The government’s decision to axe the three Enterprise Regions in northern Saskatchewan has not discouraged the organizers of an upcoming business conference.

On November 22nd and 23rd, business leaders from across the north are invited to attend the 2012 Northern Economic Summit in La Ronge.

It’s the second time the event has been held.

The chair of the summit, Les Oystrick, says the government’s decision to axe the regions cost them some momentum.

That’s why one of the goals of the summit is to establish a single entity that could represent the business interests of northern communities — both on and off reserves:

“It’s something that is a necessity because of the changes that have been made in northern Saskatchewan.  And we feel there’s a huge opportunity for a ‘made in northern Saskatchewan approach’.”

Oystryk says there are many options as to what the body may look like.

A chamber of commerce or economic development council are two possibilities.

However, Oystrick stresses they need to hear feedback from stakeholders before any decisions are made.