Vol 2 Issue VI
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Innovation Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster
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contributors Danielle Rocheleau Danielle Rocheleau is the Director of Innovation for the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster and can be reached at 705.748.1011 x7005 or drocheleau@ innovationcluster.ca
william Stow, C.A. William Stow is a partner with Stow, Brown and McLeod LLP, located at 570 Water Street, and can be contacted at 705.742.8834 x125 or email@example.com
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 175 George St. N. Peterborough 705.748.9771 www.peterboroughchamber.ca
Mayor Paul Ayotte City of Peterborough Karl Moher Douro-Dummer Deputy Reeve County of Peterborough Marg Dawson Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture
Wayne Glancy Wayne Glancy is the Owner/Operator of Clean Air Water & Power and can be reached at 705.749.6209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
INNOVATIONmatters The Innovation Cluster hether promoting development of innovative new agricultural technology, or helping to attract a drug manufacturing facility to the Peterborough region, the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster is actively supporting an economic environment that will create new knowledge-based jobs and contribute to a high quality of life for everyone living in the region. The Innovation Cluster builds on local expertise in the environment, DNA and forensics, water quality, agriculture, biomaterials and health. By developing partnerships with business and local research institutions, seeking private investment and public funding, the Innovation Cluster bridges science and business to drive a knowledge-based economy. Through the generous contributions of private sector Innovation Cluster members, combined with funding programs provided by government agencies, the Innovation Cluster offers a variety of services to support innovation in the Peterborough region. Recently, thanks to the support of the
…the Innovation Cluster bridges science and business to drive a knowledgebased economy Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc., the Innovation Cluster undertook numerous initiatives to move Peterborough’s innovation agenda forward. One such initiative was a partnership with Trent University, University of Guelph, Agricultural Adaptation Council, and the Greater
Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) to complete a feasibility study for establishing a Centre of Excellence for Dairy Goat Research. Innovation Cluster staff are currently working on an implementation plan to support this growing market. The Innovation Cluster has also assisted Trent University’s efforts to attract several million dollars to establish a Biomaterials Management Research Centre that will create eight to ten new jobs and contribute to the area’s green technology expertise. In addition, more than $100,000 has been secured to formalize an international partnership between Trent University and the Riken Institute in Japan, related to research on crop yield development in soy. The International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV) is another exciting project supported by the Innovation Cluster through provision of government relations, preparation of an impact study and positioning Peterborough as a location for a future manufacturing facility. The Innovation Cluster is supporting an $88 million funding application to the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative. If successful, it will result in ICAV establishing a $160 million manufacturing facility, creating approximately 200 jobs in the Peterborough area. Trent University and Fleming
College provide significant expertise in the area of water quality and the Innovation Cluster has been working with the Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University, and the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, to explore opportunities to attract businesses to take advantage of the available research expertise and state-of-the-art facilities infrastructure. The Innovation Cluster has drafted new business models, and is in the process of establishing a ‘Water Network’ to further opportunities for these important centres. One of the ways that you can support the work of the Cluster is to become a member. Membership includes recognition as a sponsor, networking opportunities with key people involved in the Cluster, investment opportunities, regular information sessions designed to brief you on evolving work areas and more. If you or your business would like to explore ways to be part of this local innovation and help grow our knowledgebased economy please contact Danielle Rocheleau, Director of Innovation, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster by telephone at 705-748-1011 ext. 7005, or by email at drocheleau@ innovationcluster.ca
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CAUTIONmatters Read, before you sign reminder to carefully read what you are signing, and/or ask for advice, before you sign a document, if you are unsure why your signature is required. We have two Clients who received a form titled “Industry and Commerce 2009, Register of Business Information”, with a maple leaf appearing beside the heading. The form asks you to check the details of your business, as shown on the form, make any corrections, sign, then return in the envelope provided. The Client, who asked for advice, disposed of the form. The Client who signed and returned the form is now being threatened with collection proceedings for an outstanding invoice for $4,500.
This form is not a request to update your business information for a Canadian government agency, but an order form to advertise in “Industry and Commerce”, which is produced by a European-based publishing company by the name of “European City Guide”. The cost to do so is $1,500 per edition, for three editions, and the order will be extended annually unless you advise otherwise, in the appropriate manner. Remember - always be aware of what you are signing, as the consequences can be quite unexpected.
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onthecover: Neil Emery, Innovation Cluster Dr. Neil Emery in his “lab” at Trent University. Dr. Emery is expanding his research into increasing the yields of soy crops, by working closely with the Innovation Cluster. He recently completed a partnership with the Riken Institute in Japan. The Innovation Cluster has also assisted Trent University’s efforts to attract several million dollars to establish a Biomaterials Management Research Centre that will create eight to ten new jobs and contribute to the area’s green technology expertise.
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Prosperity Tradeshow 2009 Looking for a great way to promote your business and meet hundreds of fellow business people? Want to meet potential clients and establish new business relationships? We are now booking booth space for this exciting event and registration forms are available on the Chamber website at www. peterboroughchamber.ca 2008’s Prosperity Tradeshow was a sold out event, so for the best available booth or table-top location, be sure to register early! For more information or to reserve your space in the show, call Anne Arnold at 748-9771 ext. 200 or email email@example.com
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H1N1 Influenza Virus Concerns he recent explosion of media coverage on H1N1 influenza has caused major concern among the general public. I recently heard the Chief Medical Officer of Peterborough say that Peterborough was not at risk from the H1N1 Flu, and we still do not have any cases at this writing. Keep in mind however, if you travel to any city outside of Peterborough, and even if you stayed in Peterborough, you could still come in contact with people who have had contact with the virus. Here are some preventative measures you and your family can practice to prevent the risk of infection:
• Throw tissues in the trash after you use them. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (germs spread this way). • The consumption of pork products is safe. H1N1 influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating pork. H1N1 flu viruses are killed by cooking temperatures of 160°F/70°C.
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n April 16th, 2009 the Chamber Boardroom was buzzing with excitement as we welcomed many of our new members at our bi-annual New Member Reception. The new members were welcomed by 2009 Board Treasurer Tony Smith, of Tristone Media Group, who encouraged members to really make the most of their Chamber membership, by taking advantage of all that the Chamber has to offer! Networking events, professional development workshops, affinity programs, advertising opportunities, and memberto-member discounts were just some of the great benefits presented. New members were able to showcase their
businesses by setting up a small display and were able to meet many other new members, Chamber Board members and Chamber staff. New members filled the Chamber Boardroom, as they visited one anotherâ€™s displays and found out more about the wide variety of products and services each has to offer. Spa services, home builders & contractors, deck designers, real estate & financial services, e-bikes, seniorâ€™s services, virtual tours, event planning, career services, video store, website
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Looking Ahead... Prosperity2009 Business-to-Business Tradeshow wednesday september 16th location: Morrow Building (at the Memorial Centre), 151 Lansdowne St. West time: 12 noon – 7:00 p.m. cost: Free to attend please note: For more information on this event, please see page 7. To secure your booth, please contact Anne at 748-9771 ext. 200 or email at email@example.com
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Mary Ann Caldwell has been in investment planning for the past ten years and, during this time, has continued her education through The Financial Advisors Association of Canada. Mary Ann can offer you products from a range
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Gavin Trevelyan, of Tallgrass Gardens, has recently teamed up with a qualified ecologist and a certified Feng Shui consultant and now offers ecological consulting and restoration services, as well as Feng Shui consulting in a gardening context. Gavin is also offering sustainable landscaping through water retention and rainwater harvesting services, in addition to his current specialty using native plants in design and implementation of gardens. For more information call (705) 876-9556.
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Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation Opens Its Doors
After supporting healthy living initiatives in Peterborough for almost 25 years, St. Joseph’s Care Foundation is proud to announce their new partnership with Primary Health Care Services of Peterborough. The Foundation is continuing its caring tradition under the new name of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation. “It is a very unique partnership and we feel it is one that will truly benefit community healthcare services,” says Executive Director, Hannah Routly. For more information visit www.gphsf.ca
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Celebration of your achievement is as important as your achievement! Plan to celebrate and mark your calendars now for the 6th Annual Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, being held on Wednesday, October 21st at the Trentwinds This year we have modified the forms to make the nomination process a lot simpler! You choose the category the nominee deserves to be in, provide us with 100 words to describe why you feel this company should be nominated, and then submit the nomination us. We will contact the nominee for the additional information required for the judging process.
Please check out our website at www.peterboroughchamber.ca and click on Excellence Awards 2009, on the left hand side of the page, and this will provide you with all the information about the Excellence Awards, as well as an editable pdf for each category. So, now you can complete the form and submit it online, or print it off and complete it manually, whatever is more convenient for you. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber Office at 748-9771 and we will be glad to answer your questions.
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April Mexicali Rosa’s by Brooke Turney (Nexicom), Committee Co-chair What a meeting we had!! During our April gathering, The Club Laurus Committee was pleased to announce that we have an official Event Sponsor, and we couldn’t be happier! Thank you so very much to Patric Marren and his team at Nationwide Barter for becoming our official Club Laurus Sponsor. We used this monthly meeting as an opportunity for the group to honour and get to know our new Sponsor. We invited Pat to speak about his journey as a successful local business owner and passionate community advocate. Pat took the stage at Mexicali Rosa’s and began by sharing with us his thoughts on our Club Laurus group. Pat said that Club Laurus had caught his attention when it first began over two years ago. He went on to say that he feels
that this particular group could become one of the very strongest in our area. With such enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, the Club Laurus ‘goers’ could very well become the business leaders of the near future. Pat inspired us with stories of how he began his business career and there was one key message that Pat emphasized for us to take away with us: “To have integrity each and every day”. Such a philosophy is crucial for balancing both personal and business success in today’s fast-paced world. Nationwide Barter partners with many local networking and social groups and we are thrilled that Club Laurus has been added to this impressive list.
Club Laurus Profile Winner Congratulations to Sean Auger of Re/Max Eastern Realty Inc. Sean is a Sales Representative on The Dan Grady Team at RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. The team has over 25 years of experience, 6 members and a reputation based on “Above and Beyond” service. Their monthly newspaper is mailed to 20,000 homes in Peterborough giving your home the advertising it deserves! Low interest rates also make it a great time to buy! Sean Auger The Dan Grady Team RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. 743-9111 firstname.lastname@example.org
April by Betty Johnson (Century 21 United Realty), Breakfast Club Committee Co-chair April’s speaker was Chris Gooderham, Urban Forest Co-ordinator of Peterborough Green-up, and Gavin Trevelyan, Tallgrass Gardens Landscape Contractors. Peterborough Green-up has many programs available to the public including waste reduction, landscape, energy efficiency services, air qualify & transportation. The Urban Forest program is working in partnership with the City of Peterborough to: • Promote the benefits of trees in the city; • Update urban forestry policies and by-laws; and • Restore the emphasis of the ecological values of trees in urban areas through a pilot neighbourhood forest inventory.
Please contact the Program Coordinator, Chris Gooderham, or explore the Urban Forest website to learn about how you can get involved and what you can do to take care of the trees in our urban forest. Chris also expanded on the benefits of trees to not only our communities but the air that we breathe each and every day. Their website www.greenup.on.ca is excellent with many articles of interest. Great talk Chris!
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May by Bob Behan (The Protectors Group), BAH Committee Chair The May BAH was hosted by The Phoenix Alternative Learning Centre on May 5th. They literally raised the roof at 1097 Water Street to accommodate the action created by Valerie MacLean and Steve Clark, with three businesses under the Phoenix banner.
Peterborough is fortunate to have these leading educational and brain-changing services in our area. Their successes are widely recognized as visitors come to Peterborough and learn how to implement similar programs within their own communities.
The Phoenix Alternative Learning Centre is a therapeutic centre within an educational environment, offering individualized programming to create a non-stressful and productive learning environment where students may realize continued success.
Steve Clark, P. Eng., with over 25 years of engineering experience, has recently launched Phoenix Engineering Services from this location. He provides design expertise and project management for a broad range of civil, geological and municipal engineering assignments.
The Phoenix Centre for Neurodevelopment is a clinical setting, providing HANDLE® Neurodevelopmental Evaluation and Therapeutic Programs to clients from across Canada and the USA.
Steve, Valerie and their staff were wonderful hosts to the Chamber members. We were delighted to find out more about these unique businesses and to learn more about the “learning” process. Thank you for having us!
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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Provincial Nominee Program Goes From Pilot Project to a Permanent Resource Attracting and retaining a foreign trained professional or international student that your business needs may have become a bit easier with the changes made to Ontarioâ€™s pilot Provincial Nominee Program. For starters, it is no longer a pilot program but has become the permanent Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program, and will bring in 1,000 new workers versus the 500 the program had originally targeted. Opportunities Ontario allows for certain skilled workers applying for permanent residency a speedier processing time, so they can begin working as soon as possible. From the 2005 report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, about 52 per cent
creation of at least 25 new permanent full time jobs.
of the Skilled Trades people will retire in the next 15 years and Canada as a whole could be short by one million workers. Immigration must be one of the key focal points for resupplying the Ontario labour market. Other changes in Opportunities Ontario include:
â€˘ Fees have been altered with all foreign workers within the Greater Toronto Area paying $2,000 and those outside the area paying $1,500. Originally all applicants had a $2,000 application fee. The fee for international student applications has increased to $1,500 from $200. There is also a separate fee for employees of investor of $3,500.
â€˘ Skilled workers from any managerial, professional or skilled trade occupations with at least two years of work experience are now eligible. Previously, eligibility was restricted to 20 job categories.
To view a copy of the 2005 report, Taking Action on Skilled Trades, please visit www.occ.on.ca/Policy/Reports/39
â€˘ International students can now qualify for jobs outside their field of study.
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â€˘ Investors must invest at least $3 million and create at least five permanent, full time jobs in Ontario. This is a reduction from the $10 million investment and
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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Canada The Canadian Chamber continues to call for legislation to better protect IPR in Canada. The government has committed to tackling two key elements of protecting IPR: legislation to allow for the search and seizure of suspected counterfeit goods at border points and gateways; and the re-introduction of updated copyright legislation. To better assist businesses in getting more attention on IPR issues, the Canadian Chamber established the Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) in 2008. In February 2009, CIPC launched a white paper that was distributed to all Parliamentarians that mapped a way
forward for intellectual property rights. Intellectual Property Rights are critical to most businesses. In today’s knowledgebased economy, it is important to have adequate measures to protect them as we compete in a global environment. There have been many calls for updates to Canadian IP rights legislation. In 2007, the House of Commons Public Safety and Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) Committees issued reports on IPR calling for sweeping changes to the way Canada protects IPR and the Canadian public. In 2008, the Competition Policy Review Panel’s Final Report noted that changes were needed to better protect IPR for Canada to remain competitive.
For more information on this issue, please contact Chris Gray, Director – Canadian Intellectual Property Council, (cgray@ chamber.ca or 613-238-4000 ext. 251). For additional information on Canadian Chamber of Commerce activities, please refer to their website at www.chamber.ca
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ContinYou - A New Conversion Health and Dental Plan After a number of years of planning and hard work the Chambers of Commerce Group Benefit Insurance Plan is introducing ContinYou; their new conversion health and dental plan for individuals. It was created to fill the void for Chamber Plan participants for when they leave their employment or retire. The continuation of health and dental benefits is a big concern for benefit plan participants when they are nearing retirement or their 75th birthday, when benefits typically terminate. The new coverage is underwritten by Co-operators Life Insurance Company and is administered by the Johnston Group, the administrators of the Chambers Plan. It offers an easy transition from the Chambers Plan coverage to an individual health and dental plan.
In order to be eligible for ContinYou, Chamber Plan participants simply apply for, and purchase, coverage within 60 days of their group coverage ending. No medical statements are required. Coverage begins on the 1st of the month following the day that the group health and dental benefits end. There are three levels of coverage, Base, Enhanced and Enhanced Plus. All levels include coverage for prescription drugs, paramedical services, ambulance, hearing aids and semi-private hospital rooms. Dental and Vision coverage are also available with the Enhanced and Enhanced Plus coverage. Premiums are paid on a monthly basis by pre-authorized payment.
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