The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce welcomes new CEO Prabha Ramaswamy

April 28, 2022
Regina, SK – The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Prabha Ramaswamy as its new CEO. Ramaswamy is a champion of Saskatchewan business, a passionate community leader, and organizational visionary.
 
“I look forward to collaborating with all our stakeholders to build the strongest business eco-system in Canada,” said Ramaswamy. “Saskatchewan has what the world needs and is well-positioned to be a leader – particularly at this juncture. Our continued growth will transform the business landscape and create opportunities to enhance competitiveness, and boost investments and trade. I have been a staunch champion of women-owned businesses and now I look ahead to advocating for all businesses in our province.”
 
CEO of non-profit, membership-based organization Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) since 2014, Ramaswamy has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping Saskatchewan realize its economic potential by driving change to close the gender entrepreneurship gap and the resulting gender economic gap in the province.
 
During her 8-year tenure at WESK, Ramaswamy launched several breakthrough programs to support the business community, including Matchstick – the first program in Western Canada to support Indigenous women entrepreneurs, and Charter Champions – the first charter designed to enhance the support of Saskatchewan’s women-owned businesses.
  
Ramaswamy has served as the first President of the Leaders Council for the Paul J. Hill and the Kenneth Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina and currently serves as a member of the Paul Hill Advisory Board at the University of Regina. 
 
A supporter of entrepreneurs and the future of Saskatchewan business, Ramaswamy serves as a judge for several Saskatchewan business awards and was involved as a Prairie Regional Judge for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Award.
 
Ramaswamy continues to influence change in her community as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and as an active member of the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Housing Authority and Hope Restored Canada.
 
“Prabha brings to this role extensive experience in transforming organizations, advocating on behalf of the business community and leading with a strategic vision,” said Thomas Benjoe, Chair of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. “We are confident that she will shape the future of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce as an organization and strengthen our network, voice, and province as a whole.”
 
Throughout her diverse 20-year career, Ramaswamy has demonstrated a track record of transforming organizations and uniting voices.
 
As the former CEO of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Association of Saskatchewan, she was a key player in leading the organization through the unification of the accounting profession, bringing together three established accounting bodies.
 
“The Chamber will play a pivotal role in convening ideas and stakeholders throughout the province, identifying common priorities and advancing these priorities for Saskatchewan,” said Ramaswamy. “Building an agile organization that enhances both responsiveness and relevancy to membership and the business community will be a focus as I step into this role.”
 
As CEO, Ramaswamy will work closely with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chamber members, local Saskatchewan chambers, and government officials.
 
"I am pleased to see Prabha Ramaswamy take on this new role as CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce," Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "In her most recent role as the CEO of WESK, she provided strong leadership and advocacy for women entrepreneurs and small businesses in our province. The Chamber will benefit immensely from her diverse and rich experience as our province continues with its strong economic recovery."
 
Ramaswamy will be available for interviews beginning today and will assume her role on June 20, 2022.
 
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The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is the Voice of Saskatchewan Business and represents the interests of over 10,000 individual businesses, industry associations, and local chambers across the province through its chamber network. For more information on Chamber activities and advocacy efforts, visit saskchamber.com or @SaskChamber on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Contacts:
 
Laurèn Neumann
Director of Marketing & Communications
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
306-781-3126
lneumann@saskchamber.com
 
Elissa LaLiberte
Acting CEO
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
306-781-3128
elaliberte@saskchamber.com