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Sudbury lawyer honoured with Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan Arkilander received the award for his contributions to local executive boards, fundraising campaigns and local charities.
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Alan Arkilander, a Sudbury-based lawyer, has helped lobby for a number of local initiatives, including the four-laning of Highway 69.

Alan Arkilander, a Sudbury lawyer and past president of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the chamber's 126th annual general meeting on Sept. 9, in recognition of his service to his community.  

The AGM took place at Bryston’s on the Park in Copper Cliff and was hosted by Peter Xavier, vice-president of Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. 

Called to the bar in 1978, Arkilander’s practice focused on family law, as well as several other law disciplines. Additionally, Arkilander served on many boards as a director and as a member of the executive, including the Cancer Care Campaign, the Heart and Soul Campaign, the Northern Ontario Curling Association, the HSN Foundation, and the Lions Club of Sudbury. 

Arkilander became a member of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce in 1980, first through Lacroix Forest LLP, and later through his own practice, the Law Office of Alan Arkilander.

He served on the board of directors of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce for a six-year period, and his election as president (chair) took place in 1992-1993. Arkilander also served as vice-chair of the Northeastern Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

A release from the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce said that during his tenure on the board, Arkilander played a key role in focusing attention on the four-laning of Highway 69, lobbying for the construction of an ethanol plant for Sudbury, and building a powerline from Sudbury to Timmins.

He also brought to light the issues of the out-migration of medical professionals and the importance of job creation.