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Monthly Quarterly Annual Special Events
Business After Hours
Good Morning Oakville
New Member Breakfast
Lunch & Learn
Chair's Dinner
Golf Tournament
Oakville Awards for Business Excellence
Morning Power Session
Small Business Week
Environmental Awareness Day
Guest Speakers
All Candidates Meetings


Business After Hours

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present our most popular evening social event—Business After Hours.

Business After HoursHosted by a different chamber member every month, Business After Hours is the premiere after hours business networking event in Oakville. Connect with other member businesses, register to win door prizes and take part in a 50/50 draw.

Food and beverages are always provided. No RSVP is required.

Business After Hours proudly hosts our Volunteer Appreciation event every June.

Free to Chamber members. First-time guests are complimentary and returning guests may participate for $20.00.

If you’re considering an Oakville Chamber of Commerce membership, Business After Hours is an ideal way to experience one of our many member benefits.

No RSVP or registration is required. Please visit our online calendar.

Good Morning Oakville

The early bird gets the worm. This is especially true of those who attend Good Morning Oakville.

As an Oakville Chamber of Commerce member, you have the exclusive opportunity to pitch your company from the podium at this breakfast networking session and expand your business network when you connect with other Chamber members and community businesses.

This networking event is open to the public.

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

Lunch & Learn

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your business skills at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn sessions.

Lunch and LearnOur dynamic guest speakers provide a highly charged atmosphere for Chamber members to be entertained while discussing important topics like sales and marketing, networking, etc.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is included.

On April 12, our Lunch and Learn featured Jonathan Burns discussing Mobile Marketing for Small Business. For more information visit

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

New Member Breakfast

Complimentary to both new members who have just joined the Chamber and existing members looking for a refresher, this breakfast event gives an overview of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and provides ideas to maximize your membership benefits:

New member breakfast

  • What are the specific benefits of membership?
  • How can the Chamber help you expand your network of business contacts?
  • Which Chamber events are right for you?
  • How can you get more involved in the business community?
  • How can the Chamber help you improve your business skills?
  • How does the Chamber advocate on your behalf?

We encourage you to take advantage of this worthwhile event.

Space is limited. Invitations will be sent for this event and pre-registration is required.

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

Chair’s Dinner

The Annual Chair’s Dinner recognizes the outstanding contribution and leadership provided by the outgoing Chamber Chair, while welcoming the Chamber’s new Chair. This formal evening includes a networking reception, dinner, silent auction, and a prestigious keynote speaker. This prestigious event attracts key figures from across Oakville's business and political community and is a highly anticipated event for Oakville Chamber members to build networks, increase their profile, and partake in Oakville's thriving business community.

Golf Tournament

Golf TournamentWhen it comes to our golf tournament—networking is the name of the game.

Our annual event has been attended by thousands of business professionals who come “fore” the golf but leave with sales leads, business referrals and prospective clients.

Partnership packages are also available. Enhance your company’s profile by being an active participant in this well attended event.

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

Join us at Glen Abbey Golf Club for the signature business tournament of the year!
Registration details to come. For partnership opportunities, contact John Sawyer at 905.845.6613, ext. 202 or


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(For partnership information, contact Chamber President John Sawyer, 905.845.6613, ext. 202)

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Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE), presented by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West, recognize excellence in businesses and community service by Oakville’s companies. Starting with a nomination process in September, the awards night culminates in a prestigious Gala Dinner and Award ceremony in March.The proceeds from the event, including the considerable support from our many Partners, provide funds for the Rotary Club’s numerous youth and academic programs such as the Oakville Awards for Academic Excellence, the Oakville Youth Development Centre, and Camp Enterprise.

For a current list of the OABE categories, visit

Who is eligible to win an OABE?

Judges are looking for excellence in business, not the size of the business. Nominees will be generally assessed on:

Nominee Requirements:

  1. The business must reside (have a physical presence) in Oakville.
  2. The business must have been in operation more than 36 months (as of December 31, 2013) under its present ownership structure with the exception of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award which must have been in operation more than 24 months (as of December 31, 2013)
  3. The business must not have won an OABE in any category in the last 5 years
  4. OABE nomination process must be followed.
  5. Note: in any given year if a sufficient number of nominations are not received in any category, the judges reserve the right to cancel the awarding of that category for that year. At the discretion of the committee, awards may not be distributed in any category with low participation rates.
  6. Nominees are not required to be members of either the Oakville Chamber of Commerce or the Rotary Club of Oakville West (or any other Chamber or Rotary Club).

Who is not eligible to win an OABE?

These are business awards. Therefore the competition is not open to governments, associations, centres or organizations which operate on a not-for-profit basis. The competition is also not open to the Judges or their employers, to members of the OABE Organizing Committee or their employers, or to or to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Oakville West or Board of Directors of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce or their employees.


Morning Power Session

Power Morning SessionJoin the Oakville Chamber of Commerce for a power breakfast, an empowering morning of networking PLUS motivating business seminars. This session takes place annually. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.


Small Business Week

A celebration of the creativity and energy of entrepreneurs, Small Business Week creates awareness of the significant contribution small businesses make to our economy. It is also an opportunity to participate in the many networking, information, and educational seminars hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and experts from the business community. The week starts off with a kick-off breakfast in which an inspiring entrepreneur shares his/her journey. Seminars on essential business topics follow over the next few days. The week culminates in our popular Business After Hours combined with a tradeshow.

Chamber members and non-members can participate in a number of educational events.

For more Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

Guest Speakers

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is recognized for its outstanding business events throughout Ontario. Much of our visibility comes from the politicians and business leaders who have accepted our invitation to speak.

While it is important for local business people to hear directly from our political leaders—it is equally as important for us to have the opportunity to speak to them and inform them of our business concerns.

On January 23, 2013, we hosted our 2013 RBC Economic Outlook Breakfast with RBC Sr. VP and Chief Economist Craig Wright and Ipsos Reid Sr. VP Ray Kong. View the RBC presentation:

RBC Economic Outlook: Leaning into the Headwinds

Our guest speakers have included a number of high profile government officials including: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Federal Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, US Ambassadors to Canada David Wilkins and David Jacobson, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada, Lu Shumin, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton, National Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Opposition Leaders John Tory and Tim Hudak, Auditor General Sheila Fraser, Minister Michael Chong, Minister Jim Prentice, Minister Tony Clement, Minister Greg Sorbara, Minister Steve Peters, Minister David Caplan, Minister Marie Bountrogianni, Minister John Wilkinson, Minister John Milloy, Attorney General Chris Bentley, Minister Lisa Raitt, Minister Peter Kent, MP Terence Young, MPP Kevin Flynn, MPP Ted Chudleigh, Norm Sterling, Norm Miller, Christine Elliott, Deputy Minister David Lindsay, Halton Regional Chairman Gary Carr and the Mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton.

The Oakville Chamber has also hosted a number of prominent business leaders and celebrities:

General Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defense Staff; Bill Osborne, David Mondragon, presidents of Ford Canada; Pierre Morrissette, founder & CEO of the Weather Network; Dr. Sherry Cooper, executive vice president & global economic strategist, BMO Financial Group; Gord Nixon, president & CEO, RBC;Tom Grifferty, founder and CEO of FCT; John Suk, founder and CEO of Altana Pharma Canada; Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC; Don Drummond, senior vice-president and chief economist, TD Financial Group; Arlene Dickinson, CEO Venture Communications and Dragons' Den co-star; Jim Treliving, owner, Boston Pizza International Inc. and Dragons' Den co-star; Bruce Croxon, co-founder of Lavalife, entrepreneur and Dragons' Den co-star; James Milway, executive director of the Institute for Prosperity and Competitiveness; Ray Kong, senior vice president, Ipsos and world-renowned Wildlife Artist Robert Bateman.

The Oakville Chamber is an active member of both the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce.

For Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, please visit our online calendar.

All Candidates Meetings

All Candidates MeetingsStephen Harper addressing the Oakville Chamber of CommerceDuring federal, provincial and municipal elections, the Chamber organizes what is widely regarded as Oakville’s best organized and well attended All Candidates Meetings.

The Chamber is strictly non-partisan and receives no funding from any level of government. We work with our elected officials to foster a healthy economic environment in Oakville.

Annual Environmental Awareness Day

Joining forces with our community partners, Tim Hortons (111 Cross Avenue), Kerr Village BIA, M&M Meat Shops (2525 Prince Michael Drive), Fortinos (Oakville) and Shred-It International, we present our Annual Environmental Awareness Day each year in July. Proceeds from donations and the event's raffle support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. Local vendors exhibit their environmentally-friendly products and services. In addition, children's activities, a community clean up and complimentary BBQ round out the day.

Volunteers from the community clean up the area around the Tim Hortons at 111 Cross Avenue. A team of volunteers led by Collin Woodcock also clean up along the banks of the Sixteen-Mile creek. Confidential documents are also accepted for shredding. M & M Meat Shops, along with Fortinos and Tim Hortons, donate a free BBQ lunch and snacks for the volunteers. Entertainment is provided. The Home Depot children's workshop provided hands-on activities for kids. St. John’s Ambulance is also on hand. Big and little brothers and sisters help with the community clean up.


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