Thank you to the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for electing me as the President, to lead this year’s activities. I am honoured and excited.

2017 promises to be as exciting and busy as 2016 - perhaps even more so. The Chamber’s goal is to continue with its Vision “to be the voice of the Yorkton and District business community, making Yorkton and District the best place to live, work and invest”.

We will advocate for resolution to the concerns of our members that are brought forward to the Chamber Board. The Chamber will be a valuable link to all orders of Government and with a newly elected President of the United States, and a fairly new Canadian federal Government, it is sure to provide us with new challenges.

I am especially looking forward to working with the recently elected City Council. Yorkton, the city “where good things happen” is a city at a crossroads, in my view.

We are at a point where we need to do some things that will help take us to the next level as a city. Some of these things are the development of an Airport Authority that is a separate body from City council. Infrastructure improvements must continue. Continued “transparency” efforts from the City are needed. Pro-active initiatives to attract new big business are needed.

We are seeing the expansion of immigration to Saskatchewan. This will only increase with time. We need to be prepared for the changes that come in conjunction with the changes to our demographics. Workplaces must learn how to cope with different cultures. Businesses will need to learn how their customer base is changing so they can continue to compete.

We are living in a historic time in Yorkton, and with the strong leadership in business and council, and the diverse and dedicated Directors on the Chamber, we are poised for success.

Now we must execute. The hard work begins for another year. Let’s work together to make Yorkton the city “Where GREAT things happen”!

Brent Murdock




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