Bulletin: November 12, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Canadian Chamber appears before Senate National Finance Committee, reiterates gaps in Bill C-9

This afternoon our Director of Parliamentary Affairs and SME Policy, Alla Drigola, appeared at the Senate National Finance Committee which is studying Bill C-9. This bill includes new wage subsidy improvements and the new commercial rent program. We welcome the changes introduced in C-9 on the whole however we continue to highlight specific gaps that need to be closed.

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For Your Attention

Canada’s Economic and Environmental Leadership: Driven by Natural Gas and Oil  

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has a vision for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery — including opportunities for Indigenous prosperity — that embraces how Canada can help address global climate change. 

Learn more about CAPP’s plan to support Canada’s future in our latest CBRN blog post.  

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Five ways to build a more secure business today

From phishing scams that launch ransomware attacks to fraudulent emails that redirect financial funds, keeping your business secure from today’s threats can be overwhelming.  

Yet, not prioritizing cyber security or believing a cyber attack won’t happen to your operations are the worst things a small business can do. 

Our partner, Field Effect, shares a blog with insight on what you can do to protect your business.

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New quantum computing funding opportunity

Shared Services Canada (SSC) is seeking a user-friendly solution for using Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) to optimize complex problem solving. The deadline to apply is 2:00 p.m. ET, December 15.

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New IDEaS call for proposals

The Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has launched its fourth Call for Proposals. Visit the website to learn how you can support our troops with your logistics solutions, new armour designs and visual and data security.

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Free Upcoming Events

November 18, 1:00 P.M. ET | How Canadian Companies Can Navigate ‘Business As Unusual’

If you’re a Canadian business navigating the economic challenges introduced by COVID-19, don’t miss our FREE webinar with Export Development Canada.

The webinar will provide insights from Export Development Canada’s President and CEO, Mairead Lavery, and our President and CEO, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, to help companies like yours stay the course.

Register to learn about:

  • How COVID-19 has affected Canada’s global trade
  • Tips for Canadian exporters and small businesses who are navigating these turbulent times
  • Insights on how companies can manage risks during a global pandemic

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November 19, 6:00 p.m. ET | Canada-Japan Trade and Investment Opportunities  

The Japan-Canada Chambers Council (JCCC) is a joint initiative of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The JCCC focuses on enhancing commercial relationships between our respective business communities. This event will allow Canadian companies to learn about current market conditions and potential opportunities. Confirmed speakers include:    

  • Tatsuo Yasunaga, CEO, Mitsui & Co, Ltd.   
  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce   
  • Amine Ben Ayed, COO, Dataperformers   
  • Kaori Namiki, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Canada Ltd.   

Registrants will receive the videolink to join the webinar in advance of November 19.   

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November 24, 11:00 a.m. ET | Western Canada Executive Summit  

This event brings together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on top issues affecting Canadian business. Participants will hear from our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President of the Treasury Board, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, and some of Canada’s most influential business leaders.   

Three panels will take a deeper look into specific measures that our political leaders must consider to ensure a sharp and lasting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.   

  • Panel 1: Harnessing Canada’s Tax System for Recovery   
  • Panel 2: Regulatory Recovery: Removing Red Tape so Business Can Grow   
  • Panel 3: Canadian Transportation and Trade Infrastructure 2020 and Beyond

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December 1, 1:00 p.m. ET | Successfully Managing Your Workplace During a Global Pandemic, with Sherrard Kuzz LLP   

Canadian businesses are facing unique challenges in managing through COVID-19. Including issues related to:   

  • health and safety   
  • increased absenteeism   
  • work refusals   
  • accommodating human rights   
  • implications of a vaccine 
  • workplace restructuring   

This session will provide employers with practical tips and tools to address these issues when they arise and to minimize related legal liability as they move into 2021. This webinar will be led by Priya Sarin, Partner at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, a leading Canadian employment and labour law firm. 

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December 10, 1:00 p.m. ET | Supporting Local Business; Essential to our Economy and Communities, with CWB 

To coincide with Canadian Western Bank’s (CWB) newest full-service banking centre and first physical location in Ontario, we are partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) to host a discussion on the realities facing small business and how we can work together to support local through the pandemic and into recovery. 

You will hear from Chris Fowler, President and CEO, CWB, Mark Stafford, Vice President and District Manager, CWB, David Wojcik, President and CEO, MBOT, Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, OCC and our President and CEO, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the discussion!

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

How Entrepreneurs Are Adapting to the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has led to one of the largest economic crises in history. Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) surveyed 1,000 entrepreneurs and 2,000 consumers in Canada to gain a better understanding of how this crisis is changing the habits of Canadians and what Canada’s entrepreneurs are doing to adapt and position themselves in this new context.  

By reading BDC’s report, you can find out: 

  • The impact of the crisis on the consumption and work habits of Canadians. 
  • Five strategies prioritized by entrepreneurs in response to COVID-19. 
  • Practical advice and case studies of entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated this new business context.

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Small Business Relief Fund Grant Recipient: MASS Environmental

 We caught up with our Small Business Relief Fund Grant recipient, MASS Environmental Services Inc. and their President George Brown to get an update on the work they have done and highlighting the resilience they’ve shown during the pandemic. 

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