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Alberta’s Aboriginal consultation policy: Launching a clear road forward

Alberta’s Aboriginal consultation policy: Launching a clear road forward

Wednesday December 12, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hotel Arts
119 12th Avenue SW

Alberta is now in the process of revising its First Nations Consultation Policy, which establishes the consultation requirements for industry when working with an Aboriginal community to develop a natural resource project.

Among the issues that are currently being ironed out by the Government of Alberta is how to lay out a clear process that clarifies the rights and duties for both industry and Aboriginal communities when working together on a development project. 

Join Western Canada’s leading consultation experts for a panel discussion that examines several issues involving Alberta’s current consultation process, which will help to provide input into the current review being undertaken by the provincial government.

Win tickets to An Evening with Oprah

Win tickets to An Evening with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey, creator of the most successful talk show in television history, is coming to Calgary.

Become a Calgary Chamber member before Monday December 17, 2012 and you’ll be entered into a draw to win two tickets to An Evening with Oprah at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 22, 2013.

The winner will be announced in eConnecting on December 18, 2012.

Get your Chamber membership today.

Employment law: What every business needs to know

Employment law: What every business needs to know

Thursday January 31, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CREB Main floor
300 Manning Road NE

If you run a business or manage people, you need to have a good understanding of employment law.

That includes understanding the implied terms of an employment contract, causes for dismissal and what constitutes a wrongful dismal, the obligations of an employer after termination,  as well as the responsibilities of an employer according to the employment standards code and humans right act. 

Get the answers to all your business questions relating to employment law from two lawyers with McLeod Law during this informative lunch-time presentation.

Special Chamber member offer – breakfast event ticket giveaway!

Special Chamber member offer – breakfast event ticket giveaway!

The Calgary Chamber has partnered with the Institute of Corporate Directors to give away six free tickets to our members to a professional development breakfast held at 7:15 am on Thursday, December 13 at the Petroleum Club.

This breakfast will feature a panel discussion on a board of directors’ role in integrating financial risk with corporate strategy. Some of the questions that will be explored include: Should companies exposed to commodity price, foreign exchange and interest rate risk implement hedges for certainty? Should companies buy back their stock if the share price is depressed in the marketplace? Should companies maintain investor distributions, even if it requires increased debt, reduced capital programs or selling assets?

Be one of the first six members to email membership@calgarychamber.com, citing this exclusive Chamber member offer (one ticket per person) or purchase your tickets online.

A corporate guide to workplace diversity

A corporate guide to workplace diversity

Wednesday January 30, 2013
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Savanna Energy Services Corp.
Suite 800, 311 6th Ave SW

Calgary is the third-most ethnically diverse city in Canada. That means every employer, business owner and worker needs to have a thorough understanding of workplace diversity, employment equity and multiculturalism.

Join Canada’s most experienced diversity trainer Neil McDonald for a one-day workshop on the changing Canadian workplace, which discusses what employers and employees need to know to navigate this environment and unlock the potential that comes from working with a diverse mix of employees.

Only 20 spots are available. Hurry up and book today. 

Aboriginal communities must be true partners in energy project development

Aboriginal communities must be true partners in energy project development

Renowned author and lawyer Calvin Helin recently came to Calgary to provide industry with insights on how they can partner with Aboriginal communities to develop business capacity in the oil patch.

More than $315 billion in major natural resource projects has already been identified on or near Aboriginal territory and it’s likely that number will only increase as ongoing land claims continue to be settled. So, it’s in the interest of industry to figure out the best way of working with Aboriginal communities to develop these energy resources.

Learn more about Helin’s insights on what industry can do to develop business partnerships with Aboriginal communities.

Business After Hours


Thursday January 24, 2013
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
7303 30th Street SE

Meet new clients and make new business connections in the inspiring and innovative atmosphere of DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

DIRTT – which stands for Doing It Right This Time – builds custom, prefab modular workspaces. This method of building is suitable for offices, industrial spaces, healthcare facilities, schools and soon residential homes. DIRTT has become the biggest company in its industry, going from zero to more $130 million in sales in the past seven years.

Enjoy appetizers from DIRTT’S on-site kitchen or take a tour and network in the office space of this innovative company.

New member spotlight: Dan Lewis Photography

New member spotlight: Dan Lewis Photography

Dan Lewis Photography works closely with its corporate clients to capture unique and stunning images.

Have you ever seen a corporate website with the CEO standing awkwardly in front of a bland background? Or a picture that looks like a standard stock photography image that doesn’t even have your actual employees in it, let along represent your company’s brand?  Yeah, well, Dan Lewis Photography doesn’t do that.  We take pride in capturing your company at its best.

Check out our work at danlewis.ca and see for yourself.

Save big with an ABC event series pass

Save big with an ABC event series pass

The Calgary Chamber has launched the second installment to its popular Aboriginal-Business Connection series, which shares insights on how these two groups can build successful working relationships, particularly as it relates to developing Alberta’s abundant natural resources.

The first Aboriginal-Business Connection series, which ran during 2011 and 2012, was the most popular event series ever held by the Chamber – with each event selling out in a matter of weeks and attendance throughout the series surpassing more than 1,200 people. Building on this success, the Chamber has launched the second installment of the Aboriginal-Business Connection series to provide more in-depth and robust discussions on the subject.

Learn more about the events we have planned or call Jennifer at 403 750 0432 to buy your series pass before it’s too late.

We need a Plan B for government revenues

We need a Plan B for government revenues

Alberta’s fortunes rise and fall at the mercy of commodity prices. This creates a lot of heartburn all across this province.

As can be seen by the current provincial deficit, if budgets are set on too optimistic a price, we see red. And given that prices may be low for Alberta producers for some time to come, it follows that limited provincial resource revenues will persist for a while. Given these realities, it might be time to explore a Plan B.

We need to look at options that create a more certain revenue platform, in conjunction with a more conservative approach to resource revenue forecasting.

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