Nutrien to present at September Chamber meeting

September 18, 2023, 3:47 pm
Kevin Weedmark

Work continues on the Moosomin airport expansion project. The new runway is oriented northwest-southeast in line with the prevailing winds.

Justin Young of Nutrien will be the guest speaker at the September 19 meeting of the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce. Young became the General Manager at Nutrien Rocanville earlier this year.

The Nutrien Rocanville mine is a major employer in the area, with about 900 employees, and a massive economic impact in the region.

Rocanville is the largest potash mine in Nutrien’s system and has some of the largest potash reserves in Canada, having estimated reserves of 1.13 billion tonnes of ore.

Economic Development report
Also at the September 19 Chamber meeting, Moosomin Economic Development Officer Casey McCormac will provide an update on some of the projects she is working on, from housing to new businesses to health care.

She has been working on a housing accellerator project application to spur residential development, has been working with the Southeast Recovery Centre on a proposal for addictions treatment in the Moosomin area, and has also been working with the Moosomin Visual Arts Centre as it works on securing a facility. She is working on a business plan for the group.

She worked on Communities in Bloom this summer, and helped create a booklet for Communities in Bloom that can also be used for other economic development initiatives.

She has worked with new businesses such as UFA, which is working on developing a new bulk fuel and cardlock in Moosomin.

She has also been gathering population stats for Moosomin and other communities like Estevan, Humboldt, Melfort, and Assiniboia to compare trading area populations. The stats show that Moosomin has a larger population within 100 km than many larger communities.

Winter Games
Moosomin Recreation Director Mike Schwean will attend the September 19 Chamber meeting to discuss plans for a regional winter games in mid-December.

Chamber members will discuss ways the chamber could be involved and help promote the games, which are expected to bring a lot of people to town.

The Spookarama committee will present plans for the Halloween dance for Moosomin high school students. The dance is on Halloween night, and is intended to give high school age youth something to do on Halloween.

Cobblestone House
Cobblestone House will make a presentation at the September Chamber of Commerce meeting on their upcoming grand opening.

Shriner fundraiser
Leo Ilustrisimo with the Moosomin Shrine Club will be speaking about the upcoming Shrine concert fundraiser on November 10 featuring JJ Voss, the Kelly Brothers, and Lachlan Neville.

New businesses
There will be two new businesses introduced at the September Chamber meeting, and one chamber member is expanding into a new area.

Iron Prairie Strength Lab will be introduced to Chamber members at the September 19 meeting. The business opened last week and will have its grand opening on September 23.

The owners of Moosomin Sports Excellence will also be introduced at the September 19 meeting. The new business will open on October 1.

As well, Kassie’s Jewelry will discuss their expansion into fresh cut flowers.

The September Chamber meeting begins at 11:45 am Tuesday, September 19 at the Canalta Hotel meeting room. Lunch is served and everyone is welcome.

Gift card fundraiser at October meeting
The MacLeod School Community Council will make a presentation on their gift card fundraiser.

The SCC sells gift cards to local businesses, and each business donates back a portion of sales to the SCC. Last year the SCC sold more than $117,000 worth of gift cards.

Education focus of November meeting
Education will be the focus of the November Chamber of Commerce meeting, with both the Southeast Cornerstone School Division and the Southeast College represented. Southeast Cornerstone School Division Director of Education Keith Keating will speak at the November 21 Chamber of Commerce meeting. As well, two Southeast College Vice Presidents will attend the meeting to discuss the new Strategic Plan for 2023-2028—Darcy Nolte, Vice President Innovation & Strategic Development, and Dean Loberg, Vice President Academic, Teaching and Learning.