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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Regional Chair Alan Caslin to report on Niagara’s future at State of the Region address

On April 12th, Regional Chair Alan Caslin will address residents of Niagara at his second annual State of the Region event, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

In his keynote, he will review and reflect upon the past year in Niagara, while also addressing business plans for the future of the region.

One of the major themes of the Chair’s address will be the aligning of shared priorities and goals between Niagara Region and all levels of government, which will ensure that future developments and projects are completed in an efficient and harmonious manner.

We achieved such an alignment with the proposed expansion of daily GO Train service to Niagara. After receiving unanimous support from the mayors of the region’s 12 municipalities, ensuring that this expansion takes place is a top priority for Regional Council and has now received support from the Government of Ontario in their 2016 budget.

Among other things, Regional Chair Caslin will touch upon topics including alternative service delivery, inter-municipal transit, the 2016 Regional budget, our youth retention strategy, a foreign trade zone designation for Niagara, our 2021 Canada Games bid, and economic development in Niagara.

Further information – contact the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce by phone at 905-684-2361 or email at for tickets.


“For the first time in Niagara Region our local municipalities are closely aligned on shared goals and priorities. Over the past year we have put forward a proactive approach with business and community partners to foster economic prosperity throughout our region. We are delivering for Niagara and I look forward to sharing what we’ve accomplished and the opportunities that are ahead.”

– Alan Caslin, Regional Chair of Niagara

“The Regional government’s power to make Niagara prosperous and improve the affairs of every business and resident here is unique. Chair Caslin’s keynote will not only discuss how the Region has gone about that improvement, but it will lay out the framework for the future of Niagara. This event is hugely important for everyone in the region who wants to learn about that framework and to play a role in shaping our future.”

– Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

The event is hosted in partnership between the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, the Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce, the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce, the West Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara Industrial Association, the Niagara Realtors Association, the Niagara Homebuilders Association, and the Niagara Construction Association.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,500 members representing more than 45,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

For more information and interviews please contact:
Mishka Balsom
CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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