February 2019 Print


Hello I’m honored to be elected on the board of directors. I’ve had the pleasure of attending many NEBA events and getting to know numerous people & making connections within NEBA. My background is 9+ years in management of small businesses focusing on excellence in customer service. Assisting companies with proper enjoyable safety training has been my passion for almost 3 years. During this time, I’ve attended many OH&S meetings, worked with employment readiness centers, kept up to date with the changing industry, and educated companies how safety affects employees. I’m excited for the opportunity to assist in growing our North Edmonton business community and in keeping Alberta a little safer.

We’re doing a giveaway contest! All new newsletter signups get a chance to win a Tradeshow table for FREE at any event in 2019. Sign up here https://neba.ca/form.php?form_id=13&c=1

Jazmine Struthers

Business Development Manager

Spectrum Safety Services / Second Chance CPR & First Aid

#103, 11710 Kingsway Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5

  1. 780.429.6757
  2. 780.429.6743

[email protected]





Jazmine Struthers, Director with Loan Gowers, President

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Tips & Ideas for You and Your Business

By Joey-Lee Morigeau BComm CPHR RPR

Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2019 we must consider the employment law changes that occurred at the end of 2018. One big change that affects all businesses is the new Cannabis Legislation.  Another two important changes to note is the amendment to the Canada labour Code – Bill C-65 which includes harassment in the workplace and Alberta Employment Standards changes for employing Youth under 12 years of age. 

As many employers are aware, on October 17, 2018, Cannabis was legalized in Canada.  This new law protects employees who consume Cannabis.  It is important for all employers to ensure they have updated policies and procedures that comply with legislation and Alberta Human Rights.  Employees have the right to consume cannabis, but also must comply with reasonable duties imposed by their employers.  Ensure your organization and employees are protected.  If you have not developed policies around the new legislation, contact a professional today for further assistance.

In developing a workplace strategy around harassment and violence, the federal government recently passed Bill C-65, an Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017.  These changes will affect businesses best practices.  It is recommended to develop your organizations policies to reflect the changes, please discuss further with a human resources professional.  Further details regarding the amendment will be released this year.  To continue to follow and prepare your business follow http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-65/royal-assent

Effective January 1, 2019, changes to the Alberta Standards Code include employing youth under the age of 12.  Now, youth under the age of 12 years old can only be employed in an artistic endeavour.  Employers are now required to obtain a permit for artistic endeavours prior to employing a youth under the age of 12. Also note, the allowable working schedule for the youth will be determined during the application for the permit stage.  For more information, refer to https://www.alberta.ca/youth-employment-laws.aspx.  

Just a friendly reminder, effective January 1, 2019, the CPP and EI premiums have changed.  Please ensure you update your payroll systems.  To learn more visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/payroll.html.

It is best to speak with a professional when preparing for upcoming changes, whether you speak with an employment lawyer or a certified professional human resources specialist for assistance in understanding these changes, it will protect your business and employees. 

All the best in 2019.

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President's Report

Special thanks to YOU and to our sponsors, members, volunteers, Board of Directors and many for making this possible.  We achieved a new record in January 2019.  Great visibility for our members, sponsors, upcoming events and North Edmonton - 6736 Visits to our website, averaging 24 pages per visitor.  Thank you.

I'm very pleased to announce that Kim Ayre with Bredin Centre for Learning is the successful winner to NEBA 2019 Stragetic Action Plan Survey.   (Prize: Membership $250 plus 1 month website adverising $175 = Total Max Value $ 425)

Thanks to many who took the time to complete the survey.  You are part of the solution in our service offering going forward.   Answers that stood out for us: 

Survey Question #1: Networking yields great results in making new connections as well as building on existing relationships. In addition to this, what would you like to be considered or included into these types of events: a) Breakfast Mixer, b) After Work Mixers, c) Tradeshow , d) Dinner Events

by Jeff Howlett and Marian Saunderson with On Site Placement: It would be great if NEBA would consider holding Job Fairs for businesses who are actively hiring.

Survey Question #2: Which topics would you like to have a guest presenter provide information on?

by Shelly Barabash, Skyline Sign Services Ltd.: Edmonton/Alberta economy and forecast. How to talk with government about issues in the business community. New HR/Safety laws. Tax planning advice. Business succession.  Planning for sale of business

by Earl Shindruk, Optimax Benefits Inc.: Networking tips How to build your business Challenges of being an entrepreneur Business plan basics How to identify your target markets

Survey Question #3What are major issues that you are dealing with in your role either as an entrepreneur or as an employee?

by Shelly Barabash, Skyline Sign Services Ltd.: Finding quality employees. Motivating employees/increasing efficiency. Implementing systems and procedures. Cash flow, how to improve.

by Earl Shindruk, Optimax Benefits Inc.: Acquiring new business Retaining clients in a down economy Adding good staff

Survey Question #4Completion of the Anthony Henday, Funding for Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Project - for North Edmonton. What do you see are some opportunities and challenges for growth in North Edmonton?

by Lina Lytviak, Neora : Although I am not affected by these projects, I can understand the concern of those people who see traffic disappearing from their locations.

2019 has been a great start for North Edmonton Business Association in servicing our members and sponsors.  Have you been looking at your marketing strategy? Consider a membership with NEBA to build your network or perhaps a tradeshow table for face to face interactions about how you can help? Want maxmimum visibility that we have to offer - check out sponsorship opportunities and advertising options available. Explore NEBA Catalog: [NEBA E-Commerce Store]

As always, thank you for being a part of what we do and taking an interest.  We look forward to working with you in near future. 

We are training our assistants to administer the association - Special Edition for New and Renewing Members coming out soon! 

Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI


North Edmonton Business Association

PO BOX 65530 | RPO Hollick Kenyon

Edmonton, Ab

T5Y 0M5

780.803.1678 | [email protected]


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


Business Introductory Meeting & Networking Event

February 12, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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

Great opportunity to learn about each other's businesses, share ideas, opportunities & referrals

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NEBA Breakfast Mixer & Networking : Presentation - Intelligence, Understanding the Artificial

February 21, 2019
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Source Office Furnishings & Systems Ltd.
14835 137 Ave
Edmonton, AB 

Doors open at 7:30 AM for networking. Guest Speaker: Wade Bayntun, Associate Managing Partner, F12.NET

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After Work Business Mixers & Networking Event

February 28, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

12820 167 AVE NW

Bring Your Business Cards / Network / Engage / Building Opportunities Through Interactions

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Networking in the Digital Age

March 28, 2019
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

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

With Guest Speakers: Stephen Lau and Debra Kasowski

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NEBA Breakfast Mixer & Networking Events

April 17, 2019
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Edmonton North
581 Griesbach Parade
Edmonton, AB 

With Guest Speaker: Loan Gowers, Wealth Advisor

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Spring Mixer & Job Fair (SAVE THE DATE) 

April 25, 2019
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

13555 156 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5V 1R9

Sponsorship, Tradeshow Tables & Employers Packages

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