Your Chamber Team

Meet the team and board of directors who work behind the scenes at the Chamber.

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Adam Crockatt

Executive Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

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705-687-4432 ext. 101

Like many people, Adam was born. Years later, he realized that his childhood dream of being a professional athlete was completely unrealistic due to a number of important factors, including a complete and utter lack of talent at virtually any athletic endeavour.

Thus, he set about on a quest to find a career path that would serve as a silver medal to his unfulfilled athletic dreams, a quest that he remains on to this day. Adam graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours degree in History, which is perfect because there are constantly history factories opening up looking for people with the skill set that a history degree provides.

In his last year at Ottawa U, however, he took a job as the Equipment Manager for the school's varsity hockey program, which led to a fortunate bounce to a ten-year career working for Hockey Canada in Calgary. In that role, he managed men's national teams at various tournaments and events across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Despite the awesome experiences that Hockey Canada offered, the lure back to Ontario was strong, and Adam moved back in 2016. He began working for beer, eventually becoming the Sales Manager for the Sawdust City Brewing Company. While the craft beer industry is a great one, full of wonderful humans, Adam is too … headstrong (is that the right word? Probably lots to choose from here…) to work for someone else forever, and he longed to be his own boss. This is what brings us to GREENish.

Sustainability and Waste Management are new fields for Adam, but he thinks he can figure it out, since he’s really excited about it, it’s important, and nobody is born knowing this stuff anyway. He looks like a Cabbage Patch Kid that grew up and got old, resides in Gravenhurst, is a proud Lumber King, and he believes strongly in career paths that don’t make any sense at all.

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Leila Nasr-Sharifi

Marketing and Sponsorship Lead

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Leila Nasr-Sharifi joined the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce in June 2020 as the summer/fall student and is now with us permanently!

She produces the weekly tourism and chamber news newsletter, runs the Experience Gravenhurst Instagram and Facebook accounts, and loves discovering the gorgeous landscape of Gravenhurst and Muskoka.

Leila stays involved in the business community as much as she can. She loves photography, hiking the Muskoka trails, connecting with others and learning new things.

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Meghan Pratt

Communications Specialist

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705-687-4432 ext. 102

 

Volunteer Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of local business owners and stakeholders committed to strengthening the Gravenhurst Business Community - and the community as a whole.

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Eric Daly

President of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Cashy Lake and Associates

After being a seasonal resident for over 30 years, in December of 2015, Eric Daly and his wife Catharine Daly moved to Kahshe Lake full time. As the managing partner of Cashy Lake and Associates consulting business, he works with entrepreneurs in Muskoka. Those companies have total revenue of $500,000 to $ 7 million. He helps people grow their businesses and prepare their businesses for sale. Eric joined the chamber because he likes to be involved in the community and wants to help the business community grow. “It’s a lot of fun,” he says of his move to Muskoka full time. “There seem to be good opportunities all around.”

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Christopher Kadonoff

Treasurer of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

President, Muskoka Springs

Christopher Kadonoff moved to Port Carling with his family in 1991 when he was 10 years old after his parents bought the IGA on the main street.  In 1997 the family built a new store to fulfill the increasing number of cottagers in the area.

He grew up working his way up the grocery chain in a family run business and continued to thrive to the point where he wanted to take over from his parents someday.  After working for his father Gary for a number of years as a store manager, Christopher ventured out and was the franchisee of MacTier Foodland until his dad retired in 2014.

Christopher took over from his father and was the franchisee of Port Carling Foodland until early 2020 when the opportunity came to take the helm of another fantastic Muskoka company with Muskoka Springs.

Christopher enjoys spending time with his kids during the year and is an avid golfer during the summer and loves to ice fish in the winter.  Muskoka is a wonderful area to live and raise children but as his kids have grown he feels it is a perfect time to give back and is excited to offer his help to the Gravenhurst Chamber, the Town of Gravenhurst and Muskoka in general.

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Katherine Szeplaki

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 

Design North Inc.

Katherine Szeplaki is an award-winning, experienced and highly motivated, project coordinator/manager and interior designer.

She is known for effectively managing diverse and complex construction projects successfully. She simultaneously coordinated over 200 profile projects in North America and the UK, ensuring projects were on schedule, on budget while maintaining rewarding positive relationships with suppliers, all key stakeholders, clients contractors and suppliers.

Katherine negotiates on a daily basis to ensure the procurement, delivery and installation of furniture, fixtures, equipment and other building materials. Known as an effective time manager and team contributor, she has sat on a number of industry-related boards.

 

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Cathleen MacLennan

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Cruickshank & MacLennan Muskoka Law

Cathleen started as a partner at Marshall MacLennan LLP in Bracebridge. She then opened a private practice under MacLennan Law Office and re-located to Gravenhurst. Recently she purchased the Stuart & Cruickshank practice and now practices under Cruickshank & MacLennan. Cathleen practices in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, corporate law and family law agreements.

Cathleen hails from Toronto and has down roots in Gravenhurst with her husband Adam and their three young daughters.

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Randy Jorgensen

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Ryde Systems

Randy and his wife Sue have lived for almost 30 years on Ben Lake in Ryde, where they have raised their children David and Sarah. Randy grew up in Etobicoke (Toronto).

Randy was also active in the local community, serving as President of the Ryde Community Co-op for a number of years, as a leader in Scouts Canada and for nine years as a member of the Gravenhurst Library Board. Randy also worked with minor sport in Muskoka: as Tournament Director with Huntsville Minor Lacrosse, Treasurer of Huntsville Jr C Lacrosse, and behind the scenes with the South Muskoka Shield Hockey Club. Randy helped with the production of the updated History of Ryde book and DVD set for the Ryde 135 Celebrations.

Randy was acclaimed as the Councilor for Gravenhurst’s Ward 4 in the 2010 election, and first took office in December 2010. He was re-elected in 2014.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto, with a Biology Specialist and a minor in Computer Science. Following University, Randy had a successful career with the Ontario Government, serving in a number of Provincial Ministries. For the past 20 years, he has operated Ryde Systems, a computer sales and support company. His business keeps him in daily contact with small business owners and their staff throughout Muskoka.

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David Rose

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 

David began visiting Muskoka as a young child, cottaging on Lake Muskoka with his family. In 2014, David and his partner Elaine became permanent Gravenhurst residents when they began operations of their business: Muskoka Rose Guest House and Retreat – located on Pine Lake. While living lakeside in Gravenhurst, David continues his position as President of The Forefront Communication Network, a Toronto-based communications company offering a gamut of marketing expertise to clients throughout Canada. He considers living in Gravenhurst a privilege. David chooses to call Gravenhurst home so he can live in an area surrounded by nature,  wildlife and clean air. He has found Gravenhurst to be welcoming and inclusive and is eager to continue in the participation of community-building activities. David joined the Chamber Board as he feels his experience will benefit the organization and serve the community.

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Brendon Ainscow

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Muskoka Bay Resort

Brendon Ainscow has been a part of the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, starting his career in restaurants, and then subsequently making the move to the hotel / banquets side before progressing through all departments within the hotel and resort operations.

He is a passionate coach and leader, and Brendon has spent much of his career working not only as a General Manager, but in Task-Force and Support leadership roles, repositioning hotel and resort properties and training teams, both in Canada and the US, including Toronto, London, Windsor, Halifax, and Orlando, Florida.  Brendon joined Muskoka Bay Resort in June of 2021, and is thrilled to be a new and contributing member of the Gravenhurst community.

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Sarah Callan

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 

Marriott Hotels – Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf

I have worked with Marriott Hotels since September 2012, where I started my hotel career journey in the Sales and Catering Office at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. I expanded my career in the same hotel, joining the Human Resources department, later transferring to Sault Ste Marie as the Director of Human Resources. It was here that I extended into Hotel Operations. To continue my journey and join the Toronto Market, I returned to Human Resources and joined the team at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. In October 2021, I was blessed with the opportunity to work a task force as Interim General Manager at the Residence Inn Gravenhurst, and permanently joined the team in December.  I am looking forward to leading an incredible team in the Community and supporting the creation of memorable experiences for those on a Staycation and those who are visiting.

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JP Gloria

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Muskoka Shipyards

My name is JP Gloria. I am a pharmacist and owner of Muskoka Wharf Pharmasave and Muskoka Shipyards

I moved to Kilworthy from Barrie in 2020 to be closer to my businesses in Gravenhurst. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis. My goal is to help mobilize improvements in Gravenhurst’s business sector by advocating for the Chamber’s voice within our municipality.

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Jaden Hollingshead

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Wake Cannabis

Jaden Hollingshead is a 23 year old entrepreneur born and raised in Muskoka. He currently co-owns Wake Cannabis with his sister, Taylor Hollingshead. Jaden went to high school at St. Dominic's Catholic Secondary School and attended Humber College in Toronto where he received an advanced diploma in public relations. 

After graduating from Humber, Jaden worked as an account coordinator at a public relations agency in Toronto for six months before moving back to Muskoka. There, he did freelance public relations and social media work for a country artist from BC and a punk rock band from Bowmanville, Ontario. 

While growing up in Muskoka, Jaden worked in a wide range of tourism-based summer jobs. This gave him a strong understanding of the importance of the seasonal tourism cycle in Muskoka and the confidence to start his own store.

Wake Cannabis is currently the only local and independent cannabis store in Gravenhurst. The Wake team has a goal to make supporting local in Gravenhurst easy so customers don’t have to choose between convenience and shopping at small businesses. 

Wake Cannabis provides convenient hours seven days a week, offers delivery, and stays open late because they believe in a nightlife for Gravenhurst and want to see more activity after standard business hours. 

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Stacy Semple

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Boston Pizza Gravenhurst

Stacy Semple has been General Manager at Boston Pizza at the Muskoka Wharf for approximately 13 years.  Before being named GM, Stacy worked her way up through the restaurant by default. Guess timing truly is everything. 

Currently responsible for all day to day operations, sales building, staff retention, community involvement, budgeting and franchisee profitability.  Stacy’s strengths would have to be efficiency, ability to multitask, role model for team work just to name a few.

When she can, she is also employed as a food and beverage supervisor and helps out during big events.

Previous achievements and examples of involvement in the community;

  • Special events chair for the 2014 Ontario Winter Games. Responsible for organizing the opening ceremonies.
  • Former Rotarian and had the nicest nails as bingo caller may I add.
  • Past president of the Muskoka Wharf Association
  • Operation education program;  Local schools get 10 percent back of their spends in credit to help their own fundraising initiatives ie; breakfast program, fun nights.
  • Raising monies through our annual heart sales and kids card sales to support local charities

Immediately after completing her Food and Beverage Management Program at Fanshawe College in 2003, she was immediately hired as Purchasing Manager at Bayview Wildwood Resort. Stacy drove home on the weekends to work at the Bracebridge hospital in order to pay her way through school.

Quirks and maybe viewed downfalls are; (one) truly dislikes having her picture taken, and (two) truly dislikes talking about herself (uncomfortable) 

She always thinks of the bigger picture and enjoys the small wins in both work and play. 

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Robert Glecoff

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Home Building Centre Gravenhurst

My wife Aly and I have been happily married for 28 years. We have 2 children, Alexander and Torin both in their 20s.

In 1929, my great grandfather Cyril built and opened our family grocery store in Oshawa Ontario. This was the beginning of the Glecoff retailing tradition.  In 1936, my grandfather Henry took over the store and later joined the Wolfe brothers and Oshawa Foods becoming an IGA.

My father Bob worked at the family IGA until it was sold in 1968 when he started his career at Oshawa Foods before opening his own grocery store in Northbrook in May 1988.  My retail career and business education came at the hands of the family business.  Over the years I have worked in many areas of retail and in 2010 landed in Gravenhurst where Aly and I started working for Bob Collins at the Home Building Centre Gravenhurst.  I learned a lot from Bob, Stephen and the team at HBC before taking a role at the Canadian Tire in Gravenhurst.  After a little over a year I had the opportunity to move and challenge myself with a higher volume store in Orillia.

In the fall of 2015 my mother in law became ill, which at that time Aly and I chose to relocate to Port Hope to help care for her and my father in law.  I met the owners of the Home Hardware Building Centre in Cobourg and they were gracious enough to offer me a position in July of 2016.  This offered a unique opportunity as it introduced me to an ownership group that owned multiple stores.  I enjoyed my time at the Cobourg location and Stephen, LeeAnne and I would keep in touch and get together when we could.

In the fall of 2020 Stephen reached out and we got together for a coffee and we discussed the possibility of returning to Gravenhurst in an ownership capacity.  On April 1, 2021, we along with our partners, became the proud owners of the Home Building Centre Gravenhurst.  We are beyond excited to be back with our HBC family and extremely happy to be back in Gravenhurst.

Service Ontario Clerks

In co-operation with the Province of Ontario, the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce operates a Private Issuing Office offering Service Ontario assistance to the community. Come meet Karen, Dale, Sandi, Lori, Vicki and Jane.

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Karen Ledsham

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

Sandi Clarke

Service Ontario Clerk

 

 

 

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