The Board of Directors of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) has selected Donna Backer as their new President and CEO.
A lifelong resident of North Bay with experience in both the private and public sector, Donna is not new to the organization. “Donna is no stranger to our Chamber as she has provided great leadership as interim President and CEO over the past many months,“ said Ryan Drouin, Chair of the NBDCC Board of Directors. “Prior to serving in the interim role, Donna was the NBDCC Director of Development, Policy & Communications since January 2021, where she over saw the development of new communication strategies and successful campaigns like Shop Local to bring awareness to support local business, working to implement the new Chamber Perks member discount program and has been an asset to the organization by maintaining a positive relationship with members and key stakeholders,” added Drouin.
Prior to her time at the NBDCC, Donna was a senior account manager with TWG Communications and Executive Assistant to MPPs Mike Harris and Al McDonald.
The NBDCC operates under four pillars to ensure the membership is engaged and benefits from the organization’s mandate to be the voice of business for the region. The pillars include: Advocacy, Connections, Growth, and Value. In partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the NBDCC can advocate at all levels of government.
The President and CEO has the responsibility for the operation and staff of the NBDCC as it involves programs, planning, working under the policy guidelines of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and acting in accordance with policies, procedures, and bylaws of the NBDCC.
“Thank you to the selection committee of the Board for having the confidence in me to take on this leadership position with the NBDCC” said Donna Backer. “I look forward to working with the board, staff and our great members of this long-standing Chamber to further the organization’s growth, continue to build partnerships, work collaboratively with key stakeholders and advocate fearlessly for business at all levels of government,” added Backer.
“With Donna’s experience, she will be able to lead the Chamber forward in developing and implementing new ideas and direction based on our pillars and provide the voice and services our membership needs,” said Drouin.
Donna will commence the new role effective Monday January 9, 2023.