Three new board members for the Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce notebook

February 25, 2019 meeting

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting proved to be productive one as they held an election for three board positions.

The three positions were filled by Ashley Svecla of Atco, Srini Jayaraman of Sawridge Group of Companies and Andrea Poitras of Mortgage Alliance. Moving from regular board member onto the executive was Melane Leblanc, of Northern Lakes College; she takes over as the Treasurer.

Chamber president Frankie Giroux started off the meeting by going through some of the upcoming chamber events. She said the business awards gala has been well received. She said this year there were 570 nominations, which is many more than last year.

Lake Life Expo
The trade show event is planned for the first weekend in May.

Giroux said the Chamber is still in need of people to join the planning committee, as well as volunteer during the event. She explained the event will be set up on May 3rd and the show will run May 4th and 5th
“This year we are partnering with Community Futures to help with the workload,” she said. “They have distributed the packages out to vendors by e-mail and Kim Hughes (Executive Administrator), will be handling the registration side of things.”

Giroux said this year the theme is “Lake Life Expo,” capitalizing on what we have here, which is the lake.

You can register online for the event at Earlybird pricing is in effect until March 18.

Riverboat Daze
This year’s Riverboat Daze event is July 5th to 7th. Giroux said not too much has been done yet, except the midway has been officially booked, and they have started working on their inital planning for event. She said this year there will be no sandcastle competition due to lack of volunteers and interest in the past years. More information will be discussed closer to the date, said Giroux, as the event is still quite a few months away.

Minister Danielle Larivee’s address
Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee attended the meeting to give a brief summary and update everyone on the economy.

Larivee said certainly oil and gas tend to be a big worry for everybody and a big challenge. That being said, other sectors of the province are up and are hitting many record levels and highs.

“It is a weird imbalance in the province” Larivee said. “There are some parts of the province that are doing exceptionally well and some parts that are still facing challenges.”

Larivee stated she is very thankful we have forestry here to help balance it out. She said the government continues to put a lot of effort into diversifying the economy and making sure that recovery extends to help everyone in the province.

Larivee said she hopes everyone has heard the good news that the Trans Mountain Pipeline was recommended for approval by the National Energy board last week. That means the government can continue to champion the pipeline right across the country and get all Canadians on board. She also said they are continuing to work with industry to move oil by rail.

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