Current Board of Directors
President: Stewart Halliday (The Pickle Guy Co. Inc.)
Vice President: Jennifer Johnson (Valley Home Improvements)
Treasurer: Tom Allwood (Shady Lanes)
Secretary: Michelle Patey (Impress Communications)
Susan Smith (Peek Thru My Window)
Pam Petch (PJ Knickerbockers)
Ron Gillespie (The Market Shoppe)
Jim Halliday (The Pickle Guy)
Don Kopplin (RBA Financial)
Karen Buratynski (OFSC District 9)
Darrin Patey (Protosource)
Lynn Silverton (honourary)
Tom Allwood (Municipality of Grey Highlands Councillor)
Kate FitzPatrick (Black Dog Print & Design)
Meet our Directors
Stewart Halliday, Chamber President 2019
Former Grey Highlands Councillor for two terms and Deputy Mayor for one term and also former Grey County Councillor for one term and Warden for 2018. Also long serving volunteer on local boards and committees.
Co-Owner with Patricia Schupp-Halliday of the Pickle Guy Company Ltd. and Eugenia Falls Emporium located in Eugenia since 2000.
Professional Industrial Engineer and retired in 2000 as the former Chief Operating Officer of Jones Apparel Group Canada Ltd. Manufacturer and retailer of high end ladies fashions.
Resident at Eugenia Lake since 1995.
Married to Patricia Schupp-Halliday since 1984 and father to six children.
Jennifer Johnson, Chamber Vice President 2019
Jennifer is co-owner of DR Johnson Contracting Inc., the parent company to Valley Home Improvements, Postech Grey-Bruce and Aging In Place. Jennifer also is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS).
With over two decades of business experience in the construction industry, Jennifer has a great understanding of the needs and issues concerning small business. She is committed to helping clients realize their vision for their homes.
Jennifer is currently a board member of Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce, as well as President of Grey Bruce Home Builders & Trades Association.
Jennifer and her family live outside of Markdale and love to travel.
Michelle Patey, Chamber Secretary, Acting Vice-President 2019
Michelle is the Owner/Operator of 20-year-old Impress Communications, offering full-service writing, editing, proofreading, and print project management. She has resided just outside Markdale since 2012, with her husband Darrin and daughter Rebecca. In addition to being the Board’s Secretary and Acting Vice-President, she is a member of its Economic Development Committee and Chair of its Communications Committee.
Her clone tutors reading and math through the highly successful nonprofit Reading Rescue, located in Holland Centre. Ask her about it and watch her smile.
Trained as a marketer and driven to connect people and ideas, Michelle can often be found at events around Grey Highlands, either as a supporter or as an organizer through her position on the Markdale Recreation Committee. Michelle desires to see her community strong, vibrant, and confident about its future.
Jim Halliday, Director
Jim’s career has spanned over forty years. He graduated from Ryerson with a degree in Business Administration and started his fashion career working at the Hudson Bay Company and progressed to senior positions in the Canadian Fashion industry.
During his career he honed his skills in sales, marketing, design, negotiation and leadership while travelling extensively across Canada, United States, Europe and the Far East. Jim has worked both in the corporate and private sector. His peers consider him to be a visionary in both design and concept.
Jim is now retired and spends much of his time volunteering to make his community a better place to live, work and play. He is a Board Member and Economic Development Committee Chair of the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce, a board Member for Saugeen Economic Development Corporation sitting on the Loans Review Board and the Planning, Opportunities and Priorities *POP* Board. He is also a Board Member of the Grey County Tourism Committee.
Jim believes that “Individuals getting together motivated by a common goal can do amazing things”.
Darrin Patey, Director
As an independent Industrial Designer, I have been designing, and project-managing consumer, and business products into production, for nearly 3 decades. As a community member, along with my wife Michelle, and supported by our daughter Rebecca, and the local community, we have advocated to save Beavercrest School from closure, and Grey Gables from being privatized. Going forward, I want to be an integral member of our great community - being a Chamber Board member is a wonderful place to begin. I look forward to serving our business community, and especially our Chamber membership.