Peer2Peer Groups

Looking for a little guidance from seasoned professionals, or a group to bounce ideas off of? Look no further than our Peer2Peer groups, sponsored by Sun Life!

The Peer2Peer groups consist of a series of programs aimed to bring together professionals in our community in a powerful new way.

Each group brings together 12-15 industry leaders from the community to share, collaborate and collectively grow their businesses. The content for each group is driven solely by the group members, led by one group champion.

The Chamber is pleased to offer this exclusive learning and networking group for free to member organizations. All groups meet once a month from 8:30-9:30am. Due to recent events, we have shifted our Peer2Peer groups to virtual meetings through Zoom. This allows you to attend from wherever you happen to be working.

If you are interested in learning more about these dynamic groups or registering for any of the groups mentioned below, contact Saba Shafiq.

Business Development Group

This group of sales and business development professionals from across the Kitchener-Waterloo business community meets to discuss issues and challenges, share best practices and offer networking opportunities to connect with other leaders.

The format of the group will change regularly, directed by the members of the group. Guest speakers, panel events and round table discussions will all be offered, with the topics chosen by the members of the group. Sample topics include new customer acquisition, making the most of limited resources, client retention, digital tools and strategies, customer relationship management.

This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 8:30-9:30am.

Marketing & Communications Group

This group of marketing and communications professionals from across the Kitchener-Waterloo business community will meet to discuss common issues across marketers in the area, share best practices and offer networking opportunities to connect with other leaders.

The format of the group will change regularly, directed by the members of the group. Guest speakers, panel events and round table discussions will all be offered, with the topics chosen by the members of the group. Sample topics include digital marketing, social media, email marketing, direct mail, partnerships and other areas as the group directs. The group will be open to organizations across all industries and company sizes.

This group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:30-9:30am.

Not-For-Profit & Charities

The Not-For-Profit & Charities Peer2Peer group is an excellent way to collaborate and learn from fellow Chamber members who have or have had in the past the same challenges you face everyday. In a world where knowledge is an increasingly important factor in running an organization effectively on a shoestring budget, the Chamber Peer2Peer group for Not-For-Profit & Charities is a great way to continuously learn!

The format of the group will change regularly, directed by the members of the group. Guest speakers, panel events and round table discussions will all be offered, with the topics chosen by the members of the group. Sample topics will include fundraising, sponsorship, sales techniques with a small budget, new customer acquisition, making the most of limited resources, client retention.

This group meets on the first Thursday of every month, from 8:30-9:30am.

Human Resources Group

Human Resources is an aspect of business that is in constant flux. With a new generation of workers coming into the workforce, the advent of new technologies like social media forcing policy changes, and the never-ending need to make sure your staff is working at peak performance, human resources has never been more important.

Peer2Peer collaboration is your chance to talk with those who have been in your position and may have important insights. Whether you’re in a human resources department or you happen to be the one in the office of a small business pegged to take up the responsibility, learning and collaborating in the Human Resources Peer2Peer group is an outstanding resource to take advantage of.

This group meets on the second Thursday of every month, from 8:30-9:30am.

'More Clients' Group

Professionals selling knowledge and skills in today’s marketplace face unique business challenges regardless of their area of expertise. This group is tailored towards small business owners who are looking to expand their client base.

Discussion topics for this Peer2Peer will include strengthening personal brand, mapping buyer personas, content strategy, advanced networking, social media, and internet marketing skills, and building recurring revenue.

This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 8:30-9:30am.

Operations Management

The Operations Management group is dedicated to those who’s roles are related to the operational aspect of the organization. The format of the meeting is directed by the members of the group. Guest speakers and round table discussions are offered, with the topics requested by group members. Sample topics include strategic planning, time management, driving and cultivating growth, process management, and managing workplace conflict.

This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 8:30-9:30am.