Board Of Directors
David Paterson, President
Royal Ashburn Golf Club
Dave Paterson operates the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, his family business. Through Royal Ashburn, he supports and works with many community organizations including the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame and the Whitby Dunlops. As a passionate and committed community member, Paterson has helped raise funds to support Youth Education for Conservation, a program he developed in 2009 with Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.
Corette Miller, Vice President
new initiatives hr consulting inc.
Miller brings over 15 years’ experience as a human resources professional to large and small corporations throughout North America. Millers’s passion is too educate and partner with employers/business-owners. As an advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, she is an active Advisor with the Spark Centre in Durham Region. For the last nine years, she is active as the Vice-Chair for Big Brother & Sisters of South West Durham and Northumberland.
Karey Anne Large, Secretary
Downtown Whitby BIA
In 2011 Karey Anne Large took on entrepreneurship and opened her first retail bakery in downtown Whitby. While continuing to grow, she received the 2016 New Business of the Year Award from the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. With that accolade to her name, she was chosen as the first Canadian to appear on Cake Wars, a national program broadcast on Food Network US. After seven years, Large made the decision to close the bakery and take some time for herself and family. Not one to sit still for long, Large was chosen as the new Executive Director of the Downtown Whitby BIA in 2018, where her love of downtown and business worked together to become one passion. She is also Vice Chair of the Parent Council at her son’s school, a member of the Whitby Rotary Sunrise Club as well as sits on both Whitby Mayor’s Community Fundraiser and Lakeridge Health Gala planning committees.
Laura Wilson, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Baker Tilly KDN LLP
Having joined Collins Barrow Durham (now Baker Tilly Durham) in 2004, Laura Wilson brings a decade of experience advising clients in a number of industries including not-for-profits and registered charities, manufacturing, real estate, retail, medical and agriculture. In 2015, she became a partner of the firm. Wilson holds an Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree from York University. She became a Chartered Accountant in 2005 and is also a Licensed Public Accountant. She was an instructor of the Not for Profit Financial Management course for the Management Development Centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from 2015 to 2018. As an active member of her community, she serves as a volunteer on the United Way Allocations Committee, is part of the Central Ontario Chartered Accountants Association and as the Agency Coordinator for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Free Tax Clinics.
Julie Armstrong Rennie
Julie Armstrong Rennie has spent the last 30 years in the Durham Region cultivating an incredible reputation and resume for business excellence and leadership, specializing in the fields of marketing, communications and management for both the public and private sectors. Her personal and professional philanthropy to champion needs across a diverse spectrum here in Durham have made her well known throughout the area, as she is truly a community builder. Armstrong Rennie's years working at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce will make for a smooth transition into the role of Director. Currently a realtor at RE/MAX Jazz, she was formally the Manager, Corporate and Community Relations at Ontario Shores Foundations for Mental Health Sciences. She is truly a people person who values relationships and improving the lives of others above all things.
Tara Brodie joined Durham College in June 2017 as the Director of Corporate Training Services (CTS), headquartered at the Whitby campus. As Director of CTS, Brodie leads a high-performance team that liaisons and builds partnerships with Durham and GTA businesses to develop and deliver training solutions to address todays’ business challenges. Prior to joining Durham College, Brodie worked at Longview, a financial software company, as the Global Director of Learning Services. There she developed and implemented successful strategies to transform and grow an existing North American training division into a world-class global education service organization. Brodie's experience also includes a 12-year tenure at IBM Canada, where she excelled in various IT and Services sales roles, and substantially grew partner and vendor relationships as a curriculum manager within IBM Education.
CDAR Consulting Services
Charles D’Mello is the founder of CDAR Inc. Having moved to Brooklin in 2009 with is family, he decided to start his own business in 2014. He joined the Whitby Chamber of Commerce the same year to seek guidance on how to develop his business in the Durham Region. CDAR is currently in the process to embark on the AI (Artificial Intelligence) for social good challenge announced by Google. D’Mello and his team are currently looking at how to enable seniors to continue to live in their own homes using AI to help them with their day-to-day needs. In addition, he is a captain for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, supporting the organization.
Brion Hendry (CA, CPA)
BDO Canada LLP
Brion Hendry is a Partner in Assurance and Accounting at BDO Canada and the Technology and Life Sciences Practice Leader for the Greater Toronto Area with over twelve years’ experience auditing Canadian and US technology companies. Hendry serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Whitby-Oshawa Conservative Electoral District and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Committee.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Matthew Mackenzie is a Government Relations and Strategic Communications professional with a background in industry associations, private sector consulting, publicly-traded corporations and post-secondary sectors, currently serving as the Government Relations Officer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Mackenzie is a proud partner in the newest online news source, Huntsville Doppler and serves on many Boards such as Scogog Fibre Inc. (Municipal Services Corporation of the Township of Scugog), Science Rendezvous, C3 Digital Media Group Inc. and Mackenzie Communications Inc.
Kyle Paterson has been a lifetime resident of the Durham Region who cherishes the concept of living, working and contributing to the community in which he lives. Formerly holding the Member Relations role at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Paterson made the move to Bryson Insurance in 2015 where he is now the Director of Operational Analytics. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, he also chairs the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee. Furthering his commitment to the community, he sits on the Downtown Whitby Steering Committee and is an Ambassador for Durham Sustain Ability.
Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Shane Terry has been with Roughley since 2003, and has been an insurance industry professional since 2000. You could say that the insurance industry is in his blood, as his family has owned and operated an Independent Insurance Brokerage in the GTA for over 15 years. Terry takes pride in promoting The Roughley Advantage to the business and local community, acting as a representative for the team at a number of different local association and membership events. He has been a member in good standing with the Insurance Brokers Association of Durham since 2006, and currently sits on the Board as a Director.