Financial expert speaks at Wetaskiwin Chamber luncheon Jan. 18

Chamber benefits session coming up in Wetaskiwin Jan. 25

By Stu Salkeld The Pipestone Flyer

The Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce has two illuminating luncheons coming up where members can hear about what’s in store for 2019, and learn about the multi-faceted benefits plan.

Chamber executive director Jennifer Garries said by phone Jan. 7 the regular January luncheon is set to feature guest speaker Angus Watt, managing director, Individual Investor Services, National Bank Financial, CEO and partner, Angus Watt Advisory Group, quite well known for his television work.

Garries said Watt is going to give a presentation including an economic forecast for 2019 with global, geo-political, national, provincial and local elements.

Watt is also going to look at how 2018 turned out.

The luncheon will be held at the Reynolds Alberta Museum; while the museum is undergoing some renovations right now, the luncheon will be held in the great hall rather than the cafeteria. Museum staff will also give a preview of what their 2019 season is looking like.

The Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls Club will be handling the 50/50, and Garries said the club will also give an update on their activities.

Registration for the lunch on Jan. 18 which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 780-312-0757 or find the registration link online at

Benefits lesson

Garries said another important luncheon is coming up soon, an information session for the Chamber of Commerce Benefits Plan with administrator Dean Chapman Jan. 25.

This session was re-scheduled after bad weather in November. Garries said the free luncheon will give Chapman an opportunity to explain everything the Chambers of Commerce benefits plan can offer clients. She said it’s a lot more than just health and dental.

Offered to Chamber of Commerce members across Canada, the plan offers resources such as HR support/advice for up to nine hours per year.

Garries said many resources such as HR support can be tough to find, especially for a one or two person office. Benefits such as health spending accounts and counseling services are also available, along with a lot more. Garries said the lunch is free, so anyone interested in joining the chamber to access this program should attend.

The luncheon will be held at the Wetaskiwin campus of Norquest College located at 5502 49 Avenue, Wetaskiwin which is just east of the former info centre near the water tower.

As Garries noted, the luncheon is free of charge and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. but pre-registration is appreciated. Call the Chamber at 780-312-0757 or find the registration link online at

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