Board of Directors
President: Greg Groen
Greg has been an insurance broker for about 6 years, starting with PC insurance in Windsor Ontario, and currently working with Huronia Insurance Group. Active in many community groups, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, The City of Barrie Year-Round/Farmer’s Market Steering committee, Friends of Burl’s Creek, and other groups. Greg also writes, contributing to his own blog at Bandfan Universe as well as writing the column “Expressions” for North Simcoe Life Magazine.
Greg lives in Oro-Medonte with his partner Nicole, step-son Gabe, a Labrador Retriever named “Diamond”, and a storm-trooper named “Bob”.
Vice President: Jon Colella
Jon has been involved with the Oro-Medonte Chamber since 2014, volunteering his services for our Chamber 2014 Municipal Election Debates and various other events since then. He has been the production manager for audio vendors and artists at the weekly OK Friday Barn Fair, and the VIP section for WayHome and Boots and Hearts since 2015. He also ran the sound for the Charity Hockey Game after party at the HorsePower Grill in 2015 and 2016 and for Canadian recording artist Kira Isabella at the 2015 MusiCounts school recipient presentation at WR Best School in Oro-Medonte. Jon was also a judge for the 2018 Juno Awards in the Best Country Album category.
Born and raised in Barrie, Jon enjoys drumming, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his family.
Treasurer: Gabrielle Adams, CPA, CGA, HB Comm
Accounting Co. Online
Gabrielle earned the Chartered Financial Planner designation in 1990, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and is pursuing an MBA in her spare time. A strong IT background, she has provided accounting and tax preparation services, training and support for a wide range of organizations from small start-ups and professionals to large multi-nationals and acted as outside controller. She has represented clients during GST-HST Audits, Income Tax Audits, WSIB Audits, CPP Appeals, OSAP Appeals and acted as Power of Attorney.
A contributing writer for the Hawkester, Gabe has lived in Oro-Medonte for twelve years.
Valley Croft Event Centre
Kate is the newest Director on the Chamber Board. Born in Toronto and raised in England, Kate has been a Simcoe County resident for over 15 years, living in Barrie, Wasaga Beach, and for the last 5 years, Horseshoe Valley.
Kate is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and is a food safety and quality assurance specialist, with a 25 year career in the food industry.
Kate has recently taken her love for hosting and planning celebrations into an entrepreneurial adventure. Currently the proprietor of Valley Croft event centre, Kate, her partner Ash, and daughter, Emma live, work and play at their property in Horseshoe Valley.
Kate has been a committee member for Relay for Life, and is honoured to support Seasons Centre for Grieving Children.
Alta Vista Planning Partners Inc.
Dana is the President and CEO of Alta Vista Planning Partners Inc., a local company that provides consulting and planning services primarily for business owners. Alta Vista also provides exclusive access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan for members of nine Chambers of Commerce in the region. Throughout his career he has served on local, regional and national boards for a number of professional and charitable organizations.
Dana was born in Collingwood and has been married to his high-school sweetheart for 38 years. He has 3 married daughters and 3 grandchildren who are the other loves of his life.
Nancy is an independent Mortgage Agent with Mortgage Sense and works throughout Simcoe County and the surrounding areas. She has an extensive background in mortgages, real estate and property appraisals. Prior to joining Real Mortgage Associates, Nancy was a financial advisor/manager with National Bank and Meridian Credit Union for over 26 years. One of her greatest passions is helping people. Nancy provides personalized service and works closely with her clients to provide solid advice based on their specific needs and goals and build a plan with the right financial products.
Nancy was born and raised in Toronto and moved to the Barrie area in 1990. She has been a Member of the Oro-Medonte Chamber for 7 years thorough Meridian Credit and recently joined with Real Mortgage Associates. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening and listening to live music at local venues.
Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Board of Directors have completed training to comply with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Ontario Regulation 429-07