YP of the Month – Justin Rancourt, CFP – Investors Group
Justin Rancourt was born and raised in Corbeil, and knew at a young age, that he was destined to work in finance. After more than 10 years in the financial sector, he recently joined Investors Group – North Bay as a bilingual Certified Financial Planner and Independent Wealth Advisor.
Justin has always been dedicated to his clients and quickly moved up the ranks in different financial institutions. He received his mutual fund license and eventually his Certified Financial Planner designation at the age of 23! Less than 11% of Certified Financial Planners are under the age of 35.
Justin is passionate about the financial health of his clients, and supporting his community. He is actively involved with the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation’s annual event Our Hospital Walk/Run, Chamber of Commerce, Young Professional Group, Rotaract and the Rotary Club of North Bay.
A self- proclaimed ‘handy-man’, Justin enjoys repairing and renovating his home and helping his friends and family with theirs. During his time away from the office, you will most likely see Justin at local events, and spending time with his 6 year old son, Zachary exploring our community.
Kristen Hanlon – Sales Manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Bay
I moved to North Bay two years ago after being born and raised in a small town outside the GTA. I used to come to North Bay with my family as a kid and fell in love with the city. I studied Hotel & Restaurant Management at Algonquin College and have been working in the hospitality industry for over 12 years doing everything from Front Desk, Reservations, Banquet to Sales Coordinator.
After living and working in the GTA for several years I decided it was time to move to North Bay as I knew it was where I wanted to be. I was lucky enough to receive an opportunity to be the Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Bay and have been in the same position ever since. My role as the Sales Manager has given me the opportunity to meet many members of the community and take part in local events such as Habitat for Humanity’s Amazing Race.
In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking. I love living in Northern Ontario and look forward to making it my forever home.
Northern Chambers demanding increased affordability and transparency for energy system
In partnership with business leaders from across Northern Ontario, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is urging the province to address the regional challenges posed by the lack of affordability and transparency in energy pricing as it builds its Long-Term Energy Plan 2017 (LTEP).
In a joint submission to the Ontario government’s LTEP review process, which will help form the basis of Ontario’s energy strategy over the next 20 years, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce called on the province to ensure its approach reflects the realities of doing business in the North. Soaring electricity costs have been felt more acutely in the North due to harsher seasonal climates, greater transportation costs, and a larger number of natural-resource-sector firms who are counted among the province’s largest users of energy.
It is crucial that the province consider the growing impact this sector is having on the North’s ability to attract and retain businesses, according to the submission, which was issued in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, and Timmins Chamber of Commerce.
In order to address these concerns, the northern Chambers’ joint submission proposes 12 recommendations, a few of which include the following:
- Include economic development among the principles governing the province’s approach to energy within the LTEP. Economic development should be the first and over-riding principle.
- Increase transparency and offer greater detail on how government will achieve targeted greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, including what support government will offer to businesses so they can remain prosperous while finding innovative solutions to reduce their emissions.
- Clarify the global adjustment (GA) so that ratepayers can better understand their electricity bills. Take steps to reduce the GA as a portion of electricity bills so that businesses are able to see real savings from their conservation efforts.
- Expand access to natural gas pipelines and improve the electricity transmission grid to ensure communities can develop and businesses can afford to invest in Northern Ontario.
- Increase transparency and accountability by publishing additional details about cap and trade; this should include specifying how proceeds from cap and trade will be spent to help transitioning businesses, and publishing regular economic impact assessments on how cap and trade is affecting local businesses and supply chains.
A recent report issued by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Top 3 Obstacles to Small Business Success, indicated that one in 20 Ontario businesses expect to close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices. In addition, 38 percent will see their bottom line shrink, with the cost of electricity delaying or canceling investment in the years to come.
These concerns are only exacerbated by the considerable uncertainties around the implementation of Ontario’s pending cap and trade program, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Despite repeated requests by business, many questions still remain about the full impact of cap and trade, and how proceeds from the program will be spent.
You can find the complete submission and the full list of recommendations put forward by the Northern Ontario chambers of commerce here.
The 2017 Board of Directors was sworn-in to office on Thursday, December 8, 2016 by his worship, Mayor Al McDonald. The executive was then elected that evening. The 2017 Executive is: Chair Brad Gavan, 1st Vice-chair Charles Elliott, 2nd Vice-chair Tanya Bedard, Treasurer Jake Lacourse and Past-chair John Strang. The 2017 Directors include: Thomas Brown, Paul Daigle, Rob Deleo, Elizabeth Evans, Marc Rancourt, Peter Rooney, Andrea Silveri and Ed Valenti.
$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy: North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
Lost Revenue From The Province’s Tourism Industry Impacting Job Creation and Growth
North Bay, ON, November 17, 2016: Today, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates. According to the organization’s report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. While this year has been a strong year for tourism in Ontario, it is important that this recent growth is translated into long-term, sustainable gains in tourism visitation.
“The tourism industry is an important economic driver in North Bay and area as well as in many other communities across the province,” said Jake Lacourse, President of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. “However, through research outlined in this report, we’ve found that Ontario is missing out on significant tourism growth in comparison to international trends. Our local industry and the province as a whole must take steps to boost our reputation as a global destination for foreign visitors and close the tourism gap.”
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce’s report identifies a number of challenges faced by tourism operators and the broader tourism community in Ontario, while presenting a series of action items to address them. The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is encouraged that the government is moving ahead with an action plan for the province’s tourism industry, a key consideration highlighted by its membership.
The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce’s report is clear about the need for any provincial strategy to include measurable targets, a practice currently employed by many successful tourism destinations. These targets would help to organize and coordinate tourism activities amongst the diverse group of public and private tourism organizations in Ontario, another key recommendation of the report.
“Ontario’s tourism sector needs a dedicated strategy driven by the provincial government that not only promotes tourism within Ontario, but also focuses on drawing in visitors from around the world,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “If we can do this successfully, the province will achieve substantial economic gains while keeping up with global growth trends.”
To produce this report, the OCC convened a group of Ontario’s leading thinkers within the tourism community. The report builds on previous initiatives undertaken by members of the tourism industry and further substantiates the need for a focused and measured approach targeted towards supporting the future of tourism in Ontario.
To read the full report CLICK HERE
Thursday, Nov, 17, 2016 (North Bay, ON) – The Capitol Centre Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Phase II of organizational restructuring is underway beginning with a title change at the Executive Level for long-time employee Dee Adrian from General Manager to Executive Director.
Micheal Roth, President of the Board had this to say, “Dee’s heart and soul has helped build this organization and the job title change more accurately reflects her evolving role and responsibilities. “
Phase II of the reorganization has been a broad year long plan to assist the organization in moving and operating in a successful, efficient and sustainable fashion.
“The Capitol Centre is pleased to announce the exciting organizational changes that are happening within the establishment,” says President Roth. “As an evolving organization, several new Board members and staff have joined the organization this past year. All members of the Capitol Centre family look forward to fostering new relationships and strengthening ties within the community.”
Shayn Knapp – Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre North Bay
Shayn moved to North Bay six years ago, having grown up in Stayner, Ontario. He attended Nipissing University in the Business Administration program. He has been a member of the Best Western North Bay for the past three and a half years, recently assuming the role of Sales and Catering Coordinator.
Shayn has worked closely with his mentor Angela Johnston in the sales department, creating opportunities to host conferences, weddings and celebrations for local families and business alike. He enjoys the hospitality industry as not one day is the same as the last; being able to multi-task is essential as each day provides a new challenge. He looks forward to being the Director of Sales and Marketing and filling in the shoes of Mrs. Johnston upon retirement. Best Western is North Bay’s largest hotel and conference center and provides a plethora of catering and venue options to ensure businesses of all sizes have their requests fulfilled. His position as Sales and Catering Coordinator provides him with a unique opportunity to meet with local business men and women on a daily basis and garner a strong understanding of the importance of professional networking within the community.
During Shayn’s free time he enjoys snowboarding in the winter, baseball in the summer and has been playing poker competitively online since the start of his time in University. He is happy to call North Bay his home and looks forward to the opportunities it will present.
Born and raised in North Bay, Ryen Veldhuis returned after completing his post-secondary studies at Laurentian University to pursue his professional development in the summer of 2015.
With nearly five years of experience working in the field of media, as well as his educational background in rhetoric and media studies and communication studies, Ryen made the decision to launch his own local news media company, NorthBayNow.ca.
From there, he built his company, website, contacts, and media strategy, quickly becoming, for many citizens of North Bay, their go-to website for up-to-date local news. Frequent comments praised his commitment around the clock, his resourcefulness, and ability to compete with significantly fewer resources and people at his disposal.
Proof of his success and determination came within six months of an operational website, with monthly views exceeding 200,000 across the region, with readers seeking content from local news, to arts and culture, to sports and so much more.
It was then that Ryen, upon receiving several offers, sold the company and promptly joined BayToday.ca to continue servicing the community in the best way he could—telling the stories of the people who live here. A storyteller at heart, he’s truly at home interviewing and photographing to share the stories of the people he meets.
Ryen has always demonstrated a strong will and determination to move forward and share his vision people of the community, often being praised for his commitment to his hometown by citizens and community leaders alike.
With deep experience and knowledge of media, he is often consulted by other professionals for his expertise in digital marketing, writing, photography, and public speaking.
Despite being active in town for less than a year, Ryen has had a significant impact within North Bay across a wide variety of communities, and he continues to strive to better impact the lives of his neighbours in the future.
A national week celebrating business across Canada. The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce has organized a great week of events with our partners and sponsors. The Canadore College Business Week program of events:
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