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Upcoming Events

Date: September 25, 2020

Annual Culture Days

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Date: September 27, 2020 8:00 am

Annual Hospital Walk/Run



Our Hospital Walk/Run is Sunday, September 27th at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.

Sign up today and participate with your family and friends.

Funds raised support the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment to serve our community.

Register now and take advantage of the early bird pricing.

Date: September 30, 2020 10:00 am

North Bay Farmers' Market Summer Market


10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In front Discovery Museum

Date: October 3, 2020 8:30 am

North Bay Farmers' Market Summer Market

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

at the OAK St Transit Terminal

Chamber Achievements

Chamber of Commerce Achievements

Your local Chamber of Commerce has been very busy since 1894!

  • 1895 – Mainly because of our efforts, North Bay’s first library opened.
  • 1900 – Succeeded in efforts to have North Bay named county seat in.  Mattawa was the other district vying for the county seat.
  • Early 1900’s – Responsible for having North Bay’s first street lights and waterworks system.
  • 1932 – Began Campaign to purchase local hydro system from Ontario Hydro.
  • Mid-1930’s – Chamber proposed airport for North Bay and began negotiations with Department of Transport.
  • Late 1930’s – Vigorously pursued building of road link with Temiscaming, Quebec.
  • 1945 – Successful in having French River spillway constructed following serious flooding.
  • 1949 – Organized first Winter Carnival
  • 1951 – the Chamber succeeded in having Turtle Lake made a closed area except for camping.
  • 1960 – the Chamber began a vigorous campaign which lasted more than a decade and resulted in the formation of North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
  • Early1960’s – Chamber pressed City Council for a number of years to form Department of Industries, later named Economic Development Department,.
  • Early 1970’s – Spearheaded campaign during this environmental-conscious period which included cleanup campaign, resulting in disposal of more than 500 abandoned cars.
  • 1974 – Chamber lead revitalization of core area by constructing traffic-free downtown summer mall and by forming Progressive Business Guild, the forerunner of the Downtown Improvement Area.
  • 1977 – North Bay’s exciting waterfront development got its start when the Chamber leased property from CP rail and cleared a beach area from the rubble.
  • June 5, 1986, the Chamber moves into its new home at the impressive Regional Tourist Information Centre.  The beginning of a new era!
  • 1994 – Celebrated 100 years of service.
  • The formation of the Airbase Property Corporation, with representation from the Chamber begins to market the abandoned hangars at the airport to create a vital aerospace industry for North Bay and area.
  • 1996 – 10th Annual Ontario North Gift Show.
  • Talking Proud Campaign promoted a spirit of pride in the North Bay area community.
  • 1998 – Chamber has pledged support of two major initiatives – Canada’s Passage North (Rail-lands Development) and the Multi-Use Park (Jack Pine Hill).
  • 1999 – On August 27th, 1999 ½ millionth visitor to the Regional Tourist Information Centre
  • 2000 – The Chamber organizes the largest Small Business Week events and continues to do so.
  • 2001 – Export Development Office, the first pilot project for Northern Ontario opened in March.  The Export Office along with FedNor Industry Canada spearheaded the first Team Northern Ontario Trade Mission to Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Late December 2001 to early January 2002 – Chamber involved in the emotional Save the Cents Campaign.  Community involvement was second to none, even though the efforts proved unsuccessful.  North Bay did however gain the North Bay Skyhawks.
  • 2002 – The divestiture of the Ontario Northland Transportation continues to be a major issue for our region; the Chamber is holding the government to its’ commitment to long-term job retention and service.
  • 2003 – North Bay Airport Entity is struck to run the airport on behalf of the City of North Bay.
  • 2004 – Dionne Quints celebrate 70th birthday
  • 2004 – Assisted ski hill with office operation to sell season’s passes – “To Save Our Ski Hill” – Laurentian Ski Hill proved to be a success this year with a new strategy and volunteer board.
  • 2005 – 2006 – In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the Chamber assisted with the Business Retention and Expansion Program (BR & E) visiting 230 local businesses to survey them on the economic climate in the area.
  • 2005 & 2006 – Assisted ONTC with the new regional tourism product, the fall train excursion to Temagami – Dream Catcher Express.
  • 2005 – Chamber was pleased to hear the details of the completion of hwy. 11 four-laning, as it has been many years of lobbying to see it to completion.
  • 2005 & 2006 – Service with a Smile program to recognize customer service in area businesses.
  • 2005 & 2006 – Business roundtables with International students from Tampico, Mexico
  • 2006 – Meet the Candidates events for the Federal and Municipal elections
  • 2006 – Consultations with Stantec Consulting & MTO regarding the Hwy 11/17 expressway future plans
  • 2006 – Energy Forum in partnership with North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
  • 2006 – Unveiling of the Past Presidents plaque at the Chamber office, in recognition of the contributions from all the Presidents in the 112 year history of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (North Bay Board of Trade)
  • 2007 – The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Social Services; the District Social Service Boards of Nipissing, Cochrane, Temiskaming, Parry Sound; and the Municipality of Muskoka, was the successful proponent through the Employment Innovations Fund for this one year pilot project (
  • 2007 – The Chamber of Commerce established a liaison committee with CFB North Bay.
  • 2007 – Meet the Candidates events for the Provincial elections
  • 2007 – The Chamber added the Evening of Excellence Awards ceremony to the 2007 Small Business Week agenda.
  • 2008 – New membership category and committee implemented – Young Professionals.
  • 2008 – Strategic Planning and new committee for the Dionne Quints Museum.
  • 2008 – Provided a new “Green” program, with the assistance of sponsors and the real estate agents, “green bags” for new homeowners.
  • 2009 – as of January, the Chamber newsletter goes digital.
  • 2009 – Business Leaders Forum attended by over 80 business leaders and politicians to provide real solutions during the economic downturn.
  • 2009 – Reached over 50 members in the Young Professionals category and reached over 900 members in total this year.
  • 2009 – Get Trained Workers pilot project continued in the Nipissing region this year with much success.
  • 2009 – Service with a Smile program is rebranded Extra Mile Award program, congratulating excellence in customer service.
  • 2009- Three year Strategic Plan to 2012 is formulated, accepted and implemented by the Board of Directors.
  • 2009 – a new event added, 1st Annual Swing and Sweep event.
  • 2009 – discussions with the school boards over the economic impact of the starting school prior to Labour Day; subsequent surveys were done and we will be returning to the school boards with the results prior to their decision of the 2010/2011 school year calendar.
  • 2009 – Dionne Quints celebrate 75th birthday.
  • 2010 – Over 60 Young Professionals.
  • 2010 – 2nd Annual Business Leaders Forum.
  • 2010 – School boards start new school year after Labour Day due to survey results.
  • 2010 – Partnered with Municipality and Union regarding the move of 31 specialized care patients to Sudbury – disappointed with NEMHC and LHINs decision.
  • 2010 – Won “Silver” in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Competition – Engaging Young Entrepreneurs.
  • 2010 – Formalized partnership with the City of North Bay for Summer in the Park.
  • 2010 – Young Professionals organize a Drive In Movie Event.
  • 2011 – Young Professional committee began hosting Dinner Club.
  • 2011 – Museum Intern is hired to digitize the collection and update the catalogue for the Museum.
  • 2011 – Business Awards moved from AGM to Small Business Week.  Changed the AGM format to luncheon.
  • 2011 – Joined Twitter @nbdcc, and Facebook
  • 2011 – Shop Local campaign successful – huge online contest and media awareness.
  • 2012 – Launch of  the new Chamber of Commerce Website
  • 2012-  New very successful Job Fair event added
  • 2013 – Assisted in successful campaign to bring OHL back to North Bay
  • 2013 – Young Professionals organize 2nd Annual Dine & Knit Bash, knitting warm winter garments for Operation Warmth
  • 2013- New event added: Battalion Go Italian
  • 2014 – Almagamation of the Mattawa Chamber and The North Bay & District Chamber
  • 2014 – Meet the Candiadates night held in outlying communities
  • 2014- Sport Tourism Initiative launched
  • 2014 – Investment Attraction Initiative launched
  • 2014 – Tourism Capacity Building Project
  • 2015 – Moved offices to Main Street East after almost 30 years at the Info Centre
  • 2015 – change board size from 25 directors to 13 directors for 2016
  • 2015 – take on a new look (brand)
  • 2015 – rejoined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce after many years
  • 2016 – Incorporating Tourism North Bay
  • 2016 – Relaunched a new look and higher technical matching system for, and employment program for matching opportunities to clients
  • 2016 – policy win – Province backs down from implementing the ORPP (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan)
  • 2016 – restructured the board to a governance model
  • 2016/2017 – study of the walleye in Lake Nipissing with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • 2017 – hired our “first ever” President & CEO for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce