There’s a new top dog on the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Holloway Lodging Corporation COO Felix Seiler has been acclaimed as Chair, replacing Past Chair Cody Beairsto. With Alberta’s economy and the change in government, Seiler says they’ll be busy advocating for their members.
“Right now, really what’s affecting small business is the changes to the minimum wage. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how the whole carbon tax that’s coming in next year is going to affect. It will pretty much affect anything that we’re going to do; anything that drives, anything that comes in and anything that leaves.”
Over the next year the chamber will be watching transportation issues, annexation, and changes with the new provincial and federal governments. Running assets for 36 Canadian hotels, including four in Grande Prairie, Seiler admits it’s a tough time for businesses in Alberta.
“Obviously, an increase in the oil and gas price would help, but what we have to do is we have to make do with what we’ve got. We have to work hard to lobby with all levels of government to make it as easy as possible to run a business.”
Seiler has lived in Grande Prairie since 2003 and has been on the chamber board for four terms. Moving up in to his vacant First Vice-Chair spot is Dennis Bell of Northstar Energy. Second Vice-Chair is Chris Seppola-Podsada from nine10 Incorporated.