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Upcoming Events of interest to DEPC members.

Smart Communities Futures Forum at UOIT
Thursday, May 5, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Continental breakfast and registration from 8 to 9 a.m.)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Science Building, Founding Deans Atrium
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

Urbanization is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and it will place increasing pressure on the environment, resources and services of municipalities. The mass movement of people to urban centres will demand smart development: communities that are instrumented, integrated and intelligent. On May 5th, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s second-annual Futures Forum will initiate discussion on strategies for developing smarter communities that are socially inclusive, innovative, digitally enabled, and economically and culturally robust. Visit the Futures Forum website at uoit.ca/futuresforum. RSVP: Online registration available until Monday, May 2.

ONEIA - Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum
May 17, 2016 from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto M5G 1R3

As Ontario moves to establish a cap-and-trade system and governments across the country increase investments in green infrastructure and technologies, how can Ontario businesses benefit?  Where will the billions of new investment dollars flow? What policy changes are coming that will affect our businesses—and create new opportunities?

Join us for a day of exploring the issues facing Ontario businesses and governments. Our expected attendees will include business leaders from across the environment and cleantech sector, senior government policymakers, financial and investment executives and members of the Ontario Public Works Association, Ontario’s leading public works practitioners.

More information and the registration link may be found on ONEIA’s website at http://www.oneia.ca/event-2196965.

2016 Ontario Economic Summit2016 Ontario Economic Summit
November 2–4, 2016
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Join the conversation about the future of Ontario’s economy. Hear and be heard by experts from all sides of the discussion.


Latest news articles of interest to DEPC members

Breaking Barriers—Ontario’s Scale Up ChallengeBreaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge

April 22, 2016—The Ontario Chamber of Commerce identified six critical challenges inhibiting Ontario businesses from moving to the next stage of growth in its report Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge. In the 21st century economy, Ontario’s continued growth and prosperity depends on our capacity to innovate and translate these new ideas into real economic gains. To do so, we need to create an environment that lets our most promising firms thrive.

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Navigating The Storm—How To Deal With A Volatile Global Environment
Submitted by: Mark Wiseman, CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

CPPIBApril 20, 2016—“I am quite excited to be the first guest writer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 5 Minutes for Business. Although our country represents only about 3% of the global economy, we have a wide array of world-class companies. Banking, mining, and oil and gas tend to hog the spotlight, but Canadians are breaking ground in areas like robotics, retail and pharmaceuticals (not to mention pension fund management).

Our business community makes me proud, and it’s a pleasure to be able to address it here.

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Durham College To Build Centre For Collaborative Education In Oshawa

April 19, 2016—Durham College announced today that it has received $22 million in funding from the provincial government toward the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) at the Oshawa campus. The announcement, which was made by the Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, College and Universities along with Durham MPP, Granville Anderson, at an event held at the Oshawa campus this morning, represents one of the largest investments in DC by the provincial government since the college opened its doors in 1967.

The CFCE will replace the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969.

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The Canadian CensusFive Things You Should Know About The Canadian Census

April 12, 2016—Long-form? Short-form? Mandatory? Voluntary? So much to know, so little time. The census begins on May 2 this year and some Canadians may find the process a bit confusing given recent changes to the national tally. Set yourself up for census success by separating fact from fiction with these myth busters.

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Phone Scam AlertBeware Of Scammers Impersonating The Chamber

April 8, 2016—Please be aware that scammers are impersonating the "Oshawa" Chamber of Commerce in order to obtain private company information. The Greater Oshawa Chamber has received reports of a telephone scam in which the caller asks if your company is moving or has found new rental space. If you receive such a call, do not disclose any information to the caller. The caller ID is 1-888-001-0716.

The Chamber does not track company movements. They might sometimes call to update or verify an address, but they do not and would not ask companies if they are planning to move.

If you are unsure of whether a call is legitimate, please contact the Chamber office to verify by email at memberservices@oshawachamber.com or phone at 905.728.1683.

Chambers Take Active Role In Advocacy Day At Queen’s Park

Advocacy Day At Queen's ParkApril 7, 2016—Earlier this week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) along with a delegation of representatives from over 80 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade participated in the first Chamber network Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. Community leaders from Oshawa had the opportunity to meet directly with Premier Kathleen Wynne, senior cabinet ministers, bureaucrats, and with MPPs from across the province.

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The Federal Budget and Business: Maybe They’re Just Not That Into You?

Maybe They’re Just Not That Into YouApril 6, 2016—Last week, the Canadian Chamber published its analysis of the 2016 federal budget, a report card based on business priorities and they awarded it a B-.They liked the investments in skills, the efforts to stimulate the economy and the focus on green technology. But  disliked the postponing of legislated reductions in the small business tax rates, the deficits and the focus on social goals rather than productive investments in infrastructure spending.

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Minister Duguid address business leadersMinister Duguid Addresses Durham Business Leaders

April 1, 2016—The Greater Oshawa Chamber was honoured to have the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure as the keynote speaker at its Annual General Meeting at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club on March 30.

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It Is Time To Make A Decision About Pickering Airport

Pickering AirportMarch 30, 2016—In a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau in late February the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) outlined the importance of projects like the Pickering Airport in meeting the future economic and transportation needs of the GTA. The Chamber stressed that it did not wish to see projects like the proposed Pickering Airport unduly delayed where due diligence has been performed.

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OCC Calls On Government To Support Employer Transition to the ORPP

Support Employer Transition to the ORPPMarch 10, 2016—New analysis by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) finds that the government’s plan to offset the impact of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) on employers falls short. The government is timing the implementation of the ORPP to coincide with reductions in Employment Insurance (EI) and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums, with the intention of partially offsetting the costs of new pension contributions.


5 Minutes for Business—The Canadian Dollar: Revenant or Titanic?
The Canadian Dollar: Revenant or Titanic?Submitted by Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

March 8, 2016—The prize for best economics metaphor in recent weeks goes to the  National Bank describing Canada’s loonie as the Revenant, “mauled by bears and left for dead” only to recover triumphantly like Leonardo DiCaprio’s frontiersman. Up until recently, the best DiCaprio movie analogy would have been Titanic (1997).


Green SMART Fund & Energy Mgmt StrategiesTwo Projects Announced by CME
Green SMART Fund & Energy Mgmt Strategies
Submitted by Brad Fougere, National Communications Specialist, CME

February 22, 2016—Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, in partnership with the government of Ontario, have announced two initiatives aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized manufacturers: A $25 million green SMART fund and a study to determine the best practices around SME energy management strategies.


2016 Pre-Budget SubmissionOCC Calls On Province To ‘Get Back To Fiscal Balance’

Business Group Calls For 2016 Budget That Extends Business Engagement On Cap And Trade To Focus Proceeds on Job Creating Initiatives, and Contain Regulatory Burden to Ensure Economic Growth

February 18, 2016—Today, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its 2016 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission, which outlines key priorities that address the need to eliminate the deficit and establish some much needed regulatory reforms.

According to the most recent OCC membership survey, 92 percent of Ontario businesses believe it is important that the government meet its deficit elimination target by 2017-18.

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Chamber Outlines Top 10 Barriers Holding Back Canada’s Economy

Top 10 BarriersFebruary 18, 2016—The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has identified the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2016, a list of key impediments that are preventing Canadian businesses from reaching their full potential and, in turn, Canada from improving its productivity and economic prosperity.

In a 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 annual list of barriers points to economic hurdles of our own making, self-imposed limits on the growth of Canadian businesses. Through this initiative, the Canadian Chamber is bringing these barriers to the forefront and is urging all stakeholders to act more swiftly to improve our country’s ability to compete globally.

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Government Responds To OCC—Delays ORPP Implementation

ORPP Implementation DelayedFebruary 16, 2016—The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is encouraged by the Government of Ontario’s decision to delay the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The OCC is now restating its call for government to support businesses’ transition to the new plan through a series of offset measures.

On January 22, 2016, the OCC provided Premier Wynne with a letter outlining its concern with the fast-approaching implementation date of January 1, 2017 and urging the government to defer ORPP contributions until 2018. The letter noted that in the absence of any direct communication from government, many employers are still unsure about which ORPP implementation wave applies to them, or whether they will have to update their current compensation and retirement savings plans.

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Emerging Stronger 2016: Measuring Progress, Charting a New Course

Emerging Stronger 2016February 4, 2016—The Ontario Chamber of Commerce recently released its latest economic agenda for Ontario. Much has changed since the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Mowat Centre partnered to release its first edition - Emerging Stronger 2012: A Transformative Agenda for Ontario.

"In some areas, we have made significant progress," stated Allan O'Dette, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. For example, Ontario is making much needed investments in infrastructure that will translate into productivity gains. In other areas, however, Ontario faces significant challenges. After several years of progress, Ontario’s deficit actually grew last year, and the provincial debt is approaching $300 billion. Interest payments on that debt now represent the third largest area of provincial spending after health and education.

Despite challenges, the OCC is confident that Ontario has all the assets it needs to secure its position as the world’s best place to work, invest, and live.

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Bumpy Year Ahead, Reveals Canadian Chamber's Crystal Ball Report

Crystal Ball ReportFebruary 2, 2016—Canada’s competitive situation will be under pressure in 2016, thanks to both short term issues and long term trends, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in its Crystal Ball Report: Canada in a Volatile World, which was released in January.

The Crystal Ball Report sums up the opinions of business leaders from across the country, as well as the predictions of leading economists, to produce a sense of where we are headed and provide an economic outlook for the coming year, and beyond.

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Greater Oshawa Chamber of CommerceNew Chamber CEO Announced

January 27, 2016—The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that today, they ratified the decision to hire Nancy Shaw as the successor to Bob Malcolmson as the CEO/General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy will begin work with the Chamber as of March 28th 2016, after she has completed her obligations as the Executive Officer with the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®. The nature and details of the transition will be announced once they have been decided upon by the Chamber Executive and the new CEO.

The search for a successor to Mr. Malcolmson has been ongoing for the last 11 months and not something that has been taken lightly as they are “Big Shoes to Fill”. The Executive fully understands the challenges that face the GOCC and feel that Nancy will be able to successfully lead the Chamber going forward.

“We appreciate all the hard work, tireless hours and 18 years that Bob has dedicated to the Greater Oshawa Chamber. We will soon be making an announcement regarding a retirement event to celebrate Bob’s successful career,” said Natalie Sims, Chamber President.


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