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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

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?

Corporate executives from the following companies will be joining us:

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.

Get into the swing of things and register now.

Bullish on the economy despite global uncertainty

Bullish on the economy despite global uncertainty

While the rest of the world may look to be in shaky economy territory, Alberta and Calgary are poised for the strongest period of economic growth in the past five years.

Alberta will lead the country in GDP growth of up to 5.2 per cent this year and the city will finish things off at 3.8 per cent, according to the latest economic update from the Calgary Chamber.

“Our growth forecast hinges upon European debt containment and stability in China and the U.S.,” says Ben Brunnen, chief economist with the Calgary Chamber. “If problems in Greece escalate – all bets are off.”

Read more on these economic developments and what they mean for business in the Chamber’s updated 2012 Economic Outlook or watch a brief video summarizing this report.

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.

Government relations for small business

Government relations for small business

Knowing how to influence government decisions on issues that affect your business can be difficult, particularly if you lack the resources and expertise to run a costly government relations campaign.  But there are ways to get gears of government moving in your favour that don’t cost a bundle. 
Speaking to the Calgary Chamber on May 31, Jason Hatcher, a partner with the boutique government relations firm Spotlight Strategies, offered tips on how to get government to act on your concerns as a business. Hatcher was the second speaker in the Member Expert series, a new program designed exclusively for Chamber members that allows them to share their know-how with other members so they can use that expertise to grow and improve their business.  

Learn more on Hatcher’s tips for influencing government decisions (Members only).

Change management - Best practices for business

Change management - Best practices for business

Thursday June 14, 2012
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Calgary Chamber
100 6th Avenue SW

Few companies – small or large – can successfully drive rapid, comprehensive change – even when the organization finds itself in an urgent situation that necessitates a major makeover in company-wide behavior. While leaders may understand the recipe for change, they struggle with the most important part of the process – getting their people on board.

Join us for a breakfast talk with Eva Klein, professor of human resources and organizational dynamics with the Haskayne School of Business, which touches on the key points of successful change management.

Connect for Lunch networking event

Connect for Lunch networking event

Wednesday June 13, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
DeVry Institute of Technology
Room 201

2700 3rd Avenue SE

The format for this groundbreaking event differs dramatically from other networking events. Before each event, attendees are encouraged to contact us to tell us about their business, their challenges, and the type of people they’d like to connect with to overcome these problems and grow their business. With this information, we get to work placing people at each attendees table who will meet their networking needs.

Ranil Herath, president of the DeVry Institute of Technology, will also share insights on everything from how to properly pitch yourself at a networking event to how to use social media networking tools and how to build business relationships that last for life.

Register for focused business networking at its best.

Business After Hours

Business After Hours

Thursday June 21, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kensington Riverside Inn
1126 Memorial Drive

Meet new clients and make new business connections in the friendly and casual atmosphere of the Kensington Riverside Inn.

The award-winning restaurant Chef’s Table will be roasing a pig and providing wine tastings throughout the evening so invite a client and get to know him or her better over the exceptional food and drink, or mix and mingle with entrepreneurs and business professionals from Calgary’s business community.

Don't miss out on this great value - sign up today.

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.  

Perspectives on Alberta’s First Nations consultation policy

Perspectives on Alberta’s First Nations consultation policy

Premier Alison Redford has signaled that one of her government’s first priorities will be to finish review of the First Nations Consultation Policy, which establishes the consultation requirements for industry when working with Aboriginal communities to develop a natural resource project.

This policy has been under review for some time and both industry and Aboriginal communities have voiced concerns over the existing guidelines.

These two groups came together during a panel discussion put on by the Calgary Chamber on June 7 to share their perspectives for successfully engaging with one another throughout this process.

Learn more on the insights that each side had to share.

Alberta-U.S. relations: Working to meet America’s energy needs

Alberta-U.S. Relations: Working to meet America’s energy needs

Thursday June 21, 2012
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Fairmont Palliser Hotel - Crystal Ballroom
133 9th Avenue SW

For the last three years, Laura Lochman, U.S. consul general for Alberta, has played a vital role in managing Canada-U.S. relations as issues surrounding the oilsands and pipelines south of the boarder have taken centre stage. Lochman will leave Alberta for a new posting in Colombia in July, but much of her work will continue to effect companies in both our two countries.

Join us to learn more on the key developments in Canadian-U.S. relations over the last three years, and what these changes mean for the future of Alberta’s energy industry.

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