Around the town – end of week edition

Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist with ATB Financial talks about national and international economic realities, comparing business situations with popular board games. He was one of four speakers at the second annual regional business symposium held Thursday at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

Business symposium gathers large regional audience

By Morinville News Staff

Morinville – The second annual regional business symposium drew an audience of approximately 220 Thursday afternoon. The event, a partnership between four municipalities in Sturgeon County, was held at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre and provided participants the opportunity to learn about current and future growth opportunities in Sturgeon County.

Athabasca-Redwater MLA and Education Minister Jeff Johnson commended the municipalities of Bon Accord, Morinville, Gibbons and Sturgeon County for getting together to host the symposium and said regional cooperation was a key to business success today.

Bill Whitelaw, CEO of June Warren-Nickle’s Energy Group, was Master of Ceremonies for this year’s symposium and introduced speakers Ian McGregor, Chairman of the Board of the North West Redwater Partnership, Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation spokesperson Dr. David Lewin, Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist with ATB Financial, and Ross Hodgins, dealer principal of Frontier Honda and RV City. Each speaker brought his perspective on the keys to business success and the growth opportunities available in the region from a local, regional, provincial and national perspective.

Ross Hodgins speaks on the path to success for his business.

Legion awards
Wednesday night Colette Bachand was presented with three Certificates and three cheques from Legion Poppy Chair Marilynne Kuchta during the Morinville Legion’s general meeting. The certificates were for first place Area Level, first place District Level and first place at the Alberta-Northwest Territory Command level. – Lucie Roy Photo

MCHS goes batty
MCHS students were watching this bat as it manoeuvered around the entrance of the school Thursday morning. It hid away in one of the crevices beside the doorway there to wait for its nightly sojourn. – Lucie Roy Photo

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