We’re Hiring, President and CEO

We’re Hiring, President and CEO

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce (BCC) provides value to its members through active advocacy, connecting leaders and creating opportunities. The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels on behalf of 900 companies representing 30,000 employees.

For more than 70 years, the BCC has been the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local businesses. With a long-standing reputation for excellence and leadership, BCC continually generates opportunities to connect people by bringing life to business. Doing so provides a vehicle for success for its members and the future of Burlington’s business community.

The Board of Directors of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced individual for the position of President and CEO. This position requires a strategic and innovative leader who will work with various stakeholders such as government, business and community leaders to evolve and grow the Chamber of Commerce for long-term sustainability and maximize value for its membership.

In this high profile role, preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in a Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade or not-for-profit organization similar in size and scope to the BCC. They will ideally have a Business or Public administration degree or equivalent, with specific experience in stakeholder relations, communications, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management and operations. They will have experience in dealing with government, regulatory bodies, and have knowledge of the Burlington and Ontario business communities.

The selected candidate will work with our highly dedicated, professional staff and volunteer base and have a strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and an engaging interpersonal style, to carry out the BCC strategic plan.

Review the President and CEO position.

Expressions of interest including resumes and covering letters will be accepted until at 4:30 p.m. on July 21st, and should be sent confidentially to Jennifer Smith, Chair, Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Email: jsmith@burlingtonhydro.com.

Information provided by or about candidates for these positions will be used only for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to respond; however only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Meet the 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners

Meet the 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners


Burlington, Ontario (June 25, 2021) – The Burlington Chamber of Commerce presented its 2021 Business Excellence Awards and 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur virtual evening of inspiration on June 24, 2021 recognizing leadership and innovation within the community. More than 300 delegates joined hosts Layne, The Auctionista and Carla Y. Nell, President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw, alongside the organizations in Burlington that embraced the pressures and uncertainty of the pandemic and supported their customers and community amidst a very challenging year.

“The gala is a long-standing, time-honoured tradition in Burlington. As a strong, vibrant community, it is so important for us to pause and recognize and celebrate the organizations that have inspired all of us throughout the pandemic,” says Nell. “We were pleased to be able to move forward again with our flagship event this year despite not being able to host in person. The priority for this event was to not only adapt to the changing landscape that COVID-19 has brought on but to showcase business excellence while at the same time reinvesting in our community and local economy. Congratulations to all of our finalists and award winners and to our 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw!”

This year, the Business Awards Task Force Committee was tasked with the challenge of presenting five Awards of Excellence. The 13 finalists were evaluated based on the following criteria: Adaptation, Community Contribution and Impact, Innovation and Ingenuity, and Leadership. Among the finalists, three for-profit companies, one not-for-profit organization and a special Legacy Award recognizing an organization demonstrating outstanding success in Burlington were selected.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards Winners are:

Sound of Music

Aslan Technologies Inc.
Fast Stitch
Supreme Cheerleading

Legacy Award:
Hunter Amenities

The Mayor’s Community Service and Burlington Economic Development Award Winners who were also honoured at the Gala are:

Mayor’s Community Service Awards | Not-for-profit:
St. Matthew on-the-Plains

Mayor’s Community Service Awards | For-profit:
Mending the Chasm

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Innovation and Technology – Small:
IRIS R&D Group Inc.

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Innovation and Technology – Large:
Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Global Business:
Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd.

Visit burlingtonchamber.com for more about the award winners and their stories of inspiration.

Taking advantage of the opportunity to support and reinvest in our business community, ticket holders were given exclusive access to the live, interactive event production through tiered tickets to ensure that attendees could participate at different price points. As a part of the gala experience, ticket holders had the options of choosing a three-course meal and gift bags showcasing a broad array of products from Chamber members and the broader business.

A special thank you to event sponsors and all who attended this one-of-a-kind experience! It was wonderful to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate excellence and leadership despite not being able to connect in person. Sincere congratulations to our 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners and the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw!

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Media Contact

Corinne Radake
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy


Team Burlington Launches the #STAYHOME Campaign

Team Burlington Launches the #STAYHOME Campaign


Team Burlington launches STAY HOME to Get Back to Business campaign to encourage people to support local business by staying home.

April 27, 2020 — On March 23, the Ontario Government mandated all non-essential businesses to close. Since then, every business across all industries have felt the effects, with the hardest hit industries being agriculture, retail, tourism, healthcare and hospitality. Team Burlington’s STAY HOME campaign will encourage people to practice physical distancing, and ultimately help businesses open their doors sooner.

It isn’t just the hardest hit industries that are feeling the impacts of the global pandemic. Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are experiencing unprecedented challenges, including significant and unforeseen revenue loss, the need to lay off staff, supply chain disruptions, and uncertainty about the future of their business and when they will be able to reopen. Simultaneously, businesses are also facing tremendous pressure to digitize and shift existing business models to include online and contactless pick-up and delivery options.

Team Burlington recognizes these challenges and plans to leverage their audience and networks to help get Burlington businesses open as soon as possible. The STAY HOME (to Get Back to Business) campaign reinforces the message that is consistent with public health officials — the sooner people STAY HOME, the sooner the business community can open their doors and get back to business.

“Businesses of all sizes are being impacted by COVID-19″ said Brian Dean, Executive Director of Burlington Downtown Business Association, one of Burlington’s two Business Improvement Areas (the other being Aldershot Village BIA). “We hope this campaign will help Burlington residents understand that their actions and choices during this time have direct consequences on our business community. We are getting asked a lot about how people can support their local businesses. One of the things you can do is stay home and practice physical distancing as much as possible.”

Craig Kowalchuk, Owner of Emma’s Back Porch and the Water Street Cooker and President of the Burlington Restaurant Association echoed Brian’s sentiment. “Temporarily laying off staff and closing down the restaurant has been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in my twenty-eight years of operations.” He went on, “You can help us get back to business by staying home, reduce your trips to the store and minimize contact with others. We can’t wait to welcome you back, for our twenty-ninth summer, but we can’t do that until everyone stays home.”

The STAY HOME campaign will be launched across social media, as well as through window decals displayed in the windows of downtown businesses. A video campaign featuring local business owners from across Burlington will also help spread the message.

For more information, visit the Team Burlington COVID-19 one-stop-shop resource site at BurlingtonChamber.com

About Team Burlington

Burlington’s business organizations which include Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Burlington Economic Development, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington have taken a coordinated approach in engaging and supporting Burlington’s business community. Their collaborative mission during this difficult time is to keep the business community informed and ensure relevant and timely information is distributed as soon as it becomes available.

Team Burlington has launched a one-stop-shop resource for businesses to turn to for information, resources and tools, and can be found online here. Other initiatives have included setting up a business support line, organizing multiple virtual support forums, and advocating for businesses for support and effective relief measures at all levels of government. Learn more about Team Burlington here.

Media Contact:

Samantha Statham
Manager of Marketing & Events
Burlington Downtown Business Association / BDBA