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December 5, 2018
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Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
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Quinte Access is growing and they are moving their operations into the former public works building on Pelham St.  This opens up space in the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce building and allows us to move forward with our plans to create the Quinte West Business Centre in downtown Trenton.

Once the interior renovations are complete there  will be two modern offices and a large board room that can be booked as daily or half-day rentals.  In addition the Chamber will have three offices for staff along with the reception area and Visitor Information Centre.

If you need to contact Chamber Staff during the closure for the stamping of Certificates of Origin or other services please call 613-920-4233 or by email 

We look forward to everyone stopping by for a tour when we reopen in the new year.

See Floor Plan of New Business Centre
Mark your calendar!
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Changes to the Chamber By-Laws

The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the changes to our By-Laws were approved by 96.5% of the 55 members that voted. 

The By-Laws will now be submitted to Inudstry Canada for approval before they become active.

Thank you to everyone that was able to find the time to participate.  

Read the Updated By-Laws
Red Tape Reduction Announcement!!!!

Join Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, as he makes a major red tape reduction announcement.

December 7, 2018

8:45am to 9:30am

Meeting Room (3rd floor), Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St. Belleville

Quinte West Businesses are Invited to Attend, please RSVP below

Click here to RSVP for this Event

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce released Moving Forward: A Strategic Approach to Ontario’s Transportation Needs calling on the Ontario Government to develop a Long-Term Transportation Plan.
The policy report identifies three areas of opportunity to address the current and future transportation needs of the province and improve the mobility of Ontarians.

  • Transit planning governance;
  • Moving people and goods by rail; and
  • Autonomous vehicles.

The report also includes thirteen tangible recommendations for better managing the province’s interconnected transportation assets, and better serving the needs of both Ontario businesses and residents.

Transit Planning Governance
1. Unlock Metrolinx’s potential to improve integration between regional transit services in the GTHA.
2. Develop a multi-modal transit hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
3. Conduct a review of transportation assets and limitations in Northern Ontario to determine how mobility in this region can be immediately improved.
4. Support municipal governments as they develop innovative solutions to address transit challenges.
5. Establish Transportation Ontario, an independent, province-wide transportation planning authority that would advise the Ministry of Transportation and support regional transit agencies.
6. Develop a 30 to 50-year Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Moving People and Goods by Rail
7. Develop a goods movement convenor framework that engages municipalities, the freight industry, relevant provincial Ministries, and the federal government where appropriate.
8. Invest in state-of-the-art technology such as CBTC to address immediate capacity concerns on the TTC subway network.
9. Prioritize investments with the greatest potential to provide a strong return on investment via economic growth.
10. Partner with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to secure funding for critical rail projects in both Northern and Southern Ontario.

Autonomous Vehicles
11. Regularly review and update the existing AV pilot regulatory framework and evaluate existing legislation to determine if AV-relevant modernization is required.
12. Anticipate Ontario’s AV future within the province’s upcoming Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.
13. As the current Canadian leader in this space, the Government of Ontario should encourage the federal government to act on AV readiness.

For more information please contact: Ceara Copps – Edwards Communications Advisor Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

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CCC 2019 Crystal Ball Report

Last night, business and association executives, as well as senior public servants, gathered at our annual Crystal Ball Symposium to hear from leading experts on how trends in technology, the global economy and international politics will affect Canadian business 2019 and beyond.  

This year’s event featured Linda Mantia, Chief Operating Officer for Manulife.  Responsible for globally leading corporate strategy and corporate development, analytics, technology, marketing, innovation, human resources, regulatory and public affairs, global resourcing and procurement, and the global program office. Ms. Mantia and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Economist Trevin Stratton discussed topics ranging from the growing economic divide and the national economy to strategies for businesses during this period of change.

In this report, we lay out what we heard over the course of the last year about the environment businesses expect to be operating in throughout 2019 and the implications that has for policy-makers and business leaders.

Click here to read this year's Crystal Ball Report.
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2018 Peoples Choice Award Winner!

Congratulations to Ecole Catholic L'Envol on winning the 2018 Peoples Choice Award.

An awards ceremony  to congratulate all the winners will be held this Friday, December 7th  at 9:30am at Trenton City Hall!

Click here to see the 2018 winners
Opening of Miltex Solutions Canada

Canadian Made, Globally Deployed.

Since start up in 2014, the company has experienced growth and made strategic partnerships to enable it to move from a leased building in Belleville to a company-owned facility at 42 Gotha Street in Trenton.  Ideally located in the city that is home to the largest Air Force Base in Canada, the facility supports the company’s strategic and growth objectives while better positioning the company to serve its customers with Canadian-made, quality products and services.

Miltex designs and manufactures Aerial Delivery products including parachutes and search and rescue equipment.  “Anything that is sewn and thrown out of an aircraft, you can count on us to get it safely to the ground” says Lisa Donovan, Director. Through the company’s manufacturing expertise and partnerships with leading military companies, Miltex offers a wide range of equipment to support the mission of the Canadian Forces and law enforcement.  Miltex manufactures a diverse line of products including personnel and cargo parachutes, automatic parachute opening devices, and ground sensing disconnects.  Miltex also supports the RCMP and law enforcement agencies with a variety of tactical gear including tactical vests, pocket systems, aeromedical equipment kits and shelters.

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RBC Royal Bank
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Riverside Music
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There are tickets still available to purchase!

Call the Chamber of Commerce office to reserve your tickets today! 613-392- 7635

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Chambers Plan Employee Benefits

To learn more about the chamber plan or to request a free quote contact Wendy Riley at the Riley Financial Group 613-771-1244 or by email

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Loyalist College invites businesses to participate

Loyalist College would like to extend an invitation to your business to participate and engage with them, and to help them welcome over 350  new students to Loyalist College this January. 

In past months Loyalist College has been working hard to re-energize our Orientation Week programming, and one aspect that we have begun to focus on is our student’s connection with the local community.   We believe there is great value to introduce our students to our surrounding area, including local businesses, services and events that can assist them on a successful year at Loyalist and in their future.     In order to help address this challenge, we have two different opportunities that we would like to invite you to participate in.   Building this community together is extremely important to our students, and their successes.  

click here to read more about 2 opportunities

You can’t change your boss, but you can change who you work for. If you want to be your own boss, then you need to listen up. Tammatha Denyes, CPB will give you the tools you need to get started today!    Don’t worry if you cannot make it, we will send you a recording!

Thursday December 6 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Mrs Dickens' Christmas Tea

Friday, December 7, 2018
2 Stittings: 11 am and 1 p

Come and enjoy Tea with Mrs. Dickens as she serves her favourite Christmas delights and reads excerpts from her husband's “Little Christmas Book”.
$15 pp includes:
tea sandwiches, Christmas cake, shortbread, mince tarts, scones, chocolates, tea, coffee, cranberry punch, smoking Bishop, Eggnog
Entertainment by local musicians, prizes for Parlour Games.

Please call or email to reserve your place:
Laura 613 243 3172 or email

Feed Your Appetite for History
Trenton Town Hall - 1861 Heritage and Cultural Centre
55 King St., Trenton, ON

Dear Chamber members,

I would like to introduce myself; I am the new General Manager of the Ramada Trenton. I assumed my new challenge in May of this year and am excited to once again be back in Trenton. I was here 12 years ago when the property was branded Holiday Inn, when I occupied the position of Food & Beverage Manager. It is my goal to restore this properties profile within the community to what it was when I was last here.

In doing so, I am happy to invite all of you and your teams to enjoy a Las Vegas Holiday hypnotist show. The gala night features a full buffet, show and after party for $79.95.

We are offering Chamber members $10.00 off ($69.00) until Dec 1st for early bookings and discounted drink tickets should you wish to purchase them for your guests.

In Hospitality, 

Joey Bélanger, General Manager  Ramada Hotel Trenton  613-394-4855


click here to to contact Ramada to book tickets
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Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
97 Front St, Trenton, ON K8V 4N6
(613) 392-7635 or 1 800 930-3255
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