WHO WE ARE
Since 1985, member advocacy has been our top priority. As an independent organization with strong local government representatives, the Mount Pearl-Paradise Chamber of Commerce (MPPCC) is able to work on projects and challenge issues that impact local businesses. Our advocacy committee is also largely responsible for monitoring government activity and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for action or informational purposes.
Board of Directors
Your Local Business Support
Laurie Short-Cahill is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. She works in a B2B sales environment, engaging with clients to help them with their Traveler’s accommodations including Meeting and catering requirements, as well as managing their Social media and marketing. Laurie was awarded Leader of the Year 2016 for her company. Before her current position, she was an Integrated Advertising Consultant with Transcontinental Media for 5 years. Laurie also boasts 9 years of Retail management under her belt. In addition to her awards, She was an ambassador with the St. John’s Board of Trade, serving for two and a half years.
Laurie is also the originator of “Spring Into Spring Cleaning”- A campaign to collect used clothes in Aid of the Iris Kirby House, in which their first year generated over 100 bags of clothing from the community. Additionally, she also initiated an Annual BBQ event in aid of the Janeway with activities for the kids, a dunk tank, face painting and balloon making.
Laurie is involved with the Junior Achievement program, as an Our Business World Instructor- Teaching fundamental Business basics to Grade 5 and 6’s over a 4 week period. Laurie has also recently become involved with Easter Seals in their Horizons program, offering mock interviews to prepare the participants for the real world.
She has been an active committee member and mentor, inspiring Youth with Miss Achievement NL since 2011 and is currently serving the Girls On The Green Committee in aid of Kids Help Phone for 2017.
Laurie is looking forward to her new role with the Chamber and becoming more involved in The Mount Pearl/Paradise Community.
Since graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Dave has been working with enterprises of all sizes to help them achieve their marketing goals.
With over seven years experience as a marketing consultant, his expertise in customer service, sales, and marketing has allowed him to develop a keen eye for creative and progressive views towards media placement.
While he enjoys volunteering with associations he is passionate about, Dave also has been an active musician in the community with his band The Hallidays and teaches percussion at Halliday Music Studio.
A.F. Bruce Law
Jillian Hewitt is an associate lawyer with the law firm A.F. Bruce Law. Jillian obtained her International Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University in 2010 and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Juris Doctor in 2014.
Jillian considers herself so fortunate to have grown up in Mount Pearl and to have had the opportunity to be a part of the warm and growing community for so many years. She hopes to continue to nurture these community relationships onward throughout her professional career.
With the firm, Jillian maintains a varied general practice encompassing a wide range of areas including civil litigation, real estate, family law, criminal law, wills and estates and administrative law.
Royal LePage Vision Realty
Currently Brad provides full Residential and Commercial real estate services to customers across Mount Pearl, Paradise and the Greater St. John’s area. Clients appreciate his honesty, patience and conscientious attitude towards the tasks at hand. Prior to returning to his hometown of Mount Pearl, Brad worked abroad in Hospitality, Education and has a strong IT background. Bringing these areas together provide Brad with a diverse and unique range of experiences, problem-solving skills and abilities. Brad’s professional development has continued long after graduating with an Information Systems degree from St. Francis Xavier University. He currently volunteers for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and the Association for New Canadians. Having been a member of the MPPCC since 2015, Brad is eager to contribute as a Board member in order to improve upon his professional and leadership skills. Brad feels strongly about being a participating member and promoting the growth and development of a prosperous business community in Mount Pearl, Paradise.
Dwayne holds a business degree from Memorial University and works as a commercial account manager with BMO Bank of Montreal, Paradise Branch. He also served as a director with the CBS Main Street Association and as vice chair for Janeway Telethon Fundraising (TD Bank Telethon Fundraising). Dwayne’s additional volunteer experience includes the NL Down Syndrome Association, CBR Minor Hockey Association, and the Newfoundland & Labrador Credit Union Charitable Foundation.
Ian is a Mount Pearl native who grew up in Powers Pond. From his early school days at Newtown Elementary to graduation at Mount Pearl Senior High before attending University, he has constantly been involved in either soccer, swimming, or his many years with Scouts.
Last April Ian joined the Chamber and has become an active member to his community. As a mortgage professional developing relationships and educating clients, he can still be spotted on our trails and parks with his dog Cohen.
Scott Hillyer is a proud father, volunteer, and businessman who likes to give back to the community.
Scott has worked in the food service community since the age of 15. During his time in the hospitality & restaurant industry, Scott has learned what matters most – great customer service, top-notch quality food & a clean and friendly environment. Scott loves people and likes to get to know his customers on a one on one basis. On any given day, you’ll find Scott serving up coffee, making sandwiches, and clearing the odd table! He believes on a truly hands on approach.
With 8 locations in and around St. John’s, and 1 in Halifax, Scott has poured his heart and soul into Coffee Matters and enjoys taking a leadership role past vice chair of both the Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador and the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland Labrador. Scott is the proud father of two sons and a daughter who keep him on his toes.
Michele started her career in the insurance/investment industry more than 20 years ago. The first nine as an Executive Assistant/Branch Manager for a local Wealth Management Firm before starting her own independent Financial Planning and Employee Benefits Firm, MOR Financial in 2007. Michele possesses the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS) designations. With these certifications and an understanding of the importance of continuing education, Michele provides her clients with unbiased advice with integrity.
Michele has held several volunteer positions at the local level with Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada including four years in the President’s role. Michele has also served in the past on the Mount
Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce
Wanda is a resident of Mount Pearl and comes to the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce with 9 years’ experience with the St. John’s Board of Trade as an Account Executive. Her responsibilities included recruitment and retention of members, selling sponsorships, and selling advertising for both the directory and monthly magazine. She has enjoyed helping to organize events such as the annual golf tournament, business mixers, annual trade show, and Business Excellence Awards. Wanda is very passionate about her job and dealing with members to promote positive community and economic growth in our area.
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Mount Pearl-Paradise Chamber of CommerceThe Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a strong, successful future for your business. We welcome you to join us today.
Chamber News, Tournaments & Networking Events
Thursday, November 15th
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
No Cost: Benefit of Membership
Thursday, November 22nd
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Luncheon with Mark Dobbin, President of Killick Capital
Lester’s Farm Chalet
Growing Our Tech Sector: How Today’s Start-Ups are Innovating Business.
Mark Dobbin Speaks on the Local Knowledged Based Ecosystem and the Importance of Fostering Todays Innovators.
$50.00 Members, $65.00 Non Members
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365 Old Placentia Road
Mount Pearl, NL