10:30 p.m., Feb. 27)
Orléans Chamber names new executive director
By Fred Sherwin
resident Dina Epale is the newly appoined
executive director of the Orléans Chamber
of Commerce. Twitter photo
Orléans Chamber of Commerce have released the name
of the man who will be replacing Jamie Kwong as the organization's
next executive director.
Epale is an experienced bilingual government relations
and advocacy professional and a resident of Orléans.
recently he was the director of parliamentary affairs
with the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population
and Development. The organization provides a forum for
sitting parliamentarians and Senators to exchange ideas
on population, sexual and reproductive health, human rights
and development issues.
also coordinates efforts with several parliamentary associations
throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe to encourage
governments to keep their commitments to reproductive
health and womens rights.
the director of parliamentary affairs, Epale was responsible
for the organzartion's day-to-day operations and reported
to CAPPD's executive committee made up of three New Democrat
MPs along with Liberal MP Hedy Fry and Green Party leader
to joining CAPPD in 2003, Epale was the national research
coordinator for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network,
and a development worker for the AIDS Information and
Support Centre (TASC).
in his biography would suggest that Epale has any experience
in the small business sector, or economic development.
What he does have is a great deal of experience in event
the director of public affairs for CAPPD, he organized
and hosted public events on Parliament Hill attended by
Canadian and foreign parliamentarians, diplomats and senior
government officials; he conducted strategic advocacy
meetings with Canadian and foreign parliamentarians; and
he organized eight annual Canadian launches of the UNs
State of World Population Report.
the new Chamber of Commerce executive director, Epale
will be organizing events of a different sort, namely
the Chamber's annual golf tournament; the Business Excellence
Awards and the Chamber's annual poker tournament.
his key responsibility will be in attracting new members,
something his predecessor was especially adept at. Under
Kwong's leadership, the Chamber has grown to over 320
Chamber chair Donna Roney says Epale was ultimately selected
because of his "strong organizational and event planning
skills" and his credentials in problem solving and
diplomacy. He is also the first bilingual executive director
the Chamber has ever had.
executive directors of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce:
joining the Chamber of Commerce, Jamie was the fundraising
coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
Ring was a professional business consultant and the former
executive director of Team Ottawa-Orléans.
to his appointment as the first executive director of
the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Stewart was the area manager
for the UPS Store and the owner/operator of the Mail Boxes
Etc. franchise in Orléans.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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