds trust with consumers and gives companies confidence to invest. But Canada’s rules do not carry much weight with its trading partners, who prefer to create their own rules. Sometimes Canada, too, fails to recognize when others get it right. So the world is left with a patchwork of divergent regulations that gums up supply chains and undermines international trade and investment. So what is Canada doing about it? Its free trade agreements are good at taking down tariffs, but they have not had much success with regulatory issues. This report explores this important gap in Canada’s trade policy and outlines a new international regulatory cooperation strategy for the federal government.

Member News: Partnership between MHC and Compass provides services to Students

Students enrolled in the Entrepreneur Development Centre's Summer Company program at Medicine Hat College will now have access to services valued up to $10,000 per student thanks to an in-kind contribution from Compass Business Centre.  The services are provided for a year and include access to mentorship, networking opportunities,and the workspace facilities at Compass.