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Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to honour outstanding business leaders


News Release

Feb. 21, 2020

Call for nominations for Annual Dinner Gala and Awards

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to honour outstanding business leaders

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations to recognize outstanding business leaders at its Annual Dinner Gala and Awards celebration.

Two awards will be presented at the April 22 event; the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Business Person of the Year Award and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award.

To view the full award criteria and to access 2020 nomination forms, visit, or email [email protected] .

The deadline to submit completed nominations is April 1, 2020.

The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes a business that has been in operation for at least 10 years and has had an outstanding impact on the community in Truro or Colchester. The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success in business showing strong leadership skills and business acumen contributing to the consistent growth of the business.

The Chamber is now accepting seating reservations for the April 22 gala dinner at the Holiday Inn, Truro. This year’s guest speaker will be Ian Wilson of Wilsons Heating. Reserve Seats by April 16. Cost for members $60 plus HST ($70 plus HST for future members). For more information contact the Chamber office at 902-895-6328 or email [email protected].


Links to online nomination forms:

Link to online application-BDC Business Person of the Year

Link to online application – Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award



Media contact:

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce


[email protected]


Chamber calls for an immediate end to rail disruption

News Release

February 19, 2020

Chamber calling for an immediate end to rail disruption

TRURO – Jobs are being put at risk as the supply chain to manufacturers and other businesses in this region is strongly affected by the disruption of rail service.

“We have the highest number of manufacturers per capita in the province operating in Colchester County and those businesses employ hundreds of people in this area,” said Ron Smith, President of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce. “It is absolutely vital that businesses depending on rail service to deliver raw materials to them for manufacturing can receive those shipments, along with being able to send finished products to reach their destined markets.”

The Chamber has heard from several members impacted by the rail disruption and is encouraging others to reach out to them by email [email protected]. They are also joining chambers from across the Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to call for an immediate resolution to the issue.

“Along with the economic implications for our manufacturers, we know many local businesses are reliant on propane for their operations, from heat to food preparation,” said Smith. “This disruption will have wide-sweeping impacts on businesses here, now and into the future, as contracts are broken because supply demands cannot be met. It also puts the safety and security of our residents and institutions at risk.”

From grocery and retail stores, to vehicle dealerships, construction and manufacturers, members are sharing the many ways the disruption of service is impacting business in Truro and Colchester, an area already feeling the economic impact of the closure of Northern Pulp. Many are facing challenges as they attempt to seek alternate means of delivery. Rationing of basic daily consumables has already begun and material shortages are imminent.

Smith is deeply concerned about the safety of all people as the disruption continues.

“This isn’t just a business issue, this is a national emergency impacting all people, families and children,” he said. “It’s about providing the necessities of life to people and ensuring the safe operation of our institutions.”

The local Chamber supports the statement issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce regarding ongoing rail service disruptions:
“From propane to grain and food and consumer items, Canada’s supply chains are being severely damaged by the continuing interruptions to Canada’s rail services by protestors.
The rail system affects the entire Canadian economy and Canadians everywhere, including people trying to get to and from work. They must be allowed to continue to serve the thousands of businesses that depend on them.”

Smith is calling on all parties involved, including all levels of government, law enforcement, business and protesters to work together to bring an immediate end to the blockades and to restore all rail service.

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business in this region for 130 years. It represents more than 475 member businesses and advocates on their behalf at all levels of government on issues of political, economic and social importance. For more information, visit



Media Contact

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce


[email protected]

Lunch and Learn - Driving Revenue Growth

Stagnant or declining sales can result from many factors – seasonal slowdowns, market shifts, or under performing sales teams. Join us to learn essential strategies to boost sales, optimize marketing efforts and identify new sources of revenue.

February 26h at the Best Western Glengarry
11:45 am with lunch being served at noon
$25+tax for members / $35+tax for future members
Please call (902) 895-6328, email [email protected] or to register!

Book online CLICK HERE

Speaker bio: Chris O’Shea is a business consultant at BDC. He has spent that last number of years working in sales and marketing consulting with BDC. Prior to that, he was developing growth strategies for entrepreneurs and businesses across the country in the agency world. In his 20-plus year career, Chris has also worked in sales, web development, digital marketing, business analysis and technology consulting. He is a client focused and technically savvy professional with a passion for turning business needs into results driven solutions. An advocate of clearly defined processes, he constantly looks for ways to align technology with requirements while always keeping an eye on the bottom line. Check out recent blog posts from Chris:

Business Builder Breakfast

Matching Employees with Business Culture

Business Builder Breakfast: Matching Employees with Business Culture


Join us next Tuesday, March 20th, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Marigold Centre, 605 Prince St, for our Business Builder Breakfast on: Matching Employees with Business Culture with presenter:  Glenn Bowie, Area Director, Sales and Marketing, New Castle Hotels and Resorts

Join us for a presentation by Glenn on hiring employees whose beliefs and personality are aligned with the company's core values and culture.

Free event open to members and the community with light breakfast included!

To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected]

This event is sponsored by White LeBlanc Wealth Planners/Hollis Wealth.

Panel on Automation

Chamber to host Automation Discussion Panel

TRURO - A panel discussion on automation will be held in Truro on Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince St., Truro.

The event is being hosted by the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce and is open to everyone.

The demand for higher productivity, improved quality, cost reduction and efficiency is driving the introduction of automation in all sectors, industries and markets.

“Businesses in our region are already managing the impacts and benefits of automation, and have been for a number of years,” said Alex Stevenson, President of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.  “Going forward the scope and pace of automation will increase, as will the resulting impacts on business, customers and workers.”

The seven-person panel representing business and industry organizations will discuss how the implementation of technology is already having an impact on business and organizations.  It has already changed the way businesses engage with customers while evolving the workforce with many advances to be realized in the future.

A study by McKinsey Global Institute, A future that works: Automation, employment and productivity, reports that with current demonstrated technologies, less than five per cent of jobs are candidates for full automation. However, the report says almost every occupation has partial automation potential, further estimating that about half of all the activities people are paid to do have the potential be automated.

“The panel the Chamber has assembled will offer varying perspectives on the anticipated impacts of automation and how it will transform how business is conducted going forward,”   said Stevenson.

The panel will be moderated by Michele Bursey, Senior Account Manager with BDC Truro, and will feature guest speakers Abid Ahmad P. Eng., Academic Chair for Mechanical and Industrial Technologies, the Aviation Institute and the Design and Innovation Center, NSCC; Maxine MacLean, P.Ag. Policy and Communications Coordinator, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture; Michel Raymond, Executive Director, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Stephanie Jones, Owner, McDonalds Restaurants; Keith Gillis, Owner, G & G Computers; Eric MacKeen, General Manager, Tri County Ford; and Craig Paul, Director Business Solutions and Information Technology, Halifax International Airport Authority, Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.

There is no cost to attend this event sponsored by Halifax International Airport Authority. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided following the discussion.  To register for this event contact the chamber office 902-895-6328 or email [email protected].

Media Contact:

Sherry Martell, Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

902-895-6328, [email protected]



The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is pleased to invite you to come and meet with us and talk about workplace safety- what is happening and to help inform our work. This is a continuation of our efforts to meet with individuals, employers, employees, safety professionals and others that wish to advance health and safety in their workplaces.

When and Where

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

8 am to 4 pm


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

8 am to 4 pm

Program Highlights

The day will be highlighted by breakout sessions on such topics as:

  • Continuing our conversation on challenges, prioritizing and next steps
  • Focused conversation on setting priorities for inspection and outreach planning
  • An interactive session on the Workplace Safety Strategy and the future direction

Information and Registration

  • Plan to attend one session only
  • Same program will be offered at both
  • This Symposium is being presented at no charge to stakeholders
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Registered attendees will be advised of any schedule changes or cancellations due to inclement weather

To Register or more information, please call 902-422-1886 or email [email protected].

These Symposiums are presented by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education in partnership with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board.

The Annual Federal Budget Luncheon

Please join MNP for a Luncheon and an analysis of the 2018 Federal Budget and how it affects you and your business.
Date: Wednesday, February 28th
Time: 11:30 am for lunch 
Presentation from 12 noon - 1 pm
Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St
Please RSVP to Debbie Cox by
Monday, February 26th, 2018
Email:    [email protected]
Telephone: 902-897-9291

Lunch with CEO of TCPEP, Brennan Gillis

Join the Chamber as we welcome the CEO for the newly established Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP), Brennan Gillis. There will be an open discussion on economic development in our community.

Thursday, March 1st from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Marigold Cultural Centre lobby.

This is a free event open to our members and the community. A light lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected].

BUSINESS BUILDER BREAKFAST: Riding the Social Media Wave

 Join us Tuesday, February 20th from 8:30-9:30 am at the Marigold Centre for a presentation by Michelle McCann from Bold & Italic Social Communications on building your online presence with social media!
This event is free and members and community are welcome to attend.
Light breakfast will be provided.
Please call 902-895-6328 or email [email protected] to RSVP.
Our Business Builder Breakfasts are sponsored by White Leblanc Wealth Planners/Hollis Wealth.