What's New This Week - May 12, 2022

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Robin Cooke


May 12, 2022

What's New This Week - May 12, 2022

Business After Five at Lambton College

Join us Wednesday, May 18th between 4:30pm and 7:00pm at Lambton College, Kel-Gor Alumni Hall!
Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Nova Chemical Health & Research Centre and the Cestar Group Fitness Complex. Cash Bar and Appetizers created by the school will be served.  
Everyone welcome.  Please Register online today!

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Government of Canada launches new coaching service to increase supplier diversity in federal procurement

News release

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is contributing to a more inclusive economy by helping diverse businesses get involved in federal procurement.

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the Government of Canada has launched a new coaching service designed to help bidders from diverse socio-economic groups that have had limited success bidding on federal procurement opportunities address the bidding challenges they have previously faced.  

Earlier today, Minister Tassi hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with representatives from women-owned businesses who took part in a pilot of the coaching service last year. She thanked the participants for their collaboration and feedback, which was critical in refining the coaching service before its official launch.

Delivered by PSPC’s Procurement Assistance Canada, the coaching service will give businesses from diverse socio-economic priority groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized Canadians, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ2+ Canadians) access to one introductory meeting and at least 3 personalized coaching sessions with a procurement specialist from Procurement Assistance Canada’s regional offices. These sessions will help the businesses explore the areas of the bidding journey where they may require assistance.

The launch of the coaching service is a concrete step towards enhancing economic and social opportunities for underrepresented groups and follows a pilot project launched last year. This is one of many procurement initiatives that PSPC is leading to increase supplier diversity.

May 10, 2022

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Sarnia-Lambton Energy and Environment Summit

Date: May 17
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Lambton College Event Centre

The City of Sarnia and a number of community partners across Lambton County are hosting an in-person Energy and Environment Summit on the morning of May 17th at Lambton College’s Event Centre. You’re invited to join us!

This event is meant to bring together citizens, stakeholders, and partners to solicit input to ensure that Sarnia-Lambton continues to lead and capture the benefits of being a community with a focus on energy and the environment.

As Canada moves to net zero, energy and the environment will merge and ultimately drive economic development. Understanding how Sarnia-Lambton will embrace this goal will be the essence of this summit's discussion.

You’re invited to join key community partners. Registration is open to the public and free to attend, but advanced registration is required.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Presents the Women in Business Summit

Restarting, Reimagining, Accelerating and Recuperating: Women in the Post-Pandemic Era

This full day virtual event will feature diverse panel discussions, candid sessions and spotlights that will focus on female entrepreneurship, inclusive recovery in the workplace, transitioning of women into high remand jobs into high demand sectors, including recruitment, retraining, retention and promotion and women’s mental health.

This is not a women’s issue; it is an economic issue.

Ensuring women have opportunities to fully participate in Canada’s economy is essential for widespread job creation and sustained economic growth. As the most activated business community in the country we all have a key role to play in taking action, making the changes needed, empowering women and fostering stronger communities across the country.

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A𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑳𝒂𝒎𝒃𝒕𝒐𝒏 𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒚 𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒓𝒔!

Is your business interested in training new or existing employees? Learn more about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Your business may be eligible to receive 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 $𝟭𝟱,𝟬𝟬𝟬 per participant. Lambton College Community Employment Services is here to assist businesses with finding employees who fit their organization and we can work with employers who require assistance accessing incentives and grants.
Have questions? We're here to help
Call 519-882-4333
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On behalf of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, a strategic event partner at the Council of the Great Lakes Region’s next Great Lakes Economic Forum (GLEF) taking place in Chicago from June 26-28, 2022 in collaboration with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, we invite you to attend GLEF2022 and join the conversation.

The annual GLEF brings together top business, government, academic, and nonprofit leaders from the bi-national Great Lakes region as one, across borders and sectors, to tackle the most pressing socio-economic and environmental issues facing your organization and the region and to find collaborative solutions that will strengthen the region’s economic success and sustainability.

The theme of this year’s Forum, Powering Forward in the Great Lakes Economic Region: Our Prosperity. Our Sustainability. Our Future., signals the importance of the region, North America’s economic engine, and the largest freshwater system in the world, to the U.S. and Canada.

Register, book your hotel room, and learn more about the event, agenda, and speakers. Use promo code OCC to save 15% on your ticket! Only 260 tickets are available for this premier, intimate event with regional leaders, so book now!

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Canada Digital Adoption Program

How Canadians do business has changed. To stay competitive and grow, small and medium-sized businesses need to adopt new digital tools.

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada announced the $4 billion Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize your business's operations.

CDAP provides funding and support to businesses, as well as training and work opportunities for young Canadians.

Which Grant Is Right For You? Find Out Here

Join us for an Honest Conversation with Sarah Philips-Smith about the importance of physical accessibility.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

About this event

Accessibility should not be an afterthought when it comes to the design process - it should be the foundation on which design rests.

With one in five Canadians experiencing some form of disability, physical design should reflect the needs of all Canadians. Designing accessible workplaces is the smart thing to do. Join us for an honest conversation with Sarah Philips-Smith about the importance of physical accessibility.

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Supporting Ventures Who Are Committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Environment, and Acceleration

We are the place for dreamers, innovators, and world-changing ideas. TechAlliance continues to support Ontario’s most promising startups and growing tech companies and empowering world-class ventures to fuel growth in Canada’s innovation economy. Now, we are bringing an exciting opportunity to forward-thinking founders with the launch of The i.d.e.a. Fund, built for green innovators.

The i.d.e.a. Fund supports a more sustainable economy and equitable recovery in Southern Ontario by provide recipients with $30,000 in matching seed funds and up to 40 hours of expertise from our Venture Growth team. Any equity-deserving founders will only need to match 25% of the funds they receive.

Information Sessions May 10 from 4:00 to 5:00p.m.REGISTER HEREMay 18 from 12:00 to 1:00p.m.REGISTER HEREMay 26 from 8:30 to 9:30a.m.REGISTER HERERead More Here

Business, workplace, and economy

Thinking of starting and running a business?  Click below for information, funding or tax credits for entrepreneurs who want to start and run a business in Ontario.
Learn how to register your business, apply for funding and tax credits, and get free, personalized help to start your business.

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Register for the Workforce Talks - Workforce Participation

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we will be highlighting virtual events that you and your staff may want to take part in.

About this event

The past two years have shifted the way we work and view work. But as a sense of normalcy slowly makes way, stress levels, especially around employment, finances, and mental health benefits, remain high.

For Mental Health Awareness Month, Verywell Mind editor-in-chief, Amy Morin, LCSW, is hosting Mental Health in the Workplace, a free educational webinar focusing on well-being at work. Whether you're a manager looking to create a healthy work environment at the office or you're an employee who works from home, we're offering actionable strategies that can improve everyone's mental health, regardless of industry.

Amy will be speaking with industry experts to understand how the current times have shifted the way we approach work and brought mental health concerns and conversations into the spotlight. The webinar will also provide best practices that can help employer retention, productivity, and overall happiness at places of work.

The webinar will be hosted on Thursday, May 19, from 1-2PM ET and will cover:

  • Why workplace mental health matters
  • Amy Morin, LCSW, editor-in-chief of Verywell Mind
  • Disclosing vs. not disclosing a mental health issue at work
  • Julian C. Lagoy, MD, Psychiatrist with Mindpath Health
  • Obstacles & solutions
  • Minaa B., licensed therapist, corporate wellness coach and member of Wondermind's mental health advisory committee
  • How and when to talk about mental health at work
  • Melissa Doman, organizational psychologist and author of "Yes, You Can Talk About Mental Health At Work: Here's Why.. And How To Do It Really Well"
  • Creative ways to address workplace mental health
  • Dr. Naomi Torres-Mackie, clinical psychologist and head of research at the Mental Health Coalition

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This Week's Member Spotlight is on...Lambton College Of Applied Arts and Technology

Over the past 50 years, from their location in Sarnia, Ontario, Lambton College has become a beacon of education, training, and applied research. The Lambton College story begins, however, not in the community itself, but when a delegation from Sarnia-Lambton headed to Toronto in 1965 to answer the call of William G. Davis, Ontario’s then Minister of Education, who had recently announced his vision of a college system that would revolutionize post-secondary education across the province.

Less than one year later, the advocacy work of these community builders’ bore fruit, and on November 16, 1966 the doors of Lambton College officially opened and then became the second college in the new Ontario system. That first year, they welcomed a total of 54 students in four different programs that were taught by a faculty of 10 professors. Their first graduating class accepted their diplomas the following summer and every single student graduated. In the five decades that would follow, Lambton College experienced tremendous growth, trailblazing an unmatched effort to continuously align programs and training with the evolving needs of our local employers, first.

Visit their website below to find out more about everything they can offer!  

Join us at Lambton College, Kel-Gor Alumni Hall! Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Nova Chemical Health & Research Centre and the Cestar Group Fitness Complex. Cash Bar and Appetizers will be served.  Please Register Here today!

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