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MEET the BOARD-Liam Finney

It is with great pleasure that we introduce one of our two new Board Members

Liam Finney, is Co-Owner and Operator of two time LQBEA winning Tilia Builders Inc - a residential general contracting company based in Bridgewater NS. A native of Sackville, NB, Liam has lived, worked, and studied in Lunenburg County since 2011.

A former student of Political Science at Queen's University and graduate from NSCC Lunenburg Campus's Heritage Carpentry Program, he is an active proponent of issues relating to rural economic development, advocate for the trades in Nova Scotia, and recent recipient of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency's Employer Champion designation.

Liam lives with his wife Katie in Pleasantville, NS.


MEET the BOARD-Jayme Rhyno

Following our AGM on June 13 2019, The Chamber would like to welcome Jayme Rhyno to our Board of Directors. Here is a little bit about Jayme

"I'm a second-generation business owner of Rhyno's on North Street which was established in 1976 by my father. I first started working in the family business in my early childhood (my family jokes that I was fixing dishwashers before I could talk) and then officially took over as President in 2008.

I hold by Red Seal in Refrigeration (since 2006). I'm also a volunteer firefighter with the Upper Northfield Fire Department (since 2003). I've lived on the South Shore all my life - I grew up in Riverport then moved to Crescent Beach and I currently reside in Lower Northfield. This area has always been my home and I'm very much committed to Bridgewater being a hub for the business community, a place where local businesses feel supported and can thrive.

I'm proud to be serving on the board of directors and to have the opportunity to collaborate with other local business owners who have a strong desire to further develop, grow & expand the business community in Bridgewater."


Chamber Chat June 07 2019

Brian Geddes from Direct Ads Factory presented



Meet the Board - Debra Porter

Meet the Board-Debra Porter
Debra was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, the youngest of 15 siblings. My partner, Mark Pearson and I have been living in Bridgewater for a total of 11 years. The Valley has been home for most of my life, my office is still in New Minas and Halifax, with a mobile office in the South Shore. While still traveling to the Valley 3-4 times a week and always loving to visit the South Shore prior to moving here, I now get to enjoy it even more.

The best of both worlds is the way I see it. I've been in real estate for approx. 24 years; with a deep desire to be self-employed while helping others; Real Estate seemed like the right fit. And today, looking back, I couldn't be happier. I value the relationships I build with each and every person I do business with. In any transaction, working with an agent who is personable, reliable, hard working, & always available at a moment's notice is an asset in our market.

While covering the South Shore and Valley (sometimes Halifax) I also found a little more time to work our Driver Training business in Bridgewater. Complete Driving has allowed me to meet even more people and it is such fun to see young people (people of many ages) achieve their goals. If you have any questions regarding real estate or driver training, give me, Debra Porter, a call. 902.679-4657.


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Chamber Chat April 5th 2019

Don Graves, Business Development Manager Atlantic Region for Staples outlines the new loyalty program for Chamber Members




Lunch and Learn Schedule

Upcoming Lunch and Learn Sessions.

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MEET the BOARD- Executive Director Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey is the Executive Director of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce and deals with the day to day operation of the Chamber

As an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion in 2009, he developed the video project “Time to Remember”, a video that includes 18 poignant interviews with Bridgewater area Second World War veterans. He continues to visit schools, organizations and youth groups to raise awareness of the sacrifices that our veterans have made and continue to make on our behalf

Dan Hennessey became a published author with the release of “With the Snap of a Glove”, a book that chronicled his battle with Prostate Cancer. The book and two prostate cancer awareness videos has national and International followers and are the basis of his advocacy work on the subject through interviews on all forms of media throughout the World. His advocacy mission earned him recognition in the Nova Scotia Legislature, the House of Commons and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dan has also been nominated for the Order of Nova Scotia for 2019.

Dan Hennessey was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 14 Construction Engineering Squadron, Bridgewater NS June 2015 and continues to serve in this role as one of 70 RCAF Honorary Colonels in Canada

Dan Hennessey is married to Marianne and they live in Newcombville with their two daughters Emma and Grace.

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MEET the BOARD- Reid Whynot

Reid Whynot serves as a Board Member as the representative of MODL where he serves as a Municipal Councillor since 2016. Reid has been a Volunteer Fore Fighter for 45 years and is an active Captain and Honorary Chief. Reid has been the recipient of the Fire Services Exemplary Medal, Long Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Reid is the former President of the Lunenburg West Crime Stoppers Association and former coach and leader of minor hockey, Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts.


MEET the BOARD-Joel Holland

I graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta with a Bachelor of Applied Business & Entrepreneurship – Sport Recreation Management. I spent 4 years as a university baseball athlete and 1 year coaching the University of Calgary baseball team that I played for. My passion for sport, community & CrossFit has influenced my decision to start a business here in Bridgewater, NS. My goals and dream are invested into my business and being on the board of directors has allowed me to network, communicate and build relationships with likeminded individuals who have the same interest.

Bridgewater has so much potential and the goals of the board align with mine, being growth, success, community, achievements, and creating a desirable place for anyone to live. This is all of our homes and being in a role that allows input on the direction our community is going is extremely important to me. I will do my best to serve business owners & community members through my position within the Chamber of Commerce

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MEET the BOARD- Andrew Mutch

Andrew Mutch
Plant Manager, Michelin Bridgewater
Manager of Tire Operations, Michelin Pictou

Andrew has worked for Michelin Canada since 1987, with assignments in all three Nova Scotia manufacturing sites, as well as in Oklahoma and South Carolina. Born and raised in the Maritimes, Andrew has a vested interest in the long-term success of Michelin in Nova Scotia and is proud of the positive impact that the company has on our families, communities and the economic health of our province.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys music, outdoor activities and, since moving to the South Shore, has taken an increased interest in sailing. He and his wife Lisa also enjoy spending time with their three children and two grandchildren.

In addition to being on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors for Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP). In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Bridgewater Development Association, Crombie House in New Minas, and has been an active committee member for Ducks Unlimited.


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