Brave new world for Chamber of Commerce

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Brave new world for Chamber of Commerce

Members of the 850-strong West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce gathered at the organization's Annual General Meeting last Wednesday to elect a new Board of Directors and strengthen their social and business networks. "Our goal at the Chamber is to offer more services in accordance with our member's needs," said J. David Pecho, a lawyer at the Hussey & Pecho law firm, who was re-elected as president of the board, in a speech to those assembled.

Joseph Huza of CIBC became chairman of the board, Joanne Photiades of the Business Development Bank of Canada is now first vice-president, Stéphane Verkempinck is vice-president, Antoinette Scarano of the Lester B. Pearson School Board is vice-president, corporate affairs, and Ed Janiszewski is treasurer.

Honourary members and directors were also elected as part of the board.

Pecho highlighted the modernization of the Chamber's office and computer systems as one of last year's many successes. "We also implemented our new interactive and user-friendly website, which allows for safe, on-line transactions," he said. "Yes, even the Chamber is going green."

A mixture of old and new events held by the Chamber, from their charity golf tournament to the recent job fair, was also heralded as a great success by Pecho.

Upcoming Chamber events include their Discover the Stars 2008 scholarship program next Wednesday, a TD Bank-sponsored networking luncheon on October 21, as well as a breakfast conference in conjunction with BDC on how to survive labour shortage two days later.

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Organizations: Chamber of Commerce, Hussey & Pecho, CIBC Business Development Bank of Canada Lester B. Pearson School Board TD Bank BDC

Geographic location: West Island

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