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ONTARIO CHAMBER AGM This past weekend at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting in Muskoka, our Chamber President & CEO Scott McCammon was recognized with a prestigious award by a panel of his peers. Congratulations to Scott on receiving the Burnie Gillespie Award. This award is the highest honour for a chamber executive in the province and is given to a chamber professional who “demonstrates excellence in chamber management and outstanding commitment to the community through volunteer service”. Truly a well deserved award.
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COMMUNITY AWARDS GALA The Community Awards Gala was held on April 12 at Granite Ridge Golf Club (which was a sold out affair). It’s always amazing to celebrate the recipients and nominees who give of their time and talents to make our town the most wonderful place to live, work and play. Congratulations to all of the nominees and recipients. MILTON FARMERS’ MARKET May means the Milton Farmers’ Market
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on Main Street in Downtown Milton is opening for the 2019 season! I encourage you to reserve Saturday mornings from May to October for trips along Main Street to meet friends and to sample local produce from over 40 vendors at our Farmers’ Market. This year’s market will have a variety of new offerings including Uncle Dad’s Pizza, a family-owned business making fresh pizzas, Trotter’s Butcher Shoppe and Charcuterie, offering hand crafted salami and innovate dry cured products, and Moo Free Beverages will be selling vegan and dairy free beverages. Along with the new vendors making an appearance, community favourites will be returning. Regular customers will welcome back Bousfield’s Apples & Cider, Hillary’s Cupcakes, Teresa’s Garden Centre, The Beef Bloc and Wellington Country Marketplace. This year, we’re opening on Saturday, May 18 visit us at miltonfarmersmarket.ca or follow us on Twitter @MarketMilton. 30TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The Annual Golf Tournament is another “must attend” event and a great networking opportunity. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or not, your participation is welcome and you will not be disappointed on June 11. Year after year, the Tournament Committee organizes a day full of opportunities to meet business colleagues in a relaxed (yes, golf can be relaxing) environment and to make great professional connections. I urge you to sign up today while there is still room and be part of this wonderful day.
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ONTARIO CHAMBER CONVENTION WRAP-UP Walter Heyden and I returned this week from the Ontario Chamber (OCC) convention in Muskoka. The Gravenhurst and Muskoka Lakes Chambers were gracious hosts, especially as they and their neighbours coped with the severe f looding. It was important for our convention to continue - not only to bring economic support to the local hospitality businesses, but also to see the devastation first hand. This empathy lead directly to donation to the Muskoka Victim Services fund. The OCC convention is a chance for Chambers and our volunteer leaders to hear from politicians, discuss issues and vote on policy resolutions that shape the OCC’s advocacy work for the up-coming year. All four provincial leaders were at the convention: Premier Doug Ford, Leader of the Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser, and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner. Each talked about their priorities and also spoke about the strength and inf luence of our Chamber network in Ontario. Our friends at the Halton Hills Chamber authored a policy resolution, which the Milton Chamber proudly cosponsored. It was to do with municipal collaboration to address transit needs and gaps. This spoke to the need for public transit to run between neighbouring municipalities. In our local case, that could mean connections between Milton and Mississauga. The resolutions passed with 87.6% delegate support.
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Chamber has been lobbying for over a year to look at a “Steeles bus” connecting Mississauga and Milton and bringing a much needed pool of employees to Milton. The current draft of the report is recommending the Steeles bus to connect the Lisgar and Milton GO stations. This is incredible news. Our thanks to Tony D’Alessandro of Milton Transit for attending our HR Roundtables to understand the needs of our local employers. We look forward to Milton Council’s favourable consideration of the report in the next month or so. IT’S SUMMER…. …depending on the weather these days. For the Chamber, a sure sign of summer is the start of our summer students. This year we have Allison MacLennan and Rachel Hunter joining us to assist with the Farmers’ Market and the Directory/ Communications, respectively. Both are Wilfrid Laurier University students. Some of you may have also met Lucas Senra in our office. Lucas is a grade 12 co-op student from Bishop Reding High School. .
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ACCSELL REALTY 2560 Matheson Blvd., Unit 119 Mississauga, ON L4W 4Z3 Contact: Shelly Howe, Realtor 416-884-8286 www.shellyhowe.com Real estate is how I have chosen to support my family, it’s my passion and it’s my career! I will help you create a budget that you can live with. Find a lender who you can work with and buy a house you can call a home! I am applying to be YOUR real estate agent!
905-502-7474 www.adillaw.ca Providing high quality legal advice through an efficiently managed professional practice we assist our clients in obtaining their desired outcome. The Adil Law’s top priority is to provide excellent client service and creative approach to address their legal issues. We speak English, Urdu, Hindi, Tagalog and Punjabi allowing us to better serve the Canadian multicultural communities.
ACCEL PARDON SERVICES Milton, ON Contact: Jacqueline Wang, Paralegal 416-546-8878 www.accelpardon.com We provide the following legal services: 1: Preparing applications for Record Suspension (Pardon) and File Destruction and US Waiver; 2: Acting as a court agent at Small Claims Courts and the Landlord and Tenant Boards as well as other administrative tribunals. 3: Drafting legal documents.
ELEMENT PROJECT SERVICES (EPS) 490 Mcgeachie Dr. Milton, ON L9T 3Y5 Contact: Harpreet Singh, Mgr. 866-731-4446 www.ElementProjectServices.com Element Project Services (EPS) is a collaborative project and construction management venture founded in 2011 by two experienced professionals who worked alongside one another-Mark Oleniuk and Harpreet Singh. Recognizing the strengths that both Mark and Harpreet brought together, a partnership was formed and EPS was created.
ADIL LAW PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 55 Ontario St. S. Unit 204 *May June Milton, /ON L9T2019 2M3 Issue Contact: Adil Farooq, Lawyer
MARS LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION INC. 459 Main St. E., Unit 2 Milton, ON L9T 1R1
Contact: Manny Gulati, Pres. 905-878-9997 www.marsled.ca A family owned business incorporated in 2016, servicing commercial residential & Industrial businesses, electrical contractors, general contractors and builders across Southern Ontario. Our primary product lines include: Commercial & Residential LED light fixtures, lighting collections, and an assortment of electrical products and related accessories. We understand the importance of offering our valued clients quality products at competitive pricing that are manufactured with attention to “excellent performance”. MILTON PHOTOGRAPHIC LTD. 55 Ontario St. S. Milton, ON L9T 3M3 Contact: Ron Burgoyne, Owner 905-878-3361 www.miltonphoto.ca Our stores in Milton, Georgetown and Erin Mills, specialize in high-quality photo finishing, of photos, enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, cards, specialty products and much more. Orders can be placed online or in stores. Same day pick up available on some products. Photo restoration and transfers of old movies to DVD are available.
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PBS FINANCIAL SERVICES. 8135 Esquesing Line Milton, ON L9T 9E3 Contact: Tom Hope, VP 800-665-6304 Providing a complete management system for automotive dealerships across Canada and in the United States. RESPONSIVE CONSULTING INC. 555 Industrial Dr. Milton, ON L9T 5E1 Contact: Chris Pedulla, Founder 416-433-1767 We are a Full Stack Software and Application Development firm. SOCIALMEDIAWRIGHT INC. Milton, ON Contact: David Hurme, Pres. 647-966-0431 www.socialmediawright.com We are a management consulting firm
blended with a social media agency. Our focus is on business consulting, website development, social media marketing and financial reporting. SOLDBIG REALTY INC., BROKERAGE 450 Bronte. St S., Unit 210 Milton, ON L9T 8T2 Contact: Shahbaz Khan, Broker 905-636-1999 www.soldbigrealty.com At Soldbig Realty Inc; Brokerage we aim to be the best. Our reputation is built on Integrity, Customer Care, Communications and Results. I am delighted to work with the best and brightest people in the industry as we serve your real estate needs.
00SOOLEY’S SAFETY SERVICES Mississauga, ON Contact: Doug Sooley, Owner 416-984-1107 www.sooleyssafetyservices.ca I am an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant and Trainer working with businesses to provide assistance with OHSA compliance requirements. TIM HORTONS – DERRY AND TREMAINE 6005 Derry Rd. Milton, ON L9T 8L6 Contact: Gordon Phillips, Owner 905-203-1046 www.timhortons.ca
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O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP (OMH) is one of the leading law firms in the Region of Halton. The depth of the firm’s expertise is well known and relied upon by many clients in Milton and across the Region. OMH is a long-standing Chamber member, sharing the same mission and goal – to help local businesses succeed. Working with clients to achieve their personal and business goals has always been a priority at OMH and the fact that the firm specializes in all of the core areas of law – corporate and commercial, real estate, municipal and land use planning, wills and estates, labour and employment and civil litigation – allows clients to benefit from that one-stop shopping
experience for most of their legal needs. OMH’s lawyers are also engaged in the community as the firm encourages lawyers and staff to get involved. Many volunteer on committees and boards including with the Milton Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Halton & Hamilton (formerly The United Way of Milton), the Community Foundation of Halton North, HALTECH Regional Innovation Centre and Halton Women’s Place. OMH has deep resources and a wide range of expertise much like a large downtown firm, but creates relationships with clients like a small firm, hence the firm’s slogan “Main St. Relationships, Bay St. Results.” At OMH, relationships are
one of the most important aspects of their business – good relationships with each other, their clients and the community.
Systems recently opened their new Eastern Canada office at 8135 Esquesing Line in Milton. Employing 57 people with plans to grow to 70, the new office provides technical support, sales and training functions to service the company’s clients across Ontario. This includes many large global auto makers such as Ford, GM and Toyota. PBS fosters a corporate culture
emphasizing innovation and ongoing investment in technical research and the adoption of new avenues to improve dealership presence to customers. Reaching deeply into the wealth of dealership experience in their team and customer base, the company strives to deliver unexpected power in surprisingly intuitive tools.
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PBS Systems Group has been providing accurate, reliable and revolutionary automotive dealership software, services and support to its customers for over 30 years. During this period, PBS has become the largest Canadian dealership systems vendor as well as one of the top three vendors in North America. Their experience, depth and ability to effectively listen to customers has contributed directly to the success of their software. Decisions are made with customer insight and this development strategy has been paramount to the business since the first customer joined the PBS family. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, PBS
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Abco Group ABL Employment Aquapure Water Systems Co. Arbor Garden Centre and Nursery Atlantic Bearing & Drives Inc. Bailey Heating & Cooling Ltd. BANG! creative Be Your Best Self Coaching BizXL Solutions Inc. BNR Electric Inc. Bond Industries and Associates Brancier Jewellers Brillion Tax and Accounting Ltd. Bulk Barn - Milton Champs FEC Clarke’s Golf Clintar Landscape Management of Mississauga West COLT Fences and Decks Copar Marketing Inc. Core Earthworks Limited CosySoles Therapeutic Heated Footwear Davis Wire Products Delcit Inc. DJB Chartered Professional Accountants DM Air Inc. Electric Mango Film Company Ltd. Express Employment Professionals Fire Safety House GavCom Media Productions Inc. Gerrick Carpentry Gil VanSoelen Painting Good Fellas Construction Inc. Grant Thornton LLP
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Five reasons to hit the links 30TH ANNUAL MILTON CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Granite Ridge Golf Club 11:00 AM Registration & Lunch 12:45 PM Shotgun 1. IT’S FUN The Milton Chamber Golf Tournament is all about networking and having a good time. With no experience necessary, teams play a scramble ball format throughout the day. If you are an experienced golfer, not to fear, there are plenty of tough holes that will challenge even the veteran golfer. Take the day off work, enjoy the beautiful weather and have some fun with old friends and new. 2. GAMES If golf isn’t necessarily your strong suit but you have a knack for games and a little extra competition then this is the event for you. It’s not just about who is the best golfer at this tournament. Test your hand at a putting contest, the air cannon, longest drive and hole-in-ones.
3. FOOD AND DRINK If one thing is certain, it’s that you won’t go hungry at this golf tournament. Start the day with a BBQ lunch, sample food around the course provided by the generous hole sponsors and finish your day with dinner at the clubhouse. 4. PRIZES There are many opportunities to take home a prize including longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, hole-in-one opportunities and many more. With an array of activities, stations and prizes, you won’t leave this event empty-handed. 5. NETWORK Last but certainly not least, the best reason to participate in the Chamber Golf Tournament is to network with 200 local business people. The Chamber Golf Tournament is a great excuse to get out of the office and share quality networking time with business associates, clients and friends.
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2018 Community Awards Gala The Milton Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Community Awards. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Mario Durante CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
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Business of the Year - Small Business recipients Damion Orsi and Kevin Greer from Orange Snail Brewers and Daniel Salvatore, CN.
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