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Tracy has been in Chatham-Kent for over 20 Years. Having grown up in the military lifestyle, it had her begin to crave a community that she could put down roots in and make a home.
Chatham is home. Tracy spends her free time with family and friends, loves attending community events and getting the opportunity to meet new people.
Tracy attended Western University in London and met her husband there. They started their lives together 30+ years ago and continue on stronger than ever.
Tracy, and her husband Rick, have raised 2 children while Rick also built his own business in the municipality. With the children grown, Tracy is wanting to give back to the community and the Chamber of Commerce. This gives her the opportunity to perfect the skills she has developed over the years. Tracy has been working in the banking industry for 30+ years. As a Relationship Manager, Agriculture & Commercial Banking, and throughout her career with CIBC, she has been advising clients on business and personal needs.
Chatham–Kent has a wealth of entrepreneurial spirit and Tracy expresses her hope to share the experience and work with the Chamber to keep that spirit going.
As a transplant to Chatham Cecily is VERY happy to call the city home now! Originally from the Leamington area, she relocated to Chatham in 2011, and has proudly served as the Executive Director of Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent – a local not for profit organization serving at-risk youth – since that time. While putting down roots here, she has become actively involved and invested in our great community; a long serving Board Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters Chatham-Kent, member of the CK Crime Prevention Board, and honored to serve as the 2013 Campaign Co-Chair for the United Way of Chatham-Kent…to name a few!
Cecily likes to spend her spare time laughing with family and friends – especially the tiny comedian known as her toddler son – she ‘moonlights’ as a waitress occasionally, enjoys to go for long walks with her my dog, practice yoga, cook for as many people fit around the dining room table, and read a good book.
Those who have met Cecily know that she is extremely passionate about the work Restorative Justice/Chatham-Kent – and the local non-profit sector.
Cecily is passionate about CK as a whole; a community that has provided her with so many opportunities, successes, and happy memories.
Cecily has been involved with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce for several years now. She is excited to continue to be the voice for CK businesses while assisting Chatham-Kent in growing to become a stronger, more vibrant place to live, work and play in!
Kraig was born and raised in Chatham-Kent, growing up and attending school in Blenheim. After high school, he attended Brock University in St. Catharines, obtaining my Honours Bachelor of accounting, with first-class standing. While at Brock, Kraig was active in an annual free tax clinic, run entirely by student volunteers from the Bachelor of Accounting Program. Services offered by our tax clinic included reviewing, completing and filing personal tax returns for qualifying members of the community. He also participated in the peer tutor program as a mathematics tutor, as well as several intramural teams.
After University, and post graduate studies in Toronto, Kraig moved back to Chatham-Kent, purchasing a home in Blenheim in 2013. Also in 2013, he obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation, while working at Collins Barrow in Chatham, where he articled throughout University. He is in his 13th year with the firm, now named Baker Tilly, working primarily with owner managed businesses, servicing several industries, including real estate, professionals and financial services, agriculture and construction.
While not working, Kraig enjoys the many easily accessible pleasures the community has to offer. He is often found golfing, primarily at Willow Ridge Golf and Country Club (formerly the Blenheim Community Golf Course) where he has been a member for 25 years. Prior to the sale of the course in 2015, he served on the Board of the community run course for several years. Kraig also likes to take advantage of the surrounding bodies of water for fishing and boating activities and loves participating in several recreational sports leagues.
Kraig has enjoyed, and looks forward to working with the members of the Chamber to make a positive difference in the community, from both a social and a business prosperity standpoint.
Trevor earned his Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. He articled at a large law firm in London, Ontario. Thereafter, he returned to his hometown of Chatham, where he has been serving the community as a lawyer since 2002.
Trevor was born and raised in Chatham and spends a great deal of time giving back to his community through various volunteer efforts. Trevor completed a seven year term as a Director on the Board of the YMCA of Chatham-Kent. During his tenure on that Board, the organization built a brand new, state of the art YMCA facility in Chatham. In addition, the organization’s regional relationship with the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton flourished, in part, due to Trevor’s work on the Governance Committee. He was also a member of the committee that launched the Celebration of Youth Awards in 2013. Trevor continues his volunteer work with the YMCA by sitting on its Audit Committee.
In 2015 Trevor completed a six year term as a Director on the Board of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village. He is currently a member of the Board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Trevor also currently sits on the Thamesview Family Health Team Community Advisory Committee.
Trevor resides in Chatham with his wife, Kim, and his two young children. His main interests are music and sports. Growing up in Chatham he competed in various recreational and competitive sports including hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, and baseball. He played for various regional teams and represented the Southwest Region at the Ontario Summer Games in basketball. He was also a member of the 1995 Vanier Cup finalist University of Western Ontario varsity football team. He has also been a member of the Maple City Slo-Pitch League and the Chatham Granite Club in recent years. He enjoys playing the piano and guitar.
Trevor is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Kent Law Association.
A Hotel Management graduate, Vinit has worked with hotels and resorts in multiple countries before coming to Canada 8 years ago. Hospitality business is the profession and passion of Vinit, he specializes in pre-opening projects along with renovations and relaunch of hospitality ventures.
After having set up the gorgeous food and beverage department for Gateway Casinos with Starlight Casino at the West Edmonton Mall, Vinit moved to the gaming side of operations within Gateway. This change brought him over to the new Cascades Casino in Chatham which has been a fantastic journey.
In his free time Vinit makes time to spend with family and friends, he enjoys going for long walks exploring the naturally beautiful locations and appreciating the world of wines. Vinit is looking forward to engaging with, as well as contributing to, the sustenance and growth of the exciting community of Chatham-Kent using the Chamber of Commerce as a key influencer.
Fannie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College. Fannie is truly passionate about living and working in Chatham-Kent and is actively involved in many community organizations and initiatives. She is a founding member of TEDx Chatham-Kent, a Chatham-Kent Public Library Board Member, member of ComeTogetherCK, volunteer with Ontario Trillium Foundation, past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham, and a Past Chair of Culture Factory. Recently she was the event manager for the hugely successful RM 40th Anniversary. Currently, Fannie is the Director of Communications for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. She was presented the Physician Recruiter of the Year in 2014 by the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Todd was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. After attending the Chatham Collegiate Institute, he attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
Following university, Todd joined Daymond Aluminum as a Cost Estimator and has worked for Daymond Aluminum and Dajcor Aluminum for 31 years. Todd is currently VP Sales and Marketing at Dajcor Aluminum.
As a previous volunteer on the Chamber’s Business & Member Connections Committee, Todd looks forward to continuing his efforts as a Director on the Board. While not working, you can find Todd enjoying cycling and spending time with his wife and two adult children relaxing at a cottage in Sauble Beach.
Adrian has been a lifelong resident of Chatham-Kent. He resides in the rural community between Ridgetown and Blenheim with his wife Sylvia. Adrian has been involved in agriculture his entire life, holding various positions as 4H leader, Director and then President of Quality Swine Co-op, Marketing Manager for a North American Swine Breeding Stock company, CEO of the same Swine Breeding Stock company while farming in the Ridgetown area for 25 years. Since his retirement from farming, Adrian has managed a vegetable transplant greenhouse, and developed a food safety program for mushrooms, holding various positions as 4H leader, Director and then President of Quality Swine Co-op, Marketing Manager for a North American Swine Breeding Stock company, CEO of the same Swine Breeding Stock company.
For the last 10 years he has been employed at AGRIS/Co-operative Ltd based in Chatham, currently holding the position of Operations Manager.
When not working Adrian and Sylvia enjoy the amenities CK has to offer like golfing, hiking trails, and numerous local restaurants as well as spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ryan came to Chatham-Kent in 2007, after meeting his wife Justine who was born and raised here. Since moving to Chatham-Kent Ryan has been welcomed with open arms and immediately came to appreciate the quality of life that this community provides for him and his family. Ryan tells everyone that he could not imagine living anywhere else and he is extremely excited to have had the opportunity to contribute to Chatham-Kent through his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan has spent most of his career working at Enbridge Gas in a number of different capacities and has had the privilege of working with local businesses over the years. Ryan is excited to continue to work with local businesses as a representative of Enbridge Gas on the Board of Directors and getting the opportunity to get to know the Chatham-Kent business community better.
Growing up in Chatham-Kent and attending Blenheim District High school Billy-Jo always knew he would come back to live and raise his own family. After high school B.J. attended Fanshawe College in London pursuing a career in Recreation and Leisure Services. Once graduating with honours he decided to take a few years off to work and enjoy life. His diploma from Fanshawe College allowed him to go back to school at the University of Windsor where he pursued a Human Kinetics Degree. What B.J learned from this is that life has many turns and twists. How we deal with those turns and twists is what helps to develop into the people we are today.
While in university B.J. had to make a hard choice in whether to finish or take an offer to work for what is now his employer, RBC Royal Bank of Canada. Billy-Jo is in his 12th year with RBC, and is thankful for the decision he made that has allowed him to continue to raise a family in the area in which he grew up. Giving back to the community has always been a passion for B.J. After high school he spent time coaching both high school football and basketball but was a growing supporter/coach with the Chatham-Kent Cougars organization for 10 years. Over the last 3 years he has sat on the Board with the Blenheim Youth Centre, which as a resident of Blenheim B.J. can say is a great organization that helps to keep kids off the street, providing education and drug awareness.
Billy-Jo has been married for 10 years and has 2 beautiful daughters Henley and Frankie. When not working, you will find him running the girls around to their baseball, dance or hockey games and wouldn’t change it for the world... all while trying to get in a round of golf.
Billy-Jo looks forward to being a part of the Chamber, and hopes to help and support business in this great community.