May 2017 Print

Monthly Commentary

What a year 2017 has been.   We've been working on training our staff and things continue to make great progress to service our sponsors and our members.  Last year, we averaged 3000 visits to our website a month and this year since January 2017, we are on track to average 4000 visits a month.  Thank you so very much for your interest and your support to what NEBA is looking to do - connecting businesses from West to East - North of the Yellowhead Trail.  We are grateful to our sponsors who have made this possible: Londonderry Mall, Bernal Business Services Inc, Good Buddy Restaurants, Usha Pawluski PC, Source Office Furnishings, J&J Group LLP - Chartered Professional Accountants, and Cogent Investigations. Thank you for being 2017 Association Sponsors. 

Some minor hiccups along the way, we've changed our last after work business mixer (before the summer break) to be on Wednesday June 21, 2017 starting at 5 p.m. at Rundle Golf Clubhouse, 2902 118 Avenue. 

June 21 is known as Summer Solstice Day and we are pleased to host our business mixer and networking event at Rundle Golf Clubhouse.   With a patio surrounding Dogwood Cafe on second floor, (weather permitting sunny day), great opportunity to network inside or outside.   Lower floor walks out to the putting range where we are hosting a putting contest for our registrants to be a part of.

Bring your business cards, and golf clubs as there are deals to be found at this location.   As our city expands and developments continues, it's great to host this event at Rundle Golf Clubhouse where the design has won the City of Edmonton Architectural Award in 1978.  

We are adding more activities to this event and so please keep an eye out.  For now, join us as one of our tradeshow vendors - we will use both upper and lower floor of the clubhouse to showcase your products and/or services. 

Want increase visibility for your company? Talk to us about sponsorship opportunity.  Get your company signage up at the putting range and contest.   Please contact us for more information regarding this unique opportunity to sponsor at 780.803.1678 or (Loan Gowers

We are excited to work with the City of Edmonton Community and Recreation Facilities Department in planning this event.  Thank you for being our host and venue sponsor.

We are also looking forward to meeting many of the community leagues and golf league clubs who will be there at the event - business & community working together in support of their neighborhood.   Want to set up your own league at Rundle Golf Course? Talk to City of Edmonton representative on the day of the event and let's get your signed up. 

Community Leagues Members: A silent auction area will be set up - get your members support.  Each member with a valid community league membership will receive one ballot at the event which goes into the draw.  The winning ballot will take home the silent auction proceeds to support your community league and initiatives! 

Event Committee:

Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President  ( | 780 803 1678) 

Lan Chan-Marples, Director, NEBA

Tori Barthel, Administrative Assistant ( | 780 940 7074) 

Joey Morigeau-Jeffrey, Office Manager ( 


$0.00 General Admission

$50.00 NEBA Member Tradeshow Table

$75.00 Non-Member Tradeshow Table

$300.00 Sponsors: NEBA Membership Plus Tradeshow Table (Value at $440)

$500.00 Event Sponsor: NEBA Membership, Plus Tradeshow Table, Plus advertisement on website and in newsletter

$800.00 Title Sponsorship: NEBA Membership, Plus Tradeshow Table, Plus advertisement in newsletter and on website, And presentation at event and public recognition



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

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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NEBA Breakfast Mixer Continues even in Summer Months

Our breakfast mixer events held at our member's location continues to be a success.  As our member's business continues to operate in all four seasons, we will continue to host breakfast mixer events at member's businesses.   We will have more events posted in the near future with dates, times, presenters and locations.  As always, all our events are posted online at : NEBA Events

Our next breakfast mixer event is on Thursday May 25, 2017 starting at 7:30 a.m. at

Action Coach Canada Location
202 - 12906 54th St
Edmonton, AB T5A

We are pleased to have Greg Kopchuk as our guest presenter.  

Self Sabotage, what is it?

It may be in the way of your business or career goals, financial goals, health/fitness goals or relationship goals.

You will learn more about how Self Sabotages may be holding you back and you don't even realize it. 

Find out when a person will self sabotage

Understand how people self sabotage

Where we learned how to self sabotage

And discover if you self sabotage

Check out :

To your Outrageous Success,
Greg Kopchuk

We like to say thank you to Insight Psychological for being our venue host and sponsor for our last event - Wednesday May 10, 2017.  Insight Psychological has been a member of NEBA since the very beginning in fall of 2014 and we are grateful for their continued support and membership with NEBA every year.   With five locations to serve you, please check out their various services available at

Thank you to owner, Cory Hrushka and his business development manager, Victor Tabamo for the information about Employee Assistance Programs at our last breakfast mixer.  We learned a great deal about the various situations, scenarios and how employers can reach out to support their employees.  We look forwarding to having an event at your location again.   It would be great to learn more about the various corporate programs available that companies can consider. 

A very special thank you to MLA Nicole Goehring for attending our event and giving us an update on what's happening Edmonton-Castle Downs.  It's great to know the various ways that MLAs can support businesses in recognizing their employees, or celebrating a special occasion.   You also identified an area or business opportunity - which we are pleased to say that one of our members is looking into.   It would be great if it get set up in North West and be a part of the growing community. 

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

By: Councillor Bev Esslinger (Ward 2) 

I don’t know about you, but I love it when the seasons change! There is something incredible about the days as they lengthen, and the warm breeze in the early evening. It is an incredible time of year to head out for a walk and enjoy our beautiful city. With the changing of the seasons also comes one other annual tradition, construction season in Edmonton. There are projects happening all over the City, and with that in mind, I wanted to remind you of this website:

You can plan your route to and from work, and check to see if there are any traffic disruptions which may be affecting your weekend plans.

Construction season has also kicked off at Blatchford, with crews mobilizing on site to begin installation of the underground utilities that will service the first residential stage.

The work planned for the first part of 2017 includes installation of storm, sanitary and water servicing as well as piping for the district energy sharing system. Once the deep utilities have been installed, the project team can move forward with Stage 1 local road construction. In late 2017, it is anticipated that construction crews will begin drilling boreholes under the first stormwater pond for the geo-exchange, which is one of the renewable energy sources for the district energy sharing system.

“Starting another year of construction means we are one step closer to seeing the first of 30,000 residents moving into one of the world’s largest sustainable communities,” says Mark Hall, Executive Director, Blatchford. “While people won’t see buildings going up in Blatchford until next year, this is another significant milestone for us in terms of getting the site ready for the home builders.”

In addition to the construction work, another recycling initiative is also underway at Blatchford. Approximately one third of the former runways have been removed and that material is now being crushed on site. This recycled material (concrete, asphalt and gravel) will be used to construct future roads in the community. To ensure as much of the material as possible are diverted from the landfill, any excess materials that are not required in the community will be sold for reuse elsewhere.

The builder selection process will also begin this summer, with presale of the first units expected in 2018.

As always, I am here to help, you can reach me at City Hall by phone: 780-496-8136 or by email: I look forward to hearing from you.

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North Edmonton - MLAs (Provincial)

Hon. Deron Bilous, MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview present the following opportunity for African, Caribbean and Indigenous entrepreneurs from North Edmonton:

Event: North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Date: Friday, May 26th

Venue: South Clareview Community League (3250 132a Avenue)

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Perks: Free event, food and refreshments provided

What is the North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs?

At the North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Hon. Deron Bilous and representatives from Business Link, Futurpreneur, and other organizations will share provincial resources with African, Caribbean, and Indigenous entrepreneurs who either own or want to start a small business in Alberta.

Building on the success of MLA David Shepherd event in October, this town hall is a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about the following:

  • How to start a small business in Alberta
  • How to access capital for small businesses
  • Available provincial supports and resources, including the Alberta Investor Tax Credit and Alberta Capital Investment Tax Credit


At the end of the event, participants will have a chance to gather in the main hall and engage Minister Bilous in a Q & A session.

Food and refreshments will be provided. This is also an excellent networking opportunity, giving business leaders in north Edmonton a chance to meet and share their experiences.

How can I attend?

To RSVP, please contact Clarice at the Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Constituency Office at 780-476-6467 or

We hope to see you there!

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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)

Being an MP is a labour of love  


Member of Parliament

Edmonton Griesbach

It's far and away the question I'm asked most: "What's it like being a Member of Parliament?"

My usual response is, "It's busy. Really busy. But it's great being busy. I love it."

Most people know there are three levels of government: municipal, provincial and federal. It seems people know the most about municipal politics because it's concerned almost entirely on local issues whereas federal politics can often "feel" like it's farther away and has less direct impact on your life.

I was a city councillor for three years so I'm also asked how "different" it is to be an MP compared to serving as a councillor.

Obviously the biggest difference is I'm literally living in two cities (Edmonton and Ottawa) throughout the year. As an MP, you're duty-bound to be in Ottawa whenever the House of Commons is sitting.

My life in Ottawa involves participating in the House of Commons during debates and question period to help hold the Government accountable and be a voice for my constituents.

I’m also doing committee work, working on several parliamentary groups (such as the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group), meeting representatives of numerous organizations, attending events and keeping in communication with my constituents through correspondence, newsletters, blogs and social media.

While in Edmonton, most of my time is focused on constituent casework. My office helps constituents work with federal departments and agencies. Typically, we see a lot of issues related to immigration, unemployment insurance and pensions.

And, of course, in Edmonton, I also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with constituents and attend local community events.

That's a very short description of the life of an MP.

I'm also often asked what my favourite part of the job is. That's a tough one to answer but I'd lean toward anytime I get to have good discussions or visits with constituents -- whether that be at a townhall I've organized, at a seniors' centre or at my local office.

The one thing a good politician should never forget is they represent the people who elected them. That's exactly why it's vital to constantly communicate with the people I represent.

As such I'm always eager to hear from you about any federal-related issue.

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. Postage is not required when you write to me in Ottawa.

Most importantly, if you have a problem with any federal program or service, I will do my utmost to help you. Call my local Edmonton office at (780) 495-3261. Or check out my website:,where I can also be contacted by e-mail.

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Member News, Events & Announcements

100 Tins for 100 years. Can you come out and volunteer for a few hours on May 30, 2017 in support of the Edmonton Food Bank? Lan is looking for over 100 volunteers to help stuff tin cans or put together food hampers for the Edmonton Food Bank. If you are able to volunteer, could you please let Lan know by May 25, 2017. The event will be on May 30 from 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m. at 11434 120 St. She can reached at


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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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

NEBA MAY Breakfast Mixer &Networking Event

May 25, 2017
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Action Coach Canada Location
202 - 12906 54th St
Edmonton, AB T5A

Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event @ Action Coach Canada Location 

Guest Presenter: Greg Kopchuk 


Self Sabotage, what is it?

It may be in the way of your business or career goals, financial goals, health/fitness goals or relationship goals.

You will learn more about how Self Sabotages may be holding you back and you don't even realize it. 

Read More  Register Now

Business Introductory & Networking Event May 30, 2017

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

Good Buddy Restaurants, VIP Private Room
1018, 9499 - 137 Ave
Edmonton, AB

Business Introductory & Networking Event - learning more about each other's business and opportunities for referrals.  Registrants will be given up to ten minutes to present their business, products and/or services. 

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Business Mixer & Tradeshow Event - Partners for Prosperity

June 21, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Rundle Park Golf Course, 2nd Floor
2902 118 ave
Edmonton, AB T5S 2M5

Business Mixer, Networking, Presentation (Golf Tips), Tradeshow Tables, Putting Range, and more... Join us!

Read More  Register Now

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

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Association Sponsors