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FOCUS Management Round Table:
Business Execution Solutions
With Special Guest John Clark, MT Bellies
June 8, 2017 • 7:30am—9:30pm
White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa
253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in April 2017.
GNCC offers comment on the 2017 Ontario Budget
The Government of Ontario released its 2017 budget on April 27 at the Legislative Assembly. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s recent Ontario Economic Report found that only 24 per cent of Ontario businesses are confident about the Ontario economy, and in light of this, the tone set by the 2017 Budget will be crucial to Ontario’s prosperity.
Although the budget is balanced for 2017-18, it is not expected to last beyond this fiscal year; the deficit will grow back to $1.7-billion by 2020.
Ontario budget praised and panned
Despite investing billions in health care, education and other programs that will benefit Niagara — including a new hospital — the GNCC expressed disappointment that the budget didn’t include more to help business, or address the province’s debt.
“In the current economic climate, we had hoped for more investment and stimulus for business, including a return to the promised corporate tax rate cuts,” said Mishka Balsom.
Electricity: Darlington nuclear refurbishment proceeding
The Darlington Refurbishment project remains on schedule and on budget, and has now moved into the next work segment after the safe and successful separation of the Unit 2 nuclear reactor from operating units and containment.
Click below for updates from Ontario Power Generation on these important developments for electricity supply in Ontario.
IN THE NEWS
Buffalo Niagara Partnership: Cross-border agreement says ‘We are one economy’
A new agreement between the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and two Canadian chambers of commerce was in the works long before President Trump was a candidate.
Trump’s views on NAFTA and the potential fallout for international business relationships have made its intent all the more relevant. “It helps us create connections so that noise doesn’t get in the way,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Hotel Dieu Shaver Pasta Dinner
The 4th Annual Hotel Dieu Shaver Pasta Dinner returns on June 1 at a new location! All proceeds from the dinner and raffle will help purchase needed medical equipment for the hospital.
Club Roma will host this year’s pasta dinner. Tickets are $15 for all-you-can-eat pasta and meatballs.
Retirement has changed
When you “retire,” will you volunteer? Work part time? Go back to school? Whatever you decide, you need to be financially prepared.
Find your retirement reality thecomplimentary seminar Retirement Has Changed. What’s Your Next Move?, presented on May 30 by Nicolle Lalonde of Edward Jones.
Women Connect, Women Give, Women Build
Women Build is a movement of Niagara women who combine their efforts, skills, networks and muscle to help bring awareness to the cause of affordable homeownership.
The 2017 Women Build consists of teams of 6 women that will be building a semi-detached home for TWO families in Niagara Falls from August to December. Spots are filling fast.
Pull up a seat at The Chair Affair
The Niagara Furniture Bank’s signature fundraising event returns on May 25th at Hernder Estate Winery..
The Chair Affair is your chance at bidding on one-of-a-kind functional pieces of art created by talented local artists and some of our local mayors.
NSI’s 6th Annual Evening of Recognition
Each year, the Niagara Sustainability Initiative holds an Annual Evening of Recognition — their chance to celebrate and recognize the efforts of the Carbon Project members and the wider Niagara community for their sustainability efforts.
The theme of the 6th Annual Evening of Recognition is Guiding Communities: Committing to a Sustainable Future. It will be held on May 25th at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa.
McMaster alumna to lead medical school’s Niagara Regional Campus
Dr. Amanda Bell, an alumna of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, becomes the regional assistant dean of its Niagara Regional Campus on July 1.
She is assuming the role from the inaugural regional assistant dean Dr. Karl Stobbe, who established the Niagara Regional Campus in 2007. Bell is an associate clinical professor of family medicine for the medical school and a primary care physician in Port Colborne, Ont.
Technology Lunch & Learn from JBM
You’re invited to JBM Office Systems Ltd.’ upcoming Technology Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Discover how your organization can enhance productivity, improve customer service and increase your bottom line.
Educate yourself at this free event on the latest in interactive communications, business continuity and workflow automation.
Fergie Jenkins Foundation Annual Charity Golf Classic
On June 16, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will hold their annual Charity Golf Classic at Rockway Vineyards in St. Catharines. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation was founded in 1997 under the mission statement of “Serving Humanitarian Need Through the Love of Sport.”
This year’s classic will support Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Camp Wanakita, Special Olympics and Food for Life.
Exiting Europe and Terminating NAFTA
Have our trading partners lost it?? From Europe to the U.S.A., our largest trading partners are burning up with anti-trade fever.
Is it a short-term flu of harmless populism or the most destructive strains of anti-globalization since the 1930s? If France elects a President dedicated to exiting the European Union and abandoning the Euro, it would be much worse than Brexit — perhaps leading to a break-up of the EU. Should we be worried?
Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan
Yesterday, the Ontario government released a set of 16 comprehensive measures aimed at helping Ontarians find affordable homes and bring stability to the real estate market.
Ontario’s housing market has seen dynamic growth in recent years, with prices in the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Golden Horseshoe rising significantly.
Canadian Chamber applauds new Canadian Free Trade Agreement
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. The CFTA, which will come into force on July 1, 2017, will allow for freer trade within Canada and start a process of eliminating regulatory barriers between provinces and territories.
This has been a long-standing demand of the Canadian Chamber, outlined most recently in its Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins 2017.
The following members renewed their membership in April 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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