Speaker Date Topic
Eva Wassef Jan 24, 2019
YMCA Youth Mentorship Program

 

Eva Wassef is the Mentorship Facilitator in charge of delivering the Mentorship Program at YMCA Immigrant and Employment Services in Waterloo Region. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Career Development and a Certificate of Job Development Professional. Eva has over 5 years of experience in providing employment services mainly to immigrants and refugees through various roles such as Employment Counselor, Job Developer and Mentorship Facilitator.

Eva is also a member of the Work Steering Group which is a part of the Immigration Partnership that is responsible for facilitating successful settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.

Eva is an immigrant herself. She immigrated in 2010 from Egypt and was able to successfully build a rewarding career in Career/Job Development.

Tiffany Rezende Jan 31, 2019
Canada Business Cup
Sue Ricketts Feb 07, 2019
Dindigul India Dairy Project

Sue is with the Guelph Rotary Club & Clubrunner & World Service Committee Chair

Valentines Day Social Event Feb 14, 2019
Spouses & Significant Others are Welcome, No Speaker
Dr. Kim Beaucage Feb 21, 2019
New Member "Who Am I" talk

Kim is sponsored by Paul T Cody

Janet McKelvey Feb 28, 2019
Project Leader, Orphanage Expansion in Sri Lanka

Janet McKelvey has spent 40 years involved with business and philanthropy. Her long-term business career was with Xerox Canada. Starting in sales in 1980, Janet's experience included executive positions in marketing, strategy, customer service, administration, communications and change management. Her final position was Vice President, Marketing until 1996.

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, Janet joined Canadian Tire as the Executive Director of its Foundation. From 1997-2003, she worked with the Corporation, Board and Associate Dealers to design and implement a new corporate philanthropic strategy and the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families. After this 5-year period, philanthropy was a core strategy throughout Canadian Tire and the Foundation was raising and disbursing more than $3.5 million to families in need in communities across Canada.

Throughout her business career Janet served on several Boards: Bishop Strachan School, Craigleith Ski Club and CDI Corporation.

Most recently, Janet has been focussed on volunteer pursuits with:

  • Developing and leading TRIP Canada

  • Toronto Public Library Foundation Board of Directors: Chair 2002-2012

  • Shaw Festival Board of Governors: Chair 2008-2010

Going forward Janet plans to commit herself to family, friends and growing TRIP Canada. Her interests include fitness, skiing, sailing, golf, reading and the family cottage with much time devoted to granddaughters Maddie and Sophie and grandson Finn.

No Speaker, Club Curling Bonspiel Mar 07, 2019
Steve Brand Mar 14, 2019
New Member "Who Am I" talk

Sponsored by Paul T. Cody

Alison De Muy Mar 21, 2019
Director, Strategy & Innovation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington
Greg Dorocher, CEO Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Mar 28, 2019
Update on the Cambridge Business Community

Greg Durocher – BIO

 

In his 19th year as President and CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Greg has had extensive service to his community. While in the private sector, Greg Chaired the Business Improvement Area, and for 9 years represented the Preston area of Cambridge as City Councilor. In 2000 he ran for Mayor and lost by 26 votes to Doug Craig in the closest mayoral race in Cambridge’s history.

 

During his time on Cambridge City Council, Greg chaired numerous committees, and for of his 8 years on Council chaired the City’s Budget Task Force Committee. Greg led Cambridge to 9 consecutive budgets of zero increase in taxes, his first official motion on Council was a 1% decrease in municipal property tax for the 1992 budget year. As a member of City Council, Greg brought forward new concepts in private/public partnerships like the Ice Park, YMCA/City Pool Partnership and developed the Core Area Patrol Program in partnership with the Business Improvement Areas.

 

Greg brought his exuberant and exciting personality to the Chamber when he joined. Increasing the membership from just under 700 in 2000, to over 1800 today and making the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce one of the largest Chambers in Ontario by membership and number 7 in Canada. Greg’s out of the box thinking and marketing concepts brought the Chamber to new heights and has made Cambridge an International leader in Chamber development. From National programs he developed like “Funny Money” a High School financial literacy program that in 2011 won The Best Unconventional Chamber Project in the World at the World Chambers Congress in Mexico City, at the time, the only Chamber of Commerce in North America to ever win an International Award. Cambridge was the first Chamber to adopt video technology, all geared towards communication with the membership as well as the community. He routinely video blogs for an international audience on business issues called “A Moment for Business” that is distributed to over 3500 Chambers around the world. He was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a global organization, as their International Chamber Executive responsible for international development of Chamber Professionals.

 

Greg is also on the Board of Directors of Drayton Entertainment an Ontario theatre company with 7 venues, Official Competition Judge for the World Chambers Congress and International Chamber of Commerce, and he is a Member of the Major Cities Council of ACCE North America.

 

In 2014 Greg was named Chamber Executive of the Year for Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. Greg was also a contributor to a Global Chamber paper called “Chamber 2025” a look to the future on what’s in store for business and Chambers in the next 10 years.

 

Greg is married to Lisa, they have 4 children. Greg and Lisa have a common hobby, working for the betterment of the Cambridge business community, a function they both enjoy very much, and they love spending time with family at their Cottage on Conestogo Lake. Greg’s only vice is his love for Golf, any chance he can get, which is not often enough from his perspective, you will find him on a golf course.

Karen Keeling Apr 04, 2019
New Member "Who Am I" talk

Karen is sponsored by Linda Breault

Joanne Leslie Apr 11, 2019
Community Living