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Get to know your Board nominees...

Monday, June 01, 2015

By now you should have received your voter package in the mail, and hopefully you've already started thinking about who you want to represent your business interests with the Barrie Chamber. We know that it's much easier to place a face than a name, so we wanted to put these brave faces in front of you to help you in your decision making. All of these people are current Chamber members, nominated by other members, who have put their names forward to serve their fellow members and help drive the Chamber forward. For ease of use, the nominees are listed alphabetically by surname.

All ballots must be received at the Barrie Chamber office by 5:00pm on Monday June 15th, 2015; our auditors will be counting the ballots this year, and announcing the new Board at the AGM on Tuesday June 16th, 2015 - event details are available at

Jenna Barkey

Jenna Barkey, Armour Technology Solutions Inc

As an active member of the Chamber for the last year, and as an individual in the "Gen Y" demographic, I would bring a fresh new perspective to the Board, and would welcome the opportunity to bring about growth and prosperity for the Chamber. My core skills includes sales, customer service, marketing, and social media.

Rod Blanchard

Rod Blanchard, Freedom 55 Financial - Rod Blanchard:

I have lived in Barrie for 25 years, have seen the city grow and develop, and would love to be a part of the Board. I help families and small businesses protect what's important and be prepared for events that may be a burden. Prior to this business, I was in management with The Source for 23 years.

David Brophey

David Brophey, CIBC Commercial Banking

I am an experienced Commercial Banker and have held progressively senior roles over my 10+ years. I am responsible for medium-large corporate relationships for CIBC Commercial Banking in the Simcoe Region. I am an active member of the GBCC Government Relations Committee, and moved to the region in 2013.

Sandy Davies

Sandy Davies, The Barrie Examiner

Director of Advertising at The Barrie Examiner. Active member of community & volunteering. Has served 2 years on Chamber Board ~ Chair of Marketing Committee, Co-Chair of Chamber Gala. Sits on board of directors with Home Builders’ Association for the past 8 years. Excels in client relations providing effective marketing solutions.

Patricia Dent

Patricia Dent, Grow Vantage

Patricia is the CEO of Grow Vantage, business mentor and certified coach who trains and supports entrepreneurs to effectively operate and grow their business. Co-founder, Small Business Connect; partner, The Creative Space. Experience includes marketing, communications, media, facilitation, governance and strategic planning/ execution from start-ups to large companies, including leadership roles. 

Sean Duffin

Sean Duffin, Sun Life Financial - D. Sean Duffin

First a Barrie resident in 1989, when I took minority ownership of a small equipment manufacturer. A UWO engineering graduate, I have over 30 years small entrepreneurial and large corporate sales/marketing experience. Until 2013, 19 years was spent developing Canadian, US, Asian, and South American markets for a US multinational.

Jim Fockens

Jim Fockens, Freedom 55 Financial - Jim Fockens

Jim Fockens has been in the financial Services Industry since 1989 working as a Director of Business Development. He has previous board experience with Advocis (membership and Vice President Roles). Jim has also been a board member of Oro Minor hockey for 10 years serving as president for 5 years.

Peter Hanney

Peter Hanney, Snow Valley Resort Ltd

Peter Hanney is the assistant General Manager at Snow Valley Resort, and owner operator of a contract food service company Centerfield Foods and its formal catering division Crystal Sands Catering. Peter was a former Chamber Board Member for nine years representing tourism.  He resides in Shanty Bay with his wife Lisa and their two boys.

Jim Hosick

Jim Hosick, Landmark Environmental Group Ltd.

Before founding LEG, Jim enjoyed a 20 year career in the municipal sector as a Municipal Planner and Landscape Architect. Experienced in senior management, strategic planning and economic development. Master’s degree in Public Administration and certificate in Economic Development. With a passion for small business, Jim serves on the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee.

Kris Hughston

Kris Hughston, Hughston Insurance Solutions

As an experienced Chamber Director, leader of the Events Committee, and full supporter of the entrepreneurial spirit, I continue to encourage others to follow, whether it be helping charities or businesses. This passion has made me a better business owner and more understanding of the ever changing needs of others.

Kate Klark

Kate Klark, Atrium Executive Limousine & Prince Tours

I am a motivated Real Estate Sales Representative, also licensed travel Agent. My career in Architectural Interior Design puts me in the driver seat of many Opportunities. My Goal is to advance and OWN my Real Estate Brokerage Firm soon. My Goal is to make this Chamber more FAMILY Oriented by initiating family programs.

Dave Moore

Dave Moore, Century 21 B.J. Roth - Dave Moore

Residential & commercial real estate sales & leasing. I want to use all my skills as a former contractor to give my clients that extra level of expertise. I use modern on-line marketing tools & one-on-one listening & mentoring.

Melanie Meade

Melanie Meade, Next Step

As an entrepreneur and life long learner with over 20 years in communication, Next Step was created with a desire to help business people find balance in all areas of their life. Professional, personal and private communications blend offering an eclectic vision with no limits. Together we shall embrace opportunity.

Paul Markle

Paul Markle, The Renwick Group

Paul brings 30+ years of management experience from a successful career with McDonald's & as a local business owner. Currently completing a successful one-year term on the Board, participating on the Strategic Plan & Membership Committees, & stepping up wherever else he’s needed. Incoming Special Projects Director of the Rotary Club of Barrie. 

Lori Martin

Lori Martin, Metroland North Media

Twenty-six years with the Barrie Advance has given editor-in-chief Lori Martin a unique perspective of the people and events that helped create this city. Through education, awareness, and discussion, Lori's passion for making Barrie a better place to live and work is a common theme in everything she tackles.

Denise Tucker

Denise Tucker, Barrie Olive Oil Co Inc

I'm a new business owner, having lived and worked in the Barrie area for 10 years. With 25+ years experience in marketing, media, professional development and management, I understand the importance of networking and connecting to building successful businesses. I am an enthusiastic, organized, energetic and innovative thinker

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