It’s been a busy couple of weeks.
I returned from China last month and it was an opportunity to see historical sites and encounter the culture that defines China and makes it so unique.
Beyond that, I was reminded of the anxiety that can develop as a foreigner in a foreign land and the sense of creeping unease that can hinder one’s ability to fully apply their abilities and talents.
And so it is for recent immigrants here in our community who are trying to adjust to our culture; they are challenged to incorporate themselves into our society.
As businesses, it’s important that we do our part to extend the welcome and lend our time to newcomers who need career mentorship and guidance. You have so much to offer and it can provide so much return; from leadership, management and coach strengthening to access to an emerging talent pool or being recognized as an employer-of-choice in the community and beyond for your commitment to recognizing international education/experience. These are just a few of the many benefits to donating some of your time each month.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM wrapped up in St. Catherine’s last week.
As always, it was a well organized event that not only sets the provincial mandate for discussions with the Ontario government, but also affords us an opportunity to catch up with colleagues from chambers from all corners of the province.
Highlights from the three days were our successful adoption of a policy on WSIB funding and governance and to surprise wins from our colleagues for our work on reducing municipal red tape as well as our organization and hosting our “today/tomorrow” event.
Finally, I was at the announcement last week for the Cliffs Natural Resources processing plant.
While it has been a long and sometimes frustrating process, I am confident that the hard part is behind us and the next chapter for the entire northern region begins now.
I looking forward to the opportunities that all northern communities will have – and there will be opportunities for everyone; we all have businesses, expertise and people who bring unique and needed skills and perspectives to the table.
Until next time, all the best.