Thanks to the relentless support of key stakeholders, the Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate its first anniversary. This is no small feat and definitely something that the Kitikmeot Region can be proud of. As we take a walk-through memory lane, below is a brief highlight of some of the initiatives we’ve been actively worked on.
The KCC organized the first Kitikmeot Economic Development Strategy (KEDS) Workshop in Cambridge Bay in November of 2017. The primary goal of the workshop was to ensure that all Kitikmeot communities work together to foster equitable economic development opportunities in the region. The workshop provided a platform for several key stakeholders to meet face to face to discuss the challenges that each community faces, as well as present the local initiatives that have fostered a positive environment for business growth and development in each community. The KCC also invited key stakeholders to present on topics that would build capacity in areas such as tourism, mining sector updates, etc. A KEDS report was drafted and distributed to all stakeholders to highlight the outcomes from the workshop and to outline the next steps for the Chamber.
The KCC has also been active with advocacy initiatives for businesses in the Kitikmeot
Region, including a resolution we submitted to the Territorial Committee of the Canadian Chamber to support the Grays Bay Port and Road Project; which subsequently was adopted by the Territorial Committee of the Canadian Chamber and is on its way to being reviewed at the Canadian Chamber’s AGM this Sept 2018. This resolution, if passed is seeking Federal funding to the tune of $415million dollars for the Grays Bay Port and Road Project.
Our members are speaking, and we are listening, the KCC has engaged the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and the Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI) to organize a Trade Mission to Yellowknife, Edmonton, and Nova Scotia. This is a great opportunity because business participants would have the chance to meet with like-minded businesses in Yellowknife, Edmonton, and Nova Scotia to seek out new partnerships and expand existing ones in industries such as tourism, fisheries, mining, construction and retail.
The KCC has continued to provide quarterly “Email Updates” to members which highlight key upcoming activities in the region as well as funding opportunities available to local businesses. The KCC has started soliciting “upcoming job opportunity postings” from member businesses and “upcoming training opportunities” from Kitikmeot stakeholder organizations to post this content on the www.KCCnunavut.com website. This offers a centralized place for available jobs in the region and upcoming training activities and will reduce advertising costs for member businesses.
The KCC has hired a coordinator that champions the action plans of the KCC and attends
key Trade Show and conference events to 1) promote the Kitikmeot region and 2) gather information on subjects and opportunities that are of interest to businesses in the region.