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On Demand Webinars

Our ON DEMAND WEBINAR program provides you with an opportunity to prepare an educational session in your area of expertise and present it to members of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

Presenting an On Demand Webinar is an exclusive membership benefit, but each webinar will be widely promoted and anyone can register to attend.

Our staff will assist you in planning and promoting the event. If you are interested, get your information package here and contact Programs@YKChamber.com to schedule.

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Navigating Business Interruption Claims Due to COVID-19

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

2:00 - 3:00 pm MT

To join the meeting:
https://meet615909128.adobeconnect.com/ondemandwebinars/

Please RSVP to Programs@YKChamber.com

 

COVID-19 will result in a big surge in business interruption claims. Get ahead of the curve by getting up to speed on the key issues that will help you understand your claim. Presented by Michael Doerksen and Angela Beierbach, this webinar will provide businesses with information with respect to what could be covered and what could be excluded.

  • Do any insured perils arise from COVID-19?
  • Is the presence of the virus on surfaces covered as property damage?
  • Are there any relevant industry-standard exclusions?
  • What is the scope of application for Civil Authority coverage extensions in business interruption policies.
About the Speakers

Michael Doerksen

Michael Doerksen is an experienced research lawyer who helps clients requiring complex legal analysis. His practice has a particular focus on insurance coverage issues including automobile liability, municipal and general liability, director and officer liability, professional errors and omissions coverage, casualty coverage and cargo and transportation coverage. His experience includes a wide variety of commercial disputes ranging from property development issues to construction disputes and contract interpretation.

 

Angela Beierbach

Angela Beierbach has experience in a wide range of litigation matters including commercial leasing, construction, contract disputes, employment, estates, defamation, fraud, and insurance. Angela is a strong advocate for her clients and has represented clients before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal. She also has experience with mediation and Judicial Dispute Resolution. In addition to her litigation practice, Angela maintains a solicitor practice in estate planning and also assists employers and employees in drafting and reviewing agreements.

Mayor's State of the City Address

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

2:00 - 3:00pm MT

A Q&A will follow the Mayor's State of the City Address.
RSVP and submit your questions in advance to Programs@YKChamber.com

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Adapting Your Marketing Strategy for Uncertain Times - Presented by Outcrop Communications

Keeping Workers Safe & FAQ for Employers - Presented by WSCC

COVID-19: Managing the Risks of Returning to Work - Presented by Lawson Lundell LLP on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The Touchless Alternative – Taking your Business Online - Presented by Copperhouse Eatery + Lounge and With Media on Thursday, May 14th, 2020

COVID-19: Relief Programs are Open for Business (Now What?) -Presented by Avery Cooper on Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Presented by Canada Revenue Agency on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Business Agreement - Presented by Field Law on Friday, April 24th, 2020

Canada COVID-19 Assistance - Presented by Crowe MacKay LLP on Friday, April 17th, 2020

Survive Now to Thrive Later: Leasing During COVID-19 - Presented by CloudWorks on Friday, April 10th, 2020

COVID-19 and Managing the Workplace: Employer Obligations, Health and Safety, and Privacy - Presented by Lawson Lundell LLP on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Adapting Your Marketing Strategy for Uncertain Times

Presented by Outcrop Communications on Thursday, May 28th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.
The slides from the presentation are here.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant shifts in business operations and marketing efforts. How will you plan for a marketing recovery and maintain a connection to your customers through these uncertain times? We will also review what a possible timetable for recovery could look like for Yellowknife based business using previous global crisis events as a guide.

About the Presenter

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER - OUTCROP COMMUNICATIONS

A transplanted Winnipegger, Chris Ferris spent several years in Economic Development followed by 16 years with First Air where he was Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales.  Since joining Outcrop, Chris has largely focused on tourism marketing, business planning, crisis communications support and strategic marketing.

Keeping Workers Safe & FAQ for Employers
Presented by WSCC on Thursday, May 21st, 2020
To review the recording of this presentation, click here.
The slides from the presentation are here.
WSCC is the arm’s length government agency responsible for administering the Workers' Compensation Acts, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Explosives Use Acts and the Mine Health and Safety Acts in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The WSCC promotes workplace health and safety while providing no-fault insurance to employers and care for injured workers.

Cary Ingram, Chief Inspector of Mines and Occupational Health and Safety, and Meta Antolin, Manager of Occupational Health and Safety Programs speak to us about keeping workplaces safe during COVID-19. Their presentation covers important and timely topics such as:

  • The WSCC’s role in helping employers and workers keep our workplaces safe;
  • The hazards associated with COVID-19, and measures you must take to protect yourself and your workers;
  • An overview of the WSCC Risk Assessment and Field Level Risk Assessment, which the Chief Public Health Officer has recently made mandatory for all businesses preparing to re-open.

Cary and Meta then ends the presentation with answers to your questions.

COVID-19: Managing the Risks of Returning to Work       
Presented by Lawson Lundell LLP on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
To review the recording of this presentation, click here.
The slides from the presentation are here.

 

Employment lawyers Sandra MacKenzie and Stefanie Laurella from Lawson Lundell LLP will present on a number of return to work issues facing employers as the economy begins to open back up:

  • Occupational health and safety: liability risks and how to set up a safe workplace;
  • Human rights and privacy: childcare obligations, privacy considerations for employees medical information, screening measures; and,
  • Employment law: What you need to know about work refusals and recalling employees back to work.

 

About the Presenters

Sandra Mackenzie is a partner at Lawson Lundell in Yellowknife. She is a lawyer who works in the area of employment and labour law. She provides advice to private organizations, municipalities, and territorial governments. She works in both the NWT and Nunavut- and has visited almost every community in both territories.

Sandra is developing a specialized practice in workplace investigations, workplace assessments, and workplace restorations and assists organizations in managing conflict in the workplace. Sandra is the Chair of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation and has held this position for the last 5 years. She is also the Chair of the Labour and Employment section of the Canadian Bar Association (NWT Branch), and the past chair of the Women Lawyers’ Forum. She is the recipient of the inaugural Community Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association (NWT Branch) in 2019.

Stefanie Laurella is an associate at Lawson Lundell in Yellowknife. Her practice includes general civil litigation, labour and employment law, and a growing workplace investigation portfolio.

Before relocating to Yellowknife, Stefanie served as Treasurer and then Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association (Nunavut Branch). She was also a co-founder of the Family Lawyers Association of Nunavut (FLAN). She practices in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The Touchless Alternative – Taking your Business Online

Presented by Copperhouse Eatery + Lounge and With Media on Thursday, May 14th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.

 

Mark Henry and Paul Henry of Copperhouse Eatery & Lounge will lead the discussion to help you understand why you want to take your sales or part of your sales online. Next, they will review platforms, payment integrations, and fees that you might incur while noting limitations on usages. Taking your business online during Covid-19 and continuing use post Covid-19 has many advantages.

Kyle Thomas of With Media will help those working to take their business online by guiding a workshop on identifying an e-Commerce workflow, choosing the right platform, utilizing what you already have, understanding payment gateways, measuring costs and fees, and touching on a social media/email list integration. You should walk away with a better understanding of how your systems can work for you to expand your customer base and increase cash flow.

Kyle Thomas of With Media and Yellowknife Online, has been building websites and e-Commerce solutions in Yellowknife for over 10 years. Kyle has helped several small businesses transition their websites to responsive and interactive marketing tools for their businesses. On the e-Commerce side, as well as running his own e-Commerce store for his tourism business, Kyle has also helped develop e-Commerce solutions for businesses in the service and food industries. Kyle has experience working with several e-Commerce platforms, payment gateways, and developing custom e-commerce workflows processes specific to an individual business.

 

COVID-19: Relief Programs are Open for Business (Now What?)

Presented by Avery Cooper on Thursday, May 7th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.

Governments have now opened applications for their economic relief measures, and continue to release details to help businesses through these challenging times. With new information being released daily, it can become overwhelming. But we are in this together and can learn from each other as a community.

Avery Cooper & Co. Ltd. Chartered Professional Accountants share their lessons and experiences on navigating these government support programs for businesses.

About the Speakers

 

Natalie Kellar, CPA is a Senior Accountant at Avery Cooper & Co Ltd and the current treasurer for the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. Natalie has been with the firm since 2015 and is a client manager for a number of small businesses in Yellowknife and NPOs/Government organizations across the north.

 

 

 

Connie Lee, CPA, CA is a Senior Manager at Avery Cooper & Co Ltd. Connie has been with the firm since 2012 and works closely with a number of local corporate small/mid-sized businesses and NPOs.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Presented by Canada Revenue Agency on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

We were not authorized to record this webinar.

 

 

The latest information on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Temporary Wage Subsidy, and the Canada Emergency Care Benefit (CERB).

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced an extension of the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

For employers and employees that are participating in a Work-Sharing program, EI benefits received by employees through the Work-Sharing program reduce the benefit that their employer is entitled to receive under the CEWS.

CEWS application process went live for businesses on April 27, 2020. An employer has until December 31, 2020 to apply for the CEWS for any given period.

For information on if you qualify for CEWS, click here.
To calculate the benefit, please click here.

You do not need to apply for the Temporary Wage Subsidy. Continue deducting income tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, and Employment Insurance (EI) premiums from salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration paid to your employees, as you currently do. The subsidy is calculated when you remit these amounts to the CRA.

Once you have calculated your subsidy, you can reduce your current payroll remittance of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax that you send to the CRA by the amount of the subsidy.

Refer to the FAQ page on this program here.

Employees can now receive up to $1,000(before tax) in wages during a given 4 week period and qualify for the CERB in that period.

Rehired individuals may have received, or continue to receive, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Depending on the specific situation, these individuals may be required to repay some or all of the amounts they received.

CERB recipients who already know they will need to repay their CERB payment can access the steps needed to return or repay the benefit here.

COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Business Agreement

Presented by Field Law on Friday, April 24th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.

Learn about force majeure clauses, and why context is important in interpreting how it might apply to your commercial contracts. Presented by Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn, Cameron Hughes and Richard Stobbe, this webinar will review the concept of “frustration” of contracts, triggering events, and notice requirements.

  • Force majeure clauses: a quick refresher and some examples
  • What is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the expected behavior of contracting parties
  • War stories from Canadian case law

The webinar will include a summary of these issues followed by Q&A.

About the Presenters

Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn has a corporate and commercial law practice. She serves as a local agent for Canadian and international companies, banks and other lenders, law firms and not-for-profit organizations seeking on corporate and commercial transactions, including commercial real estate and financing transactions impacting their operations in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

As the supervising partner of the Northern Canada corporate records office, she also has a general solicitor’s practice dedicated to serving similar business needs of local clients based in the northern territories.

 

Cameron Hughes has represented public and private companies in the energy industry in Alberta for over 20 years. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, energy infrastructure, project finance and development, and joint ventures in the energy sector. He advises clients with respect to upstream, midstream and downstream matters, over-the-counter commodity trading, cross-border trading, energy derivatives, risk management, asset and payment securitization and credit issues.

 

 

Richard Stobbe is an intellectual property lawyer, Trademark Agent and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), helping corporations and individuals throughout Alberta with a practical and solutions-oriented approach. Many of his clients are mid-sized software vendors, company founders and owner-operators who value Richard's responsive, cut-to-the-chase approach to problem solving. He is also called in to flag and resolve issues for corporate transactions involving intellectual property (IP) assets.

Canada COVID-19 Assistance
Presented by Crowe MacKay LLP on Friday, April 17th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.

 

An update and explanation of programs available for the eligible worker, which include:

  1. CERB - Canada Emergency Relief Benefit - A taxable benefit of $2,000 for each 4-week period, for up to 16 weeks, to an eligible worker who has to stop working for reasons related to COVID-19.

An update and explanation of programs available for eligible employers, which include:

  1. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - The CEWS subsidies 75% of the first $58,700 wages paid between March 15 to June 2, 2020 to each worker.
  2. Temporary Wage Subsidy - This subsidy is worth 10% of remuneration paid from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020 to a maximum of $1,350 for each eligible employee and to a maximum of $25,000 per eligible employer.
  3. Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) - It's a $40,000 initial revolving line of credit to help eligible businesses pay for operating expenses, payroll and other non-deferrable expenses.
  4. BDIC Working Capital Loan - 1.75% interest loan up to $25,000 for business owners living in the Northwest Territories.

The webinar includes a summary of these issues followed by Q&A. 

About the Presenter

Andrew K. Wong, FCPA, FCGA, CFP.
Tax Associate

Andy has been with Crowe MacKay LLP since 1998 and prior to that was a partner at a different accounting firm.

Andy specializes in the tax areas and has over 33 years of experience. Andy has done tax work for many large corporate groups and individuals, and provides ongoing tax advice as required. Andy has provided his expertise to many business dealings in the NWT.

Andy has written tax articles for NewsNorth a territorial newspaper. He has also written for Moneysense, Canadian Moneysavers, and the National Post. Andy was also a tax lecturer for the Certified General Accountants Association of the NWT. He has also presented tax seminars for the CGA, CA and CMA associations. He is a volunteer in many different areas, including teaching in China for three months.

He is currently serving on the Business Development & Investment Corporation, NWT. He has served on different boards and has also served on a variety of boards such as the Crime Stoppers International, NWT chapter, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, Yellowknife Multisport Club, United Way, Yellowknife Association and the CGA Association of the NWT/NU.

 

Survive Now to Thrive Later: Leasing During COVID-19

Presented by CloudWorks on Friday, April 10th, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation click here.

 

Right now it's all about getting in front of this with your landlord or owner instead of waiting and hoping it gets better. There are options if businesses are proactive. In this webinar we will present:

  • A brief overview of leasing;
  • What's happening now from the landlord perspective;
  • What's happening now from the tenant/business perspective and
  • Options to consider going forward to come out strong at the other end.

The webinar includes a summary of these issues followed by Q&A.

 

About the Presenter

Rob Warburton is a founder of CloudWorks, a hybrid social enterprise and real estate investment company, which focuses on working with start-ups, small businesses, government and NGO’s to find the right spaces for them to succeed. CloudWorks operates on-demand full service coworking spaces including shared and individual offices, staff accommodations, retail, personal service and event spaces here in Yellowknife. He is also active in our community in adapting and advocating for the latest innovations—co-working, co-living, laneway housing, adaptive reuse of buildings, pop-up retail and more.

Rob believes that there are unique and better ways to use our spaces. Whether it’s finding a better use for an existing building or advocating for better policies and approaches to housing and density, Rob believes that we can make Yellowknife an affordable and livable city if we focus on small incremental changes while we dream of the big ones.

COVID-19 and Managing the Workplace: Employer Obligations, Health and Safety, and Privacy

Presented by Lawson Lundell LLP on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

To review the recording of this presentation, click here.

 

This webinar is a timely discussion of managing workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic including:

  • employers obligation to keep employees safe
  • best practices in working from home
  • balancing employee privacy with health and safety risks
  • current options for workforce adjustments and/or reductions in the NWT

The webinar includes a summary of these issues followed by Q&A.

About the Presenter

Sandra MacKenzie

Sandra is a litigation lawyer, practicing in the areas of labour and employment, civil litigation, administrative and child protection law.

Sandra acts as an advocate for clients in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for local and territorial governments, private business and administrative tribunals. She is a problem solver and
is committed to providing creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions to her clients.

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