The date for the Estevan Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting is set, and one of Canada's most well-known military leaders will be the guest speaker.
The event will happen on Wednesday, March 19 at the Days Inn Plaza. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., and supper will start an hour later.
Financial statements for 2013 will be released during the meeting. Board members will be sworn in. And executive director Michel Cyrenne will deliver his annual State of the Chamber address. Cyrenne will recap the chamber's achievements from 2013, and he'll share the chamber's goals for this year.
But the main attraction of the evening is expected to be the keynote address from retired Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie. Leslie was named the deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2003, he was appointed as Canada's Chief of Land Staff in 2006, and he became the Chief of Transformation for the Canadian Forces in 2010.
Since he retired in September of 2011, Leslie has become a popular public speaker.
“He speaks about leadership within the community,” said Cyrenne.
Leslie boasts strong military roots, too, as several members of his family attained high rankings in the Canadian Forces.
Cyrenne hasn't heard Leslie speak before, but Cyrenne said the retired lieutenant-general comes highly recommended.
“The reviews about him are exceptional,” said Cyrenne. “He's apparently a very invigourating speaker, and coming from that military background, and having risen to the ranks that he did, obviously he's a person who's very knowledgeable about leadership, and he has a very strong presence.”
It wasn't hard to secure Leslie as a speaker, either, as the chamber went through an agency that books him to speak in front of business crowds.
Tickets are now on sale, and Cyrenne is hopeful that there will be a big crowd, thanks to the prominence of this year's speaker. Cyrenne said that the chamber's membership and the community as a whole can get a lot out of Leslie's message.