Issues & Insights: Technology and our Changing (Business) World
By Charla Robinson, Chamber President

Technology: love it or hate it, it is definitely changing the way we live and work each day.  In the past 5 years, technology has advanced so much that we can do almost everything on our phones.  Need a coffee - you can pay for it with your phone.  Have a cheque to cash - just take a photo to deposit it.  Making a delivery - map your route so you don't get lost.

All of this technology is changing the way we do business.  Read more.... 
       
Welcome New Members
Good News

Ontario Lottery and Gaming  Corporation has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited as the service provider for the OLG Casino Thunder Bay. It is anticipated that Gateway will take over operations in Spring 2017. 
 
Weilers Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two graduates from the Charter class of Lakehead University's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law - Hannah Gladstone & Elizabeth (Liz) McLeod.  Hannah advises clients mainly in the area of family law.  Liz practises law primarily in the area of labour relations & employment law.  Both Hannah and Liz are welcome additions to the Weilers Team and we are excited to see what the future holds for this dynamic duo.

Applications are now being accepted for Canada Summer Jobs funding. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.  Deadline for applications is January 20th.

EcoSuperior wants your business to become a registered Quench refill station by providing free tap water to visitors carrying reusable water bottles. The cost of filling a reusable water bottle with Thunder Bay municipal tap water is less than one cent.  By becoming an official Quench refill station you are confirming that you are a leader in promoting safe, clean tap water and are committed to creating a more sustainable community. Once registered, your business will be added to the app, we will recognize your business on our website as an official refill station, and will promote your participation through our social media channels.  Sign up today!  

Congratulations to Thunder Country Diving who recently celebrated 45 years in business!


Tell us your Good News 
 
What would you like to learn in 2017?  Who would you like to meet? 

Take our 3-Minute Member Event Survey and help us to serve you better!  You'll be entered to win tickets to see Jesse Hirsh speak at our Chair's Reception & AGM coming up on January 26. Click here to begin 
Notice to Members: Annual General Meeting
 
As required under the provisions of the Boards of Trade Act, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold our 53rd Annual General Meeting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.

The business meeting will include: the presentation of the Chamber's audited financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2016; appointment of the 2017 Auditor; Nominating Committee report, including remarks by the retiring and incoming Chair of the Board; and, presentations to the retiring Directors. The meeting is also an opportunity for any member to bring new business to the Board and members of the Chamber.
 
The Annual General Meeting is open to members of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  The AGM will be immediately followed by the Chair's Reception with keynote speaker Jesse Hirsh. For more information and to register
Upcoming Events
 
YQT: Your Quarterly Training
Tuesday, January 17th, Chamber Boardroom
12:00 noon - 1:00pm  
Sponsored by: Thunder Bay Airport
Register today! 

Chair's Reception & Annual General Meeting
Thursday, January 26th, Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
AGM: 5:00pm  Reception: 5:30pm  Keynote: 6:30pm
Presented by Tbaytel
Keynote Speaker: Jesse Hirsh, Accelerating technology and the future of doing business
 
Leader's Luncheon with Graham Henderson, Music Canada
Wednesday, February 22 
Becoming a "Music City"
There is growing recognition that communities with a vibrant music scene can deliver significant economic and employment benefits beyond the long-acknowledged cultural and social benefits.  Suddenly, there is a lot of interest in becoming a "Music City" and how to make one succeed.
Registration coming soon!

Business Awards Gala
Saturday, April 8th, Valhalla Inn
Presented by Bell
Symposium: 5:30pm  Dinner & Awards: 6:30pm 
Celebrate businesses who have contributed to the success of our community!
 
Wanted: Host for February After Business

We've got a great lineup of locations coming up for 2017, but are still looking for a host to kick it all off for our first After Business event in February.  After Business events accommodate between 15 and 20 exhibitors and anywhere from 100 - 200 guests.   If you've got a fabulous space you'd like to show off to other Chamber Members, we want to hear from you!  Call us at 624-2626 or email chamber@tbchamber.ca to inquire.
SHIFT News

Make way for the new...SHIFT's 2017 Event Calendar is here. Save the dates and get ready for an exciting new year!


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