WINNIPEG – May 22, 2020: The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce yesterday voted 100% in favour of its 2020/2021 proposed board slate at the 89th Annual General Meeting, the first ever “virtual” AGM (held live by webinar) in the organization’s lengthy history.

“The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is proud to present its slate of officers and directors for the coming year — a group of highly-qualified business and community leaders to be led by Chair Peggy May, CEO, Southport Aerospace Centre,” said Chuck Davidson, MCC President & CEO. “The pandemic has created unprecedented conditions for us all and we know this coming year is going to be a challenge like no other. We are fortunate to have a board that is deeply committed to our organization’s success and to Manitoba’s economic future. They will provide valuable leadership as we work to fulfill our mission to support members and the broader business community in navigating this new reality.”

Presenting the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce 2020/2021 Board of Directors:

OFFICERS
Chair Peggy May CEO, Southport Aerospace Centre Inc
Past Chair Paul Holden CEO, Education Canada Group (ECG)
Vice Chair Michelle Kuly Principal, Blueprint Inc.
Vice Chair Paul Provost President & Founder, 6P Marketing Inc.
Treasurer Kevin Ploegman Director, Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants Inc
Secretary Michelle Aitkenhead Community Market Manager, Winnipeg North, RBC Royal Bank
Legal Counsel Nicole Smith Associate, Pitblado LLP
DIRECTORS
Colin Bartlett Managing Director, Prairie Region, Rogers Communications
Mike Boucher Partner, Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte
Carolynne Cancade Chamber Executives of Manitoba & General Manager, Brandon Chamber of Commerce
Darin Downey President & COO, Gardewine
Alison Kirkland CEO, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada
Karly McRae Owner, Lakehouse & Wasagaming Chamber of Commerce
Priti Mehta Shah Managing Director, 49-97 Capital Partners & Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Judy Murphy CEO, Safety Services Manitoba
Justin Phillips CEO & Co-Founder, Sycamore Energy Inc.
Kyle Romaniuk Principal, Vantage Studios
Beverlie Stuart Associate Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
Dave Van Hooren Operations Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

 “The chamber network is more relevant now than ever before, and we must work together regardless of competition, sector, business size, or location to preserve Manitoba’s business community,” said Peggy May, Chair. “Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, running a medium-sized enterprise, or you’re a national employer, being part of this network provide access to support, cost-saving programs, and effective advocacy. The MCC has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic to promptly provide credible information, resources, and a level of confidence that we will get through this together. I am personally very proud to be leading this organization into the next chapter.”

The MCCs AGM also featured a heartfelt presentation from Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and a special message of recognition for Past Chair Paul Holden, who served as MCC Chair for the past two years.

“Our focus over the past year was to modernize the Chamber,” said Davidson. “We moved our offices; we held many successful events such as our business awards and highly-anticipated ministers’ and deputy ministers’ dinners; and we partnered with industry leaders on important initiatives like a retail crime summit, workplace mental health conference, and climate change action toolkit. We launched the 20-million dollar Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF) and our new Partners in Prosperity publication, and we’re busy finalizing new affinity programs, a redesigned website, and a new member management platform. The past year was a triumph for us.”

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 About Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, established in 1931, is the umbrella organization for Manitoba’s chamber movement. With a membership comprised of 71 local chambers of commerce as well as hundreds of direct corporate members, the MCC is Manitoba’s largest business lobby, representing almost 10,000 businesses and community leaders. #VoiceofBusiness #PoweroftheNetwork

Media:
Karen Viveiros, Director, Communications & Policy
204 955 4437
kviveiros@mbchamber.mb.ca