As Guelph celebrates its 190th birthday during Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce spearheaded a project in partnership with thirty iconic Guelph organizations. We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to our city than capturing its uniqueness and beauty in the pages of a commemorative book.
The profiles of the various organizations that have generously contributed to the story we are telling depicts the vibrant and diverse nature of our community.Well known for its world class educational institutions, thriving business community, low unemployment rate and exceptional quality of life, the chamber is proud to showcase Guelph’s reputation as a caring community that supports collaboration, volunteerism, diversity and a vibrant arts, culture and music scene.
Rich in history, Guelph’s beautiful and eclectic downtown is the centre piece to a growing city with many different neighbourhoods, each with its own unique characteristics. Our public spaces and trail systems offer us endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and promote a healthy, active lifestyle.
Working with noted Canadian landscape photographer Richard Bain and Binea Press Inc., Guelph, Our Gift to Canada contains images that depict our historical past, and our thriving manufacturing, service, innovation, education and technology sectors. Guelph’s exceptional quality of life is portrayed through the beauty of our natural landscape, our prosperous downtown, and flourishing arts, culture and recreation communities.
The Chamber is honoured to have the foreward written by Canadian Business Hall of Famer Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation, Guelph’s largest employer. We are also thrilled to have John Sleeman, another celebrated local business leader, lend his thoughts on this project on the back cover. It is fitting to have iconic local landmark, The Bookshelf as the point of purchase for this commemorative book.
With Remembrance Day around the corner, it is fitting that the book is dedicated to Dr. William Winegard who served our country during World War ll as the youngest officer in the history of the Canadian Navy and later went on to serve our local community first as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph and later as our Federal member of Parliament.
As an organization, the Chamber of Commerce takes great pride in helping to tell the Guelph story both within our community and beyond. We believe Guelph – Our Gift to Canada, has the potential to inspire our community and to demonstrate why so many have chosen to call this special place home.