Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, June 22, 2008

• Canadian consul general to talk trade

• Waste Management named to ‘Most Ethical Companies’ list

• Kaua‘i appointees sworn in

• Kauai Realtors award scholarships

• Upcoming chamber events


Canadian consul general to talk trade

Canadian Consul General Marc LePage will discuss trade relations between Canada and Hawai‘i at a Global Links Forum July 1 on O‘ahu. LePage will also present an overview of the Canadian economy.

Canada visitor arrivals have shown consistent growth over the last year, despite declines in many other areas, particularly Japan.

“Canada has become an increasingly important visitor segment for Hawai‘i, and significant trade opportunities have opened up between Hawai‘i and Canada, especially with the strengthening of the Canadian dollar,” DBEDT Director Theodore Liu said. “Hawai‘i business interests should take a hard look at the opportunities in Canada.”

The event — sponsored by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council — will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

LePage was appointed consul general in July 2005 of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, with responsibility for Northern California, Nevada and Hawai‘i.

He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology and venture capital.

Registration is free but space is limited. To RSVP, e-mail Trinh Nguyenat cc@paachawaii.org or call (808) 944-7784.


Waste Management named to ‘Most Ethical Companies’ list

Waste Management, Inc. last week was named on Ethisphere’s second annual World’s Most Ethical Companies list.

The Ethisphere Institute — a think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of profitable best practices in global governance, business ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility — gave the award at the Ethisphere and Forbes joint conference. The list of World’s Most Ethical companies will also be featured in the Q2 issue of Ethisphere Magazine.

Waste Management operates the Kekaha Landfill on Kaua‘i as well as the West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill in Waikoloa on the Big Island.

It was named to the list because of innovative ideas that raised the bar among the competition and contributed to the public well-being, according to Ethisphere.

The research process included reviewing more than 10,000 of the world’s leading companies on six continents based on codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; activities to improve corporate citizenship; nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers; and consumer action group feedback and ratings.


Kaua‘i appointees sworn in

Kaua‘i residents appointed to serve on various state boards and commissions were sworn in last week by 5th Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe.

Gov. Linda Lingle appointed 48 individuals from Kaua‘i to serve on various state boards and commissions, including the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. board of directors and Kaua‘i Regional Board, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Board of Taxation Review, Cable Advisory Committee, Civil Defense Advisory Council, Environmental Council, Fiftieth Anniversary of Statehood Commission, Health Planning Council, Kaua‘i Aquatic Life and Wildlife Advisory Committee, Natural Area Reserve System Commission, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, State Council on Mental Health, and Wireless Enhanced 911 Board.

“Kaua‘i residents who volunteer their time and expertise to serve on boards and commissions are providing valuable public service that is improving government and enhancing the quality of life on Kaua‘i and around our state,” Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona said.

Nearly 1,300 people statewide serve on more than 160 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, state statutes or executive orders. This year’s appointees include 457 people from around the state.


Kauai Realtors award scholarships

The Kauai Board of Realtors this month awarded scholarships to 14 high school graduates.

While the board’s original plan was to offer five $1,000 and two $500 gifts, the number of applicants spurred the organization to raise more funds.

Local Realtors and affiliate members rose to the occasion and raised an additional $5,000 for the scholarship fund for a total of $11,000. This enabled the board’s Scholarship Committee to award scholarships to all 14 finalists.

The winners are: Tyson Chihara, Jolene Mariano-Hardy, Cierra Cummings, Kimberly Mayfield, Dylan Haight, Brycen Nakashima, Michael Julian, Kacie Pratico, Cara Koerte, Ian Ramos, Torri Law, Elizabeth Schiller, Carlos Maibeth-Mortimer and Bingxi Sun.

Each student completed a questionnaire on why they were applying and their future plans. Finalists were interviewed by the committee.

Awards were given based on academic achievements, applications and interview responses, presentation skills, financial need and community service.


Upcoming chamber events

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly membership meeting Thursday featuring keynote speaker Marsha Wienert, the state’s tourism liaison.

Next month, the chamber will offer its annual economic outlook, a free event for members. The talk will look at recent events and how they could impact Kaua‘i’s economy in the future. The breakfast event is set for 7:30 a.m. July 10 at JJ’s Broiler in Nawiliwili.

For more information on events, visit www.kauaichamber.org or call 245-7363.

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