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Chamber parts ways with executive director less than a year after hiring him

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Dina Epale has been dismissed by Orléans Chamber of Commerce less than a year after he was hired to replace Jamie Kwong as executive director. File photo

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce has parted ways with executive director Dina Epale just 11 months after hiring him to replace former ED Jamie Kwong.

Epale was officially dismissed by the Chamber's board of directors last Monday, less than two weeks before the organization's premiere event -- the Business Excellence Awards Gala - which will take place on Jan. 28.

Epale was hired last February on the recommendation of a search committee which vetted a number of applications.

Before coming to the Chamber, Epale was the director of parliamentary affairs with the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD).

Prior 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).

According to the Orléans Chamber web site, Epale was responsible for "the management and coordination of all activities in order to carry out Chamber objectives and is responsible for the implementation of Chamber policies on a day-to-day basis."

In an e-mail message sent to Chamber members on Oct. 19, the board of directors informed that Epale was no longer associated with organization effective immediately. No reason for his dismissal was given.

The e-mail also confirmed that the organization plans to fill the executive position in due course. In the interim, they are looking for a temporary office manager to help share administrative duties.

Mr. Epale politely declined an interview request on Friday, and an e-mail request for an interview with Mr. Bellefleur has so far gone unanswered.

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce has more than 180 members representing businesses across the east end.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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