Board of Directors 

 Omar Abouzaher

OmarIt is with great pleasure that I write to you regarding the prospect of joining the board of directors of the Orleans chamber of commerceI 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.

David A. Bertschi

DAVID BERTSCHI - high res_copyAs 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.I thank you for your consideration and look forward to any questions you may have at your convenience.

Nicole Darechuk

nichole slate of directors 1_copy1My desire to join the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Board stems from the positive experience I have had with the Chamber and its members. I would be humbled by the opportunity to serve on the Board and firmly believe my leadership skills to continue driving Chamber strategy and initiatives carried out, will be of value resulting in a positive return to the Orleans Business Community. I 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.

Jarrod Goldsmith

slate of directors As an active member of the Chamber of Commerce since at least as early as July, 2012, it is my pleasure to submit an application for a Board of Director position. Well-known as a business and community leader, I would be a strong advocate in promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship in. Orléans I would do my best to continue the great work the Chamber has been doing, and would continue to inspire and motivate the business community for the benefit of all Orléans residents. From living in Orléans, and being extremely engaged in the entrepreneur community (in particular, serving as an Ambassador for all local Chamber of Commerce), I feel I am particularly well-suited to promote the Orléans Chamber in such a position. I’m looking forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to continue growing the Chamber and stimulating increased community engagement.

Joelle Hall

Joelle 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.

 Andrew R. Scott

slate of directors 3 My name is Andrew Scott and I would love to be on the board of the Orleans Chamber.

I 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. I would love for you to consider me for a role relating to marketing as that’s where I feel I would have be most valuable.

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