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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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  • Business Excellence Awards Nominations

    The nomination and selection process for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards (BEA) has officially ended as the award winners are now finalized, and will be kept under lock and key until they are announced at the Gala on February 18. Ever wonder how we determine the winners? In September, nominations are opened. We ask Chamber […]

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  • Pharmacare Proposal Requires Serious Analysis

    An issue that generated considerable media and public attention during the recent federal vote was a national pharmacare program. The election did not resolve the debate and it is clear that discussion will continue across Canada for a significant time frame. The current focus centres on recent reports advocating that prescription drugs should be included […]

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  • Four Small Business Marketing Trends for 2016

    Every year, every month, every week, and every day marketing changes. It changes with technology, audience, consumer tastes, and even the changing seasons. That being said, 2016 will bring with it four particular marketing trends that will impact the majority of small and medium-sized businesses in Waterloo Region. Think Local Branding Momentum has been building […]

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  • Request for Quote for Copy Writing Services

    Request for Quote To ensure all current members have equal access to KW Chamber contracts, the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce is issuing the following: Request for Quote for Copy Writing Services January 12, 2016 The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is soliciting proposals for professional services for copy writhing services for various purposes […]

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  • Hydro Rates Continue to Impact Business With No Plan of Action

    For years the Ontario residents and businesses have been feeling the pressure of steadily increasing hydro costs that have far outpaced the rate of inflation. This reality was reaffirmed in the recent Ontario Auditor General’s report that revealed Ontarians paid $37 billion more for their hydro than market value between 2006 and 2014. While much […]

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