Guelph Wellington Men's Club by hedongchenchen



A Proposal to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce

G    uelph will grow and meet the requirements of the Provincially mandated
     “Places to Grow” plan if, and only of, there is a growth of industry and
business to support it.      Guelph cannot otherwise increase employment,
maintain a supportable tax base and the infrastructure and the services that are
essential in a well founded community. The accomplishment of this is the
central purpose of the Guelph Wellington Men’s Club’s project.

Guelph has been a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the field of environmental and
ecological research, applied sciences and facilities and services for a very long
time. The University of Guelph was the nucleus that attracted Government
offices, NGOs, corporations and research institutes.         Despite its success,
innovation and academic leadership, Guelph has passively ignored the
opportunity to exploit its position to proactively attract related industrial and
business enterprises.

Unlike Waterloo, Saskatoon and Calgary where the cities, universities and
industry worked in concert, the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph
have not combined with industry to create a niche wherein Guelph has
advantages bordering on exclusivity.     They have never come together in
common cause.

T   he Chamber of Commerce can spearhead a program to make
    Guelph as prominent and forceful as other cities have done in
their particular ‘fields of excellence’. The Chamber represents a
concentration of experience in all aspects of business and industry
and is the only organisation that has the prestige, influence and
interest to bring the City and the University together to achieve this
goal. If the Chamber decides on a course of action in developing a
greater sense of purpose and direction for Guelph, it will be warmly
welcomed, and unopposed.
How is all this to be accomplished?

      T   he first essential is to create a new, permanent
          innovative environmental attraction that will firmly
      establish the image and reputation of Guelph as the
      dominant force and the progressive leader in the field.
      Without an additional image building project that will
      keep Guelph in the news and open the doors for public
      and government involvement, claims of environmental
      leadership Guelph might make will have a hollow ring.

Within Guelph city limits, the Province of Ontario is the titular owner
of over 600 acres of the Guelph Correctional Centre site, a large
section of which is the environmentally protected watershed of the
Speed River. The maintenance of the many now unused buildings (a
number of which have Heritage protection) and the ‘manicured’
grounds have been an unrewarding drain on the Provincial Treasury
for many years. The Province is looking for a way out.
T   he G.W.M.C. has proposed that the Province of Ontario manifest
    its dedication to all aspects of environmental preservation by
dedicating the suitable buildings and appropriate grounds to
establish the:

        The Ontario Environmental Exhibition

                        The “Exhibition” would be a place where
                        environmental associations, institutions
                        and     groups,   and      environmentally
                        conscious industries, can come together in
                        a structured setting, with indoor and
                        outdoor displays, rotating exhibits and
                        demonstrations, lectures, videos, films and
                        resource materials that explain effectively
                        how all the elements of the natural world
                        are interdependent, vulnerable and at risk.
                    As    they stand, the buildings of the
                    “Correctional Centre” have space for
                    conventions, lectures and trade shows, a
                    reception centre and theatre. Energy, water,
                    waste management, and corporate exhibits
                    must have appropriate space. Throughout
                    the year, busloads of students could see
                    demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, videos
                    and shows. Adults and students alike will
                    learn how our environment is an
                    interdependent network, each element
                    sustained as part of a whole. They will see
                    outdoor presentations of nature at work and
                    learn how the economy, health, our food,
                    resources and quality of life depend on our
                    stewardship of the environment, of its
                    biodiversity and how natures creatures and
                    plants interact to maintain the essentials of

The Exhibition would be a major tourist attraction, something
Guelph assuredly lacks, and a boon to Guelph’s hospitality business.

           A Tourist Attraction

E   nvironmentalists form the largest social group in Ontario. They
    cross all party lines, religions, races, strata, professions and
culture. Industries, business, labour and commercial enterprises
have become introspective and are aware of their obligation to reduce
or eliminate their environmental wrongs.

Governments have the ultimate responsibility for the protection of
the ecology and environment of the land. As required, they must
lead, legislate and enforce whatever measures are deemed
appropriate.   To the extent that “The Ontario Environmental
Exhibition” and the creation of       “Ontario’s Enviro-Innovation
Centre” supports its purposes and policies, government departments,
both Federal and Provincial, can be expected to contribute to their
financial support.

      “The Earth could not answer, nor the Seas that mourn”
O    ne only has to look at the pattern of corporate spending on
     public issues and enterprises to get a measure of how
generoulsy business and industry would support “The Ontario
Environmental Exhibition”.        Canadian banks have undertaken
environmental programs of their own. No industry or corporation,
even contaminating industries, can afford to be oblivious to the need
to be seen as supporters of a cleaner and better world.

Business, industry and corporations will undertake sponsorships in
promoting their fields of interest through events or permanent
displays and promotions. The energy industry, as an example, could
be open to the suggestion of buying or taking over one of the
Correctional Centre buildings, not only to stress such things as
conservation, but also to convey a knowledge of past developments
and a projection of the requirements of the near and more distant
future. The possibilities extend to the limit of imagination.

Very many Foundations can be expected to support the ‘Exhibition’
because no one is isolated from the changes that are taking place.
There is no field of endeavour that is imune to the enormous
economic, social and cultural distortions that are taking place and
their impact on every aspect of world governance.

T   he range of environmentally based industries, services, research
    and innovative opportunity is huge. It is a rapidly expanding
sector spurred by the global nemesis, a deteriorating environment,
that is blighting all economies, cultures and the quality of life of
everyone. Guelph must become pro-active and make it clear to
everyone, from government to the ‘man on the street’, that Guelph is
not a somnolent ‘university town’ but a force in the resolution of the
environmental malaise. Guelph can, most certainly, develop the
image and reputation as Canada’s environmental ‘head office’ and
the natural site location of related industries and businesses,
education, research and service institutions.

 Guelph can live up to its promise. All that is lacking is leadership.

How big is the environmental

There is no need to dwell on the meaning of
‘environment’ in geophysical terms but its economic
importance and industrial significance and size is not fully

Quoting “Industry Canada” “Globally, the environmental market is valued at
$628 billion U.S.” and is rapidly growing.

      NOTE:       This figure includes: Pollution prevention, Cleaner
      production, Human health and quality of life, Kyoto Protocol
      implementation, etc.. i.e. everything that impacts business and
      industry.       (Spending on conservation, education, other life
      forms, wilderness protection, law and administration, and things
      not directly related to business and industry must be added to the
      figure quoted. Research is included but only as far as it is related
      to business and industry.)

Again Quoting ‘Industry Canada’.       “With sales valued at more than
$18.4 billion, the environmental market in Canada consists of some 8,500
firms generating environmental exports currently worth $1.5 billion per

            Ontario 43.4%. Quebec 18.8%.        Alberta 15.2%
             British Colombia 12.5%.     Manitoba/Sask. 4.8%
                         Atlantic Canada. 4.9%

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