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Discover South Africa with the Oakville Chamber

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is heading to South Africa with Indus Travel! 

Tour days: April 20, 2020 to May 2, 2020

Tour summaryBegin your tour with one of the most iconic sights on the continent known as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls. Choose an accommodation to suit your style and enjoy a sunset cruise on the beautiful Zambezi River before venturing out to see one of the most spectacular sights in the natural world; the thundering Victoria Falls. 

The South Africa tour gives travellers insight into the history and culture of South Africa. Guests can explore the vibrant city of Johannesburg at their leisure and enjoy a guided tour to the Soweto Township, a cultural melting-pot with a wealth of heritage sites that will fascinate any visitor. Marvel at the awe-inspiring wildlife of Kruger National Park before continuing on to historical, glorious Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture; it is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Wine lands. 

Visit Cape Town, a modern city with a fascinating history that is regularly voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world, enjoy time to stroll along the waterfront, to visit Table Mountain or simply relax and do some last-minute shopping.

Tour Price:
Oakville Chamber Member $5,199 CAD per person
Non-Member $5,349 CAD per person


Airline:
Emirates

Learn more.



Nominations Open for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE), hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rotary Club of Oakville West, is now accepting nominations for the awards, now in its 25th year.

The OABE is dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses.

“The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence has been celebrating the contributions businesses make to our community for 25 years” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Take a moment to nominate a business that stands out as a leader, and ultimately makes Oakville a better place to work, live and play.”

The 25th Annual OABE award categories open for nomination are:

  • RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of more than 20 employees and/or primarily serves the provincial, national and international markets and/or generates approximately $10 million or more in revenue annually.

  • Bell Mid-size Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of 5-20 employees and/or primarily serves the regional/provincial markets and/or generates between $2 million-$10 million in revenue annually. 

  • Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of 1-5 full time equivalent employees and/or primarily serves Oakville and district and/or generates up to approximately $2 million in revenue annually.

  • Professional Services Provider of the Year: This award recognizes a person or employee team with a professional designation and whose practice is regulated by a provincial regulatory body within Canada. Nominees will be considered from the following professional categories (but not limited to): Legal, Accounting, Engineering, Medical or Dental, Financial, Human Resources.

  • The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award: This award recognizes a business that primarily earns revenue through providing products and services. Nominees will be considered from the following industries but not limited to: retail, food service, health & wellness and education.

  • KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year:This award recognizes an individual who personally exhibits extraordinary entrepreneurship, energy, inspiration, leadership and / or innovation in their business pursuits.

  • Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award): This award recognizes an individual who personally exhibits extraordinary energy, inspiration, leadership and / or innovation in their business pursuits. Nominees must be under the age of 40 (as of December 31, 2019).

Nominations will be accepted until 4pm EST on Thursday, October 31st.

All nominations submitted will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges rating them against criteria set for each category.The Judges are individuals from the professional community who bring a wealth of professional expertise and unique business experiences, having made significant contributions to their own professions.

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence culminates in a gala dinner and award ceremony in April 2020. The proceeds from the evening, including the considerable support from our Partners, provide funds for the Rotary Club’s youth and academic programs.

 “Since its inception in 1995, the OABE has raised almost $1,000,000 for these programs which include the Oakville Rotary Education Awards, Camp Enterprise, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Dreams Take Flight, and the Notting Hill Youth Centre in Glen Abbey” stated Khal Zaid-Kaylani, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West.

To be eligible for nomination, organizations must be physically located in the Town of Oakville and cannot have won in any judged category in the last five years. A complete list of category criteria and eligibility rules can be found here.

Nominate online.
Alternatively, forms are available at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.  For assistance, please call Karen Pomfret at 905-845-6613 ext. 210 or e-mail karen@oakvillechamber.com.  



Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 24th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oakville Chamber office (located at 700 Kerr St., Suite 200).  

All Oakville Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend.  Details of the Annual General Meeting will be sent electronically to all Chamber member designated representatives.

f you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Oakville Chamber at 905-845-6613 or info@oakvillechamber.com.



Oakville Chamber to host Steve Paikin at the 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner

Canadian journalist, author and producer Steve Paikin will be the keynote speaker at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner. The Chair’s Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

Steve Paikin has held reporting jobs in private radio and print media and is best known as the face of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Since joining TVO in 1992, he has produced several feature documentaries and has sat in the anchor chair for more than two decades.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Steve Paikin as the keynote speaker at the 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner” said Drew Redden, President & CEO of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Paikin is a leading media figure on the Canadian political landscape – an author of four books on Canadian politics and has moderated six federal and provincial Election Leaders’ Debates. It is fitting that we are hosting him prior to the 2019 Federal Election. We look forward to hearing Steve Paikin’s insights on the Election and hearing stories from his notable journalism career.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce will also introduce their 2019/2020 Chair of the Board and Board of Directors to the community at this formal event which includes a networking reception, dinner and raffle.


Event Details:

Date:               Wednesday, September 25

Time:              5pm Networking Reception; 6pm Dinner Gala

Location:        Oakville Conference Centre

                        2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville

You can register for the 65th Annual Chairs Dinner online. Tickets are $135 for Oakville Chamber members and $175 for non-members. Tables of eight are available at a discounted rate.




24th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oakville West presented the 24th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence on March 27th at the Oakville Conference Centre. The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of 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.

Being recognized by one’s peers, either by nomination or award recipient, is a thank you for the hard work and risk the finalists have incurred. As ambassadors for business in Oakville, finalists and award recipients provide guidance and inspiration to new and seasoned businesses – as well as young, aspiring entrepreneurs. They help foster the spirit of adventure and enterprise, risk and reward for young people and so it is fitting that the proceeds from the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence help support the Rotary Club of Oakville West’s youth programs, including the Rotary Education Awards, Camp Enterprise, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.


Congratulations to the Award Recipients!

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year
Encore Market Engagement
Ken Pickthall and Brian Vanstone (Encore Market Engagement) with Award Presenter Peter Choma (RBC Royal Bank)

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year
BestLifeRewarded Innovations Inc.
Cynthia Hastings-James and Susanne Cookson (BestLifeRewarded Innovations Inc.) with Award Presenter Lena Demarco (Bell)

Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year 
Sounds Good AVS Solutions
Robert May and Nikki Lord (Sounds Good AVS Solutions) with Award Presenter Christie Henderson (Henderson Partners LLP)

Professional Services Provider of the Year 
MNP LLP (Cornwall Road location)
Matt MacDonald (MNP LLP) with Award presenter Tanya Leedale (O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP)

The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award 
The Oakville Academy For The Arts
Heidi Schofield (The Oakville Academy for the Arts) with Award Presenter Lynn Mercanti

KPMG Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year 
Blake Wyatt of Wyatt Development Group
Blake Wyatt with Award Presenter Carlos Alvarez (KPMG)

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award 
Mauser Packaging Solutions
Wojciech Tymczak, Shubi Bhattacharya, and Karen Anderson (Mauser Packaging Solutions) with Award Presenter Rob Lister (Oakville Hydro)

Genworth Community Builder Award 
Oakville Soccer Club
Dave Harris (Oakville Soccer Club) with Award Presenter Kiki Sauriol-Roode (Genworth)

CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award 
The May Court Club of Oakville
Donna Samuels (The May Court of Oakville) with Award Presenter Daniel Salvatore (CN)

Oakville’s Business Icon Award
Geotab Inc.
Award Presenter Michael Leblanc (FCT) with Neil Cawse (Geotab Inc.)


Watch Geotab Inc. CEO Neil Cawse’s acceptance speech filmed by YourTV.

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Geotab to be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that Geotab will be the recipient of Oakville’s Business Icon Award at the 24th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala. The gala will take place at the Oakville Conference Centre on Wednesday, March 27th.

“The Business Icon Award recognizes a prominent Oakville business which is highly regarded in the community, and this year Geotab has been selected as the recipient of this award” stated Peter DeGroot, President of The Rotary Club of Oakville West.

In 2000, forward thinker Neil Cawse founded Geotab in Oakville. The company name signifies the blending together of the concepts of geography (Geo) and tabulation (tab). In over 15 years, Geotab grew from a small family business, to a global leader in solutions for fleet management and vehicle tracking. They are now one of the largest telematics companies in the world with over 30,000 customers and over 1.4 million devices operating in more than 130 countries across all 7 continents.  

Global demand for telematics is increasing and Geotab is rising to the challenge. Collecting over 3 billion data points every day, the company is focused on providing customers and communities with data-driven insights to help improve productivity, efficiencies and safety. Introducing new and cutting-edge technology to help businesses better manage their fleets, Geotab recently launched the GO0 device, the latest iteration of the company’s flagship product that will enable them to effectively expand globally and be utilized by new vehicle types including electric vehicles.

One of the core values at Geotab is to innovate and continuously seek ways to improve. They are committed to advancing technology, empowering businesses and making the roads safer for everyone. Geotab is built upon a culture of trust, continuous learning and teamwork. They focus on employee well-being, having implemented many progressive initiatives including an inventor reward program, customer experience and support incentive training, training plans, community outreach, company-wide social events, theme days and team building activities. Geotab also invests in employee training and promotes ongoing development.

Geotab encourages and supports giving back to the communities in which they work and live in. While Geotab has an organization supports a variety of local initiatives, such as food drives, clothing and toy drives, event sponsorships and a benefit concert to promote road safety, they also encourage employee driven engagement. Geotab employees are invited to bring forward initiatives that are meaningful to them with the potential for Geotab to get involved, whether it be through a monetary donation or the donation of time and resources.

In addition to its philanthropic efforts, Geotab is dedicated to infinitives that contribute to the burgeoning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) job market. These initiatives include local high school mentorship events, on-campus recruiting, a robust research and development program for undergraduate students and a hands-on internship program.  

A recipient of many prestigious awards, including Oakville’s Large Business of the Year Award in 2016, Geotab recently announced that is has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for a second consecutive year! In 2018 Geotab was also named the 2018 North American Company of the Year in the commercial fleet telematics industry by Frost & Sullivan, was included on the 500 list for Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies, as well as the Technology Fast 500 list by Deloitte for North America. The company is also Great Place to Work Certified and has received nods for being one of the Best Workplaces for technology, millennials and women.

“Geotab is a highly respected organization that serves the Oakville community. Their commitment to innovation, giving back to the community, and building excellence is an example for us all. We are proud to honour Geotab this year with the Business Icon Award and we invite the Oakville community to join us in celebrating the innovative businesses that call Oakville home” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.  


Date: Wednesday, March 27th

Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets: $135 per person. Tickets can be purchased online .



The May Court Club of Oakville to be recognized for Charity Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are thrilled to announce that The May Court Club of Oakville will be the recipient of the CN Charity/Not-for-Profit Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the 24th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence gala on Wednesday, March 27th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

“The CN Charity/Not-for-Profit Excellence Award honours not-for-profit organizations who are highly regarded in the area for raising funds and providing services to improve the lives of people within our community. This year we a proud to present the award to The May Court Club of Oakville” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.  

The May Court Club of Oakville is a volunteer women’s organization that provides services and funds to our community. Their mission is to help those that are vulnerable; especially women, children, seniors, and those with physical and mental challenges. This is done through their fundraising efforts in which they help fund agencies who have locations within Oakville and Halton Region. They have supported numerous organizations in the community including Home Suite Hope, Lighthouse for Grieving Children, Food4Kids, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Fare Share Foodbank.

The May Court Club is the oldest service organization established in 1898 and have served the Oakville community since 1956. The Oakville club has grown to have over 240 volunteer members who are committed to improving the community through effective programs and activities. The operation of the club relies completely on the time, talents and energy of their volunteer members. Since they are completely run by volunteers, The May Court Club of Oakville has minimal administrative fees, and the funds they raise go directly into the community.

Volunteering with The May Court Club provides an enriching experience through meaningful service, fundraising projects and various opportunities for volunteers to share their talents, learn new skills, and develop life-long friendships. The Club inspires volunteerism, develops leaders, and motivates individuals to positively impact the Oakville and Halton Region community.

The May Court Club of Oakville is known for their exciting and successful fundraising events. This includes dances, gala dinners, fashion shows, comedy nights, and their annual holiday gift wrapping at Oakville Place. They also run special programs to support youth in our community. Since 1991, May Court volunteers have purchased and delivered nutritious and non-perishable snacks to over 25 local schools to feed children who would otherwise go hungry through their Lunch Box Program. They also have a Puppeteers Program where their volunteers perform weekly shows at local elementary schools to educate and empower students by offering coping tools and strategies for various types and situations of bullying. The program reaches approximately 2,000 children each year. Another way in which the club supports youth is through their scholarship program. For over 50 years, The May Court Club of Oakville has been supporting youth financially to obtain their post-secondary education with over $990,000 awarded in scholarships.

Another way The May Court Club supports the local community is through their Nearly New Shop, a consignment store located in Kerr Village. Since opening its doors in 1957, the shop has served thousands of customers in Oakville. Over 100 volunteers run and work in the Nearly New Shop, which accepts and sells gently used women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, décor, books and household items. The store helps lower the community’s environmental impact – encouraging us to re-use, in addition to providing well-priced merchandise for shoppers. 100% of the net profits are directed into the community – over the years this is over $1,500,000!

“The May Court Club has supported a wide range of organizations in the Oakville Community. Join us on March 27th to celebrate all they do for our community at the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence gala” stated Peter DeGroot, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West.  

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 27th
Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala
Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road
Tickets: $135 per person. Tickets can be purchased online.


 


Oakville Chamber of Commerce Board Nominations

A reminder, to members of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, that Board nomination forms are due by 4 p.m. (local time) on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  We welcome nominations for Members of the Board of Directors for the term of September 2018 (Annual General Meeting) to September 2020 (Annual General Meeting).

 

For a copy of the nomination form or for details on what the time commitments are to participate on the Board of Directors, please contact France Fournier or Drew Redden at the Chamber office (905) 845-6613.




Oakville Soccer Club to be recognized as the Genworth Community Builder of the Year

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that the Oakville Soccer Club (OSC) will be the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 24th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence gala on Wednesday, March 27th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

“The Genworth Community Builder Award recognizes an organization that has, over a period of time, demonstrated exemplary business practices and dedicated involvement in the community” stated Peter DeGroot, President of The Rotary Club of Oakville West.

The Oakville Soccer Club is a not-for-profit organization created in 1972 through the merger of the Bronte Legion Soccer Club, Oakville United Soccer, and Oakville Minor Soccer. It has grown to become the largest amateur soccer club in North America, and the largest community sports organization in Canada with more than 12,000 members and over 900 volunteer and professional coaches.

The Club holds the Ontario Soccer Association’s Gold Standard Award for Club Excellence, capturing eight national championships, 56 Ontario Cup winners, as well as players who have represented the Oakville Soccer Club in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, U-Sports (formerly known as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport), and at the Provincial and National levels. Throughout the years, several Oakville players have earned scholarships with Universities and Colleges in Canada and the United States. OSC players have proudly represented Canada at the provincial, national and international levels including the Olympics and FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Over the past nine years, the Oakville Soccer Club has also awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to assist members of the club in pursuing post-secondary education. Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the club, academic achievement and service to the community. The Club has also provided over $800,000 in fee assistance to ensure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to play soccer.

The Club serves the Oakville community, enabling every player –regardless of age or ability – to play the best they can. They offer March Break and PA Day Camps in addition to their youth, adult and senior programs. The Oakville Soccer Club also offers the Breaking Barriers program, which is designed for those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Participants are introduced to soccer and the fundamentals of physical literacy. Players enjoy a comfortable and inclusive environment where they can learn and engage at their own pace, while making new friends.

“The Oakville Soccer Club is immersed in the Oakville community. We are excited to recognize the Oakville Soccer Club as the Genworth Community Builder and invite the community to join us on March 27th to celebrate their success” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.


Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 27th

Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

Tickets: $135 per person. Tickets can be purchased online.