5 Minutes for Business: 2017 – The Year When Populism Meets Policy

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, ponders whether the global wave of populism we experienced in 2016 will translate into concrete policies and outlines his economic and political predictions for 2017. 

Read 5 Minutes for Business and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Crystal Ball Report to find out what the future holds for Canadian business. 

New Member: Saamis Employment and Training

Saamis Aboriginal Employment & Training Association is a non-profit organization that was incorporated November 1998. Our vision is that all Metis and First Nations People will have pride in their heritage and have equal opportunity to pursue their goals, hopes and dreams. Our goal is to assist Aboriginal people achieve employment self sufficiency by working in collaboration with our community and external partners to facilitate quality career & employment opportunities.

Medicine Hat College, City of Medicine Hat, Bluenergy Solarwind Canada Inc. enter into MOU to support Community Renewable Energy Microgrid Demonstration Project

Medicine Hat College, the City of Medicine Hat, and Bluenergy Solarwind Canada Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the purposes of developing, building and commissioning a showcase distributed generation renewable energy microgrid. To read the full press release click here.

New Member: D & P Wood Working Ltd

D & P Wood Working is a small renovation business specializes in exterior and interior jobs. For example siding windows, doors, decks, painting, tiling. "No job is too big or too small".

Premier and Finance minister reach out to Albertans about Budget 2017

Two telephone town hall meetings, planned for Jan. 30 and 31, will give Albertans the opportunity to ask questions and provide their comments regarding the 2017 provincial budget.  Albertans with a publicly listed land line will automatically get a call. Mobile users can sign up for a call or dial in right before the telephone town halls begin. People can also listen and participate online.

The telephone town halls will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. reaching residents in:
  • northern Alberta on Monday, January 30
  • southern Alberta, including Red Deer, on Tuesday, January 31

Value Added Benefit: FREE Website Directory

Members can utilize the Chamber’s website by adding information to their business directory listing. This can include your logo, pictures, videos, business description and more. This is a great tool for members that do not have a website as it acts as a “mirco website” and it can also direct traffic to the business website- if you do have one. Members can also post job postings, events and Hot Deals for FREE to the website.

Shock and Opportunity - Adapting to a Volatile World

The global economy went through a tough 2016, hampered by sluggish growth and unexpected shocks from a surprising U.S. election and the British vote to leave the EU. Global political risk is rising as never before, and financial markets are increasingly volatile. Canada is facing vulnerabilities at home (consumer debt and bubbly real estate prices) and abroad (the renegotiation of NAFTA), but there are also exciting opportunities. Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economics and Finance, Hendrik Brakel provides his 2017-2018 Economic and Political Outlook for Canada and the global economy here.

Member 2 Member (M2M) Discount: The Hat's Olive Tap

Everyone needs gourmet oil and vinegar in their pantries! At The Hat's Olive Tap buy a 200, 375, or 750ml bottle of oil or vinegar, show your key tag and get a pour spout for 50% off!

Intellectual Property - Provide your input to help design a new workshop series

Intellectual property – the valuation of ideas - is the cornerstone of wealth creation. Protecting those ideas - either in the form of brand value through trademarks or creations protected by copyright, patents, industrial designs or trade secrets – is as essential as protecting your bank account. But even more important for future wealth creation is how these protections are crafted and deployed. In partnership with the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is assisting in the development of a series of workshops designed to empower SMEs to take better advantage of their intangible assets. We are looking for your feedback to help design these workshops. The link below will take you to a very short survey (8 questions). If you have an interest in protecting your assets and growing wealth, please take a minute to complete this survey.

News We're Following for the Week of January 23 - 27, 2017