April 2017 Print

Monthly Commentary

Hope you had a great Good Friday and Wonderful Easter Weekend.  With so many activities in town and out of town for individuals and families, hope you were able to participate in an event or two.  Or just enjoyed some quiet time off.   Looking forward to GAME 4 and see where Oilers take us.  Wishing them the best tomorrow! #LetsGoOilers

Thank you Councillor Bev Esslinger for hosting the Community Dialogues Meeting early April.   These meetings have given us more awareness and understanding of how you have helped Ward 2, the Community, Businesses and individuals.   It's was very enlightening to hear the successes and challenges from each participants - an opportunity to learn from each other and working collaboratively.    In a few months time, NEBA will be 2.5 years old and we continue to grow and build on our mission.  We look forward to contributing to and working with many of the communities and businesses.   Again, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your event.

Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel April 21 luncheon event at Chateau Nova Yellowhead Trail.   We greatly appreciate Minister Mason's and Mayor Iveson's office for their time, efforts and working with us in planning this event.  We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with you.  If you have any questions or inquiries, please let us know.   For ticket holders, we will contact you individually for reimbursement.  Thank you.. Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President.  (780.803.1678 or info@neba.ca).


NEBA Business Mixer & Tradeshow Event at Source Office Furnishings from 5 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

Helping to bridge the gap between communities and businesses!  

Business Mixers have been great for networking opportunity, making new connections and building on existing ones.   A chance to meet and greet, exchange business cards - for relationships, business referrals and potential.   We invite you to join us as a tradeshow vendor at this upcoming event -showcasing what you and your business - products and/or services.  

For businesses and individuals looking to book a table, tradeshow tables are NEBA Member ($95) / Non-Member ($115).  Talk to us about being a sponsor for this event and get more visibility for you and your company.  Sponsorship starts at $400.00 to Title Sponsor $1000.00 (Check out the benefits of sponsoring this event).  We are pleased to work with Good Buddy Restaurant to set up the cash bar service and hot food for light appetizers being serve at this event.   [May 18 Event Details - Partners for Prosperity]

Location: Source Office Furnishings, 14835 137 Ave.   Time: 5 PM - 7:30 PM.  For more details and to sponsor this event, please contact us at info@neba.ca 


Canada 150 Celebration

Mar 31 - Dec 31

Join Londonderry in celebrating Canada 150 all year long!  

On May 1st we'll be unveiling our Canada 150 art installation created by local designer Michelle McBride and paying tribute to the many Faces of Canada! 


We always welcome feedback so please reach out to us by email: info@neba.ca or by phone 780 803 1678.  Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI, Executive Director & President  (Connect with us on LinkedIn, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook Page).  Joey - Lee Morigeau-Jeffrey, Office Manager, admin@neba.ca

North Edmonton Business Association is a membership based organization with a focus of building opportunities by hosting events where networking, interactions, conversations and meetings can occur.. To join as member, please click on link for  online membership application and payment can be made with VISA or Mastercard.  


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YOUR BOOKS DONE RIGHT - Bernal Business Services Inc.

You're invited to  a wonderful evening of learning hosted by
Bernal Business Services Inc.

TO RSVP / REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, please click on link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/your-books-done-right-event-tickets-33212658957

With Guest Presentations by the BusinessLink  and world leading business software developer Intuit.

Bookkeeping - it isn't just numbers! Join us for an evening presentation on the magic and art of bookkeeping.

Doors open 5:30 – Networking and food (30 minutes)

Introductions 6:00 - Overview of the evening (10 minutes)

Bookkeeping 6:10 - It isn't just numbers! (20 minutes)

  • What is bookkeeping?
  • Why is it useful?
  • Where do I start?

Business Link 6:30 - Start-up's best friend! (30 minutes)

Bookkeeping 7:00 - Growing beyond start-up (30 minutes)

  • Important tips to know
  • Meals, Vehicles, Office In Home
  • Payroll and subcontractors

Intuit 7:30 - Today's Technology (30 minutes)

Bookkeeping 8:00 - The Magic in your numbers (30 min)

  • Balance Sheet
  • Profit And Loss Statement
  • Cash Flow Statement and Cash Flow Budgeting

Networking, Questions & Answers 8:30 (30 min)

Doors close 9:00

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North Edmonton - City Councillors (Ward 1-4 and Ward 7)

Councillor Tony Caterina (Ward 7) - 

City Council’s Vision 2020 includes plans for Northlands

At an upcoming Council meeting, we’ll receive a handful of reports about the future of Northlands, the Coliseum and EXPO Centre. These facilities are important features of Ward 7, so I’ve been keeping a close eye on this issue.

Since Rogers’ Place opened, Northlands can no longer rely on the large concerts and hockey games that were a main source of revenue in the past. The Northlands Board brought their new plan, Vision 2020, to Council in spring of 2016. They proposed, among other things, redeveloping Rexall Place into a multi-rink community recreation facility and converting the outdoor racetrack into an urban festival site.  They also asked Council to defer Northlands’ debt repayment for the 2009 EXPO Centre renovations.

Council took a hard look at Vision 2020 and moved forward on some of the key pieces. City Administration is consulting with user groups about converting the Coliseum into a community space. We’re also looking at ways to integrate the functions of the EXPO Centre with those of the Shaw Conference Centre. Reports on these questions, as well as the future of the Coliseum scoreboard and options for enhancing Northlands’ agricultural events, will be coming before Council on April 11.

As for the debt deferral, Council voted to defer Northlands’ September 2016 and March 2017 payments on the condition that the Board return with a sustainable business plan by June 2017 that will allow them to repay the renovation debts and keep the current facilities up to a high standard.

For me, any question about Northlands’ future is about community benefit. The repurposing of Northlands must provide a service to the communities surrounding it. As these reports come before Council, I’ll be looking to see a thorough analysis of the community impact, either positive or negative.

If you have thoughts you’d like to share about the future of Northlands, or about any City issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at tony.caterina@edmonton.ca or call me at 780.496.8333.

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North Edmonton - MLAs (Provincial)

MLA Heather Sweet (Edmonton-Manning) 

Budget 2017

On March 16, our government announced its 2017 budget.

It makes life more affordable for everyday Albertans, by capping electricity prices, reducing school fees and keeping taxes on families the lowest in Canada.

We’re helping young people find more opportunities by capping post-secondary tuition fees and funding more apprenticeships and training.

We’re putting more money back into the pockets of Alberta families with carbon levy rebates and the Alberta Child Benefit and Employment Tax Credit.

The economy is stabilizing and jobs are beginning to return.

We’ve seen the green shoots of recovery, with renewed investment in drilling and the oil sands, and we’re seeing new investment in value-added energy projects and in green energy projects.

Our work to lower small business taxes, support business innovation and open new markets for our energy, agricultural, agri-food, forestry and other products will help to diversify and boost the economy over the long run.

The Conference Board of Canada predicts Alberta will lead all provinces with growth of 2.8 per cent. 

At the same time investment in long-overdue repairs and modernizations of our schools and hospitals and critical improvements to our roads and highways will keep Albertans working and make life better for people who need those services.

This budget will fund 24 new and modernized schools across Alberta, a new hospital in Edmonton and a new long-term care home in Calgary.

In our community of Edmonton-Manning, Budget 2017 delivers by:

  •          Creating infrastructure jobs on important projects including Pilot Sound Elementary School (K-9)
  •          Highway 15 twinning
  •          Major intersection improvement and realignment of highways 37, 825 and 15 (West of Fort Saskatchewan)
  •          Interim intersection improvement at highway 28A and 37 junction
  •          Affordable housing in our community

We have cut the growth of government spending by targeting waste and excessive salaries and perks at government agencies and by freezing management and non-union salaries in the Alberta Public Services and agencies, boards and commissions.

Now is not the time to make drastic cuts to services that Albertans need. The drastic cuts that some are calling for will not provide opportunities for our young people, build our province for good times or provide dignity for our seniors and most vulnerable. Cuts will make life harder and cost more in the long run, as our schools, roads and hospitals age and fall into disrepair.

As the MLA for Edmonton-Manning, I am at your service. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or my staff atedmonton.manning@assembly.ab.ca780-414-0714 or at 14904 50 St NW.

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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)

As your Member of Parliament, I'm here to help you


Member of Parliament

Edmonton Griesbach

One of the keys to being an effective politician is having the ability to communicate well with the people you represent.

Politicians who are out of touch with the people who elected them tend to have short careers, and rightly so, I believe.

Communications, and more importantly, learning how to listen to people and their concerns is vital in life and especially in political life.

I've strongly believed in that my whole life. Listening to people and truly hearing them is a trait I was taught by my parents. And it's a life lesson I'll never forget.

It's one of the main reasons I love being a Member of Parliament for the north-side riding of Edmonton Griesbach. It’s also why I relished my previous role in politics as an Edmonton city councillor known as a fiscal watchdog.

Listening to people, truly hearing them and doing what I can to help, is also why I loved my previous career as a journalist. Going from that career then getting into politics, was a natural progression.

It's vital I hear about issues that are important to you and I welcome your comments and feedback. When I know what's important to you, I can fight for you on those issues in Ottawa as a member of the Official Opposition.

Are you concerned about the effects of a carbon tax on our economy? Is the federal government being tough enough on crime? Should the federal government do more to end poverty and help seniors? What other important issues are on your mind?

Many people don't realize this fact, but anyone can write to any Member of Parliament (including the prime minister) without having to use a stamp on the envelope. So feel free to reach out to me anytime by sending mail to: Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Ottawa, On, K1A 0A6.

Most importantly, if you have an issue with any federal program or service, I will do my utmost to help you. Call my local Edmonton office at (780) 495-3261. If you're on the Internet, check out my website, www.kerrydiotte.com where I can also be contacted by e-mail.


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

NEBA AGM + Business Introductory & Networking Event

April 25, 2017
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Good Buddy Restaurants
1018, 9499 - 137 Ave

Attendees will be given up to 10 minutes to present their company products and/or services.

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event


April 27, 2017
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

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

Guest Speaker: Stephen Lau - "Networking"

Read More  Register Now

Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event

May 10, 2017
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Insight Psychological
203 - 15379 Castle Downs Rd NW
Edmonton, AB T5X 3Y7

Networking over continental Breakfast. Event & Location Host: Insight Psychological

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Business Mixer & Tradeshow Event - Partners for Prosperity

May 18, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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

Connecting Businesses and Community from All 4 Corners of the City & Surrounding Areas

Read More  Register Now

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, advertising opportunities or membership, please contact us:  info@neba.ca or call Loan Gowers, Executive Director at(780) 803-1678

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Member News, Events & Announcements



Join us on Saturday April 29 and check out many of NEBA members who are involved in Taste of Decore Event 

Londonderry Mall

Victor Tabamo, Corporate Clients Services Manager, Insight Psychological

Moe Sandouga, Staples Skyview Location


and a table for North Edmonton Business Association.  Join us on this day, check out the various tradeshow vendors, performances at the Taste of Decore.


For more details, please contact NEBA Member:

Ivy V. Justo 
Employment Services Job Developer  
Chrysalis : An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities                                               
13325 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton AB T5L 4R3                                           
Direct : (780) 851.9142 vm # 356 | Switchboard : (780) 454.9656  | Fax : (780) 451.0168   

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Association Sponsors