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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017
BUSINESS LEADER AWARD RECIPIENT, JEFF ORR!
The Board of the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jeff Orr is the Business Leader Award recipient for our 2017 Business Excellence Awards.
Jeff Orr and Stratford are intertwined. He is a lifelong resident of the city from a family who has deep roots here with a long tradition of community involvement and leadership reaching back 125 years.
As co-owner with his brother Rick, Jeff uses his 30 years of industry experience specializing in commercial and personal insurance to lead the sales force at Orr Insurance & Investment. He is the fourth generation to lead the business, which is remarkable in Canadian family-run businesses, as only 3% of such businesses make it to the 4th generation! Jeff believes firmly ...read more
Chamber Report on Meeting with Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Energy, Friday April 7th
On April 7, the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable discussion on Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan, which addresses the Ontario government's new cost reduction measures for residential and small business users. Following introductions, Brad Beatty, Chamber GM, led off by identifying two critical and linked concerns for businesses of all size in the province - hydro costs and the ability to stay competitive in a volatile North American economy.
The Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Bob Delaney, responded with a brief overview of the evolution of hydro in Ontario since 1945, stressing the investment by government in renewing infrastructure and transmission, particularly in the last 13 years when most other North American jurisdictions were "pushing the problems down the road". He emphasized that government has spent nearly $50 billion, borrowing when interest rates have been at historic lows.
The result of this investment is infrastructure in place to last for the next 30-40 years, allowing the government to concentrate on conservation programs,
13th Annual State of the City Address with Mayor Dan Mathieson
On Thursday, April 13th, we hosted the 13th Annual State of the City Address with Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson. Thanks to all who attended. This event is a revenue generator for the Chamber and helps us to keep working on behalf of all our members.
We have so many ways for you to recap the event!
Thanks to City staff, the Mayor's address was available to all in real time on Facebook Live - click to watch now.