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Date: August 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Two Day, Two Course, Twosome Challenge | Men’s & Mixed Divisions

Benefiting Dara’s Fund @ The Muskoka Community Foundation – Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell’s Legacy Fund in Support of Muskoka’s Female Athletes
August 19 & 20, 2018 Click  here for more information.

Benefiting Dara’s Fund @ The Muskoka Community Foundation – Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell’s Legacy Fund in Support of Muskoka’s Female Athletes
August 19 & 20, 2018 Click  here for more information.


Date: August 22, 2018 10:00 am

North Bay Farmers Market

Every Wednesday until Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm in front of Discovery North Bay on the cobblestones.

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Date: August 23, 2018 4:30 pm

Business After Hours

Join us for Business After Hours – members and their employees welcome!
Hosted by GD2GO  from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, 375 Foran Street North Bay. Don’t forget your business cards to hand out at this networking social.

Date: August 25, 2018 8:30 am

North Bay Farmers Market

Every Saturday in Lot #10 behind the transit terminal, corner of Wyld and Oak Streets.

From 8:30 am to 1:00 pm until Thanksgiving Weekend.  Final day Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Last week on Wednesday, it was great to attend the Grand Opening and open house at the new consolidated home for Community Living North Bay.  The new building which consolidates it services in one location at the Commerce Court facility, will serve our community well for years to come.  The building has been transformed into a fully integrated hub to assist persons with intellectual disabilities and their families.  What a tremendous job that the staff do and congratulations to those staff, the Board and the families that had the vision and determination to bring this project to fruition.

The completion of this project also marks the end of an era and the start of a new one as well, for Community Living.  Jennifer Valenti, Executive Director of this organization, announced her retirement after some 41 years.  It is fitting that her retirement coincides with the opening of this renovated facility and all the hard work, dedication and commitment that Jennifer has shown throughout her career, will continue in this vital community organization.  Congratulation to all on the opening of the facility and the entire Chamber wishes Jennifer a happy and relaxing retirement, that is so well deserved!

Another great event held on Saturday morning, was the fundraiser for Special Olympics at King Cone/King Putt in support of approximately twenty-five athletes participating in the golf program.  One of these athletes, is Mandy Demers who has qualified for the National Games being held in Nova Scotia next month.  Good luck to Mandy at the games and all your hard work and practice has paid off.  This program is just another example of what our community does to improve the lives of persons in our community, with special needs.  The entire Cundari family, Glenn, Michele and their two children, Nick and Megan, provide these athletes the opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy the game of golf as well, gain the life skills that team work and individual commitment to the sport, teach.  Congratulations to all the athletes and to the Cundari family for their dedication in giving back to their community.

Coming up soon, The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is excited to be participating and promoting, Ignite North Bay “3”.   On June 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Capitol Centre, the third event will be held, and we encourage everyone who is interested in the future of our community to attend.  The event will host 14 speakers who will inform, enlighten or inspire us about their deepest passions.  The event is a venue which allows people to express what they are passionate about and inspire others to embrace their dreams and change communities.  Mark it in your calendar and see what this movement is all about.  Admission is $10,00 per person which is 100% being donated to PADDLE and will include a free refreshment from New Ontario Brewery.

The annual Chamber Golf Tournament in support of the North Bay Community Foundation is just a little over a month away on July 5 at Osprey Links.  The tournament is filling up quickly and there are some hole sponsorships still available.  Get your teams in now and come out for a great day of golf and fun both on and off the course.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.




Last week from Thursday through to Sunday, gymnast’s from across Ontario, were showcased at Nipissing University.  The 20th annual “Sunshine Classic” put on by Gymtrix; Nicki Chretien Mills, Bill Rhoads and Tim Mills.  Over eight hundred athletes converged on North Bay bringing coaches, parents and relatives to our City.  That was a great boost to our business economy and another great example of what Sports Tourism means to this area.  Meals, hotels, and visiting many of our stores while in North Bay, is a great annual start to our summer season of welcoming visitors to this region.

As long-time members of the Chamber, we want to congratulate Nicki, Tim and Bill along with the tremendous coaches and volunteers that surround them and this event, each year.  The organizing of an event of this size and calibre, starts right after the previous years competition and culminates with the kick off the next one.  It has been a labour of love for this organization and when you see the faces and smiles of the competitors/teams, being introduced at the opening ceremonies, we know what drives them to continue with this tradition.  Congratulations to all on a great job!

Along with the warmer weather finally arriving, it is great to see the number of people out on the weekends visiting the local farmers and artisan’s markets that take advantage of the great weather.  The North Bay Farmers’ Market held last Wednesday and Saturday mornings, were very busy places and so nice to see people out shopping and visiting, after to long winter.  The North Bay Farmers’ Market will be each Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer until the Thanksgiving weekend, check out their schedule at   As well, last Friday evening at the waterfront, The Artisans Way kicked off their first evening event of the season.  Many people enjoyed the shopping experience in one of the most beautiful settings, that events like this can be held.  Visit their website at to see when the next evening event will be held.

Don’t forget to visit the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company and the Discovery North Bay Museum.  Both are great places to bring out the kid in you and again thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make North Bay what it is.  We have so many opportunities when it comes to leisure activities at our waterfront and we encourage all to come down and bring family and friends, as it is a great place to spend some time.

We look forward to the start of the DIA summer events, with many planned over the upcoming months.  Jeff and his board continue to work diligently to promote our downtown shopping, dinning and arts culture/venues and it is nice to see the sidewalk patios opening for the summer.  We hope that all our members, citizens and visitors take some time this summer to wander around our downtown and take a walk around our amazing waterfront.  Our Heritage Gardeners have done a tremendous job again and the entire waterfront is a welcoming place for all.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

At the recent Your TV “Behind the Ballot” Candidates Debate, a number of questions submitted by the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce were not asked due to time limitations.

We provided the opportunity to all candidates to answer these important business questions, so that we could share the answers with our members in the Nipissing region.

Many of the questions were based on the consultations with our members and others across the network, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce developed Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial campaign.  This product is designed to provide Ontario with a strategy to leverage our advantages and strengthen our global competitiveness.

Three of the six candidates chose to respond to the questions.  Please click on each candidate below to read their answers.

Victor Fedeli

Henri Giroux

Stephen Glass

We thank all the candidates for putting their names forward in this important election and we encourage everyone to get out and vote on Thursday, June 7th, 2018.  If you require information on how or where to vote, please visit Elections Ontario.

The countdown continues.  Less than three weeks from today, voters from across Ontario will head to the polls, to determine how Ontario will be governed for the next four years.  The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce encourages all eligible voters to make sure that they are registered and get out to vote on June 7, 2018.   We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the ability to vote and it is a personal responsibility for all of us.

As the “Voice of Business”, the Chamber has been looking at the various platforms and as we have referenced in the past, working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on the “Vote Prosperity” platform.  The campaign is based on surveys of over a thousand businesses in Ontario and conducted each year, over the past couple of years.  Although many of the statistics quoted by Government over the same period show the economy doing better than most, there are many underlying facts and factors, that are not reflective of those same stats.

We have seen business confidence in the economy drop and this has been evident by the surveys over the last two years.  This is extremely important to the business community as it reflects the lack of confidence, which usually means lack of investment or expenditures on growth.  Couple this with the present regulations to do business in this Province and we are seeing and hearing that it is not an attractive place to do business.  That is why this upcoming election is important to all of us.

Without investment and growth, this Province will not be able to tackle the many issues that need to be addressed.  If we continue to spend without the prerequisite growth, we will have no alternative but, to pay more in taxes and that will surely erode further confidence and therefore investment, in the business community.  Small and medium size businesses in Ontario are the backbone of this Province and according to the Ontario Chambers survey’s, they do not want further regulations and feel overtaxed already.

The Provincial debt load is staggering and continuing the same path will not make things easier in the future.  Look at each of the party’s platforms and the individuals running for election in our ridings.  We encourage our members to write the individuals and ask them directly; “how are they are going to return our Province to prosperity?”.  At election time, promises are plenty, but details are sparse.  The devil is always in the details and if you are not informed it will be difficult to decide on where we are going.  One thing that is for sure, we do not need further taxation, we can not expect to grow if we are going backwards.

Check out the Vote Prosperity platform

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Read about the candidates that submitted their platforms and contact information for the debate.

CLICK HERE for the booklet.

Last week officially started the Provincial election campaign to determine the future of our Province.  Over the next four weeks, it is imperative that every voter in this Province, look at the platforms of each party and decide which one will lead us through the next four years.  The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce encourages all legal age residents to make sure they are registered to vote and more so, get out to vote on June 7.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 15, 2018), the Chamber with YourTV will host and televise the first area debate at Ecole Secondaire Publique Odyssee, commencing at 7:00 p.m.  The evening will be moderated by Mike Monaghan from 106.3 FM-The Moose and should generate some interesting debate amongst the candidates.  It will be televised live on YourTV North Bay and will be re-aired up until the election.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce encourages all businesses to review the Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Vote for Prosperity” 2018 election campaign.  The campaign focuses on returning confidence to our business sector in this Province, which has seen a marked decrease in that confidence, according to business surveys conducted over the past few years by the Ontario Chamber.  The campaign focuses on four pillars; Strengthening Business Competitiveness, Fostering Job Creation, Building Healthy Communities and Improving Government Accountability.  All parties have been asked to provide their positions based on the four pillars.  Check the campaign and updates at

Over the past week, our Board had some changes as well.  Due to work commitments in her new role with Chartwell Retirement Residences, Elizabeth Evans reluctantly, resigned.  We wish Elizabeth the very best and a huge thank you to her, for the dedication and work ethic that she brought to the Board.  Given the vacancy, the Board announced last Thursday, the appointment of Tessa Clermont, Executive Director with the Military Family Resource Centre to fill the vacancy.  We are looking forward to welcoming Tessa to the Board and the skill sets that she brings.  Congratulations and welcome to Tessa.

As the warm weather starts to show up on a more consistent basis, we want to remind our community that the annual North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Tournament is coming up on July 5.  Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the North Bay & Area Community Foundation for the second year in a row and they are a deserving cause who assist so many other groups throughout our district.  Our thanks to our major sponsor, Deacon Wealth Management who have promised excellent weather for the day.  Some sponsorship packages are available but are filling up fast.  Give us a call at the Chamber office and enter your foursome for a great day of golf and comradery.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Last month marked my first full year with the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.  From a personal perspective, it has been a great learning experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.   Patti Carr, Sue Adams and Carol Porter are three colleagues who, in my opinion, anyone would be grateful to work with.  They have been the heart and soul of the Chamber, for the better part of the last three decades and do so much, for our business community each and every day.  I am fortunate to work with the best.

I have also had the pleasure of working with a dedicated Board of Directors who give so much back to our communities, day in and day out.  These volunteers from our business community, promote the Chamber everywhere they go and have provided excellent direction and sage advice.  All of them provide a variety of expertise and experience, which they bring to the Chamber table.  Our business communities are well served by the individuals that comprise our Board and again, I am fortunate to work with the best.

Last week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting and Conference and was hosted in Hamilton.  Policy debate and setting the course for the next year, was top of the list for Chamber members from across Ontario.  Much focus was given to the upcoming Provincial election and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Vote for Prosperity” campaign.  The campaign outlines the business community’s concerns and lack of confidence in the Provincial economy.  Over a thousand businesses from across Ontario were surveyed and the results of that survey formed the basis for the campaign.

It is obviously very timely, with the election coming early next month.  All parties have been provided with this information and soon it will be put out to all candidates in their individual ridings.  The Ontario Chamber will be providing updates to all our members, as the parties roll out their platforms over the next few weeks.  The business community will be watching closely, as their confidence in the economy has seen a substantial drop over the previous year.  Links to the Ontario Chamber “Vote for Prosperity” campaign can be accessed through our website

Next week, in conjunction with YourTV North Bay (Cogeco), the Chamber will host a Meet the Candidates Debate.  This will air on Your TV North Bay on Tuesday May the 15th at 7:00p.m.  Make sure you save the date and hear what the candidates have to say about the future of our riding and our Province.  Thanks to YourTV North Bay for making this possible.

Also, over the next six to seven weeks, people in our area will hear more and more about “Ignite North Bay”.  Nothing to be worried about, as no explosives are involved but rather an emerging grass roots effort to inspire our community.  Stay tuned….more to come!

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario’s Business Advocate mobilizes around election priorities in 135 communities across the province

 North Bay, ON – May 3, 2018 – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) and the Chamber network across the province are mobilizing this election to bring their recommendations in Vote Prosperity to political leaders and local candidates. Over the course of the campaign, local chambers and boards of trade will be boldly pushing the Vote Prosperity message through a debate, and stakeholder meetings.

“The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and local chambers and boards of trade across the province have been advocating tirelessly with candidates and elected officials, highlighting business priorities for this election,” said Peter Chirico, President & CEO. “We are willing to work with whichever party makes up the next government and it will be important that the provincial government works with business to ensure a strong economy, especially for the businesses in our region.  During the election campaign, we will continue our efforts, and ask for local candidates to adopt our economic plan that will help strengthen businesses competitiveness, foster job creation, build healthy communities and improve government accountability.”

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Your TV – North Bay (Cogeco) will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Debate on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, which will have a focus on the Vote Prosperity message, as a portion of the debate questions.

With industry feeling the impacts of the increasing cumulative burden, the OCC and the NBDCC have also warned that Ontario’s next government must be committed to taking bold action in providing pro-growth policy solutions.

“Ontario has the foundation for sustainable and equitable growth. But, bold action and leadership will be required of the newly elected Government of Ontario, whether it is Liberal, PC or NDP,” added Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Vote Prosperity is based on four pillars for Ontario:

  1. Strengthen business competitiveness: Rising input costs, especially those costs deriving from government regulation and policy, are the most common and acute concern of the business community in Ontario.
  2. Foster Job Creation: A robust labour market consisting of good jobs is essential to prosperity for all Ontarians.
  3. Build Healthy Communities: Building strong communities through adequate and affordable housing, sustainable health care, and good infrastructure also supports business prosperity and growth, which supports those communities.
  4. Improve Government Accountability: Poor implementation of government initiatives can result in resource waste, political frustration, and disruption for ordinary citizens, as demonstrated by a series of policy failures under governments of all political stripes.

The platform provides eighteen unique recommendations that will help bolster Ontario’s long-term economic future, while also addressing the pressing issues the province currently faces.

The full list of recommendations in Vote Prosperity can be found at

At last weeks City Council Committee meeting, Community Services Committee brought forward it’s support for increased funding to the City’s various Community Improvement Programs.  The various programs have been used to assist with development/re-development of specific areas of our City and are covered under the Downtown CIP, Airport CIP and to a lesser amount, the Brownfield CIP.

According to the report to Council, the various programs have been successful in attracting, creating, or retaining over 300 jobs and leverage the amount invested at seven dollars for each dollar invested.  Long term tax revenues and assessment growth have seen and will see good returns as well, on the funds invested to these areas.  These programs as well, have assisted the City’s Economic Development Department in attracting new investment to our City.

It appears from the report that demand is high and numerous applications are pending, with present reserves not sufficient to fund.  The additional two hundred and fifty thousand dollars will allow for the continuation of these important programs.  The Chamber supports this recommendation and considers this an important investment in our community.  The recommendation will be brought forward to Council next week for approval and the business community will await the outcome.

As a result of the recommendation and the ensuing discussion at the Committee table, revitalization of the West Ferris/Lakeshore Drive area was brought to the forefront.  The Lakeshore Drive corridor has taken its share of hits over the past number of years and any relief or incentives that might help attract new investment and assessment growth, are needed.  From initial comments at the Committee meeting there appears to be a collective willingness to look at the various options.

While the possibility of an area specific CIP for the West Ferris/Lakeshore Drive area will assist, it is part of a larger discussion that should include other incentives that might attract new investment.  Whether it be waiver of demolition charges for improvements to properties or where and when development charges are required, should be discussed as part of the long-term strategy.  Attracting investment to revitalize the commercial areas in West Ferris, will require new strategies and tools for Council to utilize.  As stated earlier, it appears that Council will support initiatives that will help.

The Board of Directors, Members and staff of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce extend our sincerest condolences to all the families affected by the tragic events that happened in Toronto last week.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.


Last week, The Capitol Centre held its Annual General Meeting and announced its financial results for 2017.  As we know from the various media sources, 2017 was a disappointing year and there is no doubt that the volunteer Board and staff will be working diligently to reverse this trend.  The Capitol Centre is an important part of our community and more so, the heart of our downtown core.

We are very fortunate to have a performing arts centre in our City and the support of the community is essential to its survival.  The economic downturn in mining, forestry and ancillary services over the past number of years, has had its effects on our entire district.  The lack of disposable income to support these types of venues, through this recession, is more likely than not, one of the major factors that is the root cause.

Hopefully, with the upturn in the mining and forestry sectors, the trend will be reversed, and the Capitol Centre will see the direct benefit of this economic recovery.  The Mayor and City Council have been very supportive of this City owned asset and have always recognized its importance to not only our City, but all our surrounding municipalities. It has been and will continue to be a gathering place for our Arts and Culture community and vitally important for our downtown.

Also last week, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce hosted Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  Despite adverse weather conditions, Karl made his way to North Bay to present the Chamber’s Ontario Economic Report.  This report completed by the Ontario Chamber, represents the collective voice of the grassroots Chamber’s membership through the Business Confidence Survey, which provides the Business Prosperity Index and the Economic Outlook. It also detailed the Chamber’s policy priorities for the coming year, based on economic research and consultation with their members.

The report which can be accessed at provides much needed context for the business community,  as we approach the upcoming Provincial election.  The report outlines many issues that we are facing as a province and provides a basis for the Ontario Chambers “Vote Prosperity” campaign.  This campaign will challenge all parties to provide their platforms, on how they will return the province to a place of prosperity and opportunity.  The Ontario Chamber of Commerce survey results, for the past two years, have indicated that confidence in the Province has declined substantially within our business community.

It is an interesting read for all and we will continue to update our members, as the policy details are rolled out from all parties.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce