Chamber secures provincial conference for 2015

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Chamber events co-ordinator Megan Phillips, past president Rick Shaver and executive manager Leslie Strasser.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has sealed the deal on holding a major business convention - the 2015 Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) AGM and Convention.

The event, which will bring over 200 business leaders from across Ontario to Cornwall, is seen as an outstanding opportunity to showcase the community and the many things it has to offer.

“Our executive manager, Lezlie Strasser, presented a comprehensive proposal to the OCC,” said chamber president Kevin Hargreaves. “The OCC liked what it saw and has decided to hold its annual event right here in our community.”

The three-day conference will be held in May, 2015, at the Nav Centre. To launch the event and showcase the City of Cornwall, a delegation from the Cornwall Chamber and Nav Centre will journey to the OCC’s 2014 AGM and Convention in Sault Ste. Marie this coming May.

“Our trip to the Sault will be an exciting opportunity to introduce delegates to Cornwall and to highlight the warm hospitality and outstanding program that will await them,” said Strasser.

Representing 60,000 members in chambers of commerce and boards of trade across Ontario, the OCC supports economic growth in the province by advocating for pro-business policies and defending business priorities at Queen’s Park.

“Lezlie and her team have made a rock-solid business case for her community,” said Allan O’Dette, president and CEO of the OCC. “We are excited to learn first-hand about what makes Cornwall such an attractive destination to live and do business.”

“This is a unique, economic development opportunity for the chamber to promote Cornwall as a vibrant and growing community to business professional throughout Ontario and it is confident there will be a number of positive spinoffs because of the event itself,”said Hargreaves. 

Organizations: OCC, Cornwall Chamber, Nav Centre AGM and Convention

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie

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