Ken Nevar Appointed as Oakville Chamber Chair

Oakville Chamber Chair Ken Nevar
Ken Nevar Appointed as Oakville Chamber Chair
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Kristen Curry

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Kristen Curry is the Communications Coordinator at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication and Media Studies with Business Management Option.

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The Board of Directors of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ken Nevar has officially begun his term as the new Oakville Chamber Chair. Ken was sworn in by Mayor Rob Burton at the Oakville Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Ken has served as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors since 2010 and has served on the Oakville Chamber’s Executive Committee as Vice-Chair of the Chamber Board since 2013.

As well as being the Oakville Chamber Chair, Ken Nevar is the President of Cooper Construction Limited. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1905, Cooper Construction has a long history as a family-owned general contractor constructing institutional and commercial buildings in both the public and private sectors. Cooper Construction’s head office is in Oakville, Ontario.

Ken joined Cooper Construction in 1979 and has played a pivotal role in transforming the company into one of the leading design builders and industrial land developers in the GTA. Ken leads all strategic initiatives of the company and is responsible for development activities, including land acquisition, site servicing, design/build construction, marketing and tenant selection activities.

“Ken brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge to his new role that will contribute to the ongoing success of the Oakville Chamber” stated Immediate Past Chair Caroline Hughes. “Ken has provided his expertise to the Board as a Director for seven years and has chaired the Oakville Chamber’s Government Relations and Advocacy Committee for two years. I look forward to working closely with Ken and his leadership throughout the coming year.”

Vice President Government Relations at Ford Motor Company, Caroline Hughes has completed her term as Oakville Chamber Chair, and Oakville Chamber President John Sawyer congratulated her on an outstanding job. “Caroline’s background and experience helped frame our research, comments and recommendations throughout her term as Chair. A significant achievement during her term was the Oakville Chamber membership reaching a milestone of over 1,200 organizations! We are very proud of this achievement and look forward to continue the momentum in the coming year.”

More information on previous Chamber Chair: Caroline Hughes

Oakville Chamber Chair

Past Oakville Chamber Chair, Caroline Hughes

Caroline Hughes will be recognized for her contribution to the Chamber at the Annual Chairs Dinner where Ken Nevar, along with the incoming Board of Directors, will be introduced to the community. This formal evening includes a networking reception, dinner and silent auction. The Oakville Chamber is pleased to be hosting David Dodge, The Former Governor of the Bank of Canada and Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones, as the keynote speaker.

“We are excited to host David Dodge. The economy and interest rates are the top issues on the minds of our members and Canadians at large. It will be very interesting to hear Mr. Dodge’s perspective on the Bank of Canada’s increasing interest rates and its effect on our economy” stated Chamber President John Sawyer.

The 63rd Annual Chair’s Dinner takes place on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre. The evening starts at 5 PM. Tickets are $125 for Chamber members and $175 for non-members. Tables of eight are available. You can register for the 63rd Annual Chairs Dinner online, by email to info@oakvillechamber.com, or by calling the Chamber at 905-845-6613.

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