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CHAIR'S REPORT for  January  

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Chair's Report: January 2013 

by Tab Pollock



For the second straight year, Alberta's 2.7-per-cent job growth in 2012 was the highest in the country.

Our province's sustained economic success has allowed us to sidestep challenges other jurisdictions continue to face. There is no question, however, that growth offers its own problems, such as demands to provide more infrastructure and services.

The Alberta Chambers is starting off 2013 by meeting with Finance Minister Doug Horner. One our fiscal positions supports investing in infrastructure that will help lay the foundation for our province's long-term economic success.

While the Alberta Chambers supports strategic borrowing to invest in essential capital projects, this fiscal approach requires significant forethought and structure. We want to see the Alberta government develop criteria for eligible projects, as well as a comprehensive debt servicing plan.

This is part of the message we will communicate to Minister Horner on Jan. 16 when we meet with him to discuss our 2013 Budget Submission.

 Join us March 8 for our awards gala
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Just before Christmas we announced the 36 finalists for our 22nd Alberta Business Awards of Distinction.

As usual, these businesses and organizations are from all over the province with Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, Athabasca, Fort McKay, Morinville, Acheson, Hobbema, Neerlandia and Standoff represented.

Our awards gala takes place March 8 at the Marriott at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The hotel is offering our guests a great deal on rooms if you reserve by Feb. 1.

 News in Chamberland

We're sorry to announce that Jane Duncalfe, the executive director of the Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce, is leaving after 5.5 years of serving her community's business community.

Jane, thank you for all you have done in Chamberland, and we wish you well as you move on to your next challenge.

Jane's last day is Jan. 16. She can be reached at

 Drumheller rates high as a destination

The Huffington Post Canada recently reported that Drumheller is one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in Canada in 2013. It was No. 3 on the list.

We're offering you a great reason to travel to the Canadian hotspot this spring because Drumheller is the site of our 2013 Provincial Conference and Policy Session.

Our host, the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce, is organizing some great activities in its amazing community . . . and you never know what you may unearth at our provincial conference.

Here is some important conference information:

 LINKS of interest:

Proposed bitumen train plans to roll to Alaska.

Federal National Resources Minister Joe Oliver retains hope that Northern Gateway will come to fruition.

Group encourages province to build and renovate schools with room for day-care centres to help more parents re-enter the workforce.

Municipalities burdened with expectations and growing debt.

Alberta midwives "admitted" into mainstream medicine.

Federal government encourages doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners to practise in rural communities.


A recap of the immigration changes introduced by the Harper government.


Alberta is a land of jobs and high wages for thousands of migrants.

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 The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 126 chambers of commerce,
representing 23,000 businesses. We are the largest business organization in Alberta.

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