Bulletin: September 15, 2020

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Tax Reform: Canadians To Have Their Say Through Canadian Chamber Review

Everybody agrees that Canada’s tax system is outdated and uncompetitive, but few agree on where to start. That’s where our tax review project comes in, and we want to hear from you. As COVID-19 continues to affect the ability of Canadians to come together in person, we have launched a new website, ThinkGrowth.ca, to collect your ideas on potential tax reforms that will help businesses and individuals recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

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Canadian Chamber Welcomes Lifting Of Unjustified U.S. Aluminum Tariffs

This afternoon the United States removed its tariffs on Canadian aluminum hours before Canada was set to announce its retaliatory measures. However, the United States has not unconditionally lifted its tariffs on Canadian aluminum and continues to seek to restrict market-driven trade flows. We call on the United States to fully and without precondition remove the threat that tariffs could be re-imposed in the future.

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Paramount Fine Foods Demonstrates How It’s Keeping You Safe

Throughout the restaurant industry, keeping customers safe is always top of mind. That has been doubly true over recent months as restaurant work to serve you now. In this guest blog post for the Our Restaurants campaign, Paramount Fine Foods demonstrates some of the things it’s doing to keep customers safe.

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Register Now: Webinar On CETA’s Coming Into Force

We are co-hosting a webinar on September 21 on the occasion of the entry into force of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This will provide an opportunity for you to raise concerns related to CETA implementation, such as non-tariff barriers in the agriculture sector, as well hear from government officials about how the CETA is being promoted to SMEs.

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Free Upcoming Events

September 17, 1:00 P.M. ET | Future Of Transportation: Trucking

70% of Canadian goods are transported by truck, whether it’s groceries, raw materials or other items essential to Canada’s economic well-being. Before and throughout the pandemic, the trucking industry has been invaluable in helping to keep supply chains open and flowing. Join us as we focus on the initial impacts of COVID-19 on trucking operations and steps the industry has taken to mitigate those impacts. We will also have a discussion on what the future of trucking may look like in a post-COVID world.

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September 22, 1:00 P.M. ET | Future Of Transportation: Rail

With over 46,000 km of track, rail operations have stretched across Canada in some form or another for centuries, moving over $300 billion worth of goods across the country. However, recent events have highlighted vulnerabilities in the rail value and supply chain. From strikes to blockades to pandemics, the rail industry has seen its fair share of challenges. Our conversation will revolve around how both passenger and freight rail companies have had to address those challenges and how Canada can continue to position itself as a leader in the rail industry. On the passenger side, we will also discuss consumer confidence and the role it plays in economic recovery.

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September 22, 11:00 A.M. ET | The Journey Of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tech Adoption

An introduction to the principles and applications of AI and machine learning as seen through the lens of SMEs via user cases across multiple sectors.

You may be surprised to learn that fewer than one in 10 businesses are ready for AI adoption. Despite all the AI hype, the reality remains that a vast majority of companies simply do not have the capacity to augment their business operations with AI at scale, resulting in a series of one-off pilot projects. Please join Nicolas Chapados, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Element AI, Zied Touzani, Head of Partnerships at Dataperformers, and Stephane Boivin, Co-founder and CEO at Pivot88, as we explore how businesses can overcome these challenges and realize the benefits of artificial intelligence. This webinar will be moderated by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director of Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation.

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September 23, 1:00 P.M. ET | Crisis Communications In Times Of Pandemic: Maintaining Your Brand While Facing Financial Challenges And Business Uncertainty Webinar, With National PR

How a business communicates in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic is key to its future success and sometimes to its very survival. 

As consumer behaviour changes, supply chains become disrupted and employees and employers navigate uncharted territory and uncertain futures, the importance of a well-crafted crisis management plan is becoming ever clearer to Canadian businesses. 

Join us for an interactive webinar with guest speakers Mark Boutet and Larry Markowitz of NATIONAL Public Relations. We will discuss the basic principles of crisis communications and will focus on maintaining your brand during these challenging times.

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September 23, 11:00 A.M. ET | Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Training Program

Join the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) training program designed for current and future board members, executives, investors and those who advise them. Learn directly from 95+ of the world’s most respected leaders on how to deal with COVID-19 and becoming resilient in an ESG focused world.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Recovery Summit Series

Join the Toronto Region Board of Trade on September 22 for its regional recovery summit, the first of a three-part virtual series to bring together global, national and regional leaders to explore how the Toronto region can build back better in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Think Small And Aim High With Canada Post’s Small Business Digital Event Series

The Think Small, Aim High event series is designed to support small businesses as they recover and work towards a new business-as-usual.  

In this three-part online series, Canada Post experts, industry experts as well as small business owners will provide insights and tips on how small businesses can establish their business online, optimize their operations and create effective marketing campaigns. The events provide the resources and solutions small businesses need to transform their business and prepare for the future.  

  • October 1: Starting Small from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET 
  • October 21: Small Business on Small Business from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET 
  • November 4: Journey to Success from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET 

Visit the Small Business events page on Canada Post’s website to get more information.

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A #TeamCanada Approach


As parents, teachers and young Canadians return to class, TELUS is supporting and protecting communities across the country by encouraging Canadians to wear a face mask to protect others from exposure to COVID-19. Limited-edition, youth-sized masks are now on sale in packs of three for $35 online as well as in select TELUS stores, with all proceeds going to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, supporting COVID-19 relief efforts across the country.

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