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             Settling isn’t in our vocabulary. That’s why
             the 2009 Lexus ES 350 has a powerful 272-
             hp dual VVT-i engine with push-button start.
             It has aggressive styling. And it has all the
             thoughtful luxury you’ve come to expect
             from Lexus. The only thing it doesn’t have
             is compromise. Pursue the moment.




                              YOU KNOW THOSE MOMENTS
                   WHEN YOU’RE FORCED TO SETTLE FOR LESS?
                                                   NEITHER DO WE.




      2009 Lexus ES 350*




                                                                      Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Halton, receives the traditional
                                                                    Chamber gift of Tim Hortons coffee from Aby Alameddine, Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.
                             2475 Wyecroft Road, Oakville
                                             (QEW and Bronte)

                                       905-847-8400
                                       www.lexusofoakville.ca
                                                                                                                                                                     55th Annual Golf Tournament
                                                                                                                                           We cannot say enough about what an outstanding                   opportunity to thank those who contributed to our
                                                                                                                                           success our 55th Annual Golf Tournament was on May               golfer bags. Offering golfers useful and interesting
                                                                                                                                           28, 2009. Even in these challenging economic times,              products adds to the success and quality of our
                                                                                                                                           we were overwhelmed with the many generous                       tournament. We couldn’t have done it without you.
                                                                                                                                           contributions we received. We would like to take this
                                                                                                                                           Thank you:                                  Hilton Garden Inn - Oakville                Oliver & Bonacini
                                                                                                                                           BIZ Magazine (Town Media)                   Hynek Financial Group                       Par-T-Perfect
                                                                                                                                           Boston Pizza                                Jennifer Neal Marketing,                    Playdium
                                                                                                                                           Cedar Springs Health Racquet                 Management and Leadership                  Prime Admin Solutions
             There is a better way to buy insurance. THIS TEAM KNOWS.                                                                       & Sportsclub                                Development                                S/M Enterprises
                                                                                                                                           Certified General Accountants               Life Source                                 Woodbine Entertainment
Over 85 dedicated professionals to assist you with all your insurance and financial services needs.                                         of Ontario                                 Magic Carpet & Rug Cleaning                 Workload Solution Services
                                                                                                                                           Chill Magazine                              McDonald's                                  WSI Internet Consulting & Education
                      Top 5% in Canada Ranking        Low-Cost Auto & Home Rates                    24/7/365 Caring Claims Service         Cogeco Cable Canada Inc.                    McInnes Motor Products Inc.                 Your Key Advantage Inc.
                      Representing over 60 Insurers   Commercial / Industrial / Retail              Online Car Insurance Quotes            Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Ltd.           OLG Slots Mohawk
                      Client Retention over 95%       Group Benefits / Retirement / Pension Plans   Trucking / Fleets / Garages
                      Gold Seal Service Commitment    Life / Disability / Critical Illness          Construction / Contractors / Bonding
                                                                                                                                           Oakville Chamber’s Dragonboat Team
                   EndorsedProviders ofof the Oakville Chamber of Commerce Home & Auto
                   Endorsed Providers the Oakville Chamber of Commerce Group Home Auto                                                      Brews Paddling Fun and 2 Awards
                          Insurance Program Commercial Business Insurance Program!
                       Insurance Program / /Commercial Business Insurance Program!
                                                                                                                                           “Cameron’s Brew Crew” paddled their way to medal success in the
                                 Contact Us Today For A FREE No Obligation Quote!                                                          2009 TigerTel-Oakville Charity Dragon Boat Festival. The team was
   Dan Lawrie
 President & CEO
                       (905)
                       (        815.0045 or visit: www.danlawrie.com/member/occ                                                            organized and led by Chamber Member Bob Fenwick, Director of
                                                                                                                                           Sales at Comxel / Tomkin Integrated Solutions, with the help of the
                                                                                                                                           Oakville Chamber of Commerce and was sponsored by Chamber
                                                                                                                                           Member Cameron’s Brewing Company.

                                                                                                                                           As an active participant in the Dragonboat Festival for the sixth year
                                                                                                                                           in a row, our locally based team won the event’s “Community Team            Cameron’s Brew Crew: Front: Bob Fenwick - Team
                                                                                                                                           Award” for 2009, presented by The Rotary Club of Oakville                   Captain, (Comxel.TO / Tomkin); 1st Row: Joanne Scattolon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Oakville Chamber of Commerce); Jennifer Brooks,
                                                                                                                                           Trafalgar. Team members Bob Fenwick and Gerard Chiasson have                (Walmart); Laurielle Brooks, (Region of Halton); Aby
                                                                                                                                           participated and represented the Chamber in all six years of the            Alameddine, (Core Marketing Strategies & Chair- Oakville
                                                                                                                                           Festival.                                                                   Chamber of Commerce); Lindsey Bett; Liz Downing;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lorraine Thelwell; 2nd Row: Gabriela Silvestre; Violet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gasparro, (Trios); Theresa Nielsen, (Pattison Outdoor); Rick
                                                                                                                                           On August 16, the enthusiastic team competed against 52 other crews         Brady; Tracy Wilson, (AMEC); Simon Cooper, (Envy Co.);
                                                                                                                                           from around the GTA at Kelso Park for a day of paddling, meeting            Jim Rooney, (Cameron’s Brewing Co.); Darla Campbell,
                                                                                                                                           new people and enjoying the great weather that awaited all the              (Amonavi Consulting & Oakville Chamber Director);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nesrene Salem, (Oakville Chamber of Commerce); Back
                                                                                                                                           participants. Our “Brew Crew” was made up of Chamber members,               Row: Ryan Brady; Gerard Chiasson, (MYSYS Ltd.); Trevor
                                                                    Dedicated Business Internet                                            staff and close friends. Previous paddling experience was not a             Thelwell; Jeh Poch
                                                                                                                                           requirement, just the desire to have fun. With varying levels of ability,
                                                                     Co-Location                                                           the crew earned a silver medal in the C Division Finals.
                                                                      Disaster Recovery Solutions                                          For the Oakville-based Cameron’s Brewing Company, the event’s
                                                                       Ethernet / Private Line / WDM                                       beer supplier, it was another tremendous success, as they introduced
                                                                                                                                           many hot and thirsty paddlers to their locally brewed products.
                                                                        Data Storage Solutions
                                                                                                                                           The “Brew Crew” team promises to compete in 2010 and anyone
                                                                                                                                           interested in joining the fun should contact Bob Fenwick
                                                                                                                                           (bfenwick@sympatico.ca) or the Oakville Chamber office.

                                                                                                                                           This annual charity event is run by the Rotary Club of Oakville
                                                                                                                                           Trafalgar and this year’s beneficiary is the Halton Children’s Aid          Cameron’s Brew Crew (front) takes the lead for a portion of
                                                                                                                                           Society. For more information, visit (www.OakvilleDragon.com)               Race 1.

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                                Chamber                          Events                                                                Table of Contents                                                            THE OAKVILLE CHAMBER




                 JUNE’S Lunch & Learn                                    JULY: Cheque Presentation
                                                                                                                                                                                           Your Chamber TEAM
                                                                                                                          In this
                                                                                                                           Issue
                                                                                                                                                               BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                                                                                                   CHAIR OF THE BOARD
                                                                                                                                                                               VICE CHAIR
                                                                                                                                                                                                   x
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Aby Alameddine, Core Marketing Strategies
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sonny Jelinek, Jelinek Cork
                                                                                                                                                                              TREASURER            Barry Wylie, The Canadian Club, Halton/Peel
                                                                                                                                                                               SECRETARY           Elaine Holding, SB Partners LLP
                                                                                                                          Chair’s                                IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR              Gerry Popp, Grant Thornton LLP
                                                                                                                            Message                 4                          DIRECTORS           Sharon Aitken, Sheridan Institute of Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Advanced Learning
     was held at Le Dome Banquet Hall. Gary Ford, VP, Sales &   The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and Tim Hortons (Cross                                                                            Mark A. Brown, Coldwell Banker Commercial Integrity
                                                                                                                          President’s
      Marketing, First Canadian Title, was the guest speaker.   Avenue location), along with some community partners,
                                                                teamed up to host the First Annual Environmental
                                                                Awareness Day. Proceeds from the day’s event were
                                                                matched by Tim Hortons Corporate Office and these
                                                                                                                            Message                 5                                              Darla Campbell, amonavi consulting group inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kerry Colborne, Business Development Bank of Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Roberto Ficzere, Carmen’s, Oakville Conference
                                                                proceeds were presented to Ground Breakers of Oakville.                                                                                                        & Banquet Centre


           AUGUST’S Business After Hours                            AUGUST’S New Member Breakfast
                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO
                                                                                                                          “I Shop Oakville!”     7                                                 Julia Hanna, Ristorante Julia, Ritorno
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Orla Johnston, SOCS Retail Solutions Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cameron Neil, Feltmate, Delibato, Heagle, LLP
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Greg Peterson, Growth Advisors Inc.
                                                                                                                          Volunteer Profile:
                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Kamps        8                                                 Wendy Rinella, First Canadian Title
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Maureen Tilson Dyment, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Janet Whitehouse, Bell Canada
                                                                                                                          Member Profile:
                                                                                                                          Moen                   9                   ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                                               PRESIDENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                   905.845.6613
                                                                                                                                                                                                   John Sawyer, ext. 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                   johnsawyer@oakvillechamber.com
                                                                                                                          Lisa Raitt
                                                                                                                          Talks Energy          12                     OFFICE MANAGER              Sharon Molloy, ext. 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                   sharon@oakvillechamber.com

               was hosted by the Halton Region.                  was also held at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Hynek Financial                                          MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT                Karen Pomfret, ext. 23
                                                                              Group was the Event Partner.
                                                                                                                          Government Relations
      This event was a joint one shared by the four Halton                                                                                                                ASSOCIATE                karen@oakvillechamber.com
     Chambers: Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Halton Hills.
                                                                                                                          & Advocacy
                                                                                                                          Committee             17                COMMUNICATIONS &                 Joanne Scattolon, ext. 21
                                                                                                                                                        ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR                 info@oakvillechamber.com
                                                                                                                          Chamber
        SEPTEMBER’S Business After Hours                         SEPTEMBER’S Good Morning Oakville
                                                                                                                          Events                18             EVENTS, MARKETING &
                                                                                                                                                            COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nesrene Salem, ext. 28
                                                                                                                                                                                                   nesrene@oakvillechamber.com

                                                                                                                                                                                     SALES         905.845.6613
                                                                                                                          Oakville Chamber’s
                                                                                                                          Dragonboat Team       19        MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT,
                                                                                                                                                           MAGAZINE & SPONSORSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lorraine Tonkens, ext. 22
                                                                                                                                                                                                   lorraine@oakvillechamber.com
                                                                                                                                                                       ADVERTISING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cover Photo courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                    PRINTING, DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                           & LAYOUT
                                                                                                                                                                                                           pocket press               of Janet Bedford


                                                                                                                                    Contact Us:         We have an active and effective Advocacy Committee.
                                                                                                                             2521 Wyecroft Road         If you have an advocacy issue that you feel would be of interest or benefit
                                                                                                                                Oakville, Ontario       to a broad range of our members, we would like to hear from you.
      was jointly hosted by Boston Pizza and Hynek Financial          was held at the Holiday Inn – Oakville Centre.                    L6L 6P8
           Group and held at the Boston Pizza location                                                                                                  Please contact Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Mark Brown or
                                                                                                                                905.845.6613
                    at 270 North Service Road.                                                                             oakvillechamber.com          Wendy Rinella care of johnsawyer@oakvillechamber.com

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Chair’s               Message                                               THE OAKVILLE CHAMBER
                                                                                                                                           Government Relations
                                                                                                                                           & Advocacy                      Commitee                                                THE OAKVILLE CHAMBER




                                                                                                                                           Communication
                                                                                                                                           While residential taxpayers can have their say at the ballot box,
                                                                                                                                           business taxpayers cannot and rely on the opportunities available to
                                                                                                                                           speak to committees or Town Council and on the Chamber to be the
                                                                                                                                           “Voice of Business” in the Town and the Region.
                                                                                                                                           The Chamber continues to be a source for elected officials to gain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Katherine Hollinsworth   Mark Brown   Wendy Rinella
                                                                                                                                           an understanding of issues affecting businesses in Oakville.               Policy Analyst        Co-Chair      Co-Chair
                                                                                                                                           Recently, we met with the following elected officials to share the
                                                                                                                                           issues of our members:                                                   The new Economic Development Strategy
                                                                           On August 24, 2009, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce
                                                                           hosted an Ambassador’s Reception to thank the Chamber           Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville                                                The “I Shop Oakville” initiative and support for
WHY WE SERVE                                                                Ambassadors for their contributions over the last year.        Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants, N.S., and Federal Industry Critic    tourism is a cooperative effort and needs everyone’s
                                                                                                                                           Hon. Navdeep Bains, MP for Brampton and Chair of Platform              support to succeed

Your Oakville Chamber of Commerce exists to facilitate for our                                                                             Development for the Liberal Opposition.                                However, we are concerned that the increased cost
business community what no one individual business can achieve on                                                                          We don’t know if it was our June editorial or just timing, but we      of doing business in Oakville will be a disincentive
                                                                                                                                           have heard from a few of our members with concerns of a broad          to businesses to locate and bring quality jobs here.
its own. The Chamber is driven by members to serve members; it
                                                                                                                                           enough nature for the Chamber’s Government Relations and               Also, the increased cost may provide an incentive
exists for our benefit as business people and for the good of our                                                                                                                                                 to businesses to relocate rather than stay and grow
                                                                                                                                           Advocacy team to investigate and to work with the appropriate
community at large.                                                                                                                                                                                               in Oakville.
                                                                                                                                           agencies to resolve them.
                                                                                                                                           Town staff is more than cooperative in working with the Chamber        We do understand the need for growth to pay for
Organizations like our Chamber cannot succeed without the                                                                                                                                                         itself. However, we believe the significant on-
                                                                                                                                           to find solutions – they recognize the mutual benefits.
willingness of members to serve for the greater good. Members of all        On August 25, 2009, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce                                                                                  going benefits to the community of attracting much
                                                                                       hosted a Past Chair’s luncheon.                     The Government Relations & Advocacy committee is currently
backgrounds and experiences raise their hands and step forward as                                                                                                                                                 needed businesses to Oakville have not received
volunteers, ambassadors, committee members, board members and                                                                              working on:                                                            adequate attention, due to the focus on up-front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  infrastructure costs.
executives. They are the heart and soul of any successful                                                                                    Procurement policies and responding to RFPs and tenders –
organization.                                                                                                                              ensuring Chamber members are aware of opportunities to do              Going forward the Chamber will monitor the
                                                                                                                                           business and have the right information to proceed;                    results of the change. We will continue to work
Why do busy business owners, executives and entrepreneurs take                                                                               Improving customer service quality for business through the          closely with the Town to ensure that the long-term
                                                                                                                                           Economic Development Department of the Town of Oakville.               best interests of Oakville’s businesses and the
time out of their hectic schedules to participate? My answer to this                                                                                                                                              community are met.
question is simple: these members see clear value and take the                                                                             Both of these initiatives will be on the Chamber’s Government
opportunity to dedicate their most precious resource of time to the                                                                        Relations agenda for the Fall.                                         More government relations and advocacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  information, as well as copies of correspondence
Chamber. It gives me great satisfaction to know that our Chamber is          At June’s Business After Hours, we celebrated with our
                                                                                      annual Volunteer Appreciation event.
                                                                                                                                           Oakville’s Competitiveness                                             and web links are available at the Oakville
viewed by so many members as THE place to get involved - worthy                                                                                                                                                   Chamber’s website: www.oakvillechamber.com
of their time and effort. It is a legacy I’ve inherited and have made a                                                                    We do have some concerns with the Town’s new Development
priority to leave behind.                                                                                                                  Charges By-Law. There is a serious imbalance between residential       Should you have any Government Relations or
                                                                                                                                           and non-residential land use in Oakville (87% residential to 13%       Advocacy Issues, or an interest in participating in
                                                                                                                                           non-residential). If we want a livable, sustainable and complete       committee meetings, please contact one of us:
As I end my term as Chair of the Board, I will reflect most fondly on                                                                      community, we must correct that imbalance.
the willingness of you – our members – to serve to the best of your                                                                                                                                               John Sawyer, President
                                                                                                                                           Offering competitive development charges for new and expanding         johnsawyer@oakvillechamber.com
ability and enjoy all the benefits the Chamber has to offer. I
                                                                                                                                           businesses is critical. The existing imbalance affects all residents
congratulate you all for making this a wonderful year at the Chamber.                                                                      and businesses fiscally through the tax base and our natural           Government Relations & Advocacy Committee:
                                                                                                                                           environment and our quality of life are diminished by our current      Mark A. Brown, Chair
                                                                          On April 15, 2009, The Oakville Chamber of Commerce hosted                                                                              mbrown@cbci.ca
Aby Alameddine                                                            a breakfast with the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Michael   need to commute to work. (Currently 63% of the people in
                                                                          Ignatieff. Chamber Directors, Event Partners and Volunteers
                                                                                                                                           Oakville that have jobs leave the community to work.)                  Wendy Rinella, Co-Chair
Chair of the Board                                                        were on hand to help with the event. L to R: Elaine Holding,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wrinella@firstcdn.com
                                                                          Cameron Neil, Oakville Chamber of Commerce Directors, and
                                                                          Event Partner Doug Hynek, Hynek Financial Group                  To their credit the Town has taken some very positive steps to         Katherine Hollinsworth, Policy Analyst
                                                                                                                                           address this imbalance including:                                      khollinsworth@cogeco.ca
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Members                toRecognize Professional Directory                                                                                President’s                       Message
Members for 5 years
Avalanche Foods Inc.
BriChem Sales Ltd.
Canadian Mental Health Association                                                                                                                              The Chamber year end is June            Partnering with Tim Hortons, M&M Meats and the
Catilyst, A Division of Strategus Inc                                                                                                                           30 and that is when we                Kerr Village Business Improvement Area we presented
Equi-Line Plus/Painted Ponies                                                                                                                                   traditionally look back at the past   an Environmental Clean-up Day;
F.A.S.T. (Family Adolescent Straight Talk Inc.)                       Laurence J. Henderson Christie E. Henderson Josée T. O’Toole
                                                                                                                                                                year and review our performance.        Engaging 27 other local Chambers to help us promote
InSite Creations Web Design & Development                                                www.hendersonpartnersllp.ca
Protea Transportation Logistics Inc                                                  224 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON L6K 3A8                                      I am very pleased to report it was    this year’s Canadian Open in Oakville in support of the
                                                                                       tel: 905.829.3701 fax: 905.829.1454
Power Source Canada                                                                                                                                             a very active and successful year.    Royal Canadian Golf Association;
7 Park Avenue Financial (division of 6169899 Canada Inc)                                                                                 Chamber membership and revenues are at record levels
The Glass Half Full                                                                                                                      and event attendance is stronger than ever.                   Partnering with the Town of Oakville and the three
Unifirst Canada Ltd.                                                                                                                                                                                  Business Improvement areas to promote the “I Shop
                                                                                                                                         We were fortunate to have the opportunity to host U.S.       Oakville” Campaign;
Members for 10 years
Classic Tan                                                                                                                              Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, Premier Dalton
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Working with the Town of Oakville on a number of
Hearing Solutions                                                          Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Computer Services          McGuinty, Federal Cabinet Ministers Lisa Raitt and
                                                                                       Serving Oakville for over 50 years                                                                             issues, our Government Relations & Advocacy
Resource Metals & Alloys Inc.                                                                                                            Tony Clement, Federal Opposition Leader Michael
                                                                                          Oakville Corporate Centre                                                                                   Committee was particularly pleased to see the Town
Cedar Springs Health Racquet & Sportsclub                                   690 Dorval Drive, Suite 310, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3W7       Ignatieff and Opposition Critics Scott Bryson and
                                                                                    Tel: 905-845-6633 Fax: 905-845-6064                                                                               approve a comprehensive Economic Development
Robert B. Channing Consulting                                                                                                            Navdeep Bains, Canadian Consul General to the US
Oxford Learning Centre                                                                                                                                                                                Strategy and commit to supporting the Oakville Tourism
                                                                                                                                         Stephen Brereton, US Consul General to Canada John
UHU America Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                      Partnership for the next 24 months.
                                                                                                                                         Nay and Mayor Rob Burton. We also hosted prominent
Members for 20 years                                                                                                                     business leaders Ron Foxcroft of Fluke Transport and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations and thanks to Aby Alameddine for his
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre (Oakville Inc.)                                                                                            Craig Wright from RBC who shared their expertise and
Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Realtor                                                                                                                                                                 outstanding leadership and on such a successful year as
                                                                                                                                         experience with our Members.
 (Al McWhirter and Augy Carnovale                                                                                                                                                                     Board Chair. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Members. I would also like to extend a very special
Members for 30 years                                                                                                                     This year the Chamber worked on a number of new
Kerreigh Ernst Insurance Agencies Ltd.                                                                                                                                                                thank you to all of our many volunteers, partners and
                                                                                                                                         initiatives:



NewMembers
Century 21/Miller Real Estate Ltd.                                                                                                                                                                    staff. We could not do the very important work we do in
                                                                                     905.632.5978 | 866.823.9990                           Launching a new website that has become a powerful         support of the business community in Oakville without
                           June/July/August 2009
                                                                                                                                         communication and reference tool for our members and         all of their on-going support.

June 2009                                     July 2009                                         JJM and Associates
                                                                                                                                         the public;
Grandover Management Inc.                     Kelly Legal Services                              Realty Executives First LTd. Brokerage                                                                As proud as we are of our accomplishments this past
Ren's Carpet & Flooring                       Crate Digital Incorporated                        Blazing Design Inc.
                                                                                                                                           Recruiting a team of Chamber Ambassadors. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                      year, our focus must be on the future. I am looking
Pure Power Athletics Group Inc.               AQA Canada Inc.                                   La Casa Del Gelato                       have been a great support in reaching out and helping
Peerless Connections Inc.                     Bitcurve Systems Inc.DSA Consultants              Churchill Place - Lifestyle Retirement                                                                forward to working with our new Board of Directors and
                                                                                                                                         engage our members and acting as hosts at events;
Oakville Mitsubishi                           Jacob Campbell Group Inc.                         Communities                                                                                           Executive Committee and continuing to provide
Turtle Jack's Muskoka Grill                   Peak Performance International                    Dynamic Hospitality
AML Communications Inc.                       Boffo's                                           Quantum Media Group                        Hosting quarterly New Member Breakfasts to help            outstanding value to our members.
eQuality Car Rental                           Odyssey Health Services                           National Wines - U - Brew                members understand how they can maximize the value of
Hudson Consulting                             Life is Good
Forex Mercantile Inc.                                                                                                                    their Chamber membership. These breakfasts have
EMD Serono Canada                                                                                                                        proven to be very popular;                                   John Sawyer
K. Bruce MacKay TD Waterhouse Canada          August 2009                                                                                                                                             President,
Spyder Works Inc.                             Denny's                                                                                      Facilitating Economic Round Tables with local business
Real Property Solutions                       Three Oceans Trading (Canada) Ltd.                                                                                                                      Oakville Chamber of Commerce
KPMG Enterprise                               Predictive Success Corporation                                                             leaders and elected officials to help them understand and
Swansea Computer Specialists Ltd.             Alam & Rasul, Certified Management                                                         deal with the challenges the economy presented;
Marcon International Inc.                     Accountants
Entripy Group Inc                             Shirley Tom Professional Corp.
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                                                                                                       The Halton Industrial Education Council
          Quality Printing & Creative Design for over 30 years.                            For two decades, HIEC has brought business and                         anniversary gala event on Tuesday, November 17th,
                                                                                           education together with the determined vision of                       2009 at the Burlington Convention Centre. To help
                                                                                           ‘Inspiring Informed Career Decisions’ in Halton. On                    celebrate this landmark occasion, HIEC is proud to
                                                                                           November 17th 1989, the Oakville, Burlington,                          announce that thought leader Richard Florida,
                                                                                           Halton Hills and Milton Chambers of Commerce                           author of the global best-seller The Rise of the
  Quality that’s bound to catch your eye                                                   along with the Halton District and Halton Catholic
                                                                                           District School Boards, Sheridan College, local
                                                                                                                                                                  Creative Class and his latest book Who’s Your City,
                                                                                                                                                                  will be the keynote speaker for this exciting
                                                                                           industry and municipal representation, came                            evening.
                 Business Cards                                                            together to officially form an industry education
                 Letterhead                                                                council in Halton. The four Chambers of Commerce                       You’re invited! All community partners are invited
                 Envelopes                                                                 in Halton have played, and continue to play an                         to come and celebrate our anniversary. Tickets are
                 Brochures                                                                 important part in HIEC’s evolution. Throughout the                     available starting at $150 per person and $1200 per
                 Post Cards                                                                past 20 years, we have had many Chamber members                        table of eight. To register, learn about sponsorship
                 Labels                                                                    participate and contribute to our organization. HIEC                   opportunities or to get involved with the 20th
                                                                                           is a product of the community collaboration                            Anniversary Legacy Project, please contact us at
                 Posters
                                                                                           opportunities that the Chamber network provides –                      905-634-2575        ext.    10     or    online   at
                 Forms                                                                     and for that, we thank you.                                            www.hiec.on.ca/anniversary. We hope to see there!
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                                                                                                                                                        Kelly Hoey, Executive Director and
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                                                                                           reflect on the many accomplishments that have                Mark Carberry, Chair HIEC Board of Directors

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THE BUSINESS ADVOCATE
                              in theNews                                                                                                                                                           The official launch of the I Shop Oakville initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                   took place on Friday, July 24 at Oakville's Town
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hall. The initiative is a joint effort between the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Oakville Chamber of Commerce, the Town of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Oakville, the three Oakville BIAs and Pattison
Audie McCarthy recently launched her new book             The Oakville Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Outdoor Advertising. For more information and to
NETWORKING EDGE: Building Relationships for               congratulates, Gerry Popp, Past
                                                                                                                                                                                                   sign up, visit www.iShopOakville.ca
Success, A Practical Guide.                               Chair of the Oakville Chamber on his
Audie is the founder and president of Marrek              recent FCA designation by the
Solutions Inc. She has been involved in the human         Institute of Chartered Accountants of                                                    Welcome to I Shop Oakville
resource field, specializing in recruitment,              Ontario.                                                                      Building a vibrant, healthy, livable and sustainable
management training & coaching and positive                                                                                             community means supporting our local economy.
                                                          Gerry is a partner at Grant Thornton,
employee relations for over 15 years. Audie has been                                                                                    Be part of “I Shop Oakville!” It’s easy! To receive
                                                          LLP.
a very active member of the Oakville Chamber of                                                                                         updates and special offers relating to this
Commerce and is the past Chair of our Boost Your                                                                                        campaign, sign up in the Special Offers section
                                                          Partners, along with members of the SB Partners                               and join the “I Shop Oakville!” club today. Please
Business Committee.
                                                          team spent a day in the wilderness doing their part to                        visit the website at: http://www.iShopOakville.ca.
       L to R: David Cage,                                improve       the                                                             If you would like to become a participating
 Executive Director, Stoney
         Creek Chamber of                                 Cartright Nature                                                              merchant in the “I Shop Oakville!” campaign,
         Commerce, Audie                                  Sanctuary       in                                                            please complete the Participation Form found on
    McCarthy, The Marrek                                                                                                                the website and fax to 905 845-9406 or email to
  Group, Anna Adams, The
                                                          conjunction with
  Marrek Group, Marianne                                  the    Hamilton                                                               CountMeIn@Shop-Oakville.ca
     Sawyer, John Sawyer,                                 Naturalists' Club
        President, Oakville                                                                                                                                                                         On hand to launch the initiative (L to R front row) Oakville Chamber of
   Chamber of Commerce.                                                                                                                                                                             Commerce Chair Aby Alameddine, Kerr Village BIA Chair Alan Kowall,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pattison Sales Manager Paul Mason, Pattison VP Bob Leroux, (L to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    R back row) Mayor Rob Burton, Pattison Account Executive Theresa
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Neilsen, Downtown Oakville BIA Chair Joe Giraldi.
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Volunteer
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                            Profile
                                                                                                                      Increasing the supply of clean energy is another                 The Minister referenced her government’s clean
                                                                                                                      priority according to Minister Raitt even though we              energy fund, with $1 billion over five years; $150
Elizabeth Kamps                                                                                                       will still be dependent on carbon fuels for several              million of that money earmarked for research and up
                                                                                                                      decades to come. Raitt quoted her government’s Eco               to $850 million for development of technologies for
                                                                                                                      Energy for Renewable Power Initiative, which is                  carbon capture and storage. Raitt noted that
                                                                                                                      meant to encourage the production of clean                       Canada’s full greenhouse gas emission profile is
Elizabeth has lived in Oakville for over 20 years and     Elizabeth enjoys volunteering and believes that being       electricity to the grid. To ensure transmission to the           only 10% of the total emissions in North America.
has been a member of the Oakville Chamber of              a volunteer not only helps others but has benefited         grid, the action plan includes $1 billion for green
Commerce since 2005.                                      her as well. She has derived a great deal of                infrastructure which could include modernization of              Minister Raitt concluded her speech with a
                                                          satisfaction from being part of the dedicated group of      energy transmission lines and ensuring the “Smart                discussion about nuclear energy. She reiterated the
Elizabeth started her career as a part-time front desk    the Oakville Chamber volunteers. Elizabeth is a very        Grid” can accommodate our growing supply of                      necessity for the restructuring of the Atomic Energy
clerk. Rising through the various departments and         active Chamber member and has been a volunteer on           renewable energy. The government’s Eco Energy for                of Canada Limited (AECL) in order for the
taking night courses she earned her CHA (Certified        many committees since joining the Chamber.                  Bio Fuels Program is investing up to $1.5 billion                organization to compete internationally and take full
Hotel Administrator) enabling her to manage a full-       Currently, Elizabeth is Chair of the Oakville               over the next nine years in support of bio fuels.                advantage of emerging opportunities. The Minister
service hotel and her Interior Design accreditation.      Chamber Annual Golf Tournament.                                                                                              commented that nuclear energy plays a critical role
She met her husband John who had the same
                                                                                                                      Technology is making a change in greenhouse gas                  in Canada’s clean energy strategy as nuclear energy
entrepreneurial spirit and together they started their    Although volunteering means no financial gain,
                                                                                                                      emissions, specifically in the use of carbon fuels               is non-emitting.
own company designing and supplying turnkey               Elizabeth believes the rewards gained from the
                                                                                                                      with a process known as carbon capture and storage.
establishments in the hospitality industry in Ontario,    experience outweigh any form of financial
the Caribbean and Cuba.                                   remuneration. Overcoming hurdles and obstacles
                                                          while accomplishing a task increases self esteem and
Elizabeth has learned many key lessons in her career      confidence. Networking, making friends, making a
in the hospitality and interior design business and her   difference is what volunteering is all about!
continued success can be attributed to her                However, ask Elizabeth and she will tell you that it is
commitment to traditional business values. She has        the staff at the Chamber that makes volunteer work
learned, through her experience, that being upfront,      easy….at the same time making you as a volunteer
honest and compassionate are key attributes to            look really good!
earning her clients’ trust and ensuring their needs are
met & exceeded.                                           Since joining the Chamber Elizabeth has attended
                                                          many events and seminars where she has had an
After the passing of her husband, Elizabeth decided       opportunity to network and meet many interesting
to make a change and followed her instinct to             people representing companies both large and small.
develop Xtream Reality Productions, a company             Elizabeth really listens to people and realizes it really           Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                              and MP for Halton                                  Caroline Hughes, Director of Government Relations, Ford
dedicated to online marketing, producing virtual          helps you to get a true understanding of a person and                                                                               Canada, and Karen Richardson, President, Freeze-Dry Foods Ltd.
tours and photo compositions for the hospitality and      his/her business.
travel industry.
                                                          If you haven’t met Elizabeth already at one of the
Last September Elizabeth was approached to partner        many Chamber events, please don’t hesitate to call
in a new venture, Your Key Advantage. Elizabeth           her. Elizabeth can be reached at 905-847-1709
realized that she really wanted the challenge of this
new business and is thoroughly enjoying the
experience. Your Key Advantage is a dynamic, fresh        For more information visit Elizabeth’s websites:
approach for growth-driven professionals who want         www.yourkeyadvantage.com
to develop and grow their respective business.            www.xrpinc.ca
Elizabeth sees the potential that Your Key Advantage
has to offer and it really is a ‘win/win’ for everyone!                                                                                                                                      Aby Alameddine, Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Minister
                                                                                                                        Finn Greflund, Vice President TransCanada and Event Partner,
                                                                                                                                          introduces Minister Raitt.                         Raitt, Sonny Jelinek, Chair-Elect, Oakville Chamber of Commerce

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                               Lisa Raitt Talks Energy                                                                                                 Member                     Profile
 On August 20, the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of                       has ten billion tons of coal reserves and Canada is the
 Natural Resources and MP for Halton, addressed an                            world’s number one producer of uranium. Minister                         MOEN
 Oakville Chamber of Commerce audience of over 300                            Raitt went on to say that Canada’s energy exports
 Chamber members and their guests at the Oakville                             account for more than 30% of our total exports.
 Conference Centre about Canada’s energy future.                                                                                                       MOEN HISTORY                                                  ABOUT AL MOEN
                                                                              Filling the gap of depleting carbon fuels is a critical
 The Minister acknowledged that her government’s                              goal for Canada’s and the world’s energy future.                         Timeless designs. Styles unlike anything else. Faucets and    The year was 1937. In Seattle, Washington, a college
                                                                                                                                                       fixtures that are livable and enduring. These are just some   student named Al Moen was working in a garage to earn
 top priority is medical isotopes, focusing on the                            According to Minister Raitt, Canada is committed to
                                                                                                                                                       of the reasons that Moen® is the number one faucet brand      his tuition money. While cleaning up after work one night,
 repair of the Chalk River Reactor and coordinating                           having 90% of our electricity needs provided by non-                     in Canada. But, Moen does more than make faucets. It's        he turned on the old-fashioned two-handle faucet to wash
 reactor schedules. In order to keep Canada as a world                        emitting sources by 2020. The Minister was quick to                      also a major supplier of innovative bath accessories.         his hands, and a sudden burst of hot water made him jump
 leader in energy, Minister Raitt identified three key                        point out that Canada needs to balance its need for                      Moen is part of Fortune Brands´ Home and Hardware             back in alarm. That set an idea in motion in Al Moen's mind
 components: technology to take advantage of carbon                           energy and the economic activity it generates, with                      group - a forward-thinking consumer brands company that       that literally changed the world of plumbing and the way
 energy; energy efficiency at the home, business and                          doing our part to protect the global environment.                        includes leading cabinetry, door and lock manufacturers.      much of the world today gets its water -- it gave him the
 community levels; and utilizing renewable resources                          Raitt pointed out that we have the Canadian Industry                     Moen Canada sells and distributes product in all provinces    idea for the single-handle faucet. He once said, "it got me
 including windmills, solar and geo-thermal.                                  Program for Energy Conservation. The government                          and territories in Canada at retail locations such as The     thinking that you ought to be able to get what you wanted
                                                                              has been working with companies nation-wide to                           Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and            out of a faucet. The more I thought about it, the more I was
                                                                                                                                                       Lowe's, as well, as kitchen and bath wholesale showrooms.     convinced that a single-handle mixing faucet was the
 Minister Raitt shared some of Canada’s energy                                develop and implement ideas for reduction of energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     answer, so I began to make some drawings."
 statistics with the audience: Canada is second only to                       consumption. The Minister commented that in 2006,                        A PROUD PAST                                                   It took Al countless tries to sell his concept to plumbing
 Saudi Arabia in the world in proven oil resources,                           Canadian industry saved $3 billion in energy costs                                                                                     products manufacturers. Al worked on many revisions.
 Canada is the third largest producer and second                              and avoided more than 37 mega tons of greenhouse                         Moen, originally part of Ravenna Metal Products of            World War II put a hold on the project, as materials were
 biggest exporter of natural gas in the world, Canada                         gas emissions.                                                           Seattle, Washington, became part of Stanadyne, Inc. in        needed for the war effort. But by 1947, Al had an interested
                                                                                                                                                       1956 as the Company's only consumer brand. In 1959, The       manufacturer -- Ravenna Metal Products of Seattle -- and
                                                                                                                                                       Mueller Brass Company began distributing faucets in           they sold their first 250 faucets to a San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                       Canada. Stanadyne Inc. set up its Canadian subsidiary for     plumbing supplier. The Moen® single-handle faucet was on
                                                                                                                                                       the marketing and distribution of Moen faucets in             its way to becoming a household name, not only in North
                                                                                                                                                       Scarborough, Ontario in 1970.                                 America, but in approximately 55 countries around the
                                                                                                                                                       Stanadyne Inc. (Moen Group Canada) acquired Chicago           world today.
                                                                                                                                                       Specialties (Canada) and moved the total operation to its      By 1959, the Moen single-handle faucet was in hundreds
                                                                                                                                                       Mississauga facilities in 1987.                               of thousands of homes in the U.S., buoyed by the post-war
                                                                                                                                                       Stanadyne was acquired in 1988 by Forstmann-Little &          building boom. And in that year, a survey of the world's
                                                                                                                                                       Company. In 1989, Moen was given the status of an             leading designers, published in FORTUNE magazine,
                                                                                                                                                       independent company and renamed Moen Incorporated             named the Moen single-handle faucet as one of the top 100
                                                                                                                                                       before being purchased by MasterBrand Industries, Inc., an    best designed mass-produced products of modern times.
      Minister Raitt speaks to Bob Weese, Vice President of                              Aby Alameddine, Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, looks    operating company of American Brands, and opening its         Another FORTUNE article published in 1991 listed Moen
 Government & External Relations, GE Canada and Event Partner.                            on while Minister Raitt takes questions from the audience.   new facility in Oakville, Ontario, in 1990.                   faucets as a part of "100 of America's Best." Al Moen
                                                                                                                                                       In 1994, Moen celebrated becoming the number one brand        headed Moen Incorporated's research and development
                                                                                                                                                       in North America. American Brands became Fortune              group until his retirement in 1982. He held over 75 patents,
                                                                                                                                                       Brands in 1997, and Moen is now part of the Fortune           including the replaceable cartridge (eliminating washers in
                                                                                                                                                       Brands' Home and Hardware group.                              faucets), the screen aerator, push-button shower valve
                                                                                                                                                       In the time that Moen has been part of the Fortune Brands     diverter, swivel spray, pressure balancing shower valve and
                                                                                                                                                       family, it has introduced a wide range of consumer-           flow control aerator. Many of his patents were in fields
                                                                                                                                                       preferred, stylish products-- positioning Moen as the         totally unrelated to plumbing.
                                                                                                                                                       number one plumbing brand, both in market share and in         A nominee for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Al
                                                                                                                                                       the minds of consumers.                                       Moen has been honored by the plumbing industry, being
                                                                                                                                                       With Moen, you'll always find the perfect balance between     named to the Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame in 1993. His
                                                                                                                                                       styles you'll love and innovation you can live with. Buy it   genius is perhaps best summed up by the simple title that
                                                                                                                                                       for looks. Buy it for life®.                                  appeared on his business card -- Al Moen, Inventor.
                   Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Halton, addresses a crowd of over 300 Chamber members
                                                        and their guests about Canada’s energy future.

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