2018 Best in Business Award Winners

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Mount Pearl-Paradise

Chamber of Commerce


The Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce is requesting proposals (RFP) for consultants experienced in strategic planning to lead the Board of Directors and staff through a long-range strategic planning process. We are looking to begin this project as soon as possible. If you feel you have the credentials to steer us in the future please feel free to submit your response to wanda@mtpearlparadisechamber.com

A strategic plan is a document used to communicate with the organization the organization’s goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning exercise.


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


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.

Dave Halliday

Vice President

Account Manager, Bonshaw Media

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.

Jillian Hewitt


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.

Brad Bragg


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 Gaulton


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 Clark


Mortgage Broker, East Coast Mortgage Brokers

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


Coffee Matters

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 O'Reilly


MOR Financial

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 Pearl Paradise Chamber Board and has returned once again to be a part of a great team at the Chamber.

Wanda Palmer

Executive Director

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.

Please feel free to swing by our office to say hello


We understand that the concerns, challenges and other needs of small businesses differ drastically from those of larger businesses. Our goals are to create a growing, prosperous business community in the City of Mount Pearl and Town of Paradise through collaboration with our members, stakeholder, and other community members.


One of the chamber’s our main responsibilities is advocating on behalf of small and medium-size businesses to influence government policy and legislation. Our members are the driving force behind the direction of these efforts, and we encourage everyone to provide feedback and get involved. Visit our Advocacy page to learn more about the mission behind our efforts.


Chamber members have access to affordable group benefit plans and discounts through various reliable vendors. Member-to-member discounts are also available. See Connecting With Your Chamber for more details.


Our business and social events provide valuable opportunities to discuss, share and network with other members. This includes lunch n’ learns, award banquets and our annual golf and washer toss tournaments.


We take pride in our members’ success. Our annual Best in Business awards banquet is the perfect opportunity to recognize and honour their achievements.

Mount Pearl-Paradise Chamber of Commerce

The 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

Wednesday, April 17th
4:30 – 6:30 pm
The 3G Business Mixer
8 Thomas Byrne Dr., Mount Pearl
Sponsored by St. John Ambulance

Thursday, April 25th
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Mount Pearl Soccer Hut-Arena Road (off Smallwood Dr.)
Sponsored by Cal LeGrow Insurance and Coffee Matters

$50.00 for members
$60.00 for non-members

Thursday, May 23rd
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Luncheon with Paradise Mayor Dan Bobbett
Woodstock Restaurant

Sponsored by TD

$50.00 for members
$60.00 for non members

For more upcoming events and news, feel free to click here to stay updated.

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365 Old Placentia Road
Mount Pearl, NL





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