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Small Business Week 2021

Small Business Week 2021

October 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 42 years. The 2021 Small Business Week Virtual Conference will build off BDC’s theme, seizing the opportunity to build the way forward.

This year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce is taking advantage of the opportunity to help our members build their way forward through education and networking. To celebrate our resilient business community, the theme of this year’s conference will focus on business growth and sustainability through diversity and inclusion, your people and scaling your business.

Keynote Speaker

Centering Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Business Practice

Inclusion, equity, diversity, and belonging are the buzzwords of the day. What is it? Why is it important? What can we do to advance these ideas? 

In this engaging keynote, Leena animates the importance of inclusion and equity and the critical opportunity we have, as business owners, to leverage our power, influence and privilege to advocate for and actively work together to create a community culture that truly values and celebrates diversity. She’ll share the business case for integrating inclusion, equity, and belonging considerations into business practice, offer some easy ways to start shifting business practice, and invite business owners to take their place in the movement to build a Burlington community where everyone can thrive and experience belonging.

Leena Sharma Seth (She/Her)

Founder, Mending the Chasm

Leena Sharma Seth is a racialized settler ally, a daughter of Punjabi, East Indian immigrants, and Founder of Mending the Chasm. Leena is an experienced facilitator, coach, trainer, and speaker.

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With over twenty years of experience in various leadership roles, in Canada and in Asia, Leena has worked in non-profit, consulting, education, philanthropy and supplier diversity spaces. She has leveraged her entrepreneurial spirit and her intuitive ability to create authentically inclusive organizations to produce meaningful cultural transformation & impact.

 

Leena has a Masters in Conflict Analysis & Management from Royal Roads, achieved her Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, is trained as a Circle Way facilitator, and recently completed the Pride at Work LGBTQ2+ Workplace Inclusion Certificate.

 

Leena’s work in community-building has been recognized by the 2021 Mayor’s Community Service Award through the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Karina Gould’s Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award, as well as the Women’s Centre of Halton – 150 Years of Exemplary Women Award. Leena has served as a Community Mediator for more than a decade with Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton.

 

Leena is proud to call Burlington home and is raising two daughters and social justice warriors with her partner Sanjay.

Your People

The Great Resignation – What are my People Thinking?

The past 18 months have been difficult for employers and employees. While employees’ reasons for leaving jobs vary by individual and personal circumstance, talent retention has never been more important for business owners. Andrew will share resources, tools and insights on what leaders can do to attract and retain the right talent.

Andrew Grubb

Founder, Inside Job 

Andrew has 15 years of experience as an innovation and technology leader across both large enterprise and start-ups, where he combined coaching, education, design thinking, and start-up/lean thinking initiatives to drive workforce transformation at scale.

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He has lectured at Ryerson University’s Masters of Digital Media program and is active in start-up advisory.

Specializing in transformation and change, Andrew has launched, governed, and managed numerous transformation initiatives. He designs and runs workshops on business preparation around advanced technologies as well as performs keynote presentations for larger corporate clients on the topic of Agile woes and Agile transformation.

Scaling Your Business

5 Trends Shaping Growth Opportunities in Canada

The past two years have been eventful for Canadian entrepreneurs. Yet as the economy recovers, labour shortages, the rise of remote work and e-commerce, and increasingly frequent climate events continue to have an impact of the Canadian economy. How will these trends affect your business? And how can you position yourself to pursue growth in this rapidly evolving environment? Join BDC’s Paul Sadhra, as he walks you through the major trends reshaping our world and share some tools to help you make the most of them.

Paul Sadhra

Halton Area Regional Manager, BDC

As the Halton Regional Area Manager at BDC, Paul leads a team of professionals dedicated to supporting local businesses with the financing and advisory services they need to grow and succeed. Before joining BDC, he spent several years working in commercial banking at chartered banks.

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As an experienced entrepreneur himself, Paul has a strong understanding of the needs of business owners and what it takes to scale a business. He also has sat on various committees advising on capital spending due diligence, and currently sits on the Planning Development and Advisory Committee for the Township of Puslinch.

2021 Small Business Week Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Please contact ashlee@ourforte.ca to become a sponsor and help us celebrate entrepreneurship and small businesses in Burlington.

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We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce (BCC) provides value to its members through active advocacy, connecting leaders and creating opportunities. The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels on behalf of 900 companies representing 30,000 employees.

For more than 70 years, the BCC has been the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local businesses. With a long-standing reputation for excellence and leadership, BCC continually generates opportunities to connect people by bringing life to business. Doing so provides a vehicle for success for its members and the future of Burlington’s business community.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced individual for the position of Executive V.P. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber providing support for the President & CEO and overall HR Management, Budgeting & Finance, Regulatory Compliance, as well as supporting the Board of Directors, Chamber Committees & Task Forces.

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in administrative & operations management, leadership, and relationship building.

The selected candidate will work with our highly dedicated, professional staff and volunteer base and have a strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and the ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects.

Review the Executive Vice President position.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Expressions of interest including career profiles will be accepted until October 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. and should be sent confidentially to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, info@burlingtonchamber.com.

Information provided by or about candidates for these positions will be used only for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to respond; however only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Terry Caddo has been appointed as the organization’s new President and CEO effective September 13, 2021.

“Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the position which will add value to his work with the Chamber’s membership and stakeholders,” said Jennifer Smith, Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Terry to the Chamber and I look forward to working with him as we continue our transformative journey aimed at bringing life to business in Burlington.”

Terry is a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive and award-winning experience in the attractions and tourism industry. Recently, Terry was the Executive Director of the Canada Blooms Horticulture Society. Prior to that, he had senior management roles in Marketing and Operations with the Royal Botanical Gardens and Ontario Place.

“I am honoured to be taking on this important leadership role with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. During my time with the Royal Botanical Gardens, I became acquainted with many local businesses in Burlington. I look forward to meeting more in my new capacity with the Chamber,” said Mr. Caddo. “Advocating on behalf and maintaining the gold standard of support for Burlington businesses is my top priority while ensuring that those same businesses have a place to thrive and grow.”

Congratulations to the 2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize 8 Burlington high school students with scholarship awards to help support them as they continue their studies at a Canadian college or university.

Each year, the Chamber recognizes the next generation of future business leaders based on their achievement and involvement in extracurriculars, volunteer activities and academic studies. This endowment is awarded through the Burlington Chamber Scholarship Fund of the Burlington Community Foundation.

All students awarded must be furthering their studies at a Canadian college or university. The Burlington Chamber of Commerce contributes to all eight high schools in Burlington and representatives from each school select a student to receive $1,000 for costs incurred related to their on-going post-secondary education.

“We are pleased to continue our tradition of celebrating excellence and recognizing the future generation of community leaders in Burlington. By providing scholarship assistance, we are able to support deserving students as they further their education and develop leadership skills,” said President and CEO, Carla Y. Nell.

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Business Scholarship recipients:

We wish this accomplished group of students all the best as they continue to pursue their interest in business related studies.

Media Contact

Corinne Radake
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy
corinne@burlingtonchamber.com

We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

We’re Hiring, President and CEO

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce (BCC) provides value to its members through active advocacy, connecting leaders and creating opportunities. The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels on behalf of 900 companies representing 30,000 employees.

For more than 70 years, the BCC has been the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local businesses. With a long-standing reputation for excellence and leadership, BCC continually generates opportunities to connect people by bringing life to business. Doing so provides a vehicle for success for its members and the future of Burlington’s business community.

The Board of Directors of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced individual for the position of President and CEO. This position requires a strategic and innovative leader who will work with various stakeholders such as government, business and community leaders to evolve and grow the Chamber of Commerce for long-term sustainability and maximize value for its membership.

In this high profile role, preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in a Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade or not-for-profit organization similar in size and scope to the BCC. They will ideally have a Business or Public administration degree or equivalent, with specific experience in stakeholder relations, communications, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management and operations. They will have experience in dealing with government, regulatory bodies, and have knowledge of the Burlington and Ontario business communities.

The selected candidate will work with our highly dedicated, professional staff and volunteer base and have a strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and an engaging interpersonal style, to carry out the BCC strategic plan.

Review the President and CEO position.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Expressions of interest including resumes and covering letters will be accepted until at 4:30 p.m. on July 21st, and should be sent confidentially to Jennifer Smith, Chair, Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Email: jsmith@burlingtonhydro.com.

Information provided by or about candidates for these positions will be used only for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to respond; however only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.