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Date: December 13, 2018 5:15 pm

Chamber Board Meeting

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce board meetings are normally held the second Thursday of the month at 5:15 pm at the Chamber office boardroom.  Please call for details, as from time to time, dates and times change.

Date: December 13, 2018 7:00 pm

North Bay Battalion Regular Season Game

2018-2019 Season First Exhibition Game

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Date: December 17, 2018 5:00 pm

Christmas Train 2018

Celebrate with Ontario Northland at the North Bay Station “Brighten the Night” – Monday, December 17, 2018 at 5 pm. Non-perishable food items gratefully accepted for area food banks. Also Brighten the Night foam light-up sticks $5 – proceeds going to local charities.


Celebrate with Ontario Northland at the North Bay Station “Brighten the Night” – Monday, December 17, 2018 at 5 pm. Non-perishable food items gratefully accepted for area food banks. Also Brighten the Night foam light-up sticks $5 – proceeds going to local charities.

For the full schedule of stops this season click here.


Over the past couple of months, we have had a chance to meet and learn about many of the candidates that have put their names forward for the upcoming municipal election on October 22.  Through the more formal debates, meet and greets, and public events that have taken place, both incumbents and hopefuls have had the opportunity to get their platforms out in front of the voters in their respective communities.  The run up to the election over the next two weeks will no doubt see and hear the reasons why you should elect these individuals.  This is true for each municipality, including school boards and councils.

It is incumbent on each and every one of us, as voters, to get out and vote, but also, be informed what each of the candidates, will bring to the table.  After Election Day, those that are successful in their campaigns will be our representatives in our municipalities, for the next four years.  That it is why, it is so important that we know who we are electing and what they stand for.  For anyone that has been following the campaigns, it appears that there are two specific camps that candidates are aligning themselves with, whether it is at the municipal or school board level.  According to what we have seen to date, it looks like those that want change or those that wish to see things remain the same.

There is always need for change and development of new ideas, but change just for the sake of change, can sometimes be a step back.  That is why it is necessary to know who you are voting for and especially what their vision for the next four years is going to be.  These visions will shape the next term and for the most part, influence where our communities will be heading.  There is a tendency for incumbents to defend their past decisions and that same tendency on the part of challengers, to question them.  There certainly is a need for some of this back and forth debate, but if we want to grow as communities, my vote will be on those with vision and the ability to work together, for the benefit of our communities.

With this in mind, many of voters that we have met during the events for candidates continue to ask for advice and information, on the election.  One of the more frequent questions that continue to circulate and be asked is one concerning “How many candidates do I vote for?”  This brings up the topic surrounding strategic voting.   Strategic voting takes place when individual voters, only vote for a limited number of candidates and thereby concentrating votes on specific candidates.  This type of voting, in theory, increases the probability of specific candidates being elected.  Voters need to be reminded that in the case of the City of North Bay, you do not need to vote for all ten council positions available.  You can choose up to ten council candidates however; a concentrated vote on candidates that share your vision, remains a very viable option.

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

Last Wednesday night, The City of North Bay hosted the annual Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA), at the North Bay Granite Club.  This gala awards night, which is put on annually by Michael Atkins and his team at Northern Ontario Business, celebrates the achievements of our business community and business leaders, in Northern Ontario.  This event held every year for the past 32 years, is hosted by a different community each year and it was fitting that the City of North Bay hosted the 2018 event, at the Granite Club.  Bobby Ray and his staff at the Granite Club transformed the facility into a beautiful venue for the evening of celebration.

It was an evening of showcasing the business community of Northern Ontario.  North Bay held its own against the competition from our neighbours to the west and north, picking up four of the prestigious awards.  Congratulations to Mark Weckwerth and his team from Bay Roofing-Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Lindsay Sarazin of Wolf Eye Productions-First Nations Business Award of Excellence along with Dave and Jade Nighbor of 9 Lives Design Inc.-Company of the Year 1-15 employees.  The Judges Choice award, also came home to North Bay and the location of the event, proved to be a fitting one.

The Judges Choice award, was the last of the evening and was presented to Mark Brown, Dave Bennett and Rick Miller, representing the Planning Committee for the World Women’s Curling Championship held earlier this year.  The Planning Committee graciously accepted this award on behalf of the over 400 community volunteers, who made this event an outstanding success.  The nine-day event broke attendance records from prior events held in many major cities across Canada.  Not only did it smash attendance records, but it also pumped an estimated seven million dollars into our local economy.  The host club, the North Bay Granite Club, was the appropriate venue to host this celebration of the business communities, from across the north.

After the awards were presented and the crowds gone, it is refreshing to note that North Bay has some truly amazing entrepreneurs and business people that can compete, anywhere.  As a community, the same is true.  The spirit and electricity that surrounded the World Women’s Curling in March and recognized with last weeks Northern Ontario Business Awards, is something that we should all be proud of.  Our citizens and volunteers, from both the City proper and neighbouring communities, showed what Northern hospitality is all about.  Pride in our community is recognized and especially by other communities.  Congratulations to the nominees and winners of the awards, but especially our hometown winners…you did us proud!!!

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



Another week, another great announcement coming out of the City on Thursday.  The proposed fifteen-million-dollar condominium development, that was unveiled, is good news for the City.  The staged development for three condominium buildings of 21 units each, is a perfect fit for our waterfront and with the proximity to downtown, should assist with the continued revitalization of our City’s core.  By bringing people back downtown to live, the ancillary services, will soon follow.

For the past fifteen or so years, the City has been attempting to market the property for a variety of projects, but none have been able to break through the environmental issues that have dogged the property.  With advances in environmental technologies over the past number of years and time itself, it appears that New Vision Park Properties Inc, of Sudbury, has figured it out and believes they can make this work.  We are hopeful that it will proceed.

The pundits will no doubt have a bit of a field day with this one given the fact that the proposed sale price is twenty-five thousand dollars.  At first glance this appears to be a relatively low sale price for property located next to Lake Nipissing but as with most things, the devil is in the details.  The environmental clean up of this property has been the major issue surrounding this prime real estate and the reason that development has been slow.  If memory serves me correctly, back in approximately 2006-07, it was estimated that the clean up would cost in the neighbourhood of two and one half million dollars.  Certainly not chump change.  Add that to the sale price and one can hopefully connect the dots.

There will always be detractors when it comes to development.  Many of these detractors are the same ones who complain about tax increases, possible service level reductions and those that wish no development near the waterfront.  The facts are simple:  if we wish to retain our quality of life and the services that we presently have, we must grow and generate additional tax revenues, to meet the expectations of our citizens.  That is not only true of this City, but of many of our neighbouring municipalities and virtually every community outside the GTA, that are not high growth communities.

Investments by private developers and businesses are key to the future prosperity of our community.  A broader tax base in the commercial and industrial sectors will help offset the need for increased residential taxation, in the future.  The announcements both last week and the previous week, are a great start and hopefully the trend will continue.  It is after all, our future.

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



Congratulations go out to Luc Stang and his entire team at Gincor Truck & Trailer Werx, on being named as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, for a fourth year in a row.  This is quite an accomplishment, not only to be recognized once, but for four consecutive years, outstanding.  The Gincor team, with its head office located in Mattawa, is a real success story that has been achieved through hard work, determination and teamwork.  The entire region is proud of your accomplishments.

It was a pleasure to host the ground-breaking ceremonies at the Airport Industrial Park with Invest North Bay and the Economic Development department from the City of North Bay.  The addition of upwards of forty jobs and the establishment of a new business to North Bay is always an exciting day.

The company, Canada Meat Group Inc. are new to Canada from Kiev, Ukraine and will operate a meat processing plant and cold storage facility.  The Chamber and its members extend a big welcome to North Bay, for our new Ukrainian residents.

Last Tuesday evening at the Grande Event Centre, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Meet and Greet” for candidates vying for a seat on North Bay City Council, along with the candidates for the Mayoral seat.  The event attracted a crowd of about 500 interested citizens, taking the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, in an informal setting.  Lots of interaction and discussion amongst the attendees and most came away with a better insight into each of the candidate’s platforms and vision for the future.

With the municipal elections just over six weeks away, the Chamber will also be hosting a series of “Meet & Greet” in many of the municipalities that make up our catchment area. Visit our website at, to find out when and where these will be held and profiles of the candidates that have registered for our events.  Thanks to Chamber staff Patti, Sue and Carol for an amazing job, as always, and to Kelli and The Grande Event Centre staff, for hosting us in our kick-off event.   The Chamber and YourTV will be co-hosting a live Mayoral debate on October 4th starting at 7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for September 27th when Ignite North Bay returns to the Capitol Centre.  This will be the fourth event and for anyone that hasn’t attended or watched the re-broadcast of past events, come and be inspired.  This is not a sales pitch or infomercial of any type.  These are real people, telling real stories, about real life.  It is truly an uplifting experience that can change or challenge, the way we think about our community.  Try it, I am sure you will like it.

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

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide the opportunity for the constituents in Papineau-Cameron with information on the candidates that provided submissions, you can click HERE to read the Papineau-Cameron bios/platforms.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to provide other area Municipalities and candidates who have provided their information:

Callander – click HERE

Bonfield – click HERE

Calvin – click HERE

Make sure you are on the voters list at or call your municipality.

NBay election 2018 booklet for website Tonight’s Meet and Greet will have copies of the booklet.  If you prefer to view it online, please click HERE.

2018 Candidates for the City of North Bay Municipal Election.

A quick reminder for all residents of North Bay, that tomorrow night is “Chamber Meet & Greet the Candidates” night at the Grande Event Centre.  The event commences at 6:00 p.m. and will run through until 8:00 p.m.  Members of the public will have a chance to ask questions of all candidates running for council and Mayoral candidates who have registered for the event.  Although this is not a formal debate, it will allow the voting public to meet the candidates and discuss their platforms for the upcoming municipal election.  We encourage all to drop in and visit with the candidates.

For the past few weeks, we have been surveying our membership regarding the upcoming election.  Our survey is asking our business community, from across our district, “What are the issues they are concerned about, in their individual municipalities?”.  We have had tremendous response from our members and from the general-public, as well.  The survey is open for anyone to provide their input and will be open until Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.  If you are interested in participating in our survey, please access through our website @

Last Tuesday’s Council meeting was, the final meeting before the election.  During the meeting, among other items for discussion and decisions, the Transient Accommodation Tax proposal was discussed and unanimously passed by City Council.  From a business perspective, this was timely, and the support received by Council will go a long way in promoting our City to the world.  As many municipalities adopt the Provincial Legislation to impose the tax, it is important that we level the playing field and compete on an equal footing.  You can be assured that every other municipality will be and have been, competing for the tourist dollars and that includes all forms of tourism.  Congratulations to Council for recognizing the importance of this item.

The “tax” which will be added to accommodation bills will eventually, probably be charged by every municipality in the Province.  Yes, it is a tax however, will not be funded directly, by the municipal tax rolls.  It will provide a stream of funds that will be utilized to promote our City and allow for dedicated funds to the City, for “Tourism” infrastructure projects that Council may want to proceed with.  We at the Chamber, look forward to working with Tourism North Bay in the future to attract and promote our City and District, to the ever-shrinking world.

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

By the time this column goes to print, the Labour Day weekend will be a thing of the past and a new school year will have started.  For some it will be much too soon, but for others, the start of a new adventure.  Welcome back to all of our Canadore College, Nipissing University and Canadian Career College students.  For the returning students, welcome back and to all of the new residents to our City, we hope you enjoy your new home.

Over the past week, the Colleges and University have all been, bee hives of activities, after a summer of slower student attendance.  Driving in the area during this past few days, many out of town and a surprising number of out of Province visitors have been spotted trying to navigate around the City.  Restaurants have been full, hotel rooms booked and grocery stores have been busier than usual, with the influx of the collective student bodies.

Frosh week activities will have been well under way and if you were out and about on the weekend, you would have seen a number of events which the students participated during the Frosh Week celebrations.  The students could be seen at almost every gas station, grocery store and downtown, including the waterfront, raising money for charity, which has become an annual rite of passage that brings a lot of life back into the City.  Congratulations on yet another successful Frosh week and as well, raising funds that support important charity work in our community.

On a sadder note, the Chamber column was completed last week, prior to the passing of long-time Manager of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Glen DeVuono.  Glen spent thirty-three years of his employment career, managing the Chamber of Commerce and shaping it into what, it has evolved in to, today.  Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Glen well, he was highly regarded by his peers, friends and acquaintances, from every walk of life.  He worked tirelessly to improve his community and was involved in almost any project or cause before, during and after his tenure at the Chamber.

Glen mentored many of our current politicians during their tenures as members, of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and always provided sage advice. To the entire DeVuono family and good friend Patti Carr, our sincerest condolences.  He will certainly be missed. There will be a celebration of Glen’s life taking place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Bay Granite Club.

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

DEVUONO, Glen Dale

Dean, David and Perry DeVuono announce, with sorrow, the passing of their father, Glen Dale DeVuono at the age of 81 on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Born in North Bay June 2, 1937.  He was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Paddy DeVuono and is survived by his sister Angie Ballantyne of Sault Ste. Marie.  Glen will be missed by his grandchildren, Alex, Avery, James, Brandon, Jarryd, Ryan, Brianne, Ben and Shantel.

Glen was Manager of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce for 33 years and was proud of having been part of a small group of Chamber Members who began development of our lakefront in 1975, by carving a beach and playground from what was a junkyard and jungle.  Glen was a 50-year club curler, a member of a fiercely competitive bridge group and spent countless hours enjoying the log cabin which he built in Chisholm in 1979.

In his earlier years, Glen was Manager of the Sault Star Wawa Bureau, Past President of the Wawa Lions Club and Honourary Member of Branch 429 Royal Canadian Legion.

He leaves behind best friends Victor Fedeli, Patti Carr, Sue Ortepi and Amy Nimens.  Thank you for a thousand acts of kindness.

The family, Dean (Cindy), David (Moreen), Perry (Sue) and “daughter” Patti would like to thank the nurses of the renal dialysis clinic and the nurses of C1 who have given great care to our father.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Bay Humane Society, Nipissing Serenity Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place.  At Glen’s request, there is no funeral or visitation.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the North Bay Granite Club from 1 pm to 4 pm.  We hope old friends, past curling colleagues, and Chamber friends that can attend, will stop by.

Arrangements entrusted to Martyn Funeral Home.