Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Committees & Volunteers

The Chamber is fortunate to have a very dedicated army of volunteers who assist it in the achievement of its goals and delivery of its services to members. Some members contribute by serving on one or more of the Chamber’s Committees or working groups, while some assist the Chamber onsite at some of our major events. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the Chamber, please contact CEO Martin Sherris, ceo@kingstonchamber.ca

 


Committee Structure

The Chamber Committees can be grouped into three main categories: strategic, event and governance.

Strategic

Advocacy – guides the advocacy and policy work of the Chamber, including prioritizing issues and making recommendations to the Board on Chamber positions. Also oversees any sub-committees or working groups that are created to address particular issues or allow our members the chance to provide input on policy resolutions and advocacy actions.

Events – sets goals for our events and analyzes the results to ensure member value and engagement from our various programs, providing recommendations or ideas to the event committees as necessary.

Marketing & Membership – monitors the membership of the Chamber, reviewing and approving new members. This Committee also works on strategies and ideas to aid retention and membership growth, increase visibility and define the brand of the Chamber.

Event

Connect – The Business Expo – this Committee aids with the various aspects of the region’s largest business-to-business networking event, developing marketing and sponsorship strategies and providing input into the various operational aspects of the event such as exhibitor receptions, layout and schedule.

Chamber Classic – working to continually grow and enhance the Chamber’s longest-running event, this group oversees the RFP process for the selection of the course, develops sponsorship structures, and provides ideas and input into the various operational aspects of the event such as player gifts, meals and volunteers.

Gala & Business Achievement Awards – our annual showcase of local business success is helped by this group, which reviews the award categories, assists with the solicitation of nominations, and provides ideas for the various operational aspects of this event such as décor/theme, selection of venue and menu.

Governance

Finance – reviews the Chamber’s internal monthly financial statements and detailed financial information including the annual audited financial statements, and sets finance-related policies for the Chamber.

Nominations – comprised of Chamber Past Presidents/Chairs, this group reviews the composition of the Chamber Board to look for gaps in skills or networks, provides information to prospective candidates for the Board, and oversees the annual election process. It also provides recommendations to the Board about the composition of the Executive Committee, as well as Chamber Committees.


Joining a Chamber Committee

Our Chamber Committees are appointed each year by the Board of Directors. Chamber members who are interested in serving on a Committee can submit a request to ceo@kingstonchamber.ca. Your request should indicate which Committee(s) you are interested in joining, and an indication of the specific skills and experience you possess which would benefit the work of that Committee. Certifications, professional expertise, related experience and other information is helpful.

 


 

Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the Chamber recognizes one of its outstanding volunteers as the Volunteer of the Year. Below is a list of recent winners.

2014 - Penny Stefura, Union Gas Ltd.

2012 – Helen Mercedes Brown, Lia Sophia Jewellery

2011 – Paul Grass, Digital & Analogue Telephone Services

2010 – Sandra Muis, Enhanced Homes

2009 – Angela Recoskie, Four Points by Sheraton

2008 – Gerry Coady, Co Tal Co Inc.