Month: June 2020

Local small business The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre gets $10K grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced 62 $10,000 grant recipients from its Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund today, including The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre located right here in Oakville! The Chartwell Early Learning Centre provides emergent curriculum designed to educate the whole child – body, heart, and mind.  

“After being closed for the last 3 months, being chosen as a grant recipient, has really been a lifeline, thrown out by the Chamber of Commerce, that couldn’t have come at a better time.  While we are still operating in a deficit with the reduced cohort numbers, we have been able to rehire our educators and are once again hopeful we will make it to the other side of this uncertainty and begin to slowly recover” said Alexandra Fell, Owner, The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre.

“We are excited to see our member The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre, as one of the 62 small businesses across Canada to receive the $10,000 grant from the Canadian Business Resilience Network! The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre has been a proud member of our Chamber for over 10 years. This funding arrives in perfect timing for the childcare and education centre as they reopen” said Drew Redden, President & CEO, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.

The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.

“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, we saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.

“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true – that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”

A complete list of the winners can be found here.


Award Recipients announced virtually for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

Tonight the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oakville West virtually hosted the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence live on Facebook!

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce the 2019 Award Recipients:

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year

AtlasCare Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

OTBx Air, Photography & Videography

Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year

WindowFix.ca

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Professional Services Provider of the Year

16 Mile Dental

The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award

Zahara’s Boutique

Cogeco Entrepreneur of the Year

Maria Robertson of The New Mummy Company

KPMG Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award)

Melisa Gaetani of Tino-Gaetani & Carusi Chartered Professional Accountants

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Collins Aerospace

Visit Oakville Tourism Excellence Award

Sugar Suite

Genworth Community Builder

Acclaim Health

CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)

Oakville’s Business Icon

Barrington’s

You can watch the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence online on Facebook and YouTube. The awards will also air on YourTV Halton at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25th and will be available afterwards on demand.


Barrington’s to be recognized as Oavkille’s Business Icon

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that Barrginton’s will be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon during the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. The award will be presented through a virtual program on Facebook at 8pm on Monday, June 22nd.

The Barrington Family has been in the outerwear business since 1850. Originating as furriers, six generations on, Paul Barrington continues the family tradition by offering the finest furs from around the world in addition to designer shearlings, leather, cloth coats and accessories.

Barrington’s is located in a beautiful heritage building on Lakeshore Road and is one of the longest standing retail stores in Downtown Oakville. Growing up Paul would head straight to the store after school to finish homework, run errands and learn the tricks of the fur trade from his father. He learned the importance of customer service, always seeing his father go above and beyond to ensure every customer was satisfied.

Paul took over the store in 1992 and has broadened the product mix adding cloth coats, shearlings, gloves, scarves and handbags in addition to furs and fur repurposing. Paul’s wife Brenda looks after the buying and stays on top of fashion trends. Paul and Brenda travel the world’s fashion markets, from Montreal to New York, Paris to Milan, to bring the most interesting and unique outerwear to the Oakville community. They are also very proud of their private label collection, which is made from imported Italian fabrics, and manufactured in Canada

Barrington’s has developed a strong online presence, with a website offering online shopping and using social media to promote their products. However, Paul believes these are added layers to the business; the in-store customer experience is still their strength and focus. Barrington’s proudly counts third generation customers, as fur coats are passed from generation to generation, at times re-fitted or repurposed into blankets – and yes, even teddy bears.

Paul and Brenda were born and raised in Oakville and love the community. They’ve been in Downtown Oakville for a long time and expect to stay for many years to come.  Iconic!


HIEC to receive the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) will be the recipient of the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) has been developing our community’s future workforce for over 30 years! HIEC focuses on partnership, mentorship and workforce development with youth across Halton Region. For three decades HIEC has been developing and delivering innovative programs and services that leverage technologies, advance community collaboration, strengthen economic development, inspire mentorship, and help young people succeed.

HIEC strives to empower youth in their career exploration and contribute to their overall mental wellness as it relates to future planning and opportunities. This includes, building stronger connections between educators, employers, and the students who will make up the future workforce through their Career Awareness Program, hosting inspiring community events, and managing multiple technologies that focus on workforce development.

Through the Career Awareness Program, HIEC supports 7,000 students a year as they prepare to transition into high school. The program is for grade 7 students and helps them identify their individual values, skills and interests. During their visit, students also have the opportunity to investigate 3500+ different occupations that are outlined in the Career Development Lab. Students can also participate in a life work simulation program, which provides them with a better understanding of working conditions, salaries, future trends, and post-secondary pathways for jobs that interest them. The Career Awareness Program has been very successful, and HIEC has even received international interest in how they execute the program.

Building on career planning, HIEC hosts two annual community events: Women as Career Coaches and Men as Career Coaches. These informal and interactive events bring mentors from different industries and careers together with young people for an evening of open and honest conversation about occupational pathways, post-secondary destinations, and work life. Collectively, these events have hosted 5,500 mentors and 6,300 students! These events have been so impactful, that they often have students return as mentors once they’ve established their careers!

Thank you HIEC for the incredible impact you have made on the youth in our community for the past 30 years!


Acclaim Health to be recognized as the Genworth Community Builder of the Year

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that  Acclaim Health will be the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Acclaim Health is a registered charity providing extraordinary community care and support in Halton Region for over 90 years. Their goal is to provide the care people need to live well at home for as long as possible. Last year they cared for over 25,000 clients in Halton, two thirds of whom were over the age of 65. Their team of over 500 staff members and over 650 volunteers is committed to high quality care, and this is reflected their 97% client satisfaction rate, their exemplary standing – the highest possible – with Accreditation Canada, and are accredited with the Imagine Canada Standards program.

For isolated older adults they offer Friendly Visiting, Tele-Touch (reassurance phone calls), the Home Support Exercise Program (to improve strength, endurance and balance) and their Companion program, which fills the gap between what volunteers can provide and what the health care system can offer in terms of practical assistance in the home and with errands.

Their dementia care services consist of day programs for adults with dementia or other needs, caregiver support and education, and a Memory Visiting program provided by volunteers for those in the early stages of the disease.

Their end of life care includes Hospice Care for those choosing to die at home, bereavement support for families, and palliative care consultation for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skill in hospice palliative care.

Their team of nurses and personal support workers provide the medical and personal care people need to maintain their physical health, including being the sole provider of home palliative care in Halton Region.

They have exciting developments on the horizon. Acclaim Health is in the process of opening a new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre which will be the gold standard for dementia care in the province! It will feature eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton Region), an expanded Adult Day Program with people with dementia, an Adult Day Program for older adults, caregiver support for families and best practices in dementia friendly design. The centre is expected to open in early 2021.

The community has built Acclaim Health, and Acclaim Health has harnessed the compassion, kindness and commitment of its community supporters, its volunteers, its donors and local partners to bring innovative care and support to some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Their leadership at both the local and provincial levels is making community care more accessible and more integrated for families in Oakville. 

Talk about building a community and bringing people together.


25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence goes virtual!

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oakville West are excited to announce that the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE)  is taking place virtually! This year, the Oakville community can watch the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence live on Facebook on Monday, June 22nd at 8:00pm.  

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models for business excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses and the invaluable contribution they make to Oakville’s economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.

“This year 82 Oakville businesses were nominated for the awards. We offer our congratulations to the 33 businesses that were selected by our judges as finalists for one of the prestigious awards” stated Khaldoon Zaid-Kaylani, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West. “We invite the community to join us online and celebrate the wonderful businesses we have in our community.”

 “This year has been tough for many of our local businesses, so it is especially important this year to recognize the tenaciousness, fortitude and commitment of our finalists” added Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Throughout the awards judging, they have exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit and drive that is essential to running a successful business. We need them in Oakville as important contributors to our economy and the engine of our community-wide recovery. We want to congratulate each nominee and offer best wishes for their continued success.”

The finalists for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are:

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year

AtlasCare Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Indellient Inc.

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

Alex Irish & Associates, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage

Holiday Inn Oakville Centre

OTBx Air, Photography & Videography

Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year

Caju Multimedia Inc.

Intelligent Office Oakville

Leadership Fundamentals Inc.

Oakview Funeral Home

Style Expressions Staging by Monica Rolling

WindowFix.ca

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Professional Services Provider of the Year

16 Mile Dental

CK Wealth Management Inc.

Oakville Smile Centre – Dr. Jawad Tawil Dentistry

Wink Eyecare

The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award

Boa Boutique

Taste of Colombia Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop

Zahara’s Boutique

Cogeco Entrepreneur of the Year

Christopher Noon of Chris Noon Creative Inc.

Dr. Jason Yakimishyn of Foundation Chiropractic Co.

Erick Vidal of Caju Multimedia Inc.

Maria Robertson of The New Mummy Company

KPMG Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award)

Lindsay Boardman of Meraki Fitness & Sports Performance

Melisa Gaetani of Tino-Gaetani & Carusi Chartered Professional Accountants

Rebecca Pointon of SPINCO Oakville

Scott Hurren of OTBx Air

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Appleby College

Collins Aerospace

Elliot-Matsuura Canada Inc.

Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Visit Oakville Tourism Excellence Award

Bru Restaurant

Sugar Suite

Vereda Central Coffee Roasters

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence will also be awarding the following organizations with the below named awards for their outstanding achievements:

Event Details:

Date: Monday, June 22nd  

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Oakville Chamber of Commerce Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oakvillechamber/live/

The awards will also air on YourTV Halton at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25th and afterwards will be available on demand.


Oakville Chamber’s message to all levels of government

Build the necessary infrastructure to support a digitized world and stay current in the latest technology to remain competitive in a post-COVID-19 world

COVID-19 has been surreal to many of us.  Over the course of a few days, businesses were shut down, nonessential workers were required to work from home and people were asked to self quarantine in an effort to control the virus. 

This created a need for organizations, businesses and people around the world in almost every industry to reinvent and adapt to one of the most challenging times since the Second World War.

The difference between then and now is the advancement of science and technology. Unfortunately, COVID-19 represents a tremendous economic shock and burden.  According to experts, recovery is what will be required over the next 18–24 months to get output back to its pre-crisis level.  

There is however some positive aspect and learnings that have developed as a result of the pandemic; technology has enabled hundreds of millions of people to remain connected, productive and healthy.  

For the better part of a decade, Digital Transformation has been the core driver of organizational change. The transition from legacy IT to cloud computing; the expansion of retail and banking into the mobile space; the rise of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and smart automation; and the growth of the IoT were, among other massively transformative technologies, at the heart of a generational forward evolutionary leap. And it is therefore not surprising that these very technologies have enabled businesses, governments, healthcare systems, students, and workers to adapt to the turmoil of disruption caused by the pandemic.[1]

The ability for us to adapt so quickly under these unprecedented conditions only underscores the critical need for governments to continue to invest in digital technology, innovation and a connected infrastructure.  

As part of the plan for recovery, the Oakville Chamber believes that governments at all levels will need to enhance digital connections amongst business, employees, citizens and government to create an attractive climate for business investment and job creation for economic growth.  

An increasingly digital economy will require major investments in sophisticated networks, cybersecurity and electronics.  It will also force businesses to adopt new technologies and business models to interact with customers, clients and employees.

In collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its Roadmap to Recovery we will urge the federal government to commit to adopting technology and innovative measures to ensure a smart and lasting recovery.

Locally, the Oakville Chamber will continue to press the Town of Oakville to forge ahead with its development of both a Mobility Strategy as well as a Digital Strategy.  This is critical as part of our Town’s economic recovery.  Now, is the time to embrace technology and the economic benefits that ensue. 

[1] Forbes


Faye Lyons, Vice President, Governent Relations & Advocacy