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2015 ABEX Finalists unveiled

The curtain has been drawn back for a glimpse at the lineup of finalists for the 2015 ABEX Awards, to be held October 24th at TCU Place in Saskatoon, and the list of names is impressive. 

“We are very impressed by the number and calibre of nominations received this year,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. “Our 2015 ABEX theme is ‘The Glitter of Gold’ and I must say – this group of finalists really sets ‘the gold standard’ for Saskatchewan business.”

In total, 89 nominations were submitted to the Sask Chamber, representing businesses of all sizes from across the province. Of those, 50 were chosen across the 10 categories. The Conexus Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of the ABEX Awards.

“The Sask Chamber has implemented a system for the evaluation of nominations which makes it possible for small and large businesses to go head-to-head in a category fairly,” McLellan said. “The end result is a group of finalists who are on equal footing going into the judging.”

Read the full press release featuring the finalists' names here.

Community Cornerstone ABEX Finalists announced

Congratulations to Bushwakker Brewing Company (Regina), Midwest Furniture & Appliances (Lloydminster), Hopkins Dining Parlour (Moose Jaw), Econo Timber Mart (Prince Albert) and Saskatoon Funeral Home (Saskatoon), all of whom are the 2015 Community Cornerstone Finalists. 

The Community Cornerstone Award, sponsored by SaskEnergy, utilizes the power of social media and public online voting to choose the winner. Voting will commence in mid-September; watch this page for further information.

Read the news release on the finalists here.

Business welcomes WCB surplus distribution payments

“While companies will receive a wide range of rebate amounts, from $300 to into the millions, we encourage all businesses to direct this money back into their current and future safety plans. Making sure staff are well trained and have all the necessary equipment to work safely is job number one for business. These rebates can help fund those expanded efforts,” said McLellan.

Click here to view the media release in its entirety, and click here to view the sector breakdowns.

The Cheques are in the Mail!

 The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board announced this morning that cheques and credits totaling $141 million will be distributed this week.  See the News Release here.

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce pleased with WCB surplus distribution announcement

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is happy with today’s announcement by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board that it will distribute 100 per cent of excess surplus funding.

“We congratulate the WCB Board of Directors on this move to release the full amount of surplus funding. Their quick action will really help our members and other employers across the province, who contribute to the funding,” said Saskatchewan Chamber CEO Steve McLellan.

“The Saskatchewan Chamber has been active on this file for many months now, as we are active on all aspects of the WCB. The move to release the full $141 million surplus was a good one.”

Saskatchewan Chamber adds supplement to report on The Impact of Rail Access on Saskatchewan's Export Potential

As you may recall, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce recently released a report on The Impact of Rail Access on Saskatchewan’s Export Potential.  The report covered potash, petroleum products and agri-food products in great detail.  While these three sectors make up the majority of rail transportation in Saskatchewan, they obviously do not incorporate everything that is or could be exported via rail.  This supplement ‘Emerging Rail Exports’ looks at two additional growing, small volume, high value sectors that will increase our future rail demand – uranium and manufacturing.  Click here to read Emerging Rail Exports.


Media Release: WCB applauds Workers' Compensation Board employer rebates

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the Workers Compensation Board’s recent announcement of employer rebates.
"The announcement from WCB of a forthcoming $79 million in rebates to employers is great news,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber. “The WCB system is fully funded by employer premiums so when the system does well they should see the direct result. Even with the rebates being issued the system remains in a fully funded, strong fiscal position to ensure the protection of our workers across the province.”

Read the full media release here.

Saskatchewan Chamber releases report on The Impact of Rail Access on Saskatchewan's Export Potential

A valuable report delving into the impact rail transport has on Saskatchewan's manufacturing and exporting sectors, and providing nine key recommendations, was released in Regina on March 30. The report was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and completed by The Conference Board of Canada, following challenges in getting the province's products to market in the 2013-14 year.

Read more by clicking this link.

Recommendations for Northern Growth & Expansion released
The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce has released its Northern Business Task Force Report, containing recommendations focused on finding creative solutions to accelerate northern Saskatchewan's economic and social development. The report included 12 recommendations that addressed issues such as electricity rate codes, ice road closure dates, telecomunications coverage and the need to increase subsidies for healthy foods.

Read the media release here.
Read the full report by clicking here. (File ~3MB)

Productivity Resources right here on the Chamber website

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce has increased its focus on the need for enhanced business productivity in response to current issues that face Saskatchewan businesses, such as the shortage of skilled workers. A list of productivity tools may now be found on the Productivity section of our website. Simply click the link in the left column of our home page to enter this area and view the tools.



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