September 2018 Print

Monthly Commentary

To winterize now or not winterize? That is the question. 

What a nice ice breaker for our upcoming networking breakfast mixer event. Bring your business cards, how about inviting a colleague or a connection to attend this event with you?  It will be held next Thursday September 27 at Albert's Family Restaurant, 2nd Floor of Londonderry Mall - We look forward to seeing you then if you can join us. 

We are very pleased to have three companies join our association sponsors for our upcoming 4th Year Anniversary Celebration Event to be held on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at Royal Canadian Legion, 14339 50 St.  Thank you to Telus, Revera Living and Evergreen Funeral Home for supporting this great event.  Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your company products and services? Increase visiblity for your brand and marketing? Get more face to face interactions - winter may be coming, and what a great way to add to your existing sales pipeline! To book a tradeshow table (NEBA Member $50 or Non-Member $75) or consider sponsorship opportunity (Bronze $400 to Title $1400), please click on this link for more details: [Oct 16 Event - Tradeshow Table or Sponsorship]  We hope you can make it out and join us in celebrating the last 4 years where relationship have been built, business have been booked, referrals have been made through introductions, engagement and interactions.   

I had the the opportunity to attend Councillor Bev Esslinger Community Fun Day event early September.  It was great to see information and individuals out providing information regardings changes to Yellowhead Trail as well as the North West LRT proposal.   These two changes materially affect the North Edmonton Community as well as individuals who have a reason to do business or visit North Edmonton.   Join us in providing inputs and raising awareness of how these changes affect your travels. 

We like to take this opportunity to thank members and sponsors of this association as with their involvement - we are able to deliver and host these events. Explore what membership with NEBA can do for you or raise your brand awareness by being one of our association sponsor.  We look forward to discussing with you these opportunities so please give us a call (780.803.1678) or email (

Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President | 780.803.1678 |



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NEBA's 4th Year Anniversary Celebration Event - Tues Oct 16, 2018

It's been a phenomenal 4 years journey - from idea to research to vision to existence. We could fill up this page with many photos and memories of various events held in the last 4 years - but we invite you to visit our gallery and revisit with us the networking times, the business card exchange times, the introduction times.  

We are business owners who volunteer because we recognize how networking, attending events, participation, building relationships can positively impact the bottom line. 

Business plans gets written up every year and it's great to see growth and new ideas/developments results by being a part of the journey.   

Hope you can make it out on Tuesday October 16, 2018 and join in the celebration with us! [REGISTER NOW / RSVP 4TH YEAR CELEBRATION]


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Sep 2014

NEBA Holiday Celebration 2015

Breakfast Mixer Presentation 


Lunar New Year 2016

Event Details:

North Edmonton Business Association incorporated on October 16, 2014.  We are very excited to host this event and celebrate our 4th year anniversary with you!  Join us for a toast in celebration of all the accomplishments since inception.  It's wonderful to see all the attention that North Edmonton has been receiving - with the opening of the North East Corrider of the Anthony Henday, Funding received for the Yellowhead Trail Improvements and now talks in works to review taking the LRT to North West Edmonton.   

Join us, meet your neighbours, communities, businesses and let's build opportunities through interactions. 

Want to stand out from the rest? Consider being a sponsor of this major event and increase visiblity for your company - raise awareness of how you can help your consumers, business partners, networks and many more!

Join us in the front foyer, Small Banquet Room and Large Banquet Room ... circulate, mix, mingle while we celebrate what 4 years has accomplished!

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Title Sponsor $1400

Gold $800

Silver $600

Bronze $400

Tradeshow tables are also available:

NEBA Member  $50.00 

Non-Member $75

We are accepting silent auction items and door prizes.  There are 30 Drink Tickets being given away at this event - compliments of one of NEBA's member - First Sponsor for this special anniversary celebration!  Hope you are one of the lucky winner - so come on in and join us in this toast as we celebrate 4th year anniversary.   We are also accepting swag items - so please give us a call or text at 780 803 1678 or email and speak to Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President on how you can be a part of this event. 

We look forward to seeing you - celebrating success and making new and renewing connections. 

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Event post by City of Edmonton:

Learn more about progress on the Metro Line NW LRT Extension and where the City recommends the track go above, below, or stay at ground level! 

The following public information sessions are taking place in advance of Administration presenting the final recommendations to City Council on November 6 for approval, as part of a non-statutory public hearing.

Date: Tuesday September 18,
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm and 5-7pm 
Location: Castle Downs Family YMCA, 11510 153 Avenue

For more information, visit



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North Edmonton - MLAs (Provincial)

by: MLA Chris Nielsen (Edmonton-Decore)

Welcome back from summer holidays. I hope everyone had an opportunity to spend some quality relaxation time with loved ones and friends over the summer months. It would seem that fall is just about upon us and Halloween will soon be here.

I would first like to invite each of you to my Open House being held on Thursday, September 14th from 6pm – 8pm. Come to meet my hard working staff and share some refreshments with us. #5 9228 – 144 Avenue (Dickensfield Mall).

Talk around the water cooler has surely included the topic of the Kinder Morgan - Trans Mountain Pipeline. The recent unexpected decision by the courts has certainly caused a delay in its construction. However frustrating this is for not only the Alberta Government but I’m sure for you as well, rest assured that this remains a top priority for us. We will continue to pressure the Federal Government to work diligently on the resolution to ensure that construction can resume again promptly by the spring of 2019.

New businesses continue to call North Edmonton their home. As I travel around my riding of Edmonton-Decore and the neighboring ridings, I see new business developments being built and quickly filled with new and exciting tenants. Although the economic recovery has not yet reached every Albertan, signs continue to show great strength in their return. Alberta’s forecasted GDP growth for 2019 has been revised up to 2.7% … which is the same amount that is forecasted for 2018.

Alberta continues to lead the country!

Here are some brief economic indicators that might interest you:

  • Average weekly earnings in Alberta have seen solid growth this year, increasing by 3.2 per cent as of May.
  • Employment is up 1.7 per cent year-to-date, with full-time gains accounting for the entire increase.
  • The number of rigs drilling in Alberta was up 6.7 per cent year-to-date. In other oil-producing provinces, this measure was down 9.7 per cent.
  • Merchandise exports are up 11 per cent year-to-date, fueled by strong gains in both energy and non-energy exports.
  • Wholesale trade remained solid in the first half of 2018, and is up 7.9 per cent year-to-date.
  • Manufacturing shipments are up 5.4 per cent year-to-date, and are less than five per cent below the July 2014 peak.
  • The total output of crude oil is up 9.8 per cent year-to-date, with solid gains in both conventional and non-conventional production.
  • Retail sales are trending higher in 2018, up 2.5 per cent year-to-date.
  • Alberta’s population continues to expand faster than the national average. It is estimated that the provincial population increased by 62,000 people between July 2017 and June 2018. 

Thanks once again to NEBA for their continued hard work in bringing our business community on the Northside together. Together, we can show why North Edmonton is the best place to live, raise a family as well as own and grow a business. I look forward to seeing you at the next NEBA event!!

As always, if you have an questions or comments, please feel free to contact my constituency office at 780-414-1328 or email


Chris Nielsen

MLA Edmonton-Decore


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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)


Member of Parliament

Edmonton Griesbach


I believe the biggest sin a politician can make is losing touch with the people who elected them.

When I was an Edmonton city councillor from 2010 to 2013, people got rightly riled if their views weren’t truly being heard by councillors or civic bureaucrats.

I remember back then getting complaints from folks who’d attended city hall town hall-style presentations on various issues — everything from suggested large-scale housing developments to proposed new bike lanes.

Believe it or not, for the longest time at these town hall meetings, people were not allowed by the city-hired facilitator to ask questions or make comments!

They were told these meetings were meant largely for information and if they had any comments or questions they could write a few words down on sticky notes and leave them with the facilitator.

When folks called me to complain about this situation, I said I’d see what I could to change it. I talked to the bureaucratic Powers That Be and they told me they felt allowing people to speak at such meetings could wind up getting people all riled up and might end up disrupting the meetings.

I told them that was blatantly ridiculous and that it was the job and duty of city facilitators to know how to run a meeting well, allow feedback from citizens and keep everyone relatively respectful.

I pushed hard to have the rules changed. Soon after this push, people began to actually have the chance to comment at these public meetings. It was a no-brainer and it was shameful that town hall-style meetings should have ever been run without letting average citizens have a say on the issues they came to hear about.

This is all a somewhat lengthy lead-in to the fact that I highly value feedback from the people I work for as Member of Parliament in Edmonton Griesbach.

It’s absolutely vital for any politician to know what’s on the minds of folks. So, I’m all ears. What federal issue concerns you these days? I want to hear from you.

It could be about taxation. Perhaps it’s about the federal budget. It might be concerns about crime, poverty, seniors issues, treatment of indigenous peoples, pipelines, NAFTA negotiations, the issue of illegal border crossings, gun control, the fight against terrorism, free speech, political correctness -- or a whole range of other things.

What do you think of the pending Oct. 17 legalization of marijuana?

Do you have views on taking down statues of former statesmen such as the decision in Victoria, B.C. to remove the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, our first prime minister?

I’d love to hear your feedback. E-mail me at or drop me a letter postage-free to Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6.

Get the latest updates from me by signing up for my e-newsletter at:

Another good way to stay in touch? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


If you need assistance with a federal government-related issue please call our Edmonton Griesbach constituency office at (780) 495-3261.

If you have a special birthday, anniversary or other significant milestone, we can offer congratulatory certificates. Please call our office to get details.

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NEBA Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event

September 27, 2018
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Albert's Family Restaurant (2nd Floor, Londonderry Mall)
137 Ave & 66 St, 2nd Floor, 
Edmonton, AB

Our goal is to go to member’s location, creating opportunities for networking, mixers, and business building ideas.

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NEBA 4th Year Anniversary Celebration - Tues Oct 16 2018

October 16, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9

Celebrating 4th Year Anniversary North Edmonton Business Association

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