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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter June 26th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
Well we did it...and we've even got the picture to prove it! We successfully hosted our first ever VIRTUAL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 24th! While we were not able to enjoy a hearty breakfast together at the Gorge Country Kitchen, hopefully everyone was able to stay well caffeinated!
I would like to thank the Honourable Rob Black, Senator (Ontario), for joining us as our guest speaker. Rob shared some good COVID-19 recovery strategies for businesses, including his sage advice to be flexible, embrace technology, be innovative, and change our approach to our customers whose preferences and activities have changed. Thanks Rob for reminding us to accept and embrace the new normal and not look back!
Thank you also to Garreth Madden of Baker Tilly for presenting our 2019-20 financials and providing context on the numbers and information shared.
Thank you to all of our members for your continued support and engagement with CWCC! For those who were not able to attend the AGM, click here to watch the recording.
And a really big thank you to our staff and Board for your support and help to make this happen!
On that note, we're pleased to announce our 2020-2021 Board of Directors, elected at the Annual Meeting:
  • Sheri Copplestone, ASC4 Business - President
  • Diane Cook, TPI 7Seas2See - Past President
  • Jamie Murray, Wolfe Smith & Forster - Vice President
  • Paul Walker, Grand River Agricultural Society - Vice President
  • Janet Harrop, Harrcroft Acres Ltd. - Treasurer
  • Aileen Hawkins, M&M Food Market - Director
  • Derek Graham, Derek G. Graham Ltd. - Director
  • Kira Bailey, SHIFT A Family Health Centre - Director
  • Austin Cardinell, The Grand FM 101.1 - Director
  • Dale Sinstead, Schooley Mitchell - Director
  • Jane Shaw, Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures - Director
Congratulations and thank you for your continued commitment and contributions! Looking forward to another great year together!
Keep healthy and please stay connected!

2020 Virtual AGM



We won't hold you to it, but we would like to gather some input regarding our Fall 2020 events!

As we make plans for the Fall, where would you like to see our focus be, in terms of style of event?

For me personally, I'd like to see events that are ...
Virtual. I'll be participating virtually for the foreseeable future.
 In Person. With physical distancing protocols in place, I would be comfortable. Select
 Hybrid. An option to participate virtually or in person. Select



Seeding Our Food Future
Seeding Our Food Future is a grant program offering seed funding, training and support for 40 new and existing Guelph-Wellington food system businesses, not-for-profits and social enterprises to support sustainable transition and recovery from current economic shocks. Applications are open until June 30 th : Read more here
Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2
More People Can Return to Work as Key Public Health Trends Improve
The Ontario government is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. Read more here
Ontario Enhancing COVID-19 Case and Contact Management
Province’s Exposure Notification App Important Pillar of Plan
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. Read more here
Ontario Supporting Indigenous-Owned Businesses During COVID-19
Government providing loans to struggling small and medium-sized businesses
The government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy. Read more here
Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
As Canada begins to ease restrictions and take steps to restart the economy, the Government of Canada is working closely with provinces and territories to keep Canadian families and communities safe and healthy.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario. Read more here
Small Business, Big Impact
The OCC and Ontario Chamber Network released their latest policy brief,  Small Business, Big Impact: How SMEs are Pivoting During COVID-19  which highlights a range of Ontario’s SMEs that have successfully adapted during this difficult time. 
With the path forward for Ontario’s economy still uncertain, SMEs across the province are rapidly adapting their business models and operations to survive the crisis. This is the third report in a series of policy briefs touching on various aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 15
Province Focuses on Safe, Gradual Reopening of Regions
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020. Read more here

Upcoming Events


Awards of Excellence Update
While we have progressed into phase 2 and the business community is slowly able to re-open, we believe that a 200+ person gala happening in 2020 is unlikely to be permitted and/or acceptable.
That said, now more than ever, we feel it is so important to recognize the Centre Wellington business community and all that it stands for. The nominations were in and adjudication was complete in early March, all that is left is presenting the awards, and we think we have found a creative way to do just that!
We have received approval this week from the OPP and Public Health, which we are very excited about, and are thrilled to be able to move forward with the
Awards of Excellence - Drive-in Evening
Event Details:
Thursday July 23
8pm to 11pm
at the Grand River Raceway parking lot
There will be limited space available, with the majority of the (staggered and generously spaced!) parking spots being reserved for sponsors and award nominees.
If you would like to be on the waiting list for a parking spot and ticket(s), or have any questions about the event at this time, please email events@cwchamber.ca.
More details to follow!

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Member Milestones & Community Support

Centre Wellington is bringing a Canada Day party to your home!
While we might not be able to gather together in person, we can still connect and celebrate Canada Day 2020 virtually as a community. The Township of Centre Wellington is excited to bring you some classic Canadian virtual entertainment and activities you can do from the comfort of your own home on July 1, 2020. “I am looking forward to celebrating Canada Day with all of Centre Wellington virtually” stated Mayor Linton. “This year the Township is planning Canada Day fun for everyone to enjoy safely from their own backyard, I know my family will enjoy all of the activities planned, and so will yours!” Read more here,
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