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2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC).

The CEC is more than a competition; it's an opportunity to build on your dream.  Designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals, or teams) who have a sustainable business idea, the program provides valuable business skills, while you write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself, and last but not least, have a chance at winning cash and in-kind prizes. There  are both general and a technology streams.

Register today for this amazing FREE opportunity to build your dream!

For more information, or to register, visit

Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce elects new board

Prior to their AGM on November 7, 2018, the Crowsenst Pass Chamber of Commerce received nominations for Tim May (The Rum Runner) and Brad Edmondson (Crow Works Signs & Engraving) for three board positions.  Uncertain if an election would be held, they were pleasantly surprised to receive nominations from the floor for Lisa Attaway (Attaway Inspired Ltd.), Rick Breakenridge (SpringBreak Flower Farm), and Kayleigh Montgomery (Teck Resources Ltd.).

The membership at the AGM voted in Rick Breakenridge, Brad Edmondson, and Tim May,and after the November 22nd Board Meeting, the positions held by board members are:

President - Sacha Anderson 
Vice-President - Claire Rogers
Treasurer - Tim May
Secretary - Rick Breakenridge
Director - Brad Edmondson
Director - Kyle Schofield
Director - Julia Hicks

Congratulations to the 2018/19 Board of Directors. We look forward to supporting your efforts to make Crowsnest Pass a great community to do business in.

Social Media for Business

Our popular workshop series, Social Media for Business, starts on Sept. 24. Don't miss out on your chance to uncover the mysteries of FB, Twitter, Instagram, Google Tools & more. Register today!

Best of Crowsnest

The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Best of Crowsnest Awards on September 24.

Join us in congratulating our amazing businesses throughout the Crowsnst Pass. Well done!


New Email Addresses

Community Futures offices across the province have coordinated email addresses to make it easier to reach us. Our old emails will still get to us but for future use, please note our new contact information:

Shar Cartwright:

Sacha Anderson:

Larry Saloff:

Joni MacFarlane:


New Employment Rules

Changes to provincial workplace laws come into effect January 1, 2018. Alberta's Employment Standard Code hasn't been updated since 1988.

These changes apply to the majority of employers and employees, with the exception of those working in federally-regulated industries. The Code applies to around 85% of all employment relationships in Alberta, which includes Community Futures and our clients.

The following existing standards have undergone changes:

Leave eligibility
Compassionate care leave Maternity/parental leave
Rest periods
Compressed work weeks
Minimum wage
General holiday and general holiday pay Vacations and vacation pay
Termination and temporary layoffs Youth employment

The province is offering two pre-recorded webinars to introduce employees and employers to the new changes: The Top 10 Things Employers Should Know About Employment Standards and The Basics of Employment Standards Law for workers.

Have questions? For more information call 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free) or visit the website at: Employment Standards

Information sessions are also available for employer groups, non-profits organizations and worker representatives. To book a session, email:


Successful partnership merits provincial awards

Economic Developers Association of Alberta (EDA) Conference, Banff, Alberta

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, in partnership with all southern Alberta Community Futures offices,  was recently recognized by EDA for their work on Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp (AYEC) in the category of Community Economic Development for Large community/region.  They also received the Alex Metcalfe Award recognizing the "best of the best" community projects in each category.

AYEC is a week long camp for youth ages 13-15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. Tha main focus of this camp is to educate youth about markleting, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up thier own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is "Business Day" at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreatioanl activities throughout their week at camp.

AYEC has been highly successful and is now entering its 21st year.

Alberta provincial police barracks exhibit project

The Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks building is the authentic site of one of the most dramatic events in the province’s history – the story of rum-running during Prohibition and the shooting death of APP Constable Steve Lawson.

Constructed in 1904 for the Coleman detachment of the North West Mounted Police, the barracks building was turned over to the newly-formed APP in 1917. The APP had been created to combat the illegal importation of alcohol from B.C. and the U.S. by so-called “rum-runners” during Prohibition (1916-1924). It was here, in front of the APP barracks building, that Lawson was shot and killed during a confrontation with the flamboyant rum-runner Emilio “Emperor Pic” Picariello and Florence Lassandro. Although it was never clear who pulled the trigger, both Picariello and Lassandro were tried and executed for their crime. Florence Lassandro was the only woman ever hanged in Alberta.

Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum and Archives, in collaboration with Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, have recently completed work on interior and exterior renovations of the APP Barracks building and the installation of new exhibits to give a balanced account of Lawson’s death and the events leading up to it. The story of Lawson’s murder, the trial and its aftermath contain elements of intrigue, romance, tragedy, pathos and prejudice. The narratives of Prohibition, women’s rights, class and ethnic differences and the legitimacy of the death penalty all find focus in one moment - when the sound of gunshots pierced the air and a policeman lay dying outside his home, watched by his young daughter.

Visitors can explore these themes via a walk-through of the APP Barracks Building, authentic artifacts, photographs, sound effects, and interactive displays. This important piece of Alberta’s history presents visitors with an engaging and memorable experience and leaves them contemplating this infamous crime.

The APP Barracks opened on Canada Day weekend 2017 in conjunction with Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Be sure to include a visit to the APP Barracks Intrepetive Centre in Coleman and experience an important part of Alberta's history.

For more information, go to or contact Crowsnest Museum at


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