Brampton Board of Trade

The Brampton Board of Trade is a business organization founded in Brampton, Ontario, in 1887.[1] It engages in government lobbying, member discounts, and networking. It previously organized the Brampton Santa Claus Parade (1985-2017).[2][3]

Brampton Board of Trade
TypeChamber of commerce
Legal statusNon-profit
Headquarters36 Queen Street East, Suite 101,
Brampton, ON L6V 1A2
Canada
Coordinates43°41′20″N 79°46′23″W / 43.68889°N 79.77306°W / 43.68889; -79.77306Coordinates: 43°41′20″N 79°46′23″W / 43.68889°N 79.77306°W / 43.68889; -79.77306
Region
Ontario
CEO
Todd Letts
Chair: Donna Fagon-Pascal, Vice President Human Resources, Communication and Public Relations, Dynacare
Websitewww.bramptonbot.com
Formerly called
Brampton-Chinguacousy Chamber of Commerce

Joe Spina served as an Ontario MPP from 1999 to 2003, after his time as BBOT President.[4]

The Board's archival fonds is at the Region of Peel Archives, with records from 1909 to 1919 and 1947 to 1973.[5]

HistoryEdit

  • 1887 - founded and lapsed shortly after election of officers
  • 1890 - founded
  • 1897 - ceases operations
  • 1903 - founded
  • 1921, 1923–1947 - dormant
  • 1947 - revived as Brampton Chamber of Commerce
  • 1964 - amends name to Brampton and District Chamber of Commerce
  • 1974 - The Regional Government was formed and re-incorporated as The Brampton Board of Trade. Operated the motor vehicle licensing bureau from 1974-2015.
  • 1985 - Revived the Santa Claus Parade as a nationally acclaimed night parade.
  • 1997 - Won Ontario Chamber of Commerce award for communications.
  • 1997 - Welcomed Maria Britto as the first female president.
  • 2000 - Assisted with the recruitment of Chrysler, Brampton’s largest employer at the time.
  • 2004 - Successfully advocated for the extension of Highway 410 through Brampton.
  • 2004 - Launched the “Save Our Hospital” campaign and continued healthcare advocacy for Peel Memorial.
  • 2014 - International trade advocacy and market development are supported by the mission to Turkey.
  • 2015 - Launched the Prosperity Roundtable and agenda to boost key economic drivers.
  • 2015 - Became a founding member of Canadian Global Cities Council, a coalition of business communities in Canada’s nine largest markets.
  • 2016 - Recognized as #1 business association and networking organization in Brampton.
  • 2016 - Became a founding member of Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council.
  • 2017 - Joined World Trade Centre – Toronto’s first mission to the United Arab Emirates.
  • 2017 - Established Top 40 Under 40 initiative to showcase Brampton’s talented workforce.
  • 2018 - Successfully advocated for reducing city property tax increases (frozen 2018-2020).
  • 2019 - Re-accredited with the standard of excellence by the national accreditation council (with distinction). 
  • 2019 - Hosted Chamber Executives of Ontario Conference.
  • 2019 - CEO Todd Letts was named to Governing Council, World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • 2020 - Collaborated with Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery to provide essential business guidance through global pandemic.
  • 2020 - Advocated for Two-Way, All-Day GO train service which led to our CEO’s appointment to the Minister of Transportation’s Business Advisory Council on Transit in the Innovation Corridor.
  • 2021 - The Brampton Board of Trade held the 4th Annual Canada's Innovation Corridor Summit, exploring key issues associated with the theme of Disruption.
  • 2022 - The Brampton Board of Trade was selected to host the Ontario Chamber of Commerce's 2022 AGM & Convention. This event represents one of the most significant opportunities for business leaders from across the province to network with peers, debate Ontario business policy issues, and shape our future advocacy agenda.

ProgramsEdit

SpeakersEdit

The organization has hosted many notable speakers, most recently hosting Party leaders prior to the 2022 Provincial election: Steven Del Duca (Ontario Liberals), Mike Schreiner (Green Party of Ontario) and Andrea Horwath (Ontario NDP).  Each February, the Board of Trade hosts the State of the City, where the Mayor of Brampton and Chair of the Board share their priorities for the year ahead. As part of the View from the Top series, Brampton Board of Trade CEO Todd Letts spoke with Dr. Mohamed Lachemi Professor, President and Vice-Chancellor at Ryerson University on October 21, 2021.  In April 2021, Todd Letts and Chair Michelle McCollum hosted Joe Jackman and Bob Peacock of Almag Aluminum to speak about succession planning and overcoming adversity and business challenges.  The Board also hosts Minister visits, hosting the Honourable Steve Clark Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, who was joined by the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria and MPP Amarjot Sandhu, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure on October 27. 2021, prior to that they hosted the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport on April 29th, 2021. They have previously hosted federal Small Business Minister Tony Abbott,[6] Chrysler Canada CEO Reid Bigland,[7] Ontario Premier Bill Davis,[8][9][10] Canadian Alliance party leader Stockwell Day (who announced a timetable for merging with Progressive Conservative party),[11] Prime Minister Stephen Harper,[12] Ontario Premier Mike Harris,[13] Chrysler Canada president Yves Landry,[14] Reform Party leader Preston Manning,[15] Ontario Minister of Agriculture William "Bill" Newman,[16] Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng,[17] Ontario Premier David Peterson,[18][19][20] federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan,[21] and Minister of Finance Michael Wilson.[22]

Policy positionsEdit

The Board supported the Charlottetown Accord (1992).[23]

Brampton Santa Claus ParadeEdit

Brampton's Santa Claus parade stopped in the mid-1970s. In 1985, the Brampton Board of Trade started planning a Santa Claus parade for 1986; simultaneously, the Jaycees were intending to start a parade in 1987. With City co-operation, the Board's parade launched in 1986, with Jaycee assistance in marshalling.[24] That year's program was announced to include forty community entrants, sponsored by companies,[24] but ended up with 52 units.[25] In recent years, it has included over 100 units.[26] The parade moved to a "night parade" format in 1995.[27]

The parade route has expanded from Vodden to south of Wellington Street (1986)[24] to Sproule to south of Elgin Street.

The parade typically happens a week before the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.

The Board claims an in-person attendance of 160,000 (2012).[26] It claims to be the largest single-day event in the Regional Municipality of Peel, and the largest night parade in Canada.[26] The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has named the parade as the Best Community Lighted Parade in Canada.[26]

The program was broadcast on Rogers TV Brampton, which claimed viewership of over 250,000 between live and repeat broadcasts.[27]

The Board of Trade stopped hosting the parade in 2017, and it is now run by the Lions Club of Brampton.

PeopleEdit

Chairpersons of the BBOTEdit

From 1887 to 2011, Chairs were referred to as Presidents of the BBOT.

  • 1887, K. Chisholm
  • 1890–1896, E.O. Runians
  • 1904–1906, John H. Boulter
  • 1906–1907, T.W. Duggan, later mayor (from Dale Estates Limited)
  • 1907, E.S. Anderson
  • 1907–1911, G.L. Williams
  • 1911–1914, John H. Boulter
  • 1914–1917, R.H. Pringle
  • 1917–1919, F. W. Wegenast, later mayor
  • 1919–1920, G.W. McFarland
  • 1922, James Martin
  • 1948–1949, F. Gordon Umphrey
  • 1950, Cecil Carscadden
  • 1951, William Robinson
  • 1952, Frank Richardson
  • 1953, C.G. Patterson
  • 1954, Joe Racine
  • 1955, Emerson McKinney
  • 1956, William Watson
  • 1957, William Coupar
  • 1958, William Robinson
  • 1959, Lloyd Denby
  • 1960, Stan Stonehouse
  • 1960–1961, Harold Knight
  • 1961–1962, Cecil Chinn
  • 1962–1963, Edward Ching
  • 1963–1964, Sam Charters
  • 1964–1965, Douglas Brown
  • 1965–1966, Gordon Vivian
  • 1966–1967, Stan Eisel
  • 1967–1968, J.A. Carroll
  • 1968–1969, Ronald Rider
  • 1969–1970, Richard Boyle
  • 1970–1971, R.C. Harvey
  • 1971–1972, Hank Sawatsky
  • 1972–1973, Peter Montgomery
  • 1973–1974, Watson Kennedy
  • 1974–1975, G.W. (Joe) Harley
  • 1975–1976, A.D.K. Mackenzie
  • 1976–1977, Harry Lockwood
  • 1977–1978, Don Crawford
  • 1978–1979, John Logan (from John Logan Chevrolet-Oldsmobile)
  • 1979–1980, Terry Champ
  • 1980–1981, Jim Phair
  • 1981–1982, Marty Hughes
  • 1982–1983, Earnie Mitchell
  • 1983–1984, Keith Coulter
  • 1984–1985, Bruce Carruthers
  • 1985–1986, Robert Bell
  • 1986–1987, Dennis Cole
  • 1987–1988, Lou Duggan[28]
  • 1988–1989, Wally Rudensky
  • 1989–1990, Joe Spina, later an MPP
  • 1990–1991, Al Brannon
  • 1991, Lewis Wagg[29]
  • 1991–1992, Jack Coughlin[30]
  • 1992–1993, Jim Inglis[30]
  • 1993–1994, Paul Howlett
  • 1994–1995, Blaine Mitton
  • 1995–1996, Bob Nutbrown
  • 1996–1997, Bryan Dawson
  • 1997–1998, Maria Britto
  • 1998–1999, Ken Hay
  • 1999–2000, Heather Picken (from Lawrence, Lawrence, Stevenson LLP)
  • 2000–2001, Adam Nowak
  • 2001–2002, John Sanderson
  • 2002–2003, Robert Peacock
  • 2003–2004, Michael Collins
  • 2004–2005, Mitch Robinson (from ScotiaMcLeod Inc.)
  • 2005–2006, Michael Luchenski (from Lawrence, Lawrence, Stevenson LLP)
  • 2006–2007, Wayne Waters
  • 2007–2008, Linda Ford
  • 2008–2009, Carman McClelland
  • 2009–2010, F-Charles Waud (from WaudWare Incorporated)
  • 2010–2011, Stephen Rhodes
  • 2012, Jim Schembri
  • 2013, Glenn Williams
  • 2014, Susan Crawford
  • 2015, Jaipaul Massey-Singh
  • 2016, Badar Shamim
  • 2017, Evan Moore
  • 2018, Heather Strati
  • 2019, Manpreet Mann
  • 2020, Vanessa White
  • 2021, Donna Fagon-Pascal

Brampton Business Person of the YearEdit

  • 1978: Emerson McKinney
  • 1979: Charles Armstrong
  • 1980: William Pickett
  • 1981: Carl Dalli
  • 1982: Max Rice
  • 1983: G.W. (Joe) Harley[31][32]
  • 1984: Marie and Joseph Colbacchin
  • 1985: John Logan[33]
  • 1986: John Mills
  • 1987: David Dickson M.D.[28]
  • 1988: Harry Lockwood[34]
  • 1989: Donald Crawford
  • 1990: Robert Bell
  • 1991: Ruth Sharpe[35][36]
  • 1992: Jeff Kerbel[37]
  • 1993: John Cutruzzola
  • 1994: Al Brannon
  • 1995: Bill Graham
  • 1996: Lou Duggan[38]
  • 1997: Bob May
  • 1998: Roger Peddle
  • 1999: Ignat Kaneff[39][40]
  • 2000: Mike Cuttle[41]
  • 2001: Chris Butcher
  • 2002: Maria Britto[42]
  • 2003: John Sanderson[43]
  • 2004: Bryan Dawson
  • 2005: Bill Strachan
  • 2006: Scott Goodison
  • 2007: Neil Davis[44][45][46]
  • 2008: George Chiu[47]
  • 2009: Doug Munro[48][49]
  • 2010: Vlad Stritesky[50]
  • 2011: Rob Filken
  • 2012: Linda Ford[51][52]
  • 2013: David Sharpe[53]
  • 2014–15: Bob Peacock[54]
  • 2016: Heather Picken[55]
  • 2017: Mohamad Fakih[56]
  • 2018: Robert Bedard<[57]
  • 2019: Richard Prouse, lawyer, Prouse, Dash & Crouch, LLP[58]
  • 2020: William E. Johnston, Bramgate Automotive Inc. president[59]
  • 2021: Vito Ciciretto, President & CEO, Dynacare
  • 2022: Heather Strati, Partner, Deloitte

Lifetime members of BBoTEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Urquhart, Ian (4 December 2000). "Tories revive 'family values'". The Record. Kitchener ON. p. A07. An arch right-winger and a former president of the Brampton Board of Trade, Spina got eight to 10 calls from businessmen, including his own chief fund-raiser, demanding to know what he was up to. Spina told them he was quoted out of context. As a pre-emptive move, he faxed the full text of his remarks from Hansard to several hundred people on his mailing list.
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