Business Achievement Awards (BAA) Committees

Honorary Chair:
Phil Iorio, Deloitte LLP
Jennifer Montesano, Scotia Wealth Management
Mary Grace Tatangelo, Commercial Mortgage Agent

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.

Community Ambassador Committee

Mike Soragnese, Render Media/C3 Labs

The Vaughan Chamber’s Community Ambassador Committee is a passionate group of successful local professionals with a mission to spread awareness of the Vaughan Chamber and our programs and services. Look for members of this committee at Vaughan Chamber events. They will be ready to welcome you and answer any questions you may have about the benefits of membership.

Government Relations Committee

Caroline Grech
Derek Nardone, Electricity Distributors Association

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.

Women’s Leadership Committee

Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco, OPUS Homes Inc.

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

Luigi De Rose, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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.

Sustainable Advisory Committee (SAC)

Matt Brunette, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) 

The Sustainable Advisory Committee (SAC) provides advice for best-in-class business practices in Vaughan by providing guidance and support to local businesses. Our mission is to educate and raise awareness about corporate social and environmental sustainability, including the environment, sustainable financing, energy security and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Through tailored initiatives, educational programs, and networking opportunities, we empower businesses to integrate sustainability into their operations, bridging the gap between sustainability goals and financial considerations. By embracing DEI principles, businesses can unlock innovation and cultivate a strong workforce. Join us in building a thriving sustainable business community in Vaughan where environmental stewardship, financial prosperity, and social progress coexist.

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