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August 2022

The Chamber Announces 2022 Citizen of The Year

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of the businesses, organizations and individuals who make a difference in our community. We are pleased to announce the recipient of the coveted 2022 Citizen of The Year award is Jason Baker.

Jason is known as many names to many people, from “Mr. Landslide” to “Scrapper” to “Coach Jason”, but one term that encompasses how all these people feel about Jason is “A Good Man.” Jason is currently the co-owner of Ketchum Manufacturing and has been since 2016, but his work in strengthening our community is extensive and spans decades. He was involved with the palliative care telethon going so far as chairing it from 1995 until 2005, and local hockey including the Brockville Braves and Brockville Girls Hockey Association (where he was president for 5 years and head coach for 9 years). He has demonstrated consistent, unwavering support of the local legion and Rotary Club of Brockville, and been a loyal donator/supporter of the Winter Classic plus the Brockville & Area Food Bank. Beyond his volunteerism and private donations, Jason Baker is also a very selfless, respected, and generous leader donating much of his hard-earned money and precious time to public service. As a municipal politician, he was a councilor from 1997 until 2018 and served as mayor for the City of Brockville from 2018 until 2021.

 

When the pandemic began, Jason had two very large and energy-consuming commitments with his company and his mayoral duties. This meant he oversaw one of the most tumultuous times in the 21st century and had many looking to him for stability. Jason tirelessly did everything in his power to ensure that his employees were taken care of, the local community could recover, and Leeds & Grenville at-large could rebound. From his company luncheons that brought in food from local eateries or paying for his employee’s bills when out at those same eateries, to his leadership in the St. Lawrence Corridor EDC that saw Greenfield Global, 3M’s new factory, & LeClerc set up facilities in our region bringing new jobs and growth. Even Tourism maintained some level of stability under his watchful eye which included overseeing the now popular River of Lights festival and Theodore Too’s arrival in 2021. The work he did inside and outside of politics was vital to keep our community stable during some of the most unstable times.

 

Jason’s accomplishments are awe-inspiring and his generosity is highly commendable. With his legacy of great achievements, we are so pleased to be able to contribute to it and give Jason Baker this well-deserved and long overdue honour.

 

We look forward to celebrating Citizen of the Year, with Jason Baker’s family and friends at the Awards of Excellence Gala on Thursday, October 20th at the Brockville Memorial Centre. We will also be announcing the recipients for: Business of The Year, Small Business of The Year, Businessperson of The Year, the Community Excellence Award, the Tourism Award, and the Ben TeKamp Award.

 

Seating is limited so please sign up as soon as possible at: HERE

 

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Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce Release their Blueprint to Bolster Ontario’s Prosperity

 

August 8, 2022

 

Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce Release their Blueprint to Bolster Ontario’s Prosperity

 

(Brockville, Ontario – August 8, 2022) – The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) welcomes the return of the Legislature and looks forward to working with Premier Ford, his new cabinet, and all parties to champion the province’s competitiveness, productivity, and growth. To put its members’ concerns’ front and centre as the Legislature returns, the OCC today released its Blueprint to Bolster Ontario’s Prosperity, which provides a letter to each provincial cabinet minister outlining key policy priorities.

 

“Businesses across Leeds Grenville are looking to the government to develop policies that will spur local and regional economic growth and job creation,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director. “The government m­­ust create the right conditions to support business stability, predictability, and confidence. There must be a balance between short-and long-term solutions to address our current and future challenges.”

 

Some key highlights in OCC’s Blueprint to Bolster Ontario’s Prosperity include:

  • Addressing Ontario’s labour market challenges by boosting immigration, removing barriers to labour mobility and introducing workforce development strategies for key sectors such as construction, health care, tourism, and hospitality, and transportation. 
  • Bolstering our health care system by developing a health human resources strategy, delivering on digital health, and addressing backlogs in routine vaccines, diagnostics, and cancer screenings.
  • Continuing to prioritize lowering the administrative burden on business and ensuring that regulation is streamlined and effective.
  • Planning for Ontario’s long-term energy needs to ensure businesses and residents continue to have access to reliable, clean, and affordable energy for generations to come.
  • Propelling housing affordability through increased supply and regulatory reforms to fuel the industry and help organizations attract and retain talent.
  • Advancing regional transportation connectivity and fare integration as well as broadband infrastructure projects in collaboration with the private sector.
  • Modernizing public procurement to support small businesses and equity seeking entrepreneurs to diversify the supply chain.
  • Seizing Ontario’s opportunity to lead in the global green economy by minimizing uncertainty, supporting cleantech, mobilizing clean energy solutions, and strengthening climate adaptation.

“The past few years have been characterized by tremendous uncertainty: a prolonged pandemic, record-high inflation, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and geopolitical turmoil. If we want our economy and people to emerge stronger amid so much uncertainty, Ontario must focus on creating the right conditions to support competitiveness, productivity, and growth,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “We are providing all Ministers with a blueprint for steps that can be taken to ensure we are bolstering Ontario’s prosperity – we look forward to continued collaboration with the Government of Ontario and all parties over the next four years.”

 

The OCC’s blueprint letters includes both policy asks where immediate action is required to support business and foundational recommendations for long-term prosperity and were informed by OCC’s diverse membership.

 

READ THE LETTERS.

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is part of a network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade that exist in virtually every community across Ontario and Canada. The Chamber network consists of 65,000 businesses provincially and 170,000 businesses nationally. Locally, the Chamber has over 300 members and is recognized as this area's official "Voice of Business." This voice is an effective force in influencing issues and legislation affecting your business and our community. It is a membership based and not-for-profit association that is led by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. We support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming. 

About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.

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YPN 40 Under 40 Announcement!

 

 

YPN 40 Under 40

 

Come and celebrate some of the best young people Brockville has to offer with the Young Professionals Network (YPN)! With the final nominations tallied, the winners of the 40 Under 40 will be presented by the YPN at Sunnidell Golf Course, on August 26th!

The night will begin with a appetizer social at 6:00pm until 7:00pm when dinner will be served. At 8:00pm the ceremony officially begins, and the awards will be handed out to the each of the winners. Once that has completed, stick around for some music, dancing, and mini golf! 

This is sure to be a wonderful event, so sign up today with the link to the registration form below! 

https://brockvillechamber.com/Calendar/calendar.phpID=460&command=view&year=2022&month=08&day=26&LANGCODE=EN&pop=Y

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