Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Current Board Members

Wendy Bellamy   

CHAIR 

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.

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Andrew Sapiano

    PAST CHAIR

    Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham Lawyers
 
 

Andrew is an associate lawyer at the law firm of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP. Andrew advises business owners with respect to share and asset transactions, business planning and corporate governance matters. He advises clients with both mature businesses and start-ups. Andrew has been a director on the Chamber Board since 2017 and an active member of several committees, including finance, advocacy and the gala committees. 

 

 

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Tarek Hussein, BSc Pharm, MBA, RPh, CMgr                                                            

1st VICE CHAIR

Weller Pharmacy

Tarek Hussein, BSc Pharm, MBA, RPh, CMgr, brings 25 years of diverse business backgrounds, both locally and globally, as a serial entrepreneur and healthcare management consultant. He is a local businessman who founded and provided executive oversight to more than 10 organizations/corporations, and has a well-honed interest in turning around struggling businesses as well as online branding and social media management. Tarek enjoys serving his community, particularly as a volunteer mentor with KEYS Job Centre and the Kingston Community Health Centers, and is a strong supporter of local sports, cultural events, and charities. His efforts have been recognized in his nomination of best pharmacist in Kingston in 2017. Weller Pharmacy, the pharmacy he co-founded and currently co-owns, is also nominated as the city’s best pharmacy. In addition to Weller Pharmacy, he worked at Providence Care Hospital and several community pharmacies, including Ongwanada Hospital, and has a keen understanding of how the social and business landscapes of the city intersect. Tarek has an MBA from one of the top-ranked global business schools and is recognized by the Canadian Institute for Management as a Chartered Manager. Tarek is currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Committee.

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Conor Holway

2ND VICE CHAIR 

Connor Holway - Commercial Account Manager RBC

Connor was born and raised in Kingston and after completing post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo, moved back to Kingston to start his career. Now raising his family in Calvin Park, Connor works at RBC as a Commercial Account Manager.Being from Kingston, Connor has a love of all things local as well as giving back to the community. From involvement with Kingston Young Professionals and chairing RBC’s local United Way giving campaign to attending events such as Fare for Friends and Fall for Kingston, he continues to put himself in a position to support others. He recognizes that strong communities thrive. In his spare time, Connor enjoys hockey, cooking, and time spent with family and friends.

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Bittu George

3rd VICE CHAIR

VP, Friends of the Penitentiary Museum

The son of immigrant parents, Bittu was born and raised in Kingston, attended Queen’s, where he received his BA (Honours) degree in Political Studies and his Bachelor of Laws degree. After his call to the Bar, Bittu ran his own law practice, until joining Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham. He was also serving as a City Councilor for the Collins-Bayridge district. In 2005, Bittu was elected by City Council to the post of Deputy Mayor. In 2007, Bittu was appointed a Member (adjudicator) of the Landlord and Tenant Board by an Order-in-Council of the Government of Ontario.  He was re-appointed to this position twice on the new Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO), with appointments to both the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. Bittu serves as the VP of the Friends of the Penitentiary Museum, Co-chair of the Queen’s Senate Orientation Activities Review Board (SOARB), Chair of the Bylaw Review Committee of the Frontenac Law Association, and as a child car seat inspector. Bittu received the City’s Kingston Certificate of Appreciation, the Kingston Township Community Policing Association Volunteer Award, Canada Post Corporation Scholarship Award, and the Canada Youth Award.

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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.

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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.

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Rebecca Dinelle, CPA, CMA

DIRECTOR

Co-Owner Environmentall Contracting Services Inc.

 an experienced financial professional with demonstrated success working in entrepreneurial start-ups and fast-growing private enterprise, Rebecca is co-founder and co-owner of Environmentall Contracting Services (Environmentall) where she currently sits as a Director and CFO.  In 2000, Rebecca graduated from Queen’s University with a BComm (Honours).  In 2011, Rebecca completed her CMA designation.  In 2014, Rebecca joined forces with 2 partners to start-up the first micro-brewery in Kingston, Stone City Ales (SCA). In 2017, Rebecca sold her ownership stake in SCA to focus her career with Environmentall and her ultimate passion of being a mother to 2 beautiful young children (4 and 7).   When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys spending family time at her cottage in Sharbot Lake and nurturing her social and cultural interests with friends and travel.   

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Nancy Cardinal, DIRECTOR

Co-owner, Sr. Project Manager, DigiGraphics

Nancy is proud to have spent her entire career in Kingston, having been with DigiGraphics for more than 20 years.  She has been a key part of the local business community and recently she became one of DigiGraphics' owners and managing partners. Nancy brings with her a wealth of valuable experience and a new perspective to the board.  She has long been a Chamber supporter and values its impact in Kingston, confident that her contribution can help to grow and strengthen its efforts in the community. A firm believer in the 'local first' approach, Nancy not only supports local businesses but has, for many years, supported and volunteered for a variety of local causes. She is the founder and managing director of Connect Fit, a unique not-for-profit club focused on women's health and fitness.  In her spare time, as a certified group fitness instructor, you can find her leading several fitness and wellness classes per week.  She is a proud hockey and football mom who also enjoys all sports, cooking, family and friends.

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Sunita Gupta

DIRECTOR

Facilitator at Kingston Immigration Partnership 

Sunita has been an active member in the Kingston Community for the past twenty years. The Kingston Immigration Partnership is mandated to attract, welcome and integrate newcomers to the Kingston community. This role fits nicely with her passion to welcome and support immigrant entrepreneurs in their business endeavours. Immigrants are entrepreneurial by nature which is evident from the high number of successful businesses operated by immigrants. The value in attracting foreign investors to Kingston is tremendous in positioning the city in a global market. Through the work of Kingston Immigration Partnership, Sunita is connected with over twenty ethno-cultural associations, and is an active member of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Network and the Employer Advisory Group. Throughout her career she has shown her support to the community as a volunteer on several boards. She is the Past President of the India-Canada Association of Kingston and currently serves on the board of the Tett Centre. Sunita is excited for the opportunity to serve Kingston’s business community by bringing a diverse perspective to The Chamber Board.


Rick Frasso

DIRECTOR

Response I.T., Canadian Cloud Backup
Owner

 

A die hard entrepreneur, Rick has established himself as owner and partner of various companies in the technology field serving both Kingston and throughout Canada. Rick is firmly embedded in the Kingston Community by sitting on the Kingston Chamber Membership Committee, the Rotary Membership, Communications and Auction Committees and sits on the Board for the Bereavement Families of Ontario. He can be seen attending many networking groups throughout the year. Rick mentors for KEYS, KEDCO and his company is a member of the KCA and KHBA. Response IT also proudly supports and sponsors many non-profit organizations and events throughout Kingston; Breast Cancer, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and the Seniors Association to name a few. Rick looks forward to contributing to the Chamber and Kingston businesses as a member of the Chamber Board and looks forward to meeting and assisting Kingston business owners. 

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Zermaan Khan 

Director                                                                                      

Managing Director at Insight Personnel & Consulting Services & Regional Permanent Recruitment Manager with Drake Internation
 

Zermaan comes with an educational Background in Political Science and International Relations having studied at the University of Ottawa, and then started his professional career working for our former Member of Federal Parliament and Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Peter Milliken. Zermaan moved to the Private Sector and joined the Staffing and Recruiting Industry. Zermaan has succeeded in all areas within the Industry having started in general recruiting and then progressing to Sales, Corporate Sales, Business Development, Client Relationship Management and Consulting. Zermaan started his own H.R. Consulting practice in 2015, Insight Personnel & Consulting Services, and maintains general business consultancy through his practice while also working as the Regional Permanent Recruitment Manager for Drake International.  Zermaan sits on the employment advisory board with Kingston Immigrant Services and has worked with and alongside the Kingston Community Health Centers. He is the resident Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival and is the current President for the Pakistan Canada Association of Kingston.  In his spare time, Zermaan enjoys spending time with his wife and children and loves the Raptors games… “We the North”.

 


Tanya Bertrim

DIRECTOR

Union Gas Limited
Lead II, Billing Support
 

As a lifelong resident of the Kingston area and graduate of St. Lawrence College Tanya is committed to enriching the local community by supporting Minor Hockey, Parent Council, Helping Hands in Action, The United Way and Clothes for Kids.

As Manager of the Kingston Billing Centre, Tanya is accountable for leading and developing her team providing excellent service for natural gas customers.

Tanya is an active Chamber supporter through her committee work with the Ladies Day on the Green, The Chamber Classic and a judge for the Business Achievement awards.

Tanya is an advocate for our community focusing on advancing local business interests devoted to Kingston being Canada’s most sustainable city.


Donna Dwyre CFRE

DIRECTOR

Hospice Kingston

Communications & Development Officer 

Donna has been active in the Kingston business community for over 30 years working in media and not-for-profit management, sales and development.  Donna is managing Hospice Kingston’s $7.8 million Capital Campaign to build a residential hospice, responsible for all aspects of development, strategic planning, communications, marketing and public relations.

Donna believes in giving to her community and has volunteered for, and served on, many charitable organization’s committees in Kingston.

Donna has been involved with the Chamber for many years and looks forward for the opportunity to share her expertise through a position on the Chamber Board of Directors.


Landon Arndt

DIRECTOR

Account Executive at McDougall Insurance

Landon completed his undergraduate schooling at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in finance. He then went on to work for RBC Capital Markets in Toronto and gained tremendous experience working on a number of different equity and bond operations desks, excelling in a very fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. While working at RBC, Landon also completed his Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Upon graduating, he decided to make the switch to commercial insurance, where his passion for learning about business and appetite for building relationships has served him well in his Account Executive role at McDougall Insurance. He moved to Kingston in 2015 and lives in the west end with his wife and dog. In his spare time, Landon likes to workout, golf, play basketball, and read, and he recently became a ‘Big Brother’. He is an avid sports fan and a dedicated NFL fantasy football GM.

 

Past Presidents/Board Structure

 

Past Presidents/Chairs

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 Executive Director, as well as provides recommendations to the entire Board on certain matters.