AGM 2011: Frank Sottana Becomes Chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

May 15, 2011 | Chamber News

Part call to action, part vision, Frank Sottana’s banquet speech as incoming Chair focused on moving the MCC’s Great Jobs Agenda forward and leveraging the MCC website as a tool to help local chambers grow.  

Below is a brief bio and then a video of Frank’s banquet speech.   

Frank Sottana

Bio: Frank was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph and McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). He is married to Suzanne and they have two children, Mark (18) and Rachael (20). 

Frank has been employed with CIBC for over 25 years with most of his career spent in Southern Ontario (Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, Windsor, Sarnia to name a few).  He accepted a move to Manitoba as District Manager in 2002 and together with his family, moved to Winnipeg in September 2002.Frank is currently Vice President,CIBC, Winnipeg. 

Frank has enjoyed being active in the Communities in which he has worked. Here is a partial list of his past community involvement: Chairperson of the Lambton Hospitals Group (3 Hospitals, with a total operating budget of over $130 Million and over 1800 staff), on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way (Windsor, Ont) and has been involved in many different chambers and currently sits on the Board for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.   

Frank Sottana Sets Out His Vision for the MCC:

Thanks to our host, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and a special thanks to our sponsors; they helped make our AGM possible and the success it was (click on company title to access its website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro 


Rogers Communications

Chair’s Reception



Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Canadian National Railway

Tribal Councils Investment Group

Place Louis Suite Hotel

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba


Meyers Norris Penny

Victoria Inn

Maple Leaf

Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Imaginet Resources Corp

MTS Allstream

Procurement Services Branch

Southport Aerospace

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Lotteries

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Public Insurance


Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Corporate Supporter

PCL Constructors Canada

The Canadian Wheat Board

TD Merchant Services

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