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PRESS RELEASE: Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Announces New President

August 23, 2022 (Yellowknife, NT) – The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Sandra MacKenzie, Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, has been appointed as the organization’s President effective August 23, 2022.  Ms. MacKenzie succeeds Rob Warburton, who has taken a leave of absence from the board after serving as President for the past eleven months.

Ms. MacKenzie’s appointment provides the Yellowknife Chamber with a valuable blend of community leadership, not-for-profit board experience and legal expertise.

“Sandra’s leadership on myriad not-for-profit boards, her knowledge of the Yellowknife business community, and experience practicing law in the North for over a decade will strengthen the Yellowknife Chamber’s governance, advocacy work and support our goal of empowering the Yellowknife business community and promoting opportunities for Yellowknife’s growth – both in population and prosperity” said Melissa Syer, Executive Director of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

Sandra MacKenzie practices in the areas of labour and employment, human rights, and administrative law. She acts as an advocate for governments, private companies, and administrative boards in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Sandra works with clients in both unionized and non-unionized environments. She provides advice on wrongful dismissal, employment standards, occupational health and safety, labour relations, and human rights issues. She also conducts workplace investigations, assessments, and restorations for various clients.

Sandra is a member of the bars of Ontario (2008), Northwest Territories (2011), and Nunavut (2012). She is a member of the Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations Roster of Investigators; she serves on the Executive Committee of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories; is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers (CACE); serves on the Discipline Committee of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories; and serves on the Discipline Committee of the Law Society of Nunavut. Until recently she served as the Chair of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be taking over from Rob and building on his successes. The past three years have been challenging for businesses in Yellowknife, including for the Chamber. But the pandemic did help to crystalize how important advocacy organizations are and how important it is to ensure the business community has a seat at the table when governments make decisions that affect the livelihoods of our members. In addition to growing our advocacy, the Chamber is thrilled to be back to serving our members with the annual Spring Trade Show, networking events and coming up on October 21st, we will be hosting our Business Awards Gala – truly one of the highlights in the Chamber’s calendar,” said Sandra MacKenzie. “I look forward to connecting with our membership as we work to strengthen our business community”.

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