The Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce has formed a number of committees to look out for the well-being of various sectors of our community.  These committees are comprised of volunteer members, and accomplish a variety of tasks, from organizing community events to lobbying the government on behalf of the district.

If you have a question, concern, or suggestion for any of the committees, or are interested in volunteering, contact the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce General Manager.


The executive committee is a standing committee that acts as a steering committee for the full board. Functioning as a steering committee, the executive committee prioritizes issues for the full board to address. Although the executive committee comprises senior-level leaders, the committee members report to the board. 

President: Catherine Akins

Past President: Sue Downs

Vice President: Renee VanKooten

Secretary: Kirby Shieck

Treasurer: Renee VanKooten

This committee is responsible for establishing overall financial long-term and short-term goals, objectives and priorities for the Chamber of Commerce.

The Promotion/Events Committee is responsible for co-ordinating various business-sponsored social events, such as the annual awards, golf tournament, Springarama, Business After and Before events.  Regulatory, and education seminars/programs of interest to members the business community are also implemented. 

The membership committee fulfills a number of duties on behalf of all Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce members, including recommending fee structures, supervising the Chamber Group Insurance program, planning general meetings, and conducting an annual wage/salary survey of the commercial/service sector. 

The Economic Development committee works closely with the municipal economic development department and business to promote the economic stability and growth of existing and new businesses within the community. 

The Economic Development Committee meets monthly to keep the membership abreast of civic, provincial, and national issues of interest to local business.  Duties include reviewing legislation that will concern local businesses, informing individual chamber members of legislation that will affect them and advising them accordingly, and lobbying all levels of government on behalf of the business community. 


The Governance Committee of the Board will act as a resource to the Board of Directors on all governance related functions of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce in such a way that reinforces the organization’s mission statement of being the recognized voice of business committed to the enhancement of economic prosperity in Simcoe and surrounding districts.  

The Public Relations Committee of the Board is charged with the professional maintenance of a favorable public image of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce.  The purpose of the Public Relations Committee is to gather and provide information to our members and the public.