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2017 - 2018 Board of Directors

CHAIR
Marty Staz
VICE CHAIR
John Goodwin
SECOND
VICE CHAIR

Tom Flannery

DIRECTOR OF
FINANCE

John Whittaker

DIRECTOR     
Chuck Conlon
DIRECTOR
Shirlea Crook
DIRECTOR
Maude Leger

DIRECTOR
Jennifer Smith
DIRECTOR     
Ken Smithard
DIRECTOR
Peter John Van Dyk
BOARD MEMBER
Keith Hoey

 

 


Marty Staz Web  

CHAIR
Marty Staz

Marty Staz is a Realtor with The Rocca Sisters & Assoc. @ Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate in Burlington. He is also the owner of Red Door Renovations Inc. which utilizes real estate expertise and the ability to transform tired homes into today’s modern show pieces. Marty has called Burlington home since 1980 and has been a successful area business owner for over 25 years. As a volunteer Marty spent many years with the Burlington Lions Optimist Hockey Association and the Burlington City Rep Hockey Club. He has served on a number of Chamber committees and is currently a member of the Board of Directors with our Chamber. Marty currently resides in beautiful south Burlington with his wife Linda where they have raised their three children.

 


 John Goodwin Web

VICE CHAIR
John Goodwin

John Goodwin has worked in the environmental field for 23 years, since graduating from Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Technology at Sir Sandford Fleming College. For 22 years, John has worked with MTE Consultants, a Civil, Structural and Environmental engineering firm that works in the area of development engineering. His roles at MTE have allowed him to work on files across the province, ranging from very large insurance-based losses and industrial remediations, to brownfield remediations and many other types of files relating to the air, soil and water environment.

John’s current role as a Director at MTE has him focusing on helping the company’s clients navigate the business of engineering and the environment. He helps them to work within the current regulations and responsibilities to create the most appropriate solutions, while also meeting their objectives and timelines.

John was born, raised and still lives in Cambridge, Ontario, and because of this he commonly refers to himself as the Mayor of West Galt. His constituents include his wife and three children.

John spends his spare time involved with his children’s activities, serving as a Board Member for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and sitting on the leadership team of Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region Rebuild Haven House campaign. This is all in addition to his rigorous schedule and duties as the self-proclaimed Mayor of West Galt.




Tom Flannery Web1 

SECOND VICE CHAIR
Tom Flannery

Tom has been a Licenced Funeral Director for over 26 years, and has been the Managing Director with Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home in Burlington since 2009. Tom recently attained the professional designation of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in the United States. Tom is responsible for the marketing, operations, and customer service standard at D&B. He consults with client families daily, and offers leadership, compassion, and understanding to those who have been recently bereaved. Previously, Tom managed Lynett Funeral Home in Toronto, and held funeral director positions in Brampton and Woodbridge. Tom is currently is in his second year as Chair of the Environment Committee and is part of the Business Awards Task Force. A native of Mississauga, Tom has resided in Burlington since 2004 with his wife Kari and Daughters Simone and Charlotte.

 


John Whittaker Web
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
John Whitakker

John has almost 30 years’ experience as a real estate Broker, Manager and Consultant. His areas of expertise include the valuation, acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial, office, retail and investment properties. John has worked with Developers, Corporations, Individual Owners and all levels of Government providing client specific solutions.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, and holds the Master of Corporate Real Estate and Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate designations from CoreNet International.  He is a Senior Vice President with Coldwell Banker Commercial Integrity Real Estate, and is a member of both the Toronto and Hamilton/Burlington Real Estate Boards, as well as the Toronto Chapter of the International Right of Way Association.

John is a past Chairman of the United Way for Peel Region Golf Tournament, and former member and Chairman of the Committee of Adjustment for the Town of Halton Hills.  He is currently an active Chamber member and has lived in Burlington for the past 11 years.

 


Chuck Conlon Web
DIRECTOR
Chuck Conlon

Chuck Conlon is director, employee/labour relations and business services for Union Gas Limited.
In his role, Conlon is currently responsible for human resources, facilities and business services strategies, plans and business realization. He shares responsibility for the Human Resources program and plan development within the broader Spectra Energy Canadian human resource leadership team.
Conlon joined Union Gas in 2002. Before assuming his current role, he held a number of senior human resource management positions in the aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries with responsibilities in Canada and the United States.

Conlon received a Master’s degree in industrial relations and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Toronto. He was the 1980 recipient of the Canadian Pacific Fellowship Award which promotes studies by labour relations practitioners.

He obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation in 2012 from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada.

He is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Human Resource Executive Council and the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.  
Conlon currently serves on the Boards of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, since 2015; the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, since 2014; and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton & Halton, since 2012; and previously served as Chair of the Halton Waldorf School from 1995 – 2000.

 


Shirley Crook Web
DIRECTOR
Shirlea Crook

Shirlea is Service Director of Senior Services with Bartimaeus Inc. Shirlea has worked with individuals with complex needs for 28 years and specializes in the field of geriatrics with complex mental health challenges. Since 2003 she has partnered with Bartimaeus Inc. to develop and grow a service that offers care management services and support to older adults with complex medical, physical and mental health challenges. Shirlea has worked with ROCK as a Program Manager and Special Projects Director working within an interdisplinary framework supporting adolescents with complex mental health challenges.   As a Certified Senior Level Instructor with the Crisis Prevention Institute since 2002 Shirlea has worked within the public and private sector and is committed to best practices and safe behaviour management methods that focus on prevention and safety for the individual, staff and community.

Shirlea is the current Vice Chair with the Aldershot Village BIA.

 


Maude Leger web
DIRECTOR
Maude Leger

Maude Leger, founder of Sold Right Away Inc., has long been interested in visual arts and marketing. So it's no surprise that she’s built a thriving and successful business around her passion!  Her journey began back in Montreal where she took high school courses in photography, video, radio and television. Her love affair with the visual arts continued throughout college where she specialized in communications ­ particularly video and design studies.

During her 3 years at the University of Montreal, Maude took every course that pertained to photography and video, and under the mentorship of a gifted teacher, gained valuable industry experience.  In 2005 she graduated with a BA and started her own communications business using photography, video, web and graphic design to promote small businesses.

In 2006, Maude was offered the opportunity to work on the Movie set "300" in Montreal or to move to Ontario for a one-year video contract. Maude decided to move province as she saw the opportunity there to finally learn a second language - English. Following her passion for photography, videos and marketing, she fell into a very successful and rewarding opportunity working closely with Realtors. She named her business Sold Right Away!

Maude is heavily involved in the Community, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Halton, Divas Changing Lives as well as many other non-profit organizations and start up businesses. Being an active member of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, she has served on the Communications, Programs and Young Entrepreneur Committees. She also founded the SHIFT Program with the help of Keith Hoey. Maude has been sponsoring her talent and time for a few years in a row to donate the Gala Awards Videos presented at the Chamber Gala Ceremony each year.

  DIRECTOR
Jennifer Smith
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Ken Smithard Web

DIRECTOR
Ken Smithard

Ken Smithard, is Vice President of Performance & Organizational Efficiency and Information Technology at Cogeco Connexion in Burlington. He has over 25 years of Business experience of which 19 of them have been spent in the Telecom and Cable industries.

Ken currently, leads a Senior Management team of professionals focused on planning and performance, process improvement, enterprise project office and information technology (Internal systems support, development, infrastructure, operations and project delivery).

A longtime resident of the Burlington/Hamilton region, Ken has also served on the Board of Directors Cable 14 Board since 2009. He’s also been involved in fundraising for the Paws for Cause charity which raises funds for a cure for canine cancer. Ken has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and Masters Business Administration from Concordia.

  DIRECTOR
Peter John Van Dyk
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Keith Hoey Web

PRESIDENT & CEO
EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER
Keith Hoey

Keith Hoey joined the Burlington Chamber of Commerce as President in 2004 and has focused the Chamber’s efforts on effective communications and member engagement. Before joining the Burlington Chamber, Keith was the Chief Operating Officer of a national financial services company specializing in commodity tax recovery.  Prior to this, Keith held several senior management positions, most in Burlington and Hamilton, at Union Gas Limited, an Ontario-based gas distribution company.  Keith began his career at Dofasco, a Hamilton-based steel company, where he held a variety of engineering positions. Keith graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He has lived in Burlington for 35 years and, with his wife Tracey, they have a son, a daughter and two granddaughters.

Keith is active with the Chamber Executives of Ontario and the Chamber of Commerce Exectuvies of Canada where he has sat on both Boards of Directors.  He recently won the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for leadership in the Chamber network.