At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the GM Centre on March 30th, Chamber members learned that the Chamber was financially sound and for the 12th straight year the Auditor reported a surplus. The Chamber ended the year with a slight dip in membership and in the first quarter of 2010 membership was rebounding. Dave Hare, President of the Chamber in 2009, submitted the 2009 Annual Report reflecting on the actions of the Chamber during the past year—stating the Chamber remained focused on putting in place a marketing strategy, continuing its pro-active support for the completion of Highway 407 and the finalizing of the Oshawa Harbour.
The AGM report noted that enhancing and improving member communications was a high priority initiative in 2009 and as a result, the Chamber introduced Business Matters eNews and the Durham Economic Prosperity Committee eNews and updated its two websites. In spite of a down economy, the Chamber Publications—Business Matters, Chamber Directory, Durham Relocation Magazine and the Oshawa Visitor’s Guide—remained on target and well received by the membership.
The AGM report noted that besides hosting its annual Regional Chair & Mayor’s Breakfast, the Wine Tasting at Parkwood, Christmas Wine & Cheese, Women In Business luncheons, Business for Breakfast, Biz After 5, summer BBQ and Lunch & Learns the Chamber re-introduced The Challenge in an abbreviated format and a curling Funspiel. The Challenge at NEB’s Fun World debuted to rave reviews. It is expected that in the future these events will rival the Chamber’s golf day in terms of numbers and the fun factor.
On the policy and advocacy front, the AGM report noted the Chamber worked on a number of issues. The major focus, however, was on energy—due to the RFP for the two new reactors to be built at Darlington. Early in the year the Chamber hosted a lunch featuring Ms. Glenna Carr, Chair of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) who pondered the future of the Canadian energy industry if a non-Canadian provider was selected. The Chamber, learning the province had delayed the decision, urged both the federal and provincial Governments to ensure that Canada has a Nuclear Energy Strategy. After attending the Ontario and Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGMs, the report noted that the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s (GOCC) motion was adopted by both organizations supporting the Chamber’s position.
The GOCC also made pre-budget submissions to both the Federal and Provincial Governments. The Chamber hosted meetings with Revenue Minister John Wilkinson, who did a credible job of shedding light on the Harmonized Sales Tax and Minister of Industry, the Honorable Tony Clement who discussed Canada’s economic road to recovery. Other noteworthy events were meetings with Rear-Admiral R.A. Davidson, who highlighted the role of Canada’s military around the world; a luncheon with John Wright, Ipsos Reed V.P. and Managing Director, who told us “What Canadians are Thinking” and a meeting with Gary Goodyear, Federal Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Mr. Hare’s report also noted the past year afforded him a unique opportunity to appreciate the value that membership in the GOCC provides. “Attendance at both Provincial and National venues demonstrated the high regard in which our Chamber is held from coast to coast,” reported Mr. Hare, adding, “we owe that to the time and energy expended by our excellent Board, the Executive and most of all, to Bob Malcolmson and his great staff.”
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