• Agri-Business

  • CHAIR:                                                 Cheron Chamberlain

    VICE CHAIR:                                       Cara Finn

    DIRECTOR LIAISON:                          Keith Gibbons, Peter Mastorakos

    VICE-PRESIDENT:                              Andrew Schiestel

    STAFF LIAISON:                                 Janie Rother, Gerry Macartney

    MEETINGS:                                         Second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m.

     

    Objectives:

    1. To develop awareness programs that support the region’s vast agri-business sector as per strategic objectives #4.

    2. To support and enhance agricultural economic development activity through designated agencies and organization by use of Chamber communication’s, networking opportunities, advocacy efforts and promotion.

    3. To support the OCC’s “Emerging Stronger” effort specifically under Objective #5: Identifying, championing, and strategically investing in our competitive advantages in the global economy

    Strategic Priorities:

    1. Establish priorities once per year on the pressing issues in the agriculture and agri-food industry relevant to LCOC membership. Refer issues to the Government Affairs Committee on such topics as employment laws and code changes, updates on current tax laws, farm programs/government development programs/human resources programs and laws, packaging, recycling requirements for processors etc.
    2. Stay abreast of policies and issues brought forward by the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce of concern to the agriculture and agri-food industry in our region
    3. Create public awareness on value and contribution of agriculture to our economy & provide items dealing with Ag in the News to chamber communications as relevant.

    Program Plan:

    1. Engage targeted Ag sector organizations for expertise and committee membership
    2. Encourage businesses with export potential to work with the GBOC, as per Objective #2
    3. Work with public officials for better understanding of the unique needs of agricultural i.e. equipment, transportation, reliable fresh water supply, dust, odor control etc.
    4. Create public awareness, i.e. Local food, London/Middlesex agriculture employment impact, environmental stewardship, Ag’s commitment to safe, quality and wholesome products.
    5. Host annual Ag Awareness event – November 23rd, 2016 – MEGA AG Networking Event
    6. Host an annual Ag Tours of region so non-Ag members/media & government can gain a better awareness.
    7. Host two meetings per year, which include the selection of relevant speakers that provide expertise on issues of concern to the wider business community. One should be focused on committee only and one for general chamber membership.
    8. Continue to work with LEDC and other stakeholders, to enhance Ag as a key sector for development.