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2012 Gala - Alchemy

2012 Gala - Alchemy

Friday September 14, 2012
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
TELUS Spark Science Centre
220 St. Georges Drive NE

Alchemy 2012 is the Calgary Chamber’s newest experience. It will raise eyebrow and expectations. We’ll turn Telus Spark into a place where diverse elements will connect, co-mingle and clash. Ideas will be sparked and fused. Sense will be stirred.

Our guest speaker, former Harvard teacher and bestselling author Shawn Achor, will change your beliefs about success and happiness and leave you (and your business) transformed.

The one element that is missing is you. You belong here.

Chamber building sale update

Chamber building sale update

The Calgary Chamber is selling its building. This decision was announced to its membership at the AGM on April 30, 2012.

While this decision was very well researched, reasoned and supported, many members have asked for more information as to how the decision was reached and what factors drove the decision.
Learn more on the background behind this decision and why it’s the right move for the Chamber from its Board Char David Sprague and CEO Adam Legge. (Members only)

Chamber Links!

Chamber Links!

Thursday August 23, 2012
8:30 am Shotgun Start
Springbank Links Golf Club
125 Hackamore Trail

Networking is the name of the game of this golf tournament.

Entrepreneurs and business professionals may come “fore” the golf but they leave with prospective clients, sales leads and business referrals that will help them grow and improve their business. 

Your ticket gets you 18 holes of golf with a cart and GPS, as well as refreshments, a delicious Spolumbo’s BBQ, complimentary team and individual photos, and a chance to win lots of great prizes.

Don’t miss out on this chance to link up with other business professionals from small to mid-sized companies.

New mortgage rules could shakeup Calgary’s real estate market

New mortgage rules could shakeup Calgary’s real estate market

Every week Ben Brunnen, chief economist with the Calgary Chamber, breaks down an ongoing trend in the economy and explains what this development means for business.

This week Brunnen looked at the recent change in mortgage rules which saw the borrowing period for government-back mortgages decrease from 30 years to 25. These changes could really mix things up in Calgary, causing the real estate market to cool slightly while creating new opportunities for mortgage brokers, home builders and property renters.

Learn more about these developments and how you can get Brunnen to comment on issues affecting your business.

Key issues in Alberta-U.S. relations

Key issues in Alberta-U.S. relations

Laura Lochman knows all too well that neighbours don’t always get along.

Over the last three years, Lochman, the outgoing U.S. consul general for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, has played a vital part in managing Alberta-U.S. relations as issues surrounding pipelines south of the border and the oilsands have taken centre stage. 

After completing a three-year stint headquartered in Calgary, Lochman is moving onto another posting in Colombia.  Speaking to the Calgary Chamber on June 21, Lochman looked back at her time on the job and detailed what she thinks will be the big issues in Alberta-U.S. relations in the new few years. 

Learn more on the key developments in Alberta-U.S. relations.

Play with the Presidents golf tournament, Presented by Rogers

Tuesday July 3, 2012
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club
1 Priddis Greens Drive

Only a few more days left to register for the Calgary Chamber’s annual Play with the Presidents golf tournament, at the spectacular and private Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

This is your chance to exchange golf and business tips with the upper echelon of Calgary’s business community. Give a mulligan to Ken King, fix a divot for Guy Huntingford, or hold the pin for David Swann but make sure to get a business card for your effort.

When the business of golf is done, get onto the business of building your business by networking with high-level CEOs and presidents.

Corporate executives from ATCO Group, Axia NetMedia Corporation, Bayer CropScience Canada, BigRock Brewery, Black Diamond Group, Calgary Flames, Calgary Herald, Coril Holdings, CN, DeVry Canada, Encana, ENMAX, FirstEnergy, First Calgary Financial, Rogers Communications, Travel Alberta and Newalta will be joining us.

Online bookings are closed.  Please call Jennifer at 403 750 0432 to register.

Networking that pays with prizes

Networking that pays with prizes

Thursday September 20, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Endeavor Arts & Event Space
Suite 200, 1209 1st Street SW

There’s more than just networking to be done at Calgary’s premier networking event.

Last week while attending Business After Hours, Deborah Kershaw, a licensed broker with Seller Invite, won a free night stay at the Kensington Riverside Inn.

Prizes like these are often a regular thing at Business After Hours, a networking event put on by the Calgary Chamber which features a mini tradeshow that gives businesses the opportunity to setup booths and showcase what they do to other businesses.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to connect and grow your business. 

The City of Calgary seeks your input on budget adjustments

The City of Calgary seeks your input on budget adjustments

It’s time to make your voice heard. In November 2011, city council approved the 2012-2014 business plans and budgets for Calgary.

Now, six months later, the City of Calgary wants to check in with Calgarians to find out what they think. This is a normal part of the budgeting process. In fact, each year the City revisits its budget plan and makes changes as appropriate.

Give your feedback on the City’s budget and let city council know what you think.

Smart Cities of the Future

Smart Cities of the Future

Wednesday October 24, 2012
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Marriott Calgary Hotel
110 9th Avenue SE

Canada’s economic success is tied to the competiveness of its cities.

Over the next several years Canada’s growing population will become more urbanized, and Canadian cities will have to meet the challenges related to this growth. That means cities need to be innovative, strategic and efficient if they plan to continue to be hubs of economic activity.

To pave the way for a cleaner, better and brighter future, the Calgary Chamber and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to present Smart Cities of the Future, a conference that will examine how Canada’s competitiveness can be improved by addressing the core challenges facing its urban centres — issues such as transportation, infrastructure, urban planning, governance, sustainability and energy.

Join us as we discuss how cities can become innovative and prosperous centres that fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life.

How Chamber volunteers shaped government policy in 2011

How Chamber volunteers shaped government policy in 2011

Last week, the Calgary Chamber held a mixer to celebrate some of the things our volunteer committees have done to improve the business environment in Calgary over the last 12 months.

Working with the Chamber’s government affairs team, these committees meet every month to discuss issues affecting business in our city and come up solutions to overcome these problems. The Chamber then takes these suggestions to government advocating for the necessary policy changes.   

Over the last year, this work has helped to lower taxes, keep government spending in check and change immigration laws to make it easier for workers to move to Alberta to address the province’s labour shortage.

Learn more on how these volunteer committees are helping to make Calgary a great place to do business.

Depression is bad for business

Depression is bad for business

Wednesday July 4, 2012
7:00 am - 9:00 am
The Ranchmen’s Club
710 13th Avenue SW

Depression is the most common mood disorder in Canada.

It breaks the spirit, drains motivation and can greatly diminish a person’s creativity, focus and problem-solving capabilities. This is a wide-spread issue that every business needs to know how to deal with as it affects the performance of a company’s most important asset – its people.

Join us for a talk with Clinical Psychologist Michael Yapko, author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression and Depression is Contagious, on the steps business leaders can take to help their employees – thereby helping themselves and their business – when dealing with depression in the workplace.  

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