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NEWSLETTER August 2016 Letter from the Chair The Yukon Chamber of Commerce has come a long way over the last few years thanks to the wise and committed leadership of Darielle Talarico and Rich Thompson, the hard work of our President Peter Turner, and the dedicated staff and board members who have all seen the Chamber through an incredible revitalization. When I was first invited to sit on the Yukon Chamber board, I accepted because I was excited about what the Chamber was doing: finding ways to become an effective voice for Yukon’s business community by speaking out on territory-wide issues with the goal of making the Yukon a better place to live and do business. We’re getting better about how we advocate and how we develop policy. We’re moving from a reactive approach to speaking out on issues to becoming proactive, engaging in research, engaging with our members, and engaging outside of the business community to make sure that we are well-informed, understand multiple perspectives, and have given due consideration to the diversity of opportunities that we have available to us for improving the Yukon’s economy. We’re redefining how we engage with our Community Chamber Members and have created opportunities for our Business and Industry Members to get actively involved, too. We now have Policy Development Guidelines that make it possible for any Community Chamber Member or Business and Industry Member to bring forward policy resolutions of their own for consideration to our membership. Once passed by our membership, these resolutions become the official policy of the YCC. This year, we expect to fill a policy position with the goal of making that resource available to our Community Chamber Members. We’ll also be working with our Community Chamber Members to clarify how we can support each other and how we can publicly communicate issues of importance through our respective chambers.

News & Events  Featured Events: Opportunities North Conference in Yellowknife September 7 – 9, 2016 *See poster in Newsletter Whiskey Revealed Whitehorse, September 15 *See poster in Newsletter Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining Breakfast & Tour This event is for chamber members only September 16, 2016 8:00 – 9:00 AM RSVP 667-2000 Upcoming Election Debate Details to be announced *See write up in Newsletter Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for event details.

We have issues-based committees tackling challenging and important topics like energy, transportation infrastructure, and trade. The Energy Committee, for example, has launched the ‘Fueling Yukon’s Economy’ initiative. It’s a public conversation about how we acquire and use fossil fuels in the Yukon and it’s an exploration about how we can reduce our environmental footprint while simultaneously creating jobs and strengthening our economy. I’m very proud of the work that they’ve been doing. This year, I hope we’ll be tackling other issues that we know are important to our members, such as housing and labour-force development, and ensuring that the environmental regulatory system is effective, but also efficient and reliable. So, if you’re a member of the YCC and you know of a way to improve Yukon’s economy, we want to hear from you — whether it’s by getting involved with your local Community Chamber of Commerce, getting involved with an issues-based YCC committee, or by bringing forward a policy resolution of your own, let the collective power of our membership add strength to your voice.

Come See Us! Suite 205, 2237 – 2nd Ave Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0K7

Employer Advisor Service Steering Committee YCC offers the Employer Advisor Service (EAS) to assist employers with issues around workers’ compensation and health & safety. The Employer Advisor is employed by YCC and works independently of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB). The services of the EAS are available to all employers with staff in the Yukon and there is no cost to employers to use the service. All dealings between employers and the EAS are held in strict confidence; YCC does not tell YWCHSB who uses the EAS. Late in July, the inaugural meeting of the EAS Steering Committee took place. The membership comprises representatives of various industry associations who can advise us with regard to concerns or issues of employers in their respective sectors. The following stakeholder organisations were invited to sit on the Steering Committee:  Yukon Contractors Association  Yukon Chamber of Mines  Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon  Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce. All accepted the invitation. A representative from each of these organisations attended the first meeting. The Steering Committee’s role is to provide advice to the Yukon Chamber of Commerce (YCC) in relation to the EAS. This advice falls into two categories:  Specific priorities the member stakeholder organisations might have for the service, and  General input on any matters the members deem relevant to the EAS. While we see this as another way for us to keep a figure on the pulse of employers, it is in no way intended to prevent any employer from being in touch with us directly for help or advice on any matter related to YWCHSB. We are always available to assist employers with issues around workers’ compensation and health & safety. All logistical and secretariat services are handled by YCC. The management of the Employer Advisor’s performance as well as day-to-day work supervision and the provision of administrative support continue to be the responsibility of YCC. We are confident this committee will provide input and feedback that will help YCC deliver the program in an effective way that is responsive to the needs of Yukon employers. Any employer who has a concern or would simply like to learn more can email Mal Malloch at or call him at 393-6061.

Join the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Delegation to Yellowknife Attend the Opportunities North Conference 2016 Engage with other Northern Businesses

The $1,425 Round-Trip Package Includes: Delegate Admission to the Opportunities North Conference September 7-9 Three nights’ accommodation at the Explorer Hotel Return flight with Air North between Whitehorse and Yellowknife September 6-9 Ground transportation round trip between the airport and the hotel Admission to the YCC VIP Reception Tuesday September 6 – details to follow

Registration must be made before September 1, 2016 The first 20 qualified businesses and industry associations are eligible for $425 of funding from the Enterprise Trade Fund for one delegate to attend. Application template and information will be provided upon request.

To reserve your seat today, or for more information, contact Rachel Morgan 667-2000 or

The Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) annually awards $1M to one to five teams, nominated by a third party, for its Arctic knowledge to create action plans in the fields of education, human health, socio-cultural issues, environment, and the economy. The Call for Nominations was released in early June with a submission deadline of September 30, 2016. The AIP Charitable Trust, with a majority of Northern Trustees and Patti Balsillie (Yukon) as Chair, are the owners and provide strategic direction for the Prize. The Arctic Inspiration Prize was co-founded in 2012 by Arnold Witzig and his partner Sima Sharifi. Arnold Witzig was born in 1949 in Switzerland, and was raised in modest circumstances on a small family farm. He graduated as an architect and after becoming the CEO of a small architectural firm at 31, he started to carry out his vision to create a unique and comprehensive service by bringing together all the necessary specialists from different areas of expertise into a new business unit, IE Engineering Group (IE). As Arnold approached 50, with his business goals achieved, it was time for a change. In 1998 he handed over the IE Group to its team members. In 1999, Arnold said goodbye to family, friends and loved ones in Europe and flew to Vancouver not knowing that it would soon become his new home. The same year, Sima and Arnold found each other. Sima Sharifi was born in Iran. As a student, she joined the country's movement for democracy. She eventually arrived in Canada in 1986. Her first years in Canada were difficult. While volunteering for a number of NGOs she studied French and English and pursued her education, completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics in Vancouver and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa. While Sima continued her academic career, Arnold traveled intensively, climbed the Seven Summits and skied the Polar Regions. Meanwhile Sima learned to bike, ski, and climb, all of which were entirely new for her. They undertook many adventures together, including climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. For several years they studied and supported projects in the fields of education and gender equality in the developing world. In 2011 they decided to focus the work of their foundation in Canada, their homeland of choice. With the operational and management support of ArcticNet, the Arctic Inspiration Prize was officially launched on April 23, 2012 during the International Polar Year 2012 conference. The Call for Nominations for the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize is open. AIP Ambassadors are encouraged to spread the word, to actively seek out and mentor teams and projects, and to be nominators. Ambassadors are also encouraged to initiate and be part of a team. The Yukon Chamber of Commerce is an Official Ambassador. Next issue: The Arctic Inspiration Prize awards a total of $4.5 million to 11 diverse teams since 2012. Visit for more information.

Whiskey Revealed Part of the Yukon Chamber

Signature Tasting Series September 15, 2016 @ 6:30 PM In a to be announced location Tickets $85 Limited Seating Price Includes 째 Whiskey Tasting Experience with Jonathan Bray 째 Tasting of eight select whiskeys 째 Oysters by The Wayfarer Oyster 째 A selection of Cheeses by Cultured Finc Cheese

For tickets contact the Yukon Chamber 667-2000

Cando is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual National Conference to be held on October 3-6, 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon. This year’s conference will be co-hosted by däna Näye Ventures, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Ta'an Kwach'an Council and Council of Yukon First Nations. The Cando National Conference is the only platform that focuses exclusively on topics and trends related to the advancement of Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada. It is an important venue for economic developers and related stakeholders to come together, create new business contacts, share best practices, address obstacles and reveal existing trends in our dynamic economy. Through a program of top speakers, cutting-edge topics and training opportunities, conference attendees will not only see the region's innovative energy, but leave with fresh strategies and tools to take their organizations and communities to the next level.

Conference Highlights         

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops Carcross, Long Ago Peoples Place or Whitehorse City Tours Cultural Reception Economic Developer of the Year Awards Trade Show & Artisan Show & Sale 12th Annual National Youth Panel Interactive workshops, keynote presentations & informative plenary sessions 3rd Annual Women-in-Business Panel President’s Reception, Dinner & Dance

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal community economic development & speak with the people directly involved in improving the economic viability of Canada's Aboriginal communities!

Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline is August 19, 2016 To learn more about the upcoming conference or to register, please visit our web site at, e-mail Svitlana Konoval at, or call the Cando office at 1-800-463-9300 or (780) 990-0303.

As part of the Energy Committee of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce is work on the “Fueling Yukon’s Economy project summary report from our May 26 workshop is now published online. It is available for review and a link can be found at the homepage of the Yukon Chamber website at Work will continue on this initiative and the Energy Committee has identified three efforts they will be pursuing in the coming months. These are associated with developing a chamber policy position on carbon pricing, pursuing the undertaking of a cost/benefit study of a local oil & gas industry, and working with the Yukon government to encourage them to release more detailed consumption statistics for oil and gas consumed in the territory. This work will provide data to give Yukon businesses better visibility to our current levels of fossil fuel consumption and will support informed discussions on such topics as the pros and cons of carbon pricing. It will also provide baseline data to inform future discussions about energy options for the territory. We are encouraged by the engagement to date and welcome and encourage further dialogue on this critical subject on the Fueling Yukon website and Facebook page.

Membership Recognition

The Yukon Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Downtown Hotel, Dawson City as they have been a member since 1989. Thank you to all our members for your ongoing support for the efforts of the Yukon Chamber…. It’s your memberships that allow us to do the work we do for the Yukon Business Community.

Election Debate The Yukon Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Industry Association of Yukon, the Yukon Chamber of Mines and Association of Yukon Communities will host a party-leaders debate in advance of the coming territorial election. These five groups will pose questions of interest for the Yukon business community and we welcome and invite chamber members to submit questions for consideration. The event will be free and open to the public but promotion for the event will be limited to the memberships of the above-mentioned hosting organizations. The date for the event is to be determined based on timing of the dropping of the writ, and the the date for the election. The Yukon Chamber will send email invitations to all chamber members once we have the date set.

Yukon Chamber of Commerce Suite 205, 2237 – 2nd Ave Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0K7 867.667.2000

Yukon Chamber Of Commerce Newsletter  

August 2016

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