Commentary: An entrepreneur’s perspective with Susanna Cluff-Clyburne and John Lagimodiere

In our continuing conversations with small business owners to get their perspective on how businesses are managing through the pandemic, the Canadian Chamber’s Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, Senior Director of Parliamentary Affairs, talks with John Lagimodiere.

John is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the CEO of ACS (Aboriginal Consulting Services), the Publisher of Eagle Feather News, and the Chair of the Canadian Chamber’s Indigenous Affairs Committee. Through his consulting business, he has seen a significant impact since mid-March as sessions have been cancelled, with only some being able to take place virtually. His newspaper however has remained resilient, as that business has operated remotely since 2005.

The biggest concern John has for the Indigenous community in Saskatoon is for those working in the gig economy and tourism sector, where it appears as though much of the season may be lost. Moving beyond COVID, John predicts that an increased amount of working from home will continue and a larger number of meetings will take place virtually.