The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), along with the Canadian Fuels Association (CFA) co-sponsored the recent Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) annual general meeting (AGM) attended by roughly 300 business community representatives from May 4-7 in Sarnia.
All three Ontario provincial party leaders spoke at the AGM, providing a look at their upcoming June 2018 election platform. Each party leader said they were committed to increasing jobs and attracting business investment as part of their platform.
The AGM allowed participants to learn from subject-matter experts, debate policy resolutions, and contribute to the OCC’s annual advocacy strategies.
At the meeting, CIAC advocated for the chemistry industry’s value to the economy by promoting the need for investment in Ontario’s growing and vibrant manufacturing industry, including the industry’s evolving bio-hybrid chemicals cluster.
Additionally, CIAC participated in a special panel session titled “Dialog with Local Industry Leaders,” moderated by Lisa Stillborn, Vice President-Ontario Division of the CFA.
“Co-sponsoring the AGM is a natural fit for CIAC as Sarnia-Lambton is the primary cluster for our respective members and the OCC’s core mandate is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park,” said Don Fusco, CIAC Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations – Ontario.
Sarnia is the largest and most concentrated chemicals cluster in Canada and home to three petroleum refineries. Significant ties between the chemical production facilities and refineries help lever skilled labour, infrastructure and feedstock.
The OCC’s Compendium of Policy Resolutions 2017-2020 is available here: http://www.occ.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Compendium-of-Policy-Resolutions-2017-2020.pdf