TORONTO, ON. – The Bi-Annual Election of the Chamber’s Board of Directors transpired November, 9th, 2017, at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers. Members of the outgoing board presented a small report regarding the last two-year term.
Due to the influx of new young members joining within the last four years, we as a Chamber have become very active in organising networking events, hosting business missions and fact-finding missions from Poland. We are looking to expand on that and work on alternative ways of networking with various organisations. We are planning workshops, seminars, cross-cultural and uniquely Polish events to be organised in concert with Ekran Polish Film Association and Roncesvalles Polish Festival among others. We will strive to increase the membership of our organisation putting emphasis small business and corporate members.
As of 2018 we decided to increase yearly membership fees for Individual Members to $150, Small Business $350 and Institution to $600 per annum. We made this decision since those basic rates have not been adjusted in at least a decade and over these years prices have significantly risen bearing the need for our own adjustment to fees. Our membership fees still remain very competitive in contrast to other organizations with similar missions.
CPCC Board of Directors, 2017 – 2019
Presented by the Elections Committee
President – Wojciech Śniegowski
Reason for nomination: “Wojciech has been a leader of our organization without whom the Chamber would not have risen to its every growing status as a business to business organization. History of his contribution speaks for itself.”
Vice President of Events – Jack Smagala
Reason for nomination: “Jack has been with the Chamber for over a decade. During this time, he has proven his ability to mobilise members and non-members to attend our events. I think that his talents and abilities would best serve the Chamber in a position of VP responsible for events.”
Vice President of EUCCAN – Stephen Klus
Reason for nomination: “Stephen has been a member of the Chamber for well over a decade. Since the Chamber joined the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada, EUCCAN, he has represented our organisation there and currently serves there as a VP. Stephen demonstrated dedication to the Chamber and he is best suited to continue to represent the Chamber with EUCCAN.”
Vice President of IT – Sophia Śniegowska Begidzhanova
Reason for nomination: “Sophia has the necessary experience to play a leading role in the chamber, has consistently proven her dedication to the chamber mission.”
Treasurer – Waldemar Halek
Reason for nomination: “For the past years Waldemar Halek has been doing an outstanding job as Treasurer. His background and education are also highly qualifying Mr Halek for this role.”
Board Member – Jack Krosinski
Reason for nomination: “Jack Krosinski has served on the board as a VP during the last term. He demonstrated commitment and professional dedication to improving the Chamber's image being responsible for IT. His time presently is limited but I am sure that his business experience, professional expertise and dedication to Chamber would serve our organisation well once he is on the board.”
Board Member – Vitek Manitius
Reason for nomination: “Witek Manitius has been with the Chamber since its inception. Due to his business experience and long-term dedication to the Chamber, his presence at the board is desirable in many ways. He is knowledgeable regarding all the trade and business issues affecting Canada - Poland economic relations and offers institutional memory which is important to our organisation.”