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There are 35 million Traditionalists, 84 million Baby Boomers, 68 million Generation Xers and 79 million Millennials or Generation Y. There will be no escaping the demographic reality that in the very near future, there will be 84 million retiring Baby Boomers, followed by 68 million Gen Xers to replace them. This will create an employee vacuum in the workforce that only the 79 million Gen Yers can fill, increasing demand and competition for Generation Y employees, in addition to increasing the ongoing challenge of working with a multi-generational workforce.
To learn more about managing this first-in-history challenge, join us for the first installment of our new series, Leader Skills.
"Motivating the Millenials" is a late-afternoon session, with presenter Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky. He will give a power-hour of honest, tried and true advice, providing you with plenty of food for thought and tangible advice you can implement in both your organization and your personal life. Drinks and appies will be served and great talks amongst like-minded leaders will be had.
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We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!
In a volunteer capacity, members of the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Chamber provide a leadership role in determining the long-term direction and policy decisions of the Chamber. They provide expertise to maintain a high standard of advocacy, services, programs and opportunities delivered by the Kelowna Chamber. Eight Director positions are available for the coming term. Five incumbent Directors are seeking election; additionally there are 3 vacant positions.
2016-2017 Incumbent Directors:
-Nikki Csek, Csek Creative incumbent .5 term
-Martine Hickman, BDC incumbent 1 term
-Jeff Robinson, Rush Ihas Hardwick incumbent 1 term
-Carmen Sparg, Total Interiors incumbent 2 terms
-Shelagh Turner, Canadian Mental Health Association incumbent .5 term
To be eligible to sit on the Board of Directors, members must be able to commit to a two-year term on the Board and must be a member in good standing for at least 30 days prior to the date of the close of nominations. Applicants require the written endorsement of two other Kelowna Chamber members.
If you are interested in serving on the board, please click here for the application form.
Applications must be received at the Kelowna Chamber office by 4:00 pm on Monday, February 8, 2016 at which point nominations will close.
If additional applications are received exceeding the number of eligible positions, a ballot will be e-mailed to all voting members following the close of nominations for an electronic vote. For further information, contact Caroline Grover, CEO at 250-469-7356 or email email@example.com.
The TPP is getting a lot of media coverage as the new government tries to decide whether this
ground-breaking trade agreement is in Canada’s best interest. The Canadian Chamber of
Commerce believes that it is, but any agreement of this scope has its critics and opponents. What
are their concerns? Are they valid? Rather than make you comb through thousands of pages of
text with the help of a lawyer, we tackle a few of the biggest myths right here.
Tell us if you find any others and we’ll add them to the list.
#1 The intellectual property rules in the TPP will cost Canada billions
Some say the TPP will raise drug prices in Canada and make innovators pay more royalties and
licensing fees to foreign companies. But our current laws protecting patents, copyright, and
trademarks are strong enough to meet the TPP’s requirements, often by a high margin. The only
notable exception is on length of copyright for authors, which Canada will now extend from 50 to
70 years. Instead, the TPP is about ensuring that other countries extend similar protections to
Canadian creators and innovators that we already do to theirs.
#2 Foreign investors will be able to sue Canada for environmental and
Not if they’re done properly.
In fact, the TPP reaffirms the right of governments to take measures to protect the environment,
health, public safety and other important policy objectives. What it says is that governments need
to treat foreign investors in a fair and equitable manner. So if a regulation or law applies to
foreign but not domestic companies, destroys the value of a legitimate investment, or is
introduced without proper consultation, then the affected company may be able to seek
compensation through international arbitration. Canada already has agreements like this with the
U.S., China and dozens of other countries.
#3 The TPP will hurt Canada’s auto industry
It doesn’t help.
Canada will eliminate a 6.1% import tax levied on vehicles from Japan over five years and make
it easier for companies to source parts and inputs from outside North America. This could
undermine the business case for investing in Canada, a case that has already become weaker because
of tax incentives and lower labour and energy costs in the Southern U.S. and Mexico. On the
other hand, not joining the TPP would sever the industry from regional supply chains, and do
little to address the underlying problems. The more important question is about the policies and
programs we need to help Canadian companies and workers capitalize on proven successes in
areas like luxury models and new automotive technologies.
#4 Canadians can’t compete with countries like Vietnam and Malaysia
that have lower labour and environmental standards
We don’t have to.
Companies make investment and production decisions based on how much a given dollar spent
produces in output. Workers in some countries may have much lower wages, but still be more
expensive when you factor in the fact that they are less productive. As long as Canada focuses on
things like skills, infrastructure, and new technologies, our workforce will remain competitive.
Adding to that, the TPP is the first trade agreement Canada has ever signed with fullyenforceable
rules requiring countries to protect worker rights and the environment. If a country is
found to not be respecting these commitments, Canada and others can put sanctions on their
exports. Civil society groups like the World Wildlife Fund have praised this aspect of the
#5 - The TPP will bring a flood of foreign workers to Canada
It is true that the TPP allows companies to bring to Canada certain business people, professionals,
technicians and tradespeople without having to complete a formal labour market impact
assessment. However, they must have a prearranged contract with the company and can only
work for a limited duration. Moreover, they must meet all local certification and training
requirements. It is up to our professional associations and other certifying bodies to determine
which credentials are deemed equivalent. Canada has secured similar access to other TPP
markets, which are very important for Canadian companies operating overseas in the
engineering, mining, oil and gas and financial services industries.
If you have any further questions, please contact Cam Vidler, firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-661-2930,
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