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Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th for a webinar discussion about what businesses need to consider as the province opens up again, from the perspectives of three industry leaders.

Guest Panelists:

Joseph S. Mancinelli - International Vice President and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada, LiUNA

Anthony Longo - President and CEO, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

David W. Paterson - Vice President, Corporate and Environmental Affairs, General Motors of Canada Company

Joseph S. Mancinelli of LiUNA will speak about the overall concerns COVID-19 has caused for the construction and building industry, where they are now and what they are working on including an influx in infrastructure investment for economic recovery and man hours for their members.

Anthony Longo will speak about Longo’s approach to leadership and management during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the guiding principles which they have used to make decisions including Team Member and Guest safety and keeping the supply chain healthy and robust.

David Paterson will speak to how the GM Canada Oshawa plant is being set up as a production site for millions of much needed face masks, on the order of approximately one million per month. He will also address questions on the safety steps they are taking at GM as they get factories open again (starting this week) and how they are communicating to their employees, governments and media.

Organizations from all sectors and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to attend!

WHAT: Re-opening Ontario’s Economy

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: Online via Zoom

We look forward to having you and your colleagues join us for an insightful and important discussion.

Speaker Bios:

Joseph S. Mancinelli is the International Vice President and Central and Eastern Canada Regional Manager of LiUNA, the Labourers’ International Union of North America.

With over 130 000 members across Canada and half a million strong across North America, LiUNA is the most progressive, aggressive and fastest growing union of construction workers and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing various sectors across North America.

Mr. Mancinelli leads many of LiUNA’s entities including serving as Chair of the LiUNA Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada (LPF), named Canada’s 5th fastest growing pension fund by Benefits Canada. Established in 1972, the LPF is a Multi-Employer Pension Plan (MEPP) which continuously seeks out investments that provide long-term rates of return in order to maximize value while managing risk through diversification strategies. Investments include the Long Term Care, Hospitals, Courthouses, Transit Infrastructure, Hotels and more.

Under Joseph’s leadership, LiUNA has become a new face of Labour, working together with industry, private sector and government to build better communities, in partnership. Now more than ever we will need to work together, investing in essential infrastructure to rebuild our economy following the COVID-19 crisis. A strong advocate for worker safety, Joseph ensures that the health and safety of all workers remains of paramount concern and at the centre of all decision making.

Anthony Longo is President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc., a position he has held since 1998. Longo’s was established in 1956 and currently has 37 retail locations and an on-line grocery business – Grocery Gateway. Anthony is a keen volunteer board member to a number of organizations including The Food Marketing Institute, The Grocery Foundation, and Humber College Board of Governors. Anthony was born and raised in the Toronto area and graduated from Humber College with a Business Administration Diploma. Anthony and his wife Gay have three children, Thomas, Dayna, and Daniel. In his spare time Anthony enjoys golf, curling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

David Paterson leads Communications, Government and Environmental Relations for General Motors Canada and is a member of GM’s global Public Policy and Communications teams. His areas expertise and responsibility for GM Canada include international trade agreements, climate and carbon policy, electricity costs, vehicle GHG and electric vehicle regulations, safety regulation, cyber security, privacy, taxation, investment incentives, pensions, worker compensation, real estate, labour law and red tape reduction.

David is a past Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Canadian Motor Vehicle Association and the Executive of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council.

Prior to joining GM in 2014, he was Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy at BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) where he led global government relations and public policy. At BlackBerry he led a global team of 60 responsible for regulatory advocacy and engagement in 175 countries. Key issues included international market access, intellectual property, lawful access and privacy.

Prior to joining BlackBerry in October 2010, David was Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at Manulife Financial, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services companies.

From 2002-2009, David served as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of General Motors Canada Limited where he negotiated an $11 billion restructuring support agreement with Canadian Governments - one of the most challenging periods in the Company’s history. From 1995 to 2002, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at AGRA Inc., and post merger in the same role for AMEC plc, one of Europe’s largest engineering services companies. At AMEC, he managed corporate and investor communications, based in London, U.K. From 1990 to 1995, David led corporate and international government relations accounts at Hill and Knowlton Canada where he became Senior Vice President.

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Organizer Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business.

The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members. The OCC’s vision is to foster a vibrant and economically sustainable province that is driven by an innovative, successful and ever-expanding business community. From innovative SMEs to established multinational corporations and industry associations, the OCC is committed to working with our members to improve business competitiveness across all sectors. The OCC represents local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in over 135 communities across Ontario, steering public policy conversations provincially and within local communities.

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