The 2017-2018 Board of Directors

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Welcome our new Board of Directors 

sean crossingSean Crossan is originally from Sudbury, located in Northern Ontario. Sean obtained his Co-operative Bachelors, Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, School of Urban and Regional Planning in 1988 and he studied British urban planning at Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England during the spring of 1988. He moved to Ottawa in the fall of 1988 and obtained his Cooperative Masters, Public Administration degree in 1992 while embarking upon a career with the Government of Canada.

He has been an executive with the Government of Canada for 11 years and has been a community leader in Orleans for approximately 25 years. He is currently the Director, Federal-Provincial-Territorial and International Affairs, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises at Public Services and Procurement Canada where he assists the business community on a daily basis.

He and his wife Rachel are proud to raise two bilingual young women in Orléans and to be active leaders in our diverse community. Sean is currently President of the Cardinal Creek Community Association and a Board Member of the Orléans Cumberland Resource Centre. Sean has been involved in many other Boards and associations over the years; such as the Rotary Club of Orléans, Orléans sports groups, Carleton University Alumni Association, Canadian Institute of Planners, Orléans YMCA and is a strong supporter of Arts Ottawa East.

As you can see, Sean has a passion for making Orléans a better place to live, work and play. This is why he became a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Chamber Economic Development Committee. In March 2016, he was one of the leaders who brought the first Orléans Economic Development Symposium to our community and is continuing on in this capacity to assist Orléans Chamber members to grow and prosper. He is also a member of the Orléans Chamber Governance Committee and Chair of the Golf Committee.

Sean is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award, the Orléans Heart of Gold Award and most recently received the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Community-Not-for-Profit Association of the Year Award along with team members from the Cardinal Creek Community Association.
      Twitter Icon web logo    Sean Crossan, Cardinal Creek CA  |  Interim Chair | Président par intérim
Andrew ScottI have been in business for 10 years and in that time have grown my business from $270,000 in sales to nearly 2 million. I’ve also grown from 5 employees to nearly 50. I started with one location in 2007 and have since grown to 3 across the city with plans to open up 9 more in the next 10 years. Not only this but I also serve on our franchise’s national marketing council, overseeing and providing feedback on all marketing initiatives nationwide. I am responsible for many roles including marketing, business development, event organization, human resources, financial controls and public speaking. However my main focus now is on setting a clear direction for the company and coaching our management team to achieve those goals. My favorite element though is marketing strategy. I absolutely love finding ways to improve our awareness and create new raving fans. I strive to do this is surprising and unexpected ways and by immersing ourselves in the local community. Whether it be through 1-1 connections, networking, and community events or through traditional or social media marketing, I absolutely love getting my hands dirty and seeing results. After all, you don’t increase from $270,000 to $2 million without an excellent marketing strategy and the execution skills to follow through. 

LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon  Andrew R Scott, Pita Pit Orléans, Gloucester, Kanata  |   Interim Vice-Chair | Vice-Président par intérim

Kevin Conroy newIT Guru and Owner at Ottawa Computer Services Inc. An Algonquin College graduate from the Computer Tech program in 2000, Kevin has held positions ranging from technical support to IT management, IT security advisor and now business owner. “I’ve always had a passion for helping others with their IT issues and so starting my own business to lend a hand where I could came as a natural progression in my career.” Kevin is an avid book worm on topics ranging from self mastery, business coaching, biographies, fantasy and much more. He is a great listener and loves to share advice when asked. One of his favourite quotes is: “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. — Nelson Mandela”
Kevin est un expert des technologies de l’information et propriétaire d’Ottawa Computer Services Inc. Il a obtenu un diplôme du programme de technologie informatique du Collège Algonquin en 2000. Il a occupé diverses fonctions, du soutien technique, de la gestion des technologies de l’information (TI) à conseiller sur la sécurité des TI et maintenant propriétaire d’entreprise. « J’ai toujours adoré aider les autres relativement aux questions de TI. Démarrer mon entreprise afin de donner un coup de pouce comme je le pouvais m’a donc semblé une progression naturelle dans ma carrière. » Dévoreur de livres, il s’intéresse à la maîtrise de soi, à l’encadrement en affaires, aux biographies, aux ouvrages d’imagination et bien davantage. C’est une personne grandement à l’écoute des autres qui adore donner des conseils lorsqu’on lui en demande. L’une de ses citations préférées est la suivante : « Il n’y a pas de passion à jouer petit, et à s’établir dans une vie plus petite que celle que vous êtes capable de vivre. » (Nelson Mandela)  
       Twitter Icon  web logo     Kevin Conroy, Ottawa Computer Services  |  Past Chair | Président Sortant

Omar AbouzherI am actively involved in the community in Ottawa. I was previously appointed as a board member on the Wellington West Business Improvement Area; I collaborate as a mentor with the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa, and was part of the steering committee with United Way / EARN (Employment Accessibility Resource Network).
I hold a Masters in Political sciences as well as an Executive Master in Business Administration (M.B.A) from Queens University. Being fully bilingual as I had the opportunity to grow up in Paris France and lived in Montreal Quebec.

Throughout my professional experience at BMO Financial Group, I developed the adaptability and decision making skills that were necessary to lead across all various levels of management, with the accountability of managing and leading large teams with complex mandates at BMO Bank of Montreal. I managed strategic key financial and operational portfolio for BMO most recently the Ottawa East market, where all BMO branches report to me as the regional vice president. As a prospective board member, I feel that my values and work ethic would reflect my desire to not only join the board but to also add value.
My experience as a multilingual leader who has proven ability to exhibit excellent leadership, communication, decision making, will enable me to add value effectively to the Orleans Chamber of commerce and the dynamic and growing community of Orleans. Conversely, OCC will provide me with opportunity to expand my network and add value and opportunities to my organization.

    LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon   Omar Abouzaher,  Bank of Montreal BMO Financial Group |  Director | membre du Conseil d’administration 


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As a lawyer and business person in our community for over 30 years, I believe that I am very sensitive to the challenges which small and medium businesses face in our community. More importantly however, I believe that my knowledge and experience in employment law and specifically my experience as a co-managing partner at the Ottawa office of the national law firm,  coupled with my involvement in advising multiple boards of directors over the past 25 years as legal counsel and the experience I have acquired as the past President of a national lawyers Association would be of assistance to the chamber in formulating and implementing appropriate conflict of interest guidelines and governance policies. 
Furthermore, as my term as the past president of the Canadian defence lawyers ends in a few weeks and I no longer have any political commitments, I am more than happy to dedicate myself to the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.
 LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon    David Bertschi, D. Bertschi Professional Corporation |  Director | membre du Conseil d’administration 
NicholeI bring to the table 15 years of private and public sector experience with proven leadership skill and knowledge in areas of finance, marketing, sales, and much more. I’m a big proponent of bottom up style leadership (also reflected in my own company logo) where I fully support my team & peers as their foundation and would unfailingly step forward to provide guidance and direction when and where it’s needed. I'm a "Get it done" type person and will gladly roll up my sleeves to do it too.

 Participating as a member has given me great opportunities to make new connections and grow my own business but at the heart of what I most desire to do is enable others to grow their business and to promote the business community of Orleans. I see growth in many areas of business for this community and opportunities to promote recognition for more industries and attract new businesses such as those in the high tech space.
  Twitter Icon     Nicole Darechuk , Terradare Inc.  |   Director | membre du Conseil d’administration 
Jarrod Goldsmith
Through the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Jarrod Goldsmith strives to continue to inspire, motivate, and act as a strong advocate in promoting and encouraging the business community for the benefit of all Orléans residents.

From living in Orléans, and being extremely engaged in Ottawa’s entrepreneur community (in particular, serving as an Ambassador for all other local Chambers of Commerce), Jarrod is particularly well-suited to promote the Orléans Chamber. He is looking forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to continue growing the Chamber and stimulating increased community engagement.

Jarrod Goldsmith is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is one of Ottawa’s best known entrepreneurs and founded Sax Appeal (Canada's Premier Saxophone Ensemble), eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); Ottawa’s largest entrepreneur networking community for small business and Ask the Fedora (a weekly YouTube networking video series).

LinkedIn IconTwitter Icon web logo    Jarrod Goldsmith, Sax Appeal |  Director | membre du Conseil d’administration 


 I have lived in Orleans since 2005 and would like to deepen my connection and contribution to the community.

Through my professional and volunteer experience, I bring the finance, governance and leadership skills the board is seeking and have already contributed to the Chamber having prepared a draft Nomination Policy for the governance committee’s consideration.

I am a founding member of Dress for Success in Ottawa.  In launching the organization, the group developed and submitted a business plan for approval by the worldwide headquarters, secured initial funds, leased premises, engaged volunteers and obtained charitable status for the organization to provide services to support the economic empowerment of economically disadvantaged women in Ottawa.

Under the guidance of the board, on which I have been sitting since its inception (as Treasurer then Vice Chair), the organization has grown from a volunteer-only organization serving approximately 200 women in its first year, to one with a budget of about $250K, 3 staff and on pace to serve more than 800 women in 2017. Professionally, I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and was a tax partner with a Big Four accounting firm.  In this role, I co-led a department with a dozen staff and have experience leading a team with business (revenue), delivery and personal development goals. During my tenure, the team consistently met its revenue targets and the team experienced no voluntary departures. Currently, as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities I help individuals and business owners address their comprehensive financial needs.

Board of Directors-2Ravinder Tumber,originally from the Punjab region of India came to Canada in 1988 and settled in Toronto.Ravinder completed his Bachelor of Commerce from Government College at Ludhiana,Punjab,India in 1982 and M.A (Master of Arts, Economics) from Punjab University,Chandigarh India in 1984. Ravinder and his wife Gurdev moved to Ottawa in 1990.
Ravinder and his wife have a passion for cooking which led them to open their own restaurant "Host India "at 622 Montreal Road in 2002.Over the years with their hard work it has achieved remarkable results; notably: Restaurant of the Year Award for 2015 presented by Orleans Chamber of Commerce.They have 4 children; Reema, Sharandeep, Amandeep and Harmanjot who are very supportive and proud of their parent's success.
Ravinder is a member of Chamber Economic development Committee and Chamber Marketing and Communication Committee. He is also a member of the ICOBC (Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber) Marketing, Sponsorship and External Relations Committee and Vice President of the Punjabi Cultural Association. Ravinder is heavily involved in Life Lessons Foundation.

 LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon     Ravinder Tumber
, Host India Fine Indian Cuisine  |   Director | membre du Conseil d’administration
Lina Hariri 2017Lina joined the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, in June 2017, and is responsible for supporting the board of Directors. In her new role as the Operations Manager, Lina believes in quality customer service. She has a strong professional background in communications and firmly believes in team work. Lina has lived in Orléans for eighteen months with her family. Lina lived in Orlando, Florida, for more than 21 years. She has been in the hotel industry for over 20 years and brought us “Disney magical customer service”.  In 2013 Lina won the Pineapple gold award from the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association as the best office manager. 

 LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon    Lina Hariri, Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager | directrice d'opérations

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