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Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in April 2017.
Are you eligible to save on your electricty bill?
The Ontario Government’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) program offers significant cost savings.
Eligible businesses save on average one-third off their electricity bill. Apply before June 15.
Changing Workplaces Review Update
Before the long weekend, many details of the upcoming Changing Workplaces Review were revealed, which we commented on at the time.
Now that Review has been formally released, and we can see what it means to businesses in Niagara.
New Minimum Wage May Help Niagara, Says Poverty Network
Ontario’s new minimum wage might be a salve for some of Niagara’s economic woes, says the chair of Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Tuesday the province’s minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour by 2019, a move that Glen Walker of NRPN says will be a real benefit for many Niagara residents.
IN THE NEWS
The 7 Steps to Leadership Excellence
If Employee Engagement, Customer Retention and Bottom Line Profitability are critical in your world, you don’t want to miss the Leadership Excellence Forum.
This forum from Crystal D’Cunha of The INSIDE View is specifically designed for Executives, Leaders, Managers, and Professionals who are passionate about their customers’ experience!
Brock Chooses Collaborative Academic Leader for President
A proven Canadian collaborative academic leader, Gervan Fearon, will be Brock University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Fearon has spent numerous years in senior leadership roles at Canadian universities, and is currently President of Manitoba’s Brandon University. He commences his new duties at Brock on Aug. 1.
Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force Launches Community Campaign
After fundraising more than $700,000 to date, the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force is seeking support from the community to complete the project and install the memorial later this year.
St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and fundraising chair Greg Wight kicked off the community fundraising campaign with a donation from the Lynch family.
NC Broadcasting Students Enjoy Winners’ Spotlight
Students from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program were centre-stage on May 26 at the annual Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC) awards ceremony in Toronto.
The college won the following categories: long documentary, 8 Weeks; long drama or comedy, The Debriefing; and, radio on-air performance, Julie Vanderlip.
Greening Niagara joins NSI
Niagara’s two largest environmental non-profit organizations have joined forces for environmental sustainability. This merger became effective March 1, 2017, after months of negotiation between the Board of Directors.
Greening Niagara’s programs will now be offered under the umbrella of NSI. Going forward, the organization will maintain the name “Niagara Sustainability Initiative.”
Heart Niagara Celebrates Anniversary with Picnic on the Q
In 2017, Heart Niagara celebrates 40 years of providing community based cardiovascular health services, health promotion and community development.
To celebrate Heart Niagara’s 40th anniversary and to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, they will be hosting a fundraiser along Queen Street called, Picnic on the Q.
Let’s Talk Exports Cross-Canada Tour
It’s time again for the much-anticipated Let’s Talk Exports 2017. This year, Peter G. Hall, EDC’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, will tour 13 Canadian cities, sharing his insights on a range of global issues.
The Niagara Industrial Association has partnered with EDC to bring Peter Hall to Niagara on June 6th at Club Roma for a breakfast event! There is special pricing if you are an NIA member!
Showtime Comedy Presents a Fundraiser for Gillian’s Place Niagara
On June 3, two of funniest female comedians in the country take to the stage for a night of laughter with the proceeds going to Gillian’s Place.
This two headliner show features Kate Davis and Michelle Shaughnessy, who are among the best in Canadian comedy.
Welland Multicultural Festival in Honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Bring lawn chairs, family, and friends to the Welland Market Square on Sunday, June 4 for a Multicultural Festival.
Enjoy cultural entertainment, ethnic food vendors, and a celebration cake from the Méis Nation of Ontario.
Parks Pop-Ups Feature Niagara Tastes & Sights
Mather Arch was the site of a pop-up dinner hosted by Niagara Parks, which put the invitation out by social media to eat, drink and be schooled in local history and architecture.
The dinner was part of Niagara Parks Commission’s Begin Here: Canada 150 at Niagara Parks celebrations.
Rankin Run Hits $1M Mark Again
Parnell Rd. was a sea of bobbing heads with white and orange t-shirts as the 13,000 runners started the 5k and 1k walk/runs.
In its 12th year, it has grown from humble beginnings of 3000 participants and has for the second year raised a million dollars for cancer care that will stay in Niagara.
Fast and Furious — Negotiating NAFTA
Tick-tock! The U.S. Trade Representative just sent the official notification to Congress that NAFTA negotiations will begin in 90 days.
The Canadian government must now negotiate and resolve all the hot button issues with our American and Mexican friends—in the midst of a highly charged political environment. How will it play out?
Rapid Policy Update: Ontario’s Burden Reduction Announcement
On May 19, the Ontario Government announced their new measures to help small businesses and cut unnecessary Red Tape. The proposed measures will be introduced this fall.
The measures include reducing regulatory costs, streamlining compliance for small business, rewarding good actors, reducing fees and other costs, and more.
Canada’s Farmers and Food Producers Need Access to the World
There’s a big, hungry world out there with Canadian farmers and food producers ready to feed it — but federal government assistance to gain access to foreign markets is crucial to their success, a Senate committee said in a report released Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
“A little help from the federal government could mean the world to Canada’s farmers and food producers,” Senator Ghislain Maltais said at the launch of the committee’s report, Market Access: Giving Canadian Farmers and Processors the World.
The following members renewed their membership in April for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
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