Local Business Leaders Press Government on Regional Issues

John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce is second from the left
Local Business Leaders Press Government on Regional Issues
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Danielle Leonard

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Danielle is the Communications Coordinator for Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and manages their internal and external communications, including disseminating news to the public and the media. She is a graduate of both the Western University and Ryerson University.

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Local business leaders from Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) chambers of commerce and boards of trade met with Ontario cabinet ministers yesterday to discuss key issues impacting the regional economy.

In a wide ranging discussion held at Queen’s Park, business and government leaders touched on three priority areas: solving gridlock and improving transit, planning for growth and infrastructure, and promoting economic growth across the region.

The meeting also served as an opportunity for business and government leaders to discuss the upcoming 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, and the ways in which the region can capitalize on this major event.

“The strength of the Chamber Network was on full display today and businesses in Oakville were given an important voice at the table,” says John Sawyer, President, Oakville Chamber. “The viability of the Ontario economy depends on strong partnerships between business and government and these meetings ensure that the Province understands the concerns of the regional business community.”

The provincial government has recently restated their commitment to invest $130 billion in new transportation infrastructure, with a large portion of that allocated for the region. This news was well received by the Chamber Network, which has been a strong advocate for necessary infrastructure investments in the GTHA.

The meeting brought together 22 chambers of commerce and boards of trade that make up the GTHA Chamber Caucus with the following provincial cabinet ministers:

  1. Brad Duguid, the MPP for Scarborough Centre, and the Minister for Economic Development, Employment, and Infrastructure;
  2. Charles Sousa, the MPP for Mississauga South, and the Minister of Finance;
  3. Ted McMeekin, the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and
  4. Michael Coteau, the MPP for Don Valley East, and the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.

John Sawyer kicked off the meeting with a question to Minister Duguid around attracting investment in the GTHA region and how all three levels of government and the business sector can work together to be as effective as possible.

“Today was a great opportunity for the Oakville Chamber to represent its business leaders from the Town and speak collectively with the Chamber network about the issues affecting the region,” says John.


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