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2019 Small Business Week: Panel & Discussion: The Future of Workforce and What Business Can Do To Respond @ Rodd Charlottetown Hotel
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Event Description:
Panel & Discussion: The Future of Workforce and What Business Can Do To Respond

Dr. Sandy MacDonald, President, Holland College
Leah Nord, Director, Skills & Immigration, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Detry Carragher, Award-Winning Management Consultant (HR) & Corporate Trainor, CARVO GROUP

Dawn Binns, President, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce 

​Join us for a panel discussion as voices from government, private sector and post-secondary share their perspectives on what they are seeing as current and future opportunities and challenges in our workforce. Audience members will be invited to ask questions and the moderated session will end with round table discussions.

With close to 40% of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses having difficulty hiring new employees (BDC – Labour Shortages Here to Stay, September 2018) and labour shortages identified as most serious in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and Ontario, the challenges with growing our workforce are paramount with policy makers and private sector.

In PEI, a growing vacancy rate is creating challenges for small and medium businesses with a direct link between a shortage of workers and slower growth in company sales. This paired with ever changing technology, emerging trends and unknown future skills requirement (85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet – Institute for the Future), is causing us to pause and question what the future of PEI and Canada’s workforce will be and what we can do to address these new challenges.

About our Panelists:

Dr Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holland College
Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by:

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2019 Small Business Week Lunch & Learn: Greening up your Business @ GCACC Boardroom
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Event Description:

A recent survey by the City of Charlottetown reported that about 90% of respondents would be more likely to shop at and support businesses making a visible effort to reduce plastic.

Join members of IWMC’s senior management team for an informative presentation to explain the types of compostable/biodegradable options acceptable for PEI’s compost stream, provide sorting information and answer questions to support your environmental efforts.  When we all work together, great things can happen!

Lunch is provided

Please arrive 10 minutes in advance to the presentation to allow for check-in at the Chamber reception desk.

Funding Partners:

2019 Small Business Week: Business After Hours Mega Mixer @ Founders' Food Hall & Market
Oct 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Event Description:


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In Partnership With:

Join us in celebrating Small Business Week on Thursday, October 24th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the new Founders’ Food Hall & Market.  Enjoy music, fun activations and explore the more than 20 vendors at this newly refurbished downtown Charlottetown location.

This event provides the opportunity for business owners, employees and job seekers to meet, exchange ideas and build connections in an informal environment. Wind-down after work and join us in celebrating Small Business Week!

This is event is free to attend and open to anyone interested in building connections in our business community. Whether you’re new to the Chamber, a long-time member, or simply interested in learning more about what the Chamber does – stop by!

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2019 Small Business Week Keynote with Arlene Dickinson @ Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Lessons learned as an Entrepreneur: How to reinvent yourself with the times and the lessons learned as an entrepreneur based on my experiences 
Get motivated and inspired by one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs.
About Arlene Dickinson
Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors.Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den, an investor on The Big Decision, and a judge on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two bestselling books –Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release,All In.

Her success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as being recognized with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners Awards.

Dickinson is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University,Concordia University,Saint Mary’s University and NAIT. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. She also sits on numerous public and private boards and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country.

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November Lunch & Learn: Admin Professionals – Labeling Efficiencies for the Modern Office & Beyond @ GCACC Boardroom
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Event Description:

Learn about how you can utilize label printing devices in all aspects of your business.
Added bonus will be a “ writing and marking “ session on the latest innovation in this category from the world’s largest manufacturer of writing products.

Lunch is provided

Please arrive 10 minutes in advance to the presentation to allow for check-in at the Chamber reception desk.

2019 President’s Excellence Awards @ Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Event Description:
Join us for the Chamber’s Biggest Night of the Year!
Sponsored by: Atlantic Lottery

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Location: Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Time: Champagne Reception: 6 pm – 7 p.m.
Dinner & Awards: 7:00 p.m.

Ticket pricing
Individual ticket: $165 plus HST
Table of 8: $1,300 plus HST

About the event 
The President’s Excellence Awards is a prestigious awards and gala dinner celebrating entrepreneurs and their successes, innovations and contributions to our community. The Chamber will celebrate businesses in the following award categories: Excellence in Business, Excellence in Customer Service, Emerging Business Excellence, Workplace Excellence, Not-for-Profit Excellence, People’s Choice for Community Impact, Volunteer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Event Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor

  • Innovation PEI

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Sponsor

  • Provincial Credit Union Ltd.

Excellence in Business Award Sponsor

  • Scotiabank - Grafton & University

People’s Choice for Community Impact Award

  • MRSB Group

Not-For-Profit Excellence Award Sponsor

  • Results Marketing & Advertising

Excellence in Customer Service Award Co-Sponsor

  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Cox & Palmer

Emerging Business Excellence Award Sponsor

  • City of Charlottetown

Workplace Excellence Award

  • Royal Bank of Canada

Student Entrepreneur Award Sponsor

  • Air Canada
Cannabiz Tourism: Strategies 2020 @ Startup Zone
Nov 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn about the emerging Canadian Cannabis Tourism industry and what you can do to position your business to capitalize on market trends.

About this Event

On October 17, 2018, Canada legalized recreational cannabis. In July 2019, only 10-months later, the Canadian Cannabis Industry added $8.26 billion to Canada’s GDP and grew 185%.

So what does the future of Cannabis Legalization mean for Canada’s Hospitality & Tourism industry? For Prince Edward Island?

This event will:

• Define what “Cannabis Tourism” is

• Provide an overview of the Canadian Cannabis Industry

• Discuss emerging cannabis tourism strategies in Canada and abroad

• Explore strategies for businesses in Prince Edward Island

This session is designed for hospitality and tourism owners, managers and Government employees in Prince Edward Island. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.

– – – About the Speaker – – –

Island entrepreneur, investor and small-business owner, Shaman Ferraro is the CEO of Gocanna, a cannabis tourism consulting and education service. In August 2018, Shaman was the first person to provide analytical data and project the potential $2B economic value of cannabis tourism industry in Canada. Recognized as a Cannabis Tourism Expert, he has been a featured speaker on the subject at conferences across Canada.

Shaman is also an experienced ‘cannabis event planner’, having successfully hosted PEI’s first recreational cannabis event on October 19, 2018 – 2 days after legalization – as well as PEI’s first cannabis conference in May 2019, The Atlantic Cannabis Conference & Expo.

Combining traditional hospitality and tourism with opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry, Shaman is a leader in comprehensively understanding unique solutions that maximize the customer experience, the value of commercial services and the economic return for business owners in the emerging and niche markets.

FUN FACT: Shaman was interviewed live by CTV NEWS Toronto on October 17, 2018 – the day cannabis was legalized in Canada!

President’s Holiday Reception @ Confederation Centre of the Arts, Memorial Hall
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
President Dawn Binns of the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce invites you to the annual President’s Holiday Reception!

Complimentary event!

DEMO DAY | Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort @ Startup Zone
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Demo Day is your chance to hear pitches from the 15 companies of Startup Zone’s inaugural 12-week Accelerator Cohort of Fall 2019.

About this Event

Demo Day is your chance to hear pitches from the 15 companies of Startup Zone’s inaugural 12-week Accelerator Cohort of Fall 2019.

The Accelerator Program allowed entrepreneurs to learn how to build their business alongside other startups using a proven, structured process that has helped some of the world’s fastest growing companies.

The 12-week, in-person program gave participants access to a variety of resources and supports to help grow their business, including:

  • 24/7 access to Startup Zone workspaces.
  • Access to experts in sales, branding, and product development.
  • Accountability from weekly meetings with a Growth Coach and other cohort members.
  • Connections to local and global business partnerships.
  • Weekly access to expert advisors to track business progress.
  • Free or discounted access to exclusive professional events and workshops.

Over these 12 weeks, participants have prepared for the pitch that they will be delivering to you on December 5th. Don’t miss out on this FREE event – sign up today!

Read more about the program participants in our blog post from September 2019.

Discover Digital Marketing at the Startup Zone @ Startup Zone
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discover Digital Marketing is a day-long learning and networking event at the Startup Zone for entrepreneurs, business professionals, students, and more!

Whether you are a beginner in the marketing world and want to learn the basics of digital marketing from social media to branding to web design, or you already work in a professional position in the field but want an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from across the province, this is the event for you. With a diverse audience from business owners to students, this is a great opportunity to network and establish or grow your presence online.


10:45am – 11:00am: Registration

11:00am – 12:30pm: “Social Media 101” Panel moderated by Rachel Adams, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Startup Zone. The panelists for the morning are as follows:
– Ashley Green: Founder of Ashley Green Design, Local Legends Apparel, and Girl Bosses of PEI
– Cassandra MacKay: Founder of Inspire Social Studios
– Madelyn Deveau: Content Marketing Manager at iWave
– Michelle MacNeil: Social Media Officer at Holland College

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Branding Workshop with Stephanie Perreault-Bittner, founder of Summer Street Creative. This workshop will outline what “having a brand” really means, and teach you how to turn customers into fans! You’ll discover how to build your story, create your identity, and everything in between.

2:00pm – 2:45pm: Web Design Workshop with Chelsey Lake, founder of Lake Design. In this workshop, Chelsey will explain how web design can actually make or break your conversion rates. Your website’s visual design – both how it looks and how it feels – can make all the difference when it comes to your sales. She will be teaching us how to design a website that will help us make sales in the future!

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Keynote Presentation by Heather MacAulay, Chief Movement Officer at Volume 18. A mover and shaker by nature, and an avid runner by choice, Heather understands the importance of truly knowing our clientele and ensures our team is ready to run with ideas and cross the finish line with our creative campaigns, research and workshops. Heather is an energetic and community-minded force to be reckoned with. She is a dynamic leader and presenter skilled in large-scale event organization, marketing and communications. She understands with an experienced breadth and depth the importance of knowing our community and our clientele and works tirelessly to ensure we understand our prospective clients and their needs. We are very fortunate to have Heater giving her insights on digital marketing in PEI as our keynote speaker for the day!

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Networking & Snacks


You won’t want to miss one of Startup Zone’s biggest events of 2019. Register now!