Chamber in the Media

The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and influential organizations in Waterloo Region and as such we are routinely interviewed on the radio and television. Below you will find segments that the Chamber and our CEO, Ian McLean have been featured in.


  • Public transit the dominant issue this election campaign

    Improved transit should be a priority of all political powers, says Ian McLean In any election campaign, the agenda can change on very short notice based on mistakes or perceived mistakes from party leaders or candidates. Tightly scripted messages on taxes and efficiencies in government services can be lost when opposition parties or other sources […]

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  • Tradition, new tech meet at Toyota

    The automaker has set up an Internet of Things innovation lab in Kitchener’s Catalyst137 KITCHENER — Bill Fantin conducted an introductory Japanese lesson for guests at a manufacturing summit in Kitchener on Thursday. There’s “kaizen,” or the idea of continuous improvement. “Jidoka,” or intelligent automation. And “Genchi Genbutsu,” the concept of “go and see” — […]

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  • Why the United States wants a new NAFTA

    U.S. middle class wants things to change and NAFTA one of those targets says Ian McLean Last week, on April 12, our Chamber hosted former Harper cabinet minister James Moore for a highly insightful discussion on a new North American trade agreement. Mr. Moore was Minister of Industry from 2013 to 2015, so he provides […]

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  • Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards gala

    The Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala is the Chamber’s premier event and a must-attend night for business owners in the Region! The Gala is a celebration of business excellence, recognizing Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. It is a time for the business community to come […]

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  • Chamber awards honour businesses, individuals

    WATERLOO REGION — A leading technology firm, a commercial real estate business and a roofing company are among the businesses being honoured this year by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Axonify, Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd. and Mike the Roofer Inc. were all named businesses of the year at the annual Business […]

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  • Breslau-based Conestoga Meat Packers hails Pacific trade agreement

    KITCHENER — News that Canada will sign on to a revised Trans-Pacific trade deal is music to Arnold Drung’s ears. “That’s phenomenal for our industry,” the president and chief executive officer of Conestoga Meat Packers told an audience at a Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. “It would have been an absolute disaster for us” […]

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  • Business sector looking for firm commitments this provincial election

    Measures need to be taken to help businesses compete says Ian McLean This column will be the first of many related to the upcoming Ontario election. If the current polls are an indication, the next five months could see regular shifts and turns and nothing will be certain until election night. Our colleagues at the […]

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  • WR Connector program launched to help newcomers and international grads build networks

    Making connections Waterloo Region needs more recruits to help build the local knowledge-based economy. With thousands of local tech jobs and advanced manufacturing positions still unfilled, it means casting a wider net for new talent and retaining some of the international students who have come here to study. A new program called WR Connectors is […]

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  • Provincial government has to end restrictive tendering

    An issue that persists for all levels of government across Canada is the provision of infrastructure and the ability to plan for future population and economic growth. The infrastructure portfolio is large and includes roads, transit, educational institutions, health care and many structures that are below ground — such as sewers and water mains — […]

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  • How Ion is spurring new development

    On November 9, 2017 the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce hosted a Networking Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo. Attendees received an update from Rod Regier, Commissioner of Planning, Development & Legislative Services for the Region of Waterloo, on the ION Rapid Transit system and how it will impact the Region and local business. […]

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