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In this issue - February 6, 2012




MBOT Federal Pre-Budget Roundtable

(Sheldon Leiba, MP Bob Dechert, MP Stella Ambler, Minister Van Loan, MP Brad Butt, Grant Clark)


In anticipation of this year's budget Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) has been actively engaged in consultations with members of parliament, local politicians and the Mississauga business community.


On Friday January 20th MBOT hosted a pre-budget consultation at MBOT headquarters with Minister Peter Van Loan, MP Bob Dechert, and MP Stella Ambler, along with the local business community & press.


Many topics were covered during the meeting. Minister Van Loan communicated that the economy, job security, and tax plan for jobs & growth remain top priorities for 2012. Top priorities that were brought up by the local business community were loss of manufacturing jobs, EI system, trade, and investment in R&D.


Minister Van Loan, as well as the MP's echoed the business communities concerns. MP Brad Butt (Streetsville) encouraged anyone with concerns or comments to get in touch with him at his local Mississauga, Streetsville office.


For those interested, a copy of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce federal pre-budget consultations, which was released in October of 2011 can be viewed here.

MBOT Engaged in Local Pre-Budget Consultations


(Minister Bal Gosal, MP Bob Dechert, MP Stella Ambler, MP Wladyslaw Lizon)


In addition to MBOT's roundtable MBOT President & CEO Sheldon Leiba attended two additional local pre-budget consultations on January 17  and January 27, 2012. Pre-budget consultations were hosted  by Minister Bal Gosal with MP Bob Dechert, MP Stella Ambler, MP Wladyslaw Lizon and Minister Fantino (East-Cooksville) on respective dates.

MBOT to host Honourable Charles Sousa,
of Citizenship and Immigration


 "Hiring & Integrating Internationally Trained
Professionals into the Workforce"


Mississauga Board of Trade's (MBOT) job fair is bigger and better than ever, as MBOT will be hosting an employer information seminar in conjunction with this year's job fair with keynote speaker the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration..


As part of Mississauga Board of Trade's ITS in Mississauga program, MBOT will host a job fair Thursday, March 8, 2012 atThe Living Arts Centre. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with local companies that are hiring, who will be pre-screening candidates on the spot, as well as taking resumes and applications.


Last year's event proved to be a success for both employers and job seekers, as many employers were able to meet with candidates that suited the positions they were hiring for.


MBOT hosted over 40 employers and was attended by over 600 people. Many different sectors lined the atrium of the Living Arts Centre. Local community partners were also present, providing employment advice and highlighting their many programs and serves to help individuals become gainfully employed.


If you are an employer interested in a display table, or a potential candidate interested in attending please contact Steven Isidori, Policy & Research Coordinator at 905-273-6151 xt.38 or at policy@mbot.com.




MBOT Welcomes Allan O'Dette as New OCC President & CEO


Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) would like to welcome & congratulate Allan O'Dette on becoming the new President & CEO for the OCC. MBOT looks forward to working alongside with Mr. O'Dette on Chamber policies & initiatives.

Mr. O'Dette is a past President and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto, has served for five years on the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is active on the boards of Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), as well as the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance.

With over 25 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, he has served the industry association as a regional Vice-Chair and is currently the Chair of the National Private Payer Committee for Canada's Researched Based Pharmaceutical Companies.

Mr. O'Dette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He will assume his role at the OCC effective early February 2012.

 New ITSinMississauga.ca Employer Resource  

Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) is strongly committed to serving its business community. Our goal is to foster sustainable economic growth and development in Mississauga, and we offer a wide diversity of business programs and services, and are active on policy advocacy, to help our members and economy reach its full potential.

A key challenge of business these days is attracting and retaining skilled talent. You would not have to search far to find a HR professional who will tell you this there is high competition for the limited supply of qualified candidates (employees) in our country to fill labour demands needed to grow businesses and organizations.

Canada and Mississauga in particular is very fortunate to possess and continue to attract a large pool of well educated, experienced and skilled immigrants,that want and do contribute to our economy and community, however there has been challenges effectively integrating newcomers into our workplaces.

Recruiting and integrating skilled immigrants is a grey area for many businesses that simply don't know where to start, to go about the process, and address any barriers. This is where MBOT's ITSinMississauga program comes into play.

ITSinMississauga (International Trained and Skilled in Mississauga) is an employer focused program delivered by Mississauga Board of Trade, geared at assisting Mississauga businesses with the employment integration of foreign-trained professionals. Through an employer awareness campaign, the program increases awareness amongst employers on the benefits of hiring foreign trade professionals and the resources, tools and services available to support the hiring, integration, training and retention of skilled immigrants.

Part of this service includes an online resource in which employers can utilize to help them through the process of finding, hiring, and retaining internationally-trained professionals. The online resource covers such topics as education, recruitment & retention, mentoring, credential services, and cultural adaptation, just to name a few.

Recognizing we live and conduct business in the digital age, MBOT has decided to launch the employer resource at www.ITSinMississauga.ca. The new employer resource will not only individually profile seven community partners (specially organized by their core services), but will also provide exclusive video interviews with the agencies themselves and local businesses who have used their services. All of which are actively involved in the process assisting/hiring ITSPs.

MBOT believes the new approach is exciting and dynamic and urges employers/ HR professionals to take advantage of it. The proposed launch date is mid-February 2012, so check back at www.ITSinMississauga.ca under the resource tab for its debut.

For more information about ITSinMississauga, please contact Steven Isidori,
Policy & Research Coordinator, at (905) 273 6151 ext. 38.  

MBOT Launches New Global Trade
Discussion Forum on LinkedIn


Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) has created a new discussion group on LinkedIn for members that are experienced, knowledgeable or interested in global trade (exporting, importing, sourcing, partnerships, consulting etc.). In the forum you can post articles, participate in discussions, share best practices, advice and referrals, or simply learn from others. The forum is not to be used to "sell" your products or services and will be strictly enforced. This group is exclusive to MBOT members that have a shared interest in global trade. 


The discussion group can be found by searching "MBOT Global Trade Forum" in LinkedIn.


For further information, please contact the MBOT office at (905) 273 6151.



Good Morning Mississauga (GMM) - February 
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 @ Ontario Racquet Club (ORC)


Business Learning - What You Need to Know to Sell Your Business 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ Centre for Health & Safety Innovation


Speed Networking February 
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ Cora's

MBOT to host Keynote Speaker, Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Thursday, March 8, 2012 @ Living Arts Centre

Good Morning Mississauga (GMM) - March w/ Social Media 101

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ Radisson Plaza Mississauga Toronto Airport

Please click here to register for the events listed above

MBOT East Coast Gala Teaser
MBOT East Coast Gala Teaser




BNI Business Showcase 2012


Thursday, February 9, 2012

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Glen Abbey Golf Club

1333 Dorval Drive

Oakville, ONL6M 4G2 


MBOT will have a table at the BNI Business Showcase
so please be sure to stop by and ask about products
and services, etc. and how you can get involved!


This event is free of cost. To register, please click here.

For additional details about the event, please click here.