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 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 2014. Andre deVries has worked as a licensed Mortgage Agent since 2001, and in 2015 became the owner of Hewbrook Incorporated (mortgages) He gained valuable knowledge and experience working in the mortgage department of a major bank and trust company for 15 years prior to that. Andre currently holds the industry designation of Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP). He prides himself on providing professional and personalized mortgage solutions for clients in and around the greater Quinte area. Prior to serving on the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Andre has served on the council (directors) of his church, as well as on the board of directors of Quinte Christian High School , holding the position of chair person on both boards. Andre also has past volunteer experience with the Big Brothers and Sisters organization.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2012. Cindy got her start in the construction business working for her Father for 15 years. She started out at the ground level and worked her way up from shipping/receiving to accounting then customer liaison and eventually designing and consulting. After working for a couple of kitchen showrooms she dreamed of offering her clients more and decided to start her own company. She is also very busy with her second company Events by Cindy and organizes the Quinte Women's Show each April as part of the Bay of Quinte Home Show. Cindy volunteers on many of the Chamber event committees where she can use her knowledge and regional contacts to help them grow. Cindy loves working from home and says "a lot of my clients have become my friends and that tells me I am doing a good job!"
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 almost ten years. He currently provides payroll services for 120 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 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 2016. John Cairns is a prolific Motivational Speaker who is founder and President of Voice of Victory. Through a near death experience, John shares his story to aspire to inspire others towards personal and professional success. In 2014 he became Founder and Chair of Wheelchair of Hope Foundation which provides select mobility devices to those in need at no cost who otherwise would not have the resources of their own. John graduated from the University of Waterloo is both Social Development Studies program and the associate Social Work program. John is the Past President of The Rotary Club of Belleville, past Director with the Quinte Health Care Board of Directors & Belleville General Hospital Foundation and Past Chair of Volunteer Information Quinte. He is a recipient of Volunteer Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service, Rotary International Presidential Citation, and recipient of the Les Faludy Award of Leadership Excellence.
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. 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.