Canadian Chamber Report: The Speech from the Throne recognized the role businesses play in Canada’s economic prosperity and the need to address many of the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness identified by Canadian Chamber of Commerce members.

Many Canadian businesses are hampered by the mismatch between their needs and the skilled employees available. Canadian businesses look forward to the government demonstrating the necessary flexibility in the Canada Job Grant to ensure it can meet the differing regional needs of the country and the abilities of smaller employers to participate.

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Submitted by Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario and Mona Mitchell, President & CEO, ACHIEVEBLUE Corporation

In spite of economic cycles, market fluctuations, increased global competitiveness and consolidations, one thing remains constant – the need for high impact management skills. And while the specific competencies may have expanded beyond coaching and decision making to include leading transformation and sustainable innovation, the quality of leaders is a distinct competitive advantage to organizations in all sectors of the economy. Today, people simply won’t support and follow unless they have confidence in their managers and leaders.

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At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting (AGM), held September 28 to 30, 2013 in Kelowna, B.C., the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) supported by the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, submitted a resolution, entitled Facilitating Structural Change in Canadian Manufacturing. This resolution dealt with the issue of putting in place Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (ACCA) and recommended that the federal government:

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The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce celebrated business excellence in style on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at its 18th Annual Business Excellence Awards event held at the Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa. Congratulations once again to the 2013 recipients: “Business Person of the Year”, Norm Mackie of Mackie Moving Systems; “Business Excellence”, Dr. Angela Fountain and Associates; “Business Excellence Rhythm Dynamix Dance & Performing Arts; “Innovation”, GeoSight Inc.; “Civic Pride”, McCAM Insurance Brokers Ltd.; “New Enterprise” Working It! Making Your Clothes Work For You Inc.; and “President’s Award”, Boys & Girls Club of Durham–Eastview Unit. Watch CHANNEL 12 on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM for Award Highlights. Channel 12 can be viewed on Rogers Cable Channel 12; Rogers Digital Channel 129 and Bell TV Channel 583 and Bell Fibe Channels 235 & 1235.