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Guelph Chamber Urges City to Hold on Infrastructure Tax

Guelph, December 5, 2016: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce presented to Guelph City Council as part of the stakeholder engagement and public presentations process on the City Budget. A central objective of the Chamber’s continued involvement in the municipal budget process is to ensure that municipal public finance decisions are made with a lens of sound financial principles that balance support for a community’s range of services with a community’s ability to pay and remain competitive as an investment and growth location. As a means to achieve this the Chamber presented on how the introduction of several escalating taxes and fees at the same time place a significant burden on businesses and their ability to remain competitive.  

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$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy

Guelph, November 18, 2016: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates. According to the organization's report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. While this year has been a strong year for tourism in Ontario, it is important that this recent growth is translated into long-term, sustainable gains in tourism visitation.

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Chamber Welcomes Dynamic New Board at Annual General Meeting

Guelph, November 16, 2016:  The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its incoming 2016-2017 Board of Directors – duly elected at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Tuesday November 15 at the Holiday Inn Guelph. 

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Leading Healthcare Entrepreneur & Community Philanthropist to Address ‘Inspirational Women’ Luncheon

Guelph, October 25, 2016: On November 9, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the ‘Inspirational Women’ luncheon, presented in partnership with McNeil Consumer Healthcare. The event will feature Susan Brown, Co-Founder of Robertson Brown Health Services, in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Rogers TV’s Trish Stevenson about Susan’s trajectory in entrepreneurship and community building.

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Local businesses go global at world’s largest food exhibition

Guelph, Ont, October 24, 2016 – Last week, three local businesses expanded their global presence at Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL) – the world’s largest international food innovation and trade exhibition in Paris, France.

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Guelph-Wellington to Lead Trade Delegation to World’s Largest Agri-Food Trade Show

Guelph, October 13, 2016: On Sunday, October 16 2016, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, the City of Guelph, the University of Guelph and the County of Wellington will co-lead a delegation of leading local businesses to SIAL Paris, the world’s largest international food trade show.  As part of this activity the delegation will be hosted by Vitagora, France's leading innovation network that assists its food industry and research members in the development of innovation projects. 

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New Generation of Manufacturers Must Embrace Disruptive Technology, says Canadian Chamber report

Guelph, October 7, 2016—The future of Canada’s manufacturing sector will be shaped by our capacity to move away from the traditional manufacturing model, and instead leverage creativity, technology and innovation, reveals a new report released by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce during the Guelph Economic Leadership Forum. In Only the Smart Survive: How Canada Can Remain Competitive in Manufacturing, the Canadian Chamber examines how to reverse the decline in Canadian manufacturing through modern policies and incentives, particularly in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, clean-tech and biotech.
 

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Guelph Chamber Lays the Groundwork to Ensure the Future Competitiveness of the Provincial Agri-Food Sector in New Report

Guelph, ON, October 5, 2016: Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the report Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-food Sector, which presents a series of recommendations designed to address barriers to the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in the province. As one of the most significant economic drivers in the province, the agri-food industry employs 1 in 9 Ontarians and represents $36.4 billion in GDP.

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Innovation in Manufacturing to take Centre Stage at Guelph Economic Leadership Forum

Guelph, September 27, 2016: On Friday, October 7, 2016, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will recognize National Manufacturing Day with the ‘Guelph Economic Leadership Forum: On Innovation in Manufacturing’. Noted leader in innovation, David Paterson, Vice President Corporate and Environmental Affairs at General Motors Canada will be the keynote speaker.

 

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Guelph Chamber Advocates to Remove Agri-Food Export Barriers

 

Guelph, September 23, 2016: At the recent Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Convention in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce received strong national support to remove agri-food export barriers. Chambers of Commerce from across Canada supported the Guelph Chamber policy resolution to harmonize agri-food cross-border trade regulations. Specifically, the approved policy seeks to eliminate inefficiencies at the Canada-US border that currently impact the ability for agri-food product to get to market more swiftly. 

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