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Erika Andrusiak, Owner
Erika Andrusiak is a resident of downtown Whitby and is a passionate supporter of the community who is committed to shopping and buying local.
Erika has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and began working for a planning firm in Whitby in 2004. After working in the planning field for eight years, she realized that it was not her passion and she took a part-time job at the Durham branch of the Canadian Red Cross as a First Aid Coordinator in 2012. As a lifeguard, swim instructor, and first aid instructor, this job was the perfect fit. Not only was she able to share her passion for first aid, but was able to coordinate great quality first aid courses for the public. The Red Cross restructured in 2014 and no longer offered first aid courses to the public directly, but moved to sell their products to Training Partners of the Red Cross.
Being transitioned from the job she loved, the next natural step was to start her own business and she opened Durham First Aid Inc. in 2015, with a training centre opening on Wentworth Street East in Oshawa in 2017. She prides herself on offering people the highest quality first aid and CPR courses, not only for certification purposes for the workplace but to ensure that participants leave with the confidence and knowledge they need to help in an emergency.
Joel Davies, Owner
Joel Davies has been in the digital marketing industry since 2004, starting with a company called Contractors.com. He sat in an SEO meeting and was blown away by Google’s algorithms, which weren’t even near as sophisticated as they are now.
For years he helped several companies optimize their marketing efforts and saw some things he’d rather forget. In fact, he saw too much. Terrible sites with terrible flaws meant bad Internet – for the whole world. That’s not what was supposed to happen, so he threw in the towel and branched out on his own.
Joel packed up years of knowledge and experience and set forth into the wild country of business ownership. He is eager to help with membership development and teach fellow members how the Whitby Chamber has helped his business.
Sali Fitzpatrick, Senior Account Manger
“Sali Fitzpatrick is a Senior Account Manager, with the Business Development Bank of Canada, working out of the Durham Business Centre. Sali is passionate about entrepreneurs! Sali has assisted many Durham region business owners in securing financing, and Advisory services to assist their goals. In her 16 years of employment with BDC she has held a variety of roles in different departments, including Special Accounts, Internal Audit and currently, Commercial Financing.
Sali is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, as well as a proud member of 100 Women Who Care Ajax/Pickering/Whitby. Sali has volunteered for many various initiatives, from hospitals, to soup kitchens, to the elderly, and is constantly looking for ways to give back to her community.
On a personal note, Sali’s favorite pastime is Fitness, she has been a certified fitness instructor since 2008. Sali has coached at various studios across Toronto, as well as 8 years for the City of Oshawa. Currently, she is a Coach at Orange Theory Fitness in Bowmanville.
Sali's ultimate passion, regardless of the path taken, is the strong desire to help others succeed...no matter what their journey is.
Brent Giroux, Owner
Brent opened the first independent Floatation Therapy Centre in Ontario in 2011 in Sudbury Ontario. He moved the business, The R.E.S.T. Centre, to Whitby in 2017 to pursue helping more people.
Brent has been at the forefront of drug-free, alternative therapies for pain management within the Wellness changing industry in Ontario. While working for a psychiatrist as a Behaviour Therapist for people with head injuries, he was first introduced to floatation therapy-restricted environmental stimuli therapy. Educating his clientele about allowing the brain and body to rest and the numerous health improvements that are a result of it is an intrinsic passion Brent has. Helping move the float industry foreword is also a passion of Brent’s.
Brent is very passionate about supporting local small businesses, networking with everyone he meets. Brent really appreciates everyone’s individual story of pain and health no matter where they are on the spectrum of wellness.
Brent has over 33 year’s experience working with chronic pain and the effects of head injuries. Brent worked for several psychologists as well as The Ontario March of Dimes, working with clients with severe head injuries, helping them re-learn needed social skills. Brent attended Cambrian College in Sudbury as well as taking a suicide intervention course at Laurention University.
Miles Goacher, CPA, CA, CFP, CIM, FCSI
Miles Goacher is the name behind Goacher Wealth Management, RBC Dominion Securities. He is primarily responsible for managing client relations, client acquisition, investment strategy, wealth planning, and overall business direction. Miles provides comprehensive wealth management strategies along with discretionary portfolio management.
Miles is a Certified Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Certified Financial Divorce Analyst, and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He has spent over 20 years with RBC Dominion Securities serving high net worth individuals and their families. Prior to that, Miles spent time on the retail bond desk and owned his own tax practice. Miles has been a member of the RBC Dominion Securities Top Tier Executive Council since 2007, which celebrates the top 125 advisors for their business practices and client experience. Miles graduated from Dalhousie University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Through the years Miles has been a major supporter of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, including serving as President on the Board of Directors from 2016-2017.
Craig Howie, Mortgage Broker
Craig Howie is a long-term resident of Whitby and a passionate supporter of the community. As a Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Craig is also self-employed, and truly appreciates the value that small business brings to the community and understands the struggles they can experience.
A long-term member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, Craig believes that giving back to the community is its own reward. Craig has had the privilege of helping organize the Whitby Ribfest, an annual event attracting thousands of people and raising over $500,000 for projects right here in Whitby. He has also had the opportunity to be a part of hands-on projects in Whitby, Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Laos.
Craig is looking forward to showing fellow members how to use the Whitby Chamber of Commerce benefits to make the Whitby business community stronger.
Amy Simpson, President
Amy Simpson is the President of MicroAge Peterborough – Whitby and has 31 years' experience in IT. After completing a BA at York University, she got a temporary position at a Computer Company shredding paper – and the rest is history.
Today, she owns a technology firm with two locations and is a shareholder in the 100% Canadian parent company which has 38 locations.
Simpson has received several awards and achievements over the years including Businesswomen of the Year Award, MicroAge Canada – Community Support Award, Peterborough Chamber Excellence Awards Customer First, MicroAge Canada – Business Transformation, 50 Best Managed IT Companies, and most recently, Taylor Business Group – Operational Excellence. Simpson has been an active Rotarian for 17 years and served as President of a local women's networking group and board member of the PTBO Chamber.
Glen Smith, President
Glen started in the industry working on the trucks during his college days and never left. MultiCorp was founded in 1995 by Glen and Christine Smith. Glen was recruited by The Commercial Relocation Network in 2012 to become the designated mover, installer and storage company in the GTA and the surrounding area, working with a broad range of Fortune 500 Companies. In the fall of 2017, MultiCorp relocated from Scarborough to Whitby and quickly became a fixture in local businesses. MultiCorp is a founding partner of 1855 Whitby, supplying furniture and design services to the project.
Glen joined the Whitby Chamber of Commerce to try and meet local vendors to enhance MutiCorp’s broad range of commercial office services and quickly became a fixture at Chamber events and promoter of the Chamber and its members. Glen is also Past President of a local BNI Chapter and a member of the 100 Men of Whitby. He designed, specified and completed the restack of Whitby Town Hall, The Whitby Planning Office, The Spark Centre and many more local projects.
In his spare time, he can be found buzzing around town on his Harley or tending to some succulent meal he is concocting on his backyard smoker.