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This committee acts as liaison with groups and all levels of Government, most importantly - Municipal, as well as, Provincial and Federal. This committee also coordinates All Candidates nights for all levels of government when an election is called.

An active and exacting committee who continually strive to recognize the contribution industry and the retail trades make to the economic success of our community. This committee is responsible for the "Business Achievement Awards" presented at the Annual General Meeting held the last Thursday in February each year.

There are nine Business After Five social/networking events booked by various businesses. They take place in February, March, April, June, September, October and November. The Managing Director/Harbour Master coordinates an additional event for the Port Opening Ceremonies in May. There is a strong demand to host these great events.

Event coordination begins in October in preparation for the Perch Festival which falls during the three week period ending the second Saturday in May. It is a family oriented event and brings thousands of fishermen and their families to our area at an otherwise "soft" season. Economic impact measures in the two million dollar range.

Day to day operations are managed by the Managing Director/Harbour Master in cooperation with the Executive Committee. We provide summer jobs for 8-10 local university and senior high school students. The Chamber generates much needed revenue from the implementation of our special events. Your volunteer assistance is always welcome.

A superb and sustained effort to bring happiness to area children of all ages by means of a wonderful Santa Claus Parade. This committee raises its revenue from local business sponsorship and due to the benevolence of our business community and the continued dedication of committee members, the event operates on a break-even budget. Lots of opportunity to share the load here.


2009 Board of Directors

Kellie Beasley, HGR Lawyers
Pete Bowen, Saturday Afternoons/DOMB
Simon Bradford, O.P.P.
Ellen Cohen, Sandcastle Solutions
Dwight Evans, Township of Oro-Medonte Appointment
Ian Crichton, Severn Township Appointment
Doug Downey, Lewis Downey Toronosky Lassaline & Timpano
Fred Fallis, Georgian College Community Studies
Mark Goode, Mark Goode Mortgage Architects
Doug Johnston, Ron Johnston Insurance Ltd.
Lolly Kensit, Chippewas of Rama Appointment
Susan Lang, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce
Al Langman, Stone Gate Inn
Sherry Lawson, Casino Rama Appointment
Paul Leskew, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Appointment
Jed Levene, Georgian Bay Financial Inc.
Dave Love, Orillia Manufacturers' Association Appointment
Perry Maksymiw, Century 21 Don Campbell Real Estate
Erika Neher, Ramara Township Appointee
Shawn Nugent, Orillia District Construction Assoc. Appointee
Karen O'Coin, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Chris Pauze, Grant Thornton LLP
Lee Pigeau, Lakehead University Appointee
Dale Porochnavy, CIBC
Paul Sheridan, Sheridan Seating Inc.
Dan Stoutt, Orillia Real Estate Board Appointee
Gini Stringer, Sunshine Carpet & Flooring
Mike Tucker, Home Hardward Building Centre


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  • Orillia Hyundai
  • Assante Wealth Management
  • Orillia and District Veterinary Services
  • Highwayman Inn
  • Georgian College
  • Orillia Motor Sports
  • TK Pest Control
  • Orillia Business Women's Association
  • Couchiching Conservancy
  • Orillia Power Corporation
  • Ron Johnston Insurance
  • Orillia Precast Concrete
  • Comfort Inn Orillia
  • Raney Building Supply
  • Orillia & District Construction Association
  • Downtown Orillia
  • Ultimate Bath Systems
  • Meineke Car Care
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Crawford, McLean & Anderson LLP
  • Orillia Trim and Door
  • HGR Graham Partners LLP
  • Lake Country Office Solutions Inc.
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • City of Orillia Economic Development Office
  • Mark Goode Mortgage Man-Dominion Lending Centres
  • Lakehead University
  • RDR Marine
  • Orillia's Floor Fashion Centre
  • Cockburn Refrigeration
  • True North Wealth Management
  • Home Hardware
  • BDO Canada LLP
  • McLean & Dickey
  • Econo Lodge
  • Comfort Inn Orillia
  • Northern Business Equipment
  • Mundell Funeral Home
  • Rockwater Wealth Management
  • B & B Climate Care
  • Pixels 'N' Print
  • Couchiching Conservancy
  • Industrial Park Collision
  • Days Inn Orillia
  • The Villager
  • Sunshine Carpet and Flooring
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Sunshine 89 (Bayshore Broadcasting)
  • Morton Metals
  • Turf King Orillia
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