2018 Board Of Directors

Jane Black – President

Cool One | janeb@newcastle.on.ca | (905) 987-5184
Jane Black – Vice-President / Membership35 year resident of Newcastle and retired teacher from DDSB. Co-owner of “Cool One” – portable instacold beverage systems. Committee member for Newcastle Canada Day, Newcastles of the world conference and Santa Parade.

Eager to welcome new members to be a part of our growing community.

John Thistle – Secretary

Newcastle Hearing Solutions | johnt@newcastle.on.ca | (289) 356-6010
John Thistle – SecretaryJohn Thistle has lived in Clarington for four years and can be found at Newcastle Hearing Solutions in Newcastle as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.

Being hard of hearing himself he values opportunities to give back wherever he can.

He has joined the Chamber to become more involved in the community and help local businesses prosper.

Jim Norwood – Treasurer

Norwood & Associates | jim@newcastle.on.ca | (905) 723-0336
Jim Norwood - Director of Marketing \ TreasurerFrom concept to completion, Jim offers small businesses affordable advertising, full print & graphic design services.

Brian Rutherford – Website, Communication – Director At Large

368 Durham | brian@newcastle.on.ca | (647) 215-9408
Brian Rutherford

Brian serves as the webmaster for the Newcastle & District Chamber of Commerce website and took up the position of Director in 2016.

Brian operates 368 Durham, a Website Design & Development company in Clarington specializing in working with budgets and developing a plan to help local businesses grow while providing a functional, and effective Website.

Terry Lynch – Marketing

The Mortage Group | terrylynch@rogers.com | (416) 315-1787
Terry Lynch - FinancesTerry has over 35 years business experience in such diverse areas as Consumer Finance, Magazine Publishing, Database Management Computer Graphics. Terry is a licensed agent with TMG, The Mortgage Group and a Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist. In addition to conventional mortgage funding, Terry also specializes in: Challenged Credit and CHIP Reverse Mortgages. He also finds financing for retail businesses and restaurants through his Merchant Capital division.

Terry looks forward to an ongoing community involvement and to helping local businesses prosper.

Sam Burkus – Social Media Director

SBURK Design | sam@newcastle.on.ca
Samantha Burkus has lived in Clarington for 15 years. She offers freelance graphic design services. Samantha is a new member to the Newcastle & District Chamber of Commerce and is looking forward to working with the Chamber and watching our community and businesses grow.

Susan Norwood – Director of Membership

Norwood & Associates | (905) 723-0336
Susan NorwoodI have been a member of the Chamber for a few years now and have assisted in many of the events they have coordinated. I am now getting more involved by taking on the roll of Membership Director and look forward to dealing with our current members as well as welcoming new members into our chamber.

I have been in business with my husband for many years, currently with Norwood & Associates, Full Print & Design Service. Our business goal is to provide quality products at affordable prices in a speedy fashion. We are very eager to take your marketing needs from Concept to Completion.

Marie G. Michaels – Director At Large

In early 1997, Marie set out on a mission to establish a community-based family law firm that served the needs of families in the local area, then Ajax/Pickering. In meeting those needs, she was compelled to hire lawyers and staff to help as this community grew. Then, the firm had to add other services, such as wills and estates, real estate and most recently immigration. While the goal of serving that local area has not changed, when Marie relocated to Clarington, approximately four years, ago she recognized a similar need for a predominantly “family law” focused firm in that community so she opened a satellite office in historic downtown Bowmanville. She believes that helping the community helps local businesses which in turn further helps the community.

In late 2017 Marie decided to further support her home community and joined the Board of Directors for the Newcastle Chamber. She looks forward to working hard for both the community and small businesses to ensure that Newcastle enjoys its share of the economic boom that has come to Clarington.