Business Progress June 2013
On May 27th we hosted the University of Regina Luncheon for our members. President Timmons gave a very informative presentation on what is currently happening with the University in Regina and throughout the Province. Following her presentation there was a great information session. Thank you to the Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club for the great food and hospitality.
A Message from the CEO~ Merle Lacert Hello Members, Summer is upon us, and while it is a quieter time for the Chamber, we are working to define our next year ahead. We are excited to have five new Directors joining our Board for the 2013-2014 season. Please watch for the September newsletter for full information on our entire 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors. The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce is working to define our calendar of events and luncheons for the next year. In addition to our normal operations, we will also be completing initiatives through our Investment & Growth and Government Affairs Committees. We do have a current survey out to our membership, please take the time to complete and offer some insights, all insights gained are important as we assess and organize our priorities for the year ahead. Although we are busy planning for the next year, we also have several events occurring in June. We are looking to offer our members information on various topics; June 11/13 Presentation by Service Canada to advise business owners/managers on the many programs and services that Service Canada offers to business, June 20/13 – Join us for a “Productivity 101” presentation, this presentation is geared to assist employers get more form their current work force through gained efficiencies , currently very valuable as many employers face labour challenges or shortages. As well we will be hosting a luncheon on June 27/13 with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, come hear about current research as well as examples of how previous research has lead to current improvements with our healthcare. I do hope everyone enjoys the great summer days ahead, have a great and safe summer everyone.
Executive Officers Chairman
Mike Mitchell Tyrone Pest Control First Vice Chairman
Larry Fladager SIAST 2nd Vice Chair
Shelley L. Cannon Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Office Board Appointed
George Vass Prince Albert & District Community Futures
Elected Board Members Trevor Dutchak
Mark-it Signs Graphics and Web
Sask. Rivers School Division
P.A. Raider Hockey Club
Prince Albert Tourism
Prince Albert Multicultural Council
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
Meghan Mayer Salon Six
Gord Jahn MNP
Initially established as a cultural dance group in 1963, the Prince Albert Multicultural Council was officially recognized as a non-profit corporation in 1974. In 1984, with a growing newcomer population in Prince Albert, the Council began expanding its services to supporting refugee and immigrant newcomers settling in Prince Albert and the surrounding area. Today, the PAMC continues to work with this rapidly-growing and dynamic newcomer community, while continuing to promote multicultural and anti-racism activities. The PAMC offers assistance and advice to newcomers to Canada. Services include translation and interpretation, aid in understanding and filling out paperwork and applications for various necessities in Canada, referrals to available resources and organizations within the community, connecting clients with educational and employment opportunities, and working with partner organizations and various levels of government to better serve newcomer clients and the community of Prince Albert and area in general. Access to English language instruction plays a key role in the success of newcomers during settlement and throughout their lives in Canada. We offer English for Employment class (funded by the Government of Saskatchewan), connections to private tutors, and resources to help newcomers strengthen their language skills. The PAMC also offers cultural programming, as well as integration activities and events for newcomers and the community in general. We understand that such work is not only very important for new immigrants to Canada, but also for Canadians who have been born into our community and/or call Prince Albert their home. Integration is not a one-way process. Multiculturalism allows for, but also requires, the participation of all sectors of the community. The PAMC also offers, for example, Cree, Spanish and Mandarin language classes, as well as discussion groups and workshops. On March 21st every year, the PAMC recognizes and celebrates the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On July 1st annually, we organize Canada Day celebrations on the riverbank (Dave Steuart Park). Finally, on September 28th & 29th, 2013, The Prince Albert Multicultural Council is once again proud to partner with the EA Rawlinson Center for the Arts to present Tapestrama 2013 Cultural Festival. Tapestrama is a cultural showcase, a two-day multicultural art and folk festival, and an opportunity for residents to learn about the many cultures and peoples that make up our northern Saskatchewan community. In 2013, the PAMC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in conjunction with Tapestrama 2013.
The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) is the governing entity of Saskatchewan’s francophone community. The goal of our Immigration and Employment Sector is to foster cultural diversity in Saskatchewan as well as work in partnership with local businesses to facilitate the recruitment of talented bilingual individuals to meet both short-term and long-term employment needs in the province. We are committed to create an awareness of the different options available to employers be it through recruitment in Saskatchewan, in Canada or at an international level. In addition we are pleased to offer a personalized settlement and integration service to the employees upon their arrival in Saskatchewan. We would like to take this opportunity to spread the word about the opportunity for sourcing Skilled Workers for temporary and permanent positions through the Assemblée Communautaire Fransaskoise's (ACF) international sourcing partners. With this process, Saskatchewan employers are not tied or limited to converging on one access point or source country, but have multiple points of access to qualified Candidates with several Destination Canada - Special Measures Program participating countries, such as France, Belgium, Tunisa, Morrocco and Mauritius. As a Saskatchewan employer, take advantage of our free services and let the ACF and its international partners source potential candidates for you. In addition, we offer candidate pre-screening, English language proficiency assessment, facilitate interviews, Embassy liaison, guidance with work permit process, Saskatchewan orientation and community integration support offered to candidate upon arrival in Saskatchewan. Should you like to discuss opportunities regarding Hiring a Foreign worker and the services offered by the ACF do not hesitate to contact me, I will be pleased to provide you with further information. Sincerely, Jacqueline Grenier Promotion & Recruitment Officer Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise Phone : 306-423-5537
SHARE is a non-profit health care organization located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan offering residential and vocational programs for people with severe and persistent mental health and dual diagnosis issues. Incorporated in 1983, SHARE receives the majority of its funding through a contract with the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority- mental health programs. A smaller portion of funding is generated by fundraising and other contracts associated with the vocational programs of the organization. SHARE’s Mission Statement is “Promoting the respect and dignity of people affected by mental illness through ensuring the consideration of their own personal goals, feelings and beliefs. Operating under the awareness of the significance of the client’s cultural and socio-economic background. Inspiring clients to reach their maximum level of rehabilitation by teaching them to access positive supports in the community.” SHARE offers 3 types of programs; residential, vocational, and recreational. The residential rehabilitation program aims to reintegrate clients into the community and provide them with positive support systems in the community. The respite program provides short term housing solutions for clients. Our vocational programs provide training and experience in the workforce, with varying levels of support according to the needs of the client. Recreation programs aim to increase client wellness. The client population that requires services from SHARE is changing. Many of the clients are aging and no longer able to participate in the traditional vocational programs that are being offered. Others are requiring a “place to be”, with meaningful daily experiences, but because of the severity of their disability they cannot participate in the vocational programs that are currently available. Ages vary from 18 to 80 years of age, with almost half being of aboriginal descent. All of the clients have persistent mental health concerns that affect their daily living on an ongoing basis that prevent them from participating in many community activities and services. Currently, SHARE provides daily activities such as snow shoveling, flyer delivery, litter picks, moving jobs, mail outs and putting up and taking down of signage for Prince Albert’s real estate agencies. We also provide recreational outings and daily activities for clients unable to participate in vocational programs. 2013 is the 30th anniversary of SHARE in Prince Albert. Our programming and facilities have expanded to meet the needs of an increasing number of clients. We invite you to support SHARE, so we can continue to provide programs and opportunities for those living with mental illness.
Frauds and Scams Target Business â€œFraudâ€? is generally defined as the false representation of facts by word or conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of information that should have been disclosed, such that the representations made deceive or are intended to deceive a victim resulting in a loss of material item or financial asset. We think of frauds and scams as impacting on consumers, while in reality business and professional organizations are the new target. The business community is aware of the potential for incidents of fraud by employees, customers, suppliers and contractors. Most have some risk mitigation tactics in place to guard against severe losses. Business is less prepared to mitigate the risk associated with the most rampant fraud against business today, mass marketing fraud (MMF). International law enforcement agencies estimate that 80% of all MMF activity is run by organized crime. MMF does not respect international borders, uses mobile technology around the world, is extremely difficult to identify and catch, and requires large measures of international law enforcement co-operation. Years ago MMF targeted consumers searching for large numbers of victims to generate large numbers of small dollar transactions. Today the perpetrators pursue business and government targets that require less effort to produce a smaller number of victims generating fewer transactions with much larger dollar value. Business victims are thinly staffed, use significant delegation of authority, lack adequate operational controls, and carry larger bank balances presenting very attractive targets. Email expeditions are the tool of choice to exploit the business community. Electronic mailing lists are cheap to acquire and on-line commercial directories are readily available. Brands are easily duplicated with look-alike websites and messaging material. These emails, issued in bulk by servers to illprepared businesses, typically have attachments or links that carry spy-ware or mal-ware viruses designed specifically to locate, capture and transmit specific bank information and financial records. These recent viruses are so sophisticated and evolving so quickly that many go undetected by anti-virus software. The result is an ever rising cost to business victims. For those businesses interested in reducing their vulnerability to fraudulent acts, the BBB can assist in identifying a range of external and online resources that may be useful. It is as important for the business community to report fraud as it is for consumers. You can reach our office through our website at www.sask.bbb.org or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 11 from 10:30am—11:30am FREE! Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Board Room Service Canada Information Session– People servicing people! Are you aware of the programs and services that are available to you at Service Canada? Join us for an overview on Service Canada’s programs and services to learn how they can benefit your business and your employees. The presentation will include information on how to access our services, including ROE Web, Employment Insurance Work Sharing Benefits, Canada Pension, Old Age Security and Social Insurance Numbers. Learn about The Job Bank, CanadaBenefits and My Service Canada Account. Discover how to access Labour Market Information and utilize the Working in Canada Tool. Service Canada is the one-stop shop for most federal programs and services!
Investment Forum for the Prince Albert Region Thursday, June 13th, 1 - 3pm at Prince Albert & District Community Futures The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host a forum which will offer information and insights into investment opportunities for the Prince Albert Region. Mr. William Wang- Director China Unit, Intergovernmental Affairs Executive Council, Government of Saskatchewan will be presenting information on:
Saskatchewan Economic Overview and Investment Opportunities Saskatchewan and China, Chinese Culture, Overview of China Prince Albert Industry/Companies Overview/Introduction
Event Objectives: Increase awareness of investment opportunities for both potential investors and companies or organizations looking to increase investment in their enterprise. Bring together Business and Industry to gain insights into opportunities to attract Chinese enterprises or investment. Opportunity for the Prince Albert Region to promote investment opportunities in our Region. Make connections, network. Format: Presentations will offer insights into investment opportunities, Saskatchewan’s Economic outlook, and Economic situation in China. Opportunity to ask questions.
The Leave a Legacy Luncheon was held on May 7th at the Prince Albert Inn. Pat Wier from Patricia Wier Financial gave a great presentation about how we can leave a legacy with our families and our community.
Saskatchewan’s economy is growing and that means there are more jobs available than ever before. Unfortunately, the number of workers is not growing at the same rate so many jobs go unfilled and businesses cannot grow to their full potential.
By improving the productivity of people and businesses however, this loss of potential can be greatly reduced. Attending a Productivity 101 workshop is your first step in creating a more productive and profitable business or organization. By attending this workshop you will learn the basics of what productivity is and how it is applicable to your business. Some of the things that you will learn include: Productivity basics
The value of productivity improvement to your own organization What tools, programs, and services are available to your businesses or organization How to start your journey of productivity improvement The three pillars of productivity The workshop will be delivered by Mr. Sebastian Panciuk, one of Productivity Alberta’s productivity experts, who will be in Saskatchewan to facilitate this first series of Productivity 101 workshops throughout the province. The workshop is approximately three hours long, with adequate time allowed for questions during and after the workshop. Mr. Panciuk is currently the Manager of Business Development and Advisory Services at Productivity Alberta. He is a proven leader with over 12 years of experience in managerial and supervisory team building. He has obtained his MBA and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University College. His attention to detail, problem solving ability, communication skills, business acumen, and positive energy provide him with the necessary skills to guide you on your productivity journey.
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Assurance Consulting Corporate Finance Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Enterprise Risks Investigative & Forensic Services Succession Tax & Specialty Tax Valuation & Litigation Support
For more information contact a local MNP advisor at 306.764.6873
Prairie North Cleaning Systems Sun Life Financialâ€“ Peter Dyck Prince Albert Multicultural Council Smart Families Food Coop
Advantage Real Estate
Mr. J's Maintenance Service Ltd.
Ashly Cabinets & Windows
North Ridge Development
Ben's Auto Glass
On Task Rehab Inc.
Construction Careers Prince Albert
P.A. Software Inc.
Pepsi Cola Canada Beverages(west)
E.A. Rawlinson Center for the Arts
Percy H. Davis Custom Brokers
RSF PM Services Ltd.
Sarcan- Pine Industries
Grand Trunk Developments
Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre
Greenland Waste Disposal
Se-Se Hum School /Big River First Nations
Jay's Moving and Storage
Windemere Property Developments
Many Chamber Members are saving thousands of dollars by moving to the Chamber Plan benefits program. Are you employees getting the benefits they need? Can your company save money?
Call 306-922-4414 to find out!
Opportunity to Display Brochures at Every Business After Hours and Luncheons
Opportunity to introduce speaker at luncheon of your choice
Sponsor a luncheon of your choice: Prince Albert Raiders Luncheon, Premiers Luncheon, Mayors State of Address.
Your Corporate logo will appear on all printed materials and advertising in conjunction with the luncheon.
Specific recognition during the luncheon
Opportunity to distribute promotional items on site.
Acknowledgment in Chamber Business Progress Newsletter
Company identification on day’s event card
The chamber will create a 24x24 sign which will be displayed at every event throughout our 125th anniversary year.
Your company will be recognized in all post event information will be posted in our newsletter and website.
All efforts to recognize your company will utilize clickable links which will direct visitors to your business.
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Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce 3700â€”2nd Avenue West Prince Albert, SK S6W 1A2 306.764.6222 ph 306.922.4727 fax