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This is my final column for the Advocate in my position as Board Chair, which provides cause for reflection of the events of the past year. The thing I enjoy the most about being involved with the Chamber is the opportunity to meet people in business in a variety of sectors and regions. This year three people – Joe Oliver, John Chen and Mike Wekerle - specifically come to mind, all of whom spoke at our events. Joe Oliver, Canada’s Finance Minister spoke about some of the differences of public life and his time in private industry. Educated at McGill and Harvard, he spent many years in the upper echelons of the investment banking industry before entering the political realm. Just like every other political candidate, he spent countless hours on the campaign trail, knocking on doors and getting to know his constituents at a grassroots level. John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, spoke of the formidable task of shifting the consumer mindset about the BlackBerry product and the challenges facing the company as it moves forward. John’s pragmatic and extremely focused approach is a lesson for all business, particularly those that have come through turbulent waters. Turbulent is also a word that perhaps could describe the life and times of Mike Wekerle. “The Wek” entertained a Chamber lunch audience with tales of his journey through a business career that has included many highs and lows and lessons learned in between. Mike is investing heavily in real estate and technology companies in Waterloo Region, and his frank (and frantic!) approach is certainly unique. These three individuals have very different personalities, and different approaches to the challenges they face. However, a common thread is their passion and confidence in the Waterloo Region marketplace. They see what I see every day – an industrious, strong and diverse business community that works collectively to achieve success. A very exciting initiative being launched by the Chamber this fall is the Chamber Accelerator Membership Program, where established SME’s in non-technology industries can receive mentoring from seven experienced and reputable business experts over a six month period.
The Delivery Guys (www.thedeliveryguys.ca) is one of the businesses selected to participate in the inaugural pilot program running from September 2015 to February 2016. Brent and Rebecca Hempey first established their company in 1999, providing premiere courier services in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. They have grown to a fleet of ten vehicles and have decided to investigate further growth opportunities. “The Chamber Accelerator Program comes at a perfect time for us,” mentioned Brent, “and we couldn’t be more excited about participating.” Rebecca adds “for the first time in our company’s history we have started actively marketing our services, to date our business growth has all been by word of mouth. The mentoring we’ll receive through the Chamber’s program will be invaluable as we assess our strategies moving forward.” The Chamber as an organization is in very sound financial shape, has an experienced staff complement with a diverse skill set, and as a service provider to its members the results speak for themselves. Event attendance and program offerings have been at peak levels over the past two years. This Chamber is the sixth or seventh largest in Canada (by membership level), and our staff are an important and well respected advocacy voice at the local, provincial and national policy levels. Chamber staff guide hundreds of volunteers on many committees, and also serve the 20 member Chamber Board of Directors with patience and professionalism. Our job as a Board is made so much easier by Ian McLean and his team –programs are delivered, operational targets are met and the “everyday” running of important programs that Chamber members need is as important as newer initiatives that are rolled out from time to time. A huge “shout out” and personal thank you to our Chamber staff that continue to drive this Chamber to increasing levels of relevance and success!
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A Critical Election Campaign for Business BY IAN MCLEAN Like all recent provincial and national elections, economic and business issues will be central in the 2015 summer and fall campaign. Locally, government incentives to encourage business investment in productivity enhancing technology remains a priority issue. Through strong advocacy from our Chamber and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for manufacturing machinery and equipment was extended for an additional ten years within the 2015 federal budget. This program, which was first introduced in 2007, has assisted many local manufacturers in competing successfully on global markets, and the additional ten year extension will ensure future opportunities are capitalized upon. Pensions and retirement income will also be prominent election issues particularly in Ontario. Overall, both the federal and provincial governments must ensure that programs are affordable and not a negative drag on job creation and economic growth. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) mandate for the election is relatively concise â€“ to make it easier for Canadian businesses to compete on the world stage. If we can take an advantage over our competitors, employers will not only create new jobs and generate greater prosperity for communities across the country, but they will enable Canada to recover from the recent economic slowdown. The CCC has identified four priority issues for the current and future success of the national business community. Firstly, more than ever businesses need to recruit and retain skilled employees. While Waterloo Region leads all of Canada with respect to the relationship that has evolved between business and our local postsecondary institutions for addressing skills development and shortages, we are however continually challenged in ensuring a match between employee training and employer demands for current and future requirements. Canada and Waterloo Region are home to innovative and fast growing small businesses. Unfortunately, many have problems in securing access to the growth funding required for the next stages of development. The Canadian Chamber, after extensive consultations with small business in 2014, concluded that Canada needs better tax incentives to attract more angel investors. Existing
regulations must also be changed to encourage insurance companies and pension funds to invest in venture capital. Thirdly, Canadian business requires improved access to research and development, including assurances that results become commercialized. Stronger links to publicly-funded research labs and investments in research clusters will allow Canadian businesses to build off the ideas of one another, creating a more collaborative environment and leading to a stronger overall economy. Finally, businesses are increasingly dependent on international trade. To ensure a consistent demand for Canadian exports, two things need to happen. Trade agreements must be strengthened and expanded to open up international markets, and infrastructure must be improved so that it is more efficient and sustainable to manufacture products and transport them to overseas destinations. The growing Waterloo Region economy and population base continues to increase demands for infrastructure. The new provincially funded Highway 7 is the result of heavy lobbying from the local business community and provides an important new connection into the increasingly important western Greater Toronto Area market. However, passenger rail remains a priority into and out of Toronto, and both the Ontario and federal governments must recognize the importance of two- way, all- day GO train service. Our Chamber will be hosting candidate forums in all four local ridings, including the newly-formed constituency of Kitchener South-Hespeler. We will be seeking candidate positions on the four priority issues from the CCC as well as local priorities such as health care and post-secondary education. As always, postcampaign we will be connecting with our local MPs to ensure the interests of the membership are advanced and addressed. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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originating from the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy did not start our problems, it only provided additional challenges such as Chrysler and General Motors. When the dollar started dropping in late 2014, prospects for manufacturing and the Ontario economy in general appeared highly promising. Combined with the lower dollar were lower energy prices which, historically, cut manufacturing costs. However as noted in the above quote from the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, historical patterns are decreasingly relevant. A July 7 article from Canadian Business indicated that weak oil prices and the lower dollar are contributing to manufacturing growth. At the end of the month as previously noted, manufacturing was in decline. A subsequent July 27 article in that same publication concluded that the Canadian manufacturing landscape has changed enough that a lower dollar may not have the power to drive exports as it once did. According to CIBC, the weaker Canadian dollar now occupies a longer time period to initiate manufacturing activity and related exports. Mike Moffatt from Western University’s Ivey School of Business claims that the low Canadian dollar lead to heavy expansion across southwest Ontario manufacturing around 1998-99. When it went back up, many firms closed which has left limited capacity to take advantage of current conditions. Also, based on past experiences, firms are reluctant to invest based on the dollar alone. Should the Canadian electorate be confused or just plain worried? A year from now Hilary Clinton could be running for President of the United States. She should probably focus on health care.
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Grand River Hospital and BlackBerry: Going the Extra Mile for Patient Privacy BY MARK KARJALUOTO Kathleen Lavoie lives and breathes patient privacy. Thanks to her work with Waterloo-based BlackBerry, Grand River Hospital is getting ready for secure instant messaging. This service will help care providers quickly send and receive information as they consult on patients’ health needs. As GRH’s chief privacy officer, Kathleen makes sure the hospital meets all of its legal responsibilities for the safekeeping of patient information. She also has an interest in helping care providers get the latest health details so they can support their patients. “In addition to high-quality care, the security of personal health information is one of the most important responsibilities we must fulfill for our patients,” she explains. “Everyday text messaging would not work for us. We need a service that’s secure and encrypted so our patients’ health information remains private.”
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When BlackBerry introduced GRH to BBM Protected, Kathleen and her team put the application through its paces. She wanted to make sure the system could handle the rigorous privacy laws that Ontario hospitals must follow.
Kitchener, the intention is for all physicians practicing at the two hospitals to have access to BBM Protected in a planned rollout.
“We have ten privacy principles we follow for patient information. These cover everything from how we safeguard communication to how we retain it, and other steps to ensure its security,” adds Kathleen.
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“When health professionals can safely and securely consult each other on a patient’s care, we all win. When fully implemented, BBM Protected will help us do that.”
Following months of cooperative work between BlackBerry and GRH, Kathleen gave the new system a “thumbs up” from a privacy perspective. Grand River has now become one of the first Canadian customers to sign on to BBM Protected. “We have been testing the tool between our information services and health information portfolios. We’re very excited about the next step, which will involve bringing it to our health providers,” she explains. Kathleen is now developing a change management plan to make the implementation a reality. Given the shared medical staff structure between GRH and St. Mary’s General Hospital in
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Graphic Knack Graphic Designers Amanda Sebele, Owner 13 Glen Goebel Court, New Hamburg, ON N3A 2H2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.graphicknack.solutions Phone: (519) 496-2767
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Home Care Assistance Home Health Care Service Angie Kunnath, Owner 324 Highland Road West, Unit 12A, Kitchener, ON N2M 5G2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.homecareassistancewaterloo.ca Phone: (519) 954-2111
House Tours Home Inspection Service Stephen de Soto, Owner 32 Rennie Drive Kitchener, ON N2A 1J5 Email: email@example.com www.housetoursinspections.ca Phone: (519) 221-8687
Jeff Wemp Photography Photographers Jeff Wemp, Owner 106 Overlea Drive Kitchener, ON N2M 1T1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (519) 745-8834
Kal Tire Tire Dealers, Distributors & Manufacturers Rick Schweyer, Manager 355 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H8 Email: email@example.com www.kaltire.com Phone: (519) 746-7260 Fax: (519) 746-5284
Key Rehab Services Inc. Rehabilitation Services Beth Jameson, Director of Operations 871 Victoria Street N, Unit 1 Kitchener, ON N2B 3S4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.keyrehab.ca Phone: (519) 743-8177
KWauctions.ca Auctions Ian Watson, General Manager 136 Moore Ave South, Unit B Waterloo, ON N2J 1X5 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.kwauctions.ca Phone: (519) 954-8777
Longtale Inc. Communication Services Bessie Schenk, Director of Strategy 100 Broadview Avenue, Suite 310 Toronto, ON M4M 3H3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.longtale.ca Phone: (416) 476-9131
Lumichrom Trade Shows, Fairs & Exhibitions Paul Zago, President 2057 Victoria Street North, Unit 5 Breslau, ON N0B 1M0 Email: email@example.com www.lumichrom.com Phone: (519) 648-2234 Fax: (519) 648-2950
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Molly Maid Cleaning ServiceResidential/Commercial/Industrial Matt Seebach, President 292 Elgin Street N, Unit 2 Cambridge, ON N1R 7H9 Email: email@example.com www.mollymaid.ca Phone: (519) 620-4411
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Where to Book Your Christmas & New Years Eve Party The Christmas party season will soon be upon us and with that in mind you should be thinking about booking the space and caterers for your upcoming staff holiday get together.
Concordia Club Plan your employee holiday gathering with us! Our private rooms seat 20 400 as well as our Schenke restaurant which boasts our authentic German menu and warm feeling of "Gemuetlichkeit". We can accommodate all your needs. Book early as space may be limited.
Borealis Grille & Bar
Borealis Grille & Bar
At Borealis we feature locally sourced and prepared foods, wines and beers because we genuinely believe “Local Tastes Way Better”. We offer a casual dining experience with comfortable dining rooms and a relaxed bar. Our private dining room spaces can accommodate groups of any size.
4336 King Street East Kitchener (519) 219-9007 firstname.lastname@example.org www.borealisgrille.ca
St. Jacobs Catering Wow your guests at this year’s Company Christmas Party or Holiday Event with a delicious traditional holiday feast from St Jacobs Catering. The Festive Dinner is available for delivery for groups of 25-500.
Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo Celebrate in style with modern elegance in our newly renovated event rooms, offering exquisite menu selections for parties of 50 to 350.
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Charcoal Steak House
The Charcoal Steak House, Martinis and dels Enoteca would like to help you entertain this holiday season. Superb private and semi-private spaces are available for your group from 10 to 60 guests. Call our group events coordinator Erin Kavelman today at 519-894- 0110 ex 2109
2980 King Street East Kitchener (519) 893-6570 Ekavelman@charcoalgroup.ca www.charcoalsteakhouse.ca
Proof Kitchen and Lounge
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Come celebrate with us! We offer an upscale contemporary dining experience coupled with a menu that reflects thoughtfully chosen ingredients with a local and world conscious initiative. The setting will delight your senses and create a perfect backdrop to any occasion.
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Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill A unique Italian Grill. Italian cuisine at its best, from authentic classics to signature dishes, wood burning piza oven and a wide selection of wines along with private rooms for gatherings and celebrations. Available menus to fit all your needs. Three private rooms available for 10-70 guests - 10% off for bookings in October, November and December.
Concordia Club 429 Ottawa Street South Kitchener (519) 745-5617 email@example.com www.concordiaclub.ca
Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill 509 Wilson Avenue Kitchener (519) 895-2121 firstname.lastname@example.org www.johnnyroccos.com
Where to Book Your Christmas & New Years Eve Party
December 4, 5, 11 or 12- perfect for small businesses who want a big party. Our Annual Corporate Christmas Party for individual companies offers a full Christmas dinner buffet, live piano stylings during dinner, DJ music and dancing. Purchase tickets or tables of 8. Reserve early!!
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Our party rooms add sparkle to the season's festivities and our menus are magnificent! We have a great variety of banquet rooms for any size group for your holiday event at the Waterloo Inn. Plenty of free parking! Overnight accommodations available.
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Celebrate the holidays at Waterloo Region’s premier event facility from small intimate parties for 25 to grand events for 1200, or have us cater to the location of your choice. Offering great menu selections for a holiday party tailored to your tastes.
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Funworx Join 91.5 The Beat’s Mommylicious Club for this family-friendly NYE celebration. Enjoy the playstructure, Rocks & Ropes course, bowling and a special 8:00 PM countdown. Free kids meal at Boston Pizza from 4 PM – 9 PM with the purchase of an adult meal.
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Host a holiday party everyone will remember! Offering of upscale bowling, great catering options and flexible event spaces. We can customize any event to your needs. You can also party, dance and bowl your way into the New Year with Boston Pizza food stations, live DJ, drink specials and bowling! Group packages available. This is a 19+ event.
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The Tannery Event Centre
Revitalized from a turn-of-the-century mill to a contemporary trend setting event facility, this amazing venue is great for parties from 50 – 250 guests. With amazing food and unique atmosphere. The Tannery is the perfect setting for your holiday celebration.
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Café du Monde Crêperie & Catering Service offers catering with a twist; hire one of our personal chefs for an in home gourmet catering experience. Or hire our Food Truck to cater corporate functions. Let us create meals your guests will remember forever! Contact us at 519-589-0293 or www.cafedumondecreperie.com
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Paving the Way for a More Robust Canadian Retirement System BY PHILIPPE TOUPIN
Key messages: • Employees of small business employers need more access to workplace savings • Enhancement to the Canadian retirement system has turned into an important federal election issue • Different parties propose different solutions, which depending on the outcome, could have quite an impact on the cost of operating a business in Canada By 2036, almost one quarter of the Canadian population will be more than 65 years old1. With such a demographic shift and rising life expectancies, the need to save enough for retirement is more important than ever. This is not news to many Canadians. A recent McKinsey survey found that “not having enough money for retirement” is one of the top three financial concerns for 60 percent of Canadians. The real question is, who is at most risk of being unprepared? The survey findings showed that the individuals most affected are mid- to high-income Canadians with low personal savings, who either do not contribute enough to their workplace retirement savings plan or do not have access to one at all2. Many of these low savers are employees of small or medium sized businesses or self-employed individuals, who do not have access to a workplace savings plan. Canadian workers with access to workplace plans such as a defined contribution pension plan or Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), typically save more for their retirement. Governments across Canada, including Ontario, are aware of these concerns. Recent legislative changes, as well as the different party platforms for the upcoming federal election, show that retirement planning has become a hot-button issue. A number of different enhancements to the Canadian retirement system have been proposed, all with different implications for business owners in Canada. But which solutions will be the most effective? And how might they impact the cost of running a business in Canada?
Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP) and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans (VRSP) The federal government began making changes to the retirement landscape in 2012 with the introduction of the Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP). In 2014, Quebec followed suit by introducing its own version of the PRPP called the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan (VRSP). Both of these plans were designed to provide self-employed and small business employees with access to a low-cost and low-maintenance retirement savings vehicle. The PRPP and VRSP also include an auto-enrolment feature to help increase overall plan participation. A number of additional provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, have passed PRPP legislation. However, the PRPP will not be available to those provinces until enabling regulations are in place.
Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) In addition to the PRPP, Ontario has introduced its own type of retirement plan: the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The ORPP has been the subject of much debate. Some in the business community have expressed concerns over the potential financial burden of mandatory ORPP contributions – especially those businesses with workplace pension plans already in place. As with the CPP, both employees and employers will be required to contribute equally to the ORPP. The government has stated that employers and employees with “comparable” pension plans will be exempt from participating in the ORPP. Manulife will be working with employers and their advisors to determine what impact the ORPP may have on their current workplace savings plans as well as those employers who may want to set up a comparable pension plan so that they are exempt from the ORPP.
1 McKinsey & Company, Building on Canada’s strong retirement readiness, Feb 2015. www.mckinsey.com (consulted on August 13, 2015) 2 McKinsey & Company, Building on Canada’s strong retirement readiness, Feb 2015. www.mckinsey.com (consulted on August 13, 2015)
Canada Pension Plan reform While the debate over retirement reform continues to heat up as federal parties prepare for the upcoming election, the federal government has proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Currently the CPP premium contribution rate is 9.9 percent of earnings between $3,500 and $53,600. This cost is split evenly between employers and employees. In July, the federal government announced it would consult with Canadians on a proposal to enable individuals to make voluntary CPP contributions over and above the mandatory contribution levels. The Minister of Finance has stated that the government does not intend to impose a mandatory increase to CPP premiums. The NDP and Liberal parties support increasing mandatory CPP contributions across the board. One important aspect to consider with the proposed changes is the effect they could have on the current retirement savings system. A recent Fraser Institute report indicates that mandatory increases to CPP contributions that came into effect in the late 1990s caused an offset in private savings3. The report warns of a “substitution effect” where each additional dollar contributed to the CPP or to the ORPP could lead to a proportionate decrease in the average household's private saving. With these various yet far-reaching proposals, it is still difficult to determine what CPP reform will mean for Canadians and their businesses.
A targeted solution with minimal additional employer burden Businesses across Ontario recognize the need to address those who are not saving enough money for retirement. In a survey conducted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, 72 percent of Ontario Chamber members agreed that pension reform should be a priority for the government4. However, these businesses are also concerned that increased costs associated with hiring employees could harm Ontario’s economic competitiveness, especially since the province’s economic growth is projected to be slow in the near future. Across Canada, there are over 7.6 million employees not covered by a workplace savings plan. Of those, nearly 4.5 million work for companies that employ between 10-49 people5. There is likely to be a need for a more targeted approach for those most at risk of having to lower their standard of living at retirement. Undoubtedly, those Canadians should be the focus of retirement savings initiatives at the federal and provincial levels. However, much consideration should be given to the effect it may have on the local businesses and the larger Canadian economy. As one of Canada’s top three providers of group pension plans6, Manulife currently delivers workplace savings programs for over 8,600 employers. These plans play a vital role in helping workers achieve their retirement savings goals. The public and private sectors must continue to work together to offer the most efficient and beneficial retirement savings programs for all Canadians. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philippe Toupin Philippe is Vice President, Group Small Business at Manulife
3 Charles Lammam et al., “Compulsory Government Pensions vs. Private Savings: The Effect of Previous Expansion to the Canada Pension Plan,” July 21, 2015. 4 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, “Chambers of Commerce Urge Government to Defer Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Legislation,” Dec 2014. www.tbchamber.ca (consulted on August 13, 2015) 5 Boston Consulting Group, October 2011 6 Pension Universe Report (2014 Data), Fraser Group, 2015
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September 24, 2015
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9th Annual Inspiring Women Event 8:00am-4:00pm Location: Bingemans Ticket: $150 Table of 8: $1100 The largest event in the area designed to celebrate business and entrepreneurial women. Be motivated by the inspirational stories and success messages from leading Canadian Women: Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child; Lisa Lisson, President of Fed-Ex Canada; Dr. Karyn Gordon, CEO and founder of dk Leadershp and Kristine Barnett, author of The Spark.
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4:00-7:00pm Host: Maxwell’s Concerts and Events Member: Complimentary General Admission: $10 To kick off the fall, we have combined the Annual General Meeting and Business After 5 for one great networking opportunity! During the AGM the new Board of Directors will be installed and there will be lots of time to network with them and plenty of exhibitors during the BA5.
5:30-7:30pm Location: Maxwell’s Concerts and Events Member: $5 General Admission: $10 You are invited to join us for casual networking to develop key relationships, build your business network and connect with other young professionals and business leaders.
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7:15-9:00am Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Mayor of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Waterloo Dave Jaworsky and Mayor of Woolwich Sandy Shantz will tell us about their first year in office, what’s in store for the next and coming years. Title Sponsor:
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October 15, 2015 Chamberfest 6:00-9:00pm Location: Concordia Club Member: $50 General Admission: $65 Don’t miss an opportunity to entertain your clients or enjoy with coworkers at one of KW’s most distinctive event attractions, Oktoberfest! Enjoy a German Style Dinner, a complimentary beer, plenty of networking and access to the tent for Corporate Night.
October 27, 2015 Home Hardware Business After 5 5:00-7:00pm Host: Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Jacobs-Waterloo Member: Complimentary General Admission: $10 Come and see what tricks or treats the Homewood Suites has planned at this casual networking event with friendly faces and easy conversation that provides an opportunity for B2B networking. Title Sponsor:
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Picture Framing (Main), Art Galleries, Dealers & Consultants Steven Wilson, Owner 72 St. Leger Street, Unit 214, Kitchener, ON N2H 6R4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wallconcepts.ca Phone: (519) 722-8003
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RAJA Fine Indian Cuisine Restaurants Saifur Rahman, Owner 725 Belmont Ave West Kitchener, ON N2M 1P3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rajaindiancuisine.ca Phone: (519) 208-2811
Contractors - General Jeremy Weber, President 18 Park Avenue East Elmira, ON N3B 2H3 Email: email@example.com www.rmwexteriors.com Phone: (519) 669-1445 Fax: (519) 669-0667
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REM Web Solutions Website Design & Development Rob Matlow, President 72 St. Leger Street, Unit 2, Kitchener, ON N2H 6R4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.remwebsolutions.com Phone: (519) 884-4111
Music Instruction Instrumental Charlena Russell, Owner, Artistic Director, Head Teacher 491 Wellington Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 5L4 email@example.com www.russell-music-school.com Phone: (519) 498-8141
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Solutions In Progress Inc. IT Consultants Tim Barnett, CEO 1010-305 King Street WestKitchener, ON N2G 1B9 email@example.com www.solutionsinprogress.ca Phone: (519) 504-2284
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SRM Architects Inc. Architects Edward Thomas, Partner 279 King Street West, Suite 200, Kitchener, ON N2G 1B1 Email: email@example.com www.srmarchitects.ca Phone: (519) 885-5600
Artists - Fine Arts Brenda Murray, Board Chair 310 King Street E, Unit 201, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.artdistrictgallery.org Phone: (519) 572-1757
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2015 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS NOMINATING COMMITTEE’S SLATE OF CANDIDATES NOMINEE PROFILES Rick is Principal/Owner of HRSERVICES and holds a professional human resources certification. He has an extensive background in human resources management, having worked as an independent consultant, manager of human resources, HR administrator and labour relations officer. His experience comes from several sectors, such as management consulting, engineering/architectural/construction professional services, and manufacturing, including unionized environments. Rick is a long-standing volunteer at the Chamber and is the chair of the Networking Breakfast Series Committee as well as the HR Peer to Peer group. He also volunteers on the Employment Insurance Appeals Board. IN HIS OWN WORDS: RICK FILSINGER, Principal, HRSERVICES
“The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce is the result of an engaged business community. An engaged business community is the result of an active and vibrant Chamber of Commerce. As members we drive the direction of our chamber and in return we benefit from the advocacy, education and engagement our chamber provides both to business and our community as a whole. The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce reflects the passion, compassion and diversity of its membership in a way that helps us all grow and prosper. It has been my privilege to be a member for several years and I look forward to being able to continue to serve in a meaningful way.”
Jan is the CEO of United Way KW and has earned several academic credentials and professional designations. For the past 10 years, her focus at United Way has been on strategic planning to transform the organization. Her position requires she maintains relationships with numerous and varied stakeholders such as clients, donors, partner agencies, volunteers, businesses, all levels of government, other not-for-profit organizations and community organizations. Her previous experiences are in academic and business ownership, as well as a Director of the Laurier Institute, an executive/management development arm of the school of business. Jan has received several awards/nominations and volunteers extensively on national, provincial, regional and local committees, including director and executive appointments. IN HER OWN WORDS: JAN VARNER, CEO, United Way KW
“I have been involved as a member of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years. I have benefitted personally and organizationally through networking and educational programming. I see the GKWCC as a key advocate for the prosperity of this community- whether that be for small business, non- profits, big business, and individuals. I look forward to contributing to make this community even better!”
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Business Consultants Tyrone Matheson, Principal Consultant/Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tyronematheson.com Phone: (519) 804-4313
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Canadian Presence Required for TPP Agreement BY ARNOLD DRUNG AND MIKE HUYBERS Our farmers, workers and processors deserve the opportunity to compete on a level playing field in the rapidly growing Pacific region. Whether we may continue to do so depends directly on the choices that are now being made by our federal and provincial governments and political parties. Governments and politicians are choosing whether they wish the agriculture and agri-food sector to thrive and expand in the context of the realities of today or whether they wish the sector to regress and contract as a result of basing their decisions on the circumstances of an era that no longer exists. The unequivocal plea of the vast majority of Canadian farmers is that our politicians and governments look forward with open minds to the global opportunities of tomorrow rather than look backward through a rear-view mirror to an insular and restrictive past. Whether as farmers, workers, service providers, or consumers, the agriculture and agri-food sector has a direct impact on every Canadian. The sector generates $100 billion for the national economy, contributes seven percent of gross domestic product, and provides one in eight jobs.
Conestoga Meat Packers is a farmer-owned cooperative located in Breslau, Ontario. The futures of our 170 producer owners and 800 workers would be devastated should a lack of political leadership in the TPP negotiations result in Canada not being at the table when the agreement is signed. Of the $3.7 billion in Canadian pork exports in 2014, $2.8 billion (74%) was shipped to TPP markets. The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations can be concluded with or without Canada. A proposal that Canada join later is not a credible option. Canada would have greatly diminished negotiating power. Founding member countries would demand more concessions and offer less in return. In the meantime, Canadian farmers and processors would be increasingly excluded from core export markets. Rarely has the agriculture and agri-food sector arrived at a crossroads as critical as that which now lies before us. The opportunity provided by the TPP can be realized only if Canada is at the table when the agreement is concluded.
Of Canada’s 220,000 farms, more than 90% are dependent on exports. Sales to foreign markets account for over half of the agrifood products that Canada produces: 75% of our wheat, 65% of our barley malt, 90% of our canola, 50% of our beef, and, 60% of our pork. Among foreign markets, none are more critical than those of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP countries encompass a market of 800 million consumers and nearly 40% of the world’s economy. Of the $56 billion in Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports, 65% is shipped within the TPP region. In the case of this province, a whopping $10.5 billion (81%) of Ontario’s $12.9 billion in agri-food exports is absorbed by TPP countries. The TPP includes the United States, Japan and Mexico, our highest value markets. It also encompasses Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, emerging markets with strong economic growth.
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Arnold Drung and Mike Huybers Arnold Drung is President of Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd. in Breslau and serves on the Board of Directors for The Canadian Meat Council. Mike Huybers is a Lambton County pork producer and Chair of the Board of Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.
MEMBER NOTABLES Accelerator Centre Expands Incubation Services On August 6, 2015, The Accelerator Centre announced a major expansion of its services for early stage local companies. Reactor, a new 8,000 square foot facility located within the Innotech Building at the David Johnson Research + Technology Park, represents a significant expansion in space and capacity for the organization. Dedicated to clients in the AC Momentum program, Reactor will double the number of companies supported by world-recognized mentorship and programming. The AC Momentum program was launched in 2014 to assist a growing number of businesses that were not ready to enter the flagship Accelerator Program. The new initiative offers a one year curriculum which leads to the Accelerator Program.
Morgan Elliott Appointed VP at Shaw Communications Morgan Elliott, formerly vice president of government relations at BlackBerry, was recently appointed senior vice-president of regulatory and government relations at Shaw Communications based in Calgary. Morgan served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, and the Information Technology Association of Canada. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Township of Woolwich. Our Chamber thanks Morgan for his many years of service assisting businesses across Waterloo Region and wish him all the best in the new position.
Crown Courier - Fifty Years in Business Kitchener-based Crown Courier is celebrating 50 years in business. Jack Finnegan started a one-man truck operation from his home and in 1991 the business purchased its current location at 680 Trillium Drive. Crown was one of the first local companies to start online ordering and dispatching along with on-time tracking which was enabled using the original BlackBerry devices. Today Crown Courier employs 40 staff including drivers and office administration. Reta Finnegan is the President, Holly Finnegan is the Manager, Andrew Finch Operations Manager and Ela Kotarski the Accounting Manager. Bev Finnegan still plays an active role in marketing the company.
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MEMBER NOTABLES Waterloo Catholic DSB Appoints New Director of Education In June of this year, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) appointed Loretta Notten as their 11th Director of Education and Secretary of the Board. She is the first female educator to hold this position effective September 1, 2015. Ms. Notten joins the WCDSB from the Toronto Catholic District School Board where she was Superintendent of Governance, Policy and Strategic Planning. Interim Director Michael Schmitt will be retiring after a distinguished career in Catholic education. Ms. Notten commenced her teaching career in 1987 and has two daughters, the youngest attending St. Jeromeâ€™s University in Waterloo.
Brick Brewing Opens New Kitchener Facility In early August, Brick Brewing opened a new $9.3 million brewing facility on Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener. Utilizing global leading technology from Germany, the new brewhouse is three times larger than the former facility and can produce five times the daily volume. It also uses 30 percent less electricity and 50 percent less natural gas. Brick president and chief executive officer George Croft noted the expansion is a timely move given a growing interest in craft beer and recent provincial announcements on the sale of products in additional retail outlets.
Laurier Appoints New VP Research Robert Gordon has been appointed vice president: research at Wilfrid Laurier University effective November 1, 2015. Dr. Gordon has served as dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph since 2008. He is a current board member of both the Ontario Rural Institute and Agricultural Institute of Canada, and past Chair of the Canada Committee on Natural Resources for the Canadian Agricultural Research Council. In addition to his five-year appointment as vice president: research, Dr. Gordon will hold a faculty position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.
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Published on Sep 15, 2015
Published on Sep 15, 2015
In this edition of the Chamber Advocate we tackle the subjects important to business in Waterloo Region for the upcoming federal election.