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Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge Finalists announced

CONGRATULATIONS to the CEC Finalists..Technology Stream..Wick Underwear, Finaio, SkiOrb.
General Stream...Snappy Babes, Core Athlete and Earthly Matters Vermiculture.   Winners will be announced on May 24. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Partnership works together to address economic opportunities

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, in partnership with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Crowsnest Chamber of Commerce, Riversdale Resources, and the Economic Development Committee announces the launch of a series of community café roundtables and discussions. These events will provide business owners and operators, as well as other community members, the opportunity to participate in identifying opportunities for economic development.

“The Crowsnest Pass is in a position to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities especially in tourism and potential industry growth”, says Shar Cartwright General Manager of Community Futures CNP. “We need to ensure that the needs of our business community are being met so that our local economy will grow and thrive over the long term.  Over the next several months, we will be gathering input from business and community leaders on their perceived opportunities and challenges. We want Crowsnest Pass to be developed in ways that are good for the people that live here and ways that provide long term prosperity for all sizes and types of businesses”.

The first phase of the community engagement starts April 9, 2019. The planned events include: a presentation to the Municipal Council and the Chamber of Commerce; and a series of Community cafés, one-on-one meetings with business owners and community leaders that will occur over the next several months.  The consultant for the project is INNOVISIONS and they will be gathering your input.   If you would like more information about this exciting process or would like to participate please contact Community Futures Crowsnest Pass at 403-562-8858 or by email

Get the workers you need

Labour's Workforce Grants Portal

The Government of Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of an online portal for Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program applications.

You can now submit and follow up on all the necessary forms and paperwork for the CAJG program through Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal. Additionally, you can view the status of all your applications in real time and can be alerted to any issues, such as missing information, as soon as the file is reviewed. Please be sure to review the Applicant Guide before applying for your CAJG grant.

To make use of the portal all employers must register for a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business account. Registration is easy and it is a one-time process. To assist in this process, we have put together instructions on how to create your account.

Please note that CAJG will continue to accept paper applications through the mail until March 31, 2019. After this period, all applications will need to be submitted through the portal - paper forms will not be available or accepted for new grant requests. Applications that were originally submitted on paper will not be included in the portal and will be completed using a paper Training Completion form.

Thank you for your continued interest in the CAJG program. If you have any questions please refer to the CAJG website, email the CAJG team at or call the CAJG info line at 1-855-638-9424 or 780-638-9424.

Strategy & Creation of Regional Destination Management Organization Underway

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass has awarded the contract and is working with the consultant to prepare a comprehensive  strategy to leverage and support tourism activity in the Crowsnest Pass-Pincher Creek-Piikani-Castle Park Region.

The outcome of the project will be the creation of a sustainable destination management organization and help to support and provide guidance to the tourism industry,  governments, and communities in the area. It will address the needs for a consolidated and  collaborative  approach to tourism in southwest region of Alberta region between government  and business, analyze and guide  ways to leverage existing tourism assets more effectively,  engage tourism operators in activities  that will grow their business, and promote tourism  opportunities to visitors of the region.

Community consultations will be held in April and May.

2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

The 2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is now underway with over 180 registrants.

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.

The CEC is an amazing FREE opportunity to build your dream so if you haven't participated, let us know and we can give you information to get on board next year!

For more information, 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.

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:



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