• Canadian Chamber This Week Newsletter: 3/6/2020

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    March 06, 2020
    Week of March 2, 2020
    Pandemic Preparedness: Are You Ready?
    Last week, top officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that they may not be able to control the spread of  COVID-19. The CDC released several resources to help prepare businesses and communities for the potential spread of COVID-19.

    We have also prepared resources, including a Crisis Communications Plan and a Business Continuity and Recovery Plan so you're aware of potential risks and can be prepared for anything. 

    We will hold a call with our association members and P/T chamber CEOs on March 4. More resources are available on our website. 

    In addition if you would like to complete our short survey (4 min) about your business' preparation for a pandemic or other crisis, please do so. Chambers of commerce, please share with your members. 
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    Chamber to Finance Minister: here's what's on businesses' minds

    Yesterday, we sent a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau indicating that recent events demonstrate that we urgently need to find common ground on balancing climate policy and supporting economic growth. Without a strong economy, Canada will not be able to meet the serious challenges it faces as a result of climate change. Without a focus on growth, we will not be able to foster the innovation and sustain the vital public services needed to address the challenges of a sustainable economy. Budget 2020 needs to address both Canada’s unprecedented economic and environmental challenges.

    360° Summit report to be released Thursday

    On January 30, 2020, we convened some of Canada’s greatest business minds with a common purpose: to find and develop new ideas to stimulate our economy at our inaugural 360° Economic Summit. 

    Later this week, our report from this event will be released. It details what we heard directly from Canadian business leaders about the issues they are facing on the ground and what this means for our economy and our country. The challenge now is to ensure our governments have the vision, the principle and the strength of purpose to achieve our economic potential both here at home and with the rest of the world. Canada urgently needs a comprehensive national economic strategy focused on these priorities. Watch for our report coming to your inbox on Thursday!

    Our #MondayMinute, was a teaser for the 360 report.  Ryan Greer, senior director, transportation &infrastructure policy, discusses one of the key report themes - the countless regulatory barriers being faced by #Cdnbiz. If you've got a minute, watch this!

    Also ... Our second podcast from the Resources of the Future series will be available on Thursday. 

    Leading Business Associations Call on Parliamentarians to Pass CUSMA without Delay

    Given the numerous challenges facing the Canadian economy, now is the time to set aside short-term political interests for the national interest.

    Last week, we delivered a message in solidarity with the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Together, we will ensure business interests are respected by government. 

    Import/Export Services

    Canadian businesses must be equipped with the tools they need to compete on a global scale. Access ATA Carnet, document certification and other services that will guarantee success in international markets.


    International Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award

    We will be celebrating the career of renowned Canadian entrepreneur, the Honourable Hal Jackman with the International Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Toronto on September 17, 2020.

    Established in 1992, the award recognizes a business executive from a Canadian organization whose visionary corporate leadership has allowed his /her company to develop a strong, competitive Canadian presence in global markets.

    Two upcoming events to celebrate +1

    Do you appreciate your employees? We sure do! 
    That's why on Friday, we'll be celebrating our #TeamChamber with a special gift and event to thank them for all they do all year long. If you've got something going on to celebrate your team on Employee Appreciation Day, March 6, why not share on social media? We will be! 

    International Women's Day, March 8 #IWD2020 

    Are you celebrating the women in your life on Sunday, March 8? It's #IWD2020 and the theme is #EachforEqual.  IWD is a day to celebrate women's achievements and that an equal world is an enabled world. How will you help ... Raise awareness against bias? Take action for equality? Forge a gender equal world? We'll be on social celebrating our #TeamChamber women. Give them a shout out for all they do. And don't forget the women in your world and the difference they are making!

    +1 : Ah yes, that moment you've all been waiting for -

    Sunday is also the day we spin the hands on the clock ahead one hour ... well most of us. Spring is on our doorstep. Yippee!  

    Measurement Canada Consultation
    Measurement Canada is looking for your opinion on proposed changes to service standards associated with services for which a fee is charged. 

    Changes are proposed to service standards for the evaluation and approval of prototype measuring devices (e.g., scales, gas pumps, electricity and natural gas meters), some categories of inspections and measurement standard certifications, and the renewal of authorized service providers’ accreditation to certify electricity and gas meters.

    Training: Incoterms® 2020
    Tuesday, March 10 | 9:00 a.m. ET | Montréal, QC

    This Incoterms® 2020 training course is designed to help exporters, importers, sales staff, contract experts, shipping and receiving personnel, trade finance specialists, trade compliance managers, and other supply-chain professionals gain an understanding of the latest edition of the Incoterms® rules (which came into effect on 1 January 2020).

    Webinar: A Guide To Export Services
    Wednesday, March 18 | 1:30 p.m. ET | Online

    We are proud to host an awareness webinar about the digitization of important exporting tools and programs offered by the International Chamber of Commerce.

    Webinar: ATA Carnet
    Wednesday, March 25 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Online

    Take advantage of FREE online webinars to better understand the rules to follow when importing goods under cover of ATA carnets.

    Roundtable: National Cannabis Working Group
    Thursday, March 26 | 8:00 a.m. PT | Vancouver, BC

    Our National Cannabis Working Group roundtable will focus on addressing some of the most pressing public policy – and business – questions facing the industry today.

    Topics of discussion will include barriers to competitiveness with the illegal market, the efficiency of federal regulatory frameworks and the international opportunity for Canadian firms.

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