Communication lines open

New Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelvin Pankiw said there are plenty of challenges facing businesses in 2018, but also plenty of opportunities. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

For the foreseeable future, Kelvin Pankiw plans on doing a lot of listening.

The longtime businessman finished his first day as the new Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce CEO on Monday. Pankiw, who recently completed his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Fredericton, said there’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve as he takes over from Larry Fladager. However, that’s a challenge he’s eager to accept.

“I’m excited about the opportunities,” Pankiw said during an interview on Monday. “There are a lot of challenges facing businesses going forward, but there are also a lot of wonderful opportunities.”

Revitalization is at the top of Pankiw’s to-do list as 2018 gets underway. He said many businesses, especially retail outlets, are entering a new phase of development due to changes in consumer activity, like increased online shopping.

Prince Albert’s downtown and the city’s two malls are some of the areas he’ll be keeping an eye on. However, despite difficulties like the closure of the city’s Sears location, Pankiw is confident that the future remains bright.

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