projection that is substantially lower than the 2011 Budget projections. The Commission's plan allows for a 0.8 percent increase in total spending programs per year.
manufacturing and forestry, Mr. Drummond recommends the following:
The mission of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is to contribute to economic growth, profitability, competitiveness and community involvement. The GCC President’s Awards are designed to recognize any of our member organizations which have helped to fulfill our mission.
We are looking for submissions in each of four categories:
Large Business of the Year (50 + employees) -Has your organization created any innovative new products, processes or services that have changed your way of doing business, increased your bottom line or stimulated employee engagement?
Small Business of the Year (1 - 49 employees) - Has your organization done some amazing things to grow, provided outstanding customer service, come up with a great new idea, done some exciting things with your staff?
Environmental Stewardship - Has your organization implemented any new initiatives that have helped to reduce your power or water consumption, carbon footprint or contributed to the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle)?
Community Building - Has your organization developed any new programs or policies which have served to increase your commitment to the community or supported your employees to engage in community building, volunteerism, support of the arts, athletics, etc?
The top 3 submissions in each category, as selected by our panel, will be put to a vote among our 2600 voting members representing approximately 850 organizations. The winning submission in each category will be recognized at the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala on June 28, 2012. Nominations or self-nominations close Thursday April 20, 2012 at 5pm and must include:
If you feel that you have met the criteria in any of the above mentioned categories we would love to hear from you. Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com.
For more information on the 2012 Guelph Awards of Excellence or to purchase tickets please click here.
Two stories in the Mercury yesterday show how jobs in Guelph directly link to world trade winds. Hitachi has been working on expansion plans for over a year, and have now announced the plant expansion in Guelph. The recovery in world mining has had this fantastic Guelph based manufacturing facility hopping. The vehicles made here in Guelph are recognized around the world. Successful development of the Ring of Fire in Ontario and northern mining projects including Baffin Island also directly affect jobs in Guelph. An interesting mention was made of automated welding. Enrolment in welding at Conestoga is still not at capacity, in spite of a nation-wide shortage of welders.
Derek Burleton from TD Bank mentioned in another article talks about the cooling off of the job market in Canada. He will be in Guelph for the Chamber's Lunch and Learn this Wednesday to discuss the headwinds from the EU impacting us here. Interesting that Canadian Press continues to headline Guelph as having the lowest unemployment rate in Ontario. With an unemployment pool of about 4,000 workers, it only takes a few announcements like Hitachi creating 575 jobs to put real stress on Guelph employers looking for employees. Conestoga, Second Chance, and Lutherwood are working hard to match workers with skills needed. The Chamber of Commerce Workplace Development Committee is working on co-op opportunities to create first jobs and to let students see where the jobs really are being created.