Join us at the Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, April 13 as we celebrate nominees and winners in 13 categories! Our judges have completed their grading and nominee information is now being released by category.
Thursday, January 31, 2019with Keynote Address by John Capobianco
Thursday, January 31, 2019
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Notice to Members: Annual General Meeting
As required under the provisions of the Boards of Trade Act, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold our 54th Annual General Meeting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 31st.
The business meeting will include: the presentation of the Chamber’s audited financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2018; appointment of the 2019 Auditor; Nominating Committee report, including remarks by the retiring and incoming Chair of the Board; and acknowledgement of retiring Directors. The meeting is also an opportunity for any Member to bring new business to the Board and Members of the Chamber.
The Annual General Meeting is open to Members of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.
5:00PM Annual General Meeting
5:30PM Networking Dinner Reception
6:30PM Welcome & Introductions
6:55PM Keynote Presentation
About our AGM & Chair’s Reception
Our Annual General Meeting and Chair’s Reception provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who share an interest in the governance of the Chamber, the direction of our community and the Chamber’s role within it.
The event begins with a formal business meeting which typically runs about a half-hour and includes items like the approval of financial statements and the President’s report. From there, Members move into a symposium for casual conversation, appetizers and a cash bar followed by a seated agenda featuring the swearing-in of the new Chair of the Board and a keynote address from a speaker chosen for their ability to inform and inspire us as we continue into the New Year.
About our Keynote Speaker
John Capobianco is a senior vice president and senior partner and national practice lead for public affairs in Fleishman-Hillard’s Toronto office. With over 22 years of grassroots political experience at all three levels of government, Mr. Capobianco offers a strong, seasoned and influential voice in public affairs. This experience has enabled him to build an extensive political network, which he can leverage to the benefit of organizations looking to engage with senior government officials.
Before joining Fleishman-Hillard in 2010, Mr. Capobianco was senior vice president of Edelman’s public affairs practice. Since joining Edelman in 2006, Mr. Capobianco has helped numerous private and non-profit organizations build and maintain strong relationships with key government decision-makers at the federal, provincial and municipal level. Mr. Capobianco has a vast knowledge of helping companies navigate through the intricacies of government, including successfully helping the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario secure $15 million in federal government funding for a Centre for Stroke Recovery, providing strategic counsel to the Ontario Teachers’ Private Capital for its historic $52 billion acquisition of Bell Canada and assisting a world-leading security company get their new tobacco control stamps issue through to the federal government at both the political and bureaucratic levels.
Before joining Edelman, Mr. Capobianco was vice president and business unit leader at another major global public affairs firm, where he worked with all industry sectors and successfully managed the provincial PA team. Mr. Capobianco has also worked as a senior political advisor for the Ontario government and spent ten years in the financial sector.
As a political enthusiast, John has twice won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the Toronto-area riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and ran as a federal Conservative candidate in the 2004 and 2006 elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. John is recognized as a leader in the conservative movement and is a regular political commentator in Canada’s national media.
He is currently immediate past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, Chair of Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) formerly known as the National Broadcast Reading Services Inc. And, currently sits on the boards of the Albany Club of Toronto, Editorial Advisory Board for Campaigns & Election Magazine (Canada). Mr. Capobianco earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics at York University and resides in Toronto, Ontario.
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