Ontario Business Community Launches Covid-19 Ontario Vaccination Support Council

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January 19, 2021


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Chamber’s New Council Stands Ready to Support Ontario’s Historic Vaccination Effort

(Toronto, ON –January 19, 2020) – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced today the establishment of the Ontario Vaccination Support Council, founded by close to 100 businesses, organizations, and the Ontario Chamber Network. The Council will leverage the businesses and organizations involved, representing hundreds of thousands of employees from across the Province, to provide support for Ontario’s historic COVID-19 vaccination effort with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic.

The Council will be co-chaired by James Scongack, Executive-Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Operational Services at Bruce Power and Garrick Tiplady, the Managing Director of Facebook.

“Today, we are pleased to launch the Ontario Vaccination Support Council with our partners at Bruce Power and Facebook Canada,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the OCC. “The faster the Ontario population is inoculated, the faster we can safely reopen and work together on the province’s economic recovery. Ontario’s business community stands ready to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and help drive our economic recovery in the future.”

The Council will bring together a diverse group of OCC members, representing a range of sectors, to share pertinent information and provide government with timely and evidence-based recommendations. The Council will:

  • Provide Ontario’s business community with a window into the Ontario Vaccine Distribution Task Force to share public health information; updates on logistics and distribution plans and seek input on non-health-related issues.
  • Consolidate a directory of capabilities and services within the Chamber Network that could be utilized and procured by government, hospitals and public health in the distribution of vaccinations.
  • Share policies, best practices and approaches with government to ensure the maximum participation of employers and their employees in vaccination efforts with a specific focus on being proactive and removing barriers.


“Now more than ever we need an ‘all hands-on deck’ approach to engage and support Ontario’s historic vaccination program with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic. While there will be challenges ahead in such a large and critical effort, the Council will bring together Ontario’s business community, leveraging their agility, capability, innovation, and engagement to ensure we face this challenge together as Ontarians,” said James Scongack, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Operational Services at Bruce Power.


Founding members of the Council include representatives from the following companies:

  • Abbott
  • ACS (Alcohol Countermeasure Systems)
  • Aboriginal Business Professional Association
  • Altria International
  • Americas Operating Plant Services
  • Arterra Wines Canada
  • AstraZeneca
  • Barrie Chamber of Commerce
  • Bausch Health, Canada
  • Belleville Chamber of Commerce
  • Biogen Canada
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Canada) Inc.
  • Birch Hill Equity Partners
  • BOMA Toronto
  • Brampton Board of Trade
  • BrightPoint Strategy
  • Brock University
  • Bruce Power
  • BWXT Canada Ltd.
  • Cameco Corporation
  • Camping In Ontario
  • Canada Life
  • Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association
  • Capital Power
  • Career Colleges Ontario
  • Centennial College
  • Coke Canada Bottling
  • Convenience Industry Council of Canada
  • Cumberland Strategies
  • DB2 Consulting Inc.
  • Desjardins
  • Diversity Institute
  • Drinks Ontario
  • Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO)
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • Enbridge
  • Facebook Canada
  • FleishmanHillard Highroad
  • Fragomen Canada
  • Framatome
  • GE Healthcare Canada
  • Gencity Consulting
  • General Electric Canada
  • General Motors of Canada Company
  • Golfdale Consulting, Inc.
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • GSK
  • Humber College
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Intact Financial Corporation
  • Internal Consulting Group
  • Jim Gray and Associates Inc.
  • Kinectrics
  • Lakeside process controls
  • LiUNA
  • Loblaw
  • Manulife
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • McKesson Canada
  • McTague Law Firm, LLP
  • Medavie
  • Medtech Canada
  • Medtronic Canada
  • Milton Chamber of Commerce
  • Mitacs
  • Northeastern University – Toronto
  • Nuclear Promise X Inc.
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • The Nuclear Waste Management Organization
  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • Ontario Waste Management Association
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Power Workers’ Union
  • Promation
  • PTAG Inc.
  • Select Wines
  • Seneca
  • Siemens Canada
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Spirits Canada
  • Sun Life
  • Uber Canada
  • University of Guelph
  • Waste Connections of Canada
  • Waterloo Brewing Company
  • Whirlpool Canada
  • WSP Canada
  • York University



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