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Career Opportunity: Finance and Membership Coordinator

June 8, 2018

The ideal candidate has a passion for and experience with event/marketing co-ordination, who can provide outstanding customer service, has effective relationship building skills for both internal and external customers. Job Title: Finance and Membership Coordinator Location: St. Catharines Job Type: Full-time Compensation: Salary and incentives based on experience and skills Reports to: President & CEO…

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Changes to Workplace Rules Coming April 1st – Are You Prepared?

March 15, 2018

Further changes to the legislation governing Ontario’s workplaces from the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017, a.k.a. Bill 148, take effect on April 1st. Is your business ready? The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act introduced sweeping changes for Ontario employers, most notoriously an increase in minimum wage to $14/hr beginning January 1st, 2018, and to…

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Niagara may be feeling effects of minimum wage hike: Chamber

February 15, 2018

Niagara may already be feeling the effects just one month since Ontario increased the minimum wage, says an organization representing businesses in the region. The provincial government hiked the minimum wage to $14 an hour Jan. 1, with a further $1 increase to come next January. The statistics are now out for the first full…

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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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Niagara’s jobless rate remains high

January 9, 2018

Niagara just cannot seem to shake the economic blues. While the unemployment rate in Canada fell to 5.7 per cent last month — the lowest rate since 1976 — Niagara’s jobless rate continued to hover around the seven per cent mark. According to Statistics Canada’s seasonally adjusted labour force data, the unemployment rate for St.…

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Economic summit discusses Niagara’s future

October 30, 2017

By Laura Barton Roughly 350 people gathered at White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Thursday for the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) Niagara Economic Summit. It was the sixth year for the event, which saw people from various sectors, including businesses, municipalities and non-profits, come together to hear speakers and participate in…

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Skills mismatch, minimum wage hike in focus at economic summit

October 30, 2017

by Paul Forsyth Looming minimum wage hikes, international trade in the age of U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to scuttle the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the skills mismatch that leaves many employers begging for qualified workers were front and centre at the annual Niagara Economic Summit on Thursday. Not surprisingly, the Ontario Chamber…

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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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