Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Current Board Members

Donna Glasspoole

CHAIR

Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC)
Capital Campaign Coordinator/Communications

After 30 years working in the media, in television, radio and newspapers, Donna has ventured into the not for profit sector with Kingston Community Health Centres. KCHC has just launched their Capital Campaign to raise $1.5 million dollars in the community through 2014.  All three of Donna's children work in health and mental health sector and it was time to join them. She has made Kingston home since 1984 with her husband Lorne Matthews Glasspoole.In the early part of her career, Donna also was a small business owner.

Donna became involved with the Chamber through a partnership to launch a new Business-to-Business monthly publication called Kingston Business Today. She looks forward to contributing her expertise to the Chamber Board.

 


 

Jennifer Baker

1ST VICE CHAIR

Jennifer Baker Consulting
Owner & Social Media Trainer

Jennifer provides social media training and consulting services to businesses of all sizes. She goes beyond explaining the importance of social media and gives her clients the skills and confidence they need to attract and retain customers. Through careful attention to each client’s needs, time constraints, and skill levels, Jennifer trains individuals to make social media work for their business.  She is also a part-time instructor at St. Lawrence College, facilitating hands-on social media courses for businesses.

Jennifer joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors for the opportunity to make a difference in her business community.


Melody Knott 

2ND VICE CHAIR

TD Canada Trust
Small Business Advisor    

Melody is a born and raised Kingstonian living in the west end with her
husband, son and daughter.

Melody grew up in a local small business operated by two entrepreneurial parents. Eventually she had the opportunity to start her career at a local company for which she was able to tap into a variety of different roles from book keeping and administration to purchaser, general manager, special operations coordinator, project manager and leaving the organization as Director of Finance.

After over eleven years Melody shifted her focus and joined TD Canada Trust, where today she is dedicated to helping local businesses and business owners continue to be successful by providing advice, products and/or services that will align with the strategic plan, financial goals and operational objectives of the organization.


Richard Dobing

3RD VICE CHAIR

Strategic Insurance & Insurance Services Ltd.
Employee Benefit Specialist

Born in Kingston, Richard has spent his life attending school, working in and supporting his community. He’s an Employee Benefits Specialist at Strategic Benefits & Insurance Services Ltd.

Prior to this; Richard worked at Empire Life in the Employee Benefits divisions. Richard supports his community, serving on multiple boards, including the Loyalist Branch-St John Ambulance, and was Director of Service Projects for the Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club.

Strategic Benefits & Insurance Services is a member of the Chamber, Sustainable Kingston, Kingston Construction Association, Kingston Home Builders Association and Peterborough & The Kawartha Home Builders Association. A husband, father and recent grandfather, Richard believes family comes first. Kingston is about local families working together toward a common goal, “to ensure we all succeed”!


Anthony Agostino

PAST CHAIR

Viva Productions
President & CEO

Anthony may be best known as a former television host and producer, but for nearly nine years, he has operated Viva Productions. In 2010, he left the media to focus on his company full-time, working with the private and not-for-profit sectors to provide television and video production, editing, motion graphics, animation, and media training services.

Professionally, Anthony is most proud of the fact that what he loves to do - producing video content – benefits clients throughout Ontario.

Anthony joined the Chamber because of his belief in the passion of businesses and entrepreneurs and the drive to make Kingston a greater place to live and work. As Director, Anthony will help ensure the Chamber effectively communicates its mission to become the voice of business in our community and member organizations thrive and grow together.


John Henderson

DIRECTOR

Henderson Total Maintenance Ltd.
President

Since arriving in Kingston in 1986 John has enjoyed raising his family and living in what’s been described as one of the best places to live in Canada. During his time here he has owned two businesses with one of them, Henderson Total Maintenance Ltd. celebrating its upcoming 25th anniversary in 2016.

John was fortunate to have a mentor and realized how important it is to make that same decision to help out whenever possible. As a result of that philosophy, John has served on two terms with the Chamber board and was 2009 President. Each of the last 6 years, John set aside time to participate as a mentor with the KEDCO summer company program.

Committee work is also a large part of John’s daily life and he currently sits on various committees for the Kingston Construction Association is the incoming 3rd vice for the Kingston Home Builders Association. John would be honored to serve again and continue to work with Chamber members to build our businesses, our lives and to help make Kingston truly the best place to live in Canada.


Rose Giugovaz

DIRECTOR

Rose is  committed working to make the Chamber member's voice the first priority, while making Kingston the best place to grow your business.

Former recipient of the Volunteer of the year and nominee for Business Person of the year, Rose has been rolling up her sleeves supporting the Chamber for the last 12 years, getting involved with and Chairing various committees and events. Past interim CEO with a track record of membership growth and satisfaction.

 


Aleisha Proudfoot

DIRECTOR

Postmedia                                                                                     

Aleisha is a vibrant young woman who is both energetic and enthusiastic.

After graduating from St. Lawrence College here in Kingston with a diploma in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications, Aleisha decided to settle in Kingston where she now resides and has been working as an Account Executive with Sun Media for over four years. Aleisha currently sits on three committees with the Kingston Chamber of Commerce and actively participates in community events.

Throughout the year you will also likely find her at networking events in and around the Kingston area. Aleisha will bring a new and fresh outlook to the Board of Directors but at the same time is eager to listen, learn and share ideas.


Rebecca Darling 

DIRECTOR

Small Business Development Centre at KEDCO
Senior Business Consultant 

Rebecca advises clients on starting new enterprises and growing existing small businesses. Her role also includes managing a Government of Ontario youth entrepreneurship program in the Kingston area. During her career she has worked with both large corporations and small businesses with a focus on sales, marketing and training.  Networking, developing business connections and supporting business success in Kingston come readily to Rebecca.

She has taught business communications, sales and marketing and is co-founder of Kingston Connections, a local networking group. A life-long learner and advocate of education she is currently pursuing a community economic development masters degree part time through the Shannon School of Business. 

Rebecca is well acquainted with the value that the Chamber of Commerce brings to business owners and welcomes the opportunity to broaden her service to the Kingston Business Community through the Chamber. She and her family moved to Kingston fourteen years ago having chosen the city as the ideal place to live, learn and enjoy.


Brent Hoffman

DIRECTOR

KPMG
CPA, CA, Senior Manager

As a lifelong resident of Kingston and the surrounding area and a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business, Brent has continuously been involved with the Kingston economy and its various businesses for many years.

He is a Senior Manager at KPMG, a national chartered professional accounting firm with a local office. Brent has been with the firm for over 26 years and works extensively with private companies in the Kingston area providing financial management advice, tax management, and audit and review services. Brent has previously been a board member for Earth Day Ontario and Junior Achievement. 

He has been extensively involved in coaching of minor hockey and baseball in the Kingston area over the past 14 years. He and his wife Lisa have two sons, the youngest of which has moved on to university this year. He is excited for the opportunity to be part of the Chamber Board of Directors.


 

Kathleen Vollebregt

DIRECTOR

Avenue Strategy
Founder 


Kathleen has always been an active community member since moving to Kingston in 2000, both through her position as Director of Marketing at Queen’s University and various volunteer capacities including school council president for Winston Churchill Public School, Chair of Feb Fest’s Limestone Classic, and board member of Kingston Canadian Film Festival. In March 2015, after 9 years at Queen’s University, she launched her own firm Avenue Strategy.

The experiences with Avenue Strategy clients, ranging from injury law to engineering manufacturing, have deepened her understanding of the opportunities and challenges for Kingston businesses.

It is with these insights and her expertise in strategic planning, marketing and research that she would like to contribute to the business community as a board member for the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen is a mother of two sons, an avid runner and her personal philosophy is to stay curious.‚Äč

 


Wendy Bellamy   

DIRECTOR

Upper Canada Office Systems                                                   Owner & Operator

Wendy has been active in the Kingston Community for the past 30 years, and has owned Upper Canada Office Systems since 2006.

Throughout her career, Wendy has continued to show support for the Kingston community through her numerous volunteer board positions. In 2001, she was awarded the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the year, then served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006 and was President of the Board in 2005.

Since that time, Wendy has continued to be active within the Chamber through her participation in committees and volunteer opportunities. Wendy is excited for the opportunity to continue her service to the Kingston business community through a position on the Chamber Board of Directors.


Matthew Fair

DIRECTOR

14 Theories Inc.
CEO

Matthew and his wife Lindsey moved to Kingston in 1999. They first founded Inter Kingston Web Design in 2000 and in 2008 re-branded and incorporated as 14 Theories Inc. Between Inter Kingston and 14 Theories Inc. Matthew has led the development of over 170 full scale websites.

Matthew's primary goal is developing web projects that provide a real return on investment for 14 Theories customers.

Matthew's ongoing involvement with the Chamber is as a result of the once-strong connection with the Kingston Junior Chamber (JCI Kingston) and would like to see young professionals actively involved in chamber events and membership again.


Randy Scott

DIRECTOR

Iron Mountain Canada
District General Manager of Eastern Ontario

 

Randy’s main focus is to motivate staff, energize the operation, enhance market performance, and drive continuous improvement initiatives at the corporate level for his area of responsibility including Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.

Randy is an honors graduate of Algonquin College with a Double Major in Finance and Accounting, and is currently completing his degree in Public Administration at Ottawa University while remaining engaged in the eMBA program through Athabasca University. Randy can be found volunteering for any position where the Chamber of Commerce has an event that requires assistance [most notably the Annual Chamber Classic, Ladies Day on the Green, and the Procurement Advisory Group].

Randy can be found in Kingston regularly developing business initiatives for Iron Mountain, spearheading a new market entry into the Kingston area with a new facility being built in the industrial park, coming on line in 2016.


Sam Rogers

DIRECTOR

Sam Rogers Consulting
Owner

In 2012, Sam launched Sam Rogers Consulting, an environmental engineering and management company that helps clients reduce their environmental impact, act in a more sustainable manner, and comply with environmental laws. He is committed to helping organizations develop and sustain viable solutions that ensure environmental protection.

Sam was born in Washington, DC, raised in Maryland, and then lived in Ottawa before making his way to Kingston in 1998 to attend Queen’s University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Civil Engineering. He then went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Sam brings engineering and scientific points of view to the Chamber of Commerce. He would like to find ways to better promote the Kingston business community and help young professionals find more opportunities.


Sandy Sheahan

DIRECTOR

City of Kingston
Executive Director of Corporate Planning, Strategy Results

Over the last decade Sandy has worked with executive leadership / management teams across a number of sectors to shift culture and strengthen organizational and board performance. In November 2014, she joined the City of Kingston in an exciting new role.

“I love our City! We have incredible opportunity to continue to grow Kingston as the Community of Choice for living, working, investment, tourism and leisure!”

Prior to joining the City, Sandy consulted to the Institute for Public Administration of Canada on two major healthcare reform initiatives which culminated in the co-authoring of two books sharing lessons learned.

During 2012 / 2013, she took a break from her consulting work to manage the Kingston Community Health Centres capital build project.

Sandy looks forward to contributing to the valuable work of the Chamber Board as we continue to grow Kingston as the Community of Choice and the Chamber as the leading voice of business in our region.


Past Presidents/Board Structure

 

Past Presidents/Chairs, Board Structure

The Chamber is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which is elected from amongst its membership. The Board is responsible for establishing the policies and goals which guide the staff in their work. Directors are elected for two-year terms, and may serve a maximum of four consecutive terms.

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Chair, Past Chair, and three Vice Chairs, and acts as an advisory body for the CEO, as well as provides recommendations to the entire Board on certain matters.