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As the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, I will be posting about the latest Chamber news and other information relevant to our members and business community.

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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Celebrates Landmark 140th Annual General Meeting with Dwight Duncan, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

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2 8 Nov
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding their 140th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave. To help celebrate the WERCC’s 140th year is featured guest speaker Dwight Duncan, Interim Chair of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Duncan will be speaking on the Gordie Howe Bridge, the border, and next steps. Duncan also serves as a Senior Strategic Adv...

$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy

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1 7 Nov
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Today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism gap when compared to international growth rates. According to the organization's report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage fo...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber President & CEO Matt Marchand and Tracey Ramsey, MP Essex, Keynoting at Charles E. Brooks Dinner

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1 0 Nov
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For the first time a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) President & CEO will be a keynote speaker at the Labour Appreciation Night. WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand and Tracey Ramsey MP Essex, will be keynote speakers at the Labour Appreciation Night, featuring the presentation of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award. This takes place Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award is presented to a Labour Community Activist and Volunteer for the work the...

Canadian Parliament panel to kick off steel dumping study: American Metal Market

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3 Nov
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I wanted to share with you an article recently published in American Metal Market: Canadian Parliament panel to kick off steel dumping study Nov 02, 2016 Dom Yanchunas NEW YORK — A Canadian parliamentary trade committee will hold its first meeting Nov. 3 in a formal study of the dumping of foreign steel and other threats to the country's domestic industry. The House of Commons' Standing Committee on International Trade plans at least four meetings in the probe, entitled "The Canadian Steel Industry's Ability to Compete Internationally." The opening session, scheduled for 11:15 a.m...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Presents Policy Series Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

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2 5 Oct
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Exclusive Sponsor Atlas Tube presents the Policy Series Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring guest speaker the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minster of Transportation, on November 9, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave. Minister Del Duca has a proven track record of outstanding community involvement and a clear dedication to public service. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial byelection. Re-elected in June 2014 and appointed Ontario’s Minister of Tr...

The Success of Small Business Will Determine the Success of Ontario’s Economy: New Report by Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Kicks-Off 2016 Small Business Week

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1 9 Oct
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Today, to mark Small Business Week 2016, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), released the report Obstacles and Opportunities for Small Business in Ontario. The report highlights the contributions of small businesses to the provincial economy, whi...

Windsor Essex Tech Show Helping Small Business Build a Better Business Through Technology

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1 8 Oct
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsors WEtech Alliance and WindsorEssex Small Business Centre present the Windsor Essex Tech Show, taking place Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.) Discover how technology can help your business increase efficiencies, save you money, build your brand, and increase the chances of Google finding you. Hear from leading in...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Lays Groundwork to Ensure Future Competitiveness of Provincial Agri-Food Sector in New Report

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5 Oct
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Today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the report Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-food Sector, which presents a series of recommendations designed to address barriers to the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in t...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Disappointed with Ontario Energy Board Decision against Transparency

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2 9 Sep
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In early September, Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President & CEO Allan O’Dette issued a letter to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on behalf of 135 chambers across the province calling for more transparency in regards to charges related to Cap and Trade. Specifically, the Chamber Network expressed concern over the fact that the OEB had made the decision to include the new cap and trade charges in the delivery charge on utility customers’ bills rather than putting them in a separate line item. “Chambers across Ontario believe that transparency of the Cap and Trade program is an e...

Presidents of Windsor-Essex Regional and Ontario Chambers of Commerce Hosting Small Business Too Big To Ignore Announcement Event

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1 8 Oct
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Small businesses are essential to the economic prosperity of Ontario. The Ontario Chamber Network recognizes that small businesses face a series of unique challenges. It’s critical that government remain responsive to these challenges to ensure the future competitiveness of small businesses in Ontario.   On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) boardroom ...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures National Support for Scaling Up Small Business at Canadian Chamber AGM

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2 1 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) and its network partners secured national support to help grow small business, enabling more Canadian firms to scale up. This is part of the WERCC’s ongoing campaign to focus attention on the needs of small business. This took place Monday at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in Regina, SK. The resolution states:

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and Ontario Chamber Partners Secure Support for National Steel Strategy at Canadian Chamber AGM

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1 9 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) and their resolution co-sponsors, the Hamilton and Sault Ste Marie Chambers of Commerce, secured national support to focus policy efforts for a Canadian steel industry strategy. This took place Monday at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in Regina, SK. The resolution states: Support the Canadian Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters. The Canadian steel industry is a cornerst...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures National Support for Regulating and Maximizing Economic Benefit of Cannabis Industry at Canadian Chamber AGM

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1 9 Sep
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Building on their continued regional leadership on the issue, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) secured national support for their policy resolution to safely regulate and maximize the economic benefit of the cannabis industry. This took place Sunday at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in Regina, SK. The resolution states: Maximize the Economic Benefit of Recreational Marijuana. The legalization of recreational marijuana...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Bringing Three Key Local Issues to Canadian Chamber Annual General Meeting

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1 6 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) is attending the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, September 17-19, 2016 in Regina, SK. At the AGM, Chambers across the nation get plugged into the latest developments, trends and issues that are important to the Canadian business community and work to develop solutions that will break down the barriers holding Canadian businesses back. The policy resolutions going forward help set the Canadian Chamber’s policy agenda for the upcoming year. The WERCC has three policy solutions up for discussion at the AGM: 1. Support the...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Continues to Take Leadership Role on Regulating and Maximizing Economic Benefit of Recreational Marijuana

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1 4 Sep
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The advocacy efforts of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) and the Greater Niagara Chamber on recreational marijuana has led to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) network partners to write a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling on the Province to immediately begin a robust consultative process aimed at developing a regulatory framework for the distribution of recreational marijuana. The letter calls for a number of actions that would benefit Ontario’s economy: eliminating the underground economy, limiting points of access, empowering communities, investing in a...

Job Fair: Take your career in the right direction!

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1 3 Sep
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Take your career in the right direction! Check out the Job Fair on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Clair College for the Arts (Skyline Room), located at 201 Riverside Drive West in Windsor. For more information on the job fair, please call Elise Marentette, HR+ By Design, at (519) 903-3419 or by email at elise@hrplusbydesign.com.

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Special Bulletin from WERCC President & CEO on Province's Electricity Announcement

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1 3 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) would like to thank our membership for voicing their concerns about the cost of doing business in Ontario, particularly the rising cost of energy. Following yesterday’s speech from the Throne, the Ontario Government has committed to expanding the Industrial Conservation Initiative. Chamber members have been lobbying to lower the province's hydro rates. An eight-per-cent red...

Soliciting Feedback from Members: Changing Workplaces Review

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1 2 Sep
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By now you are likely aware of the Ontario government’s Changing Workplaces Review and the impact the interim reports proposed changes could have on Ontario’s competitiveness and the ability of businesses in the province to create jobs and grow the economy. Now it’s time to take action. During the first round of consultations for the Changing Workplaces Review, the Special Advisors overwhelmingly heard from labour groups about needed changes. While important, we believe that balanced recommendations from the Special Advisor...

Chambers Across Ontario Demand Transparency in Cap and Trade Costs for Business and Consumers

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7 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) along with chambers across Ontario, have asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for Transparency of the cost of Cap and Trade charges in utility bills as they do in other jurisdictions. “This was a grass roots chamber initiative starting with the Chambers of Windsor- Essex, London and Kitchener Waterloo a few weeks ago” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the WERCC. “We informed our colleagues and a letter from our Ontario President went out today,” added Marchand. Chambers across Ontario believe that transparency of the ...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Partners with Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce, Urging Prime Minister to Address China Dumping Steel into Canada

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2 9 Aug
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) has teamed up with the Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce to write a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, requesting that the Government of Canada address the issue of China dumping steel into Canada. Further to this letter, the three Chambers are bringing this as a resolution to the Canadian Chamber AGM, September 17-19 in Regina, SK, to gain national support. The resolution states: Support the Canadian Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters The Canadian steel industry is a cornerston...

Call for Nominations for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards

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1 8 Aug
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that nominations for the Annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) are open. In its 27th year, over 300 awards have been presented to local businesses and individuals. Now is the time to nominate! Nominations for the prestigious awards are open until Saturday, October 1, 2016. This year 10 awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on Apri...

Ontario business groups rally support for steel - American Metal Market

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1 8 Aug
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I was recently interviewed for the American Metal Market publication and wanted to share it with you. The below is reprinted with permission. Ontario business groups rally support for steel Aug 16, 2016 Dom Yanchunas NEW YORK — Business organizations in three Ontario steel centers are urging the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to prod the federal government toward more-aggressive support for the industry. Regional chambers of commerce in Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor intend to submit a resolution to the national organization asking for a commitment of federal support fo...

SOLD OUT Small Business Roundtable Consultation with Presidents of Windsor-Essex Regional and Ontario Chambers of Commerce

BY Mmarchand

5 Aug
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Small businesses are essential to the economic prosperity of Ontario. The Ontario Chamber Network recognizes that small businesses face a series of unique challenges. It’s critical that government remain responsive to these challenges to ensure the future competitiveness of small businesses in Ontario. On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) boardroom lo...

Windsor-Essex Regional, Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers Take Leadership Role for Steel Strategy and Windsor-Essex Regional and Greater Niagara Chambers Take Leadership Role on Regulating and Maximizing Benefit of Cannabis Industry

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5 Aug
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), has teamed up with Ontario Chambers to urge the Canadian Government to focus policy efforts for a Canadian steel industry strategy and to safely regulate the cannabis industry while at the same time maximizing the economic potential for Windsor-Essex. These two policy resolution are up for discussion at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, taking p...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Participating in Town Hall Meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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3 Aug
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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) President & CEO Matt Marchand will be featured as a Guest Speaker in a Town Hall Meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership held by Essex MP Tracey Ramsey on Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Good Neighbour Club, located at 272 St. Paul St. in Belle River. Also in attendance as a Guest Speaker is Chris Taylor, President, UNIFOR Local 200. The Town Hall will focus on discussing the realities and problems with the TPP trade agreement. The WERCC was one of the first Chambers to ask for more details on the TPP and has e...

Windsor-Essex and Ontario Chambers of Commerce: County Wide Tour of Key Agriculture Businesses in Advance of a Major Agriculture Strategy to be Released Later this Summer

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2 5 Jul
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) along with Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Policy Analyst Kathryn Sullivan will be meeting with key agriculture businesses from Essex County on Tuesday, July 26. These meetings include wineries, food processors, and agriculture stakeholders to gather information for an important WERCC/OCC agriculture report to be released later this summer. Agriculture is one of the top economic drivers in Ontario and in the county of Essex. Our members want to expand exports and drive jobs and economic growth and this report will lay out a provinc...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls on Provincial Government to Push Broadband Strategy into High Speed

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2 1 Jul
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Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to commit dedicated provincial infrastructure funds to developing and expanding broadband internet access in remote and rural areas of the province. “Access to high speed internet is also essential for Windsor-Essex businesses to compete in the 21st century global economy,” said Matt Marchand, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) President & CEO. “It is critical that all regions across Ontario, especially rural areas, have access to this essential infrastructure.” While the WERCC and ...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Host Chamber 101 Lunch & Learn

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2 0 Jul
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) Emerging Leaders are hosting a Lunch & Learn about Chamber 101 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the WERCC office boardroom, located at 2575 Ouellette Place. I will be speaking on the role and function of the Chamber of Commerce, benefits offered by the Chamber, and why it’s important for Emerging Leaders and young professionals to be involved with the Chamber. If you have ever considered Chamber membership, or think your company might benefit from learning about what the Chamber has to offer, be sure to ...

Rotary Speech with Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand

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2 0 Jul
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Join Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand for a Chamber update at Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair's Weekly Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the Windsor Yacht Club, located at 9000 Riverside Dr. E. Marchand will be discussing some of the current lobbying being undertaken (TPP, Single Sports Betting, ORPP and more) as well as the benefits of being a Chamber member in his presentation titled The Chamber: Leadership, Advocacy and Community. For further information visit www....

Leverage the Private Sector to Put Patients First: Chamber Report

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3 1 May
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Today the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its second in a series of reports on the Health Care Sector in Ontario. The previous report, released in March 2016, indicated that 77% of Ontarians are concerned about the future of our health system and 80% agree that Ontario needs broad reform to meet the future. This new report, Prescription for Partnersh...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber to Advocate for Region in Front of House of Commons’ International Trade Committee TPP Public Consultation

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1 1 May
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) is appearing before the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee in Windsor at the Best Western PLUS Waterfront Hotel, located at 277 Riverside Dr. W., on Thursday, May 12 from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. in view of its Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Public Consultation. The WERCC has been aggressive in asking the government to defer a parliamentary debate on TPP until after the U.S. federal election to ensure maximum flexibility—an issue that received province-wide Chamber support recently at the Ontario Chamber of ...

Windsor-Essex Regional and Canadian Chambers Present Business Leaders Roundtable

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2 0 Jul
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) presents Business Leaders Roundtable, featuring The Hon. Perrin Beatty, CCC President & CEO, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Caesars Windsor. The Hon. Perrin Beatty is the President & CEO of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international or...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Wins Prestigious Ontario Chamber of Commerce Award for Work on Auto Strategy

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5 May
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) won the 2016 Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Advocacy Award at the OCC’s Annual General Meeting in Oakville, Ontario over the weekend. This was for the WERCC’s work for an Auto Strategy. This is the fifth award that the WERCC has received from the OCC since 2012 for Advocacy excellence and community leadership. The Advocacy Award is presented annually for extraordinary efforts w...

Small Business Too Big to Ignore: Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber

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3 May
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Ontario Chamber Network is proud to be a part of the ambitious campaign, Small Business: Too Big To Ignore. This campaign highlights the important contributions of small businesses to our economy and communities, and seeks to actively engage small businesses across the province in investigating the top barriers...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures Support for Deferring TPP, Closing Skills Gap, Strongly Encouraging Domestic Steel, One Time Allocation Connecting Link Program and Transparency for Development Charges at Ontario Chamber AGM

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1 May
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) secured provincial support for key issues for Windsor-Essex: for the government of Canada to defer TPP until after the U.S. federal election, closing the skills gap, encouraging the use of domestic steel for federal and provincial government projects, transparency for development charges and $30 million for the Connecting Link Program. This took place at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber to Attend Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting to Discuss Key Regional Issues

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2 9 Apr
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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) President & CEO Matt Marchand and Chair of the Board Dr. Janice Forsyth will be attending the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting April 28 – May 1 in Oakville, Ontario, to discuss key regional issues such as TPP, Skills Gap, Cap & Trade, Transparency on Development Charges, Funding for Connecting Link Program and Supporting Ontario's Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters. The contributions of AGM delegates in previous years have resulted in many advocacy successes. The OCC’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of...

Too Few Entrepreneurs Able to Scale Up Their Business: WERCC Report Identifies Six Barriers to Growth

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2 2 Apr
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the report, Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge, which identifies the major roadblocks preventing Ontario businesses from expanding and presents recommendations to best support business owners in taking their ventures to the next stage of growth. To position Ontario for long-term success, the report ...

Congratulations to the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Recipients!

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2 1 Apr
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The recipients of the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Star were announced at Caesars Windsor on Wednesday night. The Business Excellence Awards recognizes the integrity, creativity, and dedication that helps a business succeed despite challenging times. 2016 Business Excellence Award Recipients ATHENA Award – Shelley Fellows (Sponsored by Bell) Belie...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Heads to Ottawa to Meet with MP Brian Masse and Key Stakeholders, in Support of Safe and Regulated Sports Betting

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1 5 Apr
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On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) along with MP Brian Masse as well as representatives from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Gaming Association and industry stakeholders will meet in Ottawa for a strategy session working toward passing Bill C-221: Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act. The meeting will focus on strategizing and generating awareness for restarting process of House of Commons support for Bill C-221, the successor to Bill C-290, Single Sports Betting. Bill C-221 is up for debate and second read...

Thank You for Attending our Fourth Online Interactive Town Hall

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7 Apr
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Thank you to those who attended our fourth Online Interactive Town Hall! As always, it was a pleasure to engage in a dialogue with the membership and go over some of our successes as well as what the future holds for the Chamber. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Town Hall or who would like to revisit the presentation, the PDF is available by clicking here. Again thank you for your continued support and for being a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce...

Ontario’s Skills Gaps Worsening: Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Report Points to Immigration Reform as Part of the Solution

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7 Apr
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a report entitled, Passport to Prosperity: Ontario’s Priorities for Immigration Reform, which presents a series of recommendations designed to reduce Ontario’s costly skills gap and improve the labour outco...

Matt’s Report: Queen’s Park Advocacy Day, April 4, 2016

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5 Apr
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The day started off in Queen’s Park with our chamber network (40+ chambers) gathering in the Legislature. We talked about the day and also talked about rolling our small business initiative called “Small Business – Too Big to Ignore”. Ontario chambers will start to roll that out late in April/early May. Different chambers were assigned different meetings with Deputies and Assistant Deputies depending on their needs and preference. With our heavy involvement in the auto/manufacturing sector, we met with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development. The Ontario Chamber asked me to mode...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber Network Attend Queen’s Park Advocacy Day

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2 0 Jul
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On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with other Chambers across Ontario, is attending a Queen’s Park Advocacy Day in Toronto. I will be participating in a series of meetings throughout the entire day with politicians and government officials advocating on several Windsor-Essex region issues. These meetings include senior government officials, leaders of the opposition and deputy ministers of industry. Additionally, I will be moderating a meeting on Manufacturing with Giles Gherson, Deputy Minister Ministry of Economic Development, Employment a...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO to Host Fourth Online Interactive Town Hall for Members

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3 1 Mar
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On Thursday, April 7 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., I will be hosting an Online Interactive Town Hall with Chamber members. During the Town Hall, I will outline this year’s activities, upcoming events, and discuss plans for the future of the Chamber. A Question and Answer session with members will follow. The past four years have seen the Chamber rise to new visibility and advocate on behalf of its members more than ever before. Some of these advocacy issues include Auto Strategy, Road TRIP (Travel Rebate Incentive Program), Skills Mismatch, Single Sports Betting, Minimum Wage, Immigrant I...

Prioritize Ontario's Economy in the Federal Budget

BY Mmarchand

1 7 Mar
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Today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its 2016 Federal Pre-Budget Submission, highlighting key priorities the federal government must address in its upcoming budget. This includes using TPP to drive a manufacturing and auto strategy, bridging the skills gap, keeping infrastructure commitments, fixing the broadband gap, address the current inequality in...

“Ontario is Ready for Health Transformation”: New Study. Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Leading Conversation about Patient-Focused Health Care 80% of Province Ready for “Broad Reform”

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1 5 Mar
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In a landmark report released today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has outlined an opportunity to bring real and meaningful change to Ontario’s health care system. The report, Transformation Through Value and Innovation: Revitali...

Announcing the Second Bi-Annual Policy & Solutions Forum

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3 Mar
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The Second Bi-Annual Policy & Solutions Forum, presented by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Unifor, University of Windsor and St. Clair College, takes place Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave., from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This is the coming together of business, labour and academia in a non-partisan way offering ideas and solutions. The Forum will focus specifically on giving Minister Duguid and newly appointed Auto Advisor Ray Tanguay advice from global executives in the auto sector, senior labour and business leaders as well as academia...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Partners with Canadian Blood Services for Chamber Challenge

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2 4 Feb
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) and Canadian Blood Services present the First Annual Chamber Challenge, taking place during the month of March. WERCC Members will compete to bring in the most blood donors. This is a great way to give back to the community, get recognition and save lives. We invite you, your staff, family and friends to donate together and GIVE LIFE! The participating WERCC Member business who brings in the most blood donors will win a pizza party, trophy, recognition in the WERCC’s Business Briefs and more. I will be kicking off the Challenge ...

Rotary Town Hall with Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand

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2 2 Feb
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Join me for a Chamber update at Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)'s Weekly Meeting on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave. I will be discussing some of the current lobbying being undertaken (TPP, Single Sports Betting, ORPP and more) as well as the benefits of being a Chamber member in his presentation titled The Chamber: Leadership, Advocacy and Community. For f...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Calls For Ontario Budget that Extends Business Engagement on TPP, Skills, Cap & Trade, Reducing Regulatory Burden and Fiscal Balance

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1 8 Feb
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Today the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its 2016 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission, which outlines key priorities that address the need to eliminate the deficit and establish some much needed regulatory reforms. According to the most recent OCC membership survey, 92 percent of Ontario businesses believe it is important that the government meet its deficit eli...

Johnson Insurance: What is Ice Damming and how do I Prevent it?

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1 6 Feb
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Ice damming is one of the most common causes of weather-related damage to homes in winter. It occurs when snow sitting on the roof melts (often caused by heat from an inadequately ventilated attic) and then refreezes near the roof edge or at the eaves trough, creating a barrier that blocks other water from running off. Instead, that water can sometimes make its way under shingles and flashing and into the home. How do I prev...

Labour and Business Come Together to Speak Out Against “Return of Kings”

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5 Feb
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Unifor Local 444 and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce have come together to jointly denounce the actions and conduct of Daryush ‘Roosh V’ Valizadeh’s “Return of Kings”. The group’s meet-ups, scheduled in Windsor at Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens and totaling 43 meetings worldwide, were to take place on Saturday. These meetings, however, were cancelled by Valizadeh due to safety and privacy concerns to “Return of King...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and Ontario Chamber Deliver Landmark Agenda to Grow Economy and Spur Job Creation

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2 6 Jan
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Today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and other chambers across the province in partnership with the Mowat Centre, released its fifth and final iteration of Emerging Stronger. Emerging Stronger 2016 identifies the immediate steps that government and the private sector must take to enhance Ontario’s economic competitiveness and spur job creation in the province. Ontari...

Congratulations to the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Finalists!

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1 2 Jan
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Windsor Star announced the finalists for the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) at the Windsor Star News Café today. Celebrating 26 years of Business Excellence the event will focus on the stars of the show, the Finalists. The event, which will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Caesars Windsor, allows the entire community to celebrate the achievemen...

Happy Holidays from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

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2 3 Dec
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staff-holidays-2015 It is with warm appreciation that we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season! May your new year be filled with health, happiness and prosperity! We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you and advocating on your behalf in the coming year. Best wishes, The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

Why Santa Needs Travel Insurance

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2 2 Dec
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Today I have a special article from Johnson Inc.: Santa Article - MEDOC_20Nov2015

Safe Holiday Decorating

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2 1 Dec
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Today I have a special article from Johnson Inc.: The holiday season is an exciting and usually hectic time. Amidst all the preparation and festivities, we must not overlook the potential safety hazards that may be present in your home during this merry time of year. Just as Santa makes his list, do not forget to keep your own safety checklist.Here are some tips from Johnson Insurance to help ensure your holidays are fil...

Windsor-Essex’s Economic Prospects Steadily Improving: Ontario Economic Update 2016

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9 Dec
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The most wide-reaching provincial economic forecast of the year, the Ontario Economic Update 2016, was released today by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario, with support from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Employment in the Windsor-Essex region is projected to grow by 1.5 per...

Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Call on Local MPs to Prioritize Economy

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4 Nov
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The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) are calling on the newly elected federal government and local MPs to fulfill their election promise to make Ontario’s economy a top priority. The WERCC congratulates Brian Masse, Cheryl Hardcastle and Tracey Ramsey on their election victory and calls for immediate attention to address local and Ontario economic challenges. The OCC and the WERCC have identified three near-term priorities for the federal government: focusing on manufacturing and agriculture, getting infrastructure dollars out th...

Pumpkin 10 Ways

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2 9 Oct
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Today I have a special article from Johnson Inc.: Johnson Inc. is committed to doing the right thing for the environment and is pleased to share some fun ideas on what to do with your pumpkin, keeping your Halloween green. Pumpkin Planter After Halloween, simply fill the pumpkin with some potting soil until it is about one third full. Please note, some extra packing of the soil may be needed depending on the carving. Once th...

Halloween Home Safety: Avoid a Scare this Halloween by Staying Safe

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2 9 Oct
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Today I have a special article from Johnson Inc.: Everyone wishes for a safe and happy Halloween but, amid all the excitement of decorating, dressing up, and dashing door to door for treats, safety can sometimes be overlooked. In addition to exercising caution while on the roads, safety around the home is also important. Here are a few tips to consider to help protect your home, your family and others at Halloween: Us...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures Support for Automotive Czar’s Report, Key Local Agricultural and Small Business Issues at Canadian Chamber AGM

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1 8 Oct
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce secured national support for three important issues to help create and maintain a competitive business environment for automotive manufacturing, agriculture and small business in the region. This took place at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, October 17 and 18 in Ottawa, Ontario. 1. Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities in Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturing. With Canada’s Auto Czar, Ray Tanguay, now appointed, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber, in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber, has asked for a...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Requests More Details and Express Concerns about Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

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1 5 Oct
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is requesting all documents including side agreements with respect to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) be released. The TPP has been agreed to, but not ratified by the 12 participating nations. There is still some differing commentary and perspectives with respect to the TPP and its impact on the auto sector. With our local economy being engaged heavily in the automotive sector, the documents are necessary for the membership and the community. We want to make sure that any trade deal improves our competitive position. TPP would create ...

Windsor-Essex Regional and Ontario Chambers of Commerce Continue to Advocate Solutions to Lower Energy Costs for Business

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8 Jul
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A new report from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with 40 other local chambers and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), calls on the Government of Ontario to tackle the impact of rising electricity costs on the business community. The report, Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competiti...

Thank You for Attending our Third Online Interactive Town Hall

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9 Apr
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Thank you to those who attended our third Online Interactive Town Hall! As always, it was a pleasure to engage in a dialogue with the membership and go over some of our successes as well as what the future holds for the Chamber. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Town Hall or who would like to revisit the presentation, the PDF is available by

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO to Host Online Interactive Town Hall for Members

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2 3 Mar
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On Thursday, April 9 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., I will be hosting an Online Interactive Town Hall with Chamber members. During the Town Hall, I will outline this year’s activities, upcoming events, and discuss plans for the future of the Chamber. A Question and Answer session with members will follow. The past three years have se...

Credit Union and Caisses Populaires Act: Province-Wide Consultations

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2 6 Nov
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Earlier today, I was involved in a presentation on Credit Union and Caisses Populaires Act: Province-Wide Consultations, with Laura Albanese, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance. Here are those remarks (check against delivery). Good afternoon, My name is Matt Marchand. I am the President and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Our Chamber is the largest business association in the Windsor-Essex region. Our members represent a true cross section of our business community and involve all size businesses, from the smallest SME’s to the largest industrial ...

Ontario Economic Summit: Ontario and Quebec Premiers

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2 4 Oct
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This morning at the Ontario Economic Summit, I attended a session with the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec: the Hon. Kathleen Wynne and the Hon. Philippe Couillard. The discussion focused on the importance of an economically strong central Canada. Couillard stated that we Quebec is experiencing a slower than anticipated economic recovery. The province is a partner with Canada and is open for business—they like balanced budgets and jobs. He also mentioned that there is a joint cabinet meeting with Ontario in November. Public pensions are a big challenge in Quebec and tax burden is relati...

More Updates from the Ontario Economic Summit

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2 3 Oct
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During the Fireside Chat with Andrea Horwath (Leader of Ontario's NDP), she addressed Ontario's Power Costs, noting that the rates are not competitive. She also noted that the Auditor General should review electricity contracts and stop billions of dollars going to subsidize power rates in the U.S. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber was one of the first chambers in Ontario to put out a policy paper on the cost of power in March 2013. The Windso...

Updates from the Ontario Economic Summit

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2 3 Oct
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Yesterday I arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the 2014 Ontario Economic Summit—the year-round strategic initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, ensuring that Ontario emerges stronger. At this morning’s panel, “From Recovery to Growth/State of the Provincial Economy”, The Hon. Kevin Lynch (Co-Chair, 2014 Ontario Economic Summit/Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group) said that, “Ontario’s Structural Growth Rate is stuck at a low rat...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and its Partners Secure National Support for Federal Government to Undertake Expedient Review of Business Attraction Strategies Used by Other Jurisdictions

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3 0 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and the London Chamber of Commerce, along with 15 other Ontario Chambers, teamed up to draw attention and ask for an expedient review of the impact, in terms of both GDP losses and job losses, that competitor jurisdictions’ business attraction efforts are having on Canada’s economy. This resolution was successfully passed at the Canadian Chamber Annual General Meeting, which took place September 27-29 in Charlottetown, PEI. The resolution passed by the Chamber of Commerce states that: Canada’s international competitors are increasi...

Windsor-Essex Chamber Takes National Leadership Role to Urge Response to Aggressive Incentives Offered by Other Jurisdictions

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4 Sep
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and the London Chamber of Commerce, along with 15 other Ontario Chambers, have teamed up to urge a response to aggressive incentive programs used to lure business away from Ontario by other jurisdictions. This policy resolution is up for discussion at the Canadian Chamber Annual General Meeting, taking place September 27-29 in Charlottetown, PEI. The resolution states that: Canada’s international competitors are increasingly using hyper-aggressive techniques to lure Canadian businesses, causing job losses here at home and weakening the...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Partners with Windsor Club to Launch New Initiative

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2 3 Jul
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The Windsor Club will host an Open House at its premier location at the ‘Top of the Town’ to celebrate the launch of its newest membership initiative with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. This takes place Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. For a one-time promotional offer, the Windsor Club will provide all Chamber members with full, unlimited access to dining and events reservations from July 1 t...

Are you compliant with Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation?

BY Mmarchand

2 4 Jun
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On July 1, 2014 Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) begins, will you and your business be ready? We presented a sold-out Lunch & Learn event on the new legislation yesterday and heard from Bob Baksi and Sheila MacKinnon from Shibley Righton LLP who discussed how CASL will impact all businesses utilizing commercial electronic messages. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce outlines What You Need to Know About Sending...

24th Annual Business Excellence Awards Recap

BY Mmarchand

3 0 Jul
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In April 2014 we celebrated business excellence in Windsor-Essex at the 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards at Caesars Windsor. Many Chamber members generously contribute to the success of this BEA program through their sponsorship. Please take note of all the award and event sponsors and supporters. Thank them and patronize their businesses! I would also like to take a moment to thank our judges. Each year an independent panel of judges is selected to evaluate the submissions. Judges spend countless hours reviewing the numerous entries to ultimately determine tonight’s finalists. ...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, the University of Windsor and Unifor Announce First-Ever Policy & Solutions Forum

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1 5 Apr
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At a press conference earlier today, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce along with the University of Windsor and Unifor announced the First-Ever Policy & Solutions Forum. This event is taking place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Caboto Club, located at 2175 Parent Ave, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Our list of speakers, some of the finest minds in business, labour and academia, are listed on

Interview on TVCOGECO's Face-to-Face

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8 Apr
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Recently, I was asked to appear on TVCOGECO's Face-to-Face with John Fairley. We chatted about the Chamber's role in the Windsor-Essex community, the region's Agri-Food sector, and the Chamber's First-Ever Policy & Solutions Forum, among other things. If you missed the interview, you can view it online below. Special thanks to TVCOGECO for the video.

Thank You for Attending our Second Online Interactive Town Hall

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2 6 Feb
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I just wanted to thank everyone for attending my second Online Interactive Town Hall! It was great to connect with members and go over what we at the Chamber have accomplished as well as our future plans including some amazing events, advocating on behalf of our members, and diligently working on the Immigrant Investor project. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Town Hall or who would like to revisit the presentation, t...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO to Host Second Online Interactive Town Hall for Members

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2 0 Feb
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On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m., I'll be hosting an Online Interactive Town Hall with Chamber members. During the Town Hall, I will outline last year’s activities and discuss plans for the future of the Chamber. A Question and Answer session with members will follow. The...

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce!

BY Mmarchand

2 3 Dec
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It is with warm appreciation that we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season! May your new year be filled with health, happiness and prosperity! We value our relationship our members and and look forward to working with and advocating for you in the coming year.

Canadian Chamber President & CEO Urges Senators to Pass Bill C- 290 Single Sports Betting and Let the Provinces Decide

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1 6 Dec
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Further to the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber’s resolution that was successfully passed at the Canadian Chamber AGM in BC in September, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Perrin Beatty has written to senators in support of Bill C-290. Mr. Beatty’s letter asks that senators focus their debate on what Bill C-290 would, if passed, permit rather than on the morals of the issue. If Bill C-290 were passed, the provinces, under whose jurisdiction gaming has exclusively resided since 1985, would have the policy lever to decide whether or not, and under what conditions, wagering o...

The Canadian Chamber network reacts to the possible shutdown of U.S. government

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3 Feb
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The U.S. government stands poised for its first partial shutdown in 17 years at midnight tonight, after a weekend with no signs of negotiations or compromise from the Congress or the White House. The budget cuts scheduled for tomorrow, October 1, 2013, could mean significant cuts across all agencies in the U.S., including personnel at the Canada-U.S. border. Businesses on both sides of the border would suffer from understaffing not to mention the potential effects on our security. Increased wait times would cost industry billions of dollars, individual travelers would also face major del...

Windsor-Essex Chamber Successful in Getting Canadian Chambers of Commerce Support to Pass Bill C-290, Single Sports Betting

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1 6 Dec
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The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce was successful in receiving national support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce membership to have Senate pass Bill C-290, Single Sports Betting. The resolution also called for Bill C-290 to come into force before the end of 2013. Matt Marchand, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO was in Kelowna, BC from September 28-30, 2013 for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, where he presented the Chamber’s proposed resolution on allowing provinces to decide on Single Sports Betting. The resolution was...

Thank You for Attending our First Online Interactive Town Hall

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3 Feb
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I just wanted to thank everyone for attending my first Online Interactive Town Hall! I had a great time presenting what we at the Chamber have accomplished over the past year since I have been President & CEO. I also received some great questions and feedback and am confident to say that there will be many mor...

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO to Host First Ever Online Interactive Town Hall for Members

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3 Feb
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To commemorate my first year as President & CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, I will be hosting an online interactive town hall with Chamber members on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., where I will outline last year's activities and discuss plans for the future of the Chamber. A Question and Answer session with members will follow. This past year has seen the Chamber rise to new vi...

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has gone through numerous changes

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3 Feb
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Over the past few months, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has gone through numerous changes in our plan to move forward. From increasing our presence in the media, becoming more accessible to our members, embracing social media, and putting on extravagant and sold-out events, the team here has gone above and beyond in making this Chamber the best possible chamber it can be as we get ready to embark on a new Chamber year. Recently, our efforts were recognized provincially at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting where we were awarded an Advocacy Award for our ...