DATE: Thursday, November 16, 2017
LOCATION: Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre
PRICE: $25

You already know it; you only have one moment, one instant,  for prospects to form an impression of you. Positive or not, it is a matter of perception, theirs.

From the first impression to the last impression, what do you want people to say about you? When you walk in, do you know what you send out? What about when the door closes behind you?

A positive impression is essential to building harmonious and productive partnerships.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a future entrepreneur, the good news is that making a positive impression can be learned. Based on your vision, you decide on the image that you want to project. Everything is under your control!

Join us for a highly interactive workshop and learn how to:

•             Master your first impression

•             The dos and don’ts of networking activities

•             Communicate correctly with technology

•             Dress for success


The results: your self-confidence will be increased, your stress diminished and you will be in control of your image, ready to make your entrepreneurial dream come true.

Click here to view the event poster.

Your workshop leader is Julie Blais Comeau, Canada’s go-to etiquette expert, Chief Etiquette Officer at and the author of Etiquette: Confidence & Credibility. A sought-after media collaborator, you may have heard, seen or read her on: CTV Morning Live, Your Morning, HuffPost, CBC, Canadian Living or The Globe and Mail

To register go to or for more information contact Kelley Lemenchick at (613) 431-3951

Gifts of Light Christmas Gift & Bake Sale - December 2nd, 2017

L'Arche Arnprior sponsors a sale of one-of-a-kind Christmas items and homemade baking and preserves each year at The Kirkman Bed and Breakfast, 294 John Street North, Arnprior. Come on out to the Gifts of Light Christmas Gift & Bake Sale on Saturday, December 2nd  from 10 am to 2 pm. The wares of local vendors are also featured in this gracious old home, which has been beautifully decorated for the season. L'Arche holds our sale at this time of year in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd. Please do join us at this festive season to enjoy this lovely venue, browse our offerings and find a few items to brighten your holidays!

SME Day Ottawa 2017 - October 25th, 2017

SME Day Ottawa has a long standing history of educating members and bridging the gap between OEMs, governments and Canadian SMEs. The day starts with an insightful morning program geared to informing members of the current programs and best practices for their success, followed by a full afternoon of targeted 15-minute business development meetings.

Here's how the business development meetings work: 
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the event, each registrant is given access to an on-line schedule to pre-book meetings with business managers from organizations such as Industry Canada, Regional Development Agencies and various OEMs. In the afternoon, approved industry buyers have a designated table where registrants will join them for a 15-minute appointment. This is a premier opportunity to meet with industry buyers, introduce your products and services and develop new contacts.

A few weeks prior to the event, registrants are sent an email with all the information on how to book meetings. All meetings are booked on-line in real time—no one can take your appointment once it's booked!  It is first-come-first-serve and early registration will have the best selection for their meetings.

SME DAY Ottawa 2017 AGENDA**:

7:30 - 8:30:       Registration & Continental Breakfast (North Lobby)
8:30 - 8:40:       Welcoming & Opening Remarks (Rm 205/207)
8:40 - 9:25:       Session 1:  "How To Become a Defence Industry Supplier"
9:30 - 10:10:     Session 2:  "SME Success Stories"
10:10 - 10:40:   Networking Refreshment Break (North Lobby)
10:40 - 11:10:   Session 3:  "BCIP/X-SHIP Updates" (Rm 205/207)
11:15 - 11:50    Session 4:  "NEW Innovation-Based Funding Programs - DND IDEaS Program" with Q&A    
11:50 - 13:15:   Networking Reception & Buffet Lunch (North Lobby/Rm 205/207)         
13:15 - 17:00:   B2B/B2G Speed Meetings (Rm 206/208)
14:30 - 17:00:   Refreshment Service (North Lobby)


Visit The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries website at for more information.

Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Forests: Opportunities for Modern Wood Heating

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Best Western
1 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5


There is no charge for this event, but you must register online.


This workshop will provide participants with information to allow for enhanced decision-making regarding the use of wood biofuels for heating purposes. Emphasis will be on residential, community, and small industrial applications. Topics will include:

  •          Supply chain logistics and biofuel handling best practices
  •          Types of equipment and biofuel supply options
  •          Provincial regulations and permitting processes
  •          Federal and Provincial climate change initiatives
  •          Potential funding and programs
    •          Success stories, applications, and lessons learned


Preliminary Agenda:
A final agenda will be available shortly. In the meantime, confirmed speakers include:

  •          Megan Smith, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Bioenergy: Lighting a Fire in Ontario
  •          Pat Liew, Ecostrat Inc. - Small and Medium Sized Wood Boilers: Procurement Strategies and What to Avoid
  •          Mike Rutter, Biothermic Wood Energy Systems Inc. - Modern Wood Heat: Firewood, Wood Chip and Wood Pellet Heating and Their Applications
  •          Roy Samhaber, Homeowner - Testimonial: Making the Switch to Modern Wood Heat
  •          Trevor Jones, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Fera, Canadian Forest Service - Biomass Harvesting in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region: Finding Ecological, Economic and Operational Answers Within Mixedwood Forest Conditions
  •          Chris Walton, Arbora Management Services Inc.- Bioenergy in Ontario: Overview of Environmental Regulatory Requirements
  •          Andreas Wintzer, Viessmann Canada - Bioenergy Success Stories in Canada
  •          Michael Wiggin, Public Services and Procurement Canada - Title TBD
  •          David Mackett, Whitesand First Nation - Bioenergy for Indigenous Economic Development

Ministers for International Trade, Small Businesses, and Innovation to Speak at CME's Annual Meeting

On October 24-25th, join the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' 2017 Annual Meeting & Advanced Manufacturing Symposium, The New Face of Manufacturing. Register today!

Date: October 24-25, 2017
Location: Westin Hotel (11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON)
Costs: $199 +HST - CME & CMC Members / $399 +HST - Non-Members

Click here to register.

Health and Safety Bootcamp - October 25, 2017

Health and Safety Bootcamp
Moving Towards Compliance


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Horton Community Centre - 1005 Castelford Rd, Renfrew
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$45 per person (Lunch included)
Registration deadline: October 20, 2017




Annual Newcomers’ Night at the Royal Canadian Legion

Are you “New” to the Renfrew Area, or do you know of someone who is?

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their Annual Newcomers’ Night at the Royal Canadian Legion, 30 Raglan St., Renfrew

All residents who are new or returning to the
Renfrew Area are encouraged to come out:

Wednesday November 1, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The evening will showcase local merchants, restaurants and services available in Renfrew and the surrounding area. Come and be impressed by all the Renfrew Area has to offer!

Registration is FREE!
To register or for further information, please contact the office on
or before October 31, 2017 at 613-432-7015 or

Showcase your business. Display tables are available to promote your business and welcome our new neighbours for only $10.00 per table. If you would like to be a part of this evening contact the Chamber office to book your table. Space is limited.

Click here to view the event poster.

The Real "Climate Reality" - Climate Science in an age of "negative discovery"

Topic: The Real “Climate Reality” – Climate Science in an age of “negative discovery”.

Tom Harris:  Executive Director ICSC – International Climate Science Coalition

There will be a Q&A after each of the two sections along with relevant commentary. We encourage people to share their questions and observations on this complex subject. Please join us before and after at Neat for food and beverages.  Make it a great night out!

Tickets:  $15 (incl HST) are available online at or at Neat Coffee Shop.

For more info contact:

Click here to view the event poster.

Welch Annual Private Enterprise Accounting & Tax Updates - Oct 5th

Gain insight for the year ahead with our Annual Private Enterprise Accounting & Tax Updates!

You're invited to join us on Thursday October 5th at 2:30 PM as Welch LLP Partner Garth Steele hosts our Annual Private Enterprise Accounting & Tax Updates! Our expert speakers will be exploring a variety of topics vital to your business to help you prepare for the upcoming year. 

We will explore:

  • Navigating HST
  • Changes to Assurance Standards: What they mean for your business 
  • July 18 2017: A Day Business Owner’s Won’t Soon Forget 
  • Changes to the Small Business Deduction - more complicated and more tax!
  • IFRS Updates
  • Market Disruptors

Limited space available! Register now to take advantage of this free seminar and chance to network with your industry peers. 

Please be advised that this event is intended for finance professionals and business owners, not service providers. 

Thursday October 5th
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club
1 Hunt Club Rd
Ottawa, ON K1V 1B9
Networking: 2:30 PM
Seminar: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Click here to register for this event.

Business After Hours Networking Mixer

"Enjoy casual Networking and topical conversation with other Renfrew & Area Business people and Community Leaders.” This is an opportunity to bring business owners together to mix and mingle and discuss issues that are important and to celebrate business owners during Small Business Month.

Come join us for an after hours casual networking mixer sponsored by the RBC Financial Group at 182 Raglan Street South, Renfrew on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at the RBC, Renfrew, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

No fee to attend and refreshments will be provided.  See all the details in the attached poster.

Please register by calling 613-432-7015 or by email

Breakfast Seminar - Eggs 'N' Efficiency

A breakfast seminar hosted by Renfrew Hydro Inc., is about saving energy in your business.  Discover how local businesses are turning $1.00 into as much as $15.00 with energy efficiency.  You will see real case studies and learn about provincial funding.

This Breakfast Seminar is on Wednesday September 27, 2017 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Rocky Mountain House and is FREE to members of the Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Please register at

Highway 60 – Downtown Reconstruction Public Information Session

Dear Renfrew Business Owner, Stakeholder, Resident:

Beginning in June 2017, the Town of Renfrew has commenced the design for Highway 60 - Downtown Reconstruction.


Project Description

The existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle, and the Town has identified the need for reconstruction. Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring wider sidewalks, on-street parking, and enhanced streetscaping.

The construction work will renew infrastructure in your neighborhood. Specifically, the works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Watermains and sanitary sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line/buildings;
  • Road structure and pavement;
  • Sidewalks;
  • Traffic control signal system, pedestrian crossings;
  • Street amenities including landscaping;
  • Utility reconstruction as required; and
  • Street lighting and signage as funds permit.


Project Result and Timing

This major road work is planned to begin in the spring of 2018 and final completion is anticipated for fall of 2018.



The Project is being completed with financial contributions from the Ministry of Transportation’s 2017-18 Connecting Links Program and the Town of Renfrew.


Pubic Involvement

The first Public Information Session will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.
Open House: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Renfrew Town Hall - Council Chambers,
127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, Ontario, K7V 1P8

The purpose of this Public Open House is to present the preliminary plans for street reconstruction. This includes:

  • The preliminary detailed designs.

Future sessions will be held to expand upon:

  • Construction phasing and timing;
  • Traffic management plans, including detours;
  • Interim pedestrian routes; and
  • Stakeholder communications.

Representatives from the Town of Renfrew and Jp2g Consultants Inc. will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and receive comments.


Click here to view the full notice.

Ensyn Steam Plume

Ensyn steam plume

This is an image of the Ensyn steam plume contrasted by the darkened sky.

The plume is just that - steam.  A clean by-product of Ensyn's transformation of sawdust to pyrolysis oil (liquid wood) that is being shipped by tanker transport to New Hampshire and Ohio to fuel central steam heating plants at hospital clusters.  A great utilization of manufacturing residues from our region's sawmills - all from third party certified, sustainably managed forests in and around Algonquin Park.

BDC Breakfast Invitation: The 4th industrial revolution - September 27, 2017

The 4th industrial revolution is here.

Are Canadian entrepreneurs ready?

Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way manufacturers are operating and doing business. It's already happening in Europe and the U.S, with remarkable results. But what's happening here in Canada? And how can small and mid-sized manufacturers take the plunge?

Join Pierre Cléroux, Research and Chief Economist at BDC, as he presents the results of a fascinating study about how digital technologies are transforming the manufacturing landscape.

Discover how Canadian manufacturers are seeing dramatic improvements in productivity, growth, customer satisfaction and product quality thanks to digital technologies. You'll also learn how entrepreneurs can introduce them into their own manufacturing business and why it pays to invest in this area. Even if you are not a manufacturer, see how this change impacts your business and what you can do to help your business transform to this new reality.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Hear the latest perspective on the 4th industrial revolution and the impact on your business over breakfast.

Whitewater Brewing Company
78 Pembroke St. Cobden, ON K0J 1K0

Space is limited. Reserve your seat before Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Click here for more information.

Career Concepts Seminars - Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 Schedule


Click here for Full Program Listing

Since 2008 we have been delivering, creating and customizing continuous professional development solutions for organizations and individuals across Canada.


September 12 2017 Newmarket, Ont.
September 13 2017 Hamilton, Ont.
September 14 2017 London, Ont.
September 15 2017 Mississauga, Ont.

"Microsoft Excel is a powerful and versatile tool, when you know how to use its many features. Whether you are new to working with Excel or already a master user, you will save hours of frustration, time and you will sharpen your skills in just a few keystrokes by attending this unique easy to follow workshop.

Career Concepts' Excel Basics and Beyond Workshop teaches you how to use charts, graphs, fonts, borders, shading, formulas and functions just to name a few. You will design functional worksheets, professional looking spreadsheets and navigate workbooks like a pro with easy to remember and implement tips and techniques. Skip the manuals and endless hours in a classroom, join others as you learn (in just one day) how to be confident, quick and efficient with Excel."


September 18 2017 Barrie, Ont.
September 19 2017 Newmarket, Ont.
September 20 2017 Hamilton, Ont.
September 21 2017 Kitchener, Ont.
September 22 2017 Mississauga, Ont.

"We experience a lot of demands in the organizations we work for and the community’s we live in. Today’s world is built to go faster and change is inevitable. Managing stress is a critical skill set that you must master if you want to thrive in the future. With the right level of stress you will increase your productivity and operate at peak performance.

Career Concepts' Stress Management workshop explores the many aspects of stress management including time management, people skills, mentality, assertiveness and more. This workshop has been built to expose you to different areas of stress and the many methods available to manage your emotional well being."

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Highlights from August 2017

In this issue

SFI Leads Three Habitat for Humanity Builds

Working with Habitat For Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) SFI helped organize three builds across the area this month to support families in need of affordable housing. The builds, part of SFI's Indigenous Housing Program sponsorship, each had a different theme:  a "Women in Wood" Build Day, an Indigenous Build Day and a Youth Build Day. Since 2008, the SFI community has donated countless volunteer hours and certified products to numerous Habitat for Humanity builds across Canada and the U.S.


Maine SFI Implementation Committee Makes Wishes Come True

This summer, the Maine SFI Implementation Committee teamed up with Make-A-Wish Maine to help some local children. Make-A-Wish Maine is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with serious, life-threatening conditions. Four-year-old Derek Wilson, who was diagnosed with leukemia almost three years ago, wished for a Ninja Turtle-themed playground. Kyan MacDonald, thirteen, requested his own tiny house. Kyan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is now in remission. The Maine SFI Implementation Committee donated the labor and materials for both projects.  


New SFI Board Members Come Together to Enhance Community, Brand Owner and Youth Engagement

SFI welcomed two new officers and one new member to its Board of Directors: Mark Rodgers, President and CEO for Habitat for Humanity Canada, as Board Chair; Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President of Time, Inc., as Vice Chair; and Laura Downey, Executive Director, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Education Operating Committee Co-Chair, as a new member in the social chamber. These new members will play a key role as SFI continues to enhance the sustainability of well-managed forests and the communities that depend on them across the U.S. and Canada.     


Structurlam Is First Canadian Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacturer to Earn SFI Chain-Of-Custody Certification

Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. Structurlam has manufactured CLT for six years and supplied the product to over 350 projects in North America. Structurlam will be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems.


Making the Grade in Sustainable Forestry

A&A Trading Ltd. (A&A), a family-owned, SFI certified forestry company with operations on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, is working with local hikers to change the way people think about the forest industry.
A&A has installed informational signs along hiking trails that explain the connection between sustainable forest management and recreation, reforestation strategies, the economic benefits of forest management, and the wildlife tree retention patches that are reserved for wildlife and biodiversity values. Read more about this project on TreeHugger.


...and more!


Click here to read the SFI newsletter for August 2017.