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.


  • Kitchener-Waterloo chamber to host 20 residents as part of annual family doctor recruitment drive

    The Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host 20 medical residents this weekend as part of its annual recruiting drive. Sixteen family practice residents and four emergency medicine residents, along with their partners, will be in town as the chamber of commerce attempts to showcase the Kitchener-Waterloo area as an attractive place to continue their […]

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  • Canadian ambassador talks trade, tariffs and Trump

    The new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement still awaits final approval, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said it won’t be universally applauded. KITCHENER — If you’d asked David MacNaughton a month ago whether a new trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico was possible, he probably would have said no. MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador […]

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  • Local councillors must send message on open tendering

    Current legislation does not allow many qualified Waterloo Region companies to bid on major projects says Ian McLean As the Oct. 22 municipal election is rapidly approaching, a dominant issue for the local business sector is the newly-elected Ford administration’s response to the ongoing issue of municipal tendering. For many years our Chamber and business […]

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  • 12th Annual Inspiring Women

    On Thursday September 20, 2018, we hosted the 12th Annual Inspiring Women Event in partnership with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. The event was featured on the ‘In Your Backyard’ series on CTV, where they highlighted the theme ‘Passion is Purpose’. There are 3 videos in this series with the titles: Lyndsay emcees the […]

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  • Doctor recruitment an ongoing issue in Waterloo Region

    WATERLOO REGION — Recruiting family doctors continues to be a vital pursuit in Waterloo Region. “We have to be out selling this region as a place for doctors,” said Ian McLean, president of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. “We need to be on top so we don’t start sliding back.” Although recruitment efforts […]

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  • Canadian business supports government position on trade

    Businesses community stands united against Trump’s illegal tariffs says Ian McLean The new Ontario government is days away from being sworn in and international trade issues are expected to dominate the provincial and national business agenda for the foreseeable future. All provincial chambers of commerce, local boards of trade and chambers of commerce, and the […]

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  • 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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