January 8, 2015 – On December 31, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) issued its annual report to members. We think you’ll agree that the CCC had a pretty successful year on behalf of Canadian businesses. In the report, you’ll find out how the CCC advanced several key issues of importance to its members, addressing the barriers to Canada’s competitiveness. They pressed aggressively for solutions to Canada’s skills gap-the issue that remains, for the third year in a row, as a main priority for its members. They undertook a new initiative, the Partnership for Resource Trade, to educate Canadians on the importance of our natural resources to our economic growth and on the need to build the infrastructure that will allow us to responsibly export our resources across the world. They carried out a study of high-growth entrepreneurial companies in Canada, the type of companies that created 45% of the new jobs in Canada in 2012, to find out how they can help them overcome the obstacles they face. And they made progress in getting the federal, provincial and territorial governments to address Canada’s internal barriers to trade, although much remains to be done. To discover more of what the CCC were doing on behalf of its members, please review the report.