Elected to the QWCC Board in 2015. Paul started his career with The Co-operators in 1987 in Toronto. He moved to their Group Home and Auto division in 1990, spending 12 years in various positions including Corporate Accounts, Contact Centre Operations, and Marketing. In 2003, he moved back to The Co-operators head office to oversee individual marketing programs for Agencies. In 2006, he decided to move back to the sales side of the business by becoming an Agent in Kitchener. He transitioned his Agency to Guelph in 2007 and to Trenton in 2013. He has operated his own business since 2008 and is a Chartered Insurance Professional. His primary areas of focus include Life Insurance and Living Benefits; Commercial Insurance; Group Benefits; Insurance for the Voluntary Non Profit Sector.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2016. Amber Darling, Business and Investment Advisor with Trenval Business Development Corporation since 1994, provides assistance to new start-up and existing businesses in the Quinte area. Amber is a leader in the Community Futures (CF) Program, having received the first in Canada, CF Leadership Institute Professional Designation for Business Analyst. Amber is an APEC Certified Business Counsellor and has experience with small business ownership. Amber is a graduate of Loyalist College with multiple diplomas and has completed many certiciations in business and commercial lending and has recently received LEAN White Belt Certification.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2016. Lori has been Director of Finance at Trenton Cold Storage since 2008. Prior to that, she worked in construction, manufacturing and apparel distribution. Lori has a Business Administration Diploma from Durham College, a Commerce Degree from Laurentian University and is a CPA, CGA. Lori has sat on several community boards in the Cobourg area, where she continues to live, and is very involved in several animal rescue organizations.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2016. Carrie is a CPA, CGA and is the President and CEO of Quinte First Credit Union. Carrie has been with Quinte First for 11 years. As the CEO of the only locally owned financial institution in the Quinte area, Carrie understands the importance of local businesses and the opportunities that the Chamber presents to our community and local businesses. Prior to Quinte First, Carrie spent 7 years with Wilkinson and Company LLP. Carrie was born and raised in Belleville and is a graduate of Loyalist College.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2015. Mike has over 30 years experience in the construction business and Colasante's is more than just a window and door company. Their experience and workmanship has allowed them to expand over the years and they now offer clients interior and exterior renovations for the home. Mike has been extensively involved over the years with the Quinte West Medical Centre and many other community projects. This is his second time serving on QWCC board of directors and has been very involved in the Bay of Quinte Home Show formerly known as the Quinte West Home and Leisure Show.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2017. Carol has been in the Insurance business for 27 years in total. She has been with McDougall Insurance for 13 years and currently works out of the Trenton office. Her Industry designations include: Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) & Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB). She is happy to assist clients with their personal, commercial and life insurance needs. Carol has volunteered on the QWCC networking committee since 2015 and is looking forward to the challenge of serving on the board of directors.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2009. Dave is the owner of Quinte Payroll which has been serving the payroll needs of small and medium sized businesses in the quinte area for over 10 years. He currently provides payroll services for over 150 companies including service, retail, whole sale, manufacturing, professional offices and non- profits and is often called upon to give advice on government remittances and payroll legislation. Previous to starting Quinte Payroll, Dave worked in membership development with CFIB for 12 years. Dave is Past President of the Chamber and currently the Chair of the QWCC Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee, looking out for business issues at the local, provincial and federal levels
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2017. Having spent his life in the Bay of Quinte region, Jodie has a strong understanding of both the values of the people living in this riding and what the region needs to prosper. Jodie was elected to Belleville City Council in 2010 and served for four years as Councillor. He believes in a common sense and measured approach to policy decisions affecting the region and has demonstrated his ability to work collaboratively with all levels of government.
Jodie is a long-standing radio broadcaster in Eastern Ontario and was an on-air personality with Quinte Broadcasting early on in his career. He currently is the GM of Oldies 100.9 in Brighton and is the creator of “The Golf Guy” radio show which has a loyal following of listeners throughout Ontario.
Jodie and his wife Shauna live in the Quinte region with their 3 year old daughter, Jacobie and their son Jubal, who is 5 months old.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2018. Jody has been with Kawartha Credit Union for the past 7 years and has been the Trenton Branch Manager for the past 3 yrs. Member service excellence is one of Kawartha Credit Union’s values and providing this same service level commitment to the Quinte West Chamber membership is very important to Jody. Prior to joining Kawartha Credit Union, Jody acquired 9 years with RBC Royal Bank in retail and commercial banking and 5 years with Business Development Bank as Commercial Account Manager (BDC). In addition to these employment experiences, Jody is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Trent University and is a previous Rotarian with the Cobourg Rotary Club. All of these experiences allow Jody to understand both the needs of small business and the people within the communities they serve and she looks forward to an exciting, challenging term on the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2018. Kelly has been a marketing executive and graphics designer for more than twenty-five years, specializing in the sports and hospitality sectors since 2002. She been involved with the Ontario Junior Hockey League for 15 years and was an OJHL “Executive of the Year” runner-up. In 2016, Kelly became marketing manager for Cobourg’s Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) and received an award from the town for her charity work. Her background includes IT, and Kelly is also an award-winning creator of software for several large companies, including Global Total Office (Global Upholstery Canada and the USA), Global Upholstery UK Ltd., Basics Office Products Ltd., and Sears Canada. An entrepreneur since the age of twenty-four, Kelly and her partners launched Bay of Quinte Total Sports magazine in March 2017, it’s a locally-based print and online publication covering sports and wellness in the region. Kelly is thrilled to be back to her roots in her hometown of Trenton and excited for her role on the Board with Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2016. Zach grew up in Napanee but now lives in the Quinte area and works at Wild Card Brewing Company in Trenton. This is the first board of directors he has been part of and brings with him some fresh ideas and the business perspective of a younger professional. He attended Brock University and later Queen's University where he majored in History. His interests lie in Golf and Politics and follows US politics and both the Federal and Provincial Governments avidly. He also has a keen interest in the issues facing Ontario businesses and takes an active role on the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee. He looks forward to learning more about how the organization is run and during his tenure on the board and wants to help to continually expand the chambers presence in the community.