Volume 6, Issue 1
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Attention Business and Residents 

2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games

Pubic Information Drop In


Civic Recreation Centre
Thornton Road South  

Wednesday January 28
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


On July 10 and August 15, 2015 Oshawa will host Boxing and Weightlifting at the Oshawa Sports Centre. Representatives from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, the Ministry of Transportation, the Integrated Security Unit and the City of Oshawa will be on hand at the Civic Recreation Centre at a  public information session on January 28th.


Plan to attend and learn more about the events taking place in Oshawa, and what they mean for you at games-time. You will learn about the City and its plan to keep you moving during the Games.  

Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Report:
Building A Stronger Future Together


On December 31, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) issued its annual report to members. We think you'll agree that the CCC had a pretty successful year on behalf of Canadian businesses. In the report, you'll find out how the CCC advanced several key issues of importance to its members, addressing the barriers to Canada's competitiveness. They pressed aggressively for solutions to Canada's skills gap, an issue that remains, for the third year in a row, as a main priority for its members.


They undertook a new initiative, the Partnership for Resource Trade, to educate Canadians on the importance of our natural resources to our economic growth and on the need to build the infrastructure that will allow us to responsibly export our resources across the world. They carried out a study of high-growth entrepreneurial companies in Canada, the type of companies that created 45% of the new jobs in Canada in 2012, to find out how they can help them overcome the obstacles they face. And they made progress in getting the federal, provincial and territorial governments to address Canada's internal barriers to trade, although much remains to be done.


To discover more of what the CCC were doing on behalf of its members, please review the report

Building New Business Connections!

Now you can register for all events ONLINE!



Last call to register!

BIZ AFTER 5 - New Member Reception    

TONIGHT! Tuesday, January 20, 2015      
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Meet our newest members and find out how to maximize your membership, market your business, make new connections and get involved. This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE of charge.


Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St., W., Ste. 100, Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




Last call to register!

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


Join the EnGen group for an evening of networking, finger food and beverages while supporting your Oshawa Generals as they battle the North Bay Battalion!


GM Centre
99 Athol Street East, Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




A Tasting Evening at Parkwood
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Mark the date!
Talk and taste...this is a great opportunity to sample great food and beverages and network with others in our business community! Exhibitor tables available.


Parkwood, The R.S. McLaughlin Estate
270 Simcoe St. N.,  Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER. 



Lunch & Learn 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


You have to Kiss a lot of Frogs to find a Prince!

Facilitator: Bob Malcolmson


Attend this round table discussion to learn how to get over networking nervousness and learn techniques and strategies to build a diverse and durable network for work and life.


This is a Member's only event! Bring your own lunch


Greater Oshawa Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W. Suite 100, Oshawa 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


Mayor's Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Mayor Henry

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry addresses the business community. Join us to find out what and how the City of Oshawa is doing.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



7th Annual Challenge!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

We're looking for teams of 5! No team, no problem, we will add you to a team! This is an event where having fun is the name of the game!


Events include: Bowling, GoKarts, Karaoke, Trivia, Scavenger Hunt and more!

REWARD: $1000 to Winning Team for their Charity of Choice! You can also win just by dressing up...your team picks the costume theme!

NEB's Fun World
1300 Wilson Road North, Oshawa 


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.





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Business Of The Month  
Baxters Wigs

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Baxters Wigs on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for January!
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In Memoriam - Terence V. Kelly

Oshawa has lost one of its most celebrated citizens. Longtime lawyer, sports fan and community volunteer Terence V. Kelly died
January 16 at the age of 83. In 1956, Terry Kelly began his practice of law in the Durham Region. From that time until his retirement in 2013 he tirelessly and passionately represented the interests of his clients in the area of personal injury and criminal defence.


Terry has made significant contributions to Oshawa and the surrounding communities in Durham Region and as a result of his accomplishments, both professionally and in the community, Terry received his Q.C. in 1964. Terry spearheaded the Fundraising Campaign for the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, which was built in 1964 and was a member of the Fundraising Committee for the Bowmanville Recreation Complex in 1988.

Terence Kelly was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Oshawa Walk of Fame in 2007. He is the former Chairman of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is a former Director of the Oshawa Generals Hockey Club and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. In May of 2014, in honour of Terry's outstanding contributions to the City and it's residents, the grandstand field at the Civic Fields was renamed Terry Kelly Field.

In recognition of all of his community involvement, Terence Kelly has received the following awards: Centennial Medal (1967), Young Man of The Year (1967), Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Ontario Bicentennial Medal (1984), Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary International (1989) Commemorative Medal (1992), Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) for 50 years of public service, and that includes being a fund-raiser par excellence for the City of Oshawa where it is said that certain buildings wouldn't be there but for the efforts of Terry Kelly.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.


It Pays To Network At WIB

Congratulations to Michele Coleman of CIBC Wood Gundy who won a Fazio's gift certificate at the recent Women in Business (WIB)lunch held on Wednesday, January 14 at Fazio's Restaurant in Oshawa with keynote speaker Michelle Farrugia, host of the Oshawa Generals Hockey (OHL) on Rogers TV. Pictured here are Chamber Vice President Natalie Sims of Durham Medical, Michele Coleman and Michelle Farrugia.


It Pays To Network!
Congratulation to Bob Kaziol of MMM Group who won a pair of first class roundtrip tickets on VIA Rail during the Regional Chair luncheon held on Thursday, January 15 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre with keynote speaker Roger Anderson, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Durham. Pictured here are Gary Dalby of Roy Nichols Motors Ltd. (event sponsor), Bob Kaziol, Peter Hobb of Collins Barrow Durham LLP (event sponsor),and Chamber President Jeff Hayes of Hayes Plumbing & Bathroom Renovations. 

Rose of Durham Windfall
Rose of Durham was the beneficiary of the annual holiday fund-raising drive organized by Conpute. Each year Conpute selects one local charity within Durham Region to donate to at Christmas. This year they selected the Rose of Durham Young Parents Support Services and Conpute and its employees raised $1,600, their biggest fundraiser to date! Pictured here is Conpute President Steve Conaby presenting the ceremonial "big cheque" to the Executive Director, Janet Chappelle just in time for Christmas. Congratulations to the Conpute team, well done!

Exciting New Programs Starting at Durham College

Durham College (DC) is bringing even more opportunity to students this September with the launch of three new programs. As a provider of high-quality post-secondary education on a campus where the student experience comes first, DC knows the importance of offering market-driven programs with economically sound career opportunities to students. Become a professional in accounting and payroll or insurance, or explore your creative side through media fundamentals. You can become equipped with the skills to begin a new career in as little as 20 months. Apply via Ontario Colleges today or for more information visit www.durhamcollege.ca/acpa for Accounting and Payroll; www.durhamcollege.ca/insr for Insurance; or www.durhamcollege.ca/mfun for Media Fundamentals.


FREE Collection of Electronic Materials

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is the provincial non profit program to oversee the safe recycling of electronics in Ontario.  They are offering a free collection to Oshawa businesses the week of January 26, 2015.  We accept 44 categories of electronic materials including phones, fax machines, photocopiers, computers, radios, tv's etc. To register for this free collection, please respond by email before January 19 to ssmith@ontarioes.ca and let Sharon Smith know you would like to participate.


Bell Let's Talk Day Is January 28

On January 28, for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of that day's Bell Let's Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs. For more information, visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.


Do You Have A News Event?
If you are celebrating a major milestone such as receiving a professional award, celebrating a grand opening, new location, major expansion or special anniversary, or have news you want to share with fellow Chamber members, contact the Chamber at
905-728-1683 or email details to marketing@oshawachamber.com.  

Welcome New Members...   
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome new members who joined in the last 45 days.

  • Durham Hardcore Fitness
  • Herzing College
  • KM2 Communications
  • Maracle Press Ltd.
  • North American Commodity Consultants
  • Oshawa Speech and Language Centre
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • S & H Property Services
  • Sina's Kitchen - Authentic Italian Food
  • Starvine Capital
  • Susanne Hillebrand, CPA, CMA
  • Yellow Pages Group

Click here
for a complete list of members.



The Chamber is currently preparing the 2015 Business Directory & Buyer's Guide. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase your business to over 5600 key business decision makers.


All members receive a FREE listing in the printed Business Directory and Buyer's Guide. Please ensure your information on file with the Chamber is accurate!  


Advertising space is limited! For more information and advertising rates, contact Michelle Lea at 905-433-7854 or 905-728-1683.


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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .   
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!  


   Whether you have a small sales force or a large fleet of
   service vehicles, the Esso Business Card Program gives
   you exceptional fuel savings, powerful and easy-to-use
   fuel management tools
and broad acceptance at
   nearly 1,800 Esso stations in Canada.
   Keep your business on the move!

   For more information or to enroll, please contact:

   Mario Ojeda Iniguez, Regional Sales Manager
   C.(819) 962 4465
   O.(819) 684 7233


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In This Issue
2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games
CCC 2014 Annual Report
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


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Job Fair

Durham College / UOIT
Wed. Feb, 4/15



Re-Launch of Durham Partners In Project Green
Thu. Jan, 29/15



2015 Business Directory & Buyer's Guide - Showcase Your Business!
Now thru Feb. 27/15 




Community Events 





Their Opportunity's Dimes 4 Time Campaign
Mon. Jan, 5/15 -

Fri. Feb, 20/15


Wak For Memories - Alzheimer Society
Sun. Jan, 25/15


Their Opportunity's Durham Community Night - Arts and Culture Exhibit
Fri. Feb, 6/15


Friends of Canadian Blood Services Appreciation Breakfast
Wed. Feb, 11/15


3rd Annual Pucks 4 Heart
Sat. Feb, 21/15



Their Opportunity's Dimes 4 Time Assembly on Generosity
Thu. Feb, 26/15


10th Annual
Heart to Heart Gala
Sat. Feb, 28/15


5th Annual Wingfest - BBBS
Sat. Feb, 28/15


"In Our Own Backyard" Gala Event benefiting Habitat for Humanity Durham
Sat. Mar, 7/15


Bowl For Kids' Sake - BBBS
Wed. May, 6/15



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Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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