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November 15, 2018
Western Economic Diversification Canada
c/o: Western Economic Growth Strategy Engagement Suite 1500, 9700 Jaspar Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4H7
RE: Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce response to the Western Canada Growth Strategy
On behalf of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, I would like to commend the work of Western Economic Diversification (WED) on engaging stakeholders about the future of western Canada’s economy and facilitating an important discussion on the development of an effective strategy for economic growth.
The Chamber is the voice of business in Saskatoon. We are a grassroots organization that works to promote prosperity in business, which in turn provides the foundation for a healthy and strong community. Our mandate is to make Saskatoon the best business climate in Canada, and therefore, our interests align with the Western Canada Growth Strategy – to grow the economy and attract investment.
Positioned as one of the fastest growing cities in western Canada, Saskatoon is poised to play a vital role in the long-term success of the western Canadian economic landscape. Our focus on promoting local business growth and economic development supports the broader vision and goal of ensuring the advancement of western Canadian economic performance.
In response to the five questions posed in the engagement paper, we have drafted the attached comments for your consideration. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute our thoughts on the development of this strategy and we look forward to working with WED as it builds and implements its strategy for western Canadian economic growth.
Darla Lindbjerg President & CEO
In order to grow the regional economy, we need to work together to ensure open dialogue on both the opportunities that will promote growth, as well as the challenges that hinder growth. Over the next decade, governments, industry, and western Canadians will need to work together to nurture positive local business environments that will in turn provide the foundation for growing the broader regional economy. Key issues that will require collaboration between stakeholders include continued efforts on ensuring both interprovincial and international trade certainty, new market opportunities for local products and services, and preparing a diverse labour force for the future.