• Welcome to the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce!

    Paul Jenkins appointed as new Chief Executive Officer

    The Board of Directors of the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Paul Jenkins as the Chamber’s new CEO - effective March 23rd, 2020.

    The Chamber experienced national recognition under the tenured leadership of Mr. Bob Hammersley, and is poised for many new chapters of growth and innovation.

    Every business enterprise, industry and organization (regardless of size) continues to be touched by enormous change. The Chamber, as ‘The Voice of Business’, shares in that evolution.

    In partnership with its valued Members and community stakeholders, the Chamber has been actively seeking opportunities (through input from its Membership and others) to broaden both its presence and the tangible benefit to those it serves (and wishes to serve in the future). Mr. Jenkins’ remarkable service as Executive Director of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, clearly demonstrates the depth and value he brings to the Chamber CEO role in this regard.

    Paul also brings a unique energy and perspective to this challenge – one rich in passion, creativity and a deeply- rooted commitment to the community. He thrives on making connections and sparking engagement - cornerstones of the Chamber’s purpose.

    He will lead a strong, vibrant and inclusive campaign with Member representation across all market segments. He will continue to capitalize on what has made the Chamber a respected organization, while introducing new programs, processes and practices which drive the Chamber’s evolution forward.

    Bob Ward (Chamber Board Chair) shared “We appreciate the groundwork that has brought our Chamber to this point in its history and are confident that there are significant opportunities for our Members given Paul’s track record of success”.

    Robert Furneaux (Interim CEO & CEO Search Committee Chair) added “On behalf of our dedicated Staff, we warmly welcome Paul to our team. He is a respected community leader who brings a fresh outlook on how to best serve our Members. We look forward to partnering with him as he places his own mark on our Chamber’s 150 year legacy”. 

    In his first official words on behalf of the Chamber, Paul Jenkins commented “I am absolutely thrilled to be offered this privilege to lead the Chamber - one of the region’s most active and engaged business organizations. This Chamber has experienced enormous success over the years. I intend to build upon that, while ensuring our Members have opportunities to prosper, a voice at key levels of government, and various modes to engage with their peers in our outstanding local business community”.


    Contacts for further information:

    Mr. Bob Ward, Chair - Board of Directors

    Robert Furneaux, Interim CEO


    St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce

    115- 300 South Edgeware Road

    St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 4L1



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