Patti Carr, formerly the Executive Director, until her recent move to the position of VP of Policy and Communications, for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Burnie Gillespie Memorial Award at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) this past weekend in Sarnia, Ontario.
The Burnie Gillespie Memorial Award is the highest honour for a chamber executive in the province. The award is given to a chamber professional who demonstrates excellence in chamber management and outstanding commitment to the community through volunteer service.
Ms Carr stated “it is certainly an honour and provides affirmation that after 29 years of hard work and dedication with the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, that it did not go unnoticed.” While somewhat humbled among this great network of peers that she gets to work with on a regular basis, some of them mentors that have been past winners of this award, she also noted “this work we do is not just an individual effort, we work with a great staff, a great volunteer board of directors, and a great network of Chambers across the province and country; for which I am truly grateful and allows me to provide my best to the chamber, the community and the region.”
Both Patti Carr, VP of Policy and Communications, and Peter Chirico, the new President and CEO for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce were in attendance at the OCC AGM this past weekend. Mr. Chirico stated “this was a complete surprise for Patti and I can’t think of a more dedicated person to receive this award. Chamber management inherently requires a huge commitment to the business community,” said Chirico, “but the Gillespie Award goes further to recognize an individual who goes well beyond the daily requirements of the position and Patti has always demonstrated her commitment to the businesses of our district.”
The award is presented annually to a chamber or board manager whose excellence in chamber management and dedication to community service has led to chamber success. It is named after Burnie Gillespie, a man who devoted his life to volunteering and was a leader among chamber professionals at the community, provincial and national levels for more than 25 years.
“On behalf of the board of directors, we are so pleased to see Patti recognized by her peers in the network,” said Brad Gavan chair of the board of directors. “She is truly a leader for the chamber and very dedicated to people and the community. Much of her volunteer efforts outside the chamber go unnoticed, and as such we are very proud of her accomplishments that are now recognized through this prestigious award.”
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Regional Mayors join the MPs present at the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s media announcement. From left to right: Mayor Peter McIsaac, Powassan; MP Marc Serre, Nickel Belt; MP Anthony Rota, Nipissing-Timiskaming; Mayor Leo Jobin, Chisholm; Mayor Al McDonald, North Bay; Mayor Hec Lavigne, Callander; the Honourable Minister Navdeep Bains, MP Mississauga-Malton; Mayor Al Spacek, Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. Missing from the photo but in attendance: Mayor Peter Murphy, Mattawan.
The Honourable Minister Bains was in North Bay today at Discovery North Bay to announce the launch of the new Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario. A targeted approach to economic development through innovation. The strategy will focus on ways to build on Northern Ontario’s unique strengths and competitive advantages in mining, resources and agriculture, among other sectors.
Navdeep Bains is the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and is also the Minister responsible for FedNor.
With the recent Federal Budget, the funds to FedNor will be increased to $46.13 million per year, which is a $25 million dollar increase over five years, to support businesses and communities in Northern Ontario. Along with the regional strategy for Northern Ontario, the Government of Canada will eventually have its own version of this strategy in every region of the country through the Innovation and Skills Plan.
Minister Bains stated “Each region of our country has unique strengths. That means innovation doesn’t just happen in the big cities—it happens in every region of the country. Where innovation happens matters because that’s where the best jobs are located. Our government’s goal is to promote regional advantages that help our homegrown companies develop into globally competitive successes.”
North Bay, ON, April 5, 2017: Today the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) with the support of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, and other Chambers across the province, sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne calling on the government to take action through Budget 2017 to contain the costs of the cap and trade system to better support Ontario’s business community. At a time of low business confidence across the province, and increasing competition from the United States, rising input costs for Ontario business risk negatively impacting jobs and investment in Nipissing district and across province.
In the letter, the OCC warns that the province must measure the impact of cap and trade among other input costs to fully understand the cumulative burden facing Ontario’s business community. Because businesses are directly affected by the costs associated with cap and trade, the Government of Ontario must ensure that the revenue and design of the system is allocated and developed in a way that supports Ontario’s business community.
“With all the other increasing costs to businesses, the provincial government were quick to add the cap and trade without any regard to what this added cost would mean to businesses,” said Patti Carr, Vice President of Policy and Communications, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. “Along with the OCC, we are calling on the Premier to take action and support our businesses and local economy.”
The OCC has identified four priority actions that would assist the business community to better navigate the cap and trade system:
- Prioritize the allocation of cap and trade revenue for businesses, in addition to other efforts to offset the cost of cap and trade. Making the process to access resources as quickly as possible will be important, especially for smaller businesses who have little time or money to dedicate to program applications.
- Prioritize innovation funding. Many Ontario businesses have already taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Achieving further reductions could be difficult and will often require the implementation of new technologies.
- Create greater post-2020 design certainty. Post-2020 certainty is important for businesses looking to make long-term investments in Ontario.
- Monitor and respond to regional impacts. To ensure the strategic allocation of cap and trade revenues, government should conduct a regional analysis of the impacts.
“Increased input costs imposed on the private sector mean that Ontario risks losing out on jobs and investment, and risks an economically and environmentally damaging shift in production to jurisdictions that are not taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said Graham Henderson, Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “More action must be taken. In all policy decisions, the provincial government must consider how we can prevent exporting jobs while importing pollution.”
The letter is aimed at impacting government policy in Budget 2017, and builds on the OCC’s meetings with senior government officials. These meetings have emphasized the need to ensure Ontario’s businesses remain competitive and confident in the face of a changing economy.
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario’s Chamber Network have engaged in significant advocacy on the cap and trade issue since 2015. This letter builds on the OCC’s earlier communications to government calling on the Ontario Energy Board to disclose cap and trade costs to taxpayers as a line-item on natural gas bills. Last year, the Ontario Chamber Network also called on the government to delay the implementation of the cap and trade system until 2018.
CLICK HERE to read the OCC letter to the Premier.
A special thank you to members, Collins Barrow for providing a detailed commentary on the recent Federal Budget 2017.
Click here for the full document: http://www.collinsbarrow.com/en/cbn/publications/2017-federal-budget-commentary
A warm welcome to Mr. Peter Chirico in his new role with the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO, starting April 10, 2017
Media Release – After an extensive search and a complement of many qualified candidates, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) has selected Peter Chirico as their new President and CEO.
Chair Brad Gavan “welcomes Peter Chirico as the President and CEO of The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. Peter has over 35 years of private and public sector experience that includes strategic planning, working with non-profit organizations, board management, building partnerships, and working with all levels of government. With Peter’s experience, he will be able to lead the Chamber forward in developing and implementing a new five-year Strategic Plan and to provide the voice and services our membership needs. On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors and staff, congratulations Peter and welcome to the team.”
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce currently operates under four pillars to ensure the membership is engaged and benefits from the organization’s mandate to be “the voice of business for the region”. The pillars include: advocacy, connections, growth, and value. In partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, we can advocate at all levels of government. With Peter’s experience in the private and public sectors, our organization is set up for success moving forward. Mr. Chirico stated “opportunities like this don’t come everyday and I’ve never been more excited to take this leadership role with the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and oversee its ongoing success today and into the future”.
The President and CEO has the overall responsibility for the complete operation and staff of the NBDCC as it involves programs, planning, working under the policy guidelines of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and acting in accordance with policies, procedures, and bylaws of the NBDCC.
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce has 3 full time staff, and one contract person that serve more than 840 members in the region. For more than 120 years, this not-for-profit organization has been “the voice of business committed to the enhancement of economic prosperity and quality of life in North Bay and area”.
Natalie Charette was born and raised in the little local community of Callander. She studied Business Administration at Canadore and then decided to pursue her education further by completing her Business Administration degree at Nipissing University.
Natalie is very devoted to growing her career within North Bay. This is why once she found Northern Credit Union it was a sure fit. Natalie has been with Northern Credit Union for almost 3 years now. Last summer she was promoted to the Small Business Account Manager role. This new position allows for Natalie to work with Small Businesses within the community and keep rural Ontario strong, viable and successful. Natalie’s approachable and lighthearted attitude makes her a pleasure to work with.
In her free time Natalie enjoys spending time with family, friends and her puppy Remington. She loves to attend Zumba and Crossfit and can always find her either hiking or snowshoeing depending on the weather.
Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) launched its new policy platform. The Ontario Economic Report will be a permanent institution of the OCC and the successor document to Emerging Stronger. This report will present the collective voice of our membership through the Business Confidence Survey, delve into the economic underpinnings of the province with the Business Prosperity Index and look at the year ahead with the Economic Outlook. CLICK HERE to go to the report.
The North Bay and District is pleased to provide the details of the current search for a President and CEO for the organization.
For full details on the job description, requirements and how to apply, please CLICK HERE.
The deadline for submissions is: Friday, February 10, 2017 by 4:00 pm.
NORTH BAY, ON (January 24, 2017) – Over the past two years, numerous changes have occurred at the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. Since relocating to its new location in Downtown North Bay, reducing the number of board members from 25 to 13 and restructuring to a governance model, the Chamber of Commerce is now poised for further growth opportunities.
Chair Brad Gavan noted “the next steps in solidifying the focus of the Chamber is to seek a new President and CEO for the organization as well as implementing a new Strategic Plan for the next five years.”
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce currently operates under four pillars to ensure the membership is engaged and benefit from the organizations mandate to be the voice of business for the region. The pillars include: advocacy, connections, growth, and value. Due to strong partnerships with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, we are able to advocate at all levels of government. Business connections are imperative in smaller communities and through referrals, networking, and communications this can be achieved. The Chamber always encourages economic growth whether it is through the current membership or with new investment opportunities. Finally, value to the membership is imperative and continues to be top of mind.
Chair Brad Gavan “congratulated the board in its new direction and applauded the long-term efforts by Ms. Patti Carr who has headed the Chamber for over 17 years as Executive Director and having been employed with the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce for 29 years. Without Patti’s knowledge and continuity, we would never have come this far and we have been very fortunate in her assistance to move the Chamber in this direction to a new governance model. The board recognized that a staff shift under this new model was also required, as Patti has been doing much of the role as the head of the Chamber along with the advocacy piece.”
Executive Director Patti Carr stated “I have been very pleased with all the changes and even though I was offered the new position of President and CEO, I felt my strengths would be better served in the Policy and Communications position; something I truly enjoy and I have the skills to achieve better results in this position. I would now have the time to do the advocacy piece to 100%. I truly believe the Chamber and its members would be better served into the future with new blood and new vision and I’m truly looking forward to even more changes to benefit the membership as a whole. I have always looked out for the best interests of the Chamber and the membership, and this change I am confident is a step forward for the organization and of benefit to the business community.”
The Chamber will be posting the employment opportunity on Wednesday. Vice Chair, Charles Elliott of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce has been the lead for this new position and will coordinate a selection committee for the interviews.