Chamber Services

MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

PIVOT - Training Program

While the whole word is figuring out how to navigate a 'new normal' and just getting by, Pivot is an interactive training program to put you and your team back in the driver's seat by actually creating what you want your 'new normal' to look like (even with all the craziness).

Focusing on key skills in resiliency, you will learn how to quickly pivot and lead through both big changes and those small stressful moments we all encounter daily to thrive in your business instead of just surviving.

Learn more about PIVOT training.

For more information or schedule a complimentary call to see if the Pivot training program is right for your organization, contact us at:

Kate 306.530.5127 | kate@alportwoodconsulting.com OR Stacey at 306.537.1648 | stacey@aimcoachingconsulting.com 

 

Bromwich+Smith

Bromwich+Smith are committed to the health and protection of their clients and colleagues.

With the continued spread of COVID-19, and in order to reduce and respond to risks, they are now able to offer all client requests, consults and debt relief through email, phone and video conference.

Visit them for more information on their programs.

Stay Safe + Be Well!  

Contact Taz Ryan about booking the Bromwich and Smith experts for your next webinar, lunch and learn or panel event.
www.bromwichandsmith.com

Regina Airport Authority Update

By James Bogusz - President & CEO
Regina Airport Authority

I think the word “unprecedented” will go down as 2020’s most overused term when talking about COVID-19 and the adverse impacts that well-intentioned government measures have caused to businesses across Canada.

Admittedly for many Regina & District Chamber of Commerce members, that word has become all too real when facing such an uncertain future.

Along with many businesses in the travel, tourism, event, hotel and hospitality sector, the Regina Airport Authority has been severely impacted by the fallout of these restrictions and subsequent economic downturn, struggling to stay afloat.

We are a private, not-for-profit business that proudly operates the Regina International Airport, one of the shining jewels of the Queen City, whose mandate is to serve the 500,000 residents of southern Saskatchewan.

We are not a government agency and are 100% self-funded. We generate almost all our revenue from activities related to the airport and passengers using the facility.

We proudly pay our taxes to the city, create good jobs in our community, and, up until April, we had been paying the federal government over a million dollars annually in the form of rent.

Prior to the economic downturn, our airport community generated over $800 million a year of economic impact in the local economy.

This GDP impact is no small measure, but one that heavily relies on aircraft using the facility and passengers travelling.

The airport is also a critical hub for air cargo, medical service flights, and general aviation.

Recently, businesses like Canada Post and Kreos Aviation have made multi-million dollar investments to build amazing facilities at YQR.

Companies like the Regina Flying Club offer aspiring pilots the opportunity to start their career right here at your local airport.

There had also been a massive and sustained push to attract a non-stop United States hub flight to serve our city once again.

With many of the same travel restrictions and “stay home” messages still in place today, the airport is simply not able to recover in the short term.

We have had to lay off over 30% of our staff and slash our capital program and operating budgets.

Despite these efforts, we have been forced to request substantial financial aid from federal government, none of which has materialized so far.

We are operating with less than 20% of the usual passenger traffic due to lack of travel demand and our cash reserves are almost depleted.

I love Regina and was personally humbled when I was given the opportunity to lead the airport as CEO almost 3 years ago.

Never did I imagine that something like this would ever occur, but, regardless of the challenges before us, I believe that adversity in life often builds up more than it damages.

We have a long road ahead for recovery. However, all of us at YQR will do everything in our power to be here for our community and continue to act as a cornerstone of the region’s economic recovery.

The next time you are ready to travel, please remember that each time you use YQR, you are helping us to not only recover, but to also achieve even greater heights in the future.

Regina ranks on top in Municipal Benchmarking Study

By Stu Niebergall - CEO Regina and Region Home Builders

Regina ranked #1 in overall scorecard for planning features, government charges and approval timelines in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Municipal Benchmarking Study.

The study looked at the top 23 housing markets across Canada, and examined how municipal processes, approval timelines and fees contribute to housing affordability and supply issues.

This is the first study of its kind. Research was conducted in by Altus Group in late 2019 and early 2020, prior to the pandemic.

Regina’s number one ranking was followed by Edmonton, Calgary, and London. Regina was named the “top city” as far as approval timelines go, ninth for keeping government fees and charges affordable, and eleventh for the structures and processes available to developers.

On behalf of all of us at the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, we are proud of these results and the collaborative approach we have developed with the City Administration and City Council.

Our joint commitment to work together, and address difficult issues, has often resulted in better outcomes for housing affordability and Regina citizens, while keeping the economic engine of residential construction moving forward.

While it is recognized that there are still areas of improvement, the results of this study demonstrate the great progress we have made in recent years.

Several individuals at the City of Regina have shown they are committed to improving outcomes for our industry, and they have worked with us diligently in the pursuit of those improvements by delivering on:
· Tools that allow applicants to track their applications’ status online
· A new online portal that will enable applicants to submit applications online
· Refining guiding documents, such as Neighbourhood Plans, to further clarify policy
· Focusing on growth-related engineering studies to support a growing city
· The continued collaboration with partners, including us at the RRHBA on Servicing

Agreements, Development Levy and Intensification Fee Policies
When asked to comment on the results of the CHBA study, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere stated that “this study confirms the impressive collaboration efforts between the City and the Regina and Region Homebuilders’ Association (RRHBA) in fostering our community’s economic prosperity.

It’s a good progress report for the continuous improvements the City has been making with the development industry.” Executive Director of City Planning and Development Services, Diana Hawryluk stated that “ensuring our services have a customer-centric focus is a top priority at the City. We have truly seen a transformational change within, which is reflective in the services being delivered to the development industry and residents.”

As we reflect on the results of this study, we cannot help but notice that in the communities where industry members have a strong working relationship with the municipality, housing tends to be more affordable and attainable, supply is much closer to demand, and the housing market is more balanced.

Together, the RRHBA and the City of Regina will remain committed to continuing the good work as we recover through COVID-19. We will continue to work together to improve processes and programs that impact the local residential construction industry.

Canadian Chamber
Western Executive Summit

The summit will be held virtually on November 24th,

This great networking opportunity for business leaders is free.

For more information or to register visit:

https://chamber.ca/event/western-canada-executive-summit/


The New “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program” Makes  Clarence Campeau Development Fund First Choice for Métis Entrepreneurs

The Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) is proud to announce the new “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program (MEEP).  The new funding was received from the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association and the Government of Canada, which will provide qualified Métis entrepreneurs and Métis Communities access to equity in the form of a non-repayable contribution to finance a viable business start-up, expansion or acquisition.

“This new program will compliment our current package of offerings, ensuring CCDF remains the first stop for Métis entrepreneurs looking for affordable financing,” said Pam Larson, CEO of the Clarence Campeau Development Fund. “Funding programs like this one are pivotal to supporting and advancing economic development and opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan.”

For more information click here.


Avana Ranks No. 10 on the 2020 Growth List


"We are honoured to be recognized as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies and are proud to represent the top ten as a female-led company," says Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of Avana. "We are dedicated to continuing to break down barriers in the Canadian real estate industry and I could not be more excited for our next five years of growth and social impact."

Female-led real estate company drives growth and social impact as Canadian Business unveils annual list of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies

Canadian Business and Maclean's today ranked Avana No. 10 on their annual 2020 Growth List ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies.

To read the full article click here

Chamber Services

Image
Regina is a beautiful oasis on the prairies with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees. There are many attractions and events that take place all year in Regina for residents and tourists alike. This welcoming prairie city is the perfect place to call home. It is an excellent location to raise a family, with an abundance of parks, sports and recreational facilities, bicycle pathways, family attractions and an exceptional quality of life. Regina is known for its generous, friendly people and rich community pride, fuelled by the “I Love Regina” campaign. Whether you are just visiting or looking to relocate, discover our great city and enjoy it every step of the way.

Contact Us

Regina & District Chamber of Commerce
2145 Albert St.
Regina, SK
S4P 2V1

Phone: (306) 757-4658
Fax: (306) 757-4668
info@reginachamber.com

QUESTIONS?

Questions Form
COPYRIGHT REGINA & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SITE BY ADSPARK COMMUNICATIONS