Sept 19, 2014 - Congratulations to the Chamber's Business Excellence Award recipients. We had an amazing time last night. Thank you to our hosts for the Pre-Awards party at Avanti's, Award Ceremony at the Regent Theatre and dinner at Fazios! Pictured above are New Enterprise Award - Dean Lawrence of Speedpro Imaging Durham; Civic Pride Award - Nina Romano of Nina Romano Insurance Agency Inc.; Business Person of the Year Award, Charles Morrison of Creighton Law LLP; Business Excellence Award - Jeff Robinson of J.J. McGuire General Contractors and Innovation Award - Deborah Jollymore of triOS College Business Technology Healthcare. Our photographer took hundreds of pictures and we will post more next week once they are edited.

Sept. 9, 2014: The Government of Ontario must ensure that upcoming changes to the province’s training and employment programs reflect the needs of employers, according to a new report released by the Greater Oshawa Chamber, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Essential Skills Ontario. 

The call comes as the government works to reinvent the way that many training and employment programs are delivered in the province by giving employers a more direct role in the type of training their workers receive. The bulk of these programs will be supported through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, which will cover two-thirds of the cost of training a current or prospective worker, with government chipping in up to $10,000.

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On August 6, 2014 the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable with the Honourable Minister Gary Goodyear. The Minster presented an overview of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPI) and the Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) 2014 to over twenty senior key business stakeholders and Colin Carrie MP Oshawa. In attendance were business leaders from the Greater Oshawa area along with representatives of UOIT, Durham College, the City of Oshawa, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, General Motors and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Pictured (l to r) is Chamber VP Jeff Hayes, Minister Gary Goodyear, Chamber President John Sturrup and Dr. Colin Carrie, MP Oshawa.

Download the full presentation: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario: Overview of 2014–19 Programming Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPI) and Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF,) and Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP).

On August 21, 2014 Bob Malcolmson CEO & GM of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce attended a Minister of Transport consultative roundtable session in Markham with senior key business stakeholders. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P., updated the group on the department’s progress on the development and management of the Pickering Lands and to listen to any further views on this topic. In attendance were business leaders from the GTA Airports including Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo, Billy Bishop Buttonville and the GTAA. Also representing the air carriers were Porter, Air Canada and Westjet as well as representatives from various industry associations.

August 15, 2014: A new report from the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce identifies the crucial steps that governments and the private sector must take in order to ensure that the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan American Games leave a positive, lasting economic legacy in Durham Region the GTA and the province.

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