About The Scugog Chamber
Empowering Businesses, Connecting Communities
The Scugog Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, not-for-profit association of business and professional people. Members share a common interest and pride in their community, working together to make Scugog a better place in which to work and live. It is funded by business members and managed by volunteers. The Scugog Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2014!
To promote, connect and advocate for business success. Growth and opportunity in the Township of Scugog.
To become the go-to source in the community for leadership and prosperity.
To promote business in the Scugog area and enrich the community
To encourage and promote the tourism potential of our area
To strengthen the organization through increasing membership and resource base
To serve as the voice of business in our community at various levels of government
To enhance the image of the Chamber by providing activities of interest to the membership
To enhance the image of the Chamber by providing activities of interest to the membership
A vital part of our mandate is to encourage the plans and policies that will enhance the positive growth of the commercial, industrial, agricultural and entrepreneurial businesses of our community. The Chamber enjoys strong representation on the Scugog Township Economic Development Committee, the Tourist Association of Durham Region and the Joint Chambers of Commerce and we liaise with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Region of Durham and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership to ensure your needs are addressed.
Durham Region Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade Launch the Durham Business Alliance
Durham Region – Durham Region is home to an incredible and diverse business community. For that reason, chambers and boards of trade across the Durham Region have joined forces to create the Durham Business Alliance. Representing over 2,500 businesses members, the Durham Business Alliance came together to represent the collective interests of the business community in the Durham Region. As members of chambers and boards of trade, our business membership reflects the strength and diversity of the region and unites to advocate, collaborate and engage. We’ll continue to speak for the businesses that keep this region growing!
Our mission is to empower, connect and advocate for business community across the Durham Region. Our vision is to create an alliance of chambers & boards of trade to add-value & benefit for business members across the Durham Region.
Watch for upcoming opportunities to network, advocate and participate in partnered programming.
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The Durham Business Alliance provides a collaborative platform by offering programs and implementing initiatives that support the needs and growth of the business community. Individually, they represent an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. For more information and to learn more about the benefits of membership, reach out to your local chamber of commerce or board of trade.
For more information please contact:
Scugog Chamber of Commerce
Karey Anne Large, Executive Director
250 Queen St.
Port Perry, ON L9L 1B9
Where To Find Township of Scugog
The Township of Scugog is situated on the shores of Lake Scugog, just 45 minutes north of downtown Toronto and is a mid-way point for travelers from the Windsor-to-Ottawa corridor. Four season tourism plays a very integral role in our communities. In the heart of Scugog, in the town of Port Perry, we have a centralized visitor and business centre across from Lake Scugog where inquiries from all over Ontario, Canada and the world flow through the centre. The Scugog Chamber of Commerce currently provide the resources that the centre offers.
The Scugog Township is just 45 minutes to Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Pearson is Canada’s busiest airport, serving more than thirty-one million passengers annually and is serviced by all global airlines. By the year 2020 – the number of travelers passing through the airport’s gates is expected to reach 50 million. To the east of Scugog, the Peterborough Airport, is thirty-five minutes and to the south-east, the Oshawa Airport, is a full service commercial aviation facility, which is within twenty-five minutes of Scugog Lake.
For More information about the Scugog Chamber of Commerce email@example.com
Scugog provides unique opportunities for businesses and employers within the GTA to flourish professionally while establishing a quality of life that fosters lifestyle options not found anywhere else.
INVEST IN SCUGOG – www.InScugog.ca
Doing Business – In Scugog – Click Here
Agriculture in The Region of Durham – Click Here
Key Industries – Click HERE
Tourism In Scugog – ScugogTourism.ca
The Region of Durham – Doing Business IN
Quick Business Links:
Accessibility Act – Government of Ontario
** A Region of Durham Funded Organization
Ontario government HST channel on YouTube
E- Laws – Ontario
R & D & Links of interest
Board of Directors
Vos Independent Grocer
Terry had a very successful career and has focused on inclusive hiring throughout his career. terry uses a peer mentoring approach that ensures everyone has a successful employment experience and he is. a firm believer in employment inclusion for everyone. Terry provides education and offers mentorship to many small businesses in the Durham region and is also involved in many community organizations, including the Port Perry Canada Day committee, past board member of Community Living and as well Big Brothers and Big Sister North Durham.
Electrolysis by Karen
Karen currently operates her own Electrolysis business and is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs. In her past role, Karen brings 20 years of experience from the Economic Development and Tourism sector.
Karen’s passion for the community and involvement include being a proud member of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She has participated as a member of The Durham Home and Small Business Association, Scugog Lake Stewards Inc. and volunteer Office Associate at the Scugog Chamber and BIA offices. She enjoys volunteering at the Santa Claus Parade, Christmas Light Contest, Beer Fest and many other community events.
Her attitude is one of positive change and hopes by working together, being innovative and open to new ideas we can help our community prosper and grow.
Kristen Meyer-Creamer is a branding and marketing specialist based in Port Perry. In partnership with Chris Creamer, she co-runs the popular sports media website SportsLogos.Net. Created in 1997, SportsLogos.Net is the world’s largest online visual encyclopedia of sports logos, uniforms and branding. It has grown to include a media/news wing, a forum, a book and a large social media presence. In addition to this, Kristen also lends her marketing services to local small businesses with a particular focus on female-led entrepreneurs. Some of these include North End Fitness, Branching Out Floral Design, Jeannine Rosenberg Designs, Chrystal Clean and more. Kristen is the founder of Step Up Step Out North Durham, a hub for volunteer opportunities and events across North Durham Region and proudly donates her time to community organizations such as the Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign in Scugog, Scugog Arts and as the captain of the Queen Bees Dragon Boat team which raises funds for local charities like the Scugog Lake Stewards and the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham (BBBSND)
Currently, I sit on the Fundraising and Finance committees for BBBSND. I have helped the Scugog Chamber with the Annual Elimination Draw, I take part in the Santa Claus Parade with BBBSND and I attend chamber events such as the home show, AGM’s, breakfast/ lunch meetings, and attend and participate in community events.
As a Board Director I hope to contribute new ideas, help where needed and bring a positive attitude to the chamber and community. I wish to serve on the Board of Directors as my way of contributing and giving back to the community.
I am really not sure yet as to what I would like to see accomplished, I know that the Board members work hard to make Scugog a great place to play, work and live and I would like to be a part of that. I look forward to gaining knowledge by learning more about the variety of issues surrounding Scugog.
Director & Sitting Chaplain to the Scugog Chamber
Elaine brings almost 30 years of experience working with people to make a difference in their life and in their communities. She has worked in Cape Breton, Eastern Ontario, and has served since 2011 as one of the ministers at Port Perry United Church. Elaine values journeying with people of all ages and stages of their living. Her educational background is in philosophy and theology, but she comes from a long line of shopkeepers, bookkeepers, tradespeople, and fruit farmers.
Advisor to the Board
Jillian is the Chair of our Santa Claus Parade Committee and loves to give back to her community.
For over 20 years Jill has been actively been involved in helping others with planning and running special events as well as celebrations. She assists and organizes “The Community Gift Giving Program” through Mary Kay which provides residents at the Port Perry Community Nursing Home with gifts on Christmas Day.
Jillian was also on the Mayor’s Honour Roll for 2009 recognizing her community service work. She is an Independent Sales Rep for Mary Kay, and Norwex and has also been a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2008.
She has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce since 2003 allowing her to assist in planning and coordinating various events within the community. Helping others is something Jill truly loves doing. Jillian was also the recipient of the inaugural “Bob Brozina Volunteer of the Year Award” in 2021, in recognition of her dedication to the Scugog Chamber of Commerce.
Two Blokes Cider
Matt is a designer, urban planner, heritage advocate, fifth generation farmer, husband and a small business owner. In 2003 at the age of 23 I ran for Ward 1 Councillor. While he didn’t get elected, the experience drew him towards the issues of urban planning, so much so that in 2005 he returned to planning school. Upon graduation Matt was hired by one of Toronto’s top architectural firms where he assisted in the creation of both the Port Perry Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Project and led development of the Downtown Port Perry HCD.
Given his agricultural background, much of his professional work revolves around the intersection of heritage, economic development and cultural vitality. Two Blokes Cider emerged in 2018 as a means of integrating these personal and professional interests with the goals of breathing new life into our century family farm and helping to push the agritourism potential of this area.
In 2019 Matt returned to Port Perry with a thriving business and an orchard now in its 5th year of growth. While the pandemic raged, construction of the cidery did not stop and Matt opened to the public on June 18, 2021.
Matt is eager to foster an inclusive space at the cidery that contributes to the area’s economic and cultural vitality. Participation in the Chamber enables Matt to work with other passionate business owners to create and advocate for innovative solutions that showcase the immense potential of Scugog and the surrounding area.
Rosario Greco Styles
As a hairstylist, with over 40 years of experience, a cut and colour specialist Rosario Greco has a great passion for the hair industry. Internationally trained, Rosario knows the importance of ongoing education to keep up with the latest cutting techniques and hair care products and in 2018 obtained the Ontario College of Trades Red Seal in hairdressing. Initially a competitor and now with a life-time achievement award in the Master judges program, Rosario has also involved himself in many industry-related fundraisers, and served on the board of the Guild of Hair Design and ABA hair shows. He has traveled to many parts of the world for training and platform work. In addition to the beauty side of his industry, six years ago, Rosario also began to recognize the importance of being able to help his clients with hair loss and scalp care issues and became a trained trichologist. In 2013 Rosario opened and continues to operate Rosario Grecvo Styles, Hair Salon, and Hair Loss Centre in Port Perry, Ontario.
BH Group Inc.
Holly Barkwell is an experienced public safety practitioner with over 25 years of technical and operational experience in 9-1-1 emergency communications and dispatch. Holly works with Fire, Police, and EMS agencies to navigate technical, operational and organizational change. She provides support on public safety policy, governance, technology, and standards and best practices. She participates on multiple standards and technical development committees for various associations.
Ms. Barkwell currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Emergency Number Association – NENA (an international public safety association), and is an active participant in the Canadian Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG), a dedicated national group of public safety professionals developing a plan to transition Canada to a digital infrastructure by March 2025.
She has worked with federal, provincial, and local governments across Canada, the U.S., and overseas.
Holly is the President & CEO of Barkwell Holland Group Inc., a successful Canadian 9-1-1 and emergency communications specialist firm. BH Group Inc. provides professional and technical services to public safety agencies, local, regional, and territorial governments, and associated industry partners.
While still working in the corporate world in 2005, Karey Anne Large started making cakes out of her home kitchen. After discovering her passion for cake decorating, she dove in headfirst, leaving her corporate career behind and opening her first retail location in 2011. Born and raised in Whitby, Large chose the historic downtown Whitby to open up her dream shop – Kake Kreations. After, a tragic fire at her Brock Street location, she persevered and moved Kake Kreations to its second location on Dundas Street in 2015.
Large saw many sweet successes during her cake decorating journey, including winning the 2015 Parents Choice Award for Best Cakes in Durham Region and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce’s (WCC) New Business of the Year in 2016. She was also the only Canadian featured on the Food Network’s Cake Wars and was awarded 1st runner up.
In 2017, Large made the difficult decision to close up Kake Kreations and step into the position as the Executive Director of the Downtown Whitby Business Improvement Area (DWBIA), combining her experience as a small business owner with her love for the Town of Whitby.
With more than 40 years as a Whitby resident, Large sees the importance of giving back and has held such positions as Past President of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and a past member of its Signature Events Planning Committee. She is also a member of Whitby Rotary Sunrise as the current club service director and chair for Whitby Ribfest, Large has also sat on the Whitby Heritage Advisory Committee, Lakeridge Health Gala Planning Committee, and sat as the co-chair for Mayor Mitchells Community Development Fund Planning Committee in 2022. Large has also sat on the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association’s Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee. Her dedication to volunteerism was recognized in 2019 when she received the WCC’s second-ever Jim Lavelle Award, inspired by the extraordinary contributions of the late Jim Lavelle and the four values he deemed most important: commitment, determination, innovation, and compassion.
Councillor Terry Coyne
Huge thanks to Jonathan van Bilsen for taking the 2023 Scugog Chamber of Commerce board photos!