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Barrie Chamber Board of Directors Nominees 2019

Friday, June 07, 2019

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is holding elections for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Ballots are currently in the mail. There are 19 nominees - listed in random order below with their bio.

Please send your completed voter ballot back to our office prior to 5PM on Tuesday, June 25th in order to have your vote count!



LESLEY DE REPENTIGNY, DriveWise – Lesley has spent her entire working life dedicated to improving safety in high risk occupations. After highly successful careers in the military and Aerospace industries, Lesley saw an incredible need to improve the quality of training in Road Safety training. She proved to be an industry disruptor with her innovative solutions, visionary approach, and passion for excellence. Her solutions were quickly embraced in both the B2B and B2C communities.

DAVE CARROLL, Meridian Credit Union – Dave is your friendly neighbourhood business banking advisor. By leveragingdiverse background including, accounting, information technology, and hospitality, Dave enjoys coming up with outside-the-box solutions for businesses within and around the Barrie market. For those whom remember “Cheers” – think of Sam ‘Mayday’ Malone, the very approachable and genuine guy, whom you sit across from, and finds solutions to problems. Someone who most importantly, remembers who you are and what’s important to you.

GRAHAM KNIGHT, Barriston Law LLP – Graham has practiced law here since 1980, specializing in commercial law, (including trade marks), and real estate. Founding director of Gilda’s Club and MacLarent Art Centre. He has fulfilled all administrative roles at Barriston, including Managing Partner. A strong Chamber yields rewards for the Barrie Area as well as its members. As the Chamber’s lawyer since 1995 he knows the Chamber and looks to contribute in a more business-oriented way.

ANDREW CHEWPA, BMO Bank of Montreal – Mr. Chewpa is a 25+ year banker, advisor, & business owner/operator, who has participated in many facets of the business trade cycle, and has an MBA Finance from Queen’s University. He has led a Corporate Asset Based finance group, an M&A Advisory Group, a Corporate Bank, and a Corporate Banking Group. Mr. Chewpa has excelled in various industries including Diversified / Manufacturing, Construction & Development / project finance, Forest Products, Agriculture, Ag Commodities, Fertilizer, Contracting, Infrastructure finance, & P3 project finance.

MARNI HEATHER, Wishes Concierge – 14+ years of experience in concierge hospitality, building a business that delivers ‘time’. Strong background in marketing & event planning that has already enriched Barrie Chamber activities through her term as Events Committee Chair. Marni has a reputation for being resourceful & extremely well organized, with a diverse network encompassing a wealth of resources. Likes to give back to the community in a volunteer capacity (Christmas Cheer, Food Bank, 12 Ladies in a Tent, 100 Women Who Care, Barrie Chamber Executive Board of Directors 2017-19).

CHRISTIAN KIELLER, Osmington Inc. - I was born and raised in Barrie and I am currently the Development Manager at Osmington Inc., a privately held real estate development and investment firm. My knowledge of real estate development, pubic policy, and business strategy are skills that would make me an asset to the Board of Directors. I have experienced the difficulties of conducting business in Barrie first hand and I am committed to making improvements so our City can grow to its full potential.

ANDREW GUBBELS, Padgett Business Services – 45+ years’ experience running own business or divisions of businesses. Notably turned around a failing telecommunications company to make it profitable at $5M+ annually. 10 years consulting for new Tech start-ups, providing engineering support, field support, planning, and technical proof of concept advice to many small companies. Purchased Padgett Barrie 4 years ago, and became active in BNI and on the Barrie Chamber Membership Committee.

TEENA SAUVÉ, Botree Inc. – Co-Founder and Sr. Advisor of Botree, Teena Sauvé is a driven entrepreneur with a diverse background. Starting her career in the armed forces, Teena has carved out a unique career path that has amassed her experience in healthcare, corporate management, business development, and not-for-profit. This plural skill set has led to her vocation, optimizing businesses through people and process. Teena seeks to lend her knowledge of strategy, efficiency, corporate/entrepreneur experience and advocacy to the Chamber.

NICOLAS KARAGIANNIS, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Business Development Manager. Nicolas is an experienced business financial strategist, former entrepreneur and Logistics Transportation specialist. The former Barrie Chamber Director (2018) currently helps business owners customize Financial Business Cash Management, Payment Systems, Foreign Exchange, Capital Expenditure, Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Foreign Exchange, and Capital Investment solutions. His 25+ years in Business Banking, Logistics Distribution, and Business Finance has helped him develop a diverse acumen. Nicolas holds a BA, a Communications Certificate and has been a Barrie resident since 2001.

MICHAEL STUART WEBB, Re/max Chay Realty Inc. – I am a Realtor who is committed to providing exemplary service to our community. Prior to entering the real estate profession, I worked in corporate finance and ran the Canadian finance offices for a large American public company. I believe that my knowledge of, and commitment to our community, as well as my knowledge and experience in corporate finance, would be of much benefit to the Chamber.

COLIN HASSEY, Hassey Property Group – I am a co-owner of Hassey Property Group, a family owned and Barrie based real estate, property management, and development company. I am acutely aware of the challenges small businesses face, particularly when dealing with government at the local municipal level. I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the advocacy efforts of the Chamber if elected.

AVERY KONDA, Tandempark – Avery is the Chief Community Engagement Officer with Tandempark, a civic engagement data company that is working to build strong, vibrant communities. Avery has a natural ability to connect with others, and has a strong passion for sales, community connection, and being involved in positive change in Barrie. His skills will help the chamber reach new businesses, and will be a great asset for networking events.

STEPHANIE GOURLIE, Discount Granite Plus – Stephanie has been a Barrie business owner for over a decade. As the co-owner of Discount Granite Plus, and owner of The Tile, Flooring & Design Co., she understands the struggles and joys of owning a business. She is active in charitable community activities, including Women & Children’s Shelter, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and Rainbows for All Children Canada. She empowers those around her to set & achieve goals, and is an innovative, strategic leader, and a team player.

SANDY TUCKEY (DAVIES), Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association – A very active member of our community. Previously served 4 years on the Barrie Chamber Board 2013-2017. Excels in client relations, marketing, human resources, fundraising, business building, budgeting, & strategic planning. Served on the Georgian College Marketing/Advertising Advisory Board 2012-2017, one of the judges for Barrie Business Awards 2018. Formerly Publisher/Director of Advertising at The Barrie Examiner (26 years with Barrie Examiner).

CHRIS ADAMS, Adams Hamilton – Chris teaches businesses how to scale & build growth that has not yet been visioned, using innovative digital marketing, funding, software, & technology approaches. His philosophy is that start-ups are built on great ideas, team structure, product strategy, execution, & agility, and that truly listening & understanding the needs of each customer & partner is crucial. These beliefs are core to the success of Adams Hamilton and his previous start-ups including gShift, Hot Banana Software, & cgk Technologies.

BOB LACEY, THM Group (Take-Hold Marketing) - Bob has been a Barrie resident and business owner for 35 years. 27 years ago he was a director of the Chamber and Chair of the Golf Committee for 3 years. 2 years ago Bob re-joined the Board, and took on the role of Golf Committee Chair again to help build up the event and to assist in strengthening the Chamber's overall growth, enabling us to further help our business community in becoming the best place to conduct business.

CHARLIE REGAN, Leadership Charisma Group – 30+ years’ corporate & entrepreneurial experience in the service industry. A Chartered Director with a track helping companies grow business with skills in areas such as strategic planning, human resources, technology, & managerial accounting. As a board member & volunteer of several not-for-profit organizations, I have experience advocating for companies, students, and those needing health care services. I am motivated to work hard to use my skills and experience on behalf of the membership to make a difference in the Barrie community.

TANYA SAARI, Century 21 BJ Roth Realty – I have my finger on the pulse of current economic trends/local issues through 8 years of entrepreneurial business development, knowledge of the real estate market, and as a candidate for Barrie City Council. I’m committed to improving membership experience as a member of the Barrie Chamber Membership Committee, and advocating for homeowner rights as a member of BDAR’s Government Relations Committee. I support our community by volunteering, fundraising, and marketing for Alzheimer’s Society and Easter Seals.

ANGELA WIGGINS, Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP – I am excited to put my skills advocating for employers to use as a member of the Chamber’s Board. I am a lifelong Barrie resident and my experience as a labour and employment lawyer, in assisting local employers of all sizes and types, will allow me to provide strategic direction and support to the Chamber as we work to make Barrie a great place to work and invest in.

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