New team leader

Char­lot­te­town cham­ber of com­merce an­nounces Penny Walsh McGuire will re­place Kathy Ham­bly as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in Fe­bru­ary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS -

Penny Walsh McGuire has been named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Greater Char­lot­te­town Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Walsh McGuire will step into her new role on Feb. 8, re­plac­ing Kathy Ham­bly, who an­nounced her re­tire­ment late last year.

Ham­bly will stay on for a pe­riod to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion.

Many Is­lan­ders are fa­mil­iar with Walsh McGuire from her work as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of P.E.I. 2014 Inc., the or­ga­ni­za­tion that led the 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the Char­lot­te­town Con­fer­ence.

“The cham­ber is ex­cited to have Penny join our team,” said Wendy Drake, pres­i­dent of the cham­ber.

“Her ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­er­ship, mar­ket­ing and busi­ness will prove es­sen­tial in our con­tin­ued ef­forts to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship in P.E.I., en­cour­age pros­per­ity in our com­mu­nity and ad­vo­cate on be­half of our mem­bers.”

Walsh McGuire has more than 13 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in both non-profit and cor­po­rate or­ga­ni­za­tions. Her roles have in­cluded work­ing as vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and part­ner­ships with P.E.I. 2014, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer with the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts and ac­count ex­ec­u­tive for the ad­ver­tis­ing agency Young & Ru­bi­cam in New York City.

A grad­u­ate of UPEI, Walsh McGuire has com­pleted both bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­grees in busi­ness.

She also holds a diploma in events and con­ven­tions man­age­ment from Hol­land Col­lege.

Ham­bly be­gan work­ing with the cham­ber in 2005 af­ter serv­ing on the board of di­rec­tors from 1996 to 2004 and as pres­i­dent in 2002.

“My work with the cham­ber has been so re­ward­ing that re­tire­ment has been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion,’’ Ham­bly said back in Novem­ber. “How­ever, I want to have more time to spend with my fam­ily and friends here on Prince Ed­ward Is­land.’’

Dur­ing her time with the cham­ber, Ham­bly led pro­grams such as Is­land Ad­vance and P.E.I. Con­nec­tors, which en­cour­age eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the cap­i­tal area and the prov­ince.

In Oc­to­ber, Ham­bly re­ceived the Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tives of Canada Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year award for her ex­cel­lence in con­tri­bu­tions, in­no­va­tion and man­age­ment.

Drake said Ham­bly will be missed.

“She en­gaged staff and vol­un­teers to cre­ate a dy­namic, pro­gres­sive cham­ber com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing value to the mem­ber­ship,’’ Drake said.

The cham­ber of com­merce serves as the voice of busi­ness on eco­nomic is­sues for more than 975 mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing more than 17,500 em­ploy­ees in small, medium and large en­ter­prises in the cap­i­tal re­gion.

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Penny Walsh McGuire has been named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Greater Char­lot­te­town Area Cham­ber of Com­merce. She will be re­plac­ing Kathy Ham­bly who an­nounced her re­tire­ment late last year. Walsh McGuire takes over in her new role on Feb. 8.

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