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Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors 2016-17

Janet Harrop Janet Harrop 2012

Business Name: Harrcroft Acres Ltd

Type of Business: Agricultural Business – Dairy Operation

Community Involvement/ Previous Experience:
Janet has lived in the Fergus community for over 20 years and, through Agricultural or Volunteer Board opportunities, has held positions with: The Fergus Fall Fair, Wellington County Dairy Producers, Centre Wellington Preschool, School Parent Councils, Fergus Skating Club, Centre Wellington Youth Advisory Committee, and previously named Leisure Advisory Committee (now re-named the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee).

She loves working as an RN at the Critical Care Unit in Guelph; however, her passion is agriculture and agri-business.



Aileen Hawkins Aileen Hawkins

Franchisee: M&M Meat Shops, Fergus.
1985-1997 Owner of Birdland Music, Fergus and a Member of Board of Managers of BIA and Chair of Promotions Committee during that time.

Active member of the Centre Wellington community with fund raising events through M&M Meat Shops.

Married to Ken for 50 years with three married daughters and seven grandchildren.  Resident of Centre Wellington for 20+ years.  Attends and is involved in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. Enjoys theatre, music, reading and travel. Member of Board of Directors for the CWCC since 2005.



Allan Teal Allan Teal

Business Name: AL-DO-IT

Allan Teal is the Owner and Senior Project Manager for AL-Do-IT General Contracting, providing services to both residential and commercial clients from Handyman services to larger projects such as decks, fences, kitchens, bathrooms and other household/commercial renovations. Allan is also Vice President of Beyond Rewards in partnership with his wife, Lynne Bard. Coming from an extensive background of over 25 years in Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction, Allan brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients and to his volunteer positions within the community.

Allan is married with four children, the youngest of which still lives at home and three grandchildren.



Bryan PaulBryan Paul 2014

Business Name: Ecclestone Financial Group

Bryan currently lives in Centre Wellington with his wife Sarah, and his children Emily (7 years old) and Ethan (4 years old).

Bryan joined Ecclestone Financial Group at the beginning of 2013, having worked as Financial Advisor and Group Benefit Associate since 2009.

He is accepting new clients and especially enjoys helping young families start a solid financial foundation.  Through education and an explanation of all the available options, he makes sure that the client’s goals are his top priority.  He also works with up to 10 employee benefit providers as a broker, giving him the ability to do a full market analysis and comparison of costs.  He will then put together a comparison package, for quick and easy review.  Bryan enjoys helping small businesses get the best coverage for the lowest price, with companies as small as one employee.


Lynne Bard

Business Name:  Beyond RewardsLynne Bard

Lynne Bard, HBa, CHRP, CES has over 25 years’ experience working in AODA, Safety & Human Resource; taking the lead role in AODA Compliance, HR & Safety for her clients.  Lynne’s expertise has won several awards of excellence in the field lending experience & credibility to organizations with best practice solutions & processes that lend to the success of her clients businesses.  Lynne has focused her research & training for her clients on legislative compliance over the past years to ensure her clients are current with all upcoming legislation in the fields of Human Resources Management, Health & Safety, as well as Corporate Governance.  Lynne has written training programs to keep her clients across the province/country, facilitating training programs such as Diversity Training, Train-the-Trainer & Mental Health.



Michele Mactaggart

Business Name:  Bensol (Chamber Group Insurance)Michelle Mactaggart - bensol
Building on her career as a Group Insurance Specialist with Great West Life in 1993, Michele founded Bensol Consulting in 2004. She is a Certified Health Insurance Specialist, and is working her way towards a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.

Michele is an active member of the Guelph and Centre Wellington  Chambers of Commerce and a former volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington (2005-20012).

As part of her personal commitment to fitness, Michele completed the Subaru Ironman 70.3 in Muskoka in September 2010. Watch for her on her bike at fundraising events and community outings in Guelph-Wellington.

Michele and her husband are the parents of twins Esmé and William, and share their home with an Australian shepherd named Blue.

Niel Palmer

Niel Palmer DeVadBusiness Name:  DevAd Consulting

As the owner of DevAd Consulting based in Fergus, and a Mentor at Innovation Guelph; Niel assists entrepreneurs and their businesses to grow, become more efficient and more profitable. High performance standards are achieved through business management coaching, implementation of lean principles, profitability analyses, strategic planning, process optimization, capability analyses and ISO registration. Niel’s targeted approach delivers sustainable returns, differentiation through performance and control over business operations.

Prior to business coaching and mentoring, Niel’s career involved engineering management, operations management and general management. This experience is the foundation that enables Niel to improve businesses operationally and financially. Prior industry niches include aerospace, wire and cable management systems, and composite component manufacture for electrical, electronics and power generation industries.

With friends and family; Niel enjoys fly fishing, cycling, and basement jams on the drums.



Kira Bailey

Business Name:  Shift: A Family Health Centre

Derek Graham

Derek GrahamBusiness Name:  Derek G. Graham Limited

Derek and Alexandra have operated Derek G. Graham Limited since 1979 having
lived in Elora and now Centre Wellington since 1974.

As a professional surveyor, Derek is licensed as a cadastral (boundary) surveyor, land
use planner and drainage engineer.  He is a fifth generation professional surveyor having
worked in both the public and private sector.

He has past community experience as president of the Elora Chamber of Commerce,
president of the Fergus Elora Big Brothers, a member of Elora Council and a committee
member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.

Alexandra, Derek’s former fiancée (47 years ago) and Derek enjoy their small farm operation
and are members of the Elora Salem Horticultural Society.

Andrew Haber

AndrewBusiness Name:  Polycorp Ltd.

Andrew is the Vice President and General Manager for Polycorp Ltd., a privately owned Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacture of engineered rubber products for a variety of Mining, Transportation and Protective Linings applications.

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in management, manufacturing, quality assurance, research & development, purchasing and sales & marketing. He is also a member of the GreenCentre Canada Technical Screening Committee and has experience with SR&ED and grant submissions.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running, kayaking and playing with his two dogs.


Joanne Young Evans

Joanne Young EvansBusiness Name:  Family Counselling and Services of Guelph-Wellington

Joanne Young Evans, CPHI(C), CAE, is currently the Executive Director for Family Counselling and
Support Services for Guelph-Wellington. She describes herself as an energetic leader who focuses organizations and people to build on their strengths and shore up areas of required development.  She has been, and longs to return to being, an avid international volunteer. Her vast array of expertise includes: organizational and staff development, change management, marketing/communications, stakeholder and government relations, capacity building and negotiations. Joanne has been honoured with receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her work in Namibia, Africa and the Outstanding International Volunteer Contribution Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2003.



Harold DeVries

Harold DeVriesBusiness Name:  Business Centre Guelph Wellington

Harold DeVries, of Business Centre Guelph Wellington. As a provincially mandated Small Business Enterprise Centre, the Business Centre of Guelph Wellington provides training coaching and mentoring to anyone who wishes to start and/or grow a small business - they help launch 100+ businesses each year.  As a Program Lead/Small Business Advisor for the centre, Harold has been actively involved in encouraging and instructing community members across the county in the start-up and growth of business.  His work has been focused primarily on business from the rural townships on Wellington County.  Harold sits as community member on the Wellington County Economic Develop Group, the economic development committee for the Town of Minto.  Further he has recently been appointed to the Board of Launchlt Minto.

Locally, in Centre Wellington he represents the Business Centre Guelph Wellington at Chamber events including Business Showcase and Mayor's Breakfast.  He has have acted as judge for the Chamber Awards, an event which Business Centre Guelph Wellington sponsored in 2016.


Cate Mulholland

Business Name:  Edge Reality Solutions

Cate is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Edge Realty Solutions.
Working with people and being apart of their story, architectural and interior design, and connecting
with the comm
unity are her true professional passions. Cate's enthusiasm Cateis contagious. Her positive
attitude and ability to thrive when challenges are thrown her way continue to give her the edge it takes to be successful.

Community matters for you and for me! Cate's hope is that by promoting new connections in the community, and giving back to this beautiful area and it’s local businesses and charities, she will encourage others to do the same. Cate wants to work with local businesses, and support what’s most important: her clients, their lifestyles, and their families.

Cate wants to do good work with good people and help support strong investments and healthy lifestyles that embrace all that Centre Wellington has to offer. 


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2017-05-31 : 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Join us for the Chamber Networking Breakfast at The Gorge Country Kitchen sponsored by Grand River Raceway.

Carol Bard, owner of Peace of Mind Care is the guest speaker, she will speak about the changing demographics and how this affects choices made when looking for options available for yourself or your loved one. 

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

Register here

2017-06-05 : 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 pm
Local Biz Night at The Grand River Raceway

Local Biz Night was originally created to involve the business community with opening night of live harness racing at Grand River Raceway.  It grew to a casual, fun, networking opportunity for businesses and their guests! Register Here!

2017-06-09 : 4:00pm to 6:00pm
6484 Wellington Rd 7

Ribbon Cutting & Open House ~ Fergus Bounce  4-6pm
6484 Wellington Rd 7, Elora
The Minions will be there, drinks, snacks, hot dogs, hamburgers and some fun. Ribbon cutting is at 4:30pm.  Please rsvp here 

19th Annual Chamber Golf Day

The CW Chamber Golf Day provides members and fellow businesses the opportunity to enjoy a day on the links with business friends, clients or prospects, and network with other Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce members, board members and numerous elected officials. More info here

Register here

Networking Breakfast - AGM

Join us for the AGM at The Gorge Country Kitchen.
Guest Speaker from Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

Register here

Spain & Portugal Chamber Trip

Departing September 13 for 9 days ... click here for more info!


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