Last evening at the regular board meeting of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce were on hand to provide details on the benefits of being a part of the Chamber network across the province.
Charlene Lunney, Vice President, Network & Membership and Josh Hjartarson, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce presented the affinity programs that local chamber members can benefit from as well as the advocacy work that Josh and his team at the OCC have been involved in over the past year.
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce President Jake Lacourse stated “the board has agreed that advocacy is a priority for our members and joining the OCC will not only strengthen the brand, but build a larger voice across the province and add our voice to the network on provincial issues.”
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has been a strong advocate for the Ring of Fire over the past year and is pleased that the province has committed $1 billion towards the project. Other advocacy files that are moving forward include the concerns over the Ontario Registered Pension Plan, pre-budget submission, concerns over Ontario’s debt and deficit and Emerging Stronger – Ontario’s Path from Recovery to Growth.
President Lacourse also noted “the OCC has a number of tangible benefits that our local members can take part in through affinity programs and discounts but we also believe the value we will receive from being part of the network will be a collective voice on policies affecting business.”
Members will start receiving information regarding the tangible benefits the OCC offers that they may want to take part in, along with a number of advocacy items that will benefit businesses as a whole.