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The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce the recipients of their 124th Annual Business Excellence Awards to be held on Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at Club Lentina

 

Award winners are as follows:

 

Citizen of the Year

Jim Loyer

3 Souriquois St.

Chatham, ON N7M 2T1

Tel: 519-351-1989

Alternate Tel: 519-436-5318

 

Business of Excellence

Advanced Basement Systems

c/o Ben Bates

10078 Longwoods Road

Chatham, ON N7M 5J1

Tel: 519-351-3500

 

Entrepreneurs of the Year

Jim & Dee Meurkes

c/o Enviro-Clean Car & Dog Wash

40 Farmhouse Place

Chatham ON N7L 5C7

Tel: 519-630-6956

 

Industry of the Year (50+ Employees)

MSSC Canada

c/o Ken Breault

201 Park Ave. E

chatham ON N7M 3V7

Tel: 519-354-1100 Ext. 201

 

Environmental Leadership Award

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

c/o Beth Hall

80 Grand Ave. West

Chatham ON N7M 5L9

Tel: 519-352-6401 Ext. 6656

 

Corporate Citizen of the Year

Leon’s Furniture

c/o Ken and Jan Edwards

PO Box 1416

Chatham, ON N7M 5W8

Tel: 519-351-4616

 

Business Professional of the Year

Rob McKinlay

459 St. Clair Street

Chatham ON N7L 3K6

Tel: 519-351-2040

Youth Entrepreneur of the Year

Rochelle Bowles

8 Timothy Cres.

Chatham ON N7L 4Z2

Tel: 519-365-7188

 

Industry of the Year (1-50 Employees)

Smith & Wilson Estate Wines

c/o George & Mary Jane Smith

RR #1

Blenheim ON N0P 1A0

Tel: 519-676-5867

 

 

Reception: 6:00 p.m. & Program & Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $80.00 each (hst included)

Tickets are available by contacting the Chamber Office at 519.352.7540, Ext 21 or

email to sarah@chatham-kentchamber.ca

Promo group gets tourism on right track

March 16th, 2012 | Posted by June in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Renovated CASO station hosts Ontario tourism minister

By PATRICK BRENNAN TIMES-JOURNAL

Updated 1 day ago

Ontario’s minister of tourism Wednesday toasted St. Thomas’s CASO station as an ideal place to breathe new life into tourism promotion.

“The CASO station has stories to tell and breathes new life into the community,” he said in address to delegates at the launch of the Ontario’s Southwest tourism organization. A conference for 175 delegates on tourism promotion continues today.

Ontario’s Southwest represents eight members including St. Thomas-Elgin and London in planning tourism promotion.

 

For the full article in the Times Journal, click here

Tomorrow the Ontario’s Southwest train will leave the station ….

 

On March 14th and 15th tourism owners and operators in Ontario’s Southwest will gather at the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas for the Ontario’s Southwest Spring Launch.  

 

To kick things off, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan will paint the big picture of tourism in the province. Next will be an update on tourism in Ontario and Ontario’s Southwest by Executive Director Jim Hudson. Delegates will then hear from destination development expert and key note speaker Roger Brooks, CEO/President of Destination Development International.

 

Before the sun sets, delegates will be welcomed to a networking event by Elgin County Warden Bill Walters and St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman. Here delegates connect with their peers while tasting some of Elgin’s homegrown finest from the culinary masters of Savour Elgin.

Day 2 will be “Breakout Education Day”. Delegates can choose from sessions as: Embracing the Social Web, Being Group Ready, Turning the War of 1812 into Dollars Today, Accessibility and Building a Service Culture.

 

Ending the conference with a bang will be the launch of a new consumer website OntariosSouthwest.com and announcement of a new strategic direction for the region. This strategy will outline the marketing, workforce development, product development and investment attraction priorities for the next year.

 

The overall theme is: Regional tourism is about sharing ideas, best practices and linking ourselves together. That will be the future of tourism.  When people ask about the future of tourism, we say “Tourism IS the future!

 

The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation is the Regional Tourism Organization for Ontario’s Southwest. It brings regional tourism into the hands of the private sector.  With a goal to
double tourism by 2020, it will build cohesion as a regional team. Ontario’s Southwest consists of nine areas and it is estimated that 13.4 million visitors spend $1.3 billion annually.

 

For more information contact:

 

Jen Moore

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ontario’s Southwest

519.290.8687

jen@swotc.ca

www.swotc.ca

On March 14th,   Minister Michael Chan will visit the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas to kick off the first ever Ontario’s Southwest Spring Launch Event. The Canada Southern Railway Station (CASO) has been a landmark in the St. Thomas community since 1873.  Recently restored with rich heritage and historical ambiance it provides a unique backdrop for this exciting event.

 

Geared to the needs of regional tourism owners and operators, this two-day conference on March 14 & 15, 2012 will provide first hand business training and put delegates “on the track” to success.  The conference agenda was designed with input from Destination Marketing Organizations and the Ministry of Tourism to ensure delegates’ time is well spent.

 

An update on tourism in Ontario and Ontario’s Southwest by Executive Director Jim Hudson will precede a key note address by Roger Brooks, CEO/President ofDestination Development International.  One of North America’s top experts in the creation of great destinations, Roger has guided nearly 1,000 communities in community branding, revitalization and marketing efforts. His practical approach gives audiences the steps, rules and ingredients to use to make an immediate difference in their businesses.

 

Rounding off the day will be a Networking Reception hosted by Savour Elgin. Delegates will sample local cuisine while forming valuable new contacts and sharing ideas in a relaxing social atmosphere.  The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation is the Regional Tourism Organization for Ontario’s Southwest. It brings regional tourism into the hands of the private sector.  With a goal to double tourism by 2020, it will build cohesion as a regional team. Ontario’s Southwest consists of nine areas and it is estimated that 13.4 million visitors spend $1.3 billion annually.

 

For more information contact:

Jen Moore

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ontario’s Southwest

519.290.8687

jen@swotc.ca

www.swotc.ca