March Meeting Recap

We had a great panel discussion with Richard and John Zehr of Zehr Insurance as well as Steve Wagler of Josslin Insurance about personal and business insurance. They spoke about emerging trends, things to look for in policies, and why rates seem to be increasing fairly rapidly. Thank you to Richard, John and Steve for taking the time to update us on your industry!
William Scott Festival (June 9):
The Board of Trade has the opportunity to run the hot dog tent at this year’s William Scott Festival. If you are able to volunteer, please email myself ( or Barb ( It should be a fantastic day with music, beer, food and races! (We will also be looking for volunteers that have their Smart Serve!)
Dirk Schlimm Presentation (April 26th):
All Board of Trade members are invited to attend the CFFB event on April 26th with guest speaker, Dirk Schlimm. The presentation will be on How to Build Relationships, Make Your Best Contribution and Get theJob Done When Working for and with Powerful People. Dirk is recognized as a expert in his field, and is a fantastic presenter. If you are interested in tickets, Please email me ( to put your name on the list. If we have enough, we can get a table together to reduce pricing. Please check out the full flyer here for more details!
Bring your spouse/partner and join us on May 2 for a tour of Junction 56 Distillery in Stratford (hosted by none other than Chris Spotswood). Look out for an invitation to follow shortly with more details on this exciting event!
We have a number of upcoming events:
  • April 7/8: Filming for Anne of Green Gables TV series in downtown New Hamburg
  • April 24: General Members Meeting — This will be a LUNCH meeting
  • May 2: Junction 56 Distillery tour (at night)
  • May 22: General Members Meeting – Annual Wine Tasting Event!
  • June 3: Golf Tournament
  • June 9: William Scott Festival
  • July 1: Canada Day Celebrations with the Duck Dive

November General Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to our AGM last week. We had a financial update, as well as a discussion on our past year and plans for our future.
We’ve had an exciting 2018 with a new website, new festive lights, and new events that were run. We are looking forward to building on these in 2019.
We also had some great discussion from the members that were able to attend about the Board’s general direction. We discussed some ideas for speakers and programs we can bring to our meetings in the New Year, as well as some ideas for other events that we can run as a board. We can’t wait to bring these to life and share them with you all!
Out of these discussion, it was decided that we will play around with the timing of our meetings. For our January meeting, we have decided to move up the time by 30 minutes. Cocktails and Networking will begin at 6 p.m. with Dinner starting at 6:30. We will see how this works for our members and then make a decision on permanently changing the start time.
Lastly, I just want to remind you to keep voting for our town to win the $50,000! Voting is open until December 10. Remember you can vote once per day per IP address, so keep voting as much as you can! Vote Here!

September General Members Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our dinner this past Wednesday. We had an excellent meal provided by Adam Brenner and a very informative presentation from a representative of the Ministry of Labour on Bill 148.
 We hope to have him out again when more changes are officially made by the new Ford administration to provide further clarity on employment standard issues.
At the meeting we also received updates on financials, and events that happened during out summer hiatus.
If you missed out on those events, don’t worry as October has a number of events planned!
October 6: Oktoberfest at the Legion
October 10: All Candidates Meeting at Community Centre on Jacob Street starting at 7:30
October 16: Business after 5 at Scran and Dram
October 24: General Members Meeting

Fantastic February General Members Meeting

We had a great discussion with the Mayors of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot — Sandy Shantz, Joe Nowak, and Les Armstrong. We got some insights into how each township handles downtown parking, downtown beautification, public transport and economic development in our communities. There was a great article in the New Hamburg Independent, which can be found here.
We mentioned the Living Well Festival at our meeting, but for those who could not attend…The 11th Annual Living Well Festival is being held at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on April 27th and 28th. Focusing on the promotion of Health and Wellness in our community, they are looking for vendors and sponsors. More information and applications can be found here.
Our next General Members Meeting is Wednesday, March 28th at the Community Centre. Look out for details to come!