Martensville, Warman Chambers of Commerce ponder merger

Directors of the Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce have each unanimously approved a proposal to amalgamate the two organizations.
The process is still in the early stages, and the membership of the two organizations will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposal at two open houses in early September, as well as a special meeting in early October.
The amalgamation proposal was outlined in a letter to the membership of both organizations on Tuesday, August 15. In the letter, Martensville Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Fesiuk, Warman Chamber of Commerce President Elise Hildebrandt, and Jamie Malmgren, Executive Director for both organizations, said under the proposal, the assets and membership of the two bodies would be combined for the net benefit of both.
Membership fees under the proposal would remain the same, and a single board of directors would be elected if and when the merger is approved by the membership of both organizations.
The letter stated that the directors of both groups have been exploring ways to collaborate more extensively over the past few months.
“Both organizations recognize that we have many shared goals and issues and that combining our resources will make us a much stronger advocate for the future growth of our economic region,” stated the letter.
The benefits of amalgamation, according to the letter, include: a larger organization with a combined membership of about 200, access to a wider range of services, increased exposure, cost savings and increased efficiency, and increased collective capacity. The two groups already hold an annual joint business awards ceremony.
“Municipal boundaries do not define our economy,” stated the letter. “This region is, in fact, one economic marketplace. This amalgamation will provide for stronger collaborations with other partners and provide greater opportunities for new ones.”