(PRESS RELEASE) — The 2018/2019 Board of Directors of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture revealed five new faces in its ranks.
The 134th Annual General Meeting turned out to be one of the most keenly contested election of directors to the Board of the Chamber in many years. Except for the position of second vice president to which Jason King of St. Lucia Distillers was elected unopposed, all positions, including that of president, were contested — a clear show of great interest in serving and participating in the affairs of the most recognized and respected private sector organization on the island.
In fact, a number of Chamber members had signaled an interest in serving on the Board of Directors before the meeting and so it was no surprise when 11 candidates were nominated to fill seven positions on the Board. The Articles of the Chamber require all Board members to retire every year with every one being eligible for reelection.
Jonathan Johannes was elected first vice president from a field of four nominees. Dr. Alison Gajadhar of KMA Consulting, Bruno Didier of Bank of Nova Scotia, Siobhan James-Alexander of Digicel St. Lucia Ltd., and Donna Hinkson of Sagicor Life are the other newcomers to the Board of the Chamber.
Long-serving director and former president Gordon Charles did not seek reelection after serving from 2006, with his terms as president spanning 2013 and 2014.
Returning to the Board are Trevor Louisy of LUCELEC, Cheryl Renwick of Renwick & Company, Ross Gardner of Carasco and Jason King who was elected unopposed as second vice president. Martin Dorville will serve as immediate past president having served two consecutive terms as president of the Chamber.
The 134th Annual General Meeting was a tremendous success as it was well attended, the discussions were extremely robust and meaningful in keeping with the Chamber’s stated agenda. The president was able to deliver an outstanding report on his tenure, with a call for continued support for the work of the body and a commitment by the incoming president to stay the course on the transformational journey that the previous Board had embarked upon.
The Audited Financial Statements of the Chamber revealed a marked improvement, with growing membership and increased revenue from non-membership sources. Meanwhile, the secretariat was able to report on a more vibrant engaged and resourced secretariat set to deliver increasing value and service to the business community.