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Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Executive Director Kathy McKay retiring

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APBOT Executive Director Kathy McKay.

APBOT Executive Director Kathy McKay.

AJAX/PICKERING – June 15, 2016 For the business community of Ajax and Pickering, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) and its Executive Director Kathy McKay have become almost synonymous. Yet, after 12 years at the helm of the business organization, McKay today announced that she will retire in March 2017.

“The Board of Trade has thrived under Kathy’s leadership. She has grown our membership significantly, built a top notch team and delivered tremendous value to the local business community,” said APBOT President Denise Jones, CPA, CA of Collins Barrow Durham. “Kathy leaves big shoes to fill but luckily she leaves us in great shape and has given us ample time to search for a replacement that’s up to the task.”

Under Kathy’s leadership, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade has won numerous awards including many accolades for its groundbreaking Eco Business certification program – the first of its kind in Canada, a Canadian Chamber of Commerce Award for its advocacy efforts around transportation, and recognition for its significant contributions to the economic development of both Ajax and Pickering. Individually, McKay’s leadership was also singled out for recognition when she won the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Bernie Gillespie Memorial Award for Excellence in Chamber Leadership in 2015 and in 2009 when she won the Executive Director of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada.

“The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade thanks Kathy McKay for her tireless work on behalf of the businesses of Ajax and Pickering,” said Board Chair Paul Przybylo of Walker Head Lawyers. “This Board of Trade has served the local business community for 60 plus years and, thanks in no small part to Kathy’s efforts, we are well positioned to continue to our work for many years to come.”

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Human Resources Committee will meet soon to determine a plan for finding Kathy McKay’s replacement.