Since March 17th we have hosted 50 webinars with a wide selection of entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and politicians to help our business community get through the initial shock of a new COVID-19 world.
All of these webinars are here for you for you to reference as we power up Calgary once again.
COVID-19 is a physical health crisis as much as a mental health crisis that has changed the emotional state of many employees. As physical distancing starts to loosen, employers need to consider their return to work plan and the mental health echo pandemic that could follow. Ryan Todd, CEO, headversity will speak to mental health in the workplace and how tech is bridging the gap, preparing workforce's for a brave new workplace.
Powering up: Operating your business safely with COVID-19
The Province of Alberta has announced their plan to cautiously reduce some of the physical distancing measures that have been in place since March 15, 2020. This will be a slow, phased approach that puts public health at the forefront. Sandip Lalli will host Ken Keelor, President & CEO, Calgary Co-op and Cathy Orr, President & CEO, RGO Office Products to discuss best practices on operating a business while keeping staff and customers safe through COVID-19.
The Alberta (re)Bound ~ The Restart and Rebuild of Alberta's Visitor Economy
Our tourism sector has been hit particularly hard by COVID19, what does recovery look like for our tourism? What is being done to support this industry and the ripple it creates within our community? Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta, and Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary discuss what their organization are doing to prepare for a post-COVID world, and what they are doing to support the industry now.
Eric Termuende is a leading keynote speaker focused on workplace and company culture. His inspirational and actionable sessions discuss the small, one-degree shifts we can make to attract and retain talent, drive engagement, and build communities that thrive in a post COVID19 world. Debby Carreau, CEO, Inspired HR will host the conversation.
COVID-19 has changed the way we operate our businesses, with many businesses shifting to a work from home model. Yet, as with many other facets of business, recruitment and on-boarding will continue to matter; perhaps now more than ever. How does our virtual environment impact the recruiting and on-boarding process? Adam Pekarsky, Founding Partner, Pekarsky & Co. and Ranju Shergill, Partner, Pekarsky & Co. share tips and examples of how you can successfully recruit and onboard new team members during COVID-19, while building a strong culture.
Hamish Knox, Sandler Training, and Mary O'Sullivan-Andersen, Better Business Bureau share their best practices for Virtual Selling. Hamish Knox reviews how to prepare you and your business for a new way of engaging your accounts and prospects and how to avoid 5 common mistakes made by most sales professionals when selling virtually.
Improve your business, efficiencies and financial data reporting, by heading into the cloud
Imagine more time for things you love. What would you do? You could spend some more time focusing on the “fun stuff” in your business, the stuff you really love to do. Join us as we welcome Candice McKay, president of Catalyst Financial Operations with Catalyst LLP as she shows you how you can take advantage of cloud based technology to give you more time by: streamlining your administrative accounting, keeping your books up to date, improving efficiencies in your data management, and giving you real time access to your data, anytime, from anywhere. It might be time to shake up your business management practices.
Nora MacLachlan, Dean of Health & Community Studies and Kim Hogarth, Associate Dean of Nursing from Bow Valley College will discuss how the college is shaping the future of college education by leading the way through virtual reality (VR) technology. Bow Valley College began by developing VR in the Practical Nurse program to provide learners with a more immersive learning experience and assessment techniques. This enhanced way of learning has expanded across multiple programs with the opening of their new VR Lab in February of 2020. Find out how VR is helping learners master skills and grow their knowledge so they are better prepared for the workplace upon graduation.
Building your emotional, psychological, and social well being toolkit
Join Kim Savard, Emergency Response Lead at carya (Formerly Calgary Family Services) and Deb Gray, Manager of Alberta Health Services’ Provincial Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Unit for a an introduction to the three phases of disaster management: preparedness; response and recovery. Drawing from front line experience responding to past provincial disasters, Deb and Kim will discuss how to support staff, clients and the community from a wellness perspective. This webinar shares resources and provides information on opportunities for further training.
Technology continues to develop and become increasingly present in our lives, people are shifting, adapting and challenging the status quo. Employers are asking more of their teams, while society is demanding more from organizations. Today’s education and training systems are not keeping up with the current demands for skills, let alone future demands, creating a skills gap in our communities. Dr. Neil Fassina, President, Athabasca University and Joy Bowen-Eyre, CEO, The Alex discuss what the future of education could look like and how educational institutions are adapting.
Neuro-science proves we buy on emotion and justify our purchases intellectually. This creates a challenge for the salesperson, especially in these temporarily stressful times. No one expects you to be a psychologist, but by increasing your awareness of transactional analysis and emotional intelligence, you will improve your ability to manage your own emotions and those of your prospect or client. Learn more by joining Sandra Crozier-McKee, Sandler Training Associates.
This webinar will focuses on reviewing the funding provided to BDC/EDC regarding economic stabilization featuring insights from Wellington Holbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Connect First Credit Union, and Michael Selci, Senior Vice President, Prairies for BDC.
Neil Honess, Partner, KPMG and Kelsey Meyer, Partner, Bennett Jones discuss various forms of restructuring processes available to companies and creditors, and some strategies for dealing with the current crisis to avoid insolvency.
Debby Carreau, Founder and CEO, Inspired HR and PJ L’Heureux, CEO, Founder CRAFT discuss workforce planning during COVID-19, specifically deciding between wage subsidies, workshare, sub plans, temporary and permanent layoffs.
Coping with the economic impacts of COVID and your business
The spread of COVID-19 poses important challenges to Canadian businesses. With the situation constantly evolving, you need to be prepared for any disruptions. Join Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC as he shares short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage through the crisis.
As a business owner you’re facing significant economic challenges and exposure. How do you navigate these challenges, communicate with your lenders, and what plan for all options, including when you cannot keep your commitments. Andrew Tavender, Director - Whitehorn Merchant Capital Inc. and Shawn Stack, VP Insolvency - Bromwich+Smith will address these issues and questions during this webinar.
What contractual rights and duties do you have as a business owner, amid COVID-19? Rahim Merchant and Robert Fooks, partners at McLeod Law share insights on business issues including, legal failure (such as force majeure, frustration, and failed conditions precedent) in a variety of contexts, including commercial lease.
What mechanisms are available for rent relief in today’s market? Are there best practices or standards in negotiating with your landlord or tenant? When we return to work, what kind of concerns might we have with respect to our workplace? Join John Fisher, Senior Vice President at CBRE Limited and President of NAIOP, Calgary’s Commercial Real Estate Association, as he shares some insights on dealing with your lease, upcoming expiries, planning for the future and starting to think through how to re-occupy your workplace.
Increasing Your Investability – How Due Diligence Helps Businesses Unlock Capital
In this presentation Mackenzie Regent CPA, CA Partner, Kalos LLP shares how you can uncover insights through the financial due diligence process that take your company to the next level; as well as how properly preparing enables companies to put their best forward and can be the difference in whether or not you access the capital you need.
Business Challenges & Opportunities in a COVID world
Sandip Lalli, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber, hosted Cathie Saroka, CEO, Goldray Glass, for an open conversation on the challenges and opportunities of operating a business in during COVID19. Goldray Glass is in the manufacturing sector with remote work not being feasible. Learn how Goldray is continue operations, while keeping strong relationships with customers and looking out for their staff.
Bob Sartor, President & CEO, YYC Airport Authority, joins Sandip Lalli, Calgary Chamber, for a discussion around how the Calgary Airport Authority has pivoted operations to keep our economy moving during COVID-19.
Edelman: How to build trust and position your brand during COVID-19
John Larsen, EVP & National Practice Lead (Crisis & Risk) for Edelman presents a special report on brand trust and the coronavirus pandemic. These findings provide insights into what Canadians expect from companies now, and what actions your business can take to earn trust during these unprecedented times.
Pivoting in a COVID world: Unsure on where your business needs to go in a Covid-19 world?
Unsure of what direction to take your business during COVID? Mark Szabo and Sheenah Rogers-Pfeiffer of Anstice share a few ideas of how your business can pivot while adding value to customers and the community.
Peer mentoring and the benefits of connection during a crisis
Join Dawn O'Connor, Facilitator, CEO Peer Mentoring, Dayna Morgan, COO Britt Land, Michael Sandst, Owner, 911 Supply, and Phil Alle, President, Reggin Industries as they discuss the benefits of a peer group and how it has supported their businesses during COVID-19 as well as sparked new opportunities.
Debby Carreau, Founder and CEO, Inspired HR and Nick Bourque, Founder and CEO, Helcim, talk about the current COVID-19 crisis and share insights into how businesses can prepare and support their employees.
Real talk: Business owners share their experiences, challenges, and opportunities during COVID-19
Debby Carreau, CEO, Inspired HR and Geeta Sankappanavar, President & COO, Grafton Asset Management will have an open and candid dialogue on the impact COVID-19 has had on their businesses and what they are doing to cope.
COVID-19 has abruptly upended the economy and financial markets. Rob Van Wielingen, Managing Partner & President, and Mac Van Wielingen, Chairman, Viewpoint Investment Partners, discuss the current state of global financial markets versus other historical crises, and how businesses can embrace uncertainty using a deep sense of organizational trust and strength of culture.
David Duckworth, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, joins Sandip Lalli, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber, for a discussion on the current response to COVID-19. David oversees all City departments and works closely with the Mayor and Council and will be able to provide unique insights on the City of Calgary’s ongoing response.
Federal measures to support Canada’s economic recovery & what Western Economic Diversification Canada is doing in Alberta
Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), will provide an overview of federal economic measures in response to COVID-19. The Government of Canada has announced a series of programs to help businesses through the pandemic. Learn more about these programs, and the actions WD is undertaking to support firms and industry sectors in Alberta through economic recovery.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, joined Dr. Sandip Lalli, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber, for a discussion about the latest support available from the federal government for Canadian businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak as of April 1, 2020.
The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, joined Sandip Lalli, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber, and Janet Riopel, President and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion about the latest support available from the federal government for Canadian businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Community Conversation on COVID-19 with Alberta Health Services
Medical Officer of Health Brent Friesen (Physician, Population, Public and Indigenous Health), will provide you with the information you need to protect your staff, clients and customers, and answer any questions you may have.Questions can be sent to email@example.com in advance of the event, or asked during call.
Legal best practices during COVID-19
Join lawyers, Julia Loney (Business Law) and Gordana Ivanovic (Employment & Labour) from McMillan LLP’s Calgary office as they help navigate Alberta business challenges and provide practical solutions for mitigating risk.
A conversation with Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO, Perrin Beatty on the current state of Canadian business in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Perrin also shares more information on the Canadian Business Resilience Network, a benefit to the Chamber community in partnership with the Government of Canada.