Survey: What are your NAFTA Priorities? / Sondage MEC: Quelles sont vos priorités pour l'ALÉNA?

Dear colleague,

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition and UPS® Canada is conducting a short survey asking businesses about what they see as the biggest issues, concerns and opportunities in future NAFTA renegotiations. Your responses to this survey will directly influence our policy and advocacy efforts with the federal government on your behalf. Our goal is to ensure that Canadian manufacturers receive the best possible access to NAFTA markets while ensuring that trade is as free and fair as possible.

To ensure that we are as effective as possible, we need to hear from you. Please help us help you by filling out this survey and sharing it with your network. The survey itself consists of 14 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is May 31, 2017 and your responses will be held in strict confidence.

CME supports rules-based free trade that recognizes the integrated nature of the North American economy, and has at its core reciprocal and open market access, and effective dispute resolution. We are already playing a leadership role in defending and promoting the interests of Canadian manufacturers and exporters. CME staff are directly involved in several senior government advisory committees that are shaping Canada’s negotiating position on NAFTA. Your issues and concerns will be well-represented when those negotiations begin.

The new Trump Administration has signaled its intent to renegotiate the terms of the agreement with a view to getting a “better deal” for America. While any such renegotiation offers a unique opportunity to modernize and update the 25-year-old trade agreement, it carries with it risks as well. There are concerns that the negotiated status quo under NAFTA – which involved significant give and take by all parties – will simply become the new starting point for additional concessions that favour the United States.

Thank you in advance for your input and your support.

Mathew Wilson,
Senior Vice President
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Cher collègue,

Les Manufacturiers et exportateurs Canada (MEC) en partenariat avec la Coalition des manufacturiers du Canada et UPS® Canada effectuent un bref sondage demandant aux entreprises ce qu'elles considèrent être leurs plus grands enjeux, préoccupations et opportunités dans les futures renégociations de l'ALÉNA. Vos réponses à ce sondage influenceront directement notre plaidoyer auprès du gouvernement fédéral. Notre objectif est de s'assurer que les manufacturiers canadiens obtiennent le meilleur accès possible aux marchés de l'ALÉNA tout en garantissant que les conditions de commerce demeurent aussi libres et justes que possible.

Pour s’assurer que nous sommes aussi efficaces que possible, nous devons en savoir davantage sur vos priorités. Aidez-nous à vous aider en complétant le sondage et en le partageant avec votre réseau. Le questionnaire comprend 14 questions et prend moins 10 minutes à remplir. La date limite pour compléter le sondage est le 31 mai et vos réponses seront confidentielles.

CME soutient le libre-échange qui reconnaît la nature intégrée de l'économie nord-américaine et qui a pour objectif principal l’accès réciproque et ouvert aux marchés et le règlement efficace des différends. Nous jouons déjà un rôle de chef de file dans la défense et la promotion des intérêts des manufacturiers et des exportateurs canadiens. Le personnel de CME est directement impliqué dans plusieurs comités consultatifs gouvernementaux de haut niveau qui façonnent la position de négociation du Canada sur l'ALÉNA. Vos enjeux et préoccupations seront bien représentés lorsque ces négociations commenceront.

La nouvelle administration Trump a signalé son intention de renégocier les termes de l'accord en vue d'obtenir un « meilleur marché » pour les États Unis. Bien qu'une telle renégociation offre une occasion unique de moderniser et de mettre à jour l'accord commercial, cela comporte également des risques. On craint que le statu quo négocié dans le cadre de l'ALÉNA, qui implique déjà des concessions mutuelles d’envergure de la part toutes les parties, deviendra simplement le nouveau point de départ pour des concessions supplémentaires favorables aux États-Unis.

Merci à l'avance pour votre contribution et votre soutien.

Mathew Wilson,
Vice-président principal
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Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce April 2017 Newsletter

Click here to view the April 2017 issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter with schedule and event information.

Annual Community Awards, Thursday June 1, 2017
The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce annually host the Community Awards to recognize businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding customer services, community involvement and other notable achievements. One of the most prominent events of Renfrew and Area communities, the Community Awards attracts a large audience of business leaders and leading members of our society. This years celebration will be held on Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre. Nominations are now being accepted. Click on the link below for the Nomination form. Deadline for nominations is Friday April 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Streetscape Master Plan and Urban Design Guidelines - 2nd Open House/Workshop

Town Staff and MMM Group invite you to attend the public open house for the presentation of the Draft Downtown Renfrew Streetscape Masterplan and Urban Design Guidelines.

DATE: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
TIME: 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 p.m. (Presentation begins at 6:30 P.M.)
LOCATION: Council Chambers, Renfrew Town Hall
127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew ON K7V1P8

At the open house you will have an opportunity to review the Draft Downtown Streetscape Masterplan that has been developed. Town staff and the consulting team will be available throughout the open house session to answer questions, receive your input and discuss outcomes of the Downtown Streetscape Masterplan process.

Click here for more information.

Annual Community Awards Sponsorship Opportunity

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Celebrations will be held on Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre. Our members contributions over the years have helped the Chamber deliver this premier community achievement event in Renfrew.

We have prepared a sponsorship report that outlines a number of areas where sponsors will receive value for your investment towards this Community Celebration.

Click here to view the sponsorship report for the Annual Community Awards.

Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce - 2017 Board of Directors

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 28, 2017, please welcome your Chamber Board of Directors for 2017.

2017 Board of Directors

Amy Rule - President

Jean Hughes - Vice President

Mel Blimkie - Treasurer / Secretary

Kent Tubman - Past President

Alicia Whyte, Bob Hall, Dave Lemkay, Jo-anne Caldwell, Kelly Lemenchick, Lauren Scott, Marci Joyce, Mike Coulas, Robert Johnston, Wayne Fraser

2017 Ottawa Valley Tourism Conference & AGM

Tuesday, April 25th., 2017
9 :00 am to 4:30 pm
Spectacle Lake Lodge in Barry's Bay, Ontario.

This year’s event will be focused around the launch of the regional Come Wander brand platform in partnership with our Regional Tourism Organization – Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). Over the past year, the team at OHTO has made great strides in the development of the Come Wander regional brand, including bringing to life and restructuring digital channels to engage the visitor and inspire them to take a trip to Ontario’s Highlands. This session will paint the complete picture of Come Wander, highlighting how the brand message will be communicated through a content marketing approach and how you, the industry, can feed into this platform now and for years to come.

This year also marks 60 years of tourism promotion in the Ottawa Valley!

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Ontario Natural Resources Forum

The 2nd Annual Ontario Natural Resources Forum will be held April 26-27, 2017

This unique conference brings together individuals from industry, academic institutions, communities and all levels of government to collaborate and explore ways to develop our resource sector, grow our economy and provide benefits to communities.

Click here to visit the Forum website for more information and registration details.