SUMMERSIDE - The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a business forum in September entitled "The Way Forward."
The chamber's executive director, Jane Sharpe, says the conference will be all about working together for the betterment of the business community.
"There is a lot of positive energy in Summerside these days," she said, "and we want to try to build on that by getting a large turnout from the business community, our economic development organizations and our politicians, to think about how we can better focus our efforts towards driving positive and prosperous change for our business community."
The conference will feature a number of speakers from the Island and beyond "who will challenge our beliefs, stimulate our thinking and encourage us to adjust our collective mindset about what is possible," added Sharpe.
The first speakers to be announced include Don Mills, chairman and CEO, Corporate Research Associates. Mills is considered one of Canada's leading public opinion and market research professionals with more than 35 years in the industry. He will start the day off with a presentation entitled, "Atlantic Canada at a Crossroad."
Paul McNeill, publisher of Island Press and co-organizer of the Georgetown Conference, will outline some of the challenges he sees in P.E.I.'s own backyard.
Alan Duncan, executive officer at Results Management and former Dean of Business at UPEI, will speak about thinking like an entrepreneur no matter what your role in the company.
Jennifer Gillivan, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation, will talk about the one single thing everyone needs to learn to do better.
Other speakers will be announced throughout the summer. "The Way Forward" will be held at Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Centre on Sept. 17 and is sponsored in part by Slemon Park.
Details are also available online at www.summersidechamber.com.