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Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) Partnership

Jul 7, 2023

Guelph Community Gets a Boost on Lifelong Learning through Chamber Membership Discount

(Guelph, July 7, 2023) – The Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) have joined together in a new partnership that provides Chamber members with an exclusive discount on continuing education and micro-credential courses and programs at the University of Guelph (U of G).

Beginning this July, Chamber members can take advantage of a 10% discount on a wide selection of courses to fulfill both upskilling and reskilling, and special interest goals. There is a wide range of subject matter to choose from, including programs in the following areas of interest:

“Our members will benefit from our long-time partnership with the University of Guelph and OpenEd to receive an exclusive discount on their OpenEd programming,” says Shakiba Shayani, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. “We hope our members will use this opportunity to upskill, stay competitive, and continue to foster a learning culture in their organizations.”

Taught by industry professionals with years of real-world experience, OpenEd’s courses and programs are intentionally designed with flexibility in mind. Learners can choose from a variety of course delivery formats that are compatible with their professional and personal obligations—such as fully-online, blended, and in-person instruction.

“This new initiative with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce not only fosters the upskilling and reskilling of a local audience but also helps us to continue to build on the strong community that already exists here in Guelph,” says Michelle Fach, Executive Director, OpenEd, University of Guelph. “And better access to lifelong learning means the members of our community have better opportunities to maximize their potential.”

Visit the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Partnership page on the OpenEd website to learn more about this exciting new partnership—including details about the discount, and applicable courses and programs.


Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) designs and delivers award-winning courses and programs that meet evolving job market demands and reflect the University of Guelph’s goal of excellence in education. OpenEd’s offerings are delivered globally, creating a network of learners who bring a rich, diverse cultural experience to its courses and programs.

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce facilitates conversations, connections, and solutions that help local businesses and the community thrive. They are the largest business network in Guelph—representing over 750 businesses of all sizes and sectors.