While You Worked in Your Business, the Chamber Worked for You!

 While You Worked in Your Business, the Chamber Worked for You! 2021 was a year of uncertainty, challenges and opportunities for the business community.  If your business renewed its membership or became a member of the Yorkton Chamber, you viewed the membership as an...

2018 Chamber Highlights

2018 has been a milestone year for the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce! In addition to some celebrations to mark the anniversary, the Chamber, as always, has endeavoured to advocate for the business community and to provide educational and networking opportunities for its...

2017 Chamber Highlights

As “the voice of business in Yorkton”, the Chamber is charged with the task of advocating for its members and providing educational and networking opportunities for its members. The following is a list of the year’s highlights: Prior to press, the Chamber met with...

2016 Chamber Highlights

As the year draws to a close, it’s important for the Chamber membership to know and understand how the Chamber has been working for you. As “the voice of business in Yorkton”, the Chamber is charged with the task of advocating for its members and providing educational...

History Throughout the Years (2010 – 2015)

2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 Board Directors 2015 Executive: Joel Martinuk- President Don Rae- Past President Corey Werner- VP; Co-Chair Business Development Committee Carol Yaholnitsky- Co-Chair Events Committee Melissa Honour- Co-Chair Business Development Committee Rob...

History 2010

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 2010 The first order of business in 2010 for the Chamber was to welcome to its new president Lawrence Wegner as well as both its new and returning directors. March played host to “We Tip our Hats to Your Success” which proved to be...

History 2009

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 2009 In 2009, under the continued presidency of Lori Walsh, the Chamber was presented with the opportunity to partner with a number of agencies to sponsor the Livestock Industry Appreciation Night. This event was designed to provide...

History 2008

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 2008 The 110th Year of the Chamber of Commerce is one that saw many changes to the Chamber.  Lori Walsh was elected President for a two year term. Past presidents had indicated that a one year term just didn’t seem long enough in...

History 2001 – 2007

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 2001 – 2007 In 2001, under the Presidency of Kevin Lukey, the Chamber undertook the task of developing a strategic plan. At that time, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce had implemented its Strategic Plan Action...

History 2000

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 2000 At the dawn of the new millennium, the Chamber was busy with new and old initiatives. The farmers plight had the Chamber take a support position. The 3rd annual “Celebrate Success” Business awards are scheduled for...

History 1999

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1999 The Chamber was proud to be a part of the community in hosting the Painted Hand World Curling Tour November 26-29, 1999. Events of this nature provide businesses and citizens of our community the opportunity to highlight...

History 1998

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1998 1998 brought a new vitality to the Chamber – a festive spirit was in the air due to the fact that the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce became 100 years young. . . . yes indeed, in 1898 George A Bull signed the document...

History 1997

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1997 In February 1997, the Chamber advertised for a new manager for the Chamber. Joan McPake became the new Chamber of Commerce Manager effective May 1, 1997. Ruth Shaw after twenty two years of dedicated employment was retiring,...

History 1996

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1996 In 1996 President of the Chamber, Loreen Poier entered into discussions with the city administration, the architect and suppliers for the Chamber’s new office. After ratification of the agreement with the city, the 131...

History 1995

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1995 In 1995, during Tom Dutton’s term of office as president, the City approached the Chamber asking if the Chamber would consider jointly building a new building on the turn out on #9 highway south. This building would,...

History 1983

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1983 When Stan Stephenson was president in 1983, it was decided to renovate and add to the office to better serve the needs of the tourists. In 1984 the office underwent extensive expansion and renovation, designed and constructed...

History 1975

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1975 In February 1975, Mrs. Taylor, who by this time has been promoted to manager of the Chamber resigned and was replaced by Ruth Shaw who remained in this position for twenty two years. In May 1997 Joan McPake replaced Ruth Shaw...

History 1973

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1973 In 1973 the Chamber elected its first woman president, Winnie Spence, co-founder of Spence’s Shoes. She was one of the first woman Chamber presidents in Canada....

History 1972

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1972 During the presidency of Arnold Gillies, the Chamber built its own building at 131 East Broadway and moved in to the new building in 1972. The building, a small cottage type building was originally intended to be raffled off as...

History 1968

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1968 The Chamber was operated entirely by volunteers until Bert Sveinson became part time secretary, operating out of his office. He acted in that capacity until Margaret Taylor was hired in 1968 by President Joe Bast, as the first...

History 1964

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1964 In 1964, when Norman McKeeman Sr. was president the name was again changed to Yorkton Chamber of Commerce. Highways were the prime concern of that era and due to the work of past presidents and past directors, Yorkton, with its...

History 1958

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1958 The organization continued under the name of the Yorkton and District Board of Trade until 1958 when the directors headed up by President Jack Parr, changed the name to Yorkton and District Chamber of...

History 1898

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce History 1898 The Yorkton Chamber of Commerce was registered with the Secretary of State for Canada in January 18,1898 as the Yorkton and District Board of Trade, Yorkton, North West Territories, with George A. Bull, insurance broker,...

7 Steps: How to Think like a CEO

7 Steps: How to Think like a CEO –          Author Unknown  Since the beginning of the pandemic crisis, much in our lives, both personal and business or professional, has changed.  While cleaning some files, I found this article, author unknown, that I had taken...

Yorkton – A Good Place for Business

At the Business Summit in March, key note speaker Ben Voss, CEO & President of Morris Industries, challenged the businesses of Yorkton to focus on what differentiates Yorkton from cities of similar size. When we say Yorkton is the place where good things happen,...

While You Worked in Your Business, the Chamber Worked for You

A membership in the Chamber of Commerce is an investment in your business. While you’re busy working to grow and expand your business, the Chamber is at work to make sure the business climate is the best it can be. As the “voice of business in Yorkton”, the Chamber...

Honourary Life Members Inducted

The induction of Honourary Life Members in the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce first occurred in 1969. The practice was re-established in 2012. According to the Chamber’s Constitution “ Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious or public service may be...

Exciting Changes to the 2020 Celebrate Success Business Awards

Businesses in Yorkton are resilient and creative. They deserve to be celebrated!. The 2020 Celebrate Success Business Awards will be held March 25 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre. A number of changes have taken place that will help to make these Awards bigger...

Be Prepared!

While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency. There are many ways to “Be...

Emergency Preparedness

The following is information from the Calgary Chamber that may be of interest to any Chambers looking to assist their members with disaster preparedness and insurance literacy. Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize a free...

Additional Benefits to Chambers Group Insurance Plan

Over 100 Yorkton Chamber members belong to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan – the plan designed exclusively for Chamber members with 1 to 50 employees.  The Yorkton Chamber is pleased to share some of the enhancements to the Plan that came into effect...

Crops of the Parkland an Interesting Attraction

“What’s that crop with yellow flowers?”  “What does flax look like?”  These are questions we hear tourists asking the staff at the Visitor Information Centre every summer.  For several years, the staff have been able to direct the tourists to the Crops of the...

Did You Know?

Harvest Meats produces 3.5 million hotdogs per WEEK!  If you laid those hotdogs end-to-end, they would stretch 486 km.  That’s a lot of hotdogs!! (From Yorkton to North Battleford, the distance is 469 km!)  Yorkton Chamber of Commerce is not the only Yorkton...

Vote Prosperity

While business is doing its part to make Canada more prosperous for more people, the federal government has a critical role to play.  That is why the commitments each of the federal parties make during this fall’s federal election campaign will be critical. No...

Mission: Zero

At the May Board meeting, the Directors passed a motion for the Yorkton Chamber to become a signatory to the Sask Health & Safety Leadership Charter – an initiative of Safe Saskatchewan.  Executive Director Juanita Polegi attended the Charter signing event in...

Show You’re a Proud Chamber Member

Display your annual member decal!  Let your customers and clients know that you have invested in your business and community by being a member in good standing. Inform the Chamber staff of milestone anniversaries for your business, grand openings or events you’re...

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...

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...

Taxes Go Where?

Ever wonder where your municipal tax dollars are spent? The City of Yorkton has created this graphic to demonstrate the allocation of the tax dollar. To view the 2019 budget, which was approved at the January 21 Council meeting, visit...

Chamber Book Club – Read, Eat & Discuss

Exciting news for our studious Chamber Members! The Chamber is starting a Book Club centered around self improvement/business books. This is an informal setting to meet fellow business people who have an interest in reading and betterment. We’ll visit only our...

Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC)

 The Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC) announced in September 2018 that Juanita Polegi, Executive Director and Sherry MacDonald, Director of Marketing & Administration have each achieved certification as an Accredited Chamber Executive. Earlier in...

The Members are Saying

Throughout July and August, as the Chamber staff were out and about in the city, they  dropped in on Chamber members for a brief visit.  The Staff appreciates the time each business owner or manager spent to talk about their business and to answer 4 questions. For an...

Looking for Staff?

If you’re a business owner and you need an employee or employees to fill out your staff roster, you will want to check in on Yorkton Tribal Council’s Pre-Employment Support (PES) Program.  The program is designed to assist young adults, 18 – 24 years, from Yorkton...

Futurpreneur Canada Programs

Futurpreneur Canada for 18 – 39 Permanent Canadian residents who are between the ages of 18 and 39 years will want to look into the many financial programs “designed to guide aspiring business owners who are at different stages of their entrepreneurial journeys”....

Emergency Preparedness

The following is information from the Calgary Chamber that may be of interest to any Chambers looking to assist their members with disaster preparedness and insurance literacy. Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize a free...

Cut the Red Tape

In January, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development launched a new page aimed at cutting red tape across provincial ministries, agencies and Crown Corporations.  The page, entitled Help Cut the Red Tape, is a site dedicated to gathering feedback from businesses...