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Hon. Ron Liepert, Minister of Finance

Hon. Ron Liepert, Minister of Finance

Location: Calgary Chamber - ENMAX Ballroom
Address: 100 6th Ave SW
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Fresh from delivering the 2012 provincial budget, Alberta's Finance Minister Ron Liepert, will be offering extended views on the government's budget position.  Join us for the inside story on what this budget means for your business.

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iF you had an extra day, what would you do?

Nearly every day we hear someone protest their lack of time, so for the first iF series event of 2012, we are exploring the question: iF you had an extra day, how would you use it?

Imagine the possibilities of what you might do, or achieve. Would you use it to explore – physically or intellectuality – something you have always wanted to do? Or would you live that extra day like it was your last day – reaching out to make the world a better place?

We hope you will all join us for what will be another inspiring afternoon of conversations and creativity as a number of prominent people from the Calgary business community explore this question on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Calgary Chamber.

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ABC Series Presents: Shawn Atleo

Shawn Atleo

Location: The Westin Hotel - Ballroom
Address: 320 4th Ave SW
Date:  Thursday, March 1, 2012 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

National Chief Shawn Atleo is a hereditary chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. In July 2009, he was elected to a three-year mandate as National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations. 

Please join the Calgary Chamber for the fourth event in our Aboriginal Business Connections Series, “Renewed Relationships for Success,” as we equip businesses and aboriginal communities with the knowledge and tools to build successful working relationships.

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Of interest to members

Celebrating our members success

We’re looking to hear from you – our members – to find out what you do and how the Calgary Chamber has helped you grow and succeed as a business. These short stories can include everything from how a Chamber connection provided you with the business intelligence needed to overcome a problem, to how a Chamber event helped you connect with a new customer that’s benefited your business. 

If you’ve got a good story to share, please contact Jesse Semko at jsemko@calgarychamber.com. This information may be featured on the front page of our newly designed website – which we are now in the process of designing – or some of our other marketing materials scheduled to come out later this year. 

ABC Series – Highlights from Stephen Cornell’s talk 

More than 170 business and Aboriginal leaders came to the Calgary Chamber last week to hear Stephen Cornell, one of North America’s foremost experts on aboriginal economic development, speak on some of successes in Aboriginal governance and economic development.

When Canadians hear about First Nation groups, it’s often only about the Attawapiskats and other disastrous stories highlighted throughout the media. But Cornell, co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, highlighted many of the prosperous First Nations groups throughout both Canada and the United States, and spoke to some of the best practices in governance and economic development that brought them this prosperity.

“It’s not about economics, it’s about efficacy,” said Cornell. “It’s about empowering First Nations to be effective in achieving the goals they set for themselves, whether those goals are economic, political or cultural.”

Cornell was the third speaker in the Chamber’s Aboriginal Business Connection Series, which brings together experts from Aboriginal communities, government and business to share insights on how business and aboriginal groups can work together to achieve long-term prosperity.

The next event in the ABC series will be on March 1 with Shawn Atleo, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. For more information, visit calgarychamber.com/abc

Designing Killer Innovations (Lunchbox Theatre Fundraiser)

Location: Lunchbox Theatre 
Address: 160 - 115 9th Ave SE
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Alex Bruton, an expert in innovation and one of Avenue Magazine’s 2011 Top 40 Under 40, will be sharing ways to help you innovate and improve your business. After the talk, join us for a networking lunch at the Auburn Saloon with Dr. Bruton in attendance - a perfect chance for one-on-one discussion. And youll support Lunchbox's programming at the same time!

Call 403-265-4292 ext 0 or click to register

Summit on the Mature Workforce

Location: Calgary Chamber
Address: 100 6th Avenue SW
Date: February 6 - 8, 2012

Skilled workers are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Some business sectors in Calgary are already experiencing a shortage of workers with the right skills, others soon will.  Ease this shortage by keeping mature workers in your organization and initiating mechanisms to transfer their knowledge to new generation employees. The event will offer techniques and best practices to develop an older workforce strategy.

Register today.

2012 HRIA Celebrating Excellence, Nominations open

Recognize Human Resources Excellence. Human resources professionals across Alberta are accomplishing amazing work in challenging workplace environments. Nominate a Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA) member whom you feel demonstrates the criteria found in our prestigious award categories.

HRIA’s Celebrating Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding contributions in the following categories: Rising Star Award, Award of Excellence (Individual and Team), Distinguished Career Award, Strategic Innovator Award, Community Champion Award, and Fellow CHRP.

Do you know someone who is a leader, an ambassador, an evolutionist or a humanitarian?

Nominate them today.

Institute of Corporate Directors Seminar

Location: Calgary Petroleum Club
Address: 319 5th Ave SW
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Seminar: 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The purpose of this session is to assist not-for-profit/crown corporation directors in understanding their key accountabilities and responsibilities. The discussion will focus on the role of board members, governance models, responsibilities, expectations of board members, and principles needed to build an effective board and governance process. Please join us for a presentation which will address the following topics:

  • Best practices in not-for-profit/crown corporation governance
  • A comparison with governance practices in the corporate sector; and
  • Practical tips and recommendations for directors in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities on not-for-profit/crown corporations boards
  • Panel with Dave Mowat, Stephanie Felesky, Ann Lewis-Lupp

Register today.