Over the past three weeks, The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce has held its annual Board of Directors elections process.  A good cross section of our membership put their names on the ballot, for the election and voting closed last Friday @ 4:00 p.m.

On Monday, under the watchful eyes of scrutineers Councilor’s Derek Shogren and Daryl Vaillancourt, the 2018 Board was chosen and will be sworn in on December 14, 2017, by Mayor Al McDonald.  Thanks to our scrutineers and Patti Carr, V.P. of Policy at the Chamber, who are always quick to say yes, when asked to volunteer for just about everything.  It was a close race and that is a testament to the quality of people that make up your Board of Directors.

Completing their second year of a two year term, will be Vice Chair Charles Elliott, Elizabeth Evans,  Marc Rancourt, and Robert Deleo.  Paul Daigle and Andrea Silveri will both be leaving the Chamber Board this year due to family and work commitments and their input and advice at the Board level, will be missed.  To all of the 2017 members of the Board and Executive, thank you from our membership and staff, who truly recognize the effort and commitment that you all make, as volunteers.

After the election results were tabulated, we will see Chair Brad Gavan, Past Chair John Strang and Treasurer Jake Lacourse and Tanya Bedard from the executive, returning for another term.  Directors Peter Rooney and Thomas Brown (Young Professional ) are also returning as successful candidates.  Joining the Board for the first time, will be Nicole Bamford (Empire Living), Rebecca McGlynn (ONTC) and Melanie Rivard (Caisse Populaire, North Bay).  Election of the Executive for 2018 will also take place at this week’s Board meeting.  A good combination of Board-members, all bringing strong skill sets to the Board table.   Congratulations to the 2018 Board.

To all who allowed their names to stand for election, thank you for your continued support of what we do and why we do it.  Representing the business community and advocating on their behalf continues to be one of the primary reasons, the majority of candidates choose to run.  Reading through the individual biographies for each candidate, it is evident that they care about business, our district and improving it for the next generation.  2018 will soon be upon us and the Chamber is looking forward to an exciting year.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.