Business Achievement Awards (BAA) Committees
Phil Iorio, Deloitte LLP
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
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
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.
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.