Chamber of Commerce announces new CEO

Elise Hildebrandt has been fired from her position with the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce. File photo.

A Saskatoon-area entrepreneur has been selected as the new CEO of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber sent out a press release Monday evening announcing Elise Hildebrandt as the new person in the position, with a start date of June 4.

Hildebrandt has worked in the financial industry for 20 years, and has experience in business, self-employment and community-development. She has also been active in non-profit and community associations, which, according to the press release brings “significant knowledge with Chamber of Commerce operation and development.”

“We are ecstatic to have Elise as our new CEO,” said Meghan Mayer, board chair of the Chamber in a press release.

“She comes with an extensive background of experience in working with Chambers and a wealth of business knowledge. We are confident she’s an excellent fit for the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce.”

A quick web search brings up a Mortgage Centre site listing Hildebrandt as a Mortgage Associate with The Mortgage Centre Saskatoon. The website has a Warman Chamber of Commerce logo on it.

Her LinkedIn page lists her as having worked in the mortgage industry since 2002.

Hildebrandt said she is excited to get to know the Prince Albert business community.

“I think this is an exciting time for the Prince Albert and district businesses, board of Directors, myself and Chamber staff,” Hildebrandt said.

“We have a chance to review our goals and start to shape what we want the future of the business community to look like.”

“I believe the Chamber is about keeping the business community engaged via education, advocacy and networking. It’s recognizing and acknowledging each other’s business accomplishments and at the end of the day making sure our business voice is heard.”

The CEO position has been vacant since Kelvin Pankiw was relieved of his duties earlier this year. He had been selected to succeed Larry Fladager, who retired at the end of 2017. Pankiw was let go just three months after he started work as chamber CEO.