Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors & Staff

Our Executive


John Ouellette, Bell Aliant

Past President

Dean Hart, Hilltop Environmental Solutions Ltd.

1st vice President

Yvonne MacDonald, Scotiabank

2nd vice President

David Greenwell, M3D Design Works


Kevin MacEachern, 101.5 the Hawk


Heidi MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury Paper

Our Board Members

Heather Austin-Coloumbe, The Farmer’s Daughter

Diana Poirier, ROC Society

Vivek Saxena, NSCC Strait Area Campus

Brian Bona, Strait Supplies

George Youseff, A-1 Pizza

Tyler Mattheis, Cape Breton Partnership

Jeremey Carroll,  Lakeside Luxury Domes/Breton Fabrication Inc. 

David Hart, EverWind Fuels Ltd.

Amanda Hanlon, A.A. Munro Insurance

Ex-Officio Board Members

Karen Malcolm, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Tanya McChesney, InRich Business Development Centre Ltd. (CBDC)

Wanda MacLean, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

Our Staff

Tanya Felix, Executive Director

Susan Fox, Membership Services & Events Coordinator


  • Board meetings are held 5 times each year – typically the third Tuesday of the month lasting for 1.5 hours each. Meetings are held primarily in the Town of Port Hawkesbury, but at least one board meeting per year will be held at a member location with an experiential component incorporated (June meeting). Teleconference options are available for board meetings if travel is an issue (although in-person meetings are recommended).
  • Board members should plan to arrive at meetings having reviewed the supporting documents provided. (Board packages are sent to the board in advance of a meeting)
  • Chamber Board members are encouraged to join at least one committee of interest. (Typical meeting frequency is 4-6 times per year and some follow-up duties may be required)
  • Board members are also expected to participate in various events hosted by the Chamber by attending, promoting or assisting in the planning/execution.
  • Board members will be provided with (and shall abide by the contents within) a Board Policy package that includes responsibilities/roles of Chamber board members and staff, along with policy statements of the Chamber.
  • Board members will be expected to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
  • Chamber Executive Committee members meet via teleconference approximately 12 times per year. (Typically, 30-minute calls focused on operational, policy, or strategy)

Accountability & Compliance

The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce subscribes to an electronic payroll deposit system, resulting in automatic CRA remittances monthly for EI, CPP and Income Tax deductions. WCB is remitted separately each month. All remittances are reported as part of the Treasurer’s Report at each Board Meeting.


The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce contracts with an independent auditor each year to have a full review engagement conducted prior to its May annual general meeting. The resulting statements are presented and approved at the AGM.


The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce purchases both Director & Officer Liability insurance and general commercial liability insurance.

Your Success is Our Success.