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Taking on Alberta’s labour shortage through immigration improvements

Taking on Alberta’s labour shortage through immigration improvements

Calgary Chamber - ENMAX Ballroom
100 6th Avenue S.W.
April 10, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Alberta companies are facing growing challenges attracting the highly skilled workers needed to keep pace with the demands of our growing economy. One of the ways of addressing this problem is through immigration.

Join us for a discussion with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on the government’s plan to address Alberta’s labour challenges by building an economy focused immigration system, and introducing new initiatives to make the immigration system more nimble and responsive to the needs of labour.

Business issues forum

Business issues forum

Calgary Chamber - ENMAX Ballroom
100 6th Avenue S.W.
April 16, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Which political party best represents the interests of business? Join us for the business issues forum to find out. This political debate will feature representatives from each political party, discussing where they stand on the issues that matter most to businesses.

This event is complimentary - no registration required.

Making sense of the 2012 federal budget

Ben Brunnen, chief economist with the Calgary Chamber, dropped by CTV Morning Live last week to break down the federal government’s 2012 budget.

Find out why this is a positive budget for Calgary business [VIDEO], and probably the best budget for Alberta in the past decade.

Note: Please select Calgarys reaction to budget from the side navigation bar.

Election website outlines the priorities of business

With the provincial election now well underway, the Calgary Chamber has launched the website GreatAlberta.ca to discuss the concerns of Calgary’s business community.

Every week throughout the election, the Chamber will release a series of policy ideas we’d like to see the next government of Alberta adopt to make this province a better place to do business.

This week’s focus is on improving economic competitiveness, with a key policy recommendation to reduce the small business tax rate from 3 per cent to 2 per cent.  Right now, Alberta is at risk of losing its economic competitiveness to other provinces such as Saskatchewan, which reduced its small business tax rate from 4.5 per cent to 2 per cent in 2011.

For more information, visit GreatAlberta.ca

Budget scores big with business

Budget scores big with business

The federal government released its 2012 budget last week to a nod of approval from Calgary’s business community.

Speaking at the Calgary Chamber last Friday, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies outlined how the government’s budget will have a positive impact on Alberta businesses. Among the highlights, Menzies pointed to reducing the burden on resource development by streamlining the environmental review process.


Attract, select and retain immigrant talent

Calgary Chamber
100 6th Avenue S.W.
April 17-18, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Capitalize on the many skilled immigrants Calgary continues to attract because of the job market and economic opportunity. 

Attend this one-day workshop (split over two mornings) led by a skilled facilitator, utilizing simulated-based learning, case studies and peer knowledge exchange. Sanctioned by the HRIA, you will earn CHRP re-certification points while learning valuable skills.

2012 Human Resource Institute of Alberta Conference

BMO Centre
1410 Olympic Way S.E.
April 24-25, 2012

This years conference, Inspire, Innovate and Evolve, will empower human resource and business professionals to become best-in-class when it comes to all aspects of managing human capital.

By providing thought leadership, inspirational keynote speakers and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals the 2012 HRIA Conference is not one to miss. It’s an exciting time of growth and innovation, and it is imperative that human resource practitioners are among the influential business leaders. HRIA is proud to provide the tools and resources that facilitate their success.

Register by April 12.

Small business summit

Small business summit

Hotel Arts
119 12th Avenue S.W.
April 25, 2012

Exclusive discounted rate ($149) for Calgary Chamber members - use promo code “SBSChamber”.

Sessions include:

  • Gen-Y: What do they want, what do they expect and how do you incorporate them into your business?
  • The art of the perfect pitch: Media coverage and how to secure it
  • Going global: Navigate the complex path to success

Kick-start your business and register today.

Play with the Presidents 2012 golf tournament

Play with the Presidents 2012 golf tournament

If the saying is true, great business is often accomplished on the golf course, then Play with the President’s must be the equivalent of a dozen rounds of golf. Where else could you find top CEO’s and presidents from Calgary’s most respected companies together, trading mulligans and business tips, teeing off at one our cities most picturesque (and private) golf courses – Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club?

Early bird pricing is available until April 20th, so register today!