Chamber of Commerce & EDL
January 30, 2013
The Board of Directors of both the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Lethbridge toured the trade and science facilities of Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge respectively today. Following the tours, the Boards held a joint meeting and have agreed to collectively support the proposed facilities at both institutions.
Darren Boras, president of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, says, “The Trades & Technology Renewal and Innovation Project (TRIP) facility planned for Lethbridge College will make a significant difference to the future of the construction and manufacturing industries in this region. Alberta continues to face labour pressures and our local college has the capacity and ability to ensure qualified trades workers are entering the workforce at a faster pace.”
Cheryl Meheden, president of Economic Development Lethbridge, adds, “A new Science Building, known as The Destination Project, is an important addition to the University of Lethbridge campus. Not only are the existing science facilities out of date, the future of our province and the diversification of our local economy rely on the development of highly skilled researchers and scientists. They will influence our knowledge sector for years to come.”
The organizations are preparing a letter of support to the Honourable Stephen Khan, Minister of Advanced Education and Enterprise, to express the importance of these investments and encourage the Government of Alberta to ensure they are high on the post-secondary infrastructure priorities.
Michael Mahon, president of the University of Lethbridge, and Paula Burns, newly appointed president of Lethbridge College, were on hand for the tours and reinforced the value of having the local business community aware and supportive of the current post-secondary activity and future potential.
The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce has more than 700 members and is considered the Voice of Business in the city. On February 13, Economic Development Lethbridge is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary of promoting Lethbridge as an excellent place to live, learn, invest, visit and do business.
Chamber: Darren Boras, President, 403-328-6698
EDL: Cheryl Dick, CEO, 403-331-0022
Lethbridge College: Peter Leclaire, Interim President, 403-320-3209
University of Lethbridge: Michael Mahon, President, 403-329-2201