2016 Southern Alberta commercial tenant real estate forum

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 7:30am to 11:00am

Hyatt Regency Calgary

700 Centre Street SE


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The economy is in poor shape, and we all know it. For years, Calgary had some of the highest commercial rent prices and lowest vacancy rates. Now the situation has changed, and many businesses are looking at what this means for them. Lease rates are “on sale” and tenants are in the driver’s seat, but how can your business best take advantage?

In a partnership between the Calgary Chamber, Orange Group Commercial Real Estate and McLeod Law, this first-of-its-kind forum is dedicated to educating business owners on their commercial real estate options in the current economic environment, and will provide tangible money saving tricks.

This is a jam-packed morning, consisting of three sessions, each taking a deep-dive approach to topics like:

  • Re-negotiating your renewal or finding new space
  • Avoiding the landmines in almost every commercial lease
  • How to get landlords to compete for your commercial business.

If rent represents a significant portion of your business costs, then this is a must attend event. In a few hours you will learn several inside strategies and opportunities that will most likely save your business anywhere from thousands of dollars per year to hundreds of thousands during the term of your tenancy.

If there’s one event you should attend before the end of the year to set your direction for 2017, this forum is it.


Member ticket: $70.00

Non-member ticket: $90.00

Member table: $560.00

Non-member table: $720.00

Presented by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Registration is now open for the Santa Parade

Registration open for Santa Claus parade

The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade will travel through High River’s beautifully decorated downtown on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 starting at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will feature over 60 entries and include family-friendly events like hay rides, live music, craft fair and more. Fire pits, hot dogs and hot chocolate along the parade route will ensure everyone stays warm while watching the parade.

Registration for the parade is now open and entry forms can be downloaded from www.choosehighriver.ca under the ‘ Things to do’ menu.

Insurance coverage for floats will be provided by a policy created specifically for the event by Co-operators, High River. There will be no need to send a confirmation of your insurance. Please note you are required to have valid vehicle insurance and registration.

Judging will be done during the parade this year and entries are encouraged to creatively engage the crowd, and have fun!

Please complete and return your entry form prior to November 25th, 2016.

Request From a Community Group

Dear High River Friends,

The Lake Bonavista Novice Three Breakers are hosting an eight team 4×4 team bonding event December 10, 2016 in your beautiful High River area at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation complex.

This event will be a fun one day, four on four, team building day which will include two games, relay races, skills competitions, team time, and a lunch.

150 novice aged (7 & 8 year old) hockey players and their families from the Calgary area will be in attendance.

We would love to be able to showcase your beautiful rebuilt High River to all of the families in attendance, encourage them to see firsthand how far High River has come and support the High River Community by shopping and enjoying what you have to offer.

In order to make this happen we were wondering if you had anything you would like to donate for us to hand out to these 150 families.

As a contributor and host to our event, beautiful High River and your services will be highlighted in our program.

We are also looking for community member support – if you know of anyone who would like to contribute to our event please pass our information along.

We hope we can count on your contribution in order to make this year’s 4×4 jingler extravaganza an amazing experience for our children as well as a huge COMMUNITY success!

Thank you for your time in considering this request.

If you have any questions, please call Kari Schwab at 403.869.5274.


Kari Schwab

Tournament Organizer

Lake Bonavista Breakers Novice Three 4×4 Jingler Extrava

Annual General Meeting

Dear Members

Please be advised that the next Chamber Luncheon is quickly approaching and this will be our Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting

Date: November 24, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:15

Place: Highwood Golf & Country Club

Cost $20

Please RSVP to the office by e-mail at hrdccxtra@gmail.com


  • Presentation of the Financial Statements for the year ended August 31, 2016
  • Introduction of the nominees to the Board for 2016-2017
  • Membership dues.

Membership Dues Background information: More than 15 years has passed, since the Chamber introduced an increase in their membership dues. Due to the rising operational cost, the Board of Directors felt that it was necessary to implement some small changes to our fee structure to cover some of the services that we offer. This new fee structure, will include a website listing for your business, a listing on the MyChamber app, in addition to giving you access to all of the value added saving programs, at no extra cost.

The proposed increase in the annual membership fees will be voted on at the annual general meeting.

Current Member Dues 2017 change in membership dues

1-4 Employees currently $125 -> $135

5-15 Employees currently $150 -> $165

16-49 Employees currently $175 -> $200

50 -99 Employees currently $235 -> $275

100 plus employees $300 -> $400