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Date: December 6, 2019 8:30 am

Incoterms 2020 Training

In cooperation with our colleagues at the Greater Sudbury Chamber. Please click here for more information and to register.

Are you an exporter or importer? Do yo…

In cooperation with our colleagues at the Greater Sudbury Chamber. Please click here for more information and to register.

Are you an exporter or importer? Do you have international supply chains? Do you engage in international trade contracts? Then you need to learn about Incoterms® 2020.

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to bring you training on the newly released Incoterms® 2020. Updated every 10 years, Incoterms® are developed by the International Chamber of Commerce to act as a common set of rules between exporters and importers in the course of international trade in goods. Not using the appropriate Incoterms® greatly affects a company’s bottom line.

For this reason, the chamber has partnered with FITT to help Greater Sudbury’s businesses get up to speed on these new rules with a locally-hosted training session on December 6, 2019. The 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 come into effect on January 1, 2020).

Companies and professionals attending the session will be able to:

  • Understand how to properly incorporate Incoterms® 2020 into pro forma invoices and sales contracts
  • Identify corporate sales strategies that lower risks and costs
  • Identify the correct Incoterms® 2020 rule for specific transactions
  • Determine the obligations, risks, and costs for both sellers and buyers
  • Avoid common errors when using Incoterms® 2020
  • Use Incoterms® 2020 to the company’s advantage

WHEN: December 6, 2019
TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Bryston’s On the Park

Date: December 7, 2019 7:30 pm

North Bay Symphony Christmas at the Movies

At the Capitol Centre!  Check out their website for more information.

Date: December 8, 2019 9:00 am

Wasi XC Ski Club Membership Registration Day

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 between 9 am and 2 pm

Bring your signed form www.wasiski/forms and cash or cheque to the chalet and receive your tags for the season. Registration …

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 between 9 am and 2 pm

Bring your signed form www.wasiski/forms and cash or cheque to the chalet and receive your tags for the season. Registration forms will also be available at the chalet on registration day.

Date: December 8, 2019 11:00 am

Frozen Slime Party

At the Capitol Centre!  Check out their website for more information.

Date: December 8, 2019 2:00 pm

2019/2020 Battalion Regular Season Afternoon Games

OHL’s North Bay Battalion Home Games – afterno…

OHL’s North Bay Battalion Home Games – afternoon.  For more details or to purchase tickets click HERE.


CLICK HERE to email Patti now!  Due to the volume of interest – please do NOT call, Whats App, or text.  I need to keep track of interest through email only!



Another fantastic week of weather and a very successful, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament has come and gone.  The weather couldn’t have been better and the support from the community, always amazes everyone that participates.  Osprey Links was in great shape for the tournament and we even managed to get Jeff Rogerson out on the golf course for one of his rare rounds of golf.  Thanks to Jeff and his entire staff for a great day.

The golf tournament is utilized as a fundraiser for the North Bay and Area Community Foundation and the proceeds from this event are donated to the Foundation to help in the great work that they do in our area.  As is the case with most of the charity golf tournaments held, it would not be possible to hold these events, if not for the generous participation of so many individuals that continue to support these worthwhile events through out the year.

A huge thank you goes out to Steve Deacon of Deacon Wealth Management, our major sponsor for the event, along with the many other charitable causes that Steve and DWM supports, in our community.    Many thanks to our additional sponsors Kennedy Insurance Brokers, Canadore College, Cooper Equipment Rentals, KIA North Bay, Buchner Manufacturing, Caisse Alliance, BDO, Union Gas, Grant Thornton, HGS, Skaters Edge, Rebuilt Resources, Hock Exchange Canada, Digsafe Contracting and Osprey Links Golf Course.  Many thanks to Buzzmasters and RFP Media for capturing the on-course shots of our tournament.

As can be seen by the many sponsors, we could not hold this event without their generous support.  We were also pleased to host curling icon, Kevin Martin and Sportsnet, who were in town to promote the upcoming Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event, which will take place October 22-27 at Memorial Gardens.  Martin who was named Canada’s best male curler in a recent poll by TSN, had praise for the event and the organizing committee, that will once again host a major curling event in our City.  Having Kevin at our tournament was a bonus for all that participated, as he spent the entire day meeting the golfers and volunteers.  He is a great ambassador for curling and a true gentleman.  Start planning to attend the Pinty’s Grand Slam event later this fall.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

What a great week last week was, for North Bay and area, leading into the Canada Day weekend that hopefully everyone enjoyed.  Nearly one hundred million dollars in investments announced and jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  It was great to have Minister Fedeli in the riding to complete some long-awaited projects in our riding and couldn’t have been possible without his support and diligence to get these projects moving, after years of negotiation and bureaucratic red tape.

Cassellholme is finally being redeveloped and as well the addition of new long-term care beds for both the area and our indigenous community.  This has been long awaited and will assist in providing spaces for our seniors that have been on waiting lists for many years.  Our entire community will benefit from the redevelopment of Cassellholme and this should help alleviate the overcrowding in our hospital due to the shortage of long-term care beds.  The project should be in the ground shortly and will provide an economic boost to our area, given the fifty-five-million-dollar project price tag.

Both Jamie Lowery, his entire team and Board of Cassellholme should be very pleased that the years of work have finally culminated in the start of this project.  The addition of a sixteen-bed provincial indigenous long-term care beds plus two twelve bed dementia care units will serve both populations well and reflect the needs of our community for the future.  Health care will no doubt continue to be a priority across our Province, and it is refreshing to see some innovative, inclusive and new approaches to how we care for our seniors, no matter what their heritage may be.

Funding continued to be major news for this area with the announcement by Minister Fedeli in Powassan, of an additional twelve-million dollars for the film industry.  NOHFC funding for a variety of projects that continue to generate hundreds of jobs and economic spin off to many of our businesses in our district.  Last year alone, in excess of twenty million dollars was spent in this area and with continued support from the Provincial government, it appears this trend will continue.

Canadore College was also making headlines last week, with new partnerships announced in a sector that is not usually associated with Canadore and our area.  The announcement of two major projects in the agricultural sector will provide education and training together with jobs and investment by two new manufacturing companies joining with Canadore and the Village.  Growratio Inc. and Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies announced the partnership with Canadore that will see approximately one hundred and fifty new jobs once fully operational.  These jobs and new construction of over one hundred and fifty thousand square ft. in three facilities, are another great announcement for George Burton and his entire team.  Congratulations and welcome to North Bay.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.



The past two week’s have been a flurry of activity at the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.  Bay Days, Armed Forces Day, MP Anthony Rota announcing the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program and last Tuesday, Provincial Minister of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Todd Smith announcing the expansion of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for trucking and personal support workers.  The latter two being announcements that are of importance to North Bay and District.

Many of our Northern Communities have seen a consistent trend of population decline for a variety of reasons over the past decade or so.  Declining birthrates, lengthy recession in resource-based industries, youth out migration and a multitude of other factors continue to plague Northern Ontario and many other rural areas across Canada, when it comes to population.  It is no secret that residents of many of these communities are stretched with respect to increases in property taxes however are reluctant and usually vocal, when it comes to cuts or reductions in service levels.

Immigration is one of the ways that these regions can look to bolster their populations, grow the economies of our communities and help reduce the impact of rising taxes.  The more taxpayers and businesses that we can attract to our area will result in economic growth and stability for our future.  We are a community that has been an immigration settlement area for the past 150 years and much of our population is only one or two generations removed from arriving as immigrants themselves.  As Northern Ontario grew in the latter part of the 1800’s and through to the 1950-60’s, many of our relatives came here to seek a better life, work and make this area home.

The new pilot program will roll out soon and there has been no shortage of inquiries by local and regional businesses that are interested in welcoming qualified immigrants.  After months and sometimes years of trying to attract trained and qualified employees in many fields, the announcements may possibly assist in helping businesses grow.  Details on the programs will be rolled out this Fall of 2019, but we do know that it will be a three to five-year pilot and approximately 250 individuals and families will, be eligible.   Permanent employment with an eligible business or confirmed equity/investment are expected to make up the pre-qualifications.

One of the most important details of the program that it seems has been missed by some, is that the assistance being offered under this program for expedited visa or permanent residency for an employee, and the position cannot or has not been able to be filled by a resident of Canada.  The common misconception which some social media postings have alluded to, is that of intolerance to the idea of immigration, to fill some of our labour market challenges.  If we are to succeed and grow as an area, we must embrace and welcome new Canadians because if we look closely enough, many of our parents and grandparents were also welcomed here, not so many years ago.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Great news announced out of Sault Ste. Marie on Friday June 14th by Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, regarding the communities selected for the “Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program”.  This was followed by the announcement in North Bay by MP Anthony Rota, confirming the selection of our community and communities surrounding our City.  It was welcome news not only to our district, but also the confirmation that our four Northern Ontario neighbors, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay will also have the pilot program.

The selection of five Northern Ontario communities from the eleven programs announced is good news for the North, as population numbers in these regions, for the most part, have seen steady declines or little growth.  With declining birth rates and the shrinking population base, attraction and settlement of new Canadians to Northern Ontario has been touted as one initiative to reverse those trends.  When we look back over the past century, Northern Ontario was settled by many immigrant families who came here and built lives for themselves and their families.  Most of us are descendants of immigrants who came to Canada, for a better life and opportunities for their children.

This program when implemented will seek out qualified immigrants for jobs which employers are unable to attract or hire from the existing labour force.  We continue to see many requests from employers that have opportunities to grow and expand but have not been able to attract qualified workers to skilled positions needed for that growth.  On the east coast where the program was introduced in 2016, they have been successful in retaining 90% of families moving into their communities versus less than 60% without the supports of this program.

The Chamber is extremely pleased to be selected as the lead in this project however this is a joint initiative with many community partners including the City of North Bay (Economic Development Department),  Labour Market Group, Yes Employment Services, North Bay & District Multicultural Centre, North Bay Local Immigration Partnership , Canadore College and Nipissing University, and many others as well.  We look forward to working with all partners to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the North, through immigration and linking those needs with the requirements of employers.

The Chamber Board and staff are extremely proud and thankful that we had Patti Carr, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Chamber, who did a tremendous job of pulling this project together under very tight timelines.  Patti is a tireless individual who worked with the partners listed above and many others including employers/Chamber members to ensure all bases were covered and all questions answered.  Congratulations to the entire group and especially to Patti, for pulling it all together!  Together we can accomplish so much more.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.


Today’s Announcement in Sault Ste Marie, ON by the Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIPP):

Our region is one of the areas chosen!  While the announcement states North Bay, there are many partners across a large region that are involved.  This Pilot Program area goes north to Kirkland Lake, south to Burk’s Falls, west to West Nipissing and east to Mattawa.

More details to come on Monday, June 17, 2019 at a media event at 9 am, to be held at City Hall, 5th floor boardroom.  Special thank you to MP Anthony Rota and his staff for coordinating the event.


Bay Days brought to you by Cogeco is dedicated to showcasing local talent and celebrating the community, we are pleased to announce this weekend’s entertainment. The event will kick off at the waterfront on Friday, June 14 and will continue in the evening of Saturday June 15 at the Kiwanis Bandshell featuring a line-up of local entertainers, including North Bay’s very own Cory Marks. 

Friday June 14, 2019

4PM: Don and Friends

5PM: Josh Dimmel Band

6PM: Jennifer Plummer

7PM: Terror Birds

8PM: Cory Marks

Saturday June 15, 2019

3PM: North Bay Pipes and Drums

4PM: The Rodents: Tragically Hip Tribute

5:30PM: North Facing Folk

630PM: Manchester Creek

730PM: Jake and the Fundamentals

The inaugural event will bring family-friendly activities and a slate of homegrown entertainment with no wristband required to the City’s Downtown and Waterfront June 14-16. The three-day festival is a grassroots, not-for-profit event run by a collective of community groups, including Tourism North Bay, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Downtown North Bay (formally DIA) and Creative Industries.

This week is sure to be one of celebration and as well, a new beginning as it pertains to this community.  On Wednesday, our community will celebrate Armed Forces Day with thousands of children participating in the annual day, recognizing our troops who serve this country.  With the Snowbirds, Skyhawks and CF-18 Demo team preforming tomorrow and the static displays at the waterfront it is a great way to say thanks to the military for all they do in keeping our country safe.  For details click here for their website.

On Thursday from 4:30-7:00 p.m., Steve Bitonti and crew are inviting the members of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce to a pre-Bay Days Meet and Greet, at the Boat.  What a great way to keep the community celebration from Armed Forces Day, into the Bay Days celebrations going. We hope to see many of our members at the waterfront Thursday evening and hopefully Mother Nature will co-operate with us this week and provide some good weather for the events.

Commencing on Friday, we will start what hopefully will become an annual event, and Bay Days will kick off the weekend long community festival.  This festival is the start of something new, something different and as well, something for everyone.  This “grass roots” festival came about after the announcement that “Summer in the Park”, usually held on the August long weekend, was cancelled.  Nature abhors a vacuum and the seed was planted to create something new and the main theme that resonated with the organizing committee, was to ensure that it returned to a community celebration.

The organizing committee comprised of Tourism North Bay, Creative Industries, Downtown North Bay, Capitol Centre and the Chamber are set to launch this Friday.  We are certainly hopeful that the return to a community-based festival will spark our communities’ interest in a back to the basics style event.  The downtown core and the waterfront will be the stage and events will be happening throughout the weekend.  Local entertainment will be playing at the waterfront and the entire weekend’s entertainment, will be free to all.  The Capitol Centre will be home to the 4th annual Children’s Festival and although this is a ticketed event, it is a terrific event for children of all ages and make sure you check out the line up on their website

Looking forward to seeing our entire community come out and show that there is support, for this type of event and programming.  If anyone has an in with Mother Nature, please slip in a good word regarding this weekends weather.  Rain or shine, we hope that everyone can get out and participate in both Armed Forces Day (Wednesday) and Bay Days (Friday-Sunday).  Both events are all about our community and look forward to seeing that support.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.