Milton’s Economic Recovery Task Force continues to address the town’s economy and future needs in a post-COVID landscape.
This past meeting, the task force were joined by the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce for their most recent meeting. Beatty highlighted the Canadian Business Resilience Network’s work being undertaken for businesses to prepare, preserve, and prosper. “Chambers play an incredibly important advocate role that will be essential as we recover from COVID-19,” Mayor Gord Krantz said.
Richard Bolton, Senior Consultant, Centricity360, joined the meeting to share information about Milton’s Micro Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procurement Portal’s expansion to address the needs of the business community as they begin to re-open. “The pivot of the portal to now also support the business community has been key for many of our businesses to re-open,” said Scott McCammon, CEO, Milton Chamber of Commerce. “We encourage businesses to visit the portal to learn more about how they can play a role or secure PPE.”
Roundtable members then shared their experience to date on how they’ve adapted during the pandemic, addressed health and safety measures in re-opening, continued operations through innovation and technology, and ongoing challenges to address such as child care and coop opportunities for students.
Task force members also expressed the need for additional, current data on the COVID-related impacts on local business.
Local Logistics company DSV Air and Sea Canada talked about challenges posed by being an essential service. “We, like so many other businesses large and small, have navigated through the set-backs to find opportunities. We have adjusted to the changes, challenges and reassessed our priorities and business model to best align with client needs and market demands. While we too have felt the changes across all facets of our business, we’ve also become better for it.” DSV Air & Sea Canada Martin Roos said.
The task force convenes regularly to focus efforts on strategies for a post-COVID economy in Milton, and provide recommendations to Town of Milton staff.