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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.
Ontario Economic Summit: Ontario and Quebec Premiers
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Canadian Chamber President & CEO Urges Senators to Pass Bill C- 290 Single Sports Betting and Let the Provinces Decide
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...