Andrew Niven, who has served on the board of directors of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Tourism NOTL, has been elected as the new board chair.
Niven replaces Paul MacIntyre, whose term was up and who will continue as an ex officio member and immediate past chair.
Niven brings vast experience to the position, says a chamber news release, including serving on the board for six years and previous committee chair roles of the Icewine Festival, Candlelight Stroll, Artistry by the Lake, and golf tournaments.
He says he’s honoured to be voted on as the chair of the organization.
A resident of St. Davids, Niven is the director of marketing and hospitality at Konzelmann Estate Winery and is very involved in local organizations such as the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the town’s customer and experience technology committee.
“It’s an exciting time for the Chamber and Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, as visitation returns to the town after a long couple of years. There is a feeling of optimism in our industry and with our new president and CEO Minerva Ward, and an engaged executive board, the future of business and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake looks more promising than ever,” says Niven.
Niven, Betty Colanari of Colaneri Estate Winery (vice-chair), and Tim Jennings of the Shaw Festival (treasurer) will serve on the executive committee of the board.
The other members of the goard include Kelly Exelby of the Prince of Wales Hotel and Moffat Inn, David Levesque of the NOTL Bed & Breakfast Association, Kim Hughes Gauld of the Queen Street Merchants Group, Eric Quesnel of 124 on Queen, Madison Vine of Andrew Peller Ltd, Dylan Hart of the Outlet Collection of Niagara, Kevin Neufeld of Beau Chapeau Hat Shop, and town representative Wendy Cheropita.
“Thank you to Paul MacIntyre for your tireless service to the chamber and business community and for providing guidance through our darkest days of the last two years of COVID,” says Ward, “and welcome back to the Chamber’s board of directors and for stepping up to the role of board chair, Andrew.’”