Dianne BucknerThe Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce presents the14th Annual Business Excellence Awards at the Holiday Inn Oshawa Whitby Conference Centre on Thursday, September 24th, 2009. The Chamber is pleased to have Dragons’ Den Host Dianne Buckner as the MC of the event to honour this year's Business Excellence Awards recipients. Ms. Buckner is also a reporter, news anchor and a producer. In fact, she had a large hand in bringing Dragon’s Den to Canada.

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John Wright, the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ipsos Ried’s North American Public Opinion Polling Division has been appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Ontario Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) which is based in Oshawa, Ontario.  His role as an ‘Honourary’ will be to serve as a link between the community and the Canadian Forces.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Wright’s appointment was recommended by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and approved by Peter MacKay, the Minister of National Defence on 24 June of this year.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 47 business associations from both sides of the border, today issued a joint report on Finding the Balance: Shared Border of the Future. Following up on their 2008 report, this paper offers specific recommendations to reduce border costs in the short-term while increasing security at the border and competitiveness of all industries.

   Finding the Balance: Shared Border of the Future

'We need to work together to get our countries out from this global economic downturn. We are partners. Partners in business, partners in security, and partners in recovery.' said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO.

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Additional Magnetic Resonance Imager to begin treating patients in early September. Lakeridge Health and The Oshawa Hospital Foundation welcomed the arrival of an additional, new MRI at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. The purchase of the much-anticipated machine was made possible through The Oshawa Hospital Foundation’s $4.85 million “A Picture of Health” fund-raising campaign and an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care operating grant.

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The past 12 months have been the most interesting and turbulent times in recent economic history! Many people have questions about how to leverage the current economic reality and plan for long term success! The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is once again able to offer its members another exclusive member benefit. In order to provide our members with cutting edge knowledge from industry experts, we are pleased to offer members a special opportunity to register in advance at a preferred and exclusive member rate for the Money Summit: How To Plan and Prosper In Times of Economic Uncertainty, to be held on Friday September 25th, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

To find out how you can receive your member discount, click here.