Policy Committees

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Policy committees help businesses in Edmonton by advocating on behalf of our members to positively influence decisions made by all levels of government. Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Our committees consist of remarkable individuals—employed by our member companies—that actively initiate positive change on behalf of businesses in Edmonton.

 

A summary of our Policy Committees and the Committee Members can be found below.

Energy & Environment Committee

Finance & Taxation Committee

Municipal Affairs Committee

Trade & Market Access Committee

Workforce Development Committee

Policy Forum

Energy & Environment Committee

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Edmonton’s economy is strongly linked with this province’s energy sector. Finding the proper balance between responsible resource development and environmental protection is paramount. It is crucial that municipal, regional, provincial and federal government policies reflect that balance.

Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to: market access for energy, regulation of energy developments, environmental protection, renewable energy, energy efficiency and impacts of environmental policy on business.

Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

This committee consists of a remarkable team of individuals that actively initiate positive change on behalf of businesses in Edmonton.

Interested in joining our Energy and Environment committee? The Edmonton Chamber is always looking for valuable members with unique strengths to join our volunteer team. To apply for a volunteer position or learn more about the expectations and benefits of joining our policy committee, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Energy and Environment Committee members are:

Shaun Brennan

Member
ENMAX

Elisa Hung

Member
Capital Power

Bill Ross

Member
Vercerta

Nathan Carter

Member
ATCO Gas

Debbie Piertrusik

Member
NAIT

Mat Steppan

Member
ASET

Derek Hollman

Member
Epcor

Bill Ross

Member
Vercerta

Finance & Taxation Committee

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The Finance and Taxation Committee focuses on taxation and fiscal issues affecting the local business community. The committee monitors the fiscal activities of all levels of government and considers current macroeconomic conditions and trends.

The areas monitored by the Committee include, but are not limited to: fiscal policies and programs, tax policies, statutes and regulations. The Finance and Tax Committee leads the monitoring and analysis of budgets of all levels of government in collaboration with other committees.

Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

This committee consists of a remarkable team of individuals that actively initiate positive change on behalf of businesses in Edmonton.

Interested in joining our Finance and Taxation committee? The Edmonton Chamber is always looking for valuable members with unique strengths to join our volunteer team. To apply for a volunteer position or learn more about the expectations and benefits of joining our policy committee, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Finance and Taxation Committee members are:

Kathy Bonazew

Chair
MNP LLP

Rob Cole

Member
CIBC Wood Gundy

Valerie Rodriguez

Member
PWC

Keith Hennel

Member
Dentons

Jason Maltais

Member
Ernst and Young LLP

Joseph Yurkovich

Member
Miller Thomson

David Brown

Member
CORE Management Group Inc.

Ryan Norton

Member
NEXA Capital Ltd.

Municipal Affairs Committee

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The Municipal Affairs Committee focuses on municipal and regional issues affecting the local business community.

The areas monitored by the Committee include, but are not limited to: major regional infrastructure, growth strategies, transportation systems, capital plans, development regulations, permitting and approval processes and regional governance and service delivery.

Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

This committee consists of a remarkable team of individuals that actively initiate positive change on behalf of businesses in Edmonton.

Interested in joining our Municipal Affairs committee? The Edmonton Chamber is always looking for valuable members with unique strengths to join our volunteer team. To apply for a volunteer position or learn more about the expectations and benefits of joining our policy committee, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Municipal Affairs Committee members are:

Tim Morrison

Chair
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson

Member
EllisDon

Jim Webb

Member
Urbanlife Properties Ltd.

Greg Christenson

Member
Christenson Developments

Dan Hanson

Member
Concrete Alberta

Percy Woods

Member
BOMA Edmonton

Kelly Gibbon

Member
Royal Park Realty

George Teply

Member
Aecom

Lynn Wyton

Member
Edmonton International Airport

Doug Sollows

Member
Douglas Sollows Architect Inc.

Trade & Market Access Committee

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The Trade and Market Access Committee is primarily focused on policies that support the competitiveness of Edmonton’s economy, access to markets, and initiatives that reduce excess regulations and red tape.

The areas monitored by the Committee include, but are not limited to: transportation, logistics and trade, regulations, trade policies and negotiations.

Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

This volunteer committee consists of a remarkable team of individuals that actively initiate positive change on behalf of business in Edmonton.

Interested in joining our Trade and Market Access Committee? The Edmonton Chamber is always looking for valuable members with unique strengths to join our volunteer team. To apply for a volunteer position or learn more about the expectations and benefits of joining our policy committee, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Trade and Market Access Committee members are:

Ian Morrison

Chair
Stantec

Daylin Breen

Member
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Mustafa Farooqi

Member
CIBC

Lee Funke

Member
Torque Communications

Andrew MacIsaac

Member
University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Penny Omell

Member
CIBC Wood Gundy

Wray Steedsman

Member
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Darrell Toma

Member
Toma & Bouma Management Consultants

Dr. Edy Wong

Member
University of Alberta Alberta School of Business

Workforce Development Committee

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The Workforce Development Committee is focused on long-term workforce challenges, building capacity in Edmonton’s workforce and ensuring members have the talented individuals needed to meet current demands and support future growth.

The areas monitored by the Committee include, but are not limited to: education, skills training, immigration, labour relations, unemployment and labour supply.

Once policy positions are established, they are submitted to appropriate levels of government in order to vocalize member concerns and influence the impact of government decisions on business. Additionally, each year the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies for consideration and potential approval to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

This volunteer committee consists of a remarkable team of individuals that actively initiate positive change on behalf of business in Edmonton.

Interested in joining our Workforce Development committee? The Edmonton Chamber is always looking for valuable members with unique strengths to join our volunteer team. To apply for a volunteer position or learn more about the expectations and benefits of joining our policy committee, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Workforce Development Committee members are: 

Doug Piquette

Chair
Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council

Todd Chaffey

Member
EPCOR

Faye Elford

Member
I-Care Office Solutions

David Foster

Member
McLennan Ross LLP

Saher Ghattas

Member
Flawless Inbound

Samuel Kemble

Member
Workforce Delivery

Jonathan Koehli

Member
Good Samaritan Society

Gopan Kurup

Member
ARC Business Solutions

Policy Forum

The Policy Forum is the main policy approval body of the Edmonton Chamber. All policies developed by our volunteer committees receive a final review by Policy Forum. In addition to the finished policy, Policy Forum receives the background information and research on the submitted policy. Any proposed resolutions are presented by the committee or task force chair for ratification. After deliberation and approval by Policy Forum, those approved become official policies and positions of the Edmonton Chamber.

Following a successful approval, each policy position is assigned a lobbying plan and thoroughly communicated to appropriate government representatives. The process is facilitated by the Edmonton Chamber policy team with the expert advisement of Policy Forum.

All official policies are available for and welcome public viewing. Review our municipal, provincial and federal policies. If you would like more information about our Policy Forum or to discuss Edmonton Chamber policy positions in greater detail, contact Brent Francis, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, by emailing policy@edmontonchamber.com.

 

Our current Policy Forum members are:

Bryan DeNeve

Vice Chair
ECC Board

Scott McEachern

Director
ECC Board

Dawn Harsch

Chair
ECC Board

Janelle Trenchuk-Saik

Director
ECC Board

Craig Thorkelsson

Treasurer,
ECC Board

Janet Riopel

ECC President and CEO
Ex-Officio

Sandy Jacobson

Director
ECC Board

Vacant

Chair
Energy and Environment Committee (ECC)

Kathy Bonazew

Chair
Finance and Taxation Committee (FTC)

Tim Morrison

Chair
Municipal Affairs Committee (MAC)

Doug Piquette

Chair
Workforce Development Committee (WDC)

Ian Morrison

Chair
Trade and Market Access Committee (TMC)