Messages from the Chair of the Board and the President
As I begin my term as chair, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Past Chair Julia Hanna. I appreciate her support, guidance, humour and for feeding us so well. I would like to thank our departing board members Sharon Aitken, Mark Brown, Steve Howse and Peter Turkington for their invaluable contributions to the chamber. I welcome our new board members Don Bassindale, Lisa Piccolo, Hal Shaw and Stephen Tkaczyk, and look forward to working with them and our other directors over the coming year.
I started Socs Retail Solutions after a wonderful career in the consumer electronics and telecom sectors. I also co-founded Terava Sales, a sales and distribution company. Together SOCS and Terava represent over 30 brands marketing, selling and distributing products to Loyalty Programs (Aeroplan), internet retailers (Amazon) and businesses across North America.
We joined the chamber seven years ago and I knew after attending my very first Business After Hours (as Past Chair Mike Haines’ guest), that I wanted to get involved. And so I did - volunteering for the Golf and Marketing committees and then co-chairing both.
I have witnessed the chamber’s amazing growth and development these past seven years and with your support, your board, President John Sawyer, chamber staff, and I will continue to advocate on your behalf to all levels of government, be the voice of business, continue the momentum with grow membership growth and increase networking opportunities.
2014 marks the chamber’s 65th anniversary. We look forward to celebrating with you our members. In addition, we are looking forward to hosting more trips to China and Thailand after our inaugural trip to China this October. The board will be developing a new three-year strategic plan over the next few months to ensure we maintain the chamber’s momentum in our key areas As always, advocacy work is high on our agenda and our strength in this area is in the collective power of our chamber network. Our chamber, along with other chambers, will look to submit policy resolutions to both the Ontario and Canadian chambers for consideration and possible presentation to the respective levels of government. We will be reaching out to you for issues to consider.
Thank you for the opportunity and honour of serving as chair of the board.
Chair of the Board
Oakville Chamber of Commerce
We have been so busy over the last year and it is all good stuff: stable membership and record revenue, hosting important events including the first public speech of the new Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen S. Poloz. Given the central bank’s pivotal role in guiding Canada’s economy through the economic recovery, it was very timely for you, our members, to hear the new Governor’s perspective on Canada’s financial system and monetary policy.
In addition to this historic event, we hosted a private lunch with Prime Minister Harper, RBC President and CEO Gord Nixon, as well as hosting Treasury Board President Tony Clement, Ontario PC Party Leader Tim Hudak, US Consul General Jim Dickmeyer and Minister of Economic, Development and Trade Dr. Eric Hoskins.
We are proud of our reputation for hosting high-profile speakers and events. We give elected officials and business leaders the opportunity to address well-informed, engaged and influential business audiences. Our members benefit by hearing firsthand from leaders about current business, economic and political issues.
As always, we are humbled by the generous contribution of our partners and volunteers without whose assistance we could not execute our events. Organizations like our chamber cannot succeed without the willingness of members to serve for the greater good. Members of all backgrounds and experiences raise their hands and step forward as partners, volunteers, ambassadors, committee members and board members. They are the heart and soul of our organization. It is humbling to know that our chamber is viewed by so many members as THE place to get involved - worthy of their time and effort. Their collective contribution allows us to represent and support the business community.
This year the chamber worked on a number of initiatives:
- Earning our accreditation with distinction;
- Launching our Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Group;
- Hosting our first Chamber trip to China with 178 travellers;
- Launching our new website;
- Partnering with TVCogeco to produce our television show In Good Company;
- Partnering with Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon on the Western GTA Summit;
- Partnering with Metroland’s WorkLocal job site to offer our members a discount on local job listings;
- Partnering with the Professional Engineers of Ontario Oakville Chapter to present our first annual joint symposium on sustainable cities;
- Renewing our partnership with the Rotary Club of Oakville West to present the annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence;
- Completing the move into our new office.
Sincere thanks to Julia Hanna for her outstanding leadership as chair of the board. I am looking forward to working with Orla Johnston as she steps into the role of chair; the chamber will benefit from her experience and creativity. Thank you to outgoing Past Chair Wendy Rinella and retiring directors Sharon Aitken, Mark Brown, Steve Howse and Peter Turkington for their commitment and years of service to the chamber and its members.
Oakville Chamber of Commerce
The Oakville Chamber wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
The Oakville Chamber will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24, 2013 (12pm) - Jan. 2, 2014 (9am).
| Wed Dec 11 @ 5:00PM|
Business After Hours December 2013
| Wed Dec 18 @ 7:30AM|
Aon Good Morning Oakville Dec 2013 Regular Registration
| Wed Dec 18 @ 7:30AM|
Aon Good Morning Oakville Dec. 2013 (2 Minute Member Speaker)