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In this issue - June 1, 2012




MBOT Hosts Minister Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada


(Dero Sabatini, Minister Tony Clement, Grant Clark)


On May 18th Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) hosted a "Politically Speaking" Breakfast with Minister Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada. The event which was held at the Glenerin Inn, Mississauga was a special opportunity for Minister Clement to address local business and interest groups on the Canadian economy, 2012 federal budget, reduction of red tape and open government.


Special thanks to event sponsors TD Commercial Banking and ABB Inc.

Please like/join Mississauga Board of Trade on Facebook to see more pictures of the Minister Tony Clement Breakfast.



ITS in Mississauga Online Employer Resource
Featured Videos: Part 3


        ITS (Internationally Trained & Skilled) in Mississauga is a program funded by the Ontario Government, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and is part of the Global Experience at Work Program. The objective of ITS in Mississauga is to create and increase awareness amongst employers on the benefits of hiring Internationally Trained Professionals. Through the program Mississauga Board of Trade has identified barriers & challenges businesses face when hiring foreign trade professionals. We then explored and identified key service support agencies that are able to help navigate employers through the process of hiring Internationally Trained Professionals.

         For the ease and convenience of employers each agency was individually profiled at
www.itsinmississauga.ca under "Employer Resource." But we didn't stop there; we also travelled to their offices and filmed them to discuss the services they provide and how they have helped local businesses (employers who have used their services were also interviewed). This installments featured videos are TRIEC and Pitney Bowes.


Some services provided by TRIEC are:

  • Cultural Diversity Awareness
  • Educational Resources
  • Recruitment & Retention
MBOT- TRIEC (An Employer Resource)
MBOT- TRIEC (An Employer Resource)


MBOT- Pitney Bowes discusses their experience with TRIEC
MBOT- Pitney Bowes discusses their experience with TRIEC



ITS in Mississauga to Host Two
Cultural Diversity Awareness Seminars in July

Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) in partnership with Skills for Change will be hosting Cultural Diversity Awareness Seminars on July 19th at Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre. The seminars are part of MBOT's ITS (Internationally Trained & Skilled) in Mississauga program and will discuss diversity at the workplace,
as well as provide business cases on effective cross-cultural
communication and team building in the workplace.


What is ITS in Mississauga?  

ITS in Mississauga (International Trained & Skilled in Mississauga) is an employer focused program delivered by the Mississauga Board of Trade, geared at assisting Mississauga businesses with the employment integration of foreign trained professionals. Through an employer awareness campaign, the program will increase 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.  

Event Info:


 *Please note each seminar is independent of each other, so you may choose to attend one or both.* 




Diversity @ Work 
Thursday, July 19th, 2012


Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road, Unit 7, Mississauga ON





Seminar 1: Cross-Cultural Communications in the Workplace   






  • Identify the role cultural diversity plays in the communication process
  • Examine how culture informs values and behavior
  • Learn how to develop more culturally aware/culturally-sensitive communication strategies
  • Communicate effectively while understanding the role that "soft skills" play  



7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction 
8:05 a.m. Seminar Start
9:00 a.m. Closing



Seminar 2: Team Building in Your Diverse Workplace  

  • Recognize what diversity really means and the importance of each culture
  • Help people of different identities navigate cultural differences
  • Help mainstream society embrace cultural differences
  • Educate people with oppressive behaviours and promote inclusiveness  

 8:45 a.m. Registration 
9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9:20 a.m. Seminar Start 
10:20 a.m. Closing  




Cost of the Seminars:   






 For more information click here.  



Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Conducting
Survey on Skills and Competitiveness

As part of the CCC's ongoing consultation with the chamber network on the issues related to skills/competitiveness, they are pleased to be able to provide you with a short survey that is appropriate for sharing with your members to gather input on this important issue under the skills umbrella.  

This survey focuses on issues relative to Barriers to Competitiveness. They encourage both you and your members to complete the survey. 


For more information please contact the Canadian Chamber of Commerce at http://www.chamber.ca/

















ONe-Source Web Portal Makes it Easier to do Business in Ontario


(Mr. Pabla, Ajmer Pabla, Minister Takhar, Allan O'Dette, Sheldon Leiba)


Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) applauds the Government of Ontario for taking steps to make it faster and easier for new and small businesses to get the services and information they need to start, operate and grow.

ONe-Source for Business, the new, online government services to business portal will help businesses customize services and information and retain valuable data from multiple interactions with the government.

Mr. Harinder S. Takhar, Minister of Government Services recently unveiled ONe source at local Mississauga business Brar Sweets Restaurant. The event was emceed by MBOT President & CEO, Sheldon Leiba and was attended by the local business community and stakeholders including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President & CEO Allan O'Dette.

"This province was built on, and continues to thrive because of small and medium-sized businesses. Any service that houses easy to find information in a single location makes a huge difference for new businesses in terms of time and cost-savings, and that's going to help grow the economy," said Ontario Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Allan O'Dette.

To date, more than 10,000 businesses have registered for the Province's ONe-Source for Business service. The online portal provides quick and easy access to over 5,000 services and information from all levels of government, allowing small business owners to focus on creating jobs and competing in the global economy.

ONe-Source addresses many of the common frustrations that businesses encounter when interacting with government:

1. Easily search across multiple sources of information to get a customized listing of forms, services and programs relevant to your specific business needs - Saving hours of research time each year.

2. Find, fill in and submit forms electronically eliminating the need to print, fill in tombstone information and mail in forms.

3. Keep track of relationships and accounts with various government programs - making it easier to know where businesses stand in terms of being in compliance with a variety of programs.





For more details on these events, and to view other events, click here

Trip to China Information Session

June 11, 2012

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Mississauga


Good Morning Mississauga - June

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Glenerin Inn


Business Learning - Human Resources and your Business

June 21, 2012

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Centre for Health & Safety Innovation


Speed Networking - June

June 25, 2012

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Staples (Dundas)


Trip to China Information Session

June 27, 2012

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Mississauga Board of Trade


Doing Business With India

June 28, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Glenerin Inn



Glenerin Inn Mississauga
1695 The Collegeway

Join the 85th Anniversary Celebration!


Thursday, June 14th
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Come see the newly renovated Carriage House and enjoy twenties-era style, music, food & cocktails.
There will also be complimentary massages from The Spa and a chance to win a Romantic Getaway for Two. Entertainment provided by Canadian Jazz Recording Artist Terra Hazelton.  

To attend please RSVP by e-mail: rsvp@glenerininn.com



 It's Not About the Money!

When Estate Planning Goes Wrong


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Amica at Erin Mills
4620 Kimbermount Ave
Mississauga, ON, L5M 5W5



Registration & Refreshments: 7:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Event: 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm


This unique event features Linda Somers, M.Ed, Legacy Coach, who shares her personal experience and insights about the pitfalls of estate planning. Linda partnered with creative drama centre for older adults at Ryerson University, to develop "The Accidental Inheritance", a play with a humorous look at what happens when the long term consequences of estate planning are not considered.


You will leave this session with insights into:


-The traps of estate planning
-Benefits of inter-generational communication
-Preventing family disputes about your will


This is a FREE event. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to info@preventaccidentalinheritance.com or call 905-816-91463

Please click here to view event flyer.

For more information, please call (905) 273 6151