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Connecting with Business in 2017 BY ROSA LUPO
As I write this article, December 31st is just around the corner. We will soon be tipping our glasses of champagne and wishing each other “Happy New Year”. Before getting too ahead of myself, I do want to take a moment and reflect on 2016. It was another packed year full of events, networking and advocacy at The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber. The Chamber hosted more than 82 events which saw more than 7,000 people in attendance – events such as the Inspiring Women’s Event, the Business Excellence Awards Gala, the 100 Mile Feast and numerous Business After 5’s at a variety of different business locations. The Chamber also launched its mentorship program – CAMP – which assisted new and established businesses in various industries grow to the next level. This was a strenuous program which included group information sessions and oneon-one targeted mentorship from eight different mentors. As one of those mentors, I was impressed with the caliber, grit and enthusiasm of the mentees. Some of the new programming and initiatives of The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber in 2016 included co-ordination of the innovation corridor between KW and Toronto, airing of the CTV Made Right Here series featuring businesses in our community and the CEO roundtables, which provided CEOs the opportunity to connect with peers and influential speakers to assist in growing their businesses. I am looking forward to more wonderful innovative events and initiatives in 2017. 2017 will also bring new challenges with the introduction of light rail transit and all the possibilities it brings. Hopefully the trains are not too delayed. In addition to the internal new transit infrastructure, the Chamber is making connections with the Toronto Chamber in order to strengthen the Toronto-KW corridor connectivity and business community. The mayors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Toronto have been discussing the benefits of increased connectivity in infrastructure and among the business community along the corridor. I’m hopeful that in
2017 we will make strides in furthering this connectivity and putting the Toronto/KW corridor on the global map. The strength of this corridor is more than just a numbers game. There are synergies and complimentary aspects of the businesses in these two communities which together will strengthen and enhance both communities. The Region of Waterloo will benefit from having a stronger connection to the financial industry largely headquartered in Toronto. Toronto will benefit from having a stronger connection to the entrepreneurial spirit which is vibrant in the Region of Waterloo. Both Toronto and the Region of Waterloo will benefit from the ease of moving human capital, ideas and resources between them. The Chambers of each of the Region of Waterloo and Toronto have committed to co-ordinating their efforts with local businesses and municipalities and members of parliament to facilitate this interconnectivity. In 2017 this will be a priority for the KW Chamber and I look forward to seeing how this changes the landscape of the Region of Waterloo. So although I am looking forward to 2017, I am equally content to sit back and reminisce a bit about the success we have enjoyed in 2016. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday and a prosperous 2017.
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Explosive Housing Sales Leading Economic Growth BY IAN MCLEAN A strong economic performance across Waterloo Region in 2016 is leading to high expectations for 2017 and beyond. Perhaps the most notable economic trend of 2016 was an explosive and record-breaking residential housing market. The 2016 Ontario Economic Update, compiled by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Credit Unions of Ontario (CUO), projected that MLS residential sales in Waterloo Region would increase by 6.7 percent in 2016 and 5.2 percent in 2017, a growth rate far above the provincial average. According to the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR), by the end of November 2016 a total of 6,352 residential transactions had been completed for the year compared to 5,341 during the same period in 2015, an increase of nearly 19 percent. Total 2016 sales were higher by the end of November than any other entire year on record. The only period when sales exceeded 6,000 was 2007 at 6,148. The average price of all residential properties sold in November 2016 was $411,602, a fifteen percent increase from last year. Detached homes sold for an average price of $473,014, a 14 percent increase. James Craig, president of KWAR, noted in the Waterloo Region Record that housing sales are indicative of the strong regional economy, low unemployment and other local amenities. Local real estate investments remain relatively favourable to the Greater Toronto Area, where the average price for residential properties reached $776,684 in November. A major priority for local municipalities and the business sector moving forward into 2017 and beyond is to continue to attract passenger service at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The low Canadian dollar was responsible for American Airlines service into Chicago being cancelled, even though it was highly utilized. The business community will continue to advocate for more service. Looking at the positive side, Howard Eng of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority spoke at a recent Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce event and noted that our local airport could benefit from the lack of future capacity at Pearson Airport in Mississauga. In order to compete for global talent and investment, the network of smaller, regional airports such as Waterloo Region, Hamilton and London need to collaborate to ensure that travelers locally and from around the globe can get to our region.
Mr. Eng noted that “to me, let’s get those tourists, let’s get the business, then let’s get the airlines here,” indicating there is a significant linkage between airport facilities and economic development. In terms of trade-enabling infrastructure for local business, we are and will be benefiting from expanded GO train service and the LRT once it becomes operational. The third link in the chain is increased air passenger service for business leaders connecting with potential global partners and investors travelling into the region. Prospects for new air services received a significant boost with the announcement in early November that the federal government will be revising the rules around foreign ownership of domestic carriers. Vancouver-based Canada Jetlines, which now expects to become Canada’s third national air-carrier in the new year, has provided a plan to fly from Breslau to major centres such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Halifax once their new investment funding flows through. And Enerjet Airlines is actually exploring service in our region as well. After one year of operation the new and rebranded Waterloo Economic Development Corporation has made significant progress both in terms of attracting investment into the region and providing export and partnership opportunities abroad. Many delegations from around the world visited our community over the past year, particularly during the week of Oktoberfest, and we expect this forward momentum to continue into 2017 and beyond. The above trends and developments combined with global leading post-secondary institutions, incubator and start-up centres and an expanding manufacturing sector all make local prospects for 2017 look bright.
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Ian McLean Ian is President and CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
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More Changes Expected Across the Provinces BY ART SINCLAIR In a column last year I wrote about the remarkable turnaround of the Ontario and Alberta economies from late 2014 into 2016. As 2016 closes, conditions have not dramatically changed. However in Canadian economics the emphasis is perpetually on “current” trends and forecasts. As we regularly witness, provincial economies are the victims or beneficiaries of rapid and unexpected changes, and the new year may provide indications that another transition is either in progress or approaching. This is an assessment that is not unusual in Canada. Provinces regularly move from the depths to the top of the economic growth roster. The issue is the length of time for a major cycle to commence and complete its maneuverings The Provincial Outlook report from RBC Economics last September notes that dependence on oil remains the distinguishing factor in Canada with oil-producing provinces struggling amid low revenues and belt-tightening in the private and in some cases public sectors. Oil consuming provinces like Ontario are witnessing growth opportunities as the result of a lower Canadian dollar, more competitively priced energy commodities, and lower interest rates. Furthermore, RBC predicts the economies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland to further contract, expanding their provincial recessions which commenced in 2015. The Alberta deficit is close to $11 billion, the highest in provincial history. Saskatchewan will reach a twenty year high in unemployment, translating into a weak housing and construction market. The TD Economics Provincial Economic Forecast also published last September predicts that the regional divergence should start to diminish in 2017 as natural resource-based economies begin to recover – however at marginally low levels. The TD perspective is relatively more optimistic for Alberta and Saskatchewan, predicting that by 2018 the two western prairie provinces will sit “at the top of the leader board with growth at or above two percent,” while Ontario and BC will conversely fall short of that level.
The Atlantic provinces have not experienced the cyclical swings of most of Canada. Economic activity generally increased in 2105-16, but remains subdued and limited by an aging population. The Nova Scotia and PEI economies are stable, while Newfoundland and New Brunswick were proportionately more impacted by the oil market. The RBC report called prospects in New Brunswick as relatively dim, as government efforts to stimulate the economy through infrastructure spending have resulted in the start of very few major projects. My earlier column last year discussed the possibility of an oilsector bailout similar to General Motors or Chrysler that occurred eight years ago. A Saskatoon Star-Phoenix report from early December of 2016 indicated that Premier Brad Wall and the province of Saskatchewan is threatening legal action with Ottawa over national carbon pricing, following statements the province will not sign any national climate plan. Combined with major anticipated regulatory environmental change by the Trump administration in Washington – running in the opposite direction from Canada – we should expect environmental lawyers on both sides of the border to be submitting huge billable hours. Bailouts won’t be on any agenda. As Canadian economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote many years ago, economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. Predicting the future with a level of certainty, particularly after the US election, is not highly recommended.
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Art Sinclair Art is Vice President Policy and Advocacy for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
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Family/Emergency Physicians Explore Kitchener-Waterloo BY JENNA PETKER This past November, local family physicians, emergency physicians, business leaders and community leaders joined volunteers of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in hosting 18 family medicine residents and 5 emergency residents and their partners from across Ontario.
was taking a personal guided tour of the new Google space, where our guests were able to see inside and explore the innovative and creative workspace built in downtown Kitchener by local contractor S.G. Cunningham Construction Ltd .
Our 18th Annual Family/Emergency Medicine Resident Weekend was the first weekend in November. It is our largest recruitment initative to promote Kitchener-Waterloo as a great place to live and work. This weekend is planned and organized by our amazing volunteers of the Chamber Health Care Resources Council Family Physician Liaison Task Force chaired by Al Hayes of WalterFedy.
According to Chamber President & CEO, Ian McLean, this weekend has been crucial in residents’ decisions to establish their practices in the area. “New family doctors are sought after by communities across Ontario, Canada and the U.S. This weekend is an opportunity to highlight all that Waterloo Region offers as a place for them to practice, their partners to build a career and for them to raise a family. We are very fortunate to have wonderful sponsors, partners, and volunteers that showcase our community.”
During their three-day community visit, family medicine residents toured Grand River Hospital and the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk, while the emergency residents toured both St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals. Their partners toured our rural and urban communities including the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market and had the chance to explore employment opportunities. Over the weekend, the residents and their partners met some high profile business and community leaders and learned more about the Region’s diversity and its strong innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
Chamber Health Care Resources Council initiatives are only made possible by the generous support and investment of our sponsors who are recognized on page 6. Along with these major corporate and community investors, the Chamber Health Council extends special thanks to this year’s resident weekend supporters who added the special touches that thoroughly impressed our visiting residents and their partners: Brentwood Livery, Communitech, Airways Transit, Google, Tomasz Adamski, Kennedy’s Catering and host, Delta Waterloo.
Residents and partners were guests of Communitech at a special luncheon at The Hub and enjoyed Kennedy’s famous Waterloo County menu while Communitech’s Iain Klugman spoke about our leading-edge, collaborative and innovative communities. Visitors also enjoyed virtual tours in The Hive. Another highlight
Members of the Health Council’s Family Physician Liaison Task Force are to be congratulated on another successful Family/ Emergency Medicine Resident Weekend. Your support and involvement and that of Chamber Board members and local business and community leaders over this important annual weekend made it especially warm and welcoming for our visiting residents and their partners. Working with community partners, the Chamber has helped to attract over 190 family physicians since 1998 with the number of people without a family doctor being cut in half.
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Jenna Petker Jenna is Physician Recruitment Lead for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
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Throughout the action packed weekend, the residents and their partners enjoyed seeing our medical facilities, touring Communitech and Google as well as various other areas of our community.
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October 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016 3 Bay Auto Sales Ltd. Automobile Dealers Wally Pietraszko, Owner 330 Mill St Kitchener, ON N2M 3R7 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3bayautosales.ca Phone: (519) 581-1239 Fax: (519) 489-1398 ACE Events Event Planning Linda Breault, Chief Events Officer 1730 Bishop St N, Unit 13 Cambridge, ON N1T 1N4 Email: email@example.com aceevents.ca Phone: (519) 841-8401 Bankspeak Inc Financing Consultants Rob Hall, President 697 Breakwater Cr Waterloo, ON N2K 4H8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org bankspeak.ca Phone: (226) 748-4091 Belmont Natural Health Centre Health & Wellness Tom Daly, Clinic Director 690 Belmont Ave W, Suite 201 Kitchener, ON N2M 1N6 Email: email@example.com www.belmontnaturalhealth.com Phone: (519) 578-7489 Christine Burow Consulting Consultants Christine Burow, Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org christineburow.com Phone: (519) 501-7280 ECO COURIER Courier Service Nate Russell, President 480B Glenelm Cr Waterloo, ON N2L 5C8 Email: email@example.com ecocourierkw.com Phone: (226) 791-4257
Foodlink Waterloo Region Agriculture & Food Anna Contini, Manager 7 Albert St E, St Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org foodlink.ca Phone: (519) 513-8998 Hahn Plastics (North America) Ltd. Plastics Elizabeth Hueftlein, General Manager 180 Northfield Dr W, Unit 4 Waterloo, ON N2C 0C7 email@example.com hahnplastics.ca Heart At Home Decorating Interior Design Services Sharon Christie, Owner 401 DeerRidge Dr, Kitchener, ON N2P 2S6 firstname.lastname@example.org heartathomedecorating.com Phone: (519) 222-1547 iGotPro International Business Network Solutions Ltd Marketing Consultants Ash Nandrajog, CEO 905 Audrey Place, Kitchener, ON N2E 0B9 Email: email@example.com igotpro.com Phone: (519) 722-2897 International Home Interiors Limited Furniture Dealers Bernhard Just, Secretary/Treasurer 1373 Victoria St N Kitchener, ON N2B 3R6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org internationalhomeinteriors.ca Phone: (519) 742-8501 Fax: (519) 742-8000 Jeff Gingerich-Century 21 Home Realty Inc. Brokerage Real Estate Jeff Gingerich, Sales Representative 4169 King St E Kitchener, ON N2P 2E8 Email: email@example.com jeffgingerich.com Phone: (519) 505-4488
Jen Schrafft Coaching Coaching Jen Schrafft, Owner, Professional Coach Email: firstname.lastname@example.org jenschrafftcoaching.com Phone: (226) 972-4811 Joseph Schneider Haus Museums Sean Jasmins, Marketing & Partnerships Supervisor 466 Queen St S Kitchener, ON N2G 1W7 Email: email@example.com josephschneiderhaus.com Phone: (519) 742 7752 Kurtis Jewellers Jewellers Cindy Coombs, Manager 151 Frobisher Dr, Suite C212, Box 15 Waterloo, ON N2V 2C9 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org kurtisjewellers.com Phone: (519) 747-4967 LegalShield Legal Services Robyn Ross, Independent Associate / email@example.com legalshield.com/hub/robynaross Phone: (519) 955-2757 Light-Core Digital Enterprises Inc. Business Consultants Sharon Gilmour-Glover, Chief Implementation Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org light-core.com Phone: (888) 690-9493 Lighting Research Marketing Consultants Gerardo Rios, Owner/President/CEO 434 Hazel St, Unit 5 Waterloo, ON N2L 3P8 Email: email@example.com lightingresearch.biz Phone: (647) 545-0475
October 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016 (continued on page 14) Limestone Counselling, Coaching & Consulting Counselling Leanna Callum, Founder/Director, Individual, Couple and Family Therapist 610 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON N2K 1M3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org limestonecounselling.ca Phone: (519) 590-2220 Lyndon Fish Hatcheries Inc. Event Planning Marilyn Price, General Manager 1738 Queen St New Dundee, ON N0B 2E0 Email: email@example.com lyndonfishhatcheries.com Phone: (519) 696-3076 Fax: (519) 696-3556 MPress Music Music Instruction Instrumental Nadia Mazzarolo, Owner 259 King St W, Suite 206, Kitchener, ON N2G 1B1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org mpressmusic.ca Phone: (226) 929-7726 National Bank of Canada Banks Mark Giovannetti, Commercial Account Manager, SME Development 851 Fischer Hallman Rd Kitchener, ON N2M 5N8 Email: email@example.com nbc.ca Phone: (519) 744-8402 Fax: (519) 741-8041 Never Enough Thyme Inc. Caterers Shana Goodreau, Sales & Catering 83A Arthur St N Elmira, ON N3B 2M8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org neverenoughthyme.ca Phone: (519) 669-0374
Oak & Rumble Video Production Dave Hiff, President 305 King St W, Unit 604 Kitchener, ON N2G 1B9 Email: email@example.com oakandrumble.com Phone: (519) 716-9664 Parker Lawrence Concierge Concierge & Personal Assistant Services Michelle Parker, Partner 270 Shakespeare Dr Waterloo, ON N2L 2T6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org parkerlawrence.ca Phone: (226) 791-8944 POI Business Interiors Office Furniture & Equipment Anthony Goad, Regional Manager 180 Northfield Dr W, Unit 2Waterloo, ON N2V 1K4 Email: email@example.com poi.ca Phone: (519) 279-6858 Precision Kaster Auto Automobile Repairing & Service Mike Norris, President 466 Phillip St Waterloo, ON N2L 5J2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org precisionkasterauto.com Phone: (519) 725-4951 Fax: (519) 883-7431 Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. Engineers Tim Van Zwol, Regional Manager 22 Frederick St, Suite 1014, Kitchener, ON N2H 6M6 Email: email@example.com rjc.ca Phone: (519) 954-6392 Fax: (519) 744-5489 Royal Home Inspection Home Inspection Service Roy Gutermuth, Owner/Home Inspector 43 Windom Rd, Kitchener, ON N2A 2P3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org royalinspection.ca Phone: (519) 893-8374
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October 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016 (continued from page 14) The Culinary Studio Restaurants Jody O'Malley, Owner 740 Belmont Ave W Kitchener, ON N2M 1P2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org theculinarystudio.ca Phone: (519) 496-5595
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Chambers of Commerce Can Make Significant Contributions to Canada’s Future BY PERRIN BEATTY Less than six months ago, the Trudeau government celebrated the first anniversary of the election that brought them to office, and the polls confirm that this government continues to enjoy a deeper and more durable honeymoon than that of any other Canadian government of recent memory. One of the factors that has contributed to the success of Mr. Trudeau’s first year in power has been the so-called “bromance” between him and the immensely popular President Obama. Through this relationship, they’ve been able to focus on a handful of significant initiatives that strengthened the Canada-U.S. relationship, including measures on climate change, trade and border crossings. This has positioned Canada quite advantageously with the Democrats, who see Mr. Trudeau’s government as a model to follow for leftist politics. Unfortunately for Mr. Trudeau, it isn’t the Democrats that won. Mr. Trump’s election took everyone off guard, from the Canadian government to the business community. Already, this is substantially changing the landscape surrounding us. Donald Trump not only feels the United States shouldn’t step up its campaign against climate change, but denies that it is a problem at all. On trade, his mantra is “America First,” and he believes multilateral trade agreements are disadvantageous for the United States. His picks for Homeland Security and National Security advisors suggest a stricter border policy. So how does Canada position itself in all of this? It won’t be easy. Mr. Trudeau positions himself as a proponent of inclusive growth through open economic borders, but we need countries to be trading with – like our neighbour to the south. So there is cause for concern when we hear our most important trading partner, which consumes seventy percent of our exports, talk of eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement, one of the most successful trade agreements anywhere in the world. If the United States decides to review their stake in NAFTA, Canada will have no choice but to be part of the process. Despite the fact that NAFTA has driven trade and investment among the
three North American countries to new heights and has created important growth in each of them, many Americans have come to believe that it is not a benefit, but a threat. Mr. Trudeau, in partnership with the Canadian business community, will need to remind the new administration of why the world envies what we have built together. It will be necessary to point out that, if the United States is our most important trading partner, we are theirs as well. For instance, across the lake in Ohio, 308,000 jobs depend on Canada-U.S. trade and investment, for a total value of 33.9 billion dollars per year – and that’s just Ohio1. Even faced with that logic, it may well be that the U.S. administration will opt for a renegotiation rather than the abolition of the agreement. Whether we like it or not, Canada may soon find itself sitting down at the bargaining table. If that’s the case, then business needs to insist that it’s priorities are part of the process. Negotiations are not a one-way street and we should be developing the list of items that we want discussed, like new processes and new investment to make it easier for our citizens and our goods and services to cross the border, or the elimination of Buy America policies that shut Canadian companies out of procurement contracts at the state and municipal levels. Government should also be requesting an accelerated process to harmonize standards and greater respect for the rule of law when protectionist measures like the country of origin labeling regulations that have cost Canadian agrifood billions of dollars are repeatedly found to have violated US commitments. Opening NAFTA may not be all bad, however. The agreement is certainly due for a modernization, since it is already 22 years old. There are new economic realities like e-commerce and digital trade, or new parameters to intellectual property protection, which could be updated in a negotiation. Ultimately, though, the US election should also serve as a reminder to both business and government that Canada urgently needs to diversify its global markets. In this context, CETA, the comprehensive economic trade agreement with the European Union, is a vital strategic asset. And now that Mr. Trump has officially announced the death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as
we know it, talks should be opened up with Canada’s Asia-Pacific partners to establish lucrative bilateral agreements. Japan is already an important client for many natural resource companies on this side of the Pacific. In fact, Canadians are fortunate to have such an immense resource wealth. There are few countries anywhere that don’t envy this vast resource inheritance, which Canadians have both the ability and the responsibility to bring to global markets in a conscientious way. A sustainable resource development strategy will also need to include infrastructure investments and a sustained improvement of the Canadian brand. Canada has the resources, tools and now the opportunity to play a more prominent role on the global economic stage. Although next year’s sesquicentennial will be a time to celebrate our achievements over our first century and a half, the work is just starting. We can look to the future with optimism, but good fortune is most often just the result of hard work. Chambers of commerce across the country are uniquely positioned to initiate the conversations, and eventually put in place the actions that we will need as we diversify our trade and strengthen our economy. By working together, chambers of commerce can contribute to build the next 150 years of Canadian business success.
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Perrin Beatty The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. A former Member of Parliament, Perrin is from Fergus, Ontario.
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Manufacturing in 2017 and Beyond BY JOERG STIEBER I believe there is a good chance that manufacturing will have a renaissance in North America over the next 8 – 10 years. The labour cost advantage of China and other industrialized Asian countries over the US and Canada has been steadily declining and the gap will likely completely close before 2020. We are already seeing a trend to “re-shore” many manufactured components because the inflexibility of off-shore supply chains and sometimes “quality creep” drive up cost that partially offsets a diminishing price advantage. The question is, will we be able to take advantage of this opportunity? Most of all, we need a well educated and skilled workforce which is large enough to fill the available jobs. The problem of skills shortages has haunted manufacturers in Canada and the US for at least thirty years. Although we are better off in Ontario, and the Waterloo Region in particular, than many areas in the US, it is still difficult to find good people. We need to take every opportunity to get the message out to students, parents, teachers and guidance councillors that there are good jobs with a future in manufacturing. We also need good transportation infrastructure, a regulatory system free of unnecessary bureaucratic barriers and reliable electric power at competitive prices. According to the 2016 annual report of the Ontario Auditor General, Hydro One is getting less reliable but costs more. We all know how the cost of electricity has escalated in recent years. If we don’t get a grip on these problems, we will miss out on the opportunity to bring manufacturing back to Ontario. Let’s not forget, manufacturing is one of the main engines of creating growth and wealth in an economy. The US economy is currently firing on all cylinders with the unemployment rate down to 4.6%* which must be one of the lowest among the G7 countries. This will clear the way for the long expected 25 bp interest hike by the Fed with the resulting support for the US dollar. Obviously, a strong USD is generally good news for Canadian manufacturers exporting to the US. However, it would be wrong to fall into the trap to rely solely on the exchange rate for competitiveness. A lot of manufacturers had to learn this the hard way in 2003 – 2007 when the CAD went to par with the USD and stayed there for six years. At Ontario Drive & Gear it has been our strategy not to rely on a low CAD but to invest the exchange rate windfall in leading edge manufacturing technology to improve productivity.
The biggest factor of uncertainty in the US is President-elect Trump. During election night it was interesting to see market futures nose-diving as a Trump win looked more and more likely, only to rebound when he gave his acceptance speech. Depending on which of the “two Trumps” will eventually be the president, things could be good or bad. Lowering taxes, particularly business taxes, increasing spending on infrastructure and reducing/streamlining regulations will boost the US economy and create more opportunities for Canadian exporters. It will also add to the 20 trillion debt mountain of the US federal government, but that will be a problem down the road. However, Trump’s protectionist instincts are worrisome. A trade war with China and/or Mexico would cause serious disruptions in supply chains and could lead to a major recession. Where it gets really scary is NAFTA. Although I believe that at least the Canada/US part is fine because there are just too many jobs depending on it on both sides of the border, the uncertainty will be very damaging to the economies of all three players. With Trump stopping all Obama climate initiatives and pulling out of the Paris accord, I believe our federal and provincial governments need to re-think their carbon tax initiatives. From a climate perspective, if the US does not play along, whatever Canada does in this area will have very little effect. However, it could have a huge economic impact on Canadian business if we price ourselves out of the market by going it alone. * Source: The Economist
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Joerg Stieber Joerg Stieber took over the management of Ontario Drive and Gear as President & CEO in 1985. Under his leadership the company experienced strong growth based on technical excellence. In 2010, Joerg decided to step back from the operational side of the business into his present role as Chairman of the Board.
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Waterloo EDC – Inventing the Future BY TONY LAMANTIA The last year has been incredibly active at Waterloo EDC, the newly formed Investment Promotional Agency for Waterloo Region. Since opening our doors a year ago, the team and I have been squarely focused on attracting new companies and accelerating the business momentum already well-established in the region. As the first point of contact for companies of all sectors looking to locate, relocate or expand in Waterloo Region, one of the major goals for 2016 was hiring a high performance team and I am excited to announce that the organization is now fully staffed. This very experienced team brings a wealth of industry acumen in auto, tech, manufacturing, institutional and consumer sectors and I am confident we will be able to put and keep Waterloo Region on the global map for innovation hot spots. Waterloo Region is quickly establishing itself as the global epicentre for next generation automotive technology, with more than 50 local organizations focusing on connected and autonomous vehicles, such as the GM Innovation Lab at Communitech. In September 2016, we co-hosted the inaugural AutoTech Symposium which connected new and existing Canadian automotive technology companies with automotive decisionmakers in the area of autonomous vehicle technology, software, occupant and vehicle safety and “greening”. Just recently, the Ontario government was in town to announce the launch of the first automated vehicle pilot project in Canada – in partnership with the WatCAR Project at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research, Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX – which will bring driverless vehicles to Ontario roads. In line with our key operational objectives, the team closed four new investments in 2016: ETAS Embedded Systems Canada (a Bosch subsidiary), NCC Group, Highview Residences and Hahn Plastics. There has also been a steady flow of traffic from international businesses, government delegations and key investment intermediaries. Within the last year, the team led foreign investment and growth focused missions to California, Chicago, Germany and Japan – all key areas for growth in Waterloo Region’s core sectors of Information and Communication Technology, Advanced Manufacturing/Automotive, Food Processing and Financial Services. Working with key stakeholders and through extensive research, we recently achieved another major milestone with the launch of our new, internationally-oriented brand – Waterloo EDC. Through the research process, it became clear the name “Waterloo” resonated strongly with the international business community and has positive equity that can be leveraged. This name is our competitive advantage and using it makes good business sense. The new brand comes with a new tagline: “Waterloo EDC – inventing the future” which emphasizes action, talent, innovation
and disruption – all of which is clearly demonstrated by the world leading institutions and companies in our community, such as the Institute for Quantum Computing, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Center for International Governance Innovation, the Accelerator Centre, Communitech, Thalmic Labs, Miovision, Clearpath Robotics and Aeryon Labs, just to name a few. In addition to ramping up operations and establishing a corporate vision that is locally rooted, internationally competitive and globally renowned, Waterloo EDC has been very active in the community and continues to support local company expansions, new companies landing in the region as well as participating in a number of community events, such as co-hosting the aforementioned AutoTech Symposium, sponsoring the Waterloo Innovation Summit, hosting a “Build Your Future” event focused on supporting local businesses and introducing our new organization during our first Public Information Meeting. Looking ahead to 2017, there is a healthy pipeline of high confidence deals with nearly 30 qualified investment opportunities in various stages of the sales cycle. Internationally, we will be leading investment missions to California, Northeast US and Europe. Locally, we will continue to focus on business expansion and retention alongside our Economic Development Office (EDO) partners, as well as greater support on development of the Region of Waterloo International Airport and the area Township’s economic initiatives. Support and advocacy for continued infrastructure investment is key to the Region’s future economic and social vibrancy. Waterloo Region truly is inventing the future and the team at Waterloo EDC is excited about shaping this journey. Let’s get to work! ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony LaMantia Tony is President and CEO of Waterloo EDC. His career spans more than 25 years of experience in large public sector organizations as well as private sector growth-oriented companies. Previously, LaMantia has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Tony helped lead the Ministry in both attracting investment to the Province and working with industry and regional stakeholders. LaMantia's private sector repertoire includes executive-level roles with innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the technology and mining sectors. advocate JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2017
The Apparent Failure of Polling in the U.S. Presidential Election BY SEAN SIMPSON This looks bad. Really bad. On behalf of Ipsos and nearly the entire North American polling industry, I’d like to offer a “mea culpa” for incorrectly predicting, with some degree of certainty, the election of Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States. On the surface, this kind of miss has not been seen since the infancy of the polling industry in the United States, when in 1936 the Literary Digest produced polling which predicted a landslide victory for Republican Alf Langdon (who?) over Democrat Franklin Roosevelt. Twelve years later, in 1948, Gallup and others had predicted the election of Republican Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman. Oops. The industry has had nearly seven decades to study the science of polling since these failures. How could the industry be so collectively wrong again, now in 2016?
How could the industry be so collectively wrong again, now in 2016? The trouble with being a pollster is that you have limited opportunity to compare polling estimates against an actual result, and to see whether what the industry or an individual firm is doing is actually correct. Each national election presents a chance to compare our prediction against an outcome, to learn from both our successes and failures, and to refine our techniques in the future. In the spirit of the scientific method, following each election, Ipsos test various hypotheses that could be a potential source for error, and those that we can’t disprove are investigated further. First, we need to understand the degree of the polling miss. Every major pollster and news outlet, save one, predicted a Clinton victory, with the average margin being a three-to-fourpoint lead for the Democrat in the national popular vote. Ipsos’ States of the Nation polling for Reuters had a three-point Clinton lead. (The poll that predicted a Trump victory had a three-point lead for the Republican). While counting is, remarkably, still ongoing, Clinton at present has a two-point lead in the popular vote, making Ipsos’ prediction, and the industry’s, quite precise on a national basis and well within the claimed accuracy of the polls. In fact, the national popular vote estimates of most major polling
firms in the industry were more precise in 2016 than they were in the 2012 election. But the U.S. President is not elected based on national popular vote; rather, it is the performance of the candidates in a handful of key swing states that determines the outcome of the election. It is here that polling failed, and it is here that the majority of future analysis will take place. ■
In Florida (29 Electoral College votes), Ipsos had a 1-point Clinton lead (too close to call); Trump won by 1.2 points, or roughly 113K votes.
In Michigan (16 Electoral College votes), Ipsos had a 1-point Clinton lead (too close to call); Trump won by 0.3 points, or roughly 11K votes.
In Pennsylvania (20 Electoral College votes), Ipsos had a 3-point Clinton lead; Trump won by 0.7 points, or roughly 47K votes.
In Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes), Ipsos had a 6-point lead for Clinton; Trump won by 0.8 points, or roughly 22K votes.
In Ohio (18 Electoral College votes), Ipsos had a 1-point lead for Clinton (too close to call); Trump won by 8.1 points, or roughly 450K votes.
In short, Ipsos polling was quite precise in both Florida and Michigan, could have been better in Pennsylvania, but was wildly off the mark in Wisconsin and Ohio. While the Electoral College outcome makes the election result look like a blowout in Trump’s favour, the election was in reality extremely close. The total winning vote margin across Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania combined will likely be no more than 80,000 votes across three states with a cumulative population of nearly 28 million Americans. In other words, if more than 80,000 Democrats had shown up to vote across these three states, the polling all of a sudden looks much more accurate, President-Elect Clinton would be calming the nerves of Canadians, and you wouldn’t be reading this article. In kicking the tires of our methodology, we’ve already eliminated two explanations for the failure to predict the Trump victory in
these key swing states. Many were quick to point to a low turnout for this election, however these conclusions were made before many of the votes were counted. It appears that overall voter turnout is similar in 2016 as it was in 2012. Hypothesis #1 rejected.
There has also been speculation about "Shy Trumpers" There has also been speculation about “Shy Trumpers” – that people were embarrassed or ashamed to tell pollsters that they were voting for Trump. Why, then, would Ipsos have accurately captured the Trump vote in most states, but not in Ohio or Wisconsin? Were “Shy Trumpers” only found in these states? Neither Ipsos, nor independent investigations of individual polling or metadata, has found any evidence of this dynamic. Hypothesis #2 rejected. Ipsos believes that the error was not in sampling, either through coverage or response bias. Rather, we believe that the failure of polling in some states was due to differential turnout, and failing to predict who would show up and vote. Ipsos’ turnout model did not sufficiently account for the lower Democratic turnout in key swing states, especially those in the rustbelt and Midwest. It’s not that the sampling techniques are incorrect, it’s that the models used to predict turnout are incorrect. A key lesson learned is that in a disruptive election, the past is not prologue. Simply put, we cannot rely on our tried and tested tools, like turnout models and assumptions about who is going to vote. We need to continuously update, revise and refine our turnout
models to try and better translate vote choice into voting behaviour, accounting for the uniqueness of each election cycle. Perhaps the favourability of a candidate (or lack thereof) should be incorporated into the model, or perhaps the degree to which a respondent is angry is a predictor of whether or not they’ll vote. Or it could be that the current inputs into the turnout model are correct, and that it’s the mathematical formula that needs adjusting. These are all possibilities that we will be exploring.
...poll precision and accurate election prediction are not always bedfellows. Finally, it is worth reiterating that poll precision and accurate election prediction are not always bedfellows. While polls were quite precise this time, they were wrong. Polls in 2012 were less precise, but right.
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Sean Simpson Sean Simpson is Vice President of Ipsos Public Affairs in Canada, and leads its Public-Opinion Polling specialization.
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GHD Celebrates 25 Years with the Chamber BY JOHN FERGUSON, P.ENG, MBA Established in 1928, GHD is privately owned by our people and operates across five continents— Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America—and the Pacific Region providing engineering, environmental, and construction services to private and public sector clients. Globally, we employ 8,500 people in 200 offices and have delivered projects in more than 90 countries. In North America, our resources include 4,000 people in more than 130 locations. Our business model is to work internationally and deliver locally. Put simply, we work where our clients work. The business is aligned on five key market sectors that include Water, Energy & Resources, Environment, Property & Buildings, and Transportation. Our interdisciplinary services have evolved and grown through the broad range of needs that have been
The cornerstone of our business is our client-service-led culture. identified by our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services at every stage of the project life cycle to help our clients investigate, plan, develop, design, build, maintain, and improve assets. In Waterloo Region, GHD's roots were born out of the 2014 merger between GHD and Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) which was founded locally in 1976 and grew to 3,000 people in 100 offices across North America prior to the merger. GHD's Canadian head office remains in Waterloo, employing 500 people in the Region. The cornerstone of our business is our client-service-led culture. We understand the markets in which our clients operate, and we recognize their business challenges and project drivers. We are connected to our clients’ businesses, responsive to their needs, and insightful about their challenges. At GHD, the empowerment and growth of our people across a connected global network is key to delivering client service excellence – through a focus on safety, leadership, and development, and an inclusive culture. GHD has been a proud member of the Chamber since 1991. 2016 marked our 25th anniversary with the Chamber and the year we
became a Chamber Chair’s Circle sponsor. One of the key benefits the Chamber provides to GHD is connection to other businesses in the community. Getting to participate with our neighbours and building regional networks helps GHD and its employees to thrive in the community.
We recognize that contributing to the communities in which we operate is key to our long term sustainability. We recognize that contributing to the communities in which we operate is key to our long term sustainability. More importantly, it demonstrates the beating heart of GHD. In this regard, we are extremely proud of our people’s involvement in various activities that are making a real difference to those in need through our 'GHD in the Community' program. For instance, continuing an annual tradition, our Waterloo offices worked together this past October to raise funds and food donations for the local Food Bank. People participated in activities such as a road hockey game, jousting duels, a barbeque, raffle, and silent auction, which helped GHD meet its goal of raising more than $25,000 this year. Over 100 people also volunteered their time at the St. John's Soup Kitchen, preparing and serving meals to the community.
HFH helps break the cycle of poverty in our communities by providing affordable homes. Our Waterloo offices also participate in an annual Habitat for Humanity (HFH) team build. HFH helps break the cycle of poverty in our communities by providing affordable homes. GHD’s team participate by donning their hard-hats and safety shoes and spending the day at the build sites hammering, sawing, and lending a hand wherever it was needed.
GHDâ€™s objective is to be a valued business partner for our clients over the long term, offering the right combination of skills, whether for developing new projects or sustaining value improvement of existing asset portfolios. Our balanced global presence is an advantage in serving large corporate clients who are active across multiple geographic regions. To realize the benefits of a global structure requires connecting people across different disciplines and locations to offer truly responsive client service. Our service model provides a framework for active collaboration and leadership that is aligned with our strategy to respond to the demands of water, energy, and urbanization. This framework provides the basis for contemporary thinking and implementation of innovative practices, leading technologies, and active risk management. The past year has seen GHD make significant progress towards our Strategy to 2020 objectives, and a single brand renowned for client service and a culture of safety. It has also validated much of the rationale underpinning our strategy, which increasingly
differentiates us and corroborates the benefit of running our own race rather than following others. Our future is clearly and unambiguously built around using our leading technical skills to make our clients successful in their endeavours and to provide great service.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Ferguson, P.Eng, MBA John is a principle at GHD and is the Industrial Manufacturing Service Sector leader in North America.
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Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association – 70 Years of Service On November 3, 2016, the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) held their 70th Anniversary Gala and SAM Awards of Distinction.
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