Administrative Assistants Conference

Ottawa: October 19-20, 2017
Day One - October 19: $499.00
Day Two - October 20: $499.00
Full Conference - October 19-20, 2017: $799.00
(plus applicable taxes)

Call today: 1-866-471-8555

Click here for more information.

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting on Bill 148

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 20 about Bill 148 and how the changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws will impact your business.

The meeting is free to attend for Chamber members or $15 for non-chamber members.

Click here for more information, including how to register.

Artistes de la Rivière

Portage du Fort, Quebec

Special Event Weekend Aug 4 and 5

Studios open on Nancy lane, featuring new guest artists.

CWL lunch on the lawn beside St James church 11am until 2pm.

Historical tour of the village. Meet 11am at Ladyhead monument at the dock. Saturday only.

View the event poster.

Visit the Artistes de la Rivière website.

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce June 2017 Newsletter

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

This month includes highlights from the Annual Community Awards, contact information for Accessibility information as well as many community events to celebrate Canada 150.

Grow Your Wood Business - Renfrew Business Luncheon - June 23, 2017

To succeed in today's challenging environment, businesses need to evolve, adapt, anything less implies you are moving backward. Sawtech Log Expo - Renfrew Business Luncheon addresses Growing Your Wood Business & has put together 4 great speakers that will provide insight on how your business can succeed in this challenging environment.

This is a 2 1/2 hour session Lunch and Event Expo Pass is included in the $20.00 fee. You will need to reserve your seat before June 22nd 12:00 pm. This event will take place at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre.

4 Great Speakers will be speaking at the Sawtech Log Expo. 

  • Faye Johnson RFP Director MNRF:  Faye's talk and presentation will focus on;  Softwood Lumber, Provincial Tenure Modernization Initiative, Forests as part of the solution for climate change. At the conclusion will be a Q&A 
  • Mike Baker Executive Director Bluewater Wood Alliance: Modeled after Clusterland Upper Austria, BWA is Canada's unique wood industry cluster.  Mike will speak to the benefits his group has received when like businesses within a certain geographic region  gather to form a united group.
  • Dick DeStephano a founding patron of Sudbury Area Mining Suppliers Services Association, started 2002. He is a Member of the Premier’s Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of Rogers Broadcasting Inc. Cable 4 OMNI 1 & OMNI 2. Dick will speak to how SAMSSA evolved and the impact that the cluster has had on primary mills. 
  • Rory Dredhart  CEO of ClearSky Software  Rory will introduce McKinnsey customer's journey and discuss key moments of the cycle and how technology is being integrated to achieve 50-70% profit improvements.  

Lunch is included and tickets need to be ordered in advance.  $20.00 includes event pass call Rory 705-264-2251 or go online

MidSummer HerbFest at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens, White Lake - July 30, 2017

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The 'Annual Midsummer HerbFest' is being presented on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 9am - 5pm rain or shine at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in beautiful White Lake, Ontario.

'HerbFest' is our 22nd annual celebration of growing and using herbs to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Activities will go from 9am - 5pm

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Our goal is to generate enthusiasm for the roles that herbs play in our lives. The venue will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, craft, food vendors and children's activities. Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens is a historic museum nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the shores of scenic White Lake.

This event is being presented by the Ottawa Valley Herb Association in partnership with the Township of McNab/Braeside.

Parking is being arranged with a free shuttle that will be available from a secondary parking lot.

Updated information will be available at:

MidSummer HerbFest Website

Midsummer Herbfest Facebook Page

Youtube video at:

"It Takes a Forest" Pancake Breakfast - June 24th, 2017

Did you know it takes a forest to make sweet, Ontario maple syrup for your pancakes? Forests Ontario is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 24th in support of our tree planting and education programs at the Saw Tech Log Expo!

For $5 per person you get a stack of pancakes, local maple syrup, butter, coffee and orange juice. The breakfast will take place from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre.

For more information, and to RSVP visit:

Bring your family and share with your friends - we hope to see you there!

Ottawa Valley Economic Development Summit - June 21st, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 ~ 9am - 3pm
Eagle’s Nest at Eganville Arena
178 Jane Street, Eganville, ON K0J 1T0

Keynote speakers are Adjunct Associate Professor and TED Speaker, Larry Smith, and Erik Lockhart, Associate Director of the Queen's Executive Decision Centre.

The EcDev Summit promises to be a great day with plenty of networking opportunities with educational and entertaining presenters. The event will also provide a chance to bend the ear of local, provincial and federal politicians and key players who will be in attendance.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here: .

McDougall Mill Museum Annual General Meeting - June 15th, 2017

McDougall Mill Museum Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 15th 2017 at the museum

7pm (Doors open at 6pm to browse,)

Guest speaker: Terry Currie, local author and historian
The Irish and Scottish Settlers of our Area

Terry will be available for questions and book signings following the meeting

Visit the Museum's website at for more information!

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce May 2017 Newsletter

Click here to view the May 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. Tickets are now available for $20.00 per ticket at the Rocky Mountain House, myFM, Renfrew Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Centre, and the Renfrew Chamber of Commerce.

Register for Mid-Rise Workshops in Oakville and Vaughan hosted by Wood Works

Mid-rise wood construction in Ontario is taking off as developers, owners, project teams and municipalities begin to realize the significant cost, environmental, and construction benefits mid-rise wood buildings provide. The market potential in Ontario for this building type is significant. These two 1-day workshops presented by Ontario Wood WORKS! will focus on technical details of wood-frame mid-rise buildings. The delegate registration fee is $250 + taxes/fees and includes lunch.

Click here for the workshop agenda.

Click here to register for OAKVILLE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Glenn Abbey Golf Club, Canadian Open Room, Oakville, ON

Click here to register for VAUGHAN
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Universal Event Space, Vaugahn, ON

Public Input Sought on the Draft List of Issues for the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects

On May 10, 2017, the National Energy Board (“NEB” or “the Board”) released two separate draft Lists of Issues for the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects. The Board is seeking public input on topics that should be considered in the review of the two projects. Once finalized, the List of Issues will guide the NEB hearings by identifying relevant topics regarding the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects. Additionally, as part of the NEB’s responsibilities under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the Board is also seeking input on the scope of factors for the Environmental Assessment (EA).

The deadline for public comments is May 31, 2017 and the Board expects to release the final List of Issues by early summer 2017.

For more information on these recent developments, including the process for providing comments, please see the following documents on the NEB website:

Further information about the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects, including information about the NEB’s regulatory process and project updates, can be found in English and French on the NEB website.

Upcoming Training Courses from Epic

Bridge and Structure Bus Tour:
The Rolling Classroom
Jun 19, 2017   //  Mississauga

Come and join us in our rolling classroom for a day. There will be presentations and discussions, but you will mostly be in the field, developing a trained eye for understanding bridges and culverts and identifying key elements and issues that are at the heart of today’s infrastructure challenges.


Design of Buried Pipelines
Jun 28 - 30, 2017   //  Mississauga

Subsurface infrastructure are absolute necessities of nowadays modern societies. One of the complex and extensive components of this subsurface infrastructure is piping systems used for diverse applications including sewer lines, drainage lines, subway tunnels, water mains, gas lines, culverts, and utility conduits.

However, these buried lifelines are often forgotten unless they deteriorate and fail, resulting in costly service disruption, repairs, multiple ripping of roads, and time-consuming litigation.


Basics of Design & Inspection of Pre-Stressed and Post Tensioned Concrete Structures
Jun 26 - 28, 2017   //  Mississauga

This seminar introduces different techniques used in the pre-stressing process and demonstrates the effect of pre-stressing force on members.

The design procedures of different members such as beams and slabs are presented.


Developing Powerful, Winning Proposals
Jun 5, 2017   //  Online

Selling consulting engineering services is a complex undertaking. In a competitive market, you need to write and present powerful proposals to win the business.

In fact, in today's environment it's almost impossible to close business without one. What are the essentials of a good proposal?


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Come Wander has Officially Launched!

It has been quite the journey! Over the past year, we have been diligently working towards building out the systems and resources to support our regional brand platform Come Wander.  Working with you, our industry, along the way, we solidified our content marketing strategy, we developed resources that clearly explain our direction and opportunities to benefit from our new approach, and pulling it all together we are thrilled to announce:

Come Wander has Officially Launched & is live!

View the full press release here.

Teeny Tiny Summit 2017

June 28, 2017

Inspiring presentation from Peter Kenyon
Local experts sharing their knowledge on key issues

Hands-on work focused on six key areas:
• Municipal-volunteer relationships
• Risk Management/insurance for community groups
• Small village servicing (water and wastewater solutions)
• Big Data for Small Places
• Strategic planning without tears for small places/community groups
• Finding your story and telling it

For more information, visit