A unified group can have a greater impact than an individual member -- a concept the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce hopes to build on.
Fresh from the organization’s annual general meeting on Thursday, chamber CEO Merle Lacert said that members expressed a need for the chamber to do a better job of finding consensus among its diverse membership of about 500.
“We can definitely do more things collectively rather than as individuals,” Lacert said.
“A lot of our efforts will be to bring groups together, discuss things further, see what we can do to reach consensus.”
One example of this is coming up next week at the chamber’s Wednesday luncheon with the new federal minister of labour and status of women, Kellie Leitch.
“We’re then looking to leverage that opportunity with her visit to host a round-table discussion,” Lacert said, adding that he hopes to discuss a wide breadth of topics, from federal policies to specific challenges with labour in the Prince Albert area and province, as well as potential solutions.
“A round table format seems to have worked well for the chamber,” he said. “We’ll definitely look to continue this format of offering round-tables to bring different groups together to reach consensus on different areas or topics.”
With a consensus found using tools such as roundtables, various groups and individuals can band together to build “stronger inroads collectively than individually,” Lacert explained.
On a similar note, Lacert said that the chamber will continue to build relationships, “whether it be with the city, MLAs, our members, business groups -- continue to make stronger efforts to achieve things collectively.”
During Thursday’s meeting, five new members of the executive and board were elected.
Gord Jahn of MNP is the organization’s new secretary treasurer, Jayne Remenda of Prince Albert Tourism and Marketing Bureau is a board-appointed member, and Ian Litzenberger of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Shayne Lazarowich of the Prince Albert Multicultural Council and Meghan Meyer of Salon Six are newly-elected board members.
Overall, the chamber’s overarching goals haven’t changed, Lacert concluded. The chamber will continue to host “many” luncheons with guest speakers, and the organization will continue to advocate on behalf of the local business community.
“It’s an old institution – it’s been around since 1887, and we really want to continue to focus on some of those core things that affect business and our members.”