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The Chamber Report

Stuart McIntosh
BY Stuart McIntosh
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Since its inception, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to promoting business growth and development, advocating for sound public policy, and serving its members with outstanding programs and benefits.

The Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate of the region’s business community, representing hundreds of members across the region with one voice.


A Voice for Local Businesses

First and foremost, the Chamber exists to advocate for local business and hears the concerns of the nearly five-hundred-member business community. They are frustrated by the business closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, continuous and sometimes onerous municipal red tape that impedes their agility in responding to executing contracts or changes to their businesses.

The Chamber continues to give a unified voice to these frustrations as new approaches and strategies are being developed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, alongside Mayor and Council.

At the Provincial level, there is a bonded unity with regional Chambers across Alberta to demand more transparency from the Government on the reopening of business amid the pandemic. Local small businesses continue to be frustrated by the lack of clear policy.

Because the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate of both the Alberta and Canadian Chambers, they leverage the position within these networks to help shape policies that benefit its member businesses.


A Focus on Member Engagement and Value in 2021

The Chamber has committed to focused member engagement and value in 2021. To achieve its goals, its putting focuses squarely on members through advocacy and the emphasis on membership value by committing clear communication of one-on-one engagement.

The Chamber is also actively developing new tools and initiatives to increase engagement. This includes the launch of the new Podcast series “Chamber Voices,” which features conversation and stories shared by members of the Fort McMurray Business Community.

It’s also executing monthly networking and engagement sessions featuring keynote presentations and panel discussions chosen specifically for their value to the local business community and had Premier Jason Kenney as its keynote speaker in March.

Another initiative is the creation of a new Gift Card Program. Launching in April, this program will replace McMurray Money and provide a great deal more flexibility and ease of use for both the user, and the vendor. It will include an exciting discount on the gift cards. Shopping local will be the greatest value for the Wood Buffalo region’s communities with a seamless process for its businesses.

And finally, e-commerce solutions developed for small businesses in partnership with DMS Shophere via Shopify, which will allow local businesses to have their e-commerce websites built, at no cost.


For more information about the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, visit


Ten Reasons to Join the Chamber

Want to become a member with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, the following is a top ten list highlighting the benefits?


Value Added Benefit Programs

Access to Chambers Plan, Canada’s largest group benefits plan for small businesses. Volume discounts of up to 45 percent on Purolator Express® and Purolator Ground® services.


Exposure of your business to new clients and the ability to build connections with other Chamber members.


Leveraging marketing opportunities offered through the chamber to get noticed in the community.


Gain a competitive edge in our market with access to training opportunities on a variety of topics.


Chamber membership will help build the reputation of your business in the community.


Numerous benefits and perks are available to Chamber Members to increase purchasing power.


Affiliation with the Alberta Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Your business will be a part of a unified voice for change as the Chamber advocates to the government, on behalf of its members.


Your business will have a voice in shaping Chamber policies and priorities.


Have access to innovative new marketing opportunities offered first to Chamber members.


One-one-one dialogue with a Member Services Specialist to ensure the most engaging membership experience possible.


Any business owner interested in a membership with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce can complete an application found in the “Member Center” online at


Photos: April Breadmore, Denise Barrow, Dianna de Sousa and Reghan Marshall. Supplied photos