Dear Members & Friends of VCC;


It is with mixed emotions that I am stepping down as President and CEO of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with the Chamber; in particular, working alongside the Vaughan business community, municipal, regional, provincial and federal government representatives and several non-profits and charities.


The strength of the VCC membership is made possible thanks to you. You are the Voice, Community and Culture of Vaughan and through working together; business can be strengthened, and ultimately our city is strengthened.


Although I am returning to my roots of philanthropy; to lead a capital campaign at Yonge Street Mission, I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve with the Vaughan Chamber members, staff and Board of Directors.


All the Best

Paula Curtis 


MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!                                                          February 2015


Welcome to our NEW members...

Brado Precision Machine & Tool Co. Ltd.
I.M. Creative Learning
John M Yeboah Professional Corporation
Liliana Nalli CPA, CGA
RBC - Max Ma

Royal Canadian Health Care Services Inc.

Transam Carriers Inc.




Ace Services Group Inc.



Goodlife Fitness Vaughan Keele

Mirrors N' More

Mr. Sub

Right Drive Inc.



Join the VCC!

Click here to begin your engagement with
Vaughan's Premier Business Association

Special Student Member rate - $52/year

Must be a full-time student to qualify 

Membership RENEWALS...

Accessible Daily Living Corporation
Best Way Stone Limited
Bulk Transfer Systems Inc.
C4C Coaching-4-Change
Copper Creek Golf Club
Downing Street Property Management Inc.
Elspeth Heyworth Centre For Women
ETA Vaughan Women's Shelter
Ferdom Construction
Intelligent Office - Vaughan
Loopstra Nixon LLP
Mircom Technologies Ltd.
Next-Steps Employment Centre
North Star Homes Inc.
Plan B Promotions Inc.
Render Media
Rens Pets Depot
Royal Envelope Ltd.
Starlane Home Design Centre
Steeles Paint & Decorating Centre Ltd.
Sure Track Courier Ltd.
The TRH Group
United States Office Supplies

...looking forward to another great year together!


Make Use Of The VCC Member Logo


 As a proud member of the Chamber, we are pleased to provide the VCC logo to add to your e-mail signature. 

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to co-brand your business with the VCC. 


For more information regarding this logo or how to use it, please contact Alyssa Marrese at




"Membership Matters" Information & Networking Session



Want to make your VCC MEMBERSHIP MATTER? Then attend this informative session, where you will learn what's new, ways to get involved, programs and services, and how to maximize your VCC membership. There is also an opportunity to network and learn tips on how to make your networking matter. 



Thursday, February 19, 2015
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room
25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Online registration prior to the event is mandatory. 




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room

25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4

4:00-6:30 p.m. 

FREE (Click Here To Register)

Online registration prior to the event is mandatory.




If you are a Business Owner, CEO or Senior Executive, this Peer Group will offer you a small group setting to build
relationships and discuss relevant issues/challenges. Interest topics for discussion include: business challenges, technology, innovations, strategic planning and advisory. The Peer Group requires consistent attendance and meets every two weeks. 



Thursday, February 26, 2015
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room
25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4
7:30-9:00 a.m.
FREE with VCC membership
Registration Prior To Event Mandatory - Contact Joe Pampena at




Tuesday, March 12, 2015

Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room

25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4

7:30-9:30 a.m. 

FREE with VCC membership

Registration Prior To Event Mandatory - Contact Joe Pampena at


Time to Renew Your VCC Membership? 

Take advantage of a NEW membership opportunity! 

Register for a 2-year membership and earn up to $150 in "Chamber Cash" 

Chamber Cash is accepted at the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, and can be used towards event tickets, advertising, booths, sponsorships, etc.

To register your 2-year membership, or for more information, 
call 905-761-1366 Ext. 225 or email


For registration, please contact Sudhir Gandhi, TEC Chair - Cell: (647) 289-2733 / E-mail:  

Click Here to inquire about advertising your company
Or to book your banner ad, please email or call 905-761-1366 ext. 229.





Free Info Session


Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 4:30 pm -6:30pm
Location: Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
25 Edilcan Dr, Vaughan ON L4K 3S4


Register Here

For more information call (905) 761-1366 Ext. 223 or email 



Sponsorship Opportunities
Gold Award Sponsor - $7,500
Runner Up Award Sponsor - $6,500
Silver Sponsor - $5,000
Reception Sponsor - $3,500
Decor Sponsor - $3,500

Corporate Tables
Members - $2,500 + HST / Non-Members - $3,000 + HST

Members - $195 + HST / Non-Members - $295 + HST

Click Here To Register

For more information contact Jennifer Coletta-Rashty at

Save The Date...
Let's Talk Exports
With Peter Hall, 
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

  Thursday, May 7th, 2015
  11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  $40 members / $60 non-members

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. He has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international economic analysis and forecasting. Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing economic and political risk analysis, special research and the corporate library. In addition to advising senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences across the country and internationally, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on recent economic developments and implications for the outlook. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of international economic issues.


Board of Directors Call For Nominations

Vaughan Chamber members have the opportunity to consider either nominating themselves or someone they know to serve on the Board of Directors. Ideally the candidate will have previously served on a Chamber Committee / Board and has expertise in one or more of the following areas: Board Governance, Finance, Events, Policy/Advocacy, Marcom and Membership. The terms are 2 years beginning April, 2015.


Please submit before February 24 by email a CV together with a letter of interest outlining the reasons for wanting to serve on the Board to


The nominations received will be reviewed and the finalists interviewed by the Nomination Committee. Please direct your questions to Paula Curtis at 904-761-1366 ext. 222 or by email.




Want to have a say, make a difference and get involved? 

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers interested in joining the Membership and Marketing/Communications (MarCom) Committees: 
  • The Membership Committee works to attract and retain members through facilitating focus groups, Membership Matters Sessions and starting the Ambassadors Program, to name a few opportunities. 
  • The MarCom Committee provides ongoing promotional support to the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce by developing materials, resources and technology that will enhance the marketing and communications initiatives of the Chamber.  
Each Committee meets monthly. Email your questions/area of interest to   


Women Entrepreneur Reception
January 23, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Fantino, Mrs. Laureen Harper, Paula Curtis, VCC President & CEO

Joyce Usher-Mesiano, President of National Brokers Insurance Services Inc. 
& VCC Board Director on winning The Most Innovative Full-Service Brokerage Firm - Canada



VCC Alliance Members





For complete listing of VBEC's events and seminars, CLICK HERE

The Conference Board of Canada has partnered with the Province to offer a workshop explaining the Standard and HR practices and policies that promote
accessible employment. 


Click Here to register or for more information

The Healthy Italian - Veggies In The Spotlight

Make veggies the heart of your meal with this easy, filling soup.


Creamy Chickpea-Squash Soup (Crema di ceci e zucca)


1½ cups dried chickpeas (about 10.5 oz/300 g) or 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL each) no-salt-added chickpeas

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 slices turkey bacon-style, chopped (2.8 oz/80 g)

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1½ cups chopped celery with leaves (see tip)

2 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash

7 cups no-salt-added vegetable or chicken broth

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

½ tsp sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

¼ cup 2% evaporated milk

Extra-virgin olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes for garnish (optional)

1) Soak chickpeas overnight in enough water to cover them by several inches in a glass or ceramic bowl. Drain chickpeas, rinse and drain again when ready to use. (If using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse chickpeas just before preparing ingredients).


2) In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add bacon. Stir continuously until bacon is lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion, garlic and celery and cook until softened. Add chickpeas, squash, broth, rosemary, salt and pepper; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until chickpeas are tender, about 45 minutes. (If using canned chickpeas, reduce cooking time to 20 minutes and follow the remaining instructions.) Remove and discard rosemary stems.


3) Remove soup from heat and immerse a stick hand blender in pot to purée soup until smooth (or carefully transfer soup in batches to the bowl of a food processor and return soup to pot). Return pot to burner and stir in evaporated milk until fully incorporated. Ladle into bowls and serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil (rosemary-infused is even better!) and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.


TIP: Don't discard the celery tops. Not only do the leaves impart great flavor to this soup but also much more vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and calcium, than its stalks.


6 Servings | Gluten-free | High in Beta-carotene (vitamin A)



Excerpted from The Healthy Italian: Cooking for the Love of Food and Family by Fina Scroppo. To book a corporate nutrition workshop & demo, visit for contact info.


Please note that the nutrional information for last month's Wild Mushroom Barley Risotto was incorrect. The correct nutritional information is as follows: 4 Servings | 40 min or less | Meatless PER SERVING: 325 CALORIES | 8 G TOTAL FAT (4 G SATURATED FAT) | 15 MG CHOLESTEROL | 383 MG SODIUM | 50 G CARBOHYDRATE | 10 G FIBRE | 14 G PROTEIN



The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer 

convenient export document certification services

Exporters can also complete export document certifications ONLINE!  



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