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Economy report not telling the full story: Balsom

February 9, 2018

A recent report that gave high marks to Niagara’s economy isn’t telling the full story, says the president and CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.“We’re very positive about Niagara, but I think when you look at this report, or any report, you also have to look at the big picture,” Mishka Balsom said about…

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GNCC Advocates for Better Long-Term Parking in Downtown St. Catharines

February 5, 2018

BACKGROUND: The St. Catharines Downtown Parking Study opines that there is adequate long-term parking in Downtown St. Catharines and that, in the future, it will be necessary to increase the parking available to accommodate the average rate of growth that will be seen through the Place to Grow initiatives. However, there is, in fact, already…

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How businesses can access government funds to offset the Bill 148 wage increase

January 22, 2018

Bill 148 is here, $14/hr minimum wage is now a reality, and the first paycheques at the new rate have gone out. This has been the GNCC’s top advocacy priority since it was announced, and we have done an enormous amount of work on behalf of Niagara’s business community, but there are some things you…

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WINspirational Allie Hughes

November 20, 2017

Chasing unpopular dreams, embracing risk, hiring resourceful employees and using her voice to advocate for women in business are just a few of the most valuable lessons Allie Hughes (Gammon) has learned in her career. The founder and owner of Hughes & Co. took the stage with focus coach Ruth Unrau for a talk-show style…

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Niagara must be forward-thinking

October 23, 2017

On Oct. 26, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) will host the 6th annual Niagara Economic Summit. Previous summits looked at answering controversial questions around job market myths, the skills gap, and our infrastructure and public transit. The summit is a key driver for Niagara initiatives. The event not only highlights concerns, but brings…

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Speaker Profile: Karl Baldauf

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Grimsby native Karl Baldauf joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in May 2015 as Vice President of Policy and Government Relations. He holds over a decade of experience working in advocacy and communications in the public and private sectors, as well as in politics and with stakeholder organizations. At the 2017…

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Speaker Profile: Dr. Jim Brandle

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Dr. Jim Brandle is the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a position he assumed in 2007 with the organization’s start-up. As a strong advocate for the horticulture sector, Jim leads a team of research scientists and support staff in consumer and sensory research, horticultural and greenhouse production systems and…

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Speaker Profile: Kyle Tkachuk

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Kyle Tkachuk is the Founder and CEO of Clickback, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company located in St. Catharines, Ontario. Through his leadership, Clickback has grown seven-fold over the last 5 years, which led to the company being ranked #106 on the 29th Annual PROFIT 500 List of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and ranked…

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Speaker Profile: Len Diplock

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Leonard (Len) Diplock is Canada Post’s Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Corporate Marketing. Len leads the design and development of the Corporation’s strategy, planning and development activities with responsibility for driving the Canada Post Group of Companies towards sustainable growth and profitability. He also leads the Corporation’s data and analytics group…

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Speaker Profile: Dr. Marc Nantel

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Dr. Marc Nantel is Associate Vice-President of Research & Innovation at Niagara College, and oversees all aspects of applied research at the college, which focus on the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, and Business & Commercialization…

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Speaker Profile: Dave Robitaille

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Dave Robitaille is Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM Canada. Dave joined IBM in early 1990, building his career in the Supply Chain Management discipline, and in 2007, Dave moved to lead IBM Canada’s Corporate Citizenship organization. In this dynamic and challenging executive role, Dave is responsible for…

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Speaker Profile: Rashmi Biswas

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Rashmi Biswas is the Executive Vice President with Lake and Associates Canada where she works with private and public sector clients specializing in leadership development, team effectiveness, and process facilitation. Rashmi is an Instructor with the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education, The Goodman School of Business, Brock University, a program Facilitator…

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Speaker Profile: Tom Rankin

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Tom Rankin has been in the construction and engineering business since 1962 and his firm, Rankin Construction Inc., now undertakes more than one hundred million dollars in heavy civil construction projects a year. Rankin Construction is one of the largest contractors in the Niagara Peninsula, and Tom is also the CEO…

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Speaker Profile: Dr. David Hutchison

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Professor David Hutchison is a faculty member at Brock University, where he is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities. David is Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities, which offers two interactive media programs – IASC and GAME – the latter in partnership with Niagara College and Brock’s Computer Science…

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Speaker Profile: Dean Wood

October 20, 2017

2017 Niagara Economic Summit Dean Wood founded Borderworx in 2003. From his extensive industry experience working with Canada’s largest transportation and customs corporations, Dean established a number of solutions for the logistics industry that have helped many companies grow their market share. To date, Borderworx has managed more than $3 billion in goods across the border and…

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