Your Chamber Team

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

Chamber Staff

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Sandy Lockhart

Executive Director 

705 687 4432 ext.105
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Sandy Lockhart has been the executive director of the Gravenhurst Chamber since August of 2016. Her experience in an entrepreneurial family, as a public relations/parent education manager at the non-profit Muskoka Family Focus and as editor of Muskoka Magazine, has given her a unique skill set that she’s been able to use at the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce.

A longtime cottager, she moved to Bracebridge for her first newspaper job, but soon moved to Gravenhurst – that was over 30 years ago. She’s a dedicated Gravenhurst cheerleader who wants to help the community grow and thrive.


Leila Nasr-Sharifi

Marketing and Sponsorship Lead

705 687 4432 ext. 103

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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.

Meghan Pratt

Chamber Communications & ServiceOntario Clerk

705 687 4432

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Emily Rome

Tourism Information and Marketing Officer

705 687 4432

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Emily is our new Tourism Information and Digital Marketing Officer for the summer of 2021. She is experiencing all that Gravenhurst has to offer this summer and will be promoting local businesses through various social media platforms! Have you seen the TikToks yet?! (@experiencegravenhurst)

“I am so very excited to have the opportunity to support Gravenhurst’s small businesses and share with others all of the amazing things that there are to do in Gravenhurst this summer.”

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.

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.


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.”


Katherine Szeplaki

Vice President 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.



Robbie Irvine

Past President of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

The Oar Restaurant, North Catering

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Robbie and her husband Alain have toured the world with their Culinary and Hospitality careers.  In 2004, they moved their family to Gravenhurst allowing them to settle down close to the family. Robbie opened Irvine & Sons Fine Foods in 2005, which led to expansion when they opened North Restaurant & Catering in 2007. Now working with their sons, the family owns and operates The Oar Restaurant and North Catering. Robbie appreciates Gravenhurst’s proximity to Toronto, the strong sense of community and the ability to mix business with leisure.  Robbie rejoined the chamber board in 2013 because she likes supporting the local business community. She believes chamber membership is a great way to develop relationships and learn from other business owners.


Bob Collins

Treasurer of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Home Building Centre Gravenhurst

Bob Collins moved to Gravenhurst in 2004 to invest in the Home Building Centre Gravenhurst. In 2010, the Home Building Centre expanded to a 20,000 square-foot store with 15,000 square-foot storage buildings and a new lumber yard in West Gravenhurst at 1111 Highway 169 (just 2 km past the Muskoka Wharf). Today, Collin’s family-owned business continues to support a large contractor base, but also, services both the local and cottage customer clientele. Bob has served the Chamber Board of Directors since 2008 and has held the role of President since 2013.  He joined the Chamber board because he enjoys giving back to the community, wants to make a difference and is committed to making Gravenhurst a great place to own and do business. Prior to settling in Gravenhurst, Bob lived in communities across Canada.  He feels Gravenhurst has “untapped potential everywhere,” and enjoys the community’s small-town charm and the easily-accessible amenities. With great golf, unmatched scenery and a positive business climate, Gravenhurst is easy to call home for his business and family.


Jon Massey

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 

Jon and his wife Dawn Michelle moved to Gravenhurst in 2010 when he assumed the role of  Director of Sales at The Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf. They appreciate the northern lifestyle Gravenhurst offers – particularly outdoor recreational activities and the culture of the close-knit community. Jon joined the Chamber board in 2016 because he wanted to support the organization he believes is a key economic driver for the town by encouraging business community engagement and promoting the community to visitors and potential residents.


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.


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.


Rahel Renner 

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

General Manager, Residence Inn by Mariott Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst

Rahel Renner emigrated from Switzerland to “Winterpeg” and felt immediately at home in Canada. She will never forget taking her sixteen-year-old dog for her first walk at -50ºC. One thing is certain: this weather prepared her well for the Muskoka winters!

A visit to the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, Germany, while vacationing in Europe with her grandparents kindled Rahel’s interest in the hospitality industry.

Her passion for the outdoors and hospitality industry landed her the first summer job as a housekeeper in one of the renowned luxury resorts in Muskoka. She fell in love with the natural environment, the beautiful landscape and the many recreational activities Muskoka has to offer and always dreamt of calling Muskoka home.

Rahel holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in International Business. 

Since graduating from University, Rahel has held leadership positions in various roles at an independently owned and operated hotel as well as the international hotel chains Fairmont and Marriott. She is the General Manager at the Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf. 

 In her spare time, Rahel enjoys cooking and baking and loves long-distance running, cycling and kayaking in summer and cross-country skiing and snowboarding in winter.


Adam Crockatt

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Co-owner GREENish

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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Christopher Kadonoff

Director 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 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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Danielle Ryan

Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

Owner, Lifestyle by Design Studio

Danielle Ryan was born and raised here in Gravenhurst. After relocating to Waterloo for 3 years, and 1 year spent living in Vietnam, Danielle returned to Muskoka eager to embrace the laidback lifestyle once again.

She spent a short stint (about 2.5 years) working in Municipal government until one day she realized staring at the four walls of her cubicle wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Danielle is now the owner of Lifestyle By Design Studio, and host of Yoga with Danielle on Cogeco YourTV Muskoka. She offers private yoga classes, guided meditations, and EFT Intensives in her home studio, online membership, or at various client’s picturesque locations across Muskoka.

She is also the host of her own podcast, Adulting 101, and when she’s not working can likely be found out hiking with her dog, at Sawdust enjoying a brew, or hanging around the Gravenhurst Fire Department where she currently serves as an Acting Lieutenant.

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.


Karen Ledsham

Service Ontario Clerk




Sandi Clarke

Service Ontario Clerk