On April 10th, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) finalized a decision that will allow time for an independent panel, comprised of stakeholders and rights holders, to provide advice on species at risk in forest management and to assist MNRF in achieving a “better understanding of the impacts of climate change, the cumulative effects of all activity on a broad, dynamic landscape and a much better appreciation for the socio-economic implications.” Read more on our website.
Business Confidence Top Priority This Week
Your advocacy team is gearing up for a busy week discussing Ontario policy as it relates to the interests of our Members.
Tomorrow, April 17, Ontario Chamber President Rocco Rossi will be joining Thunder Bay Chamber President Charla Robinson for an important Leaders Luncheon to discuss Ontario’s economic situation and referring to the recently-released Ontario Economic Report (OER) as we discuss the way recent policy changes have affected business confidence in the province.  For more information and to register for the Luncheon, click here.
Immediately following the Luncheon we’ll be hosting a Member Round-Table with Mr. Rossi to discuss the local impacts of the recent employment policy changes along with other key issues covered in the OER.  To participate in this Round Table, please contact Charla at  charla@tbchamber.ca  or (807) 624-2626. 
On Wednesday, be sure to tune in to Country FM’s morning show when Charla will join John Ongaro on-air to talk about Bill 148, the Ontario budget and the Chamber’s thoughts on the upcoming election.
Looking to get involved in our province’s direction? Be sure to familiarize yourself with Vote Prosperity,  the Chamber’s Ontario Election platform on our website!  
Upcoming Chamber Events
Leaders Luncheon:
Ontario Economic Report  
April 17, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

After Business @ Thunder Bay Hydro  
April 18, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leadercast Thunder Bay 2018  
May 4, 2018 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

YQT: June 2018  
June 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2018 Golf Classic  
July 26, 2018 | 11:30 am - 7:00 pm

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for our 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards, which were proudly presented by Bell. The awards were presented Saturday night, April 14th at the Valhalla Inn.

Workplaces and individuals across the country are being challenged to use alternatives to driving alone for at least one day of the Commuter Challenge week (June 3-9, 2018).

By walking, cycling, taking transit or ride sharing, you can reduce your impact on the environment and achieve the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This is the time to try something new or just get colleagues to join in on the fun!
Learn how you and your worksite can participate in the Challenge over lunch on April 25.
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