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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 you’ll 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.
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