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Chamber Events Table of Contents THE OAKVILLE CHAMBER
Your Chamber TEAM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Sonny Jelinek, Jelinek Cork Group
Mark A. Brown, Coldwell Banker Commercial Integrity
Real Estate Brokerage
VICE CHAIR Orla Johnston, SOCS Retail Solutions Inc.
VICE CHAIR Wendy Rinella, First Canadian Title
Message from TREASURER Barry Wylie, The Canadian Club of Halton/Peel
The Chair & Elaine Holding, SB Partners LLP
Members of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce attended Oakville Councillor Mary Chapin (left) with Chamber Vice The President
a dinner on October 15 with a number of consul generals. Chair Orla Johnston (centre) and Chamber Past Chair John IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Aby Alameddine, Core Marketing Strategies
Sonny Jelinek, Oakville Chamber of Commerce Chair with Breakey (right) at the Oakville Gallery for an advisory group
Kevin M. Johnson, US Consul General. meeting to discuss the economic potential of creative DIRECTORS Sharon Aitken, Sheridan College Institute of Technology
industries in Oakville. and Advanced Learning
Darla Campbell, amonavi consulting group inc.
Kerry Colborne, Business Development Bank of Canada
Jason Gervais Gerry Popp, Grant Thornton LLP
Julia Hanna, Ristorante Julia, Ritorno
Peter Turkington, Strategic Communications Solutions
SB Partners 9 Cameron Neil, Feltmate, Delibato, Heagle LLP
Rick Burns, Whole Foods Market
Steve Howse, Millington & Associates Inc./ DeGroote
School of Business, McMaster University
55th Annual Chair’s Maureen Tilson Dyment, Cogeco Cable Canada LP
Dinner Event Caroline Hughes, Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
Good Morning Oakville was held at the Holiday Inn –
Oakville Centre on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL ADMINISTRATION 905.845.6613
GENERAL MEETING October 3-5, 2009, Victoria, BC
Sonny Jelinek, Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Small Business PRESIDENT John Sawyer, ext. 31
with the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, Canadian Week 2009 email@example.com
Chamber of Commerce.
OFFICE MANAGER Sharon Molloy, ext. 25
Government Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federal Minister of Science and Technology
visited Oakville on October 14.
Committee 17 MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT
Karen Pomfret, ext. 23
(L to R): Oakville Chamber of Commerce Director Peter COMMUNICATIONS & Joanne Scattolon, ext. 21
Turkington, Oakville Chair of the Board Sonny Jelinek,
Federal Minister for Science & Technology Gary
Chamber ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR email@example.com
Events EVENTS, MARKETING &
Goodyear, Oakville MP Terence Young Nesrene Salem, ext. 28
COMMITTEE COORDINATOR firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, Lorraine Tonkens, ext. 22
15th OABE MAGAZINE & SPONSORSHIP email@example.com
April 8, 2010 Cover Photo courtesy of
Kay Woollam Photography
Call for Nominations Contact Us: We have an active and effective Advocacy Committee.
Review the Categories and Nominate online at: www.oabe.ca 2521 Wyecroft Road If you have an advocacy issue that you feel would be of interest or benefit
Deadline for nominations is December 15, 2009 to a broad range of our members, we would like to hear from you.
905.845.6613 Please contact Advocacy Committee Chair Wendy Rinella care of firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from The Chair Government Relations
& Advocacy Committee
REPORT ON GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
As a community, Oakville has an interesting, proud AND ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES
Katherine Hollinsworth Wendy Rinella
and rich history. But today, our members Committee News Policy Analyst Chair
increasingly express concern about the future of our Following a successful run as Co-Chair, the Chamber is pleased to drive-throughs. The extension was granted.
Town. Everyday, over 63% of our population congratulate Wendy Rinella as the newly appointed Chair of the Town of Oakville 2010 Budget
commutes away because they can not find Government Relations and Advocacy Committee. Wendy is also a Katherine Hollinsworth attended the Presentation of draft
Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. In addition, Wendy represents
employment suitable for their level of education or the Chamber as a member of the Town's Sustainability Committee.
budget to the Budget Committee – November 5;
experience here in Oakville. This mass daily exodus Budget Committee meetings on November 9 and 19;
Many thanks to Mark Brown for his role as Advocacy Committee Public delegations commence November 12;
creates stress on the environment in the form of Co-Chair. Mark is also a Vice Chair with the Chamber. We appreciate Budget Committee passes Budget November 25;
commuter pollution, not to mention traffic delays; it his ongoing efforts with Town Council on the Chamber’s behalf. Council Budget Decisions – November 30.
Sonny Jelinek John Sawyer means personal spending takes place in other
Chair of the Board President Town of Oakville Economic Development Canadian Chamber
communities, away from our main street and our The Chamber congratulates the Town’s Economic Development Canadian Chamber policies were decided at the Annual General
shopping areas; it erodes the sense of community; it department for winning the EDAC/RBC Financial Group Meeting in Victoria B.C. on October 5. The conference was attended
The following address was presented by Sonny contributes to the worry that Oakville will come to Economic Development Achievement of the Year award from the by John Sawyer and Sonny Jelinek.
Jelinek, Chair of the Board of the Oakville Chamber be known only as a ‘bedroom community’ — just Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) at their
annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Halton Region Official Plan Amendments (ROPA)
of Commerce, to Oakville Town Council on another place to sleep and nothing more. A ROPA can be for a policy change that affects all or part of the
November 2, 2009. Dorothy St. George, Director of Economic Development, joined us at Region. While the Official Plan can be reviewed at any time, the
the October 15 Advocacy Committee meeting to discuss her Planning Act mandates the review of approved Official Plans every
This is not the future anyone here wants for our department’s progress with the implementation of the Economic five years. If that review identifies changes to be made they may be
The Oakville Chamber represents over 1100
Town. It is not the future that is wanted by our Development Strategic Plan. Dorothy explained the department’s implemented through a ROPA, which may address a wide range of
business members who employ more than 33,000 efforts to improve customer service for applicants who need to do
members. I want to assure Council that we will be change.
people. We are one of the largest organizations of business at the Town. Listed below are some of the plan’s initiatives:
fully engaged in making sure that our rich history Currently, the Region is considering ROPA 38 - An Amendment to
any kind in Oakville. Our policy initiatives extend to
and prosperity will continue to define Oakville. We A department member is assigned to each application to simplify Incorporate the Results of a Comprehensive Review of the
all four levels government. We advocate on behalf of communication with the customer as the customer’s application Regional Official Plan.
are in this together — all of us — as community
business in the knowledge that a sustainable, moves through the process;
leaders. This proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment will incorporate
culturally-vibrant and livable community requires a A Business Retention Strategy has been created the results of the Sustainable Halton process and a comprehensive
healthy economic base. which includes a program of “corporate calling;” review of the current Regional Official Plan. Public consultation
As the Chair of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, A commitment to respond to a request for information for ROPA 38 will happen September 30 through December 2, 2009.
I believe that our commitment and concern for an I want to recognize and express the overriding within 24 hours; Regional Council will consider its adoption on December 16, 2009.
economically prosperous and sustainable concern and message of our members: ignoring The Economic Development department serves For further information, please check on the Chamber’s website
economic development has drastic consequences for as the portal to Town Hall for business issues. where a link to the Region is posted.
community is evidenced by the level of engagement
of so many of our members: some who have joined Oakville. The consequences of complacency — of Chamber Representatives in Action The Chamber attends consultations as they arise.
failing to recognize and respond effectively to a Sonny Jelinek, the Chamber’s incoming Chair, addressed Town
me here this evening, including members of our Council on November 2. Sonny was speaking about the Economic EVENTS
Board of Directors; some who are watching this on transforming economy locally and globally — will Development Departmental Report. Sonny’s address to Council is Join us for lunch with Tim Hudak MPP, Leader of the Official
TV. Thank you for your participation. be dire for this community. captured in the Chair’s and President’s message pages of this Opposition - November 26, 2009
edition of the magazine. Join us as Mayor Rob Burton presents Oakville's Economic Update
- December 1,2009.
As a group, our membership plays a prominent role Consider the state of the tax assessment base of John Sawyer, Mark Brown and Katherine Hollinsworth attended the Join us for breakfast with the Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of
in supporting and participating in the many business versus residents: today, the business meeting of The Mayor's Advisory Group on Uniform Public Revenue for Ontario – December 8, 2009 where the Minister will
Notification. discuss the harmonized sales tax.
community programs and events that distinguish assessment base stands at approximately 13.8% of
Oakville. They help enhance the livability of the total assessment. Due to the higher relative taxes Chamber Vice Chair Orla Johnston and President John Sawyer More government relations and advocacy information, as well as
attended the Creative Oakville Advisory Group. copies of correspondence and web links are available at the Oakville
community through their support of cultural, paid by business, this 13.8% non-residential
John Sawyer and Katherine Hollinsworth will attend the upcoming Chamber’s website. www.oakvillechamber.com
charitable and other community activities. Our assessment base contributes approximately 23% of
GTA transportation meeting hosted by the Hamilton Chamber of Should you have any Government Relations or Advocacy Issues, or
members care about Oakville and work closely with tax revenue to the Town. However this non- Commerce on Monday, November 16. an interest in participating in committee meetings - please contact one
the Chamber Executive to help shape our policy. It residential assessment is down from over 15% ten
Doing Business with Local Government of us; John Sawyer, President
is through member feedback that we develop years ago. Residential development has outpaced Great news to Chamber members who seek business opportunities email@example.com
strategy. It is member ideas, perceptions, and non-residential development and continues to do so. with local governments. Hot links to the information have been Government Relations & Advocacy Committee:
aspirations for their community that create direction. This means that in order to maintain the same level posted on the Chamber’s website. New links are on our website to Wendy Rinella, Chair
the Town's purchasing policies, Tenders and Quotes.
Mark Brown, representing the Chamber, attended a Council meeting Katherine Hollinsworth, Policy Analyst
to make a presentation to request an extension for the decision on firstname.lastname@example.org
Members Message from The Chair
toRecognize Professional Directory & The President
Members for 5 years
amonvai consulting group inc.
of municipal service per capita, taxes have to Oakville now has a great strategy that will enable us
Clockwork Logistics Inc
increase. This affects each and every one of us who to take control of the future. Again — it will require
call Oakville home. the political will and support of the community to
Global Assets Solutions
effectively implement it. We must act now. The
John Green Investment Planning Services Ltd
Laurence J. Henderson Christie E. Henderson Josée T. O’Toole Our neighbours recognize this issue. Other Chamber encourages Council to support the efforts
Mico Systems Inc.
www.hendersonpartnersllp.ca communities are responding to the changing nature of the Economic Development Department; to
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada 224 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON L6K 3A8
of our global and local economies and they are provide them with the tools necessary to achieve
Pizazz Promotions tel: 905.829.3701 fax: 905.829.1454
proving to be fierce and effective competitors in the results. This assistance includes budgetary support,
Plum Catering & Event Planning
quest to convince new, next generation ensuring the highest standard of customer service
Shred-It International Inc.
organizations to locate in their communities. These for application approval. It also means staying on
Members for 10 years are troubling indicators — but they are indicators message, speaking as one voice for the future of
Business Executive (The) that can be reversed — with the commitment and Oakville and taking care to avoid sending a mixed
political will of Council and ratepayers of Oakville. message to prospective business partners. It means
publicly showing support for our major employers
Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Computer Services
Members for 15 years Serving Oakville for over 50 years
We would like to recognize the important work of — the same employers we hope will generate a
Dr. Alex Lui
Oakville Corporate Centre
the Economic Development Department and pass on significant percentage of future investment and
Watt Henderson & Associates 690 Dorval Drive, Suite 310, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3W7 our congratulations to them and the Town for economic growth.
Tel: 905-845-6633 Fax: 905-845-6064
winning the 2009 Economic Developers Association
Members for 20 years of Canada / RBC Financial Group Economic The best way to resolve issues is not to find fault,
Grant Thornton LLP Development Achievement of The Year Award. but to find solutions. Council has made some
Halton Healthcare Services Corporation investments and taken some important steps to
Print Management Solutions (PMS) It is important to note that the Economic secure that future: protecting employment lands, the
Development plan, as good as it is, cannot be support of the Oakville Tourism Partnership, the
Members for 30 years support for I Shop Oakville, the initiatives being
Osborne & Sons considered in isolation. It is inextricably linked to
all of the Town’s other initiatives such as the taken to improve customer service and
Members for 35 years Town’s support for the arts, culture and the natural communication at Town Hall. These are Council
Jelinek Cork Group environment. Without a strong economic base it actions that we applaud.
will be difficult to adequately support those other
905.632.5978 | 866.823.9990 initiatives. A sustainable Oakville is an achievable goal —a
Sept/Oct 2009 community where we will live and work. A
The primary goals of the Economic Development sustainable Oakville is a place where our kids and
Strategy are: grandkids can grow up and participate in well-
SEPTEMBER Red Sky Design Konstant Inc. funded activities thanks to the partnerships between
Alpha Marketing Ross & McBride LLP Lisa Raitt, MP
- Attracting knowledge-based industries, local business and the community. A sustainable
Clintar Landscape Management The Breast Rest Co. One Red Bird Marketing Inc. Oakville is a place where jobs are created and
Dianne's Minding Your Business The Kiwanis Club of Oakville Organic Chef professional services, life sciences, digital media,
Easy Office Phone Tropical Plant Concepts Inc. Our Little World - Mon Petit Monde Inc. and advanced manufacturing; commutes reduced.
EHL Harrison Consulting Inc. Preferred Muffler,
Envy Communications Inc. OCTOBER Brake & Automotive Services - Responding to the needs of the business The Chamber appreciates Council's openness to
Executive Education, DeGroote School of Acorn Global Investments Sibilin Design community in order to foster business retention dialogue, consultation and strategy. We will
Business, McMaster University Altered Image The Bedford Consulting Group
Fast Signs ATTIVO Sports Therapy & Fitness The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre and expansion; continue to work closely with Dorothy St. George
Jiffy Lube Audaxium Trading Places and the Economic Development Department and
Kevin McAdams Care Engineering & Design Services triOS College Business Technology - Exploring international business opportunities. will provide assistance, guidance and support where
N2 Ingredients e-Spot™ Healthcare we can. Now is the time to act. As Councilor Oliver
NLB Associates Focal Point Business Coaching of Greater Waddell Transport These goals make a great deal of sense for Oakville
Oakville Mazda Toronto Walton Capital Management said upon approval of the Strategy on July 6 of this
PAK MAIL Four Seasons Pallets Canada Inc.
as they fit well with our existing competitive year, “let's get on with it.” We couldn't agree more
Realty Executives First Ltd., Brokerage Great Clips advantages. and we are here to support efforts in this direction.
pocketpressprinters.com Small Business Week 2009
Quality Printing & Creative Design for over 30 years. OCTOBER 19 TO 22
The Oakville Chamber of Commerce celebrated business advice in the areas of marketing and
Small Business Week with a number of exciting sales.
events. The Business Development Bank of
Quality that’s bound to catch your eye Canada partnered with the Chamber to host the
Kick-Off Breakfast on October 19 featuring
The Chamber partnered with TD Canada Trust to
host the Business After Hours and Tradeshow event
keynote speaker Jim Treliving, star of CBC’s held on October 21 in the Atrium of Town Hall.
Dragons’ Den and owner of Boston Pizza The event showcased over 40 vendors and
Business Cards International Inc. Treliving shared his provided an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to
Letterhead entrepreneurial experiences and advice for new meet face-to-face with potential clients and share
Envelopes entrepreneurs. their business stories.
Brochures Over the week, eight business seminars covering Special thanks to all our event partners: Business
Post Cards marketing, web 2.0 and social media, negotiation Development Bank of Canada, Td Canada Trust,
Labels skills, dealing with difficult behaviour, networking, Boston Pizza, The Incorporators/The Tax
Posters sales, PR/communications and goal setting were Advisory/The Business Advisory, Stoney Ridge
held. In addition to the business seminars, a Estate Winery, Cameron’s Brewing Company,
Forms Business Advisory Roundtable offered participants Ritorno and Ristorante Julia.
P R I N T E R S
(L to R): Sonny Jelinek, Oakville Chamber Chair, Event partner Business Development Bank of Canada Keynote speaker Jim Treliving (centre) with
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources and Halton Vice President Brett Prikker and his team with keynote members of the local and head-office based Boston
MP and Jim Treliving, Keynote speaker and owner of speaker, Jim Treliving Pizza family.
Boston Pizza International Inc.
Full Colour Printing Design Bindery The Business After Hours & Tradeshow event was Oakville Chamber of Commerce Chair Sonny Jelinek, The Atrium at Town Hall was filled to capacity for
Digital Printing Concept & Layout catered by Ritorno's Restaurant. Head Chef Carl former Toronto Maple Leaf Wendel Clark and
Dahl, Owner Julia Hanna representative of Dynamic Hospitality David
the Business After Hours and Tradeshow.
Copperthwaite at the Business After Hours and Tradeshow.
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THE BUSINESS ADVOCATE
Groundbreaking for the new QEW Mazda dealership
(formerly Oakville Mazda) in Oakville, Ontario took
AMEC was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 place on October 15, 2009. Event attendees in the
Employers for 2010 and as well as one of Greater Toronto’s photo from left to right are: Mazda Canada Director of
Top 90 Employers for 2010. Sales Operations, David Klan, QEW Mazda President, Welcome to I Shop Oakville
Jason Guttman, The Mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton,
Building a vibrant, healthy, livable and sustainable
Sonny Jelinek, Oakville Chamber of Commerce Chair Conservative
community means supporting our local economy.
presented a plaque on behalf of the four Halton Chambers MP, Terence
Be part of “I Shop Oakville!” It’s easy! To receive your needs...
to recognize the 10th anniversary of the Halton Region’s updates and special offers relating to this
Small Business Centre. (L toR): John Davidson, Director Business
campaign, sign up in the Special Offers section
of Economic Development, Sandra Nuhn, Manager, Small Development
and join the “I Shop Oakville!” club today. Please
Business & Strategic Partnerships, Gary Carr, Regional Bank of
visit the website at: http://www.iShopOakville.ca.
Chair, Sonny Jelinek, Joyce Savoline, Burlington MPP, Canada Vice The Burlington Convention Centre is Halton Region’s largest full
If you would like to become a participating service facility, providing over 20,000 square feet of versatile meeting
Francis Mackan, Chair, Burlington Chamber of President,
merchant in the “I Shop Oakville!” campaign, space and is centrally located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, just
Commerce, Helen MacCormack, President, Halton Hills Brett Prikker. off the QEW on Burloak Drive. Ample free parking is available and all
please complete the Participation Form found on
Chamber of Commerce, Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton meeting rooms are equipped with wireless internet access and state
the website and fax to 905 845-9406 or email to of the art lighting. Whether your meeting is for 10 or 1000, our
Hills MPP CountMeIn@Shop-Oakville.ca professional meeting planners will ensure every detail is considered
Home Suite Hope Open Bowls Event, October 18. (L and are committed to bringing your event to life.
to R):Tom Savoy, TD Canada Trust, Diana Saulez,
1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington, ON L7L 6P8
Soleil Salon & Spa, Sonny Jelinek, Chair of the
Tel: 905-319-0319 www.burlingtonconventioncentre.ca
Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Ann Mulvale,
Holiday Inn Select Hotel & Suites Oakville @ Bronte
The Town of Oakville's Economic Development Strategy Oakville’s Premier Hotel
won the EDAC/RBC Financial Group Economic
Development Achievement of the Year award from the
• 144 Luxurious Guest Rooms
Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) at
• 2-Room Kitchenette Suites
their annual conference in Vancouver, British Colimbia
Nurse Next Door Oakville-Burlington Awarded 2009 • Free High-Speed Internet Access
(L to R): Michael Launslager, Marketing
Partner of the Year Award Lori and Christopher Paton • 24-Hour Business Centre
and Research Officer, Dorothy St.
George, Director of Economic (second and third from the left),Oakville-Burlington • In Room Movies
Development, Alison Newton, Senior Nurse Next Door Franchisees • Experience an unforgettable dining experience in the
Economic Development Officer, Mayor Marquis Bistro Restaurant with exciting and inspired
Rob Burton menu creations
• Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Sauna and Fitness Facility
Sonny Jelinek, Oakville Chamber of Commerce Chair • 14 Conference & Banquet Rooms
attended the Grand Opening of Brash Avenue's newest • Elegant Wedding Packages
location at 4129 Harvester Road, Burlington on Oct. 1, 2009. …and much, much more!!
Holiday Inn Select Hotel & Suites Oakville @ Bronte
2525 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville, ON L6L 6P8
905-847-1000 Fax: 905-847-0032
EMD Serono was recently ranked 1-800-880-3188
as one of Greater Toronto’s Top 90 email@example.com www.hioakvillebronte.ca
Employers for 2010.
THE BUSINESS ADVOCATE
Since November 2005, Jason Gervais, Internet business is join their local Chamber of Commerce
Marketing Consultant, has been an active member of and start networking. It’s the best and fastest way to Chamber Directors Caroline Hughes, Steve Howse and Julia Hanna John Wannamaker and Donna Corrigan, Boston Pizza
the Oakville Chamber of Commerce representing his become known in your community. I believed it to
local Halton- based WSI (We Simplify the Internet) be true and so it was the first thing I did for my own
franchise. Sitting on several committees during his franchise.”
four years as a member of the Chamber, Jason has
been fortunate to be associated with many of the Jason has been involved with the Small Business
business leaders in Oakville. Week committee, Boost Your Business Committee,
Marketing Committee and Ambassador Committee.
A University of Windsor Alumni, Jason has enjoyed Jason says that committee involvement with the
a 14-year career in sales, marketing and advertising. Oakville Chamber of Commerce has been
In February of 2004, Jason was hired by WSI Toronto instrumental in his business success. During his four
head office as a Regional Development Director. years with the Chamber, Jason’s WSI franchise has
Jason’s role was to speak to franchise applicants from generated over $60K worth of revenue from doing
around the globe and bring them through the process business with Chamber members and their referrals. (L to R) Denise and Jason Gervais, WSI, Ben Molfetta, Immediate Past Chair Aby Alameddine presents the
of selecting qualified franchisees. Core Marketing Strategies traditional Chamber gift of Tim Hortons coffee
to keynote speaker Don Drummond
In the spring of 2008, Jason’s WSI office was
“I was attracted to the WSI business originally awarded the contract to build a new, highly
because I thought I would be selling web solutions to functional website for the Oakville Chamber of
businesses, which is in line with my experience and Commerce. It was a true honour to be involved in the
passion of selling value-add services to other project and the WSI Halton office is very pleased
businesses. It wasn’t until my second interview that with the outcome and the consistent, positive
I realized I’d be selling the business opportunity to feedback received from the Chamber and its
others. It seemed like a very interesting challenge members.
and I jumped in with both feet,” Jason says.
Jason was honoured as one of three nominated
While working at the WSI head office, Jason met finalists for “2008 Business Person of the Year” at the
Denise Hoogenboom, an eight-year veteran with Milton Community Awards. He’s also a member of
WSI who was then one of the Vice Presidents of the WSI President’s Circle featuring the top one
Joan Mizzi-Fry, Nuleaf Communications, Dan Hynek, TDL Group Public Affairs Director David Morelli (left) and
Franchise Development. In the fall of 2004, the two percent of over 1500 WSI franchisees globally. Hynek Financial Group Oakville Mayor Rob Burton (right)
became engaged and a year later they decided to
purchase a WSI franchise which Jason would operate Today, WSI Halton employs Jason and his wife
while Denise continued to work in franchise Denise along with three other full-time staff. Their
development at the head office. passion is helping Oakville and surrounding area
businesses increase revenue and profits through
After completing training and officially starting the Internet Marketing. Jason and his team can be
business in November 2005, the first thing Jason did reached at 905-864-1110.
was join the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.
“When I used to sell WSI franchises, we always told For more information visit the WSI Halton website:
applicants that the first thing they should do in their www.yourWSIadvantage.com
Oakville Chair Sonny Jelinek and Immediate Past Chair Aby Oakville Chamber Ambassadors
Alameddine present a plaque to Robert Turner, President, Marta Romaniak-Dlugosh and Don Bassindale
Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
55th Annual Chair’s Dinner Member Profile
On Thursday, September 17, 2009, the Oakville insightful keynote address about Canada’s
Chamber of Commerce hosted 300 guests at our economic outlook. The Partners and Principal at SB Partners are nine personable, financial advisor and strategic business sounding board. This
55th Annual Chair’s Dinner. They joined us in energetic and interesting individuals who you would really is the firm’s forte, and where we have vast experience.
like to meet, in or outside of the office. John Chisholm (the
thanking Aby Alameddine, Co-Founder of Core Special thanks to all our event partners: Bell, Firm’s CEO), Gregory Clarke, John Dow, Janice Pomerleau, Clients generating $20 or $30 million plus annual revenue
Joseph Schlett, Roy Sieben, Glenn Taylor, Robin Wydryk and with adequate in-house expertise usually retain SB Partners
Marketing Strategies, for his dedication and Hynek Financial Group, Quality Hotel, Certified
Trevor Hood represent today’s new generation of CAs when they need to step back and examine the architecture of
tremendous contribution to the Chamber as General Accountants, Cogeco Cable Canada LP, working with entrepreneurs and their stakeholders with a their company model and the fundamentals of their business
mantra - ‘Business Ambition Made Real’. You can read more model. This solicits global or strategic challenges of all
Chair over the past year. Our guests also Tim Hortons, and SB Partners LLP. Special
about the Firm and the specific services we offer at aspects of the business mix in order to make the right, smart
welcomed Sonny Jelinek, Director of Jelinek thanks to Pocket Press, Kay Woollam www.sbpartners.ca decisions in time.
Cork Group, as the incoming Chair of the Board. Photography, Janet Bedford of Royal LePage ‘What Is Your End Game Cash-Out Plan?’ is a frequent
At SB Partners we understand that simply measuring past
Real Estate Services Limited and Le Dome performance is no assurance of future success. It’s not just a question posed to those we know in business. As a firm, we
matter of counting your beans and conducting an audit. That’s have substantial experience in planning exit strategies for
Don Drummond, Senior Vice President and Banquet Hall for their contributions.
why we focus so much attention on management teams principals in family-owned businesses, private companies and
Chief Economist TD Financial Group, offered an helping them plan for the future. We provide structured partnerships to minimize their departure obligations,
business quarterbacking that helps turn risk into control, maximize their cash positions and to provide practical
surface value drivers, enhance business performance and solutions for the inevitable taxation issues that will arise.
lessen surprises by the unknown. This helps our clients make
Somewhere between revenue generated and the certainty of
better informed decisions to increase their long term
taxation lies the opportunity to define the right overall tax
profitability. And that’s good, because then we have more
position, recognizing the enterprises’ broader business goals
beans to count.
and strategies, to minimize their taxation exposure. SB
Any organization can be defined by its culture. Simply stated, Partners has substantial experience in planning for high net
the cultural focal point at our accounting firm is people – the worth individuals, partnerships, associations, trusts and
business owners, their management, their external companies to minimize their tax exposure and to provide
stakeholders, every individual at SB Partners and the practical solutions for common and uncommon taxation
community within which we work and live. issues.
SB Partners is a long established mid-sized accounting firm. Since 1989 we have actively supported Canadian and
For all of us at the firm, managing business aspiration and multinational industrial clients apply for and claim lucrative
Glenn Graydon Wright LLP The new Chamber Directors are piped in to dinner
by piper Edward Watt. business value requires staying current with the humanity and tax credits. We know the technology, the accounting and the
commercial space of business owners, their management and tax aspects of Scientific Research and Experimental
their resource network to be ‘in the moment’ for productive Development (SRED) claims. We can simplify a complicated
advice and knowledge collaboration. We are, to coin a phrase: process for applicants by identifying eligible work, by helping
‘On top of everything’ at all times and shares this knowledge prepare a high-quality claim document, and by representing
with clients and friends at our extremely popular ‘Business the applicant to the Canada Revenue Agency. We will also
Excellence’ and ‘Executive Know How’ series. Even as the help to properly document the project work to comply with
firm continues to thrive, each member is privileged to enjoy the program requirements.
long term business relationships with many ongoing clients.
Then there are the stakeholders. When the need arises,
So, what is it that SB Partners does? members of our Firm assist in strategizing interaction with
With companies generating around $5 million plus annual Canada Revenue Agency, banks and other parties of great
revenues we help them implement competitive, sustainable consequence to the business process.
growth strategies that deal with incumbent day to day
(L) Sonny Jelinek, Oakville Chair of Commerce Chair, (R) Aby Alameddine, Oakville Chamber of Commerce Past Chair Stephen Sparling, business issues. Typically we assume the role of a chief Bottom line. No nasty surprises. Only possibilities.
Oakville Chamber of Commerce Immediate Past Chair Sheeba Varghese, Michelle Jelinek, Tasleem Jamal