Board Chair & President & CEO Message

Melanie Lang, Chair of the Board of Directors 2018 – 2019

I am honoured to serve as Chair of the Board of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming year 2018-2019. As someone who has been actively involved in our business community, I am keenly aware of the Chamber’s role as a community builder across sectors. The Chamber represents the voice of businesses and organizations locally at City Hall, provincially at Queen’s Park and nationally in Ottawa.

For almost two hundred years, the Chamber has been helping to move Guelph forward and support the businesses that have made our community an economic powerhouse. We celebrate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded people and recognize the important contributions they make in strengthening our economy. Our Chamber of Commerce will continue to connect with potential partners, mentors, and investors to help take ideas and businesses to the next level. We are witnessing incredible growth and transformation, which is being driven by our vibrant business community. I commit to ensuring that our Chamber continues to be a strong partner and advocate of Guelph.

Our continued commitment to you, our members, is to focus on how we can support your growth and be an effective voice on your behalf. I sincerely look forward to our journey together over the next year as your Board Chair.


Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the Guelph community.  With more than 900 members, we have been recognized by the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada (CACC) with its highest level of distinction.  Accreditation with Distinction is a formal acknowledgement that Chamber of Commerce have been successfully evaluated by the CACC against rigorous national standards of policy, service and performance.  This distinction places the Guelph Chamber in an elite group of Chambers of Commerce in Canada that are demonstrating to the business community that our Chamber is run in a strategic and professional way and that the operations reflect national standards of business excellence.

With a strong commitment to our Mission Vision and Values, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce continues to be a strong advocate for business.  We work closely with all three levels of government on issues that affect business.  A few good examples of initiatives we have engaged in include red tape reduction, bolstering opportunities in manufacturing, agriculture and trade and municipal policy innovation to ensure the cost of doing business in Guelph is kept competitive.  Each year, we make presentations to the federal, provincial and municipal governments.  We engage in the City's budgeting process and we champion business needs and issues during election campaigns.  The Chamber's advocacy committee takes a proactive approach to the challenges that the business community faces and they provide thoughtful and dynamic solutions that formulate the public proposals that the Chamber brings forward.  We pride ourselves on providing thought-leadership and playing an important role as a solutions provider.

In addition to our wide array of advocacy efforts, we provide many networking and educational events for our membership.  With more than 50 events each year, there is certainly something for everyone.  We aim to be the connector of choice for our membership.  We know how important it is to be networked within the community.  Our events range from education and training sessions both large and small, like Business After 5 networking, our very popular Annual Golf Tournament and our annual Guelph Awards of Excellence event which attracts more than 400 business and industry leaders as well as government officials each year.

Lastly, we make every effort to ensure that we are able to also provide a thorough suite of services that can help benefit your business.  We have a plethora of valuable benefits that can be accessed through the Chamber, such as the Chamber Group Insurance Plan, Credit & Debit Card Merchant Discount Rates, or savings through our fuel savings program.  We offer businesses a full suite to ensure their Chamber membership means savings for their business.

The Chamber team is dedicated to ensuring we provide the highest level of service and help your business reach its highest potential.  If you have any questions, please drop me a line at Kithio@guelphchamber.com or stop in, I would be pleased to discuss the Chamber with you.  If you like what we are doing, spread the word, or let other businesses know.  We appreciate your membership and we appreciate your referrals as well.

Wishing you the very best and continued success in your business.

 

Kithio Mwanzia
President & CEO
Guelph Chamber of Commerce

 

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