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Mayor Lehman Swears in Barrie Chamber Board

Friday, September 18, 2015

Earlier this week, Barrie Mayor, Jeff Lehman, was a guest at the Barrie Chamber Board meeting to bring greetings from the City of Barrie, and to swear in the new Board. Mayor Lehman spoke about the priorities of Council, the intent of restructuring at City Hall in recent years, and the hope he has for further strengthening the Chamber-City partnership. It was a very positive encounter, and the Board are wholeheartedly looking forward to working more closely with the City of Barrie in the coming months.

2015-2016 Barrie Chamber Board of Directors

photo by: Louise Jones, Abby Hunter Photography

The 2015-2016 Barrie Chamber Board is made up of the following volunteers:


  • Stella Millis, President
  • Todd Tuckey, 1st Vice President
  • Suzanne Taylor, 2nd Vice President
  • Paul Markle, Treasurer
  • Sandy Davies, Secretary
  • Debbie DeCaire, Past President (non-voting)


  • Jenna Barkey
  • Patricia Dent
  • Craig Fowler
  • Peter Hanney
  • Jim Hosick
  • Kris Hughston
  • Lori Martin
  • Scott Sinclair


  • Steve Champ
  • Mike McCann
  • Joan McKee
  • Ken Montgomerie


  • John Pickard
  • Craig Stevens
  • Alison Smith
  • Chris Vanderkruys

This year's Board is already working hard on the core strategies below that were identified in the strategic plan that was presented at the AGM. If you have any feedback for the Board, ideas to add value to membership, and/or would like to volunteer on a committee, please feel free to email   

  • Engagement
    • Revitalized value proposition, redefined member benefits package
    • Relevant networking, workshop opportunities
    • Member-led initiatives via surveys, focus groups, ongoing feedback
    • Promotional tools which deliver measurable member value
    • Strategic partnerships which advance our mission
    • Enabling volunteers to serve as the catalyst for change
    • Mentoring, education and skills development programs
    • Social, charitable and environmental community advancement initiatives
  • Advocacy
    • Implementation of a model to monitor, manage, and communicate advocacy efforts and successes
    • Strengthen ties to strategic local partners – City of Barrie, Tourism Barrie, academic institutions, business associations, community groups, government agencies
    • Re-engagement with area manufacturing, industrial and larger commercial interests
    • Leveraging the strengths and resources of both the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce
  • Renewed Relevance
    • Revitalization of the Barrie Chamber image by leveraging core strengths – history of achievement, recognized leadership, growing credibility, diverse membership, dedicated volunteers
    • Comprehensive Communications strategy aimed at creating awareness, promoting benefits, accessibility, involvement; celebrating business success
    • Re-engineer and extend member offering – networking, advertising, affinity programs, mentoring, referrals, advocacy
    • Re-branding our image to reflect our commitment to this new reality
  • Effective Communication
    • Right message, right audience, right platform, right frequency
    • Continuous promotion and reinforcement of the Barrie Chamber brand, our accomplishments and a celebration of member successes
    • Position the Barrie Chamber as a forum for exchanging business intelligence and access to enabling tools and resources
    • Promotion of open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure focus and direction
  • Business Excellence
    • Effective operational governance through clear goals, roles and responsibilities of Chamber staff, volunteers, and Board to better reflect evolving needs of members and the business community; aligned with strategic direction
    • Proposed monetization of current office and relocation to more suitable business environment (re-invest proceeds to upgrade skills, tools and member resources)
    • Implement incentive-based objectives which are aligned with budget and business plan
    • Say what we mean, mean what we say

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