2016/2017 Board of Directors






Lawson Gay - President

Gay Company Ltd.

Lawson and his family have been in the General Contracting construction business in Durham Region since 1888.  He is currently the 5th generation to work in the industry.  Following his graduation from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995 with an Honours Business Degree he returned home to work and grow his family business.  In Oshawa since the early 1900's he sold the lands where the GM Centre now resides to the City of Oshawa and relocated to his current location on Highway #2 Courtice (in a building that was his Grandfather's house).  There are very few areas in Oshawa, Whitby and especially Clarington that haven't had a part of it built by Gay Company Limited.

Lawson has also formed a housing company called HL Gay Family Homes (that has built over 300 tract homes and 20 Custom Homes) and started numerous land develpment companies that specialize in Commercial Develpment as well as housing subdivisions

Lawson was the President of the Durham Construction Association from 2000-2002, was on the construction steering committee for the fundraising for the Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Oshawa, sits on the Friends of UOIT Fundraising Committee, is a member of Tarion (ONHWP) in good standing, a member of the Durham Region Home Builders Association in good standing, is a member of the Oshawa/Durham Chamber of Commerce and obviously a member of the Clarington Board of Trade.



Don Rickard - Past - President

Ceresmore Farms

Don is a 5th generation farmer, who with his brother, Jim, own and operate Ceresmore Farms which farms over 1300 acres of cash cropping. They are located east of Bowmanville on land where their family started farming in the 1840’s.

Don is an advocate for agriculture involved in several farm organizations serving as a director and president of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Canadian Seed Growers Association, the Ontario Seed Growers Association, as well as a director with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Ontario Cattlemen's Association, the Northumberland and Durham Apple Growers Association, the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, and served as a leader in the Durham 4-H Association. He currently is a member of the Clarington Agricultural Advisory Committee, and is a director at Country Heritage Park in Milton.

He has served as a director with the Clarington Board of Trade for several years as a representative of the agriculture industry.

Graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.

Married to Gail with 2 children.


 Laura Sciore - Vice - President
Sciore & Associates Inc. | The Co-operators


Laura Sciore began her career in the insurance industry over 30 years ago. Working her way through college she was certified as a Paralegal. She continued to work in the insurance industry as a Liability Investigations Adjuster in Toronto and a Senior Investigations and Negotiations Claims Adjuster negotiating bodily injury settlements with plaintiff council and in co-ordination with in-house defense council.

Laura and her husband Fred moved to Bowmanville in 1992. Laura opened The Cooperators Insurance and Financial Services Agency here in Bowmanville in 1995. Laura purchased the building at 120 Queen St in Bowmanville where she currently operates her agency.

Laura earned an MBA at Queen’s University graduating in 2004.

Laura is actively involved in our community. She currently serves as Treasurer on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington. Laura volunteered on the Gala Committee for Lakeridge Health Oshawa for 10 years and helped our community raise millions of dollars to help fund the opening of the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre in Oshawa.   

Laura’s business has been a member of the Clarington Board of Trade since establishing The Cooperators in Bowmanville. She has served as Director on the Clarington Board of Trade since 2013.  


Barb Malone – Treasurer
The Callery Group


Lindsay Coolidge - Secretary


Barb Yezik - Director at Large



Brad Phillips - Director at Large

Strike Furlong Ford Barristers & Solicitors


Glenn Butt - Director at Large

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


Jennifer Knox - Director at Large

Ontario Power Generation


Martin Vroegh - Director at Large

St Marys Cement


Melanie Seymour - Director at Large

Adecco Employment


Mike Weatherbee - Director at Large

Veridian Corporation




Steve DeBoer - Director at Large

Race Mechanical


Curry Clifford - Municipal Advisor
Municipality of Clarington


Greg Lewis - Newcastle BIA Representative
State Farm Insurance

Justin Barry - Bowmanville BIA Representative
Justin Barry Optical

Victoria Sautner - Newcastle Chamber

Consumer View Marketing



Yvonne Maitland - Orono BIA

Apple Blossom Flower Shop



Team CBOT!


Sheila Hall, Executive Director / Economic Development Officer

Bonnie Wrightman,Manager of Business Development

Tanya Albis, Membership & Events Co-ordinator

Jessica Sommerville, Economic Development Co-ordinator





Special Thanks To Our Past Presidents


Don Rickard

Ceresmore Farms


Adrienne Windsor

Veridian Corporation


Ron Robinson


Ron Collis
Collis & Reed Research

Martin Vroegh
St Marys Cement


Randy Henry
The Mortgage Centre & Courtice Flea Market


Elaine Garnett
Channel 12


Michael Patrick

Bowmanville Foundry


Don Terry

Ontario Power Generation


Dave Clark

Veridian Corporation


Terry Caputo

Durham College/UOIT


Ed Vanhaverbeke

Syvan Developments


Adrian Foster

Argosy Securities Inc.


Ron Hooper

Hooper's Jewellers


Paul Halliday

Bulk Barn


George Khouri

Landmark Furniture 


Special Thanks to Past Directors


Dale Gibbons

W.O. Insurance Brokers

Leslie Ray

Ray & Company

Jennifer Knox

Ontario Power Generation

Del Dykstra

Delton Financial Ltd. Mortgages

Murray Visser
Property Valuators Consulting Inc.

Gerry Johnston
Business Advisor

Frank Wu
Municipality of Clarington
Francine Nesbitt
Safe & Sound Manufacturing

Brian Trigg
TD Canada Trust

Joyce Kufta
Newcastle Funeral Home

Michael Sullivan

Sullivan & Co.

Vanessa Hughes

Ontario Power Generation

John Brent
Goodyear Canada

Dwight Hickson
Freedom 55 Financial, Newcastle

Bill Hyde
Thank You Ideas, Bowmanville

Penny Waghorn
Ontario Power Generation

Ron Hope
J&R Hopes

Daniel Banting
Orono BIA

Ron Strike
Strike, Salmers & Furlong

Gloria Humeniuk
Strategic Tech Solutions

Dale Chilvers

Hans Verkruisen
JJ Printing

Rick James
James Publishing

Fred Archibald

Archibald's Orchard and Estate Winery

Evan Linell

Magic Portraits

Donna Eastwood

The UPS Store

Tom Morawetz

Evergreen Farm & Garden

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