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 sat on several community boards in the Cobourg area before she moved to the Quinte area, and she continues to be 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 2017. Carol has been in the Insurance business for 29 years in total. She has been with McDougall Insurance for 15 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 volunteers as Treasurer for the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Sponsoring Committee for 608 Squadron and is very happy to continue to be a part of the best Chamber of Commerce Ever!!
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 2019. Brent was born in Scarborough and lived there for 20 years. He attended George Brown for Culinary management and started at the CN Tower. From there he was hooked, and worked in various roles around the world for Marriott Hotels & Resorts. He worked from smaller hotels to 5 star hotels, including the JW Marriott in Muskoka. After working in hotels & restaurants for 15 years, he decided to move into IT for Oracle and was the lead on Four Seasons, Fairmont & Marriott Hotels. He moved to Trenton in 2018 with his wife Jen, twin boys and their dogs and haven't looked back. They opened Parsons Cafe & Catering in April of 2018 .
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 2019 and previously served in 2014 & 2015. Kristina grew up in the Quinte area and realized her passion for business at a young age. With a keen sense for marketing, she chose to study Advertising at Loyalist College, graduating with the program’s top honor as well as awards in presentations and strategic planning. She has focused her career on roles related to marketing, strategic development, business management, and customer engagement. She loves helping entrepreneurs and small business succeed and is currently working with Scotiabank as a Small Business Advisor. She enjoys helping businesses reach their goals through advice, banking/investment strategies, and small business tools/resources. She is passionate about volunteering, and currently work with the Rotary Club of Trenton, the Quinte Young Professionals and other organizations involved with entrepreneurship, healthcare, and community development.
Elected to the QWCC in 2019. Matthew is a Commercial Account Executive at Whitley Insurance & Financial Services. Along with his wife Youra, and their two children Jackson & Avery they have been active residents of Quinte West for the past four years. He has been a member of the Trenton Kiwanis Club for the last three years, chairing the Quinte West Christmas float in 2017. Currently he is the president elect, chairing the 2019 Walleye World Fishing Derby and a Kiwanis representative for the Bay of Quinte Home Show. He joined the board as he felt it was important to be a part of the decisions that affect the community in which he lives and felt that he could be an integral part of the Chamber and help guide the business community with constructive feedback and new ideas.
Elected to the Board in 2019 and previously served from 2015 & 2016. Rick is a 24 year veteran of the Canadian military and currently multiple franchise owner of PropertyGuys.com. Along with his wife Donna, and their children Taylor & Logan, they have called Quinte West home for 25 years now since first arriving in 1993. He is a passionate family and business community leader and member, and enjoys representing all businesses in Quinte in matters that affect our business community and our quality of life in Quinte.
Elected to the QWCC Board in 2018. Ryan grew up in the Stirling area and eventually moved to Frankford. He continues to be involved in the Quinte West community as a Volunteer Firefighter with Quinte West Fire and a member of the Trenton Kiwanis Club. Ryan's background is in the Transportation sector as a mechanic and is the owner of Trident Group and 10-8 Equipment and Service. Ryan brings his fresh ideas as a young professional to the Board of Directors. His passion lies in working within his community and helping others. Ryan served for 5 years, 2 of which he was President with the John Howard Society in Belleville and he is looking forward to working with the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce as a board member.
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.