Chang­ing of the guard at Flam­bor­ough cham­ber

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - MAC CHRISTI

The Flam­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce has ap­pointed Mat­teo Pa­tri­celli as its new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Pa­tri­celli, 35, took the reins Nov. 1 from Arend Ker­sten, 71.

Pa­tri­celli said he hopes to “fo­cus on the new and ex­pand­ing Flam­bor­ough.”

Pa­tri­celli, a Hamil­ton res­i­dent, is also the part-time ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Hamil­ton, a role he will con­tinue.

Ker­sten will re­main with the cham­ber in a con­sult­ing role.

Pa­tri­celli im­mi­grated to Hamil­ton from Italy at age six and grew up on the Hamil­ton Moun­tain. He holds a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence de­gree from McMaster Univer­sity and has ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment and gov­ern­ment re­la­tions, in­clud­ing work­ing for an en­gi­neer­ing firm in North Africa and the Per­sian Gulf.

More re­cently, he has worked as a man­age­ment and gov­ern­ment re­la­tions con­sul­tant for clients in not-for­profit, law and po­lit­i­cal sec­tors.

Pa­tri­celli was also named one of the 40 Un­der Forty Busi­ness Achieve­ment Award win­ners in 2013, an award rec­og­niz­ing Hamil­ton and Hal­ton’s next gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers and, in 2012, was awarded a Queen El­iz­a­beth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal.

“I like find­ing cre­ative ways to solve prob­lems and I love com­mu­nity build­ing,” Pa­tri­celli said. “That’s my pas­sion and that’s what re­ally at­tracted me to the role.”

He noted that meshes well with the cham­ber’s man­date to build and de­fend the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and econ­omy.

“My skill set is mak­ing those con­nec­tions and bring­ing peo­ple to the ta­ble. Work­ing to­gether to find so­lu­tions to bet­ter everybody.”

Ker­sten’s fi­nal day as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor will be Dec. 31. He said it was time to pass the torch. “I’m 71 years old, I’ve been here for 14 years. This is the right time.”

A self-de­scribed po­lit­i­cal junkie, Ker­sten said his pol­icy and ad­vo­cacy role as a con­sul­tant to the cham­ber will be a good fit.

“I will con­tinue to cover city hall, share what’s hap­pen­ing there and pro­vide that to the FCC,” he said. “Hope­fully, that will be a new and ad­di­tional mem­ber­ship ben­e­fit that I can fo­cus on.”

MAC CHRISTIE, HAMIL­TON COM­MU­NITY NEWS

Flam­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mat­teo Pa­tri­celli, left, is tak­ing over from Arend Ker­sten.

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