Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce members and friends will get a unique insight into the province’s current business climate as an expert on such things will be attending the March regular meeting.
Ken Kobly, president and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, will be guest speaker at the Wetaskiwin Chamber’s regular luncheon Mar. 9.
Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Jennifer Garries said, as president of the Alberta Chambers, Kobly represents 127 groups with 24,000 members, so he has a fingertip feel for the business climate in the province.
“So he carries a large voice in the province,” said Garries from her office Feb. 27.
Garries said it’s an interesting time for Alberta businesses, so Kobly will have lots to talk about. She said minimum wage and the carbon tax will be two timely subjects. “People are starting to see how much the carbon tax is costing businesses,” said Garries.
The provincial budget will also be a major topic of discussion. Kobly will also participate in a question and answer session.
Kobly, at the ACC since 2005, began his career as a CGA in 1980, giving him firsthand insight into the financial workings of Alberta businesses. He’s also worked in the banking industry and for the Government of Alberta.
He has served as a councilor for the Town of Beaumont, and as mayor for 12 years. He’s also a member of the Beaumont Lions Club.
The luncheon will be held Thurs., Mar. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wetaskiwin’s Best Western Wayside Inn located on Hwy. #2A. Tickets are $30 for Chamber members, $40 for non-members. The Wetaskiwin chamber appreciates an RSVP; pre-register on their website (http://www.wetaskiwinchamber.com) or by calling 780-312-0657.
Garries noted, however, if pre-registration is a problem, walk-ins are always welcome.