In this issue...
Your Low Down // What You Need to Know lowdown
Dragons' Den's Michele Romanaw is our Keynote Speaker!
We are very excited to announce tech titan Michele Romanow as this year's Women to Women Symposium keynote speaker. 

Michele is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. A "Dragon" on CBC's hit show Dragons' Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms, Snap By Groupon, and - most recently - of Clearbanc, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs.

Join us and listen as Michele touches on lessons she's learned as one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs, including the necessity of embracing change, encouraging disruption, and incentivizing innovation at every stage of the game.

Tickets on sale now! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Gift Card Winners For Recent Technology Survey

Thank you to those who completed our recent survey developed by our Technology and Innovation Committee. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and helps steer the direction of the committee, and allow them to focus on areas that are of most importance to our members. 

As a thank you, we selected three lucky winners, at random, for $25 Starbucks gift cards. 

Congratulations to:
  • Nancy from CG Group
  • Jessica from Re/max Hallmark Lino Arci Group Realty
  • Darryl from Sinton Transportation
Welcoming Chamber Staff

Abdus Samad, Government  Relations & Policy Manager

Abdus will play a significant role in leading the Vaughan Chamber's policy research and the development of initiatives to further the interests of our members.

Abdus holds an Honours Bachelors of Art in political science from the University of Toronto. He has experience working on many political campaigns, including party leadership bids and working as a Political Staffer at the office of a party leader. He has also worked in Ottawa as a Legislative Assistant for a Parliamentary Secretary and a Member of Parliament.

Before starting at the Vaughan Chamber, he established a Government Relations function for the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce where he focused on lobbying all four levels of government. Though his experience with business concerns has previously focused on Newmarket, Abdus is looking forward to using the joint collaboration between both Chambers to highlight business issues on behalf of the almost 1,800 business owners represented across both organizations. "Business issues often get sidelined when it comes to the development of government legislation and policy so I'm excited to be working on behalf of the business community in Vaughan and Newmarket," he says, noting that representing two of the largest business organizations in York Region will allow for increased opportunity to meet with elected officials and senior bureaucrats to address business concerns in York Region.

Abdus's role will also involve strengthening relationships with key community leaders and partners.

Look for more updates on our advocacy efforts via our website and e-newsletters.
Anthony Fallico, Business Development Coordinator

Anthony started at the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce last June as a summer student working in business outreach and is excited to begin the full-time role as Business Development Coordinator.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in psychology and graduated with high distinction. Anthony has over five years of experience in business including marketing, events and membership.

Anthony proactively seeks out key business opportunities, developing affinity partnerships and other synergies for the Vaughan Chamber that will benefit our members. Working alongside our Membership Representative, Anthony supports our membership with retention and engagement, and recruitment.

If you're interested in discussing business and partnership opportunities with the Vaughan Chamber, from creating a savings program for our members to adding a member coupon to our website, please contact Anthony -
Your Connection // Upcoming Events Connection
Summer Networking After Hours

See you on the patio! Join us at Copacabana Grilled Brazilian as they host a tasty networking evening. Enjoy and indulge in delicious cocktails, appetizers, and of course grilled, mouth-watering prime cut meats. 

Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Copacabana Grilled Brazilian 
Workplace Considerations

Clear the haze on recreational marijuana legalization and learn what employers and employees need to know about cannabis in the workplace. 

Join us at our upcoming seminar and learn from Laura Williams, Founder & Principal of Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting. Find out what your business can do to prepare.

Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Novotel Toronto Vaughan
Member Appreciation BBQ

We're fired up to host our annual Member Appreciation BBQ Bash to say thank you! Enjoy networking, live entertainment, BBQ lunch, vendor booths, raffle prizes, ice cream truck and much more!

Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Dave & Buster's Outdoor Patio
Free for members! Online registration mandatory. 

Want to be seen by hundreds of business professionals at this exciting event? Purchase a booth and join in the fun!  
38th Annual Vaughan Chamber Golf Tournament

We're excited to announce that the date has been set for our 2018 Golf Tournament! New this year - we will be doing a morning shotgun. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, breakfast, golfer gift, BBQ lunch and more!

Date: Friday, September 21st, 2018
Time: 8:30 am shotgun 
Location: The Country Club

Your Membership // Benefits & Programs membership
Corporate Rate for City of Vaughan Gyms - For You and Your Staff!

Want to have access to 6 fitness centres & pools? 
Want to enjoy free spinning + fitness classes?

Because you're a Vaughan Chamber Member, you will receive a special discounted rate! 

Member Coupons Plus
Coupons that businesses and all employees can take advantage of:

Elemental Wellness Studio

Goldeye Media 25% discount on web-development

Maid 4 Ironing $20 off your first service call. $10 off ongoing services

Sentryon IT Solution First Month FREE on any flat-rate IT service plan

Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors
10% off all Fireplaces
Your Network  //  May New Members - Welcome! 
Your Voice // Policy & Advocacy policy
Canada's regulatory system is smothering business in Canada, thanks to a growing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government. A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and supported by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce,  Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada's Regulatory Competitivenesscalls on governments to modernize their regulatory frameworks and give businesses in Canada room to thrive.
Your Community // Events Recap community
Colossal Chamber Networking Event

York Region's business community came together on June 5th for the annual Colossal Chamber Networking Event. Nine chamber and board of trade networks were represented with over 400 attendees and 50 exhibitor booths. 

York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson presented the York Region Business Excellence Awards. Congratulations to the Small Business of the Year winner, Marketing Kitchen, and to the Large Business of the Year winner,  Brouwer Kesmac

Thank you to our presenting  sponsor York Region, to our Photography Sponsor Valeria Mitsubata Photography, and to all those who attended. 

Women to Women Power Networking

Eighty professional business women gathered at our Women to Women Power Networking event, presented by Air Canada, for an evening of connection building. 

Air Canada brought their route map and chose a secret destination. The attendee who guessed that destination won a pair of tickets anywhere Air Canada flies within North America.

Congratulations to Michele Smith, the winner of the Air Canada flights!

Thank you to our Premier Title Sponsor Air Canada, to  Eagles Nest Golf Club  for the beautiful venue, to our Women's Committee for all their hard work, and to all who attended!