Board Members

Our volunteer Board of Directors is a diverse group representing business and non-profit organizations throughout Grimsby and the Niagara region.

The Executives

Marshall Deeth


RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage

Marshall came to Grimsby in 1986 and has been an enthusiastic supporter and cheerleader for all things Grimsby ever since. Marshall also has more than 32 years’ experience in real estate as a salesperson and broker. In addition to being a very proud member of The Rotary Club of Grimsby, Marshall has also been an active Chamber board member since 2011.

RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc.

Marion Thorp

Past President

GBF Community Services

Marion has been a director of the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce since 2012, having served as Chair of Special Events Committee. She was President for 2015 and 2016. Marion has been with GBF Community Services since 1994, opening the first food bank and furniture store. She is involved in a wide variety of community initiatives and has been a resident of Grimsby since 1982.

Grimsby Benevolent Fund

Kristen Butryn

1st Vice President

Employment Help Centre

Kristen is the Job Developer Team Lead at Employment Help Centre. She is a community relationship builder who helps both Employers and Job Seekers. Kristen joined the board in January 2017 and quickly became an integral member. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Niagara program (May 2018), and – in addition to being 1st Vice President – also sits on the Programs and Education Committee.

Employment Help Centre

Cathy Bliss


bliss for results

Cathy is a back-office professional who maintains the accounting, payroll and bookkeeping for companies that vary in size. Her experience involves accounts payable, accounts receivable, account and bank reconciliations including intercompany accounts, cash management and government remittances. In
addition to serving as our Treasurer, Cathy also serves on the Grimsby Library Board and is a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner with the Canadian Payroll Association.

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The Directors

Philip Bliss

bliss for results

Philip has founded and grown three market-leading marketing digital agencies and two internet product companies. He focuses on innovative strategic, policy, marketing and product development initiatives. Philip develops effective products, marketing and technology strategies, and the technological infrastructure to manage these. In addition to being a former Director for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Philip is also Economic Development liaison with the Town of Grimsby.

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John Dunstall

JJ’s on the Docks Eatery

John has lived and worked in the Grimsby community since 2004. He is the former General Manager of the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop and with that experience opened JJ’s On The Docks Eatery. The restaurant is located at Foran’s Marine and is open year-round. John is a past President of the Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce and is currently a Ward 3 Alderman.

JJ’s On The Docks Eatery

Joe Lowes

Joe Lowes

50 Point Market

Joe is the president and co-owner of 50 Point Market, a family-owned store specializing in high quality, local, and fresh ingredients. In addition to serving on the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Joe has been a Rotarian since 1998 and has held high level corporate sponsorship and partnership positions with Tennis Canada/Rogers Cup and Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.

50 Point Market

Leona Moore

Meridian Credit Union

Leona has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry with several progressive promotions throughout her career.

She currently serves as the Branch Manager of their Grimsby Branch. Leona volunteers regularly and currently holds board positions with The Education Foundation of Niagara (Vice President) and the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce.

Meridian Credit Union

Geoff Willis

Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home

Geoff was born and raised in the West Niagara area, and is an active member of Grimsby Rotary at Noon, as well as a coach with the West Lincoln Minor Hockey Association. Geoff joined the Grimsby Chamber board in 2018 and is an active member of several committees.

Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home

Jinny Day

Executive Director – Retired

Jinny proudly served the Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce for 25 years through 14 Presidents and 25 new Boards. She organized five office relocations, and coordinated countless events including the Chamber’s annual golf tournaments and awards evenings, and monthly networking events.

A tremendous and resounding thanks to Jinny for keeping the Chamber moving forward for 25 years – what an accomplishment to look back on with pride!

Rebecca Shelley

Executive Director

Rebecca provides the Chamber with excellent management of membership programs and events.

She brings 20 years of professional experience to her role with the Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce, most recently from Bell Media. Rebecca has many years of office management, administrative, organizational and coordination experience. Her background embraces small- and medium-sized businesses, including a wine agency, a media company, and an IT security firm run by former Dragon Robert Herjavec.

Village StudioMany thanks to Bryan Macaulay of Village Studio for donating his time and talent for most of the board member photos.

If you’d like to join our Board of Directors or volunteer for one of our committees, please contact Rebecca Shelley at or 905-945-8319.

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