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  • Grand River Raceway Open House on May 18th

    Member Profile – Grand River Raceway No one sets the pace quite like Grand River Raceway. Where else can you put a harness race horse through its paces as you travel around the track in the company of a professional driver? It’s just one of the many extraordinary things that the staff at the award-winning […]

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  • Canadians help Canadians. Help the people of Fort McMurray!

    A Message From the CEO: The flames of Fort McMurray have chased away the city’s residents, more than 80,000 people with the most destructive wildfire Alberta has experienced in more than a century. As a community our hearts go out to those displaced and who are now refugees in their own country. You can help […]

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  • The 2016 Census is here!

    The 2016 Census is here! We would like to encourage community members to complete the census questionnaires as you receive them in early May. You can complete your census questionnaire online at www.census.gc.ca. Simply enter your 16-digit secure access code and follow the instructions. If you received a letter, your secure access code is located […]

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  • A BUSINESS OPEN HOUSE THAT REALLY GOES THE DISTANCE

    In this month’s Member Profile we featured Grand River Raceway. Located in beautiful Elora it is the perfect spot for your next corporate event! Bring your appetite, drive a racehorse, win prizes and see for yourself on Wednesday May 18th when Grand River Raceway’s Meetings & Events Services host their Business Open House from 3pm […]

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  • Federal budget gets mixed review from business sector

    The 2016 federal budget tabled recently by Finance Minister Bill Morneau provides a high volume of commitments on a high volume of spending portfolios. However, as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce noted, it is a budget that is spread too thin. There are investments in skills development however the cancellation of small business tax reductions […]

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  • Reform of the healthcare system requires innovation

    Last month I wrote about the fiscal challenges facing hospitals in Waterloo Region and in particular the layoffs at the Grand River institution. The recent provincial budget provided some relief, with an allocation of an additional $345 million for Ontario hospitals, or a one per cent increase in their base budgets. However, over the longer […]

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  • Canadian businesses need more resources for innovation

    For the past five years, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has published its annual Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. The 2016 edition is reflective of some major economic shifts impacting domestic and international markets. A priority issue in past reports has been the shortage of skilled trades, a challenge for businesses of all sectors […]

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  • An event manager’s experience of the Business Excellence Awards Gala

    The Business Excellence Awards Gala has become not only the premier event in the Chamber’s busy event schedule, it is also the must attend event in the Waterloo Region and I’m extremely proud to say it has grown to over 900 attendees, including the area’s most respected and recognized business leaders from every industry and […]

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  • Hospital funding emerging as province wide concern

    For close to two decades, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce has lead community initiatives to recruit family doctors and specialists to Waterloo Region. Our activities started when many local employers indicated that access to family doctors was a critical factor for recruiting potential employees, particularly those in skilled professions who are required for […]

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  • New Economic Development Corporation Moving Forward in 2016

    By: Gerry Remers, CEO Christie Digital Systems Canada and Chair of the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors Economic development will be receiving a new stimulus in the coming months, as the new CEO of the WREDC makes his move from Toronto to Waterloo Region. The WREDC Board has worked diligently over the […]

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