Back to the Future!
As we emerge from the pandemic many Chambers are experiencing a new normal. The 2023 annual conference will offer a wide range of subjects designed to help you navigate the road ahead.
The Agenda will include an extensive training session on Board Governance with Chamber Governance expert Deb McClelland, sessions on Partnerships, Leadership Tips, Municipal Advocacy, Membership Relationship Building, Artificial Intelligence, and a Personal Growth session on how we continue to show up. Plus, our hosts, The Orillia Chamber of Commerce have a wonderful host night planned in Downtown Orillia on Tuesday evening.
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Text Agenda below
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Hotel information and registration link on the right.
Tuesday, November 14th
8:30 am - Registration Desk Opens: Meet & Greet, Coffee, and Snacks reception
9:00 am - Welcome to the Conference ~ Launch into the Future!
9:15 am - Plutonium Discoveries ~ Chambers Plan
9:30 am - Don't Just Hover, SOAR!: Membership management is the key to success in any Chamber. What do we do to recruit, retain and continue to shine for and with the group we represent? Should we take the manual approach, plug ourselves in or load up with Plutonium?
Rebecca Shelley - Grimsby and District Chamber of Commerce
Greg Evans - Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant
Terry Caddo - Burlington Chamber of Commerce
10:15 am - Plutonium Discoveries ~ Citslinc
11:00 am - Break
11:15 am - Hey McFly! Fight or Flight?: We have all been there: collaborating and cooperating with community partners. Some have been fruitful, some have been painful, and some should never have happened. What tools and considerations should we take TODAY to avoid futile outcomes that drain our resources TOMORROW?
Brenda Whitehead - Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce
12:30 pm - Lunch Break ~ The Power of AI: How to Harness Its Potential for Your Chamber: Abbi and Me – Nancy Allanson, CEO at the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce will share how their new ‘intern’ Abbi has helped to achieve a quantum leap in performance and productivity.
2:00 pm - Plutonium Discoveries ~ Ontario Chamber of Commerce
2:15 pm - Building an Incredible Board: Reporting to a board of directors can be a tricky business. If directors are not trained in their role, you can be in for a nightmare of micro-management. Or you could be experiencing the opposite: a disengaged board that wants you to fulfill all their duties for them.
Let’s talk about how your board could become the most desirable one in your community and how you can support them in getting there!
Deb McClelland - OnBoard Training
5:30 pm - Evening Dinner: Our Conference Hosts, The Orillia Chamber of Commerce, have lined up a ½ hour tour of the new Hydro One Grid Control Centre, followed by a fun night in Downtown Orillia! This includes a Happy Hour at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, an amazing and inspiring venue in Orillia’s thriving art district, followed by dinner just down the street (Roads? Where we’re going you don’t need roads…) at the Couchiching Craft Brewing Company!
Wednesday, November 15th
9:00 am - Welcome to Day Two
9:15 am - Host Committee Welcoming: Chief Ted Williams is the current Chief of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and a professional speaker focusing on Indigenous Economic Development. He was the Chairperson of the Casino Rama development and key in engaging the surrounding communities in this project that has brought prosperity to the conference host area. Chief Williams is also the owner of Muskoka Pro Chainsaw Carving and a teaching golf professional having gone to PGA Qualifying School in 2006.
9:45 am - Plutonium Discoveries ~ OLG Update
10:00 am - Flux Capacitor Activated: When this session gets to 88mph, you're gonna learn some serious 💩
Suzanne Andrews - Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
Paul Markle - Barrie Chamber of Commerce
Lesley Lavendar - Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce
Greg Durocher - Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
11:00 am - Plutonium Discoveries ~ Indus
11:15 am - This Local Stuff Can Get Heavy: Grassroots advocacy, problem-solving and working together help us all succeed, regardless of the tests of time. How do we navigate the municipal world? When do we go where? Whom do we start with? What is the best way to get everyone onside?
Mayor Peter Chirico - City of North Bay
Jeff Lehman - The District Municipality of Muskoka
12:30 pm - Plutonium Discoveries ~ HR Covered
12:45 pm - Lunch Break ~ Save the Clock Tower: Enjoy your lunch and extinguish the burn caused by answers sought to questions from your colleagues and friends.
1:45 am - Plutonium Discoveries ~ GlueUp
2:00 pm - Don't just show up, ARRIVE!: In this inspiring and thought-provoking keynote Anitta Hamming, a brain tumour and brain injury survivor, teaches how to find peace, purpose, happiness and direction. This interactive hour and a half will be profoundly moving, providing moments of surprise, laughter and sometimes tears. You will feel fortified with a new vision for managing change and adversity.
3:30 pm - Wrap Up & Finish
Bursary Award Guidelines and How to Apply
The Board of Directors of CEO is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries up to a maximum of $500 for our Annual Conference. Funds for Bursaries are provided through the generous donation of
CEO Members to our Silent Auction at Conference: please remember to bring a Silent Auction item.
• CEO Member Applicants must be in good standing (having paid their individual annual Member dues.
• Applicants must attach their most recent Year End Financial Statements.
• Deadline - September 15.
Note: In the case of numerous submissions, consideration may be given to applications according to the order in which they are received.
Preference for bursaries may be given to:
• Chambers/Boards of Trade with a Demonstrated Financial Need, and/or; • Small Chambers/Boards of Trade, and/or;
• First Time Participants.
How to Apply
• Please email your application letter (no longer than 600 words) to the Manager of CEO. Clearly state why the bursary is needed and how taking part in Conference will benefit you and your Chamber of Commerce/Board of Trade.
• Address applications to Manager Stuart Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org using Subject Line: CEO BURSARY APPLICATION
•Recipients are expected to pay upfront for Conference registration and accommodation.
•A recipient must attend and engage in the full conference to be awarded the bursary.
•Bursaries are awarded at a maximum value of $500.
•The bursary is presented to the bursary recipient on the last day of the conference.
•Should a recipient be unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances, efforts are made for their registration to be refunded and no bursary is awarded. Should they cancel their registration under ordinary circumstances but after the cancellation deadline, no refund is processed, and no bursary is awarded.
•CEO reserves the right to not award any bursaries from submissions received. CEO Members can apply once every five years. Under extraordinary circumstances and/or at the discretion of CEO, subsequent submissions after a successful bursary application could be reconsidered after 3 years.