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    Board of Directors Announces Plan for Leadership Transition

    St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Seeks New CEO

    Following the recent retirement of long-time CEO, Bob Hammersley, the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced that the search to fill that role will begin immediately. 

    Beginning November 4th and ending November 22nd at 11:00 a.m., the Chamber will be accepting confidential ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the leadership position.

    Board Chair Sean Dyke noted that “Bob (Hammersley) played a critical role in advancing the Chamber to where it is today. This is an opportunity to build on that strong foundation and to drive the Chamber towards a new level of service and program possibilities for its Members.”

    Robert Furneaux, Chamber Board Member & Managing Director of Gorman-Rupp Canada, has assumed the volunteer role as Interim CEO until the transition to new leadership is complete. Furneaux has vast experience in leading organizations through change, and shared that “The Chamber’s mission to remain the voice of business in this community is a key priority. This search for the right leader is paramount to ensure that the Chamber consistently meets the needs of its valued Members and exceeds their expectations.”

    Those interested in submitting an Expression of Interest for the CEO role may send their answers to the 5 questions below to: CEOsearch@stthomaschamber.ca

    • What drives your interest in this role?
    • How do you feel your experience and skills apply to this opportunity?
    • The Chamber of Commerce aims to be the ‘Voice of Business’ in this community.  If selected for the position, how would you ensure that this goal is met?
    • If selected, when would you be available to assume the role?
    • Please provide a brief summary of your current renumeration and salary expectations.


    St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Looks for Guidance

    To understand how to best serve its existing and future Membership, an independent and confidential Survey has been launched concurrent with the search for a new CEO. The consolidated inputs from the Survey will also serve as guidance in both the selection process and the future direction of the Chamber.

    Those who choose to participate in the Survey by November 20th will be eligible for a complimentary one-year Chamber membership. The winner of this draw will be announced by 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 2019.

    Click here to complete the Chamber's survey.


    For further information, please contact:

    Sean Dyke, Board Chair, St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce - sdyke@st-thomasedc.on.ca   519-631-1680 / Extension 4104                                                              

    Robert Furneaux, Interim CEO, St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce - rfurneaux@grcanada.com  519-637-4567

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