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Chair’s Luncheon & Annual General Meeting
April 17, 2018 • 11:00am—1:00pm
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Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in February 2018.
IN THE NEWS
GNCC strongly opposes potential U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, supports free trade
U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of a 10 percent import tariff on aluminum and a 25 percent tariff on steel was greeted with alarm on both sides of the border, including within his own party.
The President has vowed that no exceptions will be made for any country. Although he has often targeted China, even going to far as to label that country an “enemy” of the United States, Canada would be the most-affected. Canada is the largest source of imported steel for the United States, with almost 17 per cent of all U.S. steel originating here – 88 percent of Canada’s total steel exports, worth $5.53-billion.
Underdogs Boxing Club launches The Empowerment Project
Laura Ip and Laura Hughes, coaches at Underdogs Boxing Club, announced today the launch of The Empowerment Project, a workshop series for 12-year-old to 17-year-old girls and non-binary youth.
“With the many programs we offer at Underdogs, we know that mental and emotional empowerment are as important as physical empowerment,” says Laura Ip, “so we wanted to bring all of the aspects together and give the participants the room to explore them in a safe environment.”
Parliamentary Secretary visits Niagara College to talk women in trades
On the week of International Women’s Day, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Joël Lightbound got an inside look at the world of women in skilled trades this week as he toured Niagara College’s Welland Campus.
On March 7, Parliamentary Secretary Lightbound, as well as MP for Niagara Centre Vance Badawey and MP for St. Catharines Chris Bittle, met with five female Niagara College students to hear their unique experiences studying and working in trades traditionally dominated by men.
Your Questions Answered about the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has compiled a list of questions and answers about the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. This resource of frequently-asked questions will help employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities implemented by the new legislation.
This legislation makes a number of changes to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including raising the minimum wage and providing employees with a number of health and family benefits.
March Break Activities at the Seaway Mall
The Seaway Mall in Welland has a plethora of activities for children over the March Break. Activities include a visit from Safari Niagara’s Zooniversity, a Princess Royal Visit, learning how to play chess, and much more.
Events run Monday to Friday at various locations throughout the mall. Parental supervision is required for all events.
GNCC Members Claim NEYA Awards
Members of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce were well represented at the 24th Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held on February 23.
GNCC winners included Len Pennachetti, Cave Spring Cellars – Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by Goodman School of Business; Allie Hughes, Hughes and Co. – Emerging Entrepreneur, presented by Innovate Niagara and St. Catharines Enterprise Centre; Geoff Dillon, Dillon Small Batch – Innovative Entrepreneur, presented by Sullivan Mahoney LLP; Cian MacNeill, Niagara Oast House Brewers – Tourism and Hospitality Entrepreneur, presented by Tourism Partnership of Niagara; and Scott Schappert, Nancy Schappert & Ryan Schappert, Niagara Inflatables – Family Entrepreneur award, presented by Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP.
Small Business Access Initiative Launched by Ontario
On Monday March 12th, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar roundtable consultation and discussion with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. As part of the Minister’s Employment Roundtables, the objective of this webinar consultation will be to gain insight into the understanding Ontario’s employer communities have with regards to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and the challenges and opportunities that employer immigration can provide to the business community with regards to prosperity and regional economic development.
This session will be a closed-door and in-camera opportunity to guide recommendations to improve bringing skilled international talent to Ontario. If you are interested please contact Hugo Chesshire, Policy & Government Relations Manager.
We’re Calling for a National Day of Supporting Small Business on March 10
You may have seen in the news that, last weekend, a group of vandals targeted businesses on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario, resulting in about $100,000 of damage.
In the aftermath of the attacks, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, we are calling on all chambers across Canada to participate in Love Locke Day on Saturday, March 10
Canadian Chamber Welcomes Signing of Pacific Trade Agreement
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes today’s signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This agreement represents a major opportunity for Canadian businesses to gain greater access to the fast growing Asia-Pacific region.
“It is vital that Canadian businesses continue to diversify their export markets. This agreement will bring down trade barriers for companies across a number of sectors and open up access to some of the most important markets in the world,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The following members renewed their membership in February for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
If you’re thinking of adding group benefits to your company, there are a lot of good reasons to put your Chamber membership to work for you. Not the least is exclusivity: only members have access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®.
To contact your local insurance rep, call Jim Garrett or Cindy Haines at 905-468-8575
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