our Business Connects event held on September 20th was the “Proposed Federal Government Tax Changes”. Grant Thornton provided an informative presentation to the gathering. We are writing to share with you the resounding concerns and disappointment we heard from the 75 people in attendance:
From the President
2016 The Year in Review :
This time last year, our new Executive Director Richard Burelle and I were stepping onto new roles with the Chamber. The learning curve has been steep but with the helpful guidance from a diversified and experienced Board of Directors, we have completed a successful year of operations at the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce.
This report is intended to summarize our Chamber activities since my election as President at our AGM one year ago.
The activities of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and so far this year have been driven, largely, by the Membership Survey that was distributed to our Chamber members this past May. This survey provided us with our members’ priorities, and as a result, a focus for our board.
The survey told us that municipal relations was their number one priority, with wayfinding also being a major concern.
On February 2nd, I appeared as a part of a round table discussion on Information Morning regarding Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals' first three months in government. I would like to thank everyone who provided me with their thoughts and input. It made my job much easier.
And so the people of Nova Scotia have spoken, and we got ourselves a new premier, Mr. Stephen McNeil. At or about the same time, the people of Antigonish also spoke, and we got ourselves a new MLA, Mr. Randy Delorey. Needless to say, things are likely pretty cheery in the Liberal bunkhouse. There's nothing quite so exhilarating as being told you're in charge of something.
Part of what the Chamber of Commerce does is host events. On Tuesday past, we co-hosted the candidates debate for the riding of Antigonish. It was a very well-attended and, I thought, informative night that gave the candidates from the three parties an opportunity to educate the voters, so the decision they make is an informed one.
The Antigonish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has begun a Member Awareness Program with 989XFM, Nothing But Hits. Once per month, a Chamber member will be chosen at random. That member will be the sponsor of one weather update per day during that calendar month.
Tonight's edition of The Casket will feature my first monthly column on behalf of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce. Interestingly, what has become my first column was already on my mind as a possible submission as a simple one-time article. I hope you enjoy it.