The Board of Directors is responsible for governing the affairs of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce on behalf of its members. The Board structure and the method for selection are specified in the Aurora Chamber’s bylaws. The Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
The 2020-2021 Board of Directors were inducted by Mayor Mrakas at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on September 10, 2020.
Al Wilson, Chair
Al is the Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of York Region, which is located here in Aurora. The Board is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities and undertakes local labour market research in York Region in order to determine employment issues and trends in our key employment market sectors. This is Al’s fourth year on the Board.
Harry Asbreuk, Vice Chair & Secretary/Treasurer
Harry has over 25 years of banking experience with Scotiabank and Meridian Credit Union. He is currently the Branch Manager at the Meridian Credit Union location on Wellington Street. He is also a past Director of the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce. This is Harry’s third year on the Board.
Debra Wilson, Past Chair
Debra is a business owner who has lived in Aurora for over 20 years. Together with her husband, they run their business, Momentum Gold, a distribution company dealing in telecom, energy and merchant services as well as a finance company, Lease with Les! They have two wonderful children, Skye and Cole and this is Debra’s sixth year on the Board.
Brendan Black, Director
Brendan is an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities where he provides wealth management services to clients. This is Brendan’s second year on the Board.
Hugh Caines, Director
A results-oriented professional with over 30 years of experience in Manufacturing Leadership in businesses in both Canada and the US. Hugh has a successful track record in leading and implementing lean manufacturing principles and transforming organizational culture to support and sustain those principles.
Hugh is a highly effective leader. Hugh’s passion is in providing a great customer experience, by developing employees and delivering exceptional business results through the use of lean principles. Since being appointed to President, he has taken on a broader organizational leadership and mentoring role in order to ensure the organization is well positioned for growth.
Joe Cornacchia, Director
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Katie Duncan, Director
Katie graduated from Brock University in 2012 with her Honours Bachelor of Accounting and obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2015. She joined Millard, Foster, Thibeault, Youell Professional Corporation in 2016 where she provides taxation, assurance, and accounting services to clients in the Aurora and surrounding area. This is Katie's second year on the Board.
Sharon Eagleson, Director
Proud of my twenty-one years of retail experience with Canadian Tire. I started my career in small-town Port Perry with my dealer, Jeff Hodgkinson, and after 14 years in Port Perry we moved to Rexdale. After three years in the big city we moved to Aurora where we built the new store on Bayview (old Target store) in 2016 and have enjoyed providing goods and services to the residents of Aurora and surrounding area ever since.
Scott Harris, Director
Scott Harris is a Wealth & Estate Planning Advisor and co-founder of Stonehaven Financial Group, a boutique planning firm that explores the relationship between life and money. With over 20 years of experience working with top entrepreneurs from across the country and the people that support them, he helps his clients take action on the advantages they have by growing and securing their wealth.
SFG is a full service, multi-advisor firm offering solutions through superior strategic alliances that are experts in Estate and Insurance Planning, Wealth Management and Multigenerational Wealth Transfer, Corporate Planning and Employee Benefit Services. Scott lives in Aurora with his wife and 3 children.
Nahla Khouri, Director
Nahla Khouri is a lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP, which is a full service, national law firm. She is a litigator that specializes in complex commercial disputes, with expertise in contracts, shareholder and partnership disputes, negligence cases, product liability cases and environmental litigation. This is Nahla's second year on the Board.
David Olesen, Director
David, with a dual professional practice as a business, finance and commercial lawyer while also being an advisor to the management of various enterprises, offers a unique and valuable blend of skills developed throughout a successful career working with a vast array of legal clients and business operators from start-ups and sole proprietors through to small and medium sized enterprises engaged across many different industries and countries, at the same time playing a key role in various large scale real estate developments and with a global seed to sale agriculture corporation. The experience and practical knowledge David brings was also greatly enhanced through his time as an executive officer and President of a company that brought forward industrial technology from a concept and prototype through to a successful market launch, as well, David provides key insight into interacting with governments and the public sector having acted as the Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance.
Marcos Paulino, Director
Marcos was born in North York and is the Founder and CEO of Avanza Business Solutions, Inc., a group of companies that help businesses increase their sales, lower costs and automate processes giving business owners more time for their important things in life. He has a BA in business, specializes in mobile secure information technology and brings over 20 years of experience managing large teams and projects in finance, customs, military, sports and educational institutions. He has lived in Aurora for over 10 years with his wife and two kids. This is Marcos’ fifth year on the Board.
Azie Pouragha, Director
Azie, also known as happyazie, is a proud french speaking Montrealer that acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Concordia University. She moved to Ontario in 2004 and opened a successful Custom Machine Shop in Toronto called Rapid Enterprises Inc., which she still owns and operates today! As an entrepreneur who knows the struggles they face, she decided to start her own business as a Mortgage Agent and loves finding money for all types of people in all types of situations.
Roger Singh, Director
With over 19 years in the Insurance and Financial Services industry, I take pride in leading a sales force of 50 independent Desjardins Insurance Agents by providing business management consulting with an emphasis on leadership, office management, sales and marketing. In addition, I manage the financial side of our local business, Gowda-Singh Insurance Inc. which is primarily operated by my wife, Samantha Gowda-Singh.
I am a “self-proclaimed” foodie and explorer, and my preference is to always support local. In our free time, you will find Samantha and I trying new foods and experiences, although this is quite the luxury these days as we balance our professional careers and personal lives with our newborn daughter who recently celebrated her first birthday!