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Published on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chamber chooses new chairperson

Oakville Chamber welcomes Cooper Construction's Ken Nevar as its new board chair

Chamber chooses new chairperson
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Oakville Beaver

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce has announced that Cooper Construction president Ken Nevar will serve as the chamber’s next board chair.

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton swore in Nevar during the Oakville Chamber’s annual general meeting on Thursday (Sept. 7).

He will replace outgoing chair Caroline Hughes.

Nevar has served as a member of the chamber board of directors since 2010 and has served on the Oakville Chamber’s executive committee as vice-chair since 2013.

Chamber staff said Nevar joined Cooper Construction in 1979 and played a pivotal role in transforming the company into one of the leading design builders and industrial land developers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Nevar leads all strategic initiatives of the company and is responsible for development activities, including land acquisition, site servicing, design/build construction, marketing and tenant selection activities.

“Ken brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge to his new role that will contribute to the ongoing success of the Oakville Chamber,” said Hughes.

“Ken has provided his expertise to the board as a director for seven years and has chaired the Oakville Chamber’s government relations and advocacy committee for two years. I look forward to working closely with Ken and his leadership throughout the coming year.”

Oakville Chamber of Commerce president John Sawyer said Hughes did an outstanding job during her term as chair.

“Caroline’s background and experience helped frame our research comments and recommendations throughout her term as chair,” he said.

“A significant achievement during her term was the Oakville Chamber membership reaching a milestone of over 1,200 organizations. We are very proud of this achievement and look forward to continuing the momentum in the coming year.”

Hughes, who serves as vice president of government relations at Ford Motor Company of Canada, will be recognized for her contributions to the chamber during the 63rd annual Chairs Dinner.

The Wednesday (Sept. 20) event will also see Nevar and the incoming board of directors introduced to the community.

The dinner will take place at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Rd., and begin with a networking session at 5 p.m. and a dinner gala at 6 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be former governor of the Bank of Canada and senior adviser at Bennett Jones, David Dodge.

“We are excited to host David Dodge,” said Sawyer.

“The economy and interest rates are the top issues on the minds of our members and Canadians at large. It will be very interesting to hear Mr. Dodge’s perspective on the Bank of Canada’s increasing interest rates and its effect on our economy.”

Those interested in attending the 63rd annual Chairs Dinner can register online at or by emailing or by calling the chamber at 905-845-6613.

Tickets are $125 for chamber members and $175 for nonmembers.

Tables of eight are available.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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