Kevin Hargreaves Takes Over as Chamber President

By Bob Peters
December 11, 2012

Cornwall Ontario - Kevin Hargreaves Kevin Hargreaves has been named President of the Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hargreaves owns and operates the Kelsey's Restaurant in Cornwall, along with his wife Wendy.

Mr. Hargreaves becomes the 75th President of the Chamber, one of Ontario's oldest business associations.

The announcement was made by the Chamber’s outgoing President Rick Shaver at its year end transitional meeting.

“I’m pleased with the confidence the Board has given me and I’m looking forward to the Chamber’s opportunities and challenges for the upcoming year,” declared Mr. Hargreaves.

Joining Mr. Hargreaves on the Executive Committee are Nada Kovinich, 1st Vice President; Jodi Hawkshaw, 2nd Vice President; Paul Desnoyers, Treasurer, and the Chamber’s Executive Manager, Lezlie Strasser. Rick Shaver remains as Past President and Chair of the Board.

Two weeks ago the Chamber announced its 2013 Board of Directors, following elections. Serving on the Board, in addition to the above-noted members of the Executive Commitee are Mark Begg, Denis Carr, Shawn Filion, Bill Kingston, Rory MacLennan, Eric McDonell, Jacques Perreault and Mai Liis Renaud.

The President and Board were sworn in by Mayor Bob Kilger.

Mr. Hargreaves was previously the Chamber’s Treasurer. He looks forward to the upcoming year with enthusiasm.

“As a Board, we will be looking at a number of issues that have the potential to impact the business community and community at large,” he reports. “The location of the toll booth and Customs have yet to be finalized, there are continuing pressures on the region’s independent school bus operators, and of utmost importance will be the municipal budget.”

The new Board and Executive commence their duties today.

About the Chamber of Commerce

The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the region's business community speaking towards growth, leadership and innovation. With direction from the elected board of directors, the Chamber looks to continuously progress the community through political advocacy, knowledge-based development and innovative opportunities.

The Chamber has close to 700 members. More information can be found online at You can also follow the Chamber on Twitter @ChamberCornwall

Category: Business