Tenney honoured

By Lloydminster Source staff

October 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Pat Tenney

Former executive director of the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce (COC), Pat Tenney, was recently announced as the recipient of the Roger Philips Chamber Builder Award for 2016.
Although Tenney couldn’t be reached for comment due to personal reasons, current executive director Serena Sjodin gave a few comments in Tenney’s honour.
“It feels great and inspiring, Pat has been my mentor for the five years that I have worked here and I can only hope to lead the Chamber as well as Pat has done, and to work hard to try and fill some big shoes,” Sjodin said.
Among Tenney’s many chamber related accomplishments,  Sjodin credits her as being one of the founding members of the Regional Business Accelerator, having a heavy involvement in the creation of the Lloydminster Area Brain Injury Society, and just helping grow the chamber in general to what it is today.
When Tenney first got involved with the COC the organization was much smaller, with a smaller staff and much less budget to work with.
Now Sjodin said the COC is one of the most successful in both provinces, with increased members and good budget, which shows Tenney’s dedication and hard work in helping expand the organization.
She has also won more awards than Sjodin can count, including the Alberta Chamber Executive award and the Canadian Chamber Executive Award.
“A mixture of her hard work and dedication to the chamber network,” Sjodin said.
“She truly believed in chambers, she truly believed in helping to grow the business community, advocating municipally, provincially and federally, and she just loved the community of Lloydminster—she loved to see the community of Lloydminster grow and prosper.”
According to a press release from the Saskatchewan chamber, CEO Steve McLellan said the selection of Tenney is a reflection of her long-term commitment and service to the chamber network in Saskatchewan, Alberta and in fact all of Canada.
“She ran an excellent chamber and readily lent her expertise to any other chamber manager who asked,” McLellan said.
“Pat’s location meant she had to be an expert on Alberta and Saskatchewan business issues and there was literally no one else in Canada who could speak to issues about both provinces with such expertise.”
The Roger Philips Chamber Builder Award, which will be presented by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce at the 33rd ABEX Awards in Saskatoon on Oct. 22, is named in honour of the person who originated the ABEX awards over 33 years ago.
Phillips was a visionary and business leader in Saskatchewan and Quebec and his impact on the steel industry was felt worldwide. He was the CEO of IPSCO Steel in Regina (now Evraz) for many years.

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