Elected Board of Directors
Andrew Scuse, President
Manager, Corporate Training Services, Durham College
Andrew Scuse joined Durham College in 2005 where he led key training projects for some of Durham Region’s largest employers including General Motors and Ontario Power Generation. In addition to the local projects, he has developed and managed teams for large-scale training initiatives that involved training deliveries from coast to coast across Canada. Scuse's Leadership skills play a critical role in the success of each project as he always ensures a smooth blending of the passions and talents of each team member to deliver the best product for Durham College clients.
In his current role as a Manager in the Corporate Training division of Durham College, he is accountable for providing vision for the business unit, setting departmental budgets, and the achievement of financial results. From 2012 to 2019, he held the role of Provincial Chair for the Ontario College Corporate Training Network where he focused on increasing communication and collaboration among Ontario Colleges. Scuse created a forum where new and existing college members felt supported and comfortable sharing their successes and challenges. Together this Network developed and deployed new ideas for serving the training needs of their business community partners.
His experience in corporate training brings a unique perspective to the Chamber which blends a passion for education with a keen understanding of the supports required to develop a thriving business community.
His most recent education includes a Bachelor of Management and a certificate in Adult Education and Training. Scuse lives in Brooklin with his wife Mindy and their three children, Grace, Ava, and Danny.
Founder and CEO, ITS Global, Kontingence Recruitment, BIPOC Jobs & Lyenn Dous, Board Chair, Black Business & Professional Association
Ross Cadastre (pronounced Ca-dasse), is the founder and CEO of Innovative Talent Solutions Inc. a leading talent company with two distinct brands ITS Global & Kontingence Recruitment, which address recruitment challenges for organizations throughout Canada. He also is the Founder and CEO of Lyenn Dous — a near-shore Knowledge Process Outsourcing operation providing back-office services to North American technology start-ups and high growth companies, and BIPOC Jobs, a job board designed to bridge the talent gap for Black, Indigenous and people of colour, by providing access to job opportunities.
Ross serves as the Board Chair of the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), an organization that addresses equity and builds programming to support black-owned businesses across Canada.
In 2017, Ross was acknowledged at the Black Business Awards and inducted into the Black Canadian National Wall of Role Models. In 2020 he was recognised as one of Canada’s Top 100 Professionals and then accepted as a member of the prestigious Forbes Business Council in 2022, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.
Guy Lacroix, Treasurer/Secretary
Guy Lacroix, CPA, CA, CGA, LPA, is a Partner with MNP’s Assurance and Accounting Services group in Oshawa. A trusted advisor and key resource to owner-managers and a wide range of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, Guy delivers tailored solutions to help his clients achieve their business goals and thrive.
Drawing on extensive experience in accounting, assurance, tax and auditing, Guy works with his clients one-on-one to provide guidance in the areas of auditing, accounting and consulting, including internal control evaluation and compliance and reporting.
Guy earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from Laurentian University. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Licensed Public Accountant (LPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA), qualifying in 2011.
Strategic Partnership Officer - Ontario Tech University
Jennifer is the Strategic Partnership Officer in the Partnership Office at Ontario Tech University and lives in Brooklin. She works with organizations and individuals who are interested in engaging with the university through a variety of initiatives including recruitment, research, networking and community projects. Jennifer is focused on building Ontario Tech’s reputation with organizations and associations across Canada, North American and the globe and to connect students, researchers, and staff to future opportunities.
Prior to working at Ontario Tech, Jennifer was Vice President at Media Profile, a full-service PR and communications agency where she led teams to deliver PR, social and digital for organizations in retail, real estate, technology, non-profit, community services and government, including the Ministry of Economic Development Trade and Job Creation. Over the last two decades Jennifer has honed her skills to listen, understand and engage with businesses big and small to build their brands and drive business results.
Owner of The Write Stuff Agency
Shaun Bernstein brings his drive, experience, and his passion for community to the Whitby Chamber board. A former employment lawyer and journalist, Shaun is the owner of The Write Stuff Agency - a content writing agency based in Durham Region. A storyteller from birth, he's been a devoted member of the Chamber this year, and is proud to be one of the co-hosts of Java Jolt, where he has the chance to facilitate conversations between Chamber members and newcomers from all industries.
He also has board experience, having spent the past two years serving as a director of the Durham Community Legal Clinic, and as part of the core team that has guided the clinic through significant transitions in that time. While no longer a practising lawyer, his background grants him an added perspective on important issues such as risk mitigation, compliance, and staffing. When given the opportunity, Shaun will readily tell you about his initial reluctance to join the Chamber back in his legal days, and how grateful he is to participate today as a business owner in Durham Region. It would be an honour to support the further support the community in this capacity.
Co-Founder at Render Developments
Joel Davies has been in digital marketing since 2004. Started my own marketing firm in 2011 and moved to Whitby in 2015.
Davies co-founded Render Developments to enhance pre-construction real estate projects through 3D architectural visualization techniques.
Davies is focused on staying up to date with the latest and greatest technology to help with your renderings, virtual walkthrough tours or any other visualization aids you may need to sell your real estate project.
He lives in Whitby and has worked with many companies in Durham Region, contributing to the community he lives and works in.
Account Manager at MicroAge Peterborough - Whitby
A lifelong resident of the Durham Region, Bill brings over 38 years of experience working in the IT Sector supporting customers across Manufacturing, Automotive, Retail, Banking, Insurance, Public and Private Sector. Bill has experience in Management, Team Building, Finance, Sales and Strategic Planning
Bill joined the Whitby Chamber of Commerce in January of 2020 and over the last 3 years has been very active in learning and connecting with members at monthly events. Bill’s current role is an Account Manager for MicroAge Whitby providing full IT support for small business owners in the community and educating them on Cyber Security.
While not working you can find Bill spending time with his wife and four adult children or on the golf course.
Group Benefits Consultant, HMA The Benefits People
Megan has been in the insurance and finance industry for over 5 years. She joined HMA The Benefits People in 2022 after being introduced to the company through a fellow Whitby Chamber of Commerce member. She works with local small and medium sized businesses across the region to develop a benefits solution that meets their specific needs in her capacity as a Group Benefits Consultant and as the Group Chamber Insurance Plan representative for the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. Megan’s philosophy is to always do what is best for the client and to provide exemplary customer service.
Megan takes tremendous satisfaction in her involvement with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. For the past 2022-2023 year she has held the position of non-voting member on the Board of Directors as the representative for the younger members of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. She has also volunteered on the ConnXGEN committee since 2020 and hopes to encourage the younger generation to use their local chamber as a resource for growth, no matter what path they wish to take in their career. Megan has been attending Whitby Chamber of Commerce events for over 3 years can attribute much of her growth to the connections she has made through the Chamber.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys being with her family and friends through hosting game and food nights. In the warmer months she is an avid camper that loves to hike and kayak at different Ontario Provincial Parks. She also plays on several sports teams including an ultimate frisbee team and a softball team located in Whitby/Brooklin.
Owner & Operator - The UPS Store Brooklin, ON
Ken is a professional communicator, which is a fancy way to say he tells stories for a living.
He built a career around storytelling by working as a journalist with organizations like CTV News, NTV News, and as an independent producer. In these roles he discovered that news is not a recitation of facts but a chance to share another person’s story.
They call it the “news business” for a reason. There are stakeholders, customers, and consumers just like any other business. During 17 years of writing and reporting, Ken’s interest in the business management side of his profession grew. Curiosity sent him back to university to earn a Master’s degree in Business Management and Leadership.
Less than a year ago Ken and his wife, Vicky opened The UPS Store in Brooklin. Ken’s role in the business is simple; share the story of the fledgling business with our community, making friends and clients along the way.
Commercial Account Manager, Business Development Bank of Canada
Ana Rejab started her career in banking in 2000 with HSBC and has experience internationally and in the Durham region supporting small business. In addition to her finance experience, Ana also spent several years involved in an education start-up. Her passion to help entrepreneurs grew as she understood the sweat and tears to grow a business. It is that passion and understanding that brought her to her current role with BDC, the only bank in Canada dedicated exclusively to helping entrepreneurs. At BDC, Ana partners with business owners to help them thrive and achieve their long term ambitions.
Ana is also a mother of two energetic kids who inspire her to do her best every day. She is a die-hard foodie, from eating to cooking. Every summer she enjoys farm hopping to buy local produce. She also loves spending time in local cafes and bookstores, kayaking, hiking, and traveling. Giving back to the community is core to who Ana is. There has never been a year since college that she has not volunteered for a cause or project. Currently, Ana volunteers with the Community Development Council Durham to help newcomers with English Conversation skills and is active in Rotary community services. Moving forward she hopes to be more involved with projects revolving around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and youth engagement.
North Brothers Films
Norm Reynolds is a director, producer and the president of North Brothers Films. As is the case with most business owners, Norm wears many hats. Some of his biggest responsibilities include managing the finances of the business, coordinating people, venues and equipment and planning the future of the business including the creation of SMART goals to make it happen.
Before finding his true passion in video production, Norm made a career out of many different jobs. He’s been a cook, baker, bartender, warehouse labourer, axe throwing instructor, skilled labourer in commercial renovations, driven cab, operated heavy equipment, a hydro excavator and snow plow. This background has given Norm the opportunity to see the world around him through a wider lens and has given him a lot of insight into the workings of various industries. More importantly, these experiences have given Norm a stronger sense of empathy for the people around him.
Through North Brothers, Norm is always on the lookout for ways to help build up, collaborate with and cast a spotlight on local businesses. A prime example of this is the video series “Will It Sanitize?” which was a series of pro-bono ads created for local businesses to help them reach their customers during the initial lockdowns of 2020. At his core, Norm wants to help people be heard, to strengthen the business community around him and to build a world where families, including his, can grow and thrive.
Outside of his professional life, Norm Reynolds is a husband and father of two, a weekly Dungeons and Dragons player, a regular supporter of Sick Kids, enjoys playing many sports including softball, floor hockey, golf and volleyball and absolutely loves the great outdoors.