OCC Ontario Economic Report 2020

New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success

Released February 26, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) reveals opportunities where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.


Moving Beyond Compliance as a Privacy Policy Motivator

Over the next 18 months, Canadian businesses can expect to see changes in Canada’s privacy laws. In particular, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will likely be granted more enforcement powers. The government sees compliance enforcement as incentive to business to build trust in the digital economy, but there are more compelling business reasons to consider a robust approach to privacy.

…there are more compelling business reasons to consider a robust approach to privacy.


2020 AGM Recap

We hosted our Annual General Meeting on February 19th, at The Village Inn in Lakefield. If you missed it, keep reading for a recap of the event and to see some photos!

At the meeting we:
Discussed our 2019 highlights.
Distributed 2018-19 Annual Report.
Discussed auditor’s financial report.
Presented the slate of directors for the coming year (see below for full slate) – welcome to new Board Directors Lauren Black, Clo Design Studio, Michael Corner, Assante Wealth Management, Michael Davidson, Tony Davidson – TD Wealth Private Investment Advice & Chris Whelan, Whelan’s Flooring Centre.
Enjoyed networking and refreshments.
Presented donations & announced sponsorship’s.
Door prize draw.


#211 Day

February 11th is #211Day

#211Day is a national public awareness initiative for 211, a national, bilingual helpline. 211 service providers exist to help people who are experiencing life’s challenges access and use services they need, such as food, housing, mental health services or financial assistance, while reducing congestion caused by non-emergency calls to 911 dispatch lines.
Across Canada, 211 service providers now reach more than 26 million residents, offering confidential guidance about services and help available in local communities. The service is a free, easy access point for community, social, health and government assistance and is available by phone, online search, chat and text. Callers to 211 can access on-demand interpretation in over 150 languages.

Thinking about hearts this Valentine’s Day…

Organ Donation

Register today to help someone in need

Canadians are nice and generous, which should make us a nation of donors. But every three days, a person dies waiting for an organ transplant. By registering to become an organ and tissue donor, your death has the power to save or change someone’s life.