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Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

Accommodation

Kelly Exelby brings more than 10 years of industry experience in the high-end hospitality sector. Kelly commenced her career with Vintage Hotels as Senior Manager of Spa Operations in 2008, and under her leadership the spa was ranked as Number 1 Spa in North America.

 

Prior to commencing employment with Vintage Hotels, Kelly owned and operated “White on White” a very successful high-end boutique concept retail store in St. Catharines where she achieved many accolades including “Entrepreneur of the Year”. “White on White” was featured in House & Home and Style at the Home magazines and Kelly also made appearances on House & Home with Lynda Reeves on HGTV. Previous to that, Kelly was the Assistant General Manager of Sheraton on the Falls, a 700-room, Four-Diamond Hotel in Niagara Falls. In that role, Kelly was integral in leading the hotel’s construction and renovations from a 370-room property to a 700-room property, as well converting the hotel into a Sheraton brand.

Kelly Exelby

GM, Prince of Wales, Moffat Inn

Kelly Exelby

GM, Prince of Wales, Moffat Inn

David is originally from the Greater Montreal area in Québec and moved in town a little over 10 years ago pursuing his own Bed and Breakfast dreams. He is currently owner/operator of Gatekeeper's Retreat and former president of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfasts Association. Although his experience and knowledge of the Short Term Rental world is extensive, his roots in customer service and tourism include previous work related experiences in wineries, special event management/weddings, food service, as well as backstage theatre production and set design. 

David Levesque

Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association

David Levesque
Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association

Agriculture, Restaurants & Wineries

Liberina (Betty) Colaneri is the Promotions and Special Event Co-ordinator of her family owned and operated Colaneri Estate Winery. She has organized many events on the piazza including, Cigars Under the Stars, An Evening with Pavlo and The Haunt to name a few. Liberina loves greeting guests from all over the world, to hear their stories and share her passion for the vineyard, winery and Niagara on the Lake. She has lived on the vineyard for 37 years with her husband and two sons.

  

A major part of her life has been dedicated to volunteering and coordinating events for organizations including The Catholic Women’s League of Canada. As an active member for 35 years, Liberina has held many executive positions including diocesan and provincial president and is presently serving on the national board.  

Liberina has served on the Chamber for the past 2 years.

Liberina Colaneri

Colaneri Estate Winery

Liberina Colaneri

Colaneri Estate Winery

Kim taught Secondary and Elementary school for 18 years. She moved to NOTL nine years ago to raise her four children in this community. Her family opened a restaurant (Sunset Grill) on Queen Street and are involved with many local clubs & sports teams through their children. Kim has enjoyed getting to know her fellow merchants in the Heritage District and started a merchant group to collaborate through the pandemic and beyond.

Kim Hughes-Gauld

Queen St Merchant Group

Kim Hughes-Gauld

Queen St Merchant Group

Enterprise & Community at Large

Eric Quesnel
124 on Queen Hotel and Spa

Eric Quesnel
124 on Queen 

Eric is a results-driven bilingual executive from Montreal with experience in sales & marketing, operations, financial management and strategic planning. Eric is a passionate leader in developing and coaching teams to achieve targets. Eric has worked for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for over 20-years in Tremblant, Montreal, Charlevoix, Boston, San-Francisco, Quebec City and Jasper. He has worked as well for Loews Hotels for 2 years and he is now General Manager at 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa working on the exciting expansion project. Eric is a father of 3 wonderful kids and has moved in the region in 2021.

Recent 30 Under 30 award recipient within the Hospitality and Food Service industry across Canada, Madison Vine is the Channel Marketing Manager for Andrew Peller Ltd.’s Estate Wine Group, East.  Madison moved to the Niagara Region for her undergrad and fell in love with the area. She’s been working in and passionate about Niagara-on-the-Lake and everything it has to offer since. In addition to sitting on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, she also volunteers as Vice-Chair for the board of Wineries of Niagara-on-Lake. She is passionate about the tourism industry and aspires to inspire young women in business. 

Madison Vine

Andrew Peller Ltd.

Madison Vine
Andrew Peller Ltd.

Heritage, Culture & Attractions 

Lisa Curtis

Parks Canada

Lisa Curtis

Parks Canada

A respected and awarded performing arts manager with more than 35 years of international professional experience, Tim Jennings is a passionate social advocate known for his creativity, financial acumen, leadership skills and energy.

 

Since 2000, Tim has led 4 theatres as executive leader in both Canada and the US and toured work to over 30 countries during his career.

 

During his time at these organizations, Tim increased revenues, built endowments, created new business alliances to enhance the reputation and scope of the companies, improved artist and artisan working conditions and supported the visionary work of his artistic partners and has served on more than a dozen industry boards.

 

He joined the Shaw Festival as its Executive Director in the fall of 2015.

Tim Jennings

Executive Director/ CEO, Shaw Festival

Tim Jennings

Executive Director/ CEO, Shaw Festival

Professional, Commercial & Industrial

Paul MacIntyre is currently with Lais’ Hotel Properties Limited as The VP of Operations and previously to this position was the GM for the Pillar and Post Inn & Spa. Paul has held many positions under the previous Vintage Inns umbrella as well, including GM and Food & Beverage Manager of the Prince of Wales, Director of Spas-Vintage Hotels & Interim GM for the Millcroft Inn & Spa.  His duties have also incorporated the opening of three popular local restaurants in town and the development & construction of the Gardens at the Pillar & Post. Paul also served as the GM of the Oban Inn for five years.

A native of the Niagara Region, Paul has worked in the Niagara-on-the-Lake hospitality industry since 1988, beginning at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club where he rose to the ranks of Club House Manager in 1994. Paul graduated from Cornell University’s General Manager’s Program in January 2007.

Paul MacIntyre

Vintage Hotels

Paul MacIntyre

Vintage Hotels

Andrea (Drea) Kaiser’s passion for local food and wine was born from being the daughter of winemaker Karl J. Kaiser who is now hailed as the pioneer of modern winemaking in Canada. She was most fortunate to have had a front row seat to the re-birth of a cottage industry and witnessed it grow to become a global competitor. Her roots in Niagara led her to a life-long career in wine, hospitality and tourism as a restauranteur, winery estate manager, educator, marketer, writer and now winemaker, with launch of her own personal wine brand Drea’s Wine Co. which pays tribute to her father.

Andrea Kaiser

Director of Marketing, Reif Estate Winery

Andrea Kaiser

Director of Marketing, Reif Estate Winery

Retail

Dylan Hart is an experienced commercial real estate professional with 8+ years of experience in shopping centre management and is the General Manager of Outlet Collection at Niagara. Prior to his role as General Manager, he was Property Manager at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, ON. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary with a specialization in Finance and is a member of BOMA Toronto and the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC). He joined the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Board in 2021.

Dylan Hart
Outlet Collection at Niagara

Dylan Hart
Outlet Collection at Niagara 

  • Born and raised in Niagara on the Lake, Kevin Neufeld grew up on a fruit farm/vineyard and later worked in the hospitality industry for the Vintage Inns and White Oaks Resort.  After returning from living in Whistler BC, where he worked in the hospitality industry at the Delta Resort and Whistler/Blackcomb Mountain, he and his wife Jana opened BeauChapeau. Since 1997 BeauChapeau has been on a steadily improving path and today is Canada’s largest hat store and the only one in the country to now offer a full-service hat-restoration shop. 

Kevin Neufeld
Beau Chapeau Hat Shop

Kevin Neufeld
Beau Chapeau Hat Shop

Official Town Council Representative

Wendy is a Niagara on the Lake Town Councilor and Strategic Business Consultant. A pragmatic, experienced business leader specializing in strategic planning, marketing, brand building, needs analysis and identifying key growth drivers for small and mid-sized businesses primarily in the wine, tourism, and hospitality sectors.

As Director of Marketing for the Ontario wine industry Wendy delivered leadership and strategic direction while achieving double-digit growth in sales and tourism visitation over 7 consecutive years. At the heart of the growth was a major strategic shift in focus to consumer engagement and experience. Wendy developed and led the execution of the Council’s marketing strategy using a collaborative approach with over 80 Ontario winery members, industry associations, VQA, the LCBO and the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

In 2014 Wendy launched her own consulting firm and has assisted small and mid-sized businesses to unlock growth and drive revenue with sound strategic guidance and tactical programming.

Wendy is an active community volunteer serving on the Chamber of Commerce, the Library Board, the Niagara Community Foundation Niagara on the Lake Fund, Communities in Bloom, The Pumphouse and several Council related committees.

Wendy Cheropita

Town Councillor 

Wendy Cheropita

Town Councillor