PAST BREAKFAST ARCHIVE

June's Keynote Speaker was
Boyd Aitken


CD, B. Comm. (Hons), LL.B, BCL
Tax Litigator with GIBSONS LLP


With a presentation on:
"Dealing with the CRA in 2018 :  the Challenges Ahead in Tax Dispute Resolution"

Boyd Aitken is an experienced tax litigator. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Tax Court of Canada, Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Fluently bilingual, Boyd has argued cases involving small to medium sized businesses‎ throughout Canada in such areas as arbitrary assessments, directors' liability, third-party assessments and scientific research and experimental development incentives. He has also acted on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency in bankruptcy matters.

Armed with this unique experience, Boyd can assist you in resolving disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency in a cost-effective and expedient manner. He strongly believes that negotiated solution is better than the cost of litigation. Boyd employs an interest-based approach to negotiation which has shown to be very effective. He can also provide with advice and assistance in proactively addressing potential enforcement and compliance issues using the Voluntary Disclosure Program.

Boyd attended Queen’s University where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1992. Concurrently, he operated two small businesses in Kingston in order to finance his education. Boyd attended law school at Western University and Université Laval obtaining a Bachelor of Laws in common law and a Bachelor of Laws in civil law. He subsequently clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for Justice Robert Décary.

Following his Call to the Bar in 1999, Boyd worked in private practice before joining the Department of Justice in 2002 where he practiced for fifteen years.

For over twenty years, Boyd served Canada as an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve. His operational experience includes deployments to Kosovo and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the United Nations. He recently retired from the Army.

In his spare time, he enjoys sailing on the Ottawa River and in the Thousand Islands.

May's breakfast featured the launch of the Innovative Orléans for your Business magazine, a 20 minute panel discussion on the merits of doing business in Orléans moderated by Michael Curran, which was then broadcast on YouTube(available here).

During this Breakfast the members of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce also cast their vote in regards to the possible amalgamation into a new organization called the Ottawa Board of Trade.


May 2018 Breakfast Photos

April's Keynote Speaker was
Mayor Jim Watson



With a presentation titled:
The Light Rail Transit, major investments in the East end and infrastructure updates.

In his first term as Mayor, Watson oversaw the beginning of construction of the Confederation Line light rail transit line and the successful completion of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment. Watson brought renewed fiscal discipline to City Hall, bringing in the lowest tax changes several years while investing in renewed infrastructure, new community facilities and transit improvements in all parts of the city.

An active member of his community, Watson has served on the boards or as honourary chair of several community organizations, including the Riverside Hospital, the National Arts Centre, the Christmas Exchange of Ottawa and the Forum for Young Canadians. He served as chair of United Way's 2002 campaign, which raised a record $21 million.

An avid volunteer with several groups, he has helped serve meals at the Shepherds of Good Hope, a local soup kitchen. His commitment to those less fortunate was evident when, in August of 2000, he contributed his entire municipal severance payment of $31,000 to Ottawa's Union Mission for Men.

His years of active involvement and community service have made him the recipient of several awards and accolades, including Maclean's magazine's "100 Young Canadians To Watch," Carleton University Honours Award, the City of Ottawa's highest civic honour, the Key to the City; the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; the Visionary Award by the Ontario Pharmacists' Association, and the National Leadership Award by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control for his role in implementing the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

Mayor Watson was recognized for his support of the tourism industry by being named Ottawa Tourism Leader of the Year in 2012. In 2013, he was recognized by the Canadian Housing Renewal Association for his work on breaking the cycle of poverty. In 2014, Mayor Watson was named “Communicator of the Year” by the International Association of Business Communicators’ Ottawa chapter. In 2016, he was presented with the Water Leader Award by the Ottawa Riverkeeper, for his persistent leadership to prioritize the City's efforts to clean up the Ottawa River.

April 2018 Breakfast Photos

March's Keynote Speaker was
Blair Patacairk


Managing Director, Investment and Trade
Invest Ottawa


Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Vice President, Global Expansion in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was the President and CEO of Telecom Gateway Services Inc., a full service international business development consulting firm and government specialist. He was engaged as a special advisor to multiple companies, government and economic development agencies in the areas of foreign direct investment, trade and government relations. In particular for Invest Ottawa, he was responsible for the attraction of investment, companies and people to the Ottawa region, the management of Ottawa?s local and global partnerships and the international spokesperson on marketing Ottawa to the world.

Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly with the former Mayor of the City of Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli. He brings a wealth of knowledge on strategic partnerships and growing both SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. His previous experience includes roles at: Vayyoo Inc., a mobile solutions tech startup where he was Vice-President Business Development; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI where he served as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations, and used his extensive network of business and media contacts to promote Ottawa-based technologies companies around the world.

A recipient of Ottawa's Top 40 Under 40 award in 2008, Blair has volunteered his time with numerous organizations and currently: sits on the board of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF); and is the President of the Consider Canada City Alliance. He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor to students at local universities, colleges and high schools.

March 2018 Breakfast Photos

February's Keynote Speaker was
Sam Laprade

CFRE
Director Partnerships
BlackSheep Developments


With a presentation titled:
"Partnerships, Sponsorships and Philanthropy: What’s your plan?""

Sam specializes in philanthropy, partnerships and analytics.

Whether it is philanthropy, sponsorships, media or government relations, Sam loves to connect people.
Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, with fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people.
Sam is the Director, Partnerships at BlackSheep Developments and also owns The Fundraising Strategist. She has worked at the Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Humane Society.

January's Keynote Speaker was
John Manconi


General Manager, Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa


With a presentation titled:
"Light Rail Transit Drives Transformation"

John is the General Manager of the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Department. The Department is responsible for the planning and operations of all transportation services in Canada Nation`s Capital - Ottawa.
The Department oversees all aspects of transportation planning, traffic management and transit services including the construction of the $2.1 Billion LRT P3 currently underway with revenue service planned for 2018 and a future $3.6 Billion LRT P3 expansion that is in market and planned for awarding in 2018.

With the current LRT project, John and his leadership team are steering OC Transpo through the organization’s most significant transformation - the conversion of Bus Rapid Transit system to Light Rail, to create a multi-modal transit service providing conventional bus, para transpo, diesel rail and electrified rail service.

John has 30 years’ experience in municipal government. Prior to being appointed to the Transportation Services Department, John was the General Manager of Public Works with the City of Ottawa.

To view Mr. Manconi's presentation, please click the following link:

Light Rail Transit Drives Transformation, by John Manconi - Jan 11, 2018
December's keynote speaker was
Ian Pryor
President at Pryor Tax Law

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Ian is the founder and President of Pryor Tax Law. His primary areas of expertise are planning for owner-managers of private corporations, high net-worth individuals, and clients with international tax issues. His practice includes personal tax and estate planning, corporate tax planning and implementation, trust planning and preparation, family business succession planning and structuring the purchase and sale of businesses.

He works closely with other professionals and advisors to create and implement business and estate plans and enjoys working in a team environment to ensure client needs and goals are met.

Ian is regularly asked to speak to accounting and law firms, professional organizations and industry groups on tax and estate planning matters. He has prepared expert reports and been asked to assist as special advisor on tax litigation matters.

Ian has contributed to several professional publications including co-authoring the textbook “Taxation of Trusts and Estates: A Practitioner’s Guide” and its companion “Trust Tax Return Guide” published annually by Thomson Reuters, articles for STEP Journal and STEP Capital Accounts, multiple articles for the Canadian Tax Foundation, and co-authored chapters in other professional textbooks.


ABOUT PRYOR TAX LAW

Pryor Tax Law is a boutique law firm with expertise in Canadian, U.S. and international tax and estate planning services. With offices in Ottawa and Toronto, they act for a very diverse client base ranging from privately held businesses to high-net worth families to multinational corporations.

Their services include personal tax and estate planning, corporate tax planning and implementation, trust planning and preparation, Will planning and preparation, estate administration, family business succession planning, advising on the purchase and sale of businesses, international tax planning and dealing with Canada Revenue Agency.
October's Keynote Speaker was Kathy Smart. It also doubled as a Special Meeting, at which the Financial Committee presented the 2015 and 2016 Financial Statements to the membership and then voting took place on whether or not to accept them.

October 2017 Breakfast Photos

Guest Speaker: Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Michel



Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Michel is a career and leadership coach who specializes in
Preparing people for the future of careers. JP has worked with hundreds of
Clients, from students to high potentials and CEOs, to help them better
Understand themselves, build development plans and identify and land their
Dream jobs. His work on careers has been profiled on the BBC and CBC.
JP’s past clients include Sherwin Williams, Biogen, Standard & Poor’s, McKesson,
Sam’s Club, Corby, Sobeys, Hershey, and Pratt & Whitney.
• Certified in several psychometric assessment tools.
• Facilitator for leadership development programs in wide-range of industries.
• Client experience in energy, government, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical and retail.
• Lead facilitator for Sherwin Williams Talent program, delivered in 4 cities across the U.S.

His Secret to Success:     Listen, Learn, Engage

Summer Business for Breakfast

Paul Stevenson "Building Communities & Partnerships for Life"
The focus of this presentation is to show the importance of finding like-minded business owners and community leaders to work alongside and help each other to grow yourselves and your businesses. Paul Stevenson is a Co-Founder of ReferralMortgages.com, Co-Host of GROWcast and President of the Orleans Power Team. He is addicted to learning, networking and sharing his experiences with those around him.

As a father of 3, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, blogger & avid yogi Paul wears many hats and wears them well! He worked for many years in various roles at a major bank and decided to leave it all behind to pursue his dream of being self-employed. In 2012 after years of battling depression, Paul woke up one day with an "AHA" moment that would reshape his life forever. He has since launched multiple business ventures & charitable initiatives to give back to his community.

You can reach out to Paul Stevenson directly by emailing paul@referralmortgages.com.

Cre8tive Junktion

detail FP4 Amélie Chartrand is an Interior Decorator, who recently opened Cre8tive Junktion at 110 Bearbrook Rd in Blackbrun Hamlet. Cre8tive Junktion (C8J) is a Home Decor store that specializes in furniture refinishing and DIY projects. C8J retails FAT PAINT, an artisan chalk base paint, features local artisans and carries unique vintage and antique finds. Amélie also offers craft workshops at her store, for anyone interested in learning how to use FAT PAINT or simply get together with likeminded individuals and get their cre8tive on.
Amélie Chartrand will have a showcase table at the next breakfast meeting. She will demonstrating how to set up a table to host a casual meeting dinner with co-workers by using things found around the house or inexpensively. She will also give us a list of essentials, we should all have on hand to whip up an impromptu gathering. Topping it all off with a great idea for an ice-breaker game to get to know our co-workers a little better.
Visit her store location for great decorating tips, gift ideas or simply to learn more about upcoming DIY projects or workshops.

Business for Breakfast
Annual General Meeting June 2017


Keynote Speaker: Michael Crockatt
Ottawa Tourism
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Business development and marketing executive with broad experience in aviation, tourism, and transportation. Leader in air service development, retail strategy, commercial development, tourism, and strategic planning. Always seeking new ways to enhance the traveller's experience.

Business for Breakfast May 2017
Keynote Speaker


Lara Wellman
Lara Wellman is a certified business coach for small and micro-sized business owners, as well as solopreneurs. She helps people get crystal-clear on their business goals, gives the support they need to reach them, and guide them toward creating the business and life they dream about. Her background in marketing allows her to support business owners in making sure they are investing their time and money into the right marketing efforts to support their overall business goals.
Presenter

Stayci Keetch
Stayci has more than a 15 years of experience in video production and Web management. She worked for YTV and made TV shows for HGTV and The Food Network Canada. As the founder of Eyes on Ottawa, Stayci brings a balanced, practical and seasoned approach to marketing for businesses. She knows how to tell an authentic story through video, and how your customers will use the web to find what they are looking for. This combination of insight and experience means she can truly help you build relationships with your customers, and increase your sales.
Stayci’s approach to helping you do business is different from a traditional production company. Her vision is to make professional video services that scale to meet your needs. She connects customers to businesses, and uses video to show customers the real story behind every product and entrepreneur.
A graduate of Loyalist College, Stayci is a member of the Women’s Business Network and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, The Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the West Ottawa Board of Trade.


April's Keynote Speaker was
Doug Smith

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Best Selling Author of “The Trauma Code” & “Thriving in Transition". Doug is an expert on disarming the ticking time bomb within today’s organizations; Cumulative Emotional Trauma in the Workplace.

Through his life story, keynote presentations, literary work & workshops, Doug demonstrates a simple and repeatable system any individual or organization can use to increase and sustain mental performance across all levels. It is a system that he has used in his own life to break through adversity, reach goals and build adaptive capacity in self and others. All businesses can leverage this awareness as competitive advantage.

At 18 years old, Doug was drafted 2nd overall into the NHL to play for the Los Angeles Kings as their youngest player ever. The next 11 years he was defined by hockey successes, hockey failures, his lack of awareness and the culture of a collision sport. His career ended suddenly at 29 years old when he shattered his spine in professional game #607 and suffered a high level spinal cord injury.
March's Keynote Speaker was
Pat Durant
With a presentation titled
"Power Tools and Polish" Speak your way into their hearts

March 2017 Breakfast Photos

February's Keynote Speaker was
Hon Brad Duguid, MPP
Minister of Economic Development and Growth

Featuring a presentation by MPP for Ottawa-Orléans Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

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Eric Collard spends his days as the Managing Partner of the Ottawa Media Group, a full-fledged communications start-up that has access to close to 20 of the best minds in Canada in media training, communications strategy and event management.

When he's not giving workshops or presenting at conferences, he's concentrating on helping organizations of all shapes and sizes navigate the new realities, online, in media and in-person. He's spoken across North America on topics close to his heart over the past five years.

Sam is a born fundraiser!  She has worked in all aspects of fundraising including legacy giving, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, grants and special events.  Samantha's experience also includes media relations and public relations.
Currently Sam is Director, Development at Ottawa-Carleton Life skills.  Samantha has also worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, The Ottawa Mission, the Ottawa Humane Society and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
Samantha has a passion for connecting donors to the needs of the community.
Samantha started to work with Gryphon Fundraising and sharing her vast knowledge of donor database analytics with other non-profits in Canada, the US and Australia.  She continues to work with Gryphon and hundreds of clients worldwide.
Sam is a sought after speaker. She has spoken at AFP International Conferences (2013 and 2014), CAGP National Conference (2013 and 2015) and ADRP International Conference (2012) as well as AFP Congress for 2013 and 2014.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).
November Business for Breakfast
Presented by TD Canada Trust

"The Sophisticated Leader - Becoming the Leader Your Business Needs"
Do you remember when you first launched into your business or career? Your focus and determination helped you take great strides toward your goals and dreams. You sensed growing momentum behind your efforts. You put all of your skills and training to good use. The growth and the rewards followed.
Yet like many other leaders, there came a point in time where your experience and natural abilities could take you no further. Your success led to your promotion into the world of leadership, a realm that many - if not most - people feel inadequate for.
In this talk, Eric will address the need for sophisticated leaders who change the face of business. You will be challenged to become the kind of leader your business needs in order to build something that truly stands out in the marketplace.
Your business, your staff and your customers are waiting. Become the leader you know you’re meant to be.

Featured Speaker: Eric Deschamps, Rhapsody Strategies

Eric’s exceptionally strong communication skills often make him a crowd favourite. He is described as captivating, inspiring, powerful and dynamic. He speaks from the heart and has the ability to engage his audiences deeply, and makes a significant difference in the lives of all who have the opportunity to hear him.
Eric is an accomplished public speaker with over twenty-eight years of experience motivating audiences around the globe. He is “at home” in front of both large audiences and small, and has a keen ability to connect with his listeners. He is the author of “Turbocharge Your Business Now”, and the Co-Leader of Rhapsody Strategies, a company that has seen tremendous growth in recent years.
As a highly successful coach for true entrepreneurs, Eric is also highly skilled in building people and organizations to accomplish their full potential. He is a lifelong student of leadership and human behaviour, and has been described as a passionate visionary focused on results, a master networker, and a leader of leaders. He has received a number of awards for his coaching work, the most recent of which was Coach of the Year in 2014.
As a life-long resident of Ottawa, Eric is married to his high school sweetheart Jasmine, and together they have five children and two dogs.  Eric counts his family as his proudest achievement, and is passionate about living life to the max and helping others do the same.

Introducing the New Board of Directors

Featuring an announcement by Lynne Groulx:

Supply Ontario is coming to you!

Lynne Groulx is a Senior Business Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. She has presented previously to Chamber members about programs and services available to our business community. Lynne has exciting news for us regarding an upcoming event that will be held on November 8th in Orléans. She will speak to how businesses will have access to procurement staff from Ontario ministries and agencies, federal government and organizations from the broader public sector and a bit about the information sessions being offered throughout the event. The Supply Ontario – Reverse Trade Show was last held in Ottawa in 2012.

September 2016 Breakfast Photos

Summer Business for Breakfast

Paul Stevenson

"Building Communities & Partnerships for Life"

The focus of this presentation is to show the importance of finding like-minded business owners and community leaders to work alongside and help each other to grow yourselves and your businesses.

Bio

Paul Stevenson is a Co-Founder of ReferralMortgages.com, Co-Host of GROWcast and President of the Orleans Power Team. He is addicted to learning, networking and sharing his experiences with those around him.

As a father of 3, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, blogger & avid yogi Paul wears many hats and wears them well! He worked for many years in various roles at a major bank and decided to leave it all behind to pursue his dream of being self-employed. In 2012 after years of battling depression, Paul woke up one day with an "AHA" moment that would reshape his life forever. He has since launched multiple business ventures & charitable initiatives to give back to his community.

You can reach out to Paul Stevenson directly by emailing paul@referralmortgages.com.

Cre8tive Junktion

detail FP4Amélie Chartrand is an Interior Decorator, who recently opened Cre8tive Junktion at 110 Bearbrook Rd in Blackbrun Hamlet. Cre8tive Junktion (C8J) is a Home Decor store that specializes in furniture refinishing and DIY projects. C8J retails FAT PAINT, an artisan chalk base paint, features local artisans and carries unique vintage and antique finds. Amélie also offers craft workshops at her store, for anyone interested in learning how to use FAT PAINT or simply get together with likeminded individuals and get their cre8tive on.


Amélie Chartrand will have a showcase table at the next breakfast meeting. She will demonstrating how to set up a table to host a casual meeting dinner with co-workers by using things found around the house or inexpensively. She will also give us a list of essentials, we should all have on hand to whip up an impromptu gathering. Topping it all off with a great idea for an ice-breaker game to get to know our co-workers a little better.

Visit her store location for great decorating tips, gift ideas or simply to learn more about upcoming DIY projects or workshops.

August 2016 Breakfast Photos


This month's featured speaker is Steve Cody.
An avid entrepreneur, Steve Cody has started 15 local and national businesses in many sectors – the service industry, rental, e-commerce and retail, which have generated over 250 million in sales.
Steve launched his career with humble roots; he was 15 years old when he turned his entrepreneurial aspirations into reality with just $1200, a squeegee, a bucket, and a dream.
We are honoured to have Steve speak with us about his story, moments of inspiration, as well as lessons learned, tips and tools that you as a business owner can apply in your business.

May 2016 Breakfast Photos

April is Volunteer Month & Maple Sugar Pancake Month; What a great combination to show our appreciation of great people and great local Canadian Food.
Proulx Maple & Berry Farm has been in the business of farming and providing farm entertainment since 1920 and is coming to us.
7:00-7:30 am registration and networking
7:30-9:00 am breakfast and business
http://proulxberryfarm.com/en/index.htm

April 2016 Breakfast Photos

Business for Breakfast, with a presentation by Greater Ottawa Habitat for Humanity: Building your team while building your community".

February Business for Breakfast
5 Biggest Networking Mistakes…And How to Avoid Them

Featuring Michael Hughes, Canada's Networking Guru

In spite of the technology explosion, networking continues to be the most cost‐effective strategy to build business or drive sales. It is now a required skill for small business owners and sales professionals who strive to achieve the success they want and need. This interactive presentation shares practical, proven networking tips, tools and techniques. Participants will discover how to connect more powerfully, communicate more effectively and leverage networking interactions into powerful and productive relationships.

Here’s what you’ll learn and do:
- Find the right prospects
- Get others to want to know more about you
- Build trust
- Confirm a follow up meeting

This is a don’t‐miss event. You will walk away with specific information and tangible insights that will drive your business, generate referrals and grow your brand.

About Michael Hughes, Canada’s Networking Guru:

Michael specializes in helping professionals increase results by improving their ability to develop and leverage relationships. Building on his successful 23‐year corporate career, he has invested the last twenty years relentlessly researching networking as a business strategy. Recognized as an international networking expert, he now coaches business, corporate and sales professionals on how to achieve better results by improving networking skills. His client list includes names like Dell, Staples, Ottawa Senators Sports & Entertainment and the University of Ottawa Telfe EMBA Program. Michael’s most unique characteristic is that he has built his company from an idea to a six‐figure international speaking and consulting practice using networking as his sole marketing strategy.

February 2016 Breakfast Photos

Information, Intelligence, and Connection: Intro to programs that can help facilitate the growth of your business.
Featured presenters:
Caroline Landry
Regional Director,
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Lynne F Groulx
Senior Business Advisor/Business Advisory Services,
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Saad Bashir
Director,
Economic Development and Innovation
City of Ottawa

December 2015 Breakfast Photos

Business for Breakfast, with a presentation by Greater Ottawa Habitat for Humanity: Building your team while building your community".
October Business for Breakfast hosts: Federal All Candidates Debate! Get a chance to have your voice and concerns heard! Candidates will be responding to questions proposed by the Orléans business community. Confirmed candidates: Royal Galipeau - Conservative Party of Canada Nancy Tremblay - New Democratic Party of Canada Andrew Leslie - Liberal Party of Canada
Presented by Xahive
Why is Cybersecurity important for Small & Medium Enterprises?
Xahive will be going over best practices for your organization.

September 2015 Breakfast Photos

August 2015 Breakfast Photos

Business for Breakfast
Annual General Meeting June 2016


Keynote Speaker: Guy Laflamme
Ottawa 2017

June 2015 Breakfast Photos

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February 2015 Breakfast Photos



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