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Board of Directors

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Laurie Short-Cahill

President

Laurie Short-Cahill is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. She works in a B2B sales environment, engaging with clients to help them with their Traveler’s accommodations including Meeting and catering requirements, as well as managing their Social media and marketing. Laurie was awarded Leader of the Year 2016 for her company. Before her current position, she was an Integrated Advertising Consultant with Transcontinental Media for 5 years. Laurie also boasts 9 years of Retail management under her belt. In addition to her awards, She was an ambassador with the St. John’s Board of Trade, serving for two and a half years.

Laurie is also the originator of “Spring Into Spring Cleaning”- A campaign to collect used clothes in Aid of the Iris Kirby House, in which their first year generated over 100 bags of clothing from the community. Additionally, she also initiated an Annual BBQ event in aid of the Janeway with activities for the kids, a dunk tank, face painting and balloon making.

Laurie is involved with the Junior Achievement program, as an Our Business World Instructor- Teaching fundamental Business basics to Grade 5 and 6’s over a 4 week period. Laurie has also recently become involved with Easter Seals in their Horizons program, offering mock interviews to prepare the participants for the real world.

She has been an active committee member and mentor, inspiring Youth with Miss Achievement NL since 2011 and is currently serving the Girls On The Green Committee in aid of Kids Help Phone for 2017.

Laurie is looking forward to her new role with the Chamber and becoming more involved in The Mount Pearl/Paradise Community.

Dave Halliday

Vice President

Bonshaw Media

Since graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Dave has been working with enterprises of all sizes to help them achieve their marketing goals.

With over seven years experience as a marketing consultant, his expertise in customer service, sales, and marketing has allowed him to develop a keen eye for creative and progressive views towards media placement.

While he enjoys volunteering with associations he is passionate about, Dave also has been an active musician in the community with his band The Hallidays and teaches percussion at Halliday Music Studio.

Jillian Hewitt

Secretary

A.F. Bruce Law

Jillian Hewitt is an associate lawyer with the law firm A.F. Bruce Law. Jillian obtained her International Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University in 2010 and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Juris Doctor in 2014.

Jillian considers herself so fortunate to have grown up in Mount Pearl and to have had the opportunity to be a part of the warm and growing community for so many years. She hopes to continue to nurture these community relationships onward throughout her professional career.

With the firm, Jillian maintains a varied general practice encompassing a wide range of areas including civil litigation, real estate, family law, criminal law, wills and estates and administrative law.

Brad Bragg

Director

Royal LePage Vision Realty

Currently Brad provides full Residential and Commercial real estate services to customers across Mount Pearl, Paradise and the Greater St. John’s area. Clients appreciate his honesty, patience and conscientious attitude towards the tasks at hand. Prior to returning to his hometown of Mount Pearl, Brad worked abroad in Hospitality, Education and has a strong IT background. Bringing these areas together provide Brad with a diverse and unique range of experiences, problem-solving skills and abilities. Brad’s professional development has continued long after graduating with an Information Systems degree from St. Francis Xavier University. He currently volunteers for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and the Association for New Canadians. Having been a member of the MPPCC since 2015, Brad is eager to contribute as a Board member in order to improve upon his professional and leadership skills. Brad feels strongly about being a participating member and promoting the growth and development of a prosperous business community in Mount Pearl, Paradise.

Dwayne Gaulton

Director

Dwayne holds a business degree from Memorial University and works as a commercial account manager with BMO Bank of Montreal, Paradise Branch. He also served as a director with the CBS Main Street Association and as vice chair for Janeway Telethon Fundraising (TD Bank Telethon Fundraising). Dwayne’s additional volunteer experience includes the NL Down Syndrome Association, CBR Minor Hockey Association, and the Newfoundland & Labrador Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

Ian Clark

Director

Ian is a Mount Pearl native who grew up in Powers Pond. From his early school days at Newtown Elementary to graduation at Mount Pearl Senior High before attending University, he has constantly been involved in either soccer, swimming, or his many years with Scouts.

Last April Ian joined the Chamber and has become an active member to his community. As a mortgage professional developing relationships and educating clients, he can still be spotted on our trails and parks with his dog Cohen.

Scott Hillyer

Director

Coffee Matters

Scott Hillyer is a proud father, volunteer, and businessman who likes to give back to the community.
Scott has worked in the food service community since the age of 15. During his time in the hospitality & restaurant industry, Scott has learned what matters most – great customer service, top-notch quality food & a clean and friendly environment. Scott loves people and likes to get to know his customers on a one on one basis. On any given day, you’ll find Scott serving up coffee, making sandwiches, and clearing the odd table! He believes on a truly hands on approach.

With 8 locations in and around St. John’s, and 1 in Halifax, Scott has poured his heart and soul into Coffee Matters and enjoys taking a leadership role past vice chair of both the Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador and the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland Labrador. Scott is the proud father of two sons and a daughter who keep him on his toes.

Michele O'Reilly

Director

MOR Financial

Michele started her career in the insurance/investment industry more than 20 years ago. The first nine as an Executive Assistant/Branch Manager for a local Wealth Management Firm before starting her own independent Financial Planning and Employee Benefits Firm, MOR Financial in 2007. Michele possesses the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS) designations. With these certifications and an understanding of the importance of continuing education, Michele provides her clients with unbiased advice with integrity.

Michele has held several volunteer positions at the local level with Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada including four years in the President’s role. Michele has also served in the past on the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber Board and has returned once again to be a part of a great team at the Chamber.

Wanda Palmer

Executive Director

Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce

Wanda is a resident of Mount Pearl and comes to the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce with 9 years’ experience with the St. John’s Board of Trade as an Account Executive. Her responsibilities included recruitment and retention of members, selling sponsorships, and selling advertising for both the directory and monthly magazine. She has enjoyed helping to organize events such as the annual golf tournament, business mixers, annual trade show, and Business Excellence Awards. Wanda is very passionate about her job and dealing with members to promote positive community and economic growth in our area.

Please feel free to swing by our office to say hello

Get Involved

Committees

MPPCC has a number of committees that help offer quality benefits and opportunities for our members. We always welcome those who want to sit as a committee representative or volunteer their time as a board member. Get in touch to learn more.

Advocacy & Policy Committee
The Advocacy & Policy Committee advocates on behalf of small businesses by interacting with all three levels of government, which includes the municipal councils of Mount Pearl, Paradise & St. John’s. Since many municipal and provincial politicians are also Chamber members, member businesses are able to lend their voice to  economic, financial and legislative issues. Volunteers are responsible for representing member views on municipal and provincial government representatives and developing policies that guide the Chamber’s operations.
Marketing, Promotions, & Branding Committee
The Marketing, Promotions & Branding Committee is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotion initiatives. It also assists in the preparation and coordination of the Mount Pearl-Paradise Chamber newsletter, which focuses on members, external stakeholders, and any other required communications. Volunteers help develop and administer all aspects of media advertising, website development, and maintenance, social media strategy, marketing collateral, promotional items, and branding.
Events Committee & Special Events Sub-Committee
The Events Committee plans and organizes all the Chamber’s regular events such as luncheons, dinners, networking events and lunch & learn sessions. The Special Events Sub-Committee handles special events such as our annual golf tournaments and the Best in Business awards gala. Volunteers aid in all aspects of planning and coordination.
Finance & Local Office Committee
The Finance & Local Office Committee handles all the responsibilities of the local office including IT, human and financial resource management and other administrative services. Volunteers oversee office management, monitor the budget and human resource tasks such as policy administration.    

Volunteering

Whether it’s a regular networking event or awards gala, extra hands are always required to deliver the level of excellence our members expect. Contact us to find out about other volunteer opportunities.

Sponsorship Program

The program consists of four sponsorship levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Sponsorship Packages

Upon receiving your investment in the Sponsorship Program, MPCC guarantees that:

  1. Your company will be exclusively represented in your chosen sponsorship level. Any competitors will be ineligible for co-sponsorship at that same level.
  2. You will be able to cancel your sponsorship after one year given 90 days notice.
Sponsorship Benefits
Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Exclusivity
Logo on the Home Page
Logo & Hyperlink on Sponsor Page of Website +100 word company profile
Advertising in AGM Program Booklet 1/2 Page Ad 1/4 Page Ad
Complimentary Golf Passes Including Barbecue 2
Complimentary Tickets to Luncheons 8 6 4 2
Recognition of Your Company at Chamber Events
Email Blasts per Year 4 2
Logo on Promotional Material Under Sponsors
Framed Certificate
Term of Sponsorship (YEARS) 3 2 2 1
Your Annual Investment $3000 $2000 $1000 $500

Sponsorship Terms & Conditions

  • Sponsors must be current Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce (MPPCC) members in good standing.
  • MPPCC will be responsible for the planning, production and on-site supervision of all sponsored events.
  • MPPCC has final approval on all copy materials and reserves the right to request any changes to ad copy.
  • Sponsorships are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Sponsorship is renewable on January 1st  of each year and must be paid in full by January 31st. All payments are non-refundable. MPPCC reserves the right to re-sell sponsorship for non-payment by January 31st of that same year.
  • High resolution 4-color and black & white logos are required in .png or .jpg format. Color logos will be used whenever possible. However MPPCC reserves the right to use black & white logos in certain circumstances.
  • The Best in Business awards, golf tournament, and woman’s event are not included in the sponsorship package. These events have individual sponsorship packages.

If you’re interested in joining us, please click here and we’ll follow up with you as soon as possible. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Voice of Canadian Business

Although we may not always realize it, the needs and challenges of small and medium-sized businesses differ vastly from those of larger businesses. This can include hiring and retaining employees, increasing revenue, maintaining profitability and a lack of funding and/or government support. As an independent organization with strong government ties, we’re able to influence policies and legislation that ensure a long, profitable life for your business.

The Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce is a branch of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a national advocate for Canadian businesses. Their mission is as follows:

“The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the only national business group with a membership that covers a broad spectrum of private enterprise. With its unique membership configuration of local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, trade associations, and corporations, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the only non-political, not-for-profit organization with an organized grassroots business network in every single federal riding.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has solidified its position as the “Voice of Canadian Business,” to the public, to the media, and to the federal government. Recognized as an organization with political clout, the Canadian Chamber is an articulate and persuasive advocate for business viewpoints and a champion of fiscal responsibility and national unity. When important federal legislation or regulation is being planned or debated, the Canadian Chamber can mobilize concerned business people across the country through its unique chamber membership network.”

Advocacy & Policy Committee

The strength and dedication of chamber members are the driving force behind our contributions to the City of Mount Pearl and the Town of Paradise. Our advocacy and policy committee allows interacts with all three levels of government, allowing members to lend their voice to a variety of issues. If you’re interested in supporting small businesses in your community, get involved here.

Reach Us

365 Old Placentia Road
Mount Pearl, NL

709-364-8513

709-364-8500

info@mppcc.ca

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