Photo by: Kalvin Taylor, Digital Media Specialist, Communications and Marketing, UOIT

January 23, 2015 - The legacy of the Honourable Jim Flaherty will forever be entrenched at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) thanks to an endowment to the university from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Canada’s largest trade and industry association.

CME’s generosity was recognized on January 23 with a private ceremony at the university that featured many special guests, including Jim Flaherty’s wife Christine Elliott, Ontario Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Whitby-Oshawa MPP. To learn more or to make a gift to this bursary fund in Jim Flaherty's memory please visit http://bit.ly/CMEbursary

Pictured above, left to right, Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa, Tim McTiernan President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Jayson Myers President and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

January 22, 2015 - On Thursday, January 22nd CEO Bob Malcolmson had the opportunity to meet with Minister Chris Alexander, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson, Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Pat Perkins MP Whitby-Oshawa to discuss what should be done to help businesses grow and encourage the hiring of new employees; how the government can better streamline regulations and further reduce unnecessary costs that may be holding businesses back; and what kind of barriers have been encountered with internal trade.

January 16, 2015 - A panel of experts at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Crystal Ball Symposium held in December 2014 looked at the big economic, political and technological trends that will shape global business in 2015. Big changes are coming to the global economy. Canada performed well last year, but there are vulnerabilities just over the horizon, from highly indebted consumers to worries about our housing market and now weaker oil prices. But, there are also big opportunities as the U.S. economy is accelerating into a booming recovery while the weak loonie is boosting our exports. Around the world, emerging markets, which used to be the engines of global growth, have slowed. The big question for 2015 is whether the U.S. economic resurgence can pull other markets along with it, like a huge locomotive dragging the global economy forward. The second big question for 2015: Is Canada ready? Read the report.

By Emma Nicholls, 2nd Year, Journalism, Durham College with files from the GOCC

rogerandersonJanuary 20, 2015 - On Thursday, January 15, to a packed audience of business leaders, Regional Chair Roger Anderson addressed the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) at its 11th Annual Regional Chair Luncheon at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, sponsored by Collins Barrow Durham, LLP and Roy Nichols Motors Ltd. Mr. Anderson focused on three key issues pivotal in importance to Durham Region in 2015: the Pickering airport, Durham’s energy and revising the councils in their respective communities.

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January 8, 2015 - 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-the 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.