Volume 6, Issue 11
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Group Insurance Plan
Our Website Has A New Look!

Redesigning and reorganizing an existing website is no easy task and we approached The Digital Marketing People with big ambitions and expectations to convert to a responsive "mobile-friendly" site design.
We are very pleased with the outcome of many months of hard work and close interaction with Eric and his talented team to bridge our communication needs with the great looking design you see today.

The positive staff and member feedback on our new website has designated this partnership a success! Check it out and let us know what you think!
How Confident Are You In Ontario's Economy?

This winter, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will release Emerging Stronger 2016. Emerging Stronger is a five-year agenda aimed at facilitating Ontario's growth and prosperity.

You are invited to take the Ontario Chamber of Commerce's latest survey to add your voice to Canada's most credible survey of business opinion.

By filling out this five-minute survey you are eligible to win two tickets to anywhere Porter Airlines flies in Canada or the United States.

Survey closes 5PM, Friday, November 27, 2015
LATEST NEWS!                             
OCC: WSIB Is Ahead Of Schedule To Eliminate Unfunded Liability  

Chamber Network Calls On Ontario's Federal MPs To Prioritize Provincial Economy

The Red Wave: What it Means for Canadian Business
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
7:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.
triOS COLLEGE, 200 John Street West, Oshawa

Join us for an informative presentation from Accessibility Works about businesses' obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Registration Deadline: November 17, 2015

Hosted by: 


  DEC. 9, 2015
President's Christmas Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Officers' Mess Ontario Regiment
53 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
Come celebrate the holidays!
Chamber President, Jeff Hayes would like to invite you to this event to say 'Thank You' for all your support of the Chamber this year! We will be collecting unwrapped toys, non perishable food & toiletry items for charity. 
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2015

Sponsored by: 

Business Of The Month  
Provax Travel & Immunization Clinic 

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Provax Travel & Immunization Clinic on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for November!
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Annual Santa's Parade of Lights
On Saturday November 21, Santa's Parade of Lights Oshawa will begin at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Oshawa. Santa has a new route this year, departs on King Street at Gibbons, travels east on King to Centre Street, north on Centre to Bond Street, west on Bond to Gibbons. Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa. Postal Carriers will be along the route to collect and deliver to the North Pole. Visit for details.
Networking On Ice!
Congratulations to BDO Canada - the winning team of the Chamber's "7th Annual Curling "FUN" Spiel" held on November 4th at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club! As the winning team, BDO received $500 to donate to a charity of their choice and BDO selected 'Frontenac Youth Services'! (Pictured left to right, Mike Elmhusrt, Clyde Catton, Victoria Hennessy, & Nigel Allen). Thank you once again to all of the teams who made this event such a fun afternoon!

Firehouse Subs Opens In Style!
Congratulation to Firehouse Subs, on their Grand Opening held Wednesday, October 28 at the first location to open in Canada - Oshawa Gateway, Ritson & Adelaide (Costco plaza), 224 Ritson Road North, Unit C2.4 in Oshawa. They held a friends and family night prior to the official opening and proceeds were donated to Camp BUCKO, a program free to kids ages 7 to 17 with burn injuries. Visit for more information.

DFCC Celebrated 35th Anniversary
Congratulations to the Durham Family Court Clinic celebrating 35 Years at their Open House on Wednesday, October 28 at 44 Richmond Street West, Suite 201, Oshawa.

Mini Mall Opens in Downtown Oshawa
A Taste of Durham Mini Mall recently celebrated their Grand Opening in Downtown Oshawa just in time for the Holiday Season. Looking for a gift for someone special...the Mini Mall will be open late after the Santa Claus drop in and say hello. On hand for the ribbon cutting are, (from left to right) Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Linda Porritt of Century 21 Infinity Realty Inc., Taste of Durham Mini Mall President Don Joyce, Oshawa Deputy Mayor Nester Pidwerbecki, Oshawa City Councillor Doug Sanders and Regional and Oshawa City Councillor Dan Carter.
Acede Consulting Group Brings Home AODA Award 
Join us in congratulating Sarah White, founder of Acede Consulting Group Inc., who won the AODA (Ontarians with Disabilities Act) 10th Anniversary Champion Award. The Award is presented by The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), in support of the Ontario Government, recognizing outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership in accessibility, disability issues, passion, and commitment in the promotion and awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in their community. Sarah will receive the Award at a presentation to take place in December 2015. For more information visit
Take Our Kids To Work Day!
The first Wednesday in November is Take Our Kids to Work Day in Canada and the Chamber was happy to participate. Cassandra Schmidt from G.L. Roberts Collegiate joins us for the day to learn how a Chamber works!

Spectra Unlocks A Chance To Win 2 Tickets To Every Event In 2016
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of Venue Management and Ticketing & Fan Engagement to the General Motors Centre, are thrilled to launch the 6th Annual Key to the GMC contest presented by and CKDO which will grant one lucky fan access to every event in 2016 at the Oshawa venue. Find details at

It's Official, OCHC and TYC Are One!
As of November 1, 2015, Oshawa Community Health Centre (OCHC) and The Youth Centre (TYC) have officially amalgamated into a single Community Health Centre. The new entity will focus on building the capacity to provide a full range of health and wellness services and programs to clients across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering. For more information on OCHC visit and for information on TYC visit

Lakeridge Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer
Lakeridge Health Foundation has concluded its search for a new Chief Executive Officer and welcomes acclaimed fundraising professional Yves Gadler who will begin his tenure on December 7. With over 20 years' experience in the non-profit sector, Mr. Gadler has an impressive fundraising background and has held past positions in small and large organizations including
St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and University of Western Ontario. In close partnership with the hospital, Gadler will build upon his successful track-record of campaign success by raising significant funds for the Foundation's current interventional radiology campaign and Lakeridge Health's ongoing priorities. Join us in welcoming Mr. Gadler to the community.

Oshawa Is Looking For Community Legends
Do you know a community legend? The City of Oshawa is looking for nominations for the annual Community Legends Award. The Community Legends Award celebrates individuals and organizations whose everyday actions make a positive impact on Oshawa. The deadline to submit a nomination is December 31, 2015. For details call 905-436-3311, visit, or email

City of Oshawa Looking For Good News Stories
The City of Oshawa is reaching out to community organizations for good news stories for their 2015 year-in-review publication, "Our Oshawa". Email your organization's 2015 milestones, awards, achievements and photos to by November 23. Examples include: anniversaries, volunteer hours, partnership projects, rankings, awards, successful firsts. Please note: if your numbers have not yet been finalized (e.g. volunteer hours in 2015), submit your information to date and the City staff will be in touch in January for your final numbers.

Donate blood this holiday season and join the movement to Give Life. Your group or office can adopt a day to donate or you can donate as a group. When you donate together, your power to Give Life grows. Please call Melissa Smith-McGuire @ (416)550.0934 or email to book an appointment or visit

Do You Have News To Share?
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  
Welcome New Members...   
Join us in welcoming our newest members
who joined in the last 45 days.
  • Century 21 Infinity Realty Inc.
  • Clancy & Peace
  • Families For A Secure Future Corp.
  • Michael Woolsey - Primerica Financial Services
  • Provax Travel & Immunization Clinic
Click here for a complete list of members.

The Chamber is currently preparing the 2016 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
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Member 2 Member offer...

Book your meeting by November 27th, 2015 for a meeting (maximum 20 people) through December 31st, 2015 and receive 10% off your meeting room rental. Call (905) 444-9756 and identify yourself as a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber to obtain discount.
Specialized program extends more choices and deeper savings. Qualified members receive up to 85% off over 7,500 quality office products. Shop an extensive selection of products including; office supplies, technology, furniture, cleaning & breakroom, print and promotional products. Contact Cameron Ackerblade, Business Development Manager - Toronto East,  (905) 409-2175,
As a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, you are considered a preferred shipping partner of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and as such, can receive volume discounts starting at 25% on Purolator Services. Learn more at and start saving today! 

Chamber members receive discounted rates on Audio Conferencing, Web Collaboration and Webinar Services. For
more information and to get started today, visit

Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You'll receive 30% off small package shipments, 25% off imports, at least 75% off freight shipments over 150 lb. and more. To get started today, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST. 


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In This Issue
Website Launch
OCC Survey
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Chamber Member Benefits
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Chamber Events
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Community  Events  


Do It In Durham - Global Entrepreneurship
Week Events
Mon. Nov, 16/15 -
Sun. Nov, 22/15 


6th Annual Key to the
GMC contest
Sun. Nov, 1/15 -
Mon. Nov, 30/15


Christmas Tree Lighting
Fri. Nov, 20/15
6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
City Hall Civic Square
50 Centre Street South


Paranormal Seekers
Evening at the
Canadian Automotive
Sat. Nov, 21/15 
6pm and 10pm
99 Simcoe St. South


Santa's Parade of Lights
Sat. Nov, 21/15 
Downtown Oshawa

Dear Santa, Holiday
Hunt & Charity Evening
Sat. Dec, 12/15


11th Annual Heart to Heart Gala
Sat. Feb, 27/16





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