Your Chamber Team

Meet the team and board of directors who work behind the scenes at the Chamber.

Chamber Staff

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Sandy Lockhart

Executive Director 

705 687 4432 ext.105
manager@gravenhurstchamber.com

Sandy Lockhart has been the executive director of the Gravenhurst Chamber since August of 2016. Her experience in an entrepreneurial family, as a public relations/parent education manager at the non-profit Muskoka Family Focus and as editor of Muskoka Magazine, has given her a unique skill set that she’s been able to use at the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce.

A longtime cottager, she moved to Bracebridge for her first newspaper job, but soon moved to Gravenhurst – that was over 30 years ago. She’s a dedicated Gravenhurst cheerleader who wants to help the community grow and thrive.

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Chris Hammar

Marketing and Sponsorship Lead

705 687 4432 ext.102
manager@gravenhurstchamber.com

Chris Hammar joined the Chamber in May of 2019.

 

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Matt Driscoll

Communications Specialist

705 687 4432 ext. 103

tourism@gravenhurstchamber.com

Matt Driscoll joined the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and works part-time as a communications specialist with the Chamber and part-time as a freelance journalist (when he isn't parenting two rowdy boys).

Matt produces the weekly newsletter, formulates press releases and eblasts for the Chamber and our membership and runs the Chamber's social media, including the Gravenhurst Car Show, Experience Gravenhurst and Dockside Festival of the Arts accounts.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of local business owners and stakeholders committed to strengthening the Gravenhurst Business Community - and the community as a whole.

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Robbie Irvine

President of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

The Oar Restaurant, North Catering

president@gravenhurstchamber.com

Robbie and her husband Alain have toured the world with their Culinary and Hospitality careers.  In 2004, they moved their family to Gravenhurst allowing them to settle down close to the family. Robbie opened Irvine & Sons Fine Foods in 2005, which led to expansion when they opened North Restaurant & Catering in 2007. Now working with their sons, the family owns and operates The Oar Restaurant and North Catering. Robbie appreciates Gravenhurst’s proximity to Toronto, the strong sense of community and the ability to mix business with leisure.  Robbie rejoined the chamber board in 2013 because she likes supporting the local business community. She believes chamber membership is a great way to develop relationships and learn from other business owners.

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Eric Daly

Vice President of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Cashy Lake and Associates

After being a seasonal resident for over 30 years, in December of 2015, Eric Daly and his wife Catharine Daly moved to Kahshe Lake full time. As the managing partner of Cashy Lake and Associates consulting business, he works with entrepreneurs in Muskoka. Those companies have total revenue of $500,000 to $ 7 million. He helps people grow their businesses and prepare their businesses for sale. Eric joined the chamber because he likes to be involved in the community and wants to help the business community grow. “It’s a lot of fun,” he says of his move to Muskoka full time. “There seem to be good opportunities all around.”

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Bob Collins

Past President of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Home Building Centre Gravenhurst

Bob Collins moved to Gravenhurst in 2004 to invest in the Home Building Centre Gravenhurst. In 2010, the Home Building Centre expanded to a 20,000 square-foot store with 15,000 square-foot storage buildings and a new lumber yard in West Gravenhurst at 1111 Highway 169 (just 2 km past the Muskoka Wharf). Today, Collin’s family-owned business continues to support a large contractor base, but also, services both the local and cottage customer clientele. Bob has served the Chamber Board of Directors since 2008 and has held the role of President since 2013.  He joined the Chamber board because he enjoys giving back to the community, wants to make a difference and is committed to making Gravenhurst a great place to own and do business. Prior to settling in Gravenhurst, Bob lived in communities across Canada.  He feels Gravenhurst has “untapped potential everywhere,” and enjoys the community’s small-town charm and the easily-accessible amenities. With great golf, unmatched scenery and a positive business climate, Gravenhurst is easy to call home for his business and family.

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Mary Gauthier

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

The Gauthier Group 

After 30 years of living in Windsor, Mary returned to Gravenhurst in 2001 where she launched a new career in real estate – currently working as an agent for Enjoy Muskoka – and is credited as the agency’s most-productive agent. Mary is also the proprietor of Gauthier Group Development; working with her family building and selling new homes at The Gateway on the Bay subdivision.  Mary loves her hometown and wants to see others benefit from living in Muskoka – enjoying all it has to offer. Mary has served on the Chamber board since 2011 and likes being involved in the business community and supporting efforts to grow the community.

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Jon Massey

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 

Jon and his wife Dawn Michelle moved to Gravenhurst in 2010 when he assumed the role of  Director of Sales at The Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf. They appreciate the northern lifestyle Gravenhurst offers – particularly outdoor recreational activities and the culture of the close-knit community. Jon joined the Chamber board in 2016 because he wanted to support the organization he believes is a key economic driver for the town by encouraging business community engagement and promoting the community to visitors and potential residents.

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David Rose

Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce Board Member

David began visiting Muskoka as a young child, cottaging on Lake Muskoka with his family. In 2014, David and his partner Elaine became permanent Gravenhurst residents when they began operations of their business: Muskoka Rose Guest House and Retreat – located on Pine Lake. While living lakeside in Gravenhurst, David continues his position as President of The Forefront Communication Network, a Toronto-based communications company offering a gamut of marketing expertise to clients throughout Canada. He considers living in Gravenhurst a privilege. David chooses to call Gravenhurst home so he can live in an area surrounded by nature,  wildlife and clean air. He has found Gravenhurst to be welcoming and inclusive and is eager to continue in the participation of community-building activities. David joined the Chamber Board as he feels his experience will benefit the organization and serve the community.

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Kelly Fallis

Director of Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

RS Muskoka

Despite growing up in the one-stoplight town of Durham, ON and doing stints in BC, Switzerland, Boston, NYC, and Toronto. Kelly has always called Muskoka home. In 2016 Kelly crossed the bridge from lifelong Lake Muskoka cottager to Gravenhurst resident.  This three-time entrepreneur started in finance, on sales & trading desks on Bay Street. Addicted to the concept of return on investment but hates being attached to a physical desk, Kelly launched a Toronto-based home staging outfit and maximized the return on 750 Toronto homes in just five years.

In 2010,  long before e-commerce was a reality, she saw the need to make purchasing furniture to homes across Canada and the US nuisance free, thereby launching online furniture and delivery platform, Remote Stylist.  With a keen eye for beautiful spaces, an addiction to project management and an obsession with technology, launching RS Muskoka in 2016 with her husband and business partner Morgan was a natural combination.  With a focus on return on investment and in-house building, design and sourcing capabilities their #muskokamakeovers span recreational, residential, commercial and development projects.

Kelly is a leading authority on entrepreneurial life, bootstrapping, startups, small business, technology, and automation as well as a regularly quoted expert on home decor trends.  She won Canada’s Business News Network ‘Best Pitch of 2012’ and has had feature stories in the New York Times, Crains NY, Inc. Magazine, The National Post, Toronto Star, Canada.com, Wish Magazine, HGTV, and numerous online publications.  This tech-savvy entrepreneur with a passion for pretty spaces and maximizing return on investment is so excited to help the Gravenhurst community blossom into the town she knows it can be.

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Cathleen MacLennan

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce
Cruickshank & MacLennan Muskoka Law

Cathleen started as a partner at Marshall MacLennan LLP in Bracebridge. She then opened a private practice under MacLennan Law Office and re-located to Gravenhurst. Recently she purchased the Stuart & Cruickshank practice and now practices under Cruickshank & MacLennan. Cathleen practices in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, corporate law and family law agreements.

Cathleen hails from Toronto and has down roots in Gravenhurst with her husband Adam and their three young daughters.

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Randy Jorgensen

Director of Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Ryde Systems

Randy and his wife Sue have lived for almost 30 years on Ben Lake in Ryde, where they have raised their children David and Sarah. Randy grew up in Etobicoke (Toronto).

Randy was also active in the local community, serving as President of the Ryde Community Co-op for a number of years, as a leader in Scouts Canada and for nine years as a member of the Gravenhurst Library Board. Randy also worked with minor sport in Muskoka: as Tournament Director with Huntsville Minor Lacrosse, Treasurer of Huntsville Jr C Lacrosse, and behind the scenes with the South Muskoka Shield Hockey Club. Randy helped with the production of the updated History of Ryde book and DVD set for the Ryde 135 Celebrations.

Randy was acclaimed as the Councilor for Gravenhurst’s Ward 4 in the 2010 election, and first took office in December 2010. He was re-elected in 2014.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto, with a Biology Specialist and a minor in Computer Science. Following University, Randy had a successful career with the Ontario Government, serving in a number of Provincial Ministries. For the past 20 years, he has operated Ryde Systems, a computer sales and support company. His business keeps him in daily contact with small business owners and their staff throughout Muskoka.

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Katherine Szeplaki

Director

Katherine Szeplaki is an award-winning, experienced and highly motivated, project coordinator/manager and interior designer.

She is known for effectively managing diverse and complex construction projects successfully. She simultaneously coordinated over 200 profile projects in North America and the UK, ensuring projects were on schedule, on budget while maintaining rewarding positive relationships with suppliers, all key stakeholders, clients contractors and suppliers.

Katherine negotiates on a daily basis to ensure the procurement, delivery and installation of furniture, fixtures, equipment and other building materials. Known as an effective time manager and team contributor, she has sat on a number of industry-related boards.

 

Service Ontario Clerks

In co-operation with the Province of Ontario, the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce operates a Private Issuing Office offering Service Ontario assistance to the community. Come meet Karen, Dale, Sandi, Lori, Vicki and Jane.

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Karen Ledsham

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

Dale Durnan

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

Sandi Clarke

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

Lori Yancoff

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

Jane Maclellan

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

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