Board of Directors

To contact any of the Board email the Executive Director at info@huronchamber.ca

Head and shoulders photo of board member Jodi SnellJodi Snell, Real Estate Broker, EXP Realty Brokerage.

Jodi has worked and lived in and around Wingham for the past 15 years and enjoys supporting the community and local businesses. Through her work she enjoys welcoming new residents to the community and sharing with them the great opportunities Huron County has to offer.

Tabatha is Community Manager of Libro Credit Union Goderich Branch location.
She has lived in Goderich since she was born! She is passionate about being involved in the community and is involved with Victim Services, and United Way on top of being the Chair of the Chamber. She is also an Each One Teach One facilitator, providing financial education to groups and organizations to inspire financial happiness.

In Tabatha’s spare time she enjoys visiting with friends, hanging with the family, shopping and taking in the summers in Goderich!

Sierra BurtSierra is a junior accountant at Takalo & Burt, who is currently pursuing her CPA designation.

She recently returned to this area after spending five years at school in the U.S. playing Division I NCAA hockey. She has always called Huron County home, and would like to be involved in the business community and serve the Chamber’s members. She enjoys reading, golfing, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

Matt Belfour

I live in Seaforth Ontario, and moved to the area about 17 years ago, when my wife and I married.

I started my time with the Chamber very recently at the start of 2024. I work at Huron Commodities in Clinton, as a Merchandiser, and my wife and I live and work on our Farm in Seaforth. We have sheep as livestock, selling Farm to Table lamb, and we also have a four-acre Hazelnut orchard that is just starting to bear fruit. I bring an element of the Agricultural community to the board, which is likely the biggest economic presence in Huron County. My daily interactions with large growers in the area and end users around the world, as well as my experience on a small farm focusing on niche markets, has offered me an interesting perspective in this field.

I decided to join the board because I am interested in supporting local businesses and I am eager to give back to the community that my Family and I live in. This community is full of salt of the Earth folks that would give the shirt off their back to help a neighbor. I may not have been raised here, but my sense of belonging is strong, and that is a result of a great community.

Carolynne Champagne is owner of Shore to Please Summer House.

Recognized as an expert in Fund and Resource Development, Partner Relations and Not For Profit Communications, as well as developing employment, networking and new business opportunities in both Not For Profit and corporate sectors and training, Staffing and Recruitment in the HR field.

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Ruby is a new member to the board and is the Recreation and Social Media Manager at Harbour Hill Retirement Community in Goderich.

She graduated from Brock University with a degree in Community Recreation in 2020. After working for over 8 years in the Municipal Recreation environment, she transferred to the Private Sector! She moved to Huron County 3 years ago, and has worked at Harbour Hill for 2 years! In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside with family and friends.

She has joined the Chamber to become more involved in the community and local business environment.

Michael is a Lawyer with Norman B. Pickell, Lawyers and Mediators in Goderich, specializing in real estate, wills and estate planning, powers of attorney, estate administration, and corporate/ commercial law.”

Marianne NovotnaMarianne Novotna is the co-owner of River Run Restaurant.

Head and shoulders photo of Ralph RubinoMy name is Ralph Rubino. If I can have an impact on connecting people and bringing people together, it fills my cup. I believe in helping where I can and have found what I love to do in assisting families with their financial wellness and ensuring they are properly protected.  I own and operate the Goderich office of Tri City Financial Group.

I have lived in Goderich since I was three years old. Spending over 30 years and growing up in the community has given me the opportunity to see a lot of changes over the years and the difference of our community in comparison to a city setting where my family all currently live.

My service with the Chamber Board began in February of 2023.

I am a financial wellness coach and a licensed life and living benefits broker. Helping families within and outside of our community allows me the opportunity to communicate with many community members and our business community. I bring this communication strength to the board as well as a pulse on the community, in addition to other volunteer opportunities I am currently involved in.

Seeing our community thrive is only possible with the service and support of volunteers. I want to see businesses grow, attract new business, and help build a great network of like-minded business individuals as part of our Chamber.

I love how our community supports each other and can come together in times of need. That was more than evident after our Tornado in 2011. I was in my early 20s at that point and it really opened my eyes to this fact about our community. This support from our community extends outside of disasters and parlays into support for local business, which is paramount to the success of my own business. Without a great community, my business and many other businesses would have to close our doors.

If you ever see me out in the community, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. I enjoy meeting and connecting new people. Volunteering with Engage Goderich is another way I can make this happen. I pride myself on being a connector and bringing people and ideas together.

Board member Nadine VandenHeuvelElite fitness professional, trainer, speaker, author, and business owner Nadine VandenHeuvel is the owner of fitness facilities and is nearing 12 years’ experience in the Health and Fitness industry and over 9 years of experience being a Lady Boss. She’s trained thousands of people and mentored dozens of trainers throughout her years of owning her fitness facilities. She has helped over 150 people lose 25 lbs, 100 people lose 50 lbs, 5 people lose 75 pounds and 1 person lose 150 lbs. A business that began in a grass field back in 2008 laid out the groundwork for an ever-evolving business empire.

Nadine has been passionate since then to change the way that fitness was viewed and being done in her local community and beyond, since that day. In 2014, she earned the “˜Inspiring Young Woman in Huron’ award. In 2016 she earned the title, “Personal Trainer of the Year” by CanFitPro. Nadine has received many other nominations over the years for Young Entrepreneur and Business of the Year. She currently employs 14 rockstar team members known as her “˜Dream Team’ who serve over 500 members since opening her doors in January 2011.

Tom grew up in Clinton and, aside from a few jobs while attending Humber College in Toronto and University of Guelph, his entire working career has been in midwestern Ontario.

His media career is now entering its 4th decade.  He started as a writer at the Goderich Signal-Star in 1993 and switched to the advertising side of the business shortly after.  He worked his way up to become advertising manager and publisher of multiple publications with Sun Media/Quebecor Media before being hired by Blackburn Media as an advertising consultant in 2007.

In addition to his career, Tom also enjoys a busy life outside of work.   He is proud to serve on the Huron Chamber of Commerce board of directors and volunteers on the executives of Minor Baseball and Minor Hockey Associations as well as sitting on the Clinton Raceway board of directors.  He is also a long time member of the Clinton Kinsmen Club.

Tom and his family now reside a few miles west of Clinton.

Headshot of Colin Carmichael, Executive Director of the Huron Chamber of CommerceColin and his family came to Huron County in 2016 after having purchased Point Farms Market just north of Goderich.  They ran the seasonal store, minigolf, and ice cream shop for seven seasons, adding a very popular fry truck in 2019. The family sold the business in 2023 and moved into Goderich.  Prior to the move to Ontario’s West Coast, Colin had a career in corporate communications and marketing. More recently he was the local representative for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.  He is excited to bring his experience as a small business owner and advocate to the Chamber.

When not working, Colin can often be found wearing stripes on the ice at the Maitland Recreational Centre.