After losing his bid for mayor of Yellowknife, Tim Doyle is saying goodbye to his role as executive director of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

Doyle isn't saying who made the decision but he said he was surprised to receive a text message from the chamber requesting a meeting the morning after he lost the election to Mark Heyck.


Candidate Tim Doyle shakes Mark Heyck's hand after Heyck won the election for mayor of Yellowknife Oct. 15. Doyle is no longer the executive director of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. (CBC)

Doyle said both sides felt it was time for him to move on, adding he didn't want to create obstacles between the chamber and the city.

"I don't want to put the new mayor and council in any kind of position where it looks as if I'm coming at them from sour grapes," he said.

"There is no sour grapes. I lost the election fair and square. The new mayor and council need time to get their feet wet, learn their roles, and I don't think me being the lead advocate for the business community at that point and time and trying to get some issues, unresolved issues, fixed right away — I think it would've appeared as sour grapes."

The chamber is not commenting on the circumstances of Doyle's departure because they say it’s a personnel matter.

Doyle said he'll focus on his own business now as a certified financial planner.