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                                Chamber                               Events                                                                      Table of Contents                                                           THE OAKVILLE CHAMBER

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Your Chamber TEAM
                                                                                                                                    In this
                                                                                                                                                                         BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                                                                                                             CHAIR OF THE BOARD
                                                                                                                                                                                         VICE CHAIR
                                                                                                                                                                                                             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.
                                                                                                                                    Volunteer Profile:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kerry Colborne, Business Development Bank of Canada
                                                                                                                                    Jason Gervais                                                            Gerry Popp, Grant Thornton LLP
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Julia Hanna, Ristorante Julia, Ritorno
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Peter Turkington, Strategic Communications Solutions
                                                                                                                                    Member Profile:
                                                                                                                                    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                                                      
                                                                                    Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                                                                                                 OFFICE MANAGER              Sharon Molloy, ext. 25
                                                                                                                                    Government Relations                                           

                                                                The Federal Minister of Science and Technology
                                                                visited Oakville on October 14.
                                                                                                                                    & Advocacy
                                                                                                                                    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       
                                                                                                                                    Events                               EVENTS, MARKETING &
                                                                Goodyear, Oakville MP Terence Young                                                                                                          Nesrene Salem, ext. 28
                                                                                                                                                                      COMMITTEE COORDINATOR        
                                                                                                                                                                                               SALES         905.845.6613
                                                                                                                                                                    MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT,                  Lorraine Tonkens, ext. 22
                                                                15th OABE                                                                                            MAGAZINE & SPONSORSHIP        
                                                                April 8, 2010                                                                                                                                                              Cover Photo courtesy of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kay Woollam Photography
                                                                                                                                                                              PRINTING, DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                                     & LAYOUT
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                                  Call for Nominations                                                                                      Contact Us:           We have an active and effective Advocacy Committee.
               Review the Categories and Nominate online at:                                                               2521 Wyecroft Road         If you have an advocacy issue that you feel would be of interest or benefit
                                                                                                                                          Oakville, Ontario
                                Deadline for nominations is December 15, 2009                                                                                     to a broad range of our members, we would like to hear from you.
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                                                                                                                                          905.845.6613            Please contact Advocacy Committee Chair Wendy Rinella care of

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                                      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.
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            
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       
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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
Dreamscreens Canada
                                                                                                                                           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.
                                                                                                      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.
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                                                                              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.

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                                                                                           (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.

  467 SPEERS ROAD, UNIT 14, OAKVILLE, ON L6K 3S4 | Tel: 905.844.1893 | Fax: 905.844.5444                                                                                                                                                                15
                               in theNews
                                                               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
                                                               Young      and
                                                                                                                        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:
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                                                                                                                                         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
                                                               Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Ann Mulvale,
                                                               Avancez Enterprises

                                                                                                                        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
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Jason Gervais

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

                                                                                                                       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
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   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                                                 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

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