Board of Directors

Glen Baillie – President

Gglenbaillielen Baillie operates Baillie’s Picture Framing, a full service commercial framing operation. Glen started framing while studying for his economics degree at the University of Western Ontario and has not stopped since. In operation since 1988, the business moved to Grand Bend in 2004. In addition to his wife, Janette, he has two full time employees working all year.

Glen and Janette have four children, one still at home. He is active in the Lions club of Ailsa Craig and still plays men’s softball. He cheers for Toronto hockey and baseball teams, as it builds character.

Glen is founder of the annual Arts, Eats & Beats Studio Tour, Buskerfest (begun in 2013) and Summer Sunset Series (new in 2014) – and was instrumental in getting Grand Bend’s first Sidewalk Sale segment of our annual Thanksgiving Market event up and running. He has also played a fundamental role in developing dialogue with Lambton Shores Council relative to garnering financial support for tourism and visitor services performed by the Chamber for Lambton Shores.

  • 2017 – President
  • 2016 – President
  • 2015 – Past President
  • 2014 – Past President
  • 2013 – President
  • 2012 – President
  • 2011 – Secretary

Mary-Jo Schottroff-Snopko – Past-President

mary-jo-schottroff-snopkoMary-Jo joined the Board of Directors in 2013 following a family tradition! Her father – Erwin – served as a director several few years ago. The Schottroff family business, Pine Dale Motor Inn, is a Grand Bend icon that Mary-Jo undertook the management of about 15 years ago. The Board looks forward to having an area accommodation provider on the team to provide a much-needed perspective to our activities and members’ needs.

  • 2017 – President
  • 2016 – Past-President
  • 2015 – President
  • 2014 – President
  • 2013 – Director

Mark Lewis – Vice President

Mark-LewisMark Lewis works for Bayshore Broadcasting handling marketing and media sales.

Moving to the Grand Bend area in 2011, Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our Chamber from his years of service with the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce where he was Past President (2008), President (2007) and Executive Board Member (2004-2008).

Mark is known for his great sense of humour and life-long passion for radio and music. He co-chairs the annual Classic Golf Tournament with past treasurer Nancy Starek.

Mark can also be found annually helping out with Tim Horton’s Camp Day and McDonald’s McHappy Day (shown here).

  • 2017 – Vice President
  • 2016 – Vice President
  • 2015 – Vice President
  • 2014 – Vice President
  • 2013 – Vice President
  • 2012 – Vice President

Sheila Brooks – Treasurer

Sheila Brooks - TreasurerSheila Brooks is the Manager of Grand Bend’s Bank of Montreal and joins us specifically to take on the role of Treasurer for the Chamber, which does require a strong understanding of accounting processes, financial statements and not-for-profit financing.

The Chamber is very happy to such a well-respected and competent “money-person” join the Board of Directors and ensure our finances remain healthy.

  • 2017 – Treasurer (stepped down September)
  • 2016 – Treasurer
  • 2015 – Treasurer
  • 2014 – Treasurer

John Choma – Treasurer

When Sheila Brooks stepped down from the board in September 2017, the new and incoming BMO Grand Bend bank manager graciously agreed to replace her. The treasurer role is a key executive position and begs the fulfillment by someone with a financial background.

John’s position on the board will be confirmed at the 2017 Annual General Meeting to be held February 27, 2018.

Doug Pedlar

Doug-Pedlar-2014Doug Pedlar joins the Board representing the real estate services sector and is a well-respected and long-serving local real estate Broker of Record with RE/MAX Bluewater Realty.

Doug is the immediate Past President of the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors, Director of Townsend Meadows Senior Development in Forest and has real estate offices in Grand Bend, Parkhill, Exeter and Lucan. Doug and his wife Jeannette have lived in the area most of their lives and have 3 sons, Mark works with Doug in Grand Bend.

Hobbies: Travel, Golf, Auto Racing. Civic Activities: Children’s Miracle Network, Ducks Unlimited, Coach Volunteer

  • 2017 – Secretary
  • 2016 – Secretary
  • 2015 – Director
  • 2014 – Director

Tina Sandre

Tina SandreTina Sandre is one of the area’s young entrepreneurs! She received the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award after successfully starting and operating Midori Sushi on Main Street West in Grand Bend since 2010 with a major expansion in 2013 and another scheduled in 2016.  Tina has a demonstrated track record of community commitment through the contribution of her time and in-kind donations of product in support of community initiatives and events.

  • 2017 – Director
  • 2016 – Director

Matt Dejong

Matt DeJongMatt Dejong and wife Julie owned and operated Pizza Delight for several years before selling the franchise and taking over Green Bucks Dollar Store in early 2015. Matt brings a wealth of restaurant and retail experience to the Board and most locals will recognize the DeJong family name as long time local business entrepreneurs.

  • 2017 – Director
  • 2016 – Director

Mike Corrie

Mike Corrie, Stone House BrewingMike Corrie is owner/operator of Stone House Brewing Company, located a kilometre north of Varna’s main corner on Parr Line. Mike built Stone House Brewing next to his house on a 10-acre lot in the middle of farmland which, of course, makes the brewery “outstanding in its field.” Working with a German-trained brewmaster, Mike focused on a quality recipe using saaz hops from the Czech Republic and two-row barley grown in Canada, with water coming from a 250-foot well.

    • 2017 – Director

Veronica Brennan

Veronica BrennanVeronica Brennan is the recipient of the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award and has built two highly successful and popular restaurant and mixed retail businesses located in Port Franks – Grog’s and MacPherson’s. Veronica brings to the Board two decades of business experience and a well-earned reputation for nurturing the next generation of employees. As well, Veronica is known for her long track record of community support.

  • 2017 – Director
  • 2016 – Director

Susan Mills – Manager

SusanMills-225x300Susan Mills first arrived in Grand Bend as a teenage tourist and in the succeeding 30 years visited Grand Bend & Area annually on vacation. In 2008, Susan made her escape from the Greater Toronto Area to Grand Bend permanently by starting her own business and joining the Chamber as a member. In November 2010, Susan became the new General Manager of the Chamber.

Susan graduated from Toronto’s Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in 1983 and from York University in 1990 (Honours B.A. in Mass Communications & English). Her marketing and communications career includes stints at The Canadian Red Cross Society, Allstate Insurance and York University. In 1996, Susan helped pave the Internet superhighway with her contribution towards Allstate Canada’s first website. In the succeeding 10 years, she played a key role in the ongoing online branding, e-marketing and innovation of Allstate online (Canada’s first fully e-commerce insurance website).