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Reference Desk

This page provides a quick reference for information regarding business in Burlington, various levels of government and contact information.  Basic information is provided in each section.  Much of the information is available through links to other sites.  This Reference Desk page is updated on a continual basis based on the questions we receive in the Chamber office and input from Chamber members.

Chamber Leadership Library

Many of us are familiar with the term “Leaders are Readers”. It simply means that to be effective in leading yourself and others you must always be looking to improve your thinking and your perspective. A great way to do this is through reading. Using the written word to organize and share one’s thoughts and experiences or to teach and train others is a method that has been effective for hundreds of years.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce exists to support the needs of local business. Since one of our mandates is “Education” we decided to provide a place on our website for members to see what other members and business leaders are reading. There will be entries first by many of the Directors of the Chamber Board, then we will open it up to all members to make recommendations, provide a short summary of what they learned and help other Chamber members become better leaders through reading good and helpful books.

So watch this space for more from the Burlington Chamber Leadership Library

 

LEADERSHIP BOOK RECOMMENDED BY

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Steven Covey


Philip Evenden

My American Story
by Colin Powell
Colin Powell’s autobiography is a riveting story of his rise through the ranks of the armed forces to hold the senior military position in the United States, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  But through all the anecdotes are leadership lessons that can apply to every business leader.  As a matter of fact, at the back of the book are “Powell’s Leadership Secrets.”

Keith Hoey

The One Minute Manager
by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
It's been a long time (about 20 years) since I read this short book but some of the messages have stuck with me all this time. Primarily, the importance of giving feedback often and in small doses (one minute). Several feedback sessions through the year are far more powerful than one formal performance review at year end.

Keith Hoey

What Matter's Now
by Gary Hamel
A leading edge business thinker, Gary Hamel questions the effectiveness of the current traditional business structure and encourages leaders to consider five paramount issues including:

  • Values – with trust at an all time low organizations need to rebuild their ethical foundation.
  • Innovation – the only defence against margin-crushing global competition
  • Adaptability – with accelerated change being able to adapt is mission critical
  • Passion – engaging the human spirit at work leads to organizational greatness
  • Ideology – freedom and accountability to replace bureaucracy and control

This book includes interesting case studies and example of organizations that are winning at all levels – with shareholders, their team and customers.


Shelley McQuade

 

Click here to submit your book to the Chamber Leadership Library.

Environment

Environment & Business

The impact of environmental issues like global warming are now visible to almost everyone, and the consequences around the world are more and more dire. What is more difficult to see is how each of us can contribute towards a solution when the problems seem so big and global. But we are convinced that the combined efforts of individuals and individual businesses can make a difference and give a significant example to the world. Many small steps can become one big step. To evaluate possibilities and guide our members towards a better environmental stewardship is the mission of the Environmental Committee.

Upcoming Events & Seminars

Environmental Panel: Sustainability in Business - May 22

Unlock Hidden Savings - June 4


Local News

Canadian Schools Get Some 'Green' for Environmental Stewardship  (April 18, 2013

Staples Canada Continues to Drive Sustainability
  (April 2, 2013)

The Race to Reduce in Hamilton and Halton  (February 18, 2013).

Burlington Performing Arts Centre Receives LEED Gold Dertification (Oct 17, 2012).   Read more.

Hamilton Spectator: Time of use billing comes to Burlington.  Electricity pricing is about to change dramatically for Burlington Hydro customers. (Jan 9, 2012).  Read more.

City of Burlington: Thirsty? Try the tap.  The City of Burlington is removing plastic water bottles from city buildings.  Read more.          

City of Burlington: New Fire Station Designed With LEED Silver Certification Will Save 60 Per Cent in Energy.  Construction of fire station no. 8 in northeast Burlington has produced a 7,200 square foot (669 square metre) building will achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for its environmentally sensitive construction features.  (July 19, 2010).  Read more.

Smart Commute Halton

Burlington Chamber of Commerce launches Smart Commute program for members.   Find Your Perfect Match – Carpool and Save with Smart Commute Halton!  Carpool Zone is built for today's commuter. Are you someone one who stares desperately at those HOV lanes from gridlock, but thinks it's impossible to find someone with the same schedule, route, and radio preferences? Carpool Zone is a great online tool that lets you browse to see if carpooling is the right choice for you in a couple of steps.  Find your perfect ride match.

How does the Chamber's Smart Commute program work?  Click here.

Sign up for Chamber's Smart Commute program




Resourceful Links

BurlingtonGreen

Sustainable Hamilton

Green Real Estate News  (daily update)

Monster Commercial's Green Initiatives Calendar (daily update)

City of Burlington Environment Web Page

Halton Waste Diversion Report for 2009

Halton 2006 - 2010 Solid Waste Management Strategy Initiatives

City of Burlington's Zero Waste policy

Latest news on Halton's planning and sustainability matters

Overview of local buildings that use renewable energy

The first BIA in Canada using solar energy to power tree lighting

Advantages/Disadvantages of various renewable energy sources

Community and government level renewable energy initiatives

Report on health effects of wind turbines

Commercial Real Estate Raising the Roof for Solar Installation

A Revolution in Warehouse Lighting: LEDs and Intelligent Lighting Systems

Lighting Controls Improve Employee Productivity and Reduce Energy Use

Sustainability Improves Bottom Line

In this job, sustainability is the business plan. Tyler Elm. VP Business Sustainability, Canadian Tire

MHPM Believes that Sustainability is Free


Chamber Environment Committee

The role of the Environment Committee is to educate Chamber members and develop policy positions on environmental issues affecting Burlington businesses.  Issues such as waste reduction and transportation have impacts on the business community and customers as a whole. The Environment Committee strives to provide Burlington Chamber of Commerce members with information and ideas on how  they  can help to create sustainable community.  If you have any suggestions for items to include on this page or are interested in joining the Chamber's Environment Committee, please email Margaret.






 

City of Burlington

City of Burlington

  • Population: 164,415 (2006 census)
  • Private dwellings:  65,340
  • Area:  185.74 square kilometres
  • Population density:  885.2 persons per sq. km.
  • Map of Burlington - a link to the City of Burlington's online mapping service
  • Mayor: Rick Goldring
  • Primary Industries: financial services, process automation, software, metal finishing
  • Burlington residents have the fifth highest average income in Canada.

City of Burlington - home page of the City of Burlington
Purchasing Bid Opportunities - City of Burlington - a listing of city bid opportunities

BizPal - Business Permits and Licences
Engineering Tender Opportunities - City of Burlington - a listing of city tendering opportunities within the development & infrastructure division
Burlington Online Services - interactive mapping, pay parking tickets, licenses, permits, its all here
Development Charges - a listing of Burlington development charges
Waterfront Project - details of Burlington's downtown waterfront project

Physicians Lists - Burlington Physicians who are accepting patients

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Burlington is an Intelligent Community.  In 2006 and 2007, Burlington was named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Smart 21 communities.

Each year Burlington hosts the Burlington Sound of Music Festival one of the top 50 festivals in Ontario and Canada's largest Ribfest.


Burlington
is one of the few cities in the province that operates under two local levels of government: municipal and regional.


There are only two cities in Canada that have a "magnetic hill";  Moncton (NB) and Burlington.


Burlington
was originally settled by Joseph Brant in 1798. In 1873 it became the village of Burlington.  It was incorporated as the City of Burlington in 1974.  

 
Some of the major roads in Burlington fall under the jurisdiction of the Region of Halton.  Here is a map of the regional roads in Burlington.

Burlington Business

At the Chamber we are always being asked questions about business in Burlington.  Which are the biggest companies? What is the population of Burlington?  What is the average salary?

Burlington Community & Business Information

  • In 2008, Burlington was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the 8th best city in Canada.  In 2009, Burlington improved its ranking to 4th best city in Canada. In 2010 and 2011, Burlington was ranked the third best city in Canada.
  • Primary sectors: financial services, software development, automated manufacturing, metal finishing.
  • Population: 164,415 (2006 census)
  • Average family income:  $93,773
  • Average income:  $41,070
  • Number of businesses:  4,711
  • Number of workers:  82,000
  • Number of at-home workers:  6,500

  • Largest private sector employers: Maple Leaf Meats, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., Gennum Corporation, ABB Automation, L-3 WESCAM,  and AIC.

 

Business Listings

 

The Burlington Chamber's online membership directory lists all Chamber members and can be sorted by industry type and company name.  You can also purchase a company listing CD-ROM (great for mailing lists) from the Chamber.

 

 

Business Operation Information

 

Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre - a comprehensive source of information for starting and operating your own business

Business Startup Information - basic information on starting a business in Halton

 

 

Doctor Information

 

Are you looking for a family physician for you or your staff?  You can call Joseph Brant hospital at 905-632-3737 ext 5844 and ask for the list of doctors accepting patients.  Or, the College of Physicians & Surgeons has a database which includes the Burlington area.  Here is a list of Halton physicians accepting new patients.

Region of Halton

Government of Canada - Government of Canada home page
Federal Government Departments and Agencies - a listing of all Government of Canada departments, agencies and crown corporations
Canada Revenue Agency - the Canada Revenue Agency
Statistics Canada - Stats Can.  A wealth of information about Canada
Industry Canada - detailed information about business in Canada
Monthly Economic Indicators - a variety of economic analyses
New $100 & $20 Bills - details on the new banknotes issued by the Bank of Canada
Federal Budget - details of the latest federal budget
Map of Canada - interactive map of Canada through the Government of Canada website
Raw Materials Price Index - a listing of the current prices of raw materials

Business Service Centre - a comprehensive source of information for starting and operating your own business

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Canada (9 million square kilometers) is the second largest country in the world led only by Russia (17 million square kilometers).  Canada is the 35th largest country based on population.  We have lots of open space.

 

Canada:

  • shares the longest undefended border in the world (with the US)

  • has the world's tallest building

  • has the oldest non-vertical elevator in the world

  • has 90% of its population living within 100 kilometers of the US border (Burlington is about 60 kilometers from the US border - as the crow flies)

Government of Canada

Government of Canada - Government of Canada home page
Federal Government Departments and Agencies - a listing of all Government of Canada departments, agencies and crown corporations
Canada Revenue Agency - the Canada Revenue Agency
Statistics Canada - Stats Can.  A wealth of information about Canada
Industry Canada - detailed information about business in Canada
Monthly Economic Indicators - a variety of economic analyses
New $100 & $20 Bills - details on the new banknotes issued by the Bank of Canada
Federal Budget - details of the latest federal budget
Map of Canada - interactive map of Canada through the Government of Canada website
Raw Materials Price Index - a listing of the current prices of raw materials

Business Service Centre - a comprehensive source of information for starting and operating your own business

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Canada (9 million square kilometers) is the second largest country in the world led only by Russia (17 million square kilometers).  Canada is the 35th largest country based on population.  We have lots of open space.

 

Canada:

  • shares the longest undefended border in the world (with the US)

  • has the world's tallest building

  • has the oldest non-vertical elevator in the world

  • has 90% of its population living within 100 kilometers of the US border (Burlington is about 60 kilometers from the US border - as the crow flies)

Province of Ontario

Ontario Government Business Services
Ministry of Labour  - Employment Standards
Ministry of Labour  - Labour Relations
Ministry of Labour  - Health and Safety

Ontario Labour Market Information

Entrepreneurs - a comprehensive source of information for starting and operating your own business

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Ontario was originally called "Upper Canada" because it has a higher elevation that "Lower Canada" (Quebec).

 

Almost 15% of Ontario's surface area is made up of fresh water.

 

The population of Ontario is 12 million.  This represents 38% of Canada's population yet Ontario occupies only 11% of the area of Canada.  Sound crowded?  Read the "Did You Know?" in the Government of Canada section.

 

 

Contact Information

 

There are several sources of contact information available online.  First and foremost, of course, is the Burlington Chamber's online directory.

Phone Numbers

Burlington Chamber Directory - a searchable listing of all Chamber members
Yellow Pages - Find a Business
411 - Find a Business
Reverse Lookup - you've got the phone number but need an address