Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

CYNDI MILLS
CYNDI MILLSPresident of the Board
Cyndi is publisher of the Canadian Military Family Magazine. Canada’s only military lifestyle magazine, providing insightful information on programs, policies, promotions and articles with a military focus. As a military spouse and mother, Cyndi is committed to supporting fellow mil-spouses live their passion.
MARIA ROBINSON
MARIA ROBINSONTreasurer
Maria has over 30 years of experience in the financial and tax sector and has taken that knowledge and created her own local franchise tax service, Eagle Tax. Maria is also a Councillor for one of the local municipalities. As a municipal representative, she can champion for and innovate governance policy for business.
CHRISTINE MITCHELL
CHRISTINE MITCHELLDirector
Christine passionately supports and builds strong communities through engagement, asset development and grassroots initiatives. Christine is the Economic Development Officer for the Town of Petawawa and feels grateful that she can actively participate in opportunities to shape and grow rural businesses.
SANDRA SWAIN
SANDRA SWAINDirector
Sandra Swain has been working to develop, support, and grow effective business communities since 2007. With over 10 years experience in Finance, owning a consulting business, helping to create a successful construction company with her husband, and operating as an Independent Mortgage Agent, Sandra understands how crucial it is to have a positive and supportive community in which businesses can grow. In 2022, Sandra started the Eganville and Area Business Owners Group that provides business owners with a place to source local advice and support, have monthly networking events, and a recently started seminar series.
CHRISTELLE SAM
CHRISTELLE SAMDirector
Christelle is the co-owner of Stone Moss Construction, a landscape and hardscape design and construction business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A business
owner from the age of 18, she is passionate about being involved in the business community. Christelle is also a real estate agent with Century 21 Aspire Realty.
CRYSTAL HOGG
CRYSTAL HOGGDirector
Crystal is originally from the GTA and relocated to Petawawa 14 years ago at which time she continued her career with The Brick at the Pembroke location. With over 20 years with The Brick she decided to take on a new challenge and became a licensed mortgage broker servicing all of Ontario with a focus on the Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas.
ANDRE MICKOVITCH
ANDRE MICKOVITCHDirector
Andre moved to the Ottawa Valley several years ago and has over 32 years of experience as a senior financial advisor with Assante Wealth Management. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and professionals in various capacities including tax, retirement, and succession planning. Andre and his wife, Lesley are involved in many local community activities. He is an active member of the Eganville Rotary Club and in his spare time, enjoys fishing and cycling.
EMMA ST PIERRE
EMMA ST PIERREDirector
Emma is the Education & Training Advisor for Contact North, serving the Upper Ottawa Valley Territory. She has a long history of service to the Ottawa Valley community through her adventures in public and private sector work and she has successfully managed teams of volunteers for many worthy programs.
TRAVIS RICHARDS
TRAVIS RICHARDSDirector
Travis Richards boasts a decade-long marketing career and is the dedicated founder/online marketing business broker at Travis Richards Office in scenic Barry’s Bay, Ontario. As a provincially licensed professional with expertise in marketing, Google, and executive office administration, Travis is committed to community building and championing inclusion. Currently, he serves as the chair of the board nominating committee, proudly contributing to business leadership on the chambers board of directors.
MIKE THOMPSONDirector
Community Futures Development Corporation
VALERIE HYSKADirector
Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer
ALICIA OTT
ALICIA OTTDirector
Alicia Ott is a dynamic entrepreneur, wife, and mother of two. As the owner of Bee Savvy Fine Foods, a fine food shop in Arnprior, she passionately curates exceptional culinary experiences, showcasing her commitment to quality and taste. Additionally, Alicia is the owner of Steelheads and Strikes, the oldest bowling alley in Canada, which recently underwent a significant renovation set to be featured on a highly popular network. Her innovative approach and dedication to revitalizing this historic establishment highlight her entrepreneurial spirit.
KELLY HOLLIHAN
KELLY HOLLIHANExecutive Director
Kelly is the Executive Director of the chamber and joins us with a wealth of experience from a customer service career path that brought her to the region some fifteen years ago with her partner and husband Ron Duncan. Together, they own
Ottawa Valley Power Play, a virtual reality arcade.
REBECCA GILLEx Officio Director
Township of Whitewater Region
LINDSAY WILSONEx Officio Director
Town of Arnprior
DAVID WYBOUEx Officio Director
County of Renfrew Economic Development
HEATHER SUTHERLANDEx Officio Director
City of Pembroke
CHRIS NEFF
CHRIS NEFFEx Officio Director
Chris is a big dreamer who firmly believes that there is no limit to the power of people and strength of community. As the Community Development Officer for the Township of Laurentian Valley, Chris is passionate about working collaboratively with others to make big ideas come to life with creative solutions and unique approaches to community based economic development.

Interested in joining our volunteer Board of Directors?  Contact us to begin the application process.