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Sherry McNeil Elected to Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Sherry McNeil, President and CEO of the Canadian Franchise Association, was elected to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) 2024-2025 board of directors.

Daniel Tisch, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the following statement announcing the organization’s 2024-2025 board of directors.

“I congratulate and welcome the OCC’s newly elected board of directors—an exceptionally diverse group of business and community leaders from across Ontario,” said Tisch. “Strategic governance is key to our success, and the diverse expertise and perspectives on our board will be invaluable as we set our sights on the future, developing and operationalizing a new strategic plan.”

McNeil joins the board of the OCC along with eight other newly elected members. The full list is as follows:

  • Chamirai Charles Nyabeze, Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator Network
  • Dina Sergi, MyHealth Centre
  • Gina Scandrett, Bourgon Construction
  • Paul Bisanti, President, Byzantine Homes Inc.
  • Relay Tangie, National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association
  • Rory Ring, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
  • Sherry McNeil, Canadian Franchise Association
  • Trevor McPherson, Mississauga Board of Trade

“I’d like to welcome our new Executive Committee, with special recognition to our new board chair, Vashuda Seth and chair-elect Aliya Ramji. I’m also profoundly grateful to our outgoing chair, Joaquim Ballès, our retiring past chair, Don Ludlow, and our retiring board members for their contributions and dedication to the OCC’s success and Ontario’s prosperity,” added Tisch.

The OCC also offers its appreciation to its other retiring directors:

  • Allan Lafontaine, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce
  • Bilal Khan, Founder, Intuition Capital
  • Cathy Lennon, GM, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Don Ludlow, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Helene Lavictoire, Lavictoire Consulting Inc.
  • Ilda Dinis, SVP, Northbridge Financial Corporation
  • John Tory, CFRB 1010 AM, Radio
  • Melissa Hardy-Giles, ORIGIN
  • Michael Klubal, KPMG Canada
  • Sahezad Pardhan, Cadillac Fairview

Finally, the OCC recognizes and thanks its returning board members:

  • Chair Elect, Aliya Ramji, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Chair, Vasudha Seth, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Gervan Fearon, George Brown College
  • Honorary Treasurer, Luigi Ciciretto, BDO
  • Jamie Doolittle, BMO
  • Past Chair, Joaquim Ballès, Trudell Medical Limited
  • Rakesh Naidu, Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce
  • Tabatha Bull, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Tammy Giroux, GM Canada
  • Teri French, Hydro One
  • Vice Chair, Farah Jivraj, Biogen Canada
  • Vice Chair, Jennifer Smith, Burlington Hydro
  • Vice Chair, Marilyn Horrick, Desjardins
  • Yasser Ghazi, Meridian Credit Union