The Business Summit: Resilience and Reinvention

WHITBY (August 25, 2022) – On September 21, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC) will be hosting its annual Business Summit. This year’s theme is Resilience and Reinvention and the event will take place at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility.

Check out our keynote speaker!

Mark Harrison, Founder, MH3 Collective

As if battling an enduring pandemic was not enough, organizations are now dealing with war, political upheaval, employee disengagement, supply change shortages, and growing issues around diversity and inclusion. These multifaceted challenges have become priority issues for government, shareholders, consumers, clients, and future employees. As a result, corporate leaders are under siege by all of these stakeholders.

A lifelong volunteer and entrepreneur, Mark Harrison, has spent the past two years examining his relationship with the ventures he leads. Mark started his first business in 1994, T1, a sponsorship agency that exclusively works with impactful brands, and his second in 2005, global networking platform SponsorshipX.  In 2020 he co-founded the Black Talent Initiative to support the Black community in professional workplaces. Also, in 2020, Mark helped launch Humanity, a creative agency for the Human Age, and Park Street Education, a non-profit that works to remove all barriers to children’s education. His community involvement includes being the co-chair of the Ontario University Athletics Task Force on Black, Biracial, Indigenous Issues, Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, a volunteer with CAMH and advisor to several ventures, including the Crankworx World Tour, Riff, and NFL Canada.

“I look forward to sharing with The Business Summit attendees how our team developed an Entrepreneurial Design approach to save our twenty-five-year-old businesses in the face of the pandemic that completely wiped out our industry. However, the transformation of our company is just the beginning of the story that includes the launch of new ventures, innovations in the social justice arena and a life-changing moment that became the wake-up call I didn’t know I needed but did.” – Mark Harrison 

In addition to Mark, we have speakers that are local leaders who will share their personal stories about resilience and reinvention:

  • Brion Hendry, BDO and Dennis Croft, 1855 Whitby
  • Asif Khan, Ground Level Insights
  • Allison Hector – Alexander, Region of Durham


  • Denise Laframboise, ca
  • Mike Libbey, Your Bottom Line
  • Chris Vanclief, Brock St. Brewery
  • Rhonda Jessup, Whitby Public Library
  • Bruce Watson, Home Hardware

The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is proud to host this one-day conference, presented by MicroAge Peterborough-Whitby and their partner Datto.

To learn more about the above speakers and for full event details, visit and see the below announcement.

Established in 1928, The Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC) is a not-for-profit business organization that inspires economic opportunities for our members.  Our tagline ‘Because Your Success is Everything’ demonstrates our commitment to engage the business community through advocacy, networking and mentorship.  We create connections and foster a thriving business community, proudly serving the needs of our membership. Come experience how we establish solid relationships, develop business leads, or simply unwind after hours.

For more information please contact:

Joshua Dawson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Whitby Chamber of Commerce