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Canadian Efforts to Attract Skilled Immigrants Require Serious Evaluation
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The Chamber Board is Here to Serve the Chamber Membership BY SABRINA FITZGERALD
You may be noticing your Chamber Board members a bit more clearly this year! We’ve all been armed with a silver badge which has “Chamber Board member” labelled on it. We thought this would be helpful for those attending events to know when they may be speaking to a Chamber Board member. After all, we are here to serve the Chamber membership. This year we have 19 board members. All board members are volunteers who have been active with the Chamber in some capacity in the past. The Chamber board members are carefully selected to try to best represent the diverse cross-section of our Chamber membership. We range from owners of 1-2 employee businesses to employees/owners of very large businesses. We represent a number of industries such as manufacturing, education, not-for-profit, financial services, professional services, technology, retail, human resource, and the food industry. Our role is simple – we are here to strategically assist the Chamber staff in making decisions that affect Chamber membership. We work with the Chamber staff on a monthly basis to ensure we as a chamber are aligning our projects with what our chamber members need. A key focus for the board this year includes being out at events, speaking with our members, but also providing support to key new programs that the Chamber has introduced. New this year is the Chamber Mentorship Program. You’ll be seeing us at events as you have in the past, but remember our badges on our lapels will help you identify us more quickly. I encourage you to reach out to your board members, and provide feedback on any items you feel are important to you as a Chamber member. We are here to serve you! We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the many upcoming Chamber events!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sabrina Fitzgerald CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TOP: MARK CHRISTENSEN, NEIL HENDERSON, BARBARA FENNESSY, JEFF MACINTYRE, STEPHANIE SOULIS, JASON KIPFER, PATRICK KLANN, RICK FILSINGER BOTTOM: ROSA LUPO, CAMERON KOZLOWSKI, KELLY MCMANUS, IAN MCLEAN, SABRINA FITZGERALD, PAUL EICHINGER, RENATA RUSINIAK, JAN VARNER ABSENT: KATHRYN ALLAMBY, RENE GATIEN, MICHEÁL KELLY, TED MCKECHNIE
Sabrina is a CPA, CA and tax partner at PwC LLP. She has a passion for working with businesses and owners in the region, to efficiently plan their tax affairs. She is also an avid volunteer in the community.
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Queen’s Park Cannot Waste More Time on Labour Issues BY IAN MCLEAN Two major labour relations issues persist at Queen’s Park that the current administration has failed to address. The adverse impact on municipal budgets and taxpayers continues and must be corrected to restore a reasonable level of fiscal stability for municipalities and business across Ontario. The first issue is interest arbitration, the Ontario terminology for the process where municipalities and unions representing essential workers – police and fire – fail to reach a contract through collective bargaining. Since strikes and lock-outs are not permitted, the dispute is sent to provincial arbitration for a decision that is binding on both sides. In recent years, arbitrators decisions have awarded wage increases that are higher than both inflation and contracts negotiated with non-essential public service workers. As an example, firefighters in Scugog were awarded 27 percent over four years and Stratford 22 percent over six years. Also, arbitration decisions can take years to finalize, resulting in liabilities that have to be paid immediately and often result in tax increases. The solution to this problem is the Ontario government requiring that arbitrators consider highly relevant municipal information such as their ability to pay and absorb, within current budgetary frameworks, any salary increases for essential services. Also, comparisons with local employees in the public and private sectors must also be incorporated into the final decisions. The Ontario economy has been severely impacted by global restructuring in manufacturing and highly volatile commodity markets which have leveled a significant impact on municipal budgets. These factors cannot be overlooked in multi-year contract negotiations for public services. The current system is based on comparisons with other workers across Ontario. Essential service workers in rural areas have demanded compensation equitable to the Greater Toronto Area while the relative costs of living are not comparable and again provide unsustainable challenges for municipal councils attempting to deliver services against heavy budgetary restrictions. The second issue which Queen’s Park will not address is fair and open municipal tendering. Current provincial legislation designates municipalities and school boards as construction employers, and as a result of this classification the Ontario Labour Relations Board applies the same rules on them as private sector companies.
Local MPP Michael Harris introduced Bill 73 in 2013 which would have exempted municipalities and school boards from province-wide collective bargaining agreements that govern the construction industry. Once an employer becomes unionized, all infrastructure projects are available exclusively to companies organized by a specific union. The implications are immense including local contractors not affiliated with the designated union being excluded from the bidding process and higher costs passed on to taxpayers. Closed tendering can prevent approximately 70 percent of qualified contractors from working on major municipal infrastructure projects including bridges, water treatment facilities and public buildings. Bill 73 as introduced by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris would have provided a clear definition in the Ontario Labour Relations Act for public sector employers in the construction sector, however it was defeated in the provincial Legislature during September of 2013. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada where municipalities are considered construction employers. Municipalities of all sizes and across all regions of Ontario supported Bill 73 however since its defeat over two years ago there has been no indication of any significant activity to address this on-going issue. Public employers should be able to openly tender projects to all eligible bidders, regardless of union affiliation, for efficient government and economic growth. Interest arbitration and fair tendering should be a high priority for Queen’s Park and our Chamber will continue to pressure for change. The current legislation is not sustainable for municipalities and all taxpayers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ian McLean Ian is President and CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
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The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers. Your efforts helped us present an outstanding 2016 Business Excellence Awards Gala. The Gala event recognizes Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership for the betterment of our community.
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Canadian Efforts to Attract Skilled Immigrants Require Serious Evaluation BY ART SINCLAIR Over the past half century, the Region of Waterloo has assumed provincial and national leadership in many areas of business public policy. In the employment and skills development portfolio, Governor General David Johnston frequently references the unique relationship that has evolved between the local business sector and our post-secondary institutions. The University of Waterloo was founded primarily from the efforts of local employers, particularly manufacturers and insurance companies, to establish an institution that would educate future engineers and actuaries. This relationship between business and academia has continued for over fifty years and now provides a major advantage for innovation and competing across global markets. Ten years ago, in 2006, the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN) was launched to assist local employers with recruiting and integrating foreign trained professionals into their workplaces. This organization, which was incorporated into the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region in 2011, served as a prototype for many communities across Canada facing their own challenges on the attraction and retention of skilled talent. Leadership for local immigration initiatives has originated from many business leaders, including Gerry Remers from Christie Digital Systems. Gerry was recently recognized as the prestigious 2015 Waterloo Region Record Barnraiser and among his many credentials are national awards for exceptional work in integrating immigrants into both Christie and the community. A recent report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) indicated that with forecasts of low GDP and productivity growth combined with a declining ratio of workers to retirees, all of Canada must place a higher priority on the economic potential of new immigrants. The CCC report Immigration for a Competitive Canada – Why Highly Skilled International Talent is at Risk argues that with its current legislative regime, Canada could lose our competitive advantage in attracting highly-skilled international talent. Specifically, the new Express Entry system is not aligned with business needs, while on-going restrictions to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are hurting many high-value sectors across the economy.
The Express Entry system, which was launched in 2015, has become preoccupied with putting Canadians into jobs instead of bringing much-needed highly skilled talent into Canada for contributing to job creation. As a result of this mismanagement, fewer highly skilled workers have been secured to work on a temporary basis. There has been a 40 percent drop in higherskilled work permit holders between 2013 and 2014, accompanied by a 45 percent drop in positive labour market impact assessments (LMIAs) which are required for these permits. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the CCC notes in a January 14, 2016 media release that highly-skilled workers do not take opportunities away from Canadians, rather they help the domestic economy create them. Canada depends on talented immigrants to boost our innovation performance, which is currently lagging behind many other developed countries. Processes implemented by government have to be changed to facilitate rather than restrict immigration. The solution according to the CCC is providing points in Express Entry for a job offer without requiring an LMIA for validation. Extra points should be provided to senior experienced individuals in positions at the executive level. Also, and this proposal would benefit the Waterloo Region technology sector, the federal government should explore a dedicated track for the assessment of applicants in the digital technology sector, consistent with the Tech Nation Visa Scheme in the UK. Finally, the CCC concludes that “immigration matters too much to Canada’s labour market for businesses not to be engaged in the system.” Fortunately, with the vision and exemplary work of many stakeholders across Waterloo Region, we are relatively well positioned to continue recruiting and retaining some of the world’s premier talent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Art Sinclair Art is Vice President Policy and Advocacy for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
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perspective on health care
Welcoming the McMaster MD Class of 2018 BY MARY SUE FITZPATRICK The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Health Care Resources Council welcomed the first 15 undergraduate medical students – the Class of 2010 – when they arrived in Kitchener in 2007 to begin their first year studies at the new Waterloo Region Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Since then, we have welcomed eight more Classes and seen six Classes graduate and move into residency programs on their way to practicing medicine. A number of these graduates chose family medicine over other specialties and many earned placements in the K-W Family Medicine Residency Program. This past December the Chamber again sponsored the School’s annual Welcome Dinner & Faculty Awards Gala for the 29 first year undergrads – the Class of 2018 – at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel. The event was also sponsored by HealthForceOntario, the recruitment and marketing arm of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, MacCare and our
Excellence in Administrative Support
CRYSTAL DAWSON & KERRI STEAD
counterpart recruiter in Cambridge & North Dumfries, Doctors4Cambridge. Recognizing Outstanding McMaster Faculty Members & Staff The new Class met some of their second and third year class peers and members of the local McMaster faculty and staff. They also joined them in recognizing physician preceptors and advisors who have made outstanding contributions to the medical students’ education experiences this past year. Nominations for these annual Faculty Awards come from the medical students and the recipients are selected by a student selection committee. Clinical and Non-Clinical Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship were conferred by a group of very enthused and grateful medical learners. As well, McMaster staff were recognized for Administrative Support.
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CLASS OF 2018
DR. BRIAN FURLONG DEAN'S AWARD MEDICAL EDUCATION
DR. BRUNO DIGRAVIO CLINICAL: PEDIATRICS
perspective on health care
The Waterloo Region Campus of the McMaster Medical School is truly privileged to have such high caliber physician educators and mentors among their faculty. They are to be congratulated for enhancing the learning experiences of these bright and aspiring young health care professionals. And we, as a community, are privileged to have these student learners living and training here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Sue Fitzpatrick Mary Sue is Vice President Family Physician Resources and Health Advocacy.
Excellence in Teaching
DR. MIKE LEE-POY CLINICAL: FAMILY MEDICINE
DR. JEREMY GREEN CLINICAL: OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
DR. PAUL GROSSO CLINICAL: ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
DR. KATHLEEN NOLAN ACADEMIC: TUTORIAL LEADER
DR. SOPHIYA BENJAMIN CLINICAL: PSYCHIATRY
DR. REBECCA KRUISSELBRINK CLINICAL: INTERNAL MEDICINE
DR. STEVEN GIILCK ACADEMIC: CLINICAL SKILLS TUTOR
DR. AVIK BANERJEE CLINICAL: SURGERY
DR. CHRYSSA MCALISTER CLINICAL: ELECTIVE ROTATION
SUSAN LASKEY & DR. CLARE CAMERON ACADEMIC: PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES FACILITATOR
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GUEST SPEAKER DAN HERMAN AT THE POINT OF VIEW LUNCHEON (*Photo by Snapd KW)
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David Butler, Business Development Executive 200 Front St W, Suite 2203 Toronto, ON M5V 3K2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.afex.com Phone: (416) 360-2136 Fax: (888) 363-8272
Josh Wright, Co-founder 25 Oak Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 1L4 Email: email@example.com www.blitzen.com Phone: (519) 572-1816
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Sean MacNeill, Director of Operations 1880 Assumption St, Suite 100 Windsor, ON N8Y 1C4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bramcanada.com Phone: (519) 973-3231
Patti Lehman, President 106 Sweetbriar Dr Kitchener, ON N2M 4S6 Email: email@example.com www.alfrantrophies.com Phone: (519) 897-4891 Amaya Restaurants
Venkata Pirati, Owner 20 King St E Kitchener, ON N2G 2K6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (416) 473-2051 Angels' Voice
BRAM Canada Inc Staffing Solutions
Capacity Trade Exchange of Canada (C.T.E.C.)
Anne Toner Fung, Principal Consultant Email: email@example.com www.annetonerfung.com Phone: (226) 750-1076 AWE Events Event Planning
Tanya Wormsley, Owner/Lead Designer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.aweevents.ca Phone: (519) 267-6888
Deep Trekker Inc.
Douglas Grosfield, President & CEO Email: email@example.com www.fiveninesit.ca Phone: (519) 893-3359
Sam Macdonald, President/CEO 40 Melair Dr, Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.deeptrekker.com Phone: (519) 342-3177 Interior Design Services
Paula Wilkie, Owner 72 St. Leger Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 6R4 Email: carouselclothingkitchener@gmail. com www.carouselclothing.ca Phone: (519) 576-4990 Compuexcel Consulting & Software Inc. IT Consultants
Chander Aggarwal, President 4 Robert Speck Pky, Suite 1500 Mississauga, ON L4Z 1S1 Email: email@example.com www.compuexcel.com Phone: (647) 221-6789
Schools - Academic - Colleges & Universities
Lynn Petruzzella, Program Manager 4350 S. Service Rd, Suite 345 Burlington, ON L7L 5R8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.degrooteschool.ca Phone: (905) 525-9140
Sasha Kuzmanovic, Owner 1215 Victoria St N, Kitchener, ON N2B 3E1 Email: email@example.com www.ctecanada.ca Phone: (226) 336-9907
Rebecca Loach, Angel Therapy Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist 151 Frobisher Dr, Suite D116 Waterloo, ON N2V 2C9 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.angelsvoice.ca Phone: (519) 886-6351
Samantha Waytowich, Principal Consultant/Partner 663 Scott Blvd. Milton, ON L9T 0P3 Email: email@example.com ciconsulting360.com Phone: (905) 299-6145 Fax: (519) 496-8352
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Carousel Clothing Inc.
Barter, Trades & Exchanges
Holistic Health Services
Continuous Improvement Consulting 360 (CI360)
Amanda Baechler, Principal Designer/Owner 18 - 9 Snyders Rd W Baden, ON N3A 4G8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.designsbyamanda.ca Phone: (519) 465-1426 Fax: (519) 214-3339 Elby Professional Recruitment (KW) Inc. Employment Agencies
Peter Lister, Partner 630 Riverbend Dr, Suite 102 Kitchener, ON N2K 3S2 Email: email@example.com www.elby.ca Phone: (519) 279-1297 Electra Colour Inc. Digital Imaging, Printing & Photography
Hemanth Dondolu, Director 190 Washburn Dr, Unit 2 Kitchener, ON N2R 1S1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.electracolour.com Phone: (519) 584-2700
Five Nines IT Solutions Internet & Technology Products & Service
Flowt K-W Health & Wellness
Mark Okkema, President 550 Parkside Dr, Unit B3 Waterloo, ON N2L 5V4 Email: email@example.com www.goflowt.com Phone: (519) 577-2022 Global Shipping Solution Inc Freight Forwarding
Syed Karim, Director 1744 Meyerside Dr, Unit 103 Mississauga, ON L5T 1A3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.globalshippingsolution.ca Phone: (905) 670-2019 Fax: (905) 670-5762 Grand River Kitchens & Woodworking Inc. Kitchen Planning & Remodelling
Robert Phillips, Owner 172 Snyders Rd W, Baden, ON N3A 2L9 Email: email@example.com www.grkw.ca Phone: (519) 894-0001 Him & Her Incorporated Website Design & Development
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Rob Cameron, Business Development Manager 50 Malcolm Rd, Unit 1 Guelph, ON N1K 1A9 Email: email@example.com www.hlbsolutions.com Phone: (519) 822-3450 Fax: (519) 822-8861
Denise Christie, President 316 Townsend Dr, SS#2 Breslau, ON N0B 1M0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.innertalentsconsulting.com Phone: (519) 716-4325
Jonathan Bergsma, Owner 480 Conestogo Road, Waterloo, ON N2L 4E2 Email: email@example.com www.krown.com/waterloo Phone: (519) 746-3332 Fax: (519) 746-7086
Mallory Manchur, Owner 626 Spinnaker Cr Waterloo, ON N2K 4A5 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.malandco.com Phone: (519) 584-5637
IRIS Optometrists Opticians
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Hog Tails BBQ
Kathryn Hofer, Managing Director PO Box 25091 Hiway Market Kitchener, ON N2A 1C2 Email: email@example.com modern-planner.com Phone: (519) 591-2246
Darryl Haus, Owner 645 Laurelwood Dr, Unit C Waterloo, ON N2V 2W9 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hogtailsbbq.ca Phone: (519) 888-9911
Daryan Angle, Optometrist, Owner 95 King St S, Suite 108 Waterloo, ON N2J 5A2 Email: email@example.com www.iris.ca Phone: (519) 725-3937 Fax: (866) 715-3511
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Kinsbrae Packaging Inc.
Humberto Gutierrez, Business Coach/Growth Expert 109 Ashberry Place Waterloo, ON N2T 1G8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.humbertogutierrez.ca Phone: (519) 573-0596
Packaging Materials & Service
Shawn Bonnick, President 100 Frobisher Dr, Unit 4 Waterloo, ON N2V 2A1 Email: email@example.com www.kinsbraepackaging.com Phone: (519) 590-3521 Krown Kitchener Rust Proofing
Nick Laurette, Owner 228 Shoemaker Street, Kitchener, ON N2E 3E1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.krown.com/kitchener Phone: (519) 893-5999 Fax: (519) 893-1965
Deanna Phillips, Owner 172 Snyders Rd W Baden, ON N3A 2L9 Email: email@example.com www.kwrealestatenewsletter.ca Phone: (519) 635-5720 Fax: (519) 214-0223
Stuart Murray, Owner/Lawyer 103 Queen St S Kitchener, ON N2G 1W1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mullun.ca Phone: (800) 878-1630 Fax: (800) 886-2991
Jason Homer, Owner Email: email@example.com www.limitlesslimo.ca Phone: (226) 929-0001 Luba Bakaj Organic Consulting Health & Wellness
Luba Bakaj, Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (226) 338-8411
Permit World Inc. Consultants Svetlana Levant, President 12 Rock Ave, Unit B Kitchener, ON N2M 2P1 Email: email@example.com www.permitworld.ca Phone: (519) 585-1201 Fax: (519) 208-7008
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD.
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Contractors - Residential & Commercial Menno S. Martin Contractor Limited We work with homeowners in the tri-cities and surrounding areas who are looking for renovations and additions of the highest quality and craftsmanship. We have an amazing team who are dedicated to doing the finest work and strive to WOW our clients! Call us today!
Art Janzen 1185 King Street North, St. Jacobs (519) 664-2245 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mennosmartin.com
CertaPro Painters of Waterloo is the "go to" company for commercial and residential painting in the greater Waterloo Region. Our fullyinsured professional crews are qualified and experienced in interior and exterior painting, including historical restoration work. We are committed to providing a superior level of customer service
Reliance Home Comfort™
Reliance Home Comfort™, the leading provider of heating, cooling and water heater solutions to Canadian homeowners. We offer a wide selection of quality brand name products, furnace and air conditioner service plans to protect against unexpected repair costs, technical experts, 24 hour phone support, and payment options that make dealing with Reliance Home Comfort FAST, EASY and AFFORDABLE.
First Class Shutters Inc Since 1989, we have been providing the K-W area with wood and vinyl shutters, roller shading systems, blinds, and refinishing services. We have solutions for windows of any shape and size, with custom colours available. Delivery time is 3-4 weeks.
452 Dansbury Drive Waterloo (519) 616-1167 email@example.com waterloo.certapro.com
Reliance Home Comfort™ 1-866-RELIANCE (735-4262) Mike Hoyer – Sales Manager Cell: (519) 222-0610 firstname.lastname@example.org www.reliancehomecomfort.com
First Class Shutters Inc Paul Jaworsky Elmira (519) 669-1962 or 1-800-565-1962 email@example.com www.firstclassshutters.com
RMW Exteriors Inc.
RMW Exteriors Inc.
RMW Exteriors Inc. is an industry leading exterior company providing 30 years of superior service in siding, windows and doors. RMW efficiently offers the highest quality of workmanship specializing in various new construction/remodeling projects from residential to commercial/industrial and agricultural.
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For over 20 years Eastforest Homes has built upon cherished values passed down through generations of skilled craftsmen. As an awardwinning company and with over 7,000 homes completed, Eastforest Homes has a reputation for quality homes and customer service.
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Education and Training for the Knowledge Economy BY JOHN TIBBITS Relentless technological change, global competition and market forces have dramatically impacted the Canadian economy. The labour market is much more complex than it was in the 1960s, and the rate of change is faster. There are many new kinds of jobs, and the skills required for traditional jobs have increased dramatically, requiring a broad range of sophisticated, applied skills. Many employers have reduced layers of management, requiring greater decision-making expertise for front-line workers. During the late 1960s, the Ontario college system was established and the university sector expanded rapidly to prepare the large influx of baby boomers for jobs that required a higher degree of knowledge (literacy, numeracy, technical competency, better interpersonal skills, etc.). Today, Ontario has one of the highest participation rates in post-secondary education in the world, including university, polytechnical, college and apprenticeship. But we can and must do better. Powerful external forces have led to a drop in commodity prices and a decline in the dollar. Our youth face high rates of unemployment and underemployment while numerous sectors struggle to find qualified workers. Canada needs to develop both short and long-term strategies to improve our economic competitiveness.
There is no question that a university degree is a good choice for some, but it is not the best choice for all. We need to increase the productivity of our workforce and develop stronger entrepreneurial skills among our citizens as well as higher rates of commercialization, especially the ability to scale up startups. The knowledge economy encompasses a broad range of sectors, including advanced manufacturing, food processing and trades. To fully participate, individuals require strong skills and the ability to adapt to change. Ontario’s education system, from kindergarten to post-secondary, must focus on the delivery of these outcomes, and include an adult education system that supports learners in their efforts to finish high school, successfully transition to postsecondary, and enter or re-enter the work force.
The more innovative we become, the greater the impact on the labour market in terms of reskilling for new jobs or existing jobs altered by changing conditions. Ontario and Canada need a better labour market information system so that parents, teachers and students are well-informed regarding future career prospects and employment opportunities. Making greater efforts to match individuals with the education and training that suits their needs and interests will create a more efficient post-secondary system that allows students to make the right choices the first time, obtain jobs upon completion of their education and training, and contribute to our economic productivity. Currently, less than 10 per cent of grade nine students think that they should become trades people, while 90 per cent think they will go to university. Although there are tremendous career prospects in trades, requiring workers with substantial technical and problem-solving skills, they are often a later career choice in Ontario, where the average age of an apprentice is 27 (compared to 16 in Germany). While it’s true that 70 per cent of our high school graduates need some form of post-secondary education to enter the job market, it’s equally important that it’s the right education, aligned with workforce needs. There is no question that a university degree is a good choice for some, but it is not the best choice for all. In the 1960s there were a small number of university graduates. Now more than 250,000 people graduate with bachelor’s degrees each year, more than 30 per cent of them in arts programs. Many of these graduates require further training to start their careers. Presently, 90 per cent of students in Conestoga’s graduate certificate programs are university graduates. Almost 15 per cent of Conestoga’s post-secondary students have a degree or some university education, and more than 35 per cent of continuing education students have university degrees. The path to a job and career and higher lifetime earnings is more complex than in previous generations. Students’ choices should be determined by aptitude, interests and objectives. Learning styles, financial considerations and age may also play a role. Institutes like Conestoga focus on career-based education and training, and feature small classes with a strong
connection between teachers and learners as well as an emphasis on work-integrated learning. Students in many programs are engaged in applied research projects for real-world clients, building skills and experience for successful careers. Business and industry leaders provide guidance and advice in the development and delivery of all programs. Our governance model allows us to be responsive to both employer and individual needs. Conestoga has more than 55,000 full- and part-time students in a wide array of programming to meet the needs of the whole community of learners. Programs range from upgrading for those without high school or prerequisites, to one, two, and three-year programs, honours degrees and graduate certificates. Additional offerings include continuing education, corporate training for companies such as Toyota and Linamar, apprenticeship training, English language training for newcomers to Canada and reemployment programs for those who have lost jobs. Our degree programs are equivalent to those at university, preparing our graduates to enter Masterâ€™s-level programs. Joint programming with Laurier in Brantford allows students to obtain both a college diploma and university degree within four years. We also help students who wish to attend university improve their academic readiness. A significant number of programs are available for international students who may wish to emigrate to Canada. Canada will need these immigrants to make up for skills shortages resulting from workforce retirements and declining birth rates. We are fortunate to have a strong post-secondary system in our region that includes three top universities that provide a high quality education for some members of society. However, we must provide opportunities for all citizens to participate and achieve their potential. During the last twenty years, this region has placed tremendous emphasis on the hi-tech industry with substantial results. However, other industries such as food processing and advanced manufacturing require equal emphasis to strengthen our regional economy and provide job opportunities for a wider range of our population. Working closely with school boards should be part of this regionâ€™s economic development strategy as we strive to provide parents and educators with better labour market information.
The costs of unemployment are substantial to society. Long-term unemployment can lead to significant social and personal problems. Studies have shown that increasing the literacy and numeracy skills of people in entry level positions can lead to significant productivity increases. Therefore, we need to invest appropriately in all sectors of the post-secondary system. Colleges draw equally from all socioeconomic quartiles, but currently receive lower funding per student and lower tuition than universities. We need to ensure that our education system can meet rapidly changing workforce needs and provide opportunities for individuals across our community to achieve their full potential. Fostering student success through a comprehensive support system that provides pathways to achievement will yield tremendous dividends as we create a broad-based, participatory economy where everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Rapid technological development will change the nature of work as the knowledge economy evolves, and we must be prepared to invest in ongoing retraining and upskilling of our work force. We simply cannot afford to waste human talent if we wish to compete against emerging global economies. Canada, and Ontario specifically, have historically ranked as world leaders in education and skills development. We have much to be proud of, but we need a long-term strategy for success to keep Ontario strong as the future unfolds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Tibbits Dr. John Tibbits is President and CEO of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, a leader in careerfocused education, training and applied research that prepares students for success in the knowledge economy and promotes economic prosperity for Ontario.
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Mark Your Calendar March 4, 2016
March 23, 2016
International Women’s Day Breakfast
Point of View with John Tory
7:00-9:00am Location: Crowne Plaza Kitchener- Waterloo Member: $30 • General Admission: $35
11:30am-1:30pm Location: Crowne Plaza Kitchener- Waterloo Member: $40 • General Admission: $50
Join us in recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in our community and around the world.
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March 24, 2016
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Networking Breakfast Series presents The 2016 Budget and the Impact for Canadian Business
7:15-9:00am Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Member: $28 • General Admission: $35
March 10, 2016 Libro Chamber Young Professionals Networking Event 5:30-7:30pm Location: Deer Ridge Golf Club Members: $5 • General Admission: $10 You are invited to join us to develop key relationships, build your business network and connect with other young professionals and business leaders at this casual networking event. Title Sponsor:
David Webb, Regional Managing Partner of national accounting and consulting firm MNP LLP, will provide his analysis of the 2016 federal budget, particularly tax changes that will impact business. He will also provide a brief analysis of the planned Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) scheduled for implementation in 2018. Title Sponsor:
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April 5, 2016
April 12, 2016
Energy & Environment Forum
Manulife Chamber Academy – Learning the Ins and Outs of Online Advertising and Analytics
11:00am-1:30pm Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Member: $40 • General Admission: $50 Watch the website for more details. Title Sponsors:
8:00-9:30am at Kitchener Public Library Member: $20 • General Admission: $25 By now, you’ve probably heard of or even experienced online advertising on some level. Join Kris from Intrigue Media as he walks you through how to attract new customers with cost effective online marketing strategies. Then learn how to measure the results of your online marketing efforts through Google Analytics. Title Sponsor:
April 5, 2016 Home Hardware Business After 5 5:00-7:00pm Hosted by Sherwood Systems Member: Complimentary • General Admission: $10
April 27, 2016 Libro Foundation Chamber Young Professionals Networking Event
Does networking intimidate you or do you thrive on meeting new people? Come out to this casual bi-monthly event with friendly faces and easy conversation that provides an opportunity for B2B networking.
5:30-7:30pm Location: The Bauer Kitchen Members: $5 • General Admission: $10
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December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 Quadro Engineering
Heather Jacklin, Executive Assistant 613 Colby Dr, Waterloo, ON N2V 1A1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.quadro.com Phone: (519) 884-9660 Fax: (519) 884-0253
Aleksander Timcisin, Owner 175 Riverbank Drive, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R6 Email: alek@shopKW.ca www.shopkw.ca Phone: (519) 803-0833
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Emma Chang, Owner 255 Highview Dr, Unit 3 Kitchener, ON N2N 2K7 Email: email@example.com www.sopaskitchen.com Phone: (519) 729-6604
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Jennifer Weishuhn, General Manager 180 Northfield Dr W, Suite 4 Waterloo, ON N2L 0C7 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.regus.ca Phone: (226) 336-8100 Ronald Hare Photography Photographers
Ronald Hare, Owner 25 Tallwood Dr, West Montrose, ON N0B 2V0 Email: email@example.com www.ronaldhare.com Phone: (519) 669-9999 Rouse Realty Advisors Inc. Real Estate
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Technology Developed in Waterloo Region Protects Environment by Capturing Hospital Anesthetic Gases BY MARK KARJALUOTO, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AT GRH New patented technology developed in Waterloo Region will help battle climate change by capturing anesthetic gases that cause global warming. Grand River Hospital (GRH) has activated its halogenated drug recovery (HDR) system, developed by Class 1 Inc. of Cambridge. The technology captures waste anesthetic gases exhaled by patients undergoing surgery. The gases are liquefied and stored for future re-processing. GRH’s KW Campus has been the pilot site for Class 1’s system. Exhaled air from surgical patients is now diverted into specialized equipment in a mechanical room. The anesthetic gases are captured and stored in canisters rather than being released into the environment. The canisters are replaced regularly. “Just a single 240 mL bottle of anesthetic gas released into the atmosphere is the equivalent of 1.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Our system safely captures and stores these gases without releasing them into the environment,” said Barry Hunt, president and CEO of Class 1 Inc. “Our operating rooms support 7,600 surgical cases with general anesthetic every year, and use 854 bottles of anesthetic gases. Class 1’s HDR system will reduce our carbon footprint by more than a thousand tonnes a year,” said Malcolm Maxwell, GRH president and CEO. “HDR is among several technologies we’re using to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at GRH. Automating our building heating systems has reduced energy use and related emissions while saving funds that we can redirect to patient care services.” Class 1 Inc. worked closely with the University of Waterloo’s chemical engineering department to develop the system over the past seven years. The company is now bringing the technology to market, and has installations planned in more than a dozen hospitals across North America. “This is an ideal research partnership with Class 1 Inc., that really makes an environmental difference, and with Grand River Hospital who allowed us to prove the process,” said Bill Anderson, professor of chemical engineering, University of Waterloo. “Midsize hospitals can emit the carbon equivalent of up to 1,200 automobiles annually. HDR will eliminate that.” Class 1 received support to develop HDR through: •
Financial contributions and advisory services from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
A grant from Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and
L TO R: PADRAIC FOLEY, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ONTARIO CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE; DR. BILL ANDERSON OF UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING; GRH BOARD MEMBER AND WATERLOO COUNCILLOR DIANE FREEMAN; KITCHENER WATERLOO MPP CATHERINE FIFE; GRH PRESIDENT AND CEO MALCOLM MAXWELL; BARRY HUNT, PRESIDENT OF CLASS 1 INC; KITCHENER CENTRE MPP DIANE VERNILE; KITCHENER SOUTH—HESPELER MP MARWAN TABBARA; AND CAMBRIDGE MPP KATHRYN MCGARRY.
The Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP).
The system’s estimated price is $300 per operating room per month. "This is yet another great example of the region’s technological creativity, driven by innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships of local industry, academic and community institutions. Green and clean industry is a wellspring of future economic growth. I’m especially pleased that financial support from the Industrial Research Assistance Program of the federal government’s National Research Council was able to assist in the development of this technology,” said Marwan Tabbara, MP Kitchener South-Hespeler. “I am so pleased with the collaborative efforts in our community among Grand River Hospital, Class 1 Inc, and the University of Waterloo which have yielded such innovative technology. This has the potential to profoundly reduce anesthetic emissions harmful to the environment, not only in Waterloo Region, but globally,” said Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre “Ontario Centres of Excellence has proudly supported this project through two grants. It was also a finalist for our Mind to Market award this year because of the way it highlighted the collaboration between industry and academia. The partners have come together to develop a game-changing solution that will help reduce emissions that are potentially harmful to the environment,” said Dr. Tom Corr, president and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence. advocate MARCH | APRIL 2016
LiUNA Invests in Jobs and Infrastructure BY JOSEPH S. MANCINELLI With over 90,000 members across Canada working in construction, waste management, service and healthcare, the Labourer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA) has a vested interest in the strength of the Canadian infrastructure sector. Their pension plan, the LiUNA Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada (LPFCEC), receives contributions from construction and service employees that are building Canada’s roads, residences, tunnels, pipelines and hydro-electric facilities, and are employed in our health care industry, among other sectors. As such, developing and managing their retirement fund with an asset management company that specializes in infrastructure investments was a key consideration for LiUNA when determining their investment approach.
Kitchener-Waterloo, the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas and the Sunningdale Solar Portfolio in southwestern Ontario. Over the last ten years, the LPFCEC has grown in both value and diversity of assets, providing their membership with a retirement commitment that they can count on for the duration of their senior years as well as a legacy of important infrastructure projects that they helped build for Canada.
The LPFCEC investments with Fengate, a real asset investment firm based in Toronto, include capital commitments in infrastructure assets, real estate assets and an investment in the Seasons Retirement Communities. The characteristics of Canadian infrastructure investments complement the financial goals of the LPFCEC. Infrastructure assets have a long duration and cash flow, which matches the long-term liability of the pension obligation to LiUNA’s retirees. In particular, Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects typically have a 30-year project agreement, ensuring that LPFCEC has strong and stable returns that extend the duration of that contract. In addition to targeting investments with strong and stable returns, LiUNA’s investment strategy has been to pursue development and construction opportunities that would positively impact their member base. Their investments across the Canadian infrastructure sector represent a total of 36 million in construction labour hours – providing significant work opportunities for their members. Historically, LiUNA has invested in Greenfield assets (new construction) so that their invested dollars keep their members employed. In recent years, they have pursued additional opportunities in both Canadian Greenfield and Brownfield (redevelopment) projects, as well as international investments in the United States and other select OECD countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom. “With an increased focus on infrastructure by our governments, we have a collective duty to grow our local unions and to ensure many good paying jobs for LiUNA members across North America,” said Joseph S. Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager. “As of 2015, LiUNA has one of the top ten fastest growing multi-employer pension plans in Canada, and we will continue to strengthen this great organization to ensure LiUNA members have a voice and have a better future.” Another factor in LiUNA’s investment strategy was a desire to improve local communities. Pursuing investments in Canadian infrastructure aligns with the organization’s and their membership’s goals of being responsible members of their communities. Their investment portfolio in the infrastructure sector represents two state-of-the-art mental health care facilities, production of renewable power to support 45,000 homes, 38 new courtrooms, 1,800 new hospital beds and detention facilities for 1,800 inmates. The projects within this portfolio include many in Ontario, such as the Waterloo Region Courthouse in
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joseph S. Mancinelli Joseph is LiUNA International Vice President, Central and Eastern Canada Regional Manger, and Chair, Labourers’ Pension Fund
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RBC Helps Communities Prosper in Kitchener/Waterloo BY PAUL LEDINGHAM RBC has been a long-time member of the Kitchener/Waterloo community, helping clients and businesses thrive. Whether it is helping someone buy their first home, securing a loan for a small business owner, or managing a comprehensive investment portfolio, we take pride in helping our clients reach their someday. Our client first philosophy has integrated us into the community, the lives of our clients, and made us truly passionate about the future of Kitchener/Waterloo. Since joining the Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in 1992, the bond with our community has become even stronger. As a member of the Chamber, we are proud to
Our "client first" philosophy has integrated us into the community connect with many businesses and individuals in the community. Being able to collaborate with other businesses allows us to help our clients by offering a broad range of support and deliver the range of RBC services (Business Banking, RBC Wealth Management, which includes Dominion Securities, PH & N and Private Banking) throughout the local business network.
Today, RBC employs more than 200 people in the Kitchener Waterloo market where we serve our clients at 12 branch locations, a commercial centre or at a convenient location in the community with one of our mobile bankers specializing in small business, Mortgage Specialists and Investment & Retirement Planners. In addition, RBC has an Award Winning Online site and has invested heavily into mobile banking services to allow our clients to have digital access to innovative banking solutions wherever and whenever they need them. We are very proud of our Mobile Wallet, which allows you to download all your credit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards onto your Android & Apple Smart Phone. Industry leading Financial Planning services are available at every RBC branch in Kitchener Waterloo. Imagine the satisfaction when you know you're making the most of your financial situation. That your investments are on track, your net worth is growing and that youâ€™re even getting more from your everyday banking and cash flow. Imagine your peace-of-
We know your business is part of a dynamic industry mind when you can look into the future and know your life style in your retirement years can be maintained and secure. Think about your someday goals and talk to our Financial Planning team about how they can help you achieve them.
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At RBC we know your business is part of a dynamic industry that's constantly evolving in response to the demands of the global marketplace and we offer customized solutions, tailored for your industry. This means more than simply offering a range of business banking products. It means having specialists knowledgeable in your industry ready to take the lead with your business banking. At RBC our specialists understand the sophistication of today's business. Your dedicated Account Manager is your business partner and advocate, providing the gateway to flexible and innovative financing products, investment services, and trade and cash management solutions to meet your business needs. Your Account Manager will
understand your company’s goals and vision for the future, share their industry-specific knowledge and experience, deliver proactive advice and solutions to help your business save money, seize opportunities, and reduce risk. This is the perfect time to speak to a Commercial Account Manager about the evolution of your industry and get connected to our specialist teams at RBC. RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities, is the largest full-service wealth management office in Waterloo Region.
We take the time to get to know our clients, their families and their goals Over 20 unique teams of advisory professionals expertly serves a group of clients by offering them in depth financial planning, insurance and estate planning and custom tailored portfolio management strategies. With a history spanning over 90 years in Kitchener-Waterloo, “RBC DS” has become the premier Wealth Management office in the region by delivering an extraordinary results-driven client experience. RBC Private Banking completes our service offering by providing comprehensive financial solutions for high-net-worth individuals and families. Our Private Banking philosophy revolves around our personal relationships with each of our clients. We take the time to get to know our clients, their families and their goals. We use this information to analyze liquidity, debt and risk management, investments, tax strategies and estate plans. We also draw upon a range of top experts in our global Wealth Management team to provide an unparalleled, innovative range of products and services. This enables us to implement a comprehensive wealth plan that provides sophisticated solutions to address our clients’ needs today and help create the path to a better financial future.
In addition to our support for individuals and businesses, RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $100 million to causes worldwide. In Kitchener/Waterloo, we are proud to support local organizations through RBC Foundation including K-W Counselling Services, Lutherwood, Nutrition for Learning, the Food Bank of Waterloo and many more. At RBC we are especially proud of our support of Lutherwood, a not for profit organization that provides a wide range of mental health, employment development, housing, and family support services in Kitchener, Waterloo and surrounding areas. Through our RBC Kids Pledge and the Children’s Mental Health Project, we have supported Lutherwood for over 20 years, donating more than $220,000. RBC employee volunteers are also passionate participants in Lutherwood Steps for Kids, raising money and awareness to support youth mental health.
Our purpose is to help clients thrive and communities prosper Our purpose is to help clients thrive and communities prosper. At RBC, we believe that not only means achieving excellence in banking, but also being corporately responsible and actively involved in our communities. “We believe in the power of communities and the people who live in them. On behalf of my colleagues, I invite you to learn more about RBC and our innovative, comprehensive approach to banking and financial services.” – Paul Ledingham, RBC Regional Vice President, Kitchener Waterloo
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Membership Milestones! We'd like to thank all of our members for your support over the years and want to congratulate the following companies who are celebrating these Milestone Anniversaries in 2016.
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Argosy Partners - The Succession Fund Canadian ECO Products CertaPro Painters of Waterloo Charms Hair and Beauty CIBC - Conestoga Banking Centre CIBC - King & Queen, 3rd floor, KWGC District Office Clearly Spoken Inc. Reporting & Transcription Service Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More Crystal Clear Water Centres Dean Group Donovan Insurance Brokers Downtown Auto Centre Eastforest Homes EGS Electrical Group Canada Ltd FiberTech Optica FORE U Enterprises Gerry Kuchma Mechanical Inc GForce Custom Fabrication & Installation Inc GoodLife Fitness - Highland Hills Real Canadian Superstore Women’s Club Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kitchener Hands-On Healthcare Clinic IDS (KW) Inc Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region ISU Corp Labusch Skywear Inc Projectit Performance Solutions Inc. PromotionWorks - A Service of Hallman Business Forms, Labels and Printing RBC Royal Bank - Fairway Rd Branch RBC Royal Bank - Ottawa & River Road RBC Royal Bank - Uptown Waterloo RBC Royal Bank - Westmount & Erb Reid’s Heritage Homes Ltd Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Scribes’ Nook Inc SRG Human Resource & Recruitment Specialists St. George Banquet Hall Stahle Construction Inc
Stemmler Meats & Cheese Inc TD Canada Trust - Beechwood TD Canada Trust - Belmont & Claremont TD Canada Trust - Conestoga Mall TD Canada Trust - Fairview Park Mall TD Canada Trust - Highland & Belmont TD Canada Trust - Highland Hills TD Canada Trust - King & Francis TD Canada Trust - Pioneer Drive TD Canada Trust - Stanley Park TD Canada Trust - Strasburg TD Canada Trust - University & Weber TD Canada Trust - Uptown Waterloo TD Canada Trust - Weber & Northfield TD Canada Trust - Williamsburg Town Centre TD Commercial Banking Toffson Management Winmar Wyvern Scientific Inc. Xylotek Solutions Inc.
JOINED IN 2001
At the Crossroads B & L Metal Products Ltd Beingessner Home Exteriors Ltd BMO Bank of Montreal - Elmira C. L. Martin & Co. Limited C.J. Brubacher Ltd Carstar - Elmira, A Division of Rudow’s Auto Body Ltd. Chemtura Canada Co./Cie David T. Hodgins Real Estate Dewar Home Improvements Dr. Simone Peta Elmira Auto Supplies Inc. Elmira Golf Club Elmira Sip & Bite Restaurant Erbsville Kartway Frey Building Contractors Go Energy Golden Triangle Printing Inc. GT Wireless Inc/TELUS Mobility Haney, Haney & Kendall Hemmerich Hearing Center Ltd Henry Walser Funeral Home Home Hardware Stores Limited
IFS - Industrial & Financial Systems Canada Inc Impact Events Group, Inc. Josslin Insurance - Elmira Kraemer Woodcraft Ltd LegalShield Lowes, Salmon & Gadbois LSI - The Rust Authority Luther Village on the Park M & G Millwrights Ltd Martin Mills Inc Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd. MGMT2GO Inc Motive Technical Services Inc Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics Picard’s Plein Disposal Royal LePage Elmira Real Estate Services, Brokerage Smith Energy Inc. Snyder Metal Fabricating Ltd Spilek-Weiss Electric Inc Spin Doctor Productions (DJ Service) Tech Capital Partners Inc The Stone Crock Restaurant Tri-Green Inc Unicorn Truck -Tank Wash Woods, Clemens, Fletcher & Cronin Woolwich Observer
JOINED IN 1996
Al Dunn Heating, Air Conditioning & Fireplaces Attitudes on Pine BlackBerry Limited Brodrecht’s Flooring Canada Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Cook Homes Dearden & Associates Inc Green Gables Executive Guest House Knar Jewellery Ltd Levesque & Deane Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc MRC Systems Inc Second Foundation Consulting Inc Septimatech Group Inc Total Home Energy Systems Inc.
Via Rail Canada WalterFedy XCG Consultants Limited
JOINED IN 1991
ABCO Custom Manufacturing Inc Ayr Coach Lines Limited Comtran Inc Fred Astaire Dance Studios GHD Humphries Auto Service Information Network Systems Inc Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo S.M.W. Engineering Inc VIP Travel Group Ltd
JOINED IN 1986 and earlier
AECOM Canada Ltd. Airways Transit Service Limited All Ontario Financial-The Mortgage People Amber Steel Atlas Scale Baer Petroleum Marketing Ltd Bank of Nova Scotia - Kitchener Barber-Collins Security Services Ltd. Bast Tire & Auto BDO Canada LLP Bell Canada Bell Media Inc. Berkshire Building Corp Better Business Bureau of Midwestern and Central Ontario Bev Shearer & Sons Roofing Ltd Bingemans Inc Boucher & Jones Fuels Petro-Canada Products Britton Automotive & Industrial Supply Business Development Bank of Canada Cameron’s Flower Shop Capri Salon and Spa Centre In The Square Charcoal Steak House Chicopee Craftsmen (1999) Inc Rogers Radio CIBC - Wood Gundy Waterloo Club Willowells Cober Colt Canada Corporation Conestoga Cold Storage Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Conestoga Country Club Ltd Cowan Insurance Group Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. Crown Courier Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo Deloitte LLP
Dr. Kevin P. McSweeny Duncan, Linton LLP Dundee Country Club Economical Insurance EIWO Canadian Management Ltd Elite Air Inc Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada Erb & Good Family Funeral Home Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd EY FaithLife Financial Financial Horizons Inc Four Points by Sheraton WaterlooKitchener Hotel & Suites Giffen LLP Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Guhring Corp H. Polzl Consulting Limited H. Wolynetz Investments Ltd Heer’s Paint & Decor Heffner Lexus & Heffner Toyota & Heffner Scion Heine Instruments (Canada) Ltd. Hercules Tire International Hogg Fuel & Supply Limited Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel and Conference Centre Ivanhoe Cambridge II Inc./Conestoga Mall John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region Inc Kelly & Co Kitchener Public Library Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. Kodiak Building Ltd KPMG MSLP Kuehne + Nagel Ltd. K-W Oktoberfest Inc Lackner McLennan Insurance Ltd. Lakeshore Service Centre Linda Hilts Interiors Ltd Link With Home Travel Inc. Madorin, Snyder LLP Mark L. Dorfman, Planner Inc Marsland Centre Limited Marten’s Furniture Warehouse-Showroom Masonry by Rasmussen Inc McBride Loudspeaker Source Ltd Metropolitan Pump Co Limited Miller Thomson LLP Minuteman Press MNP LLP Moore, McDermott & Partners LLP MTE Consultants Inc. New York Rock (822773 Ontario Ltd)
Northfield Racquet & Fitness Club Northfield Trim & Door Inc. Onward Manufacturing Company Limited Parkway Ford Sales (1996) Ltd Piller’s Fine Foods, a division of Premium Brands Operating Limited Partnership Poly Disposables (2004) Ltd PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Raytheon Canada Limited Ricoh Canada RS Financial Services Limited Rubberline Products Ltd Safety-Kleen Canada Inc (Oil Recovery) Schiedel Construction Inc Spaenaur Inc St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation Steed and Evans Limited Strassburger Windows & Doors Strauss Properties Ltd Sun Life Financial Swan Dust Control Ltd Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Swiss Chalet - Weber Street North The C3 Group The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited/ Fairview Park Mall The Plant Lady Inc. The Shops at Waterloo Town Square/ Primus Property Management Inc. Twin City Dwyer Printing Co Ltd Twinlode Canada Union Gas a Spectra Energy Company United Rentals Of Canada Inc United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area University of Waterloo Voisin Developments Ltd Walper Hotel Enterprise Inc. Waste Management of Canada Corporation Waterloo Catholic District School Board Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel Waterloo Manufacturing Company Ltd Waterloo North Hydro Inc Waterloo Printing Company Ltd Waterloo Region Record Waterloo Regional Police Association Weber Supply Company Inc. Wesco Distribution Canada LP Westmount Golf & Country Club Ltd WHITNEY & Company Realty Limited Wilfrid Laurier University Wilke Movers Ltd William Knell and Company Ltd Your Neighbourhood Credit Union Youth in Conflict with the Law ZehrGroup
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Employment Issues in the Purchase of a Business – Be Aware of Your Obligations BY GREG HERTZBERGER When purchasing a business it is important to be aware of the obligations owed to employees of the vendor as they will survive closing and become additional liabilities for the purchaser. The purchaser will inherit these liabilities regardless of whether the transaction is structured as a share or asset sale. During the year employees accrue vacation pay, CPP credits, performance bonuses, and EI premiums that are the responsibility of the employer to pay. All of these accruals should be adjusted as of the date of closing otherwise the purchaser will become responsible for them.
Under the ESA, the sale does not result in the termination of employment As a purchaser it is important to note the provisions of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) which provides that when a business is sold and the purchaser continues to employ an employee of the seller, the sale does not “reset the clock.” Often purchasers erroneously assume that on closing the employees are considered terminated by the vendors and are then newly hired by the purchaser. Under the ESA, absent prior arrangements between vendor and purchaser, the sale does not result in the termination of employment and the time in employment with the seller will count as employment with the purchaser for the purposes of determining future entitlements which use length of employment as criteria (these include termination pay, severance pay, and vacation time).
It is important to be aware of the obligations owed to employees
months or even years. If the purchaser of a business does not offer employment to a current employee, the vendor will generally be liable for the termination pay unless reasonable notice of termination had been provided. Therefore, if the purchaser knows in advance that it will not hire certain employees on closing of the transaction it will want an indemnity from the vendor and specific language in the purchase agreement to allocate these costs to the vendor. If an employee refuses to work for the purchaser as the new owner of the business then it’s likely the employee will have no claim for termination pay under common law against either the vendor or the purchaser as the employee will be deemed to have failed to mitigate their damages by accepting employment. The employee, however, may still be owed their minimum termination pay under the ESA.
When planning to purchase a business one should seek legal counsel early These liabilities should be addressed early during the negotiation of the purchase price for the business as these costs can have a significant impact. Failure to do so could result in the parties running the risk of the transaction failing to close or even triggering a potential lawsuit. Purchasing a business can be a complicated transaction where parties can easily overlook issues such as employment matters and how to handle employees on closing. When planning to purchase a business one should seek legal counsel early in the planning, negotiating, and closing process to ensure there are no hidden costs or penalties which should have been addressed during the negotiation process. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In addition to the statutory and contractual liabilities listed above, employees have common law rights to be compensated when they are terminated. This liability arises when the employee is not given sufficient notice of their termination. The employer is responsible for payment of salary in lieu of notice which can range from several weeks and, in the case of long term employees,
Greg Hertzberger Greg is Counsel in the Kitchener office of Cohen Highley LLP. He is certified as a specialist in corporate and commercial law by the Law Society of Upper Canada
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MEMBER NOTABLES YNCU Announces Merger with Northern Ontario Credit Union On January 26, 2016, Kitchener-based Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) and Sault Ste. Marie’s Community First Credit Union (CFCU) announced the approval, by their respective memberships, of an amalgamation. In a submission to the Financial Services Corporation of Ontario, CFCU and YNCU proposed a business case that would allow Community First to retain its name and branding in the communities it currently serves. This model will be the first of this kind in Ontario and the new organization will be Your Neighbourhood Credit Union Limited, the sixth largest credit union in the province serving 58,000 members through 21 branches. Kerry Haddad will be President and CEO of the new organization and corporate offices will be maintained in Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie.
Artals and Waterloo Engraving Merge Artals Promotions of Kitchener merged with Waterloo Engraving as of January 1, 2016. All operations will be performed at the Artals office on Samuel Street with Waterloo Engraving as a division. Artals has been serving Kitchener- Waterloo for the last two decades, and under the merger customers will have access to over 500,000 promotional products. They also own TruPrint Services, who were awarded 2nd place in the 2015 Record Reader Awards.
Laurier Lazaridis School wins seventh consecutive championship Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics has once again taken top honours at the JDC Central competition, winning School of the Year for an unprecedented seventh year in a row. Hosted January 8-10, 2016, by the Canadian Association of Business Students, over 700 undergraduate business students from 14 universities competed in debates, academic cases, charity events and social activities. Students spend countless hours over many months preparing for this competition, applying what they learn in the classroom into practice and making valuable connections to benefit their future careers and community service. In the seven years since JDC Central commenced, the Lazaridis School has remained undefeated. The 2016 student team of 43 members was led by co-captains Michael Blair and Connor Shkimba.
Stantec Moves to New Office in Waterloo On February 8, 2016, 350 local employees of consulting firm Stantec moved from downtown Kitchener to their new facility in the innoTECH building at the David Johnston Research + Technology Park in Waterloo. Kevin Fergin, office leader for Stantec’s Waterloo Region office, noted in a media release that not only does the new building provide a larger space for a growing team, it is LEED Gold certified and includes features consistent with company values. The Stantec interior design team is currently pursuing a separate LEED Gold certification for the company space. Stantec is currently working on many major projects across Waterloo Region including reconstruction of the Greenbook Water Treatment Plant in Kitchener and traffic flow improvements on Franklin Boulevard in Cambridge. advocate MARCH | APRIL 2016
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