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.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
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.
BUSINESS AFTER FIVE
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.
SANTA CLAUS PARADE
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