Category: Press Release

Mayor Rob Burton to Present Town Economic Update

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton will speak at an Oakville Chamber breakfast on Wednesday, April 26 at the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre. The Mayor will provide an update on Oakville’s economy, and more specifically the Town’s 2017 budget.

During the address, Mayor Burton will announce a number of major milestones in Oakville’s economic development, new proposals to revitalize Oakville’s three business improvement areas and various ways the Town is working to foster innovation to grow the local economy.

“Innovation is at the heart of any good business and any effective government,” said Mayor Burton. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to share the ways we are working to promote and harness innovation to benefit Oakville businesses.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions and concerns for Mayor Burton, as there will be a moderated question and answer period following his keynote address.

“The Annual Town Economic Update breakfast is popular among our members, who are interested in issues affecting our local economy,” said Caroline Hughes, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to offer them this opportunity to hear directly from the Mayor about initiatives from Oakville’s Municipal Government.”

The event is open to Oakville Chamber members, their guests, and the Oakville community at large.  For more information, or to register, please visit www.oakvillechamber.com, or contact the Oakville Chamber at 905-845-6613 or e-mail info@oakvillechamber.com.

Event Details:

Date:             Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time:             8:00am – Registration & Networking; 8:30am – 9:30am – Event

Location:      Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets:         Members $30; Non-Members $40. Tables of 8 are available.

Register now!


Businesses Need More Support to Limit Cap and Trade Impact

Ontario Chamber Network calls on Premier Wynne to Prevent Exporting Jobs During the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

 Today the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne calling on the government take action through Budget 2017 to contain the costs of the cap and trade system to better support Ontario’s business community.

At a time of low business confidence across the province, and increasing competition from the United States, rising input costs for Ontario business risk negatively impacting jobs and investment in Oakville and across province. In fact, President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 30% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget; eliminating its climate change programs. This means that the cost gap between Canada and the United States will only grow wider, to the competitive detriment of Canadian businesses.

In the letter, the Ontario Chamber warns that the province must measure the impact of cap and trade among other input costs to fully understand the cumulative burden facing Ontario’s business community. Because businesses are directly affected by the costs associated with cap and trade, the Government of Ontario must ensure that the revenue and design of the system is allocated and developed in a way that supports Ontario’s business community.

“On behalf of our members, the Oakville Chamber will continue the dialogue with the provincial government to try to limit the impact on business competiveness.  We also believe that it is important to ensure that our members understand the program and what it means for their bottom-line,” said Caroline Hughes, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Along with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, we are calling on the Premier to take action and support our businesses and local economy.”

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has identified four priority actions that would assist the business community to better navigate the cap and trade system:

  1. Prioritize the allocation of cap and trade revenue for businesses, in addition to other efforts to offset the cost of cap and trade. Making the process to access resources as quickly as possible will be important, especially for smaller businesses who have little time or money to dedicate to program applications.
  2. Prioritize innovation funding. Many Ontario businesses have already taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Achieving further reductions could be difficult and will often require the implementation of new technologies.
  3. Create greater post-2020 design certainty. Post-2020 certainty is important for businesses looking to make long-term investments in Ontario.
  4. Monitor and respond to regional impacts. To ensure the strategic allocation of cap and trade revenues, government should conduct a regional analysis of the impacts.

“Increased input costs imposed on the private sector mean that Ontario risks losing out on jobs and investment, and risks an economically and environmentally damaging shift in production to jurisdictions that are not taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said Graham Henderson, Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “More action must be taken. In all policy decisions, the provincial government must consider how we can prevent exporting jobs while importing pollution.”

The letter is aimed at impacting government policy in Budget 2017, and builds on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s meetings with senior government officials. These meetings have emphasized the need to ensure Ontario’s businesses remain competitive and confident in the face of a changing economy.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and Ontario’s Chamber Network have engaged in significant advocacy on the cap and trade issue since 2015. This letter builds on the Ontario Chamber’s earlier communications to government calling on the Ontario Energy Board to disclose cap and trade costs to taxpayers as a line-item on natural gas bills.  Last year, the Ontario Chamber Network also called on the government to delay the implementation of the cap and trade system until 2018.

Read the letter.


Oakville Chamber to host Breakfast and a Conversation with Patrick Brown

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce will host the Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the PC Party of Ontario at a special breakfast on Tuesday, April 18. The event, which begins at 7:30 a.m. at Glen Abbey Golf Club, will include breakfast, a keynote presentation by Patrick Brown, and a moderated Question and Answer Forum.

The April 18 breakfast will be Patrick Brown’s first public address to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, their members, and the Oakville business community. He will discuss Ontario’s 2017 budget, hydro challenges for business, infrastructure needs, red tape and more.

“We are pleased to be presenting our members with the opportunity to hear directly from the Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the PC Party of Ontario” stated Caroline Hughes, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “As a strictly non-partisan organization we invite guest speakers, like Patrick Brown, to provide an opportunity for our members and their guests to hear directly from key decision makers. We also want to provide our members with the opportunity to discuss key issues with senior elected officials.”

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce invites Oakville Chamber members and the greater Oakville community to attend. The event is proving to be quite popular, as it is almost sold out!

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 18

Time:

7:30am – 8:00am: Registration, networking and hot breakfast buffet

8:00am – 9:00am: Formal Event

Location: Glen Abbey Golf Club, 1333 Dorval Drive

Tickets: $35 for Members, $55 for Non-Members. Tables of 8 available.

Register now!


Sold Out Crowd Celebrates Business Excellence in Oakville

Oakville celebrated business leaders in their community at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala on Wednesday, March 29 where over 600 guests gathered at the Oakville Conference Centre. Presented by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West, this annual event attracts business, community, government and political leaders, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs from the local business community.

“The Oakville Chamber is thrilled by the tremendous support shown by the business community at tonight’s gala,” said Ken Nevar, Vice-Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “We offer our congratulations to all the finalists and award recipients.”

The award recipients were recognized throughout the course of the evening, interspersed with videos that featured last year’s award recipients.

This year’s Business Icon Award was presented to the Bot Construction Group. Roy Bot, President of Bot Construction Group, accepted the award presented by John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “What began as a small concrete forming company serving the local market 60 years ago, has grown to become one of Ontario’s largest privately owned and operated civil engineering and construction companies and a leader in the transportation infrastructure sector” commented John Sawyer. Bot Construction draws their workforce from the local community, and showing support for the communities in which they live and work is a longstanding tradition for the organization.

The Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award was presented to the YMCA of Oakville. Kyle Barber, President of the YMCA of Oakville, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. For more than 50 years, the YMCA of Oakville has played a crucial role in improving the quality of health and life for residents in Oakville. In 2016, the YMCA of Oakville provided more than $726,000 in membership assistance, including the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, to support more than 2,200 individuals and their families. The YMCA of Oakville invests in youth through the Peter Gilgan Foundation bursaries, which assist recipients with their post-secondary education and the charitable organization is a large provider of youth employment in Oakville. Through their inclusive programming, the YMCA of Oakville works to ensure that everyone in Oakville has an opportunity to succeed.

This year the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence received a record number of nominations for over 170 businesses. After careful consideration, 78 finalists were selected from the list of 170 nominees.

To learn more about the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, or to nominate a business for next year, please visit www.oabe.ca or contact Karen Pomfret by phone at 905-845-6613 ext. 210 or e-mail karen@oakvillechamber.com.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are proud to list the award recipients of the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence:

RBC Royal Bank Small Business of the Year

The Millionaire’s Daughter

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

GL Chemtec International Ltd.

Large Business of the Year

Promation (Promation Engineering Ltd. & Promation Nuclear Ltd.)

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jas Brar of Entripy Custom Clothing

Professional Services Provider of the Year

Tino-Gaetani & Carusi, Chartered Professional Accountants

Franchisee of the Year

QSR Group Inc. (Tim Hortons and Wendy’s Franchisee locations)

The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year

The Crêpe Kitchen

Genworth Community Builder of the Year

Ristorante Julia

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Fourmark Manufacturing

Oakville’s Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award

The YMCA of Oakville

Oakville’s Business Icon Award

Bot Construction Group

 

Unable to attend this year’s Gala? Don’t worry CogecoTV has you covered! You can watch the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence on CogecoTV:

  • Monday, April 10 at 10pm
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 1pm
  • Thursday, April 13 at 3pm and 8pm
  • Friday, April 14 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 16 at 8:00pm

In case of any programming changes, please see CogecoTV’s schedule.


YMCA of Oakville to receive Oakville’s Charity/ Not-for-Profit Excellence Award at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are pleased to announce that the YMCA of Oakville will be the recipient of Oakville’s Charity/Not-for-Profit Excellence Award at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) that will culminate in a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, March 29th at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre.

“The Charity/Not-for-Profit Excellence Award honours not-for-profit organizations who are highly regarded in the area for raising funds and providing services to improve the lives of people within our community. This year the YMCA of Oakville has been chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award” stated David Abboud, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West.

For more than 50 years, the YMCA of Oakville has played a crucial role in improving the quality of health and life for residents in Oakville. The YMCA’s original mandate in Oakville was to provide a room registry for factory workers; later it provided a day camp for kids, expanded to provide physical fitness opportunities and finally childcare services for working parents.  Today, the YMCA of Oakville continues to offer these programs with a dedication to the health of both individuals and the Oakville community.

The YMCA of Oakville brings the community together with a focus on inclusiveness and accessibility for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Each November, people from all walks of life join together for YMCA Peace Week to promote and celebrate peace and kindness in the community. The highlight of which is the Peace Week Breakfast celebrating youth, adults and groups in Oakville who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community. They are recognized for the positive impact they’ve made on the lives of others through their charitable work, helping those less fortunate, and taking action to inspire positive social change.

In 2016, the YMCA of Oakville provided more than $726,000 in membership assistance, including the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, to support more than 2,200 individuals and their families. The YMCA of Oakville invests in youth through the Peter Gilgan Foundation bursaries, which assist recipients with their post-secondary education and the charitable organization is a large provider of youth employment in Oakville.

“The YMCA of Oakville also serves more than 31,000 people in our community each year. With their dedication to inclusiveness and bringing our community together, the YMCA of Oakville is an exemplary model of Charitable/Non-for-Profit Excellence. Through their inclusive programming they work to ensure that everyone in Oakville has an opportunity to succeed” stated Caroline Hughes, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West thank their event partners for their generous support of the 22nd Annual Awards for Business Excellence.

Platinum Partner

RBC Royal Bank

Diamond Partners

Bell Canada

Genworth Canada

Cogeco

Edge Hospitality

Henderson Partners LLP, Chartered Accountants

KPMG

Oakville Hydro

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna, LLP

Gold Partners

Euro-Line Appliances Inc.

Snap-on-Tools

Virox Technologies Inc.

Silver Partners

Access Abilities

Business Development Bank of Canada

Halton Region Economic Development Department

Holiday Inn Oakville – Centre

Town of Oakville Economic Development Department

Bronze Partners

Duncan McLeod, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage

HighView Financial Group

Metrican International Inc.

Naylor, Building Partnerships Inc.

Via Rail Canada

Supporting Partners

Charles Havill, Chartered Accountant

Chisholm Academy

Dorado Web Technologies

Dr. Simon Pong Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Intelligent Office Oakville

Oakville Centre for Vision, Dr. Ronald Gall, Optometrist

The Oakville Beaver

 

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets: $125 per person; $87.50 per person for Nominees

Purchase tickets online or by emailing info@oakvillechamber.com or calling the Oakville Chamber of Commerce at 905-845-6613.

 

 

About the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West organizes the OABE now in its 22nd year. The proceeds from the Gala Awards Dinner, 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.

 

About the Oakville Chamber of Commerce

The Oakville Chamber is the voice of the Oakville business community, providing member benefits including: advocacy, corporate benefits, networking opportunities, business development and educational forums. Its mission is to foster a healthy, engaged and sustainable business environment and economy in Oakville.

 

About the Rotary Club of Oakville West

The Rotary Club of Oakville West (RCOW) members are neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in Oakville, Halton and around the world. Overall Rotary has over 1.2 million members in thousands of clubs in most countries. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and speaks for itself. Members of Rotary clubs are known as Rotarians and are well known for their successful Polio Plus vaccination efforts. RCOW, is well known locally for its youth academic excellence awards, its support of youth leadership programs and for its 22 year history with the OABE. Interact is the high school level for Rotary and Rotaract is the service club for 18-30 year old university and college students. RCOW meets every Tuesday morning from 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM at the Holiday Inn Oakville Centre, 590 Argus Rd. Oakville Ontario.


Bot Construction Group to be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are pleased to announce that the Bot Construction Group will be the recipient of Oakville’s Business Icon Award at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) Gala. The Gala dinner will take place at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre on Wednesday, March 29th.

“The Business Icon Award recognizes a prominent Oakville business which is highly regarded in the business community and this year Bot Construction Group has been chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award” stated David Abboud, President of The Rotary Club of Oakville West.

Bot Construction Group has been proudly building Canada’s infrastructure for more than half a century. The company was founded by Silvio Bot in 1957 in Oakville, beginning as a small concrete forming company serving the local market. Over the decades, Bot Construction expanded its services and operations province wide and beyond, to become one of Ontario’s largest privately owned and operated civil engineering and construction companies and a leader in the transportation infrastructure sector. Their work includes highways, bridges and the installation of other public infrastructure projects.

Bot Construction draws their workforce from the local community, and showing support for the communities in which they live and work is a longstanding tradition for the organization. They state it is the strength of their people that has earned them their reputation for excellence. Employees are recognized through the Bot Construction Service Awards. The Silvio Bot Charitable Foundation was established to commemorate the life of their founder through giving to others. Bot Construction proudly supports various local charitable organizations in the Oakville community, including a donation of $100,000 to the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Bot Construction is committed to protecting their employees and the environment. They established an Environmental Protection Program, which received the Green Leadership and Sustainability Award in 2012 from the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. In 2016 they received the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association Certificate of Recognition for their construction operations.

Recently, Silvio Bot (receiving the award posthumously) was inducted into the Ontario Road Builders’ Association Hall of Fame. The induction recognizes Silvio’s strong relationships with his peers in the road building industry.

“Bot Construction Group is a highly respected organization that serves the Oakville community. Their commitment to building excellence, recognizing their employees, protecting the environment and giving back to our community is an example for us all. This year Bot Construction celebrates their 60th Anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better way to honour them” stated Caroline Hughes, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West thank their event partners for their generous support of the 22nd Annual Awards for Business Excellence.

Platinum Partner

RBC Royal Bank

Diamond Partners

Bell Canada

Genworth Canada

Cogeco

Edge Hospitality

Henderson Partners LLP

KPMG

Oakville Hydro

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP

Gold Partners

Euro-Line Appliances Inc.

Snap-on-Tools

Virox Technologies Inc.

Silver Partner

Access Abilities

BDC

Holiday Inn – Oakville Centre

Town of Oakville Economic Development Department

Bronze Partner

Duncan McLeod, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage

HighView Financial Group

Metrican International Inc.

Naylor Group Inc.

Via Rail Canada

Supporting Partner

Charles Havill Chartered Accountant

Dorado Web Technologies

Dr. Simon Pong Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Intelligent Office Oakville

Oakville Centre for Vision, Dr. Ronald Gall, Optometrist

The Oakville Beaver

 

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets: $125 per person; $87.50 per person for Nominees

Purchase tickets online or by emailing info@oakvillechamber.com or calling the Oakville Chamber of Commerce at 905-845-6613.

 

About the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West organizes the OABE now in its 22nd year. The proceeds from the Gala Awards Dinner, 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.

 

About the Oakville Chamber of Commerce

The Oakville Chamber is the voice of the Oakville business community, providing member benefits including: advocacy, corporate benefits, networking opportunities, business development and educational forums. Its mission is to foster a healthy, engaged and sustainable business environment and economy in Oakville.

 

About the Rotary Club of Oakville West

The Rotary Club of Oakville West (RCOW) members are neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in Oakville, Halton and around the world. Overall Rotary has over 1.2 million members in thousands of clubs in most countries. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and speaks for itself. Members of Rotary clubs are known as Rotarians and are well known for their successful Polio Plus vaccination efforts. RCOW, is well known locally for its youth academic excellence awards, its support of youth leadership programs and for its 22 year history with the OABE. Interact is the high school level for Rotary and Rotaract is the service club for 18-30 year old university and college students. RCOW meets every Tuesday morning from 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM at the Holiday Inn Oakville Centre, 590 Argus Rd. Oakville Ontario.

 


Immediate Action Required to Address Deficiencies in the Provincial Interest Arbitration System

As a result of wage settlements resulting from the provincial arbitration system, the costs of emergency services have increased at over three times the rate of inflation annually since 2002.

 

Today the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, formally released an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne addressing deficiencies in the arbitration system. Cc’d on the letter were Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro.

As recognized in the letter, the cost escalation resulting from settlements is unsustainable, particularly in an era of fiscal restraint generally, and especially in an environment where municipalities are greatly restricted in their options to raise new revenue.

“Our principal concern is that the current system does not adequately consider the capacity of municipalities to pay” stated John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “In order to ensure the fiscal sustainability of municipalities, we believe that immediate action is required to address deficiencies within the provincial interest arbitration system.”

Therefore, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Ontario Government to take 3 important steps:

  1. Reform the provincial interest arbitration system to reflect the current capacity of Ontario municipalities to pay for increased service costs
  1. Improve efficiency by requiring that arbitration decisions be delivered in less than 12 months.
  1. Improve accountability and transparency for the taxpayer.

Read the letter here.


The Opportunities Canada Needs to Build the Next 150 Years of Business Success

In a year of political and economic uncertainty, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, has identified Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins, a list of key opportunities Canada can seize right now to regain its competitiveness, improve its productivity and grow its economy.

“Our list outlines specific recommendations on what Canada can do better, and the opportunities to improve our economic success. Canada can’t sit still while our competitors run laps around us. We need every advantage, and the Canadian Chamber will work with government to put these new measures in place,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “If we take advantage of these opportunities, we’ll give our businesses new tools to ensure their growth and success.”

In this fiercely competitive world, business needs more than its own skills to win—it also needs a supportive environment and public policies to encourage competitiveness. This new version of an annual Canadian Chamber report moves away from identifying self-inflicted wounds that have prevented Canada’s economy from achieving its full potential and instead describes the opportunities for us to do better.

“From fighting protectionism to upgrading Canada’s regulatory system or building a stronger Canadian brand abroad, each of these measures can have real and lasting effects on our economy,” said John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve emphasized opportunities that touch Canada’s internal economy, from reducing the cost of doing business to dismantling internal barriers to trade. What we need now is a commitment to get the job done.”

“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can look back at the essential role business played in shaping our country. But as we look forward, it’s clear we’ll need every advantage to continue building a more prosperous country. These ten opportunities can provide a foundation for the next 150 years of Canadian business success,” said Mr. Beatty.

Consult the Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins document.

Watch a short video on the Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins.


Focus spring legislative session on strategic infrastructure and lowering costs to foster confidence: Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Today, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, formally released its 2017 pre-budget submission containing recommendations to the Ontario legislature as it looks to begin its spring 2017 legislative session. The submission outlines four key budget priorities and thirteen specific recommendations for Queen’s Park to adopt in order to restore fiscal balance and spur economic growth. Specifically, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce is looking for immediate support for strategic infrastructure investments and sound budget management.

Oakville businesses have stated rising costs as the most significant factor impacting business and industry, according to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Advocacy Survey. The survey also revealed that transportation infrastructure and traffic congestion remains a top concern for the Oakville business community. In fact, 64% of respondents believe that traffic congestion is a significant obstacle for business. Furthermore, the top three infrastructure priorities identified by respondents were all transportation related, calling for investments in local roads and bridges, public parking, and transit. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce urges the provincial government to address the infrastructure deficit by investing infrastructure funds strategically to increase productivity and enable competitiveness for Oakville businesses.

“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with our diverse Chamber Network, will continue to work with the provincial government to ensure that Ontario prioritizes reducing obstacles to business competitiveness,” said Allan O’Dette, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “By taking more authoritative action on this issue, we can ensure that Ontario remains an attractive environment for capital investment.”

In the submission, Ontario’s Chamber Network is also calling on the government to send a clear message of fiscal stability by balancing the provincial budget by 2017-2018. Such action would result in a more attractive environment for business investment and growth as well as confront the challenge of mounting input costs, such as electricity prices. As signalled last week in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Ontario Economic Report, businesses are maintaining their operations and holding onto cash rather than expanding production or investing. This indicates that industry sees the Ontario economy as high-risk.

“The Government of Ontario must ensure that it addresses recommendations made by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce in their provincial budget in order to support economic growth for Ontario businesses,” stated John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Government must focus on reducing the costs of doing business in Ontario, supporting strategic infrastructure development and strengthening its efforts to bolster business competitiveness that allows Oakville to thrive.”

Addressing the current fiscal context and achieving a balanced budget is an underlying theme throughout the pre-budget submission. Ontario’s Chamber Network is committed to working with the Ontario Government to ensure the future economic success of the province. The submission is largely comprised of policy recommendations that are supported by resolutions passed by Ontario’s Chamber Network at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s most recent Annual General Meeting.


Congratulations to the 2016 Nominees for the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are pleased to present the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) that will culminate in a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, March 29th at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre. The nominees for this year’s awards were officially announced at the OABE Nominee reception on Tuesday, February 7th at the Holiday Inn, Oakville Centre.

This year, the winners will be chosen from nominees in nine categories: RBC Small Business of the Year, Bell Mid-size Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Franchisee of the Year, Professional Services Provider of the Year, The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year, KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year, Genworth Community Builder of the Year, and Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award.

At the gala, the winner of Oakville’s Business Icon Award and Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award will be announced. The Business Icon Award recognizes a prominent Oakville business which is highly regarded in the business community. The Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award honours a charity or not-for-profit organization which is highly regarded in the community and raises funds or provides services to improve the lives of people within the community.

“This year we received over 150 nominations from the Oakville community; a record number of nominations! The judges carefully reviewed all of the nominations and selected a list of 78 nominees for the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence” stated John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “I congratulate all of the finalists on achieving this honour; it is proof of their hard work and dedication. They truly represent the best of Oakville’s business community.”

 

Working in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West, the majority of funds raised from the Gala Dinner will be donated directly to the club’s local youth programs.

“The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence gala has raised more than $500,000 since it began over twenty years ago,” said Rotary President, David Abboud. “Last year’s dinner set a record for attendance comprised of over 600 business, community and political leaders. We are looking forward to a fantastic evening to celebrate business excellence in Oakville.”

The Nominees for the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are:

RBC Small Business of the Year

Avante Boutique Inc.

Caju Multimedia Inc.

domilya GROUP Inc.

Elm Hill Cookies Inc.

Icing Marketing Corporation

J.H. Gelbloom Surveying Limited

JAE associates Ltd.

la strada

Leisure Industries Inc.

Lioness Creations Floral Design

MTC Tire Oakville Inc.

Nancy Robertson Team, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Oakville Windows & Doors Inc.

Otello’s Banquet & Convention Centre Inc.

Syer Hospitality Group Inc.

Studio H Design

That Pie Place

The Management Coach (Grand Plan Management Innovations Inc.)

The Millionaire’s Daughter

Ultimate Pool Service Inc.

Willowglen School

 

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year:

Cheney Window & Door Specialists

ClubRunner

Florence Meat Supplies Limited

GL Chemtec International Ltd.

Information Display Systems Canada Inc.

JNB Auto Centre Inc.

Merriam Music

Promotional Source Corporation

PSI Payroll Services Inc.

Rock Star Real Estate Inc.

Total Tech Pools and Leisure

 

Large Business of the Year:

Budds’ Group of Companies

Delta Bingo Inc.

Direct Response Media Group

D’Orazio Infrastructure Group Limited

Entripy Custom  Clothing

Freshco Retail Maintenance Inc.

Javelin Technologies Inc.

Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

OS&B (Oakville Stamping & Bending Ltd.)

Porsche Centre Oakville

Promation (Promation Engineering Ltd. & Promation Nuclear Ltd.)

Whole Foods Market Oakville

 

KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year:

Sophia Segal of Business Analyst Solution

Brenda Ahenkorah-Benoit of Clinical Trial Referral Network, Inc.

Dawn Porter-Schofield of Cornerstone Mediation

Jas Brar of Entripy Custom Clothing

Jillian Bowman of Epicured Market Inc.

Sean Neville of Healthwick

Tiffany Richardson of Icing Marketing Corporation

Christine Yardley of Print Panther Inc.

Allison Christilaw of Reddin Global Inc.

Matthew Zarrillo of Zarr Tech

 

Professional Services Provider of the Year:

CHR Health Centre Inc.

Christine M. Langevin Chartered Professional Accountants

Dynamic Health and Performance

Lakeshore Woods Pharmacy

North Ridge Family Chiropractic

Peter Watson Investments

Positive Accounting

Scotia Wealth Management/The Jamison Group

Tino-Gaetani & Carusi, Chartered Professional Accountants

 

Franchisee of the Year:

BCS – Business Coaching Solutions Corp.

EmbroidMe Oakville

Par-T-Perfect

Quicker Foods Inc.

Turtle Jack’s Oakville

 

The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year:

Croissant Express Bakery

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill

The Crêpe Kitchen

 

Genworth Community Builder of the Year:

Mercedes Benz Oakville

Ristorante Julia

 

 

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award:

Advanced Ceramics Corp.

All-Connect Logistical Services Inc.

Alliance Labeling

Fourmark Manufacturing

Lisgar Developments

 

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West thank Platinum Partner RBC for their generous support of the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence.

 

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets: $125 per person; $87.50 per person for Nominees

Purchase tickets online or by emailing info@oakvillechamber.com or calling the Oakville Chamber of Commerce at 905-845-6613.

 

 

About the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West organizes the OABE now in its 22nd year. The proceeds from the Gala Awards Dinner, 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 more information, visit www.oabe.ca .