Jan De Silva
President & CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
Co-chair, Canada's Innovation Business Council
Janet De Silva is President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, a role she assumed in January 2015. As President & CEO Ms. De Silva leads the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, representing the business interest of 12,000 members and 200,000 business professionals across the Toronto region.
Prior to joining the Board, Ms. De Silva was Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School, with responsibility for the school’s programs, overall development and expansion in Asia.
For 14 years Ms. De Silva has led businesses internationally as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s business in Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture. Under her leadership Sun Life Everbright光大永明人寿 expanded its China operations from 2 to 15 cities, grew to a workforce of more than 4,000, and delivered triple digit revenue growth. In 2007, Ms. De Silva co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, a company that worked with international retail brands operating their retail stores and managing franchises in China. The company was acquired in 2010, but she remained active in capital advisory and investment projects.
Highly respected in the business community, Ms. De Silva has served terms as both Chair and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Chair of Canada China Business Council, Beijing. In 2007, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Thompson Rivers University in Canada and a guest professor designation by Tianjin University of Science and Technology in China. Ms. De Silva was named Asian Business Executive in the 2006 Stevie Awards for International Business. And, in 2012, was recognized by the South China Morning Post as a “Woman of our Time” for her contributions to education.
She holds an MBA from Ivey Business School of Western University in Canada and served on its Asian Advisory Board for 10 years before assuming the role of Dean, Ivey Asia in 2011. In 2012, the Canadian Board Diversity Council named Ms. De Silva to their inaugural Diversity 50 List of board ready candidates. She is presently a non-executive director on the boards of Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) a Canadian-listed company offering home, auto and business insurance and Blue Umbrella Limited, an Asian based due diligence and risk management service provider. She has previously served on the boards of Asian Corporate Governance Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
President & CEO, Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
Co-chair, Canada's Innovation Corridor Business Council
Ian McLean was appointed President & CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in September of 2010. The Chamber is the second largest in Ontario with over 1,600 members across Kitchener, Waterloo and Woolwich Township. In his role, Ian serves on the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region Council and the Chamber Health Care Recruitment Council.
Previously, Ian served on Waterloo City Council for seven years and was Chair of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee from 2008 to 2010. He also served on the City of Waterloo Audit Committee and was a member of the Waterloo North Hydro Board of Directors. His public service also included a variety of Boards and Committees including the Board of the Uptown Waterloo BIA, Waterloo Public Library Board, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Board and Waterloo Economic Development Committee.
Ian is a Chair of McLean & Associates, a consulting firm focused on strategic problem solving, international trade development and business development networking. Previously, he had worked in the private sector for both large and small businesses and worked in the broader public sector for the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as an Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations.
His educational background includes an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University.
CEO, Brampton Board of Trade
Todd Letts is CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade. Prior to joining the Board of Trade, Todd served as an association executive with business organizations such as Chamber Executives of Ontario, the Toronto Board of Trade; Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Ontario Business Improvement Area Association and the Ontario division of CME, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Highly respected by his peers, in 2015, Todd was awarded the James Carnegie Award for leadership and mentorship by Chamber Executives of Ontario. He is the former chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives Council (CCEC) and a past director of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Selected as a Ford fellow in Regionalism & Sustainable Development, an honour bestowed by the United States Ford Foundation, Todd also obtained the designation CCE (Certified Chamber Executive). He holds a degree in Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Rotman School at the University of Toronto.
An active distance runner, Todd has raced in more than a dozen marathons world-wide.
President & CEO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Keanin is in his fifth year of transforming the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce as its President & CEO. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, and a lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the College of William & Mary School of Law. He proudly serves his community in a variety of capacities and lives with his wife and three children in Hamilton’s lower city.
President & CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Kithio has spent several years in a variety of capacities as a communications, government relations and management professional. He has developed thorough knowledge of working with member driven organizations having served in various capacities with the St. Catharines – Thorold Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being named President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and public policy from Brock University and has extensive knowledge working with business, government and community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Kithio is a recipient of the Business Link Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award, the Guelph Mercury Top 40 Under 40 Award and the David Betzner Award for Volunteer Service.
President & CEO, Milton Chamber of Commerce
Scott McCammon has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce business for 35 years, including being one of the few to serve both as a volunteer Board Chair and a Chamber staffer. He is currently President & CEO of the Milton Chamber. Previously, Scott was in Executive roles in the Burlington, Hamilton and Ontario Chambers of Commerce. He is one of only three Canadian Chamber Executives to earn the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation from the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Association in Washington.
After only a few years as a Chamber Manager, Scott received the Executive of the Year Award for Canada and subsequently joined the Council of Excellence. Scott has also received: James G. Carnegie Award (2011) for mentorship; Patron – City of Burlington (2003; first recipient for community service); Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; and, Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ontario (CEO) President’s Award. In his limited spare time, Scott enjoys working as a background actor on TV shows and movies, including: Suits; Designated Survivor; Saving Hope; and Pixels with Adam Sandler.
General Manager, Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce
Kathleen Dills is the General Manager of the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce, a chamber composed of the two urban centres of Acton and Georgetown and many hamlets. Kathleen has had diverse career that spanned from involvement in the family newspaper and printing business, a career in “high tech” based in Chicago, a number of years as director of marketing in the natural product industry, a national sales manager role and, finally, general manager of the Chamber since 2013 proudly advocating for the businesses and community of Halton Hills. Kathleen is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
With deep roots in the community, Kathleen also serves on the board of the Acton BIA, planning the fundraising and events for Heritage Acton and the Acton Town Hall, serving on the Georgetown Hospital Foundation Board and mentoring the Acton Business Company, a high school entrepreneur program among other community-based projects.
President & CEO, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
In his 17th year as President and CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Greg has had extensive service to his community. While in the private sector, Greg Chaired the Business Improvement Area, and for 9 years represented the Ward 2 area of Cambridge as City Councillor.
During his time on Cambridge City Council, Greg chaired numerous committees, and for much of his 9 years on Council chaired the City’s Budget Task Force Committee. Greg led Cambridge to 9 consecutive budgets of zero increase in taxes. As a member of City Council, Greg brought forward new concepts in private/public partnerships like the Ice Park, YMCA/City Pool Partnership and developed the Core Area Patrol Program in partnership with the Business Improvement Areas.
Greg brought his exuberant and exciting personality to the Chamber when he joined. Increasing the membership from just under 700 in 2000, to over 1800 today and making the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce one of the largest Chambers in Ontario by membership. Greg’s out of the box thinking and marketing concepts brought the Chamber to new heights and has made Cambridge an International leader in Chamber development. From National programs he developed like “Funny Money” a High School financial literacy program that in 2011 won The Best Unconventional Chamber Project in the World at the World Chambers Congress in Mexico City. He as well came up with Cambridge Chamber specific programs like Chamber Web TV, and On The Street, all geared towards communication with the membership as well as the community.
In 2014 Greg was named Chamber Executive of the Year for Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. Greg was also a contributor to a Global Chamber paper called Chamber 2025 a look to the Horizon on what’s in store for business and Chambers in the next 10 years.
President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
David is a seasoned business professional and consummate entrepreneur with 40 years experience in a variety of industries. He is currently the President and CEO of the Mississauga Board of Trade.
David started his first business while still a teenager and has been focused on entrepreneurship, sales, and management since that time. Previous to the Board of Trade, David was the CEO of EKNA Production House a digital asset management company and producers of broadcast television shows. David was also the executive producer and host of BiZ TV Canada, a business show designed for SME business owners. Biz TV Canada was broadcast on CHCH nationally, Global and CBC affiliate stations and streamed daily via Financial Post Entrepreneur on-line as well as through the Biz TV Canada website.
David is also the former host and community producer of Rogers TV IN-BUSINESS, a cable television show that produced 220 episodes and featured over 1,200 guests.
David is a results-oriented professional who believes in metrics and inclusion leadership. He is committed to educating the business community with the key ingredients for success and growth. David is married to his best friend, Joanne and is blessed with two wonderful daughters, Aaren and Kayla.