Committees

Ambassador Committee

Co-Chairs:
Nadia Cerelli-Fiore, Plan B Promotions Inc.
Joe Pampena, C4C Coaching-4-Change

The Ambassador Committee focuses on marketing/communications and membership to provide ongoing support to the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and its membership. The focus of this committee is to enhance the member experience and increase membership value. Not only is this committee a touch point for our members, they also continue to develop interesting promotional and branding opportunities that businesses can take advantage of.

Business Achievement Awards (BAA) Committees
Chair:
Phil Iorio, Deloitte LLP
Vice-Chairs:
Mario Cutone, Scotia Wealth Management
Mary Grace Tatangelo, Sherwood Mortgage Group

BAA Core Committee
The BAA Core Committee meets regularly to execute the Chamber’s most prestigious event of the year. From the nomination process, to judging, to selecting finalists, the Core Committee is instrumental to ensuring the transparency of the process. This committee also assists the Chamber with the planning of the awards dinner, which includes securing sponsorship, selling tickets, and selecting entertainment.

BAA Interviewing Committee
The members of the Interviewing Committee review the nominees and in teams of two, interview the 5 finalist companies for each award category. The short-list of award candidates is presented to the judges who then anonymously vote on each candidate to select the winner and two finalists.

International Business Development Committee

Chair:
Belinda Rossi, Miller Thomson LLP

The Vaughan Chamber’s International Business Development Committee is a diverse group of successful local professionals with a mission to support economic growth in the City of Vaughan. This committee aims to be a resource for businesses starting up, expanding within, moving to, and/or integrating within the Vaughan community. From providing mentoring support to helping businesses become aware of opportunities that exist in Vaughan, the Resource Committee is focused on business success.

Government Relations Committee
Chair:
Caroline Grech
Vice-Chair:
Derek Nardone, Electricity Distributors Association
Special Advisor:
Lynne Wallace, HIRinc

The Government Relations committee is the voice of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC) regarding government related issues and policies. When appropriate issues arise; the VCC advocates on behalf of the membership, in support of Vaughan businesses. The committee provides members with a forum to advance concerns, develop policy positions, advocate for change and network with government officials and other business leaders.

Community & Sustainability Committee

Chair:
Julie Flesch, City of Vaughan

It is the objective of this committee to support the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC) and its members with business issues related to climate change resiliency, and Environmental Social Governance (ESG). The VCC will champion our members’ efforts to contribute to a resilient, sustainable, diverse and inclusive future with the Chamber as a key component of our members’ giving strategy. Together we will convene stakeholders across all sectors and industries, raise awareness through engagement, align efforts, and invest in the social and environmental priority areas impacting our city.

Digital Transformation Committee
Co-Chairs:
Joe Pampena, C4C Coaching-4-Change
Ahmed Khanani, Purpose Path

This committee supports the VCC and the business community by leveraging awareness and education in the areas of digital transformation. The four pillars this committee focuses on are education, guidance & mentorship, technology advocacy, and emerging technology enablers.

Women’s Leadership Committee

Chair:
Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco, OPUS Homes Inc.
Vice-Chairs:
Sabrina Chiechi, Business Development Bank of Canada
Krystal Van Westerop, TD Commercial Banking

The Women’s Committee is the driving force behind the Vaughan Chamber’s Women’s events, including the Women to Women Symposium, Spring Women’s Networking event, and fall Woman of Excellence Awards dinner. This committee assists with the planning and execution of these events and strives to Inspire, Empower and Connect women in business.

Finance Committee
Chair:
Luigi Ciciretto, BDO Canada LLP

The Finance Committee meets on a monthly basis to provide financial oversight and support the Vaughan Chamber’s financial activities. The committee assists the VCC leadership with budget and financial planning, financial reporting, and monitoring internal controls and accountability policies.

If you’re interested in joining one of the Vaughan Chamber committees, please contact us