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.

  • 2018 – TBD
  • 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.

  • 2018 – Past-President
  • 2017 – Past-President
  • 2016 – Past-President
  • 2015 – President
  • 2014 – President
  • 2013 – Director

Mark Lewis – Vice President

Mark-LewisMark Lewis works for Forever Furniture in St. Joseph.

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).

  • 2018 – Vice President
  • 2017 – Vice President
  • 2016 – Vice President
  • 2015 – Vice President
  • 2014 – Vice President
  • 2013 – Vice President
  • 2012 – Vice President

John Choma – Treasurer

JOHN CHOMAJohn started his career with BMO in 2012 and has done many roles within the Cambridge-Guelph, London and the Stratford-Woodstock markets. John was the Assistant Bank Manager at the Lucan branch and most recently at the Stratford location, before taking on the Manager role in Grand Bend. John has a passion for both the customer and employee experience and prides himself in being involved in every community he has worked in.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Waterloo and is certified with the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and Branch Compliance Officer certified.

In his spare time you will find John watching football, playing golf and spending family time with his wife, two dogs (Sawyer and Riley) and cat (Cali).

  • 2018 – Treasurer
  • 2017 – Treasurer (completed Sheila Brook’s term)


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

  • 2018 – Secretary
  • 2017 – Secretary
  • 2016 – Secretary
  • 2015 – Director
  • 2014 – Director

Tina Hayter

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.

  • 2018 – Director
  • 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.

  • 2018 – Director
  • 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.

    • 2018 – Director
    • 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.

  • 2018 – Director
  • 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).