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01
July
2011

BURLINGTON CHAMBER'S SEMINAR SERIES EARNS PROVINCIAL RECOGNITION

 

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce has earned a Chair’s Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for the second year in a row. The Burlington Chamber was recognized for their seminar series on the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). This year’s award was presented at the OCC Annual General Meeting & Convention in Toronto over the weekend.

The HST seminar series helped businesses transition to the new Harmonized Sales Tax. Five sector-specific workshops were held reaching over 450 companies. The series was a direct response to calls for help received by the Chamber about the implementation of the new HST.

 

“The Burlington Chamber of Commerce found a way to help its members with the transition to the new harmonized sales tax with the creation of the seminar series and therefore exemplified the leadership that companies are looking for,” said Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

 

Tamer Fahmi, Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce elaborated, "We are very pleased to be recognized by the OCC for these seminars.  One of the Chamber's mandates is to provide education opportunities to help our members run their businesses better and the rollout of the HST was a case of new legislation that business owners didn't fully understand. Our seminars filled that information gap. We were proud to partner with BDO to put on the series and Rino Bellavia of BDO did an excellent job leading the seminars.

 

The seminar series was very well received by members with most events running at full capacity. The seminars resulted in the renewal of many members and based on the success of the series; the Chamber received a Chair’s award the previous year for its development of a similar series focusing on helping members through the economic uncertainty.

 

The Chair’s Awards were among several awards presented to chambers for their leadership and innovative programs and services. The OCC Annual General Meeting and Convention is the main policy-setting conference of the chamber network in Ontario.

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21
October
2011

CHAMBER RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY OCC

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce submitted two public policies (N-GTA Corridor, Workplace Mental Health) for ratification at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) annual general meeting this past weekend. Both of the policies were adopted by the conference delegates making them official OCC policy.  The OCC will now lobby the Ontario government in an attempt to have the recommendations of the resolutions enacted.  The Chamber's submitted resolutions can be found on the Chamber Online Library.  You can also read the the full OCC Policy Book.

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21
October
2011

CHAMBER SEMINAR SERIES EARNS PROVINCIAL RECOGNITION

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce has earned a Chair's Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for the second year in a row. The Burlington Chamber was recognized for their seminar series on the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).  The HST seminar series helped businesses transition to the new Harmonized Sales Tax. Five sector-specific workshops were held reaching over 450 companies.  "The Burlington Chamber of Commerce found a way to help its members with the transition to the new harmonized sales tax with the creation of the seminar series and therefore exemplified the leadership that companies are looking for," said Len Crispino, President & CEO of the OCC.

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21
October
2011

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WITH DEGROOTE

We are very pleased to announce the Burlington Chamber has formed an exclusive partnership with the DeGroote School of Business to provide Executive Education opportunities to the Burlington business community.  This means that as a Burlington Chamber member you can get a $100 discount on executive business courses, workshops and conferences led by McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business right here in Burlington.  The DeGroote School of Business brings the education expertise and Chamber membership brings you the discounts.  The courses are listed on the Chamber's Events Calendar.

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30
September
2014

Chamber Wins Gold

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September 30, 2014

 

Burlington Chamber Wins National Award for Advocacy

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce has won the Gold Medal in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Chambers Competition. The Burlington Chamber was recognized for its efforts in helping to reshape the model for economic development work done in the City of Burlington. The award was presented at the CCC Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Charlottetown PEI from September 27 to 29. The Chambers Competition seeks the best examples of how Chambers have made a difference for the businesses in their communities by acting as the voice of business.

Keith Hoey, President of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, elaborated. "We are very pleased to be recognized by the CCC for our work on this issue. The advocacy work done by the Chamber often happens in the background and sometimes doesn’t get a lot of publicity so it’s nice to have our work acknowledged by our national counterpart. This issue shows how advocacy work done by the Chamber has a positive impact on the business community. We don't just have input, we have an impact."

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce won the Silver Medal and the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade won the Bronze Medal.

The CCC Convention proved to be a very productive session for the Burlington Chamber and its members. In addition to winning the Gold Medal, during the policy debate at the convention, the Burlington Chamber’s "A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Canada" resolution was debated and adopted by the delegates from across Ontario. The resolution calls on the Canadian government to develop and implement a nation strategy on climate change adaptation that is based on scientific and socio-economic research. Details of the resolution can be found on the Burlington Chamber website.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal level on behalf of 1,000 companies representing 30,000 employees. The Chamber provides valuable networking and education opportunities for its members by hosting over 80 events each year. For more information visit the Burlington Chamber website at www.burlingtonchamber.com .

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