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Niagara Business Leadership Series:
Bill 148, The Economy, and Your Business
Friday, September 15, 2017 • 7:30am—9:00am
Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake
500 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara Economic Summit • Save The Date!
October 26, 2017 • 7:00am—2:00pm
White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in June 2017.
Employment Opportunity: Executive Vice President
The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is creating a new position of Executive Vice President to secure the functionality of business and to drive extensive and sustainable growth. Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the Executive VP will be overseeing the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures.
The GNCC is rapidly modernizing and proud to contribute to the renewal of its community by serving 1,600 members that employ more than 50,000 people in our region.
2017 Fall Professional Leadership Development Certificate Program
This program is offered in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) operated by Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.
This program is the right choice for you if you are an employer looking to invest in your employees, an individual seeking to advance to leadership positions, or a leader in Niagara looking to expand your professional development.
Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: HTML Version
Lack of proper infrastructure is leading to lost opportunities and wasted time for both companies and residents, says a new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
We’ve converted the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s report, Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: Canadian Problems that Infrastructure Investment Can Solve, for easier reading and referencing. The report examines several infrastructure challenges that government must target to keep Canada competitive.
IN THE NEWS
Brand Blvd Owners Named 2017 Counselor Distributor Entrepreneurs Of The Year
The Advertising Specialty Institute announced out of over 23,000 promotional distributors throughout Canada and the US, Brand Blvd’s Shaun Lichtenberger and Chris Sinclair were honored as the 2017 Counselor® Distributor Entrepreneurs of the Year.
“The acclaimed Counselor award recognizes the hardworking companies and creative individuals who are always moving forward, helping to grow our industry,” said Timothy M. Andrews, ASI president and CEO.
5 Chefs Go Head to Head, Bun to Bun at Sliderfest
Five local restaurant chefs will be showcased as the Fonthill Lions host an outdoor fundraising party on August 26 at G. L. Klager Park in Fonthill.
It’s more than good food and good fun – it’s a good cause. That’s because proceeds from Sliderfest go to the Fonthill Lions Club ongoing community support and service.
14th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché
The 14th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché will take place at 13th Street Winery on Saturday August 26th in support of the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund. Guests will enjoy sampling from local wineries and craft breweries along with an array of culinary delights from local restaurants.
The Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund helps young people in financial need fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life.
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre
The Superhero Run Fun Run/Walk features 10 exciting activity stations! Help save justice using your Spiderman spidey sense, your Wonder Woman lasso or capture villains with the Justice League. Help Batman, Captain America and their friends save the day at our fully accessible stations!
By donating and participating in the Superhero Run, you are ensuring that the 3,300 children and their families who rely on support from Niagara Children’s Centre are helped when they need it most.
Downtown Association seeking feedback over MPAC assessments
The St. Catharines Downtown Association has heard from a number of businesses in downtown St. Catharines who have received MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) assessment increases recently.
The St. Catharines Downtown Association encourages business owners to send feedback regarding any significantly increased MPAC assessments placed on downtown properties that may seem unfair or unwarranted.
Paintball Challenge in Niagara
I Challenge Diabetes — an organization that helps kids and adults understand Type 1 Diabetes through experiential learning experiences — is back in Niagara on September 1st! Do you have an active youth with T1D? The programs and services ICD offers always strive for the highest quality standards.
If you can handle poking a finger or an injection of insulin you’ll be plenty tough enough for this. This adventure brings some of Ontario’s top shooters to our fun session of paintball! We focus on engagement, practical education, meaningful support and an appropriate level of challenge for each and every individual.
New President sees a transformative period ahead for Brock University
Dr. Gervan Fearon’s first day as President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University was about meeting people and getting acquainted with the University community. “Brock University is about people — students, faculty, staff as well as community members within the region,” he said.
Fearon arrives at Brock from Brandon University, where he served as President and Vice-Chancellor. Prior to this role, he served as Vice-President Academic and Provost at Brandon; Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University; and Associate Dean at York University’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies.
Victim Services Niagara Calls for Board Members
Victim Services Niagara currently has three openings on their volunteer Board of Directors: Treasurer (one opening) and Director (two openings). The roles require 2-3 hours per month. Victim Services Niagara is looking to bring diversity to their Board of Directors, to ensure key stakeholders are represented on the Board.
Stakeholders may include Community service providers, Consumers, Educators, Faith community, First Nations/Inuit/Metis Communities, Francophone community, Hospital and Health Services, LGBTQ, Persons with disabilities, Policing Services, and Community at large.
Gillian’s Place to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
Gillian’s Place is celebrating their 40th anniversary this month. Join them on August 17th at 12:00pm for an afternoon of fun, food and reflection! This free, family-friendly event is open to all of our wonderful volunteers, clients, donors, board members and neighbours.
Can’t make it to the event, but still want to join in on the fun? Consider donating 40 dollars in honour of their 40th anniversary and use the hashtag #40for40. They will also be sharing memories from contributors over the years using the hashtag!
Project Brew Expo 150: Students serve up craft brews with Canadian twist
The public will have an opportunity to sample what’s on tap from Canada’s next generation of brewmasters at Project Brew Beer Expo 150. The Canadian sesquicentennial summer exhibition of student-made craft beer is hosted by students in the final semester class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.
The event will be held Friday, August 11 (5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at the St. Catharines Market Square (50 Church St., St. Catharines). Students will present a selection of 17 beer styles that have been locally developed and produced at the NC Teaching Brewery — with a Canadian twist.
Women in Construction 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Women in Construction works to promote the construction industry through networking, mentorship, support, and education. Their 6th annual golf tournament takes place September 28 at Peninsula Lakes in Fenwick.
Your ticket includes nine holes of golf, cart, golfer’s gift, raffle tickets, dinner and gratuity. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Modest growth forecast for Niagara
While Niagara Workforce Planning Board executive director Mario DeDivitiis says local employment statistics aren’t as bad as a Conference Board of Canada report suggests, he’s encouraged by the “positive trajectory” of the region’s industries.
The report, called Metropolitan Outlook 2: Economic Insights Into 15 Canadian Metropolitan Economies—Summer 2017, describes recent employment numbers for the region as disappointing, while predicting moderate growth for the area in the years to come.
Business Costs And Canadian Competitiveness—We’re Not Crying Wolf
Every so often, one of our government contacts will ask a question that goes like this, “Why is the Canadian Chamber complaining about the new carbon tax/the CPP premium increase/the deferral of small business tax reductions/this new regulation/that increase in fees?”
We politely explain that all of these tax increases come out of the same pocket. If you take one of these tax hikes individually, it may be small, but when you add them all up, we’re accumulating a rather large pile of straws on the camel’s back.
The Environment in Canadian Trade Agreements
Since NAFTA, Canada and the US have included the largest number, worldwide, of environmental clauses in their trade agreements.
Many agreements devote an entire chapter to environmental protection and address a broad range of issues including the protection of endangered species, hazardous waste management, climate change and forest conservation.
Canucks in the Volunteer State
Want to understand the reality of trade in North America? Start at the FedEx Super Hub in Memphis, Tennessee at 1:00 a.m., watching the incredible flood of 3.3 million packages daily, ripping with machine-like efficiency over 300,000 conveyor belts spread out over 862 acres.
Our delegation’s four days in Tennessee were designed to provide an opportunity to make the case for Canada. The southern reputation for hospitality is well-deserved in Tennessee.
The following members renewed their membership in June 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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