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February 2022

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.

February 24, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BROCKVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.  The Chamber has previously announced Mr. Hunter Grant as the other recipient.  Two awards are being given this year to compensate for there not having been a recipient in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

 

Mr. Fournier sadly passed away in May of 2020 and is being posthumously recognized as the eleventh to receive this award following previous recipients Hunter Grant, Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.  

 

Since 2017, this award has been sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation.

 

Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity and personal/corporate generosity.

 

Paul Fournier was widely known as a long-time practicing lawyer who had a broad range of influence throughout Brockville and the surrounding area. Aside from professionally representing countless

local individuals, businesses and organizations over decades of service, he was deeply devoted to contributing his time, energy and resources to causes close to his heart. He helped to shape the local economic and social landscape as a prominent fundraiser, community champion and major donor for any number of important organizations and initiatives including St. Lawrence College, Brockville General Hospital, YMCA, Aquatarium, Theatre Brockville, Brockville Arts Centre, Ice Storm Relief and many others.

 

An accomplished artist in his own right, Mr. Fournier played a critical role in elevating the fine arts to become a distinguished diploma program at St. Lawrence College. He was a past municipal councilor for the City of Brockville and was named Citizen of the Year by the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

 

Not surprisingly, Mr. Fournier was highly respected as an impressive and compelling public speaker who used his talents to bring positive change to the region. He was widely viewed as a major community influencer and advocate who was able to bring countless people together in support of common causes for the greater good. He was a generous philanthropist, world class organizer, tremendously effective leader and, oftentimes, the very glue that held many critically important initiatives together through to completion.

 

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Orlando Spicer, noted that “Mr. Fournier did so very much to build our city and region into a beautiful place to live, work and play.  He was a true community leader and an unwavering champion for countless worthy causes. People like him do not come along every day. We will always remember him fondly and we are forever grateful for his decades of service.

 

The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process.  The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered that “Mr. Fournier was an absolute pillar of this community. You cannot overstate his importance nor his impact.  There is no debate that he left an indelible mark and that his legacy will be felt for many years to come. The City of Brockville is a much better place because of Mr. Fournier.  He was a kind and generous human being, and we all miss him dearly.”

 

Mr. Fournier will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Convention Centre on Thursday, March 31st.

 

Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website www.brockvillechamber.com or call 613-342-6553 by March 30th.

 

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission - we support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming 

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Mr. Hunter Grant as the first of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award

February 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BROCKVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Hunter Grant as the first of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Two awards will be given this year to compensate for there not having been a recipient in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

 

Mr. Grant is the tenth to receive this award following previous recipients Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.

 

Since 2017, this award has been sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation. Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity and personal/corporate generosity.

 

Hunter Grant is a successful entrepreneur, widely respected philanthropist, and tireless community champion.  Most prominently known as the decades long co-owner and co-publisher of The Brockville Recorder & Times newspaper, Mr. Grant has devoted himself to improving the lives of Brockville and area residents through his professional and personal endeavors. 

 

Under his leadership, the Recorder & Times was one of Canada’s first newspapers to abandon hot lead type setting, a move which revolutionized the production of daily newspapers.  It was also one of the first Canadian newspapers to computerize and it was the second in Canada to go on-line. Each of these moves was a game changing innovation for a small town, family-owned newspaper and the business flourished as a result. Mr. Grant’s family acquired the Recorder & Times in 1892 and retained ownership for 106 years, employing many hundreds of people along the way.   

 

Appropriately, the Recorder & Times was named “Business of the Century” by the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce in the year 2006.  The company was recognized on numerous occasions during Mr. Grant’s tenure, including being listed by the Globe & Mail as one of Canada’s Top 50 best managed companies and as the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce “Industry of the Year” in 1992.

 

Hunter Grant’s keen business acumen allowed him to recognize the early potential of the Internet to extend the reach of the Recorder & Times and to bolster its connection to the community. This ultimately resulted in he and his son Kingsley creating RipNET Internet Services in 1994 as one of Canada’s first independent Internet Service Providers. Under Mr. Grant’s leadership, RipNet invested millions of dollars to build a wireless network to deliver high speed broadband to the rural residents of Leeds & Grenville during a time when such services only existed in major cities. The long-lasting local economic impact of this early investment has been enormous.

 

Mr. Grant has always recognized the importance of community leadership and personal commitment. Through the years he has led numerous fundraising campaigns and financially supported such important initiatives as Palliative Care, Hospice Care, Brockville General Hospital, YMCA, Theatre Brockville, Aquatarium, Rockport Customs Revitalization, Ookpik Winter Carnival and so many others.  He and his family have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthwhile local causes, including the donation of a $250,000 building to the YMCA and a very recent contribution of $25,000 to the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation’s “Under One Roof” campaign.

 

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Orlando Spicer, expressed his appreciation by noting that “Mr. Grant has earned our respect and appreciation for all of his many contributions to our community.  We are forever grateful.” 

 

The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process.  The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered his congratulations by stating “I have known Mr. Grant for the entirety of my adult life and can safely say that he is long overdue for this recognition. His contributions rival any in the history of our region.”

 

Mr. Grant will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Convention Centre on Thursday, March 31st.

 

Those interested in attending can register by click this link  or call 613-342-6553 by March 25th.

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission -  we support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming. 

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Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17

 

Effective February 17, 2022, Ontario will further ease public health measures, including:

 

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opt-in to proof  of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

 

If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, we intend to take additional steps to ease public health measures on March 1, 2022, including lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings.  Please view our news release for our comprehensive plan heading into March.

 

News Release:

 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001600/ontario-moving-to-next-phase-of-reopening-on-february-17

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Update from Queens Park with MPP Steve Clark on February 8, 2022.

 

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce presents  a zoom Update from Queens Park  with MPP Steve Clark on Feb 8, 2022

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre and Allstate Insurance for sponsoring this event. 

 

 

Hon. Steve Clark (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes)  Minister of

Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce and #ONChamberNetwork released the sixth annual Ontario Economic Report

 

 February 3, 2022 

 

 

 

Ontario’s outlook dampened by labour shortages, supply chain issues 

  

(Brockville Ontario – FEBRUARY 3RD, 2022) – Pain points throughout Ontario’s economy are impairing business operations, and now consumers are feeling the pinch too. The frustration is palpable. From the grocery store and trucking industry to their pocketbooks, Ontarians are experiencing the very real consequences of labour shortages, global supply chain disruptions, and inflation. Today, the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the sixth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) providing regional and sector-specific data on business confidence, policy priorities, and economic indicators, which together provide a unique view on the hurdles ahead.  

 

“Ontario began to see some positive momentum in 2021 thanks to progress on vaccines and reopening. Business confidence, GDP, and employment growth are trending upwards after record lows in 2020. However, the road ahead remains uncertain for businesses and households as labour shortages, supply chain disruptions, and inflation are hitting home,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “A staggering 62 percent of sectors are facing labour shortages in Ontario and expect to continue facing them over the next year. This is having real-life consequences on the cost of living, service delivery, and product availability.”  

 

“Our small business members in Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce have proven their strength and resilience over the past two years. Business confidence is rising across the province but for many the additional strain on operations as a result of new variants and additional restrictions continues to dampen their recovery,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director  

 

This year’s OER reveals the impacts of the pandemic continue to disproportionately impact small businesses, organizations led by women and people with disabilities, with the hardest-hit sectors being businesses in the arts, entertainment, and agricultural sectors.  

 

“We are seeing a domino effect of structural issues. Jobs are going unfilled, demand is outpacing capacity, and these issues are driving up prices for consumers and uncertainty for businesses,” said the report’s co-author, Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Two years into the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we need a long-term plan that will provide stability and lay the groundwork for economic growth.” 

 

Key highlights of the report include:  

 

  1. Overall, 29 percent of Ontario businesses are confident in Ontario’s economic outlook in 2021 (compared to 21 percent the year prior), and 57 percent are confident in the outlook of their own organizations (up from 48 percent).  

  1. Most sectors (62 percent) are facing labour shortages and expect to continue facing them over the next year.  

  1. Inflation of raw materials and transportation costs at the producer level are affecting consumer prices, which rose 3.5 percent and are expected to rise another 3.5 percent in 2022. Ontario’s year-over-year housing price growth was above 30 percent in December 2021. 

  1. Small businesses are more preoccupied with cost relief measures such as business taxes and electricity rates, while larger businesses are more focused on long-term infrastructure, regulatory, and workforce development issues. 

  1. All regions except Northeastern Ontario saw positive employment growth in 2021, though several regions have yet to offset the major job losses seen during the first year of the pandemic. 

 

The sixth annual OER offers unique insights into business perspectives across Ontario. The report is driven by data from our annual Business Confidence Survey (BCS) and economic forecasts for the year ahead. The BCS was conducted online from October 6 to November 19, 2021, attracting responses from 1,513 organizations across Ontario. The OER was made possible by our Landmark Partner, Hydro One, and Research Partners, Golfdale Consulting and Bank of Montreal.  

Read the report. 

About the Ontario Economic Report 

The Ontario Economic Report (OER) is the landmark research platform of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province. The OER is a data-driven, evidence-based document rooted in the OCC’s annual survey of its members, the Business Confidence Survey (BCS). 

 

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