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Chamber Achieves Accreditation

In late November 2017, the Yorkton Chamber received notice from the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada that it has achieved accreditation.  Accreditation verifies to the business community that the Chamber is run in a strategic and professional way and has reached the standard in Chamber excellence.  In order to achieve accreditation, the Chamber was required to supply documentation that demonstrates the Chamber understands the importance of 3 pillar areas:  Organization/Governance; Policy & Advocacy; and Membership Programs/Services.  The Chamber’s Accreditation is valid for 3 years.  This is the first time the Chamber applied for and received accreditation.

 The Yorkton Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1898.  Its mission statement is “to promote and advance the interests and growth of members and businesses in Yorkton and District.”  As “the voice of business in Yorkton”, the Chamber currently represents over 480 members.



Saskatchewan is BEST for the World

Chris Dekker, CEO and President of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) spoke at a Chamber Business Lunch about Saskatchewan’s export markets, the opportunities and challenges faced by exporters and the role played by STEP.  Providing an overview of the CPTPP,  CETA and of course, NAFTA, Mr. Dekker indicated trade agreements are good for Saskatchewan as they allow our products access to markets with zero tariffs.

Some interesting facts:

  • The world needs the 3 F’s – food, fertilizer and fuel – all of which Saskatchewan has an abundance
  • Sask exports to over 150 countries
  • The value of Sask exports in 2017 was $29.92 Billion
  • The top 8 Sask exports include oil, potash, canola seed, wheat, lentils, canola oil, peas and uranium
  • Exports of value added food & retails have huge growth opportunity in the Yorkton area



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