2018 Board Members
Photo Courtesy of Howie Taylor, King Connection
Jay Rider; Rob Payne;Tara McCarthy; Margarida Ramos D'Alfonsi; Kelly Mathews; David Cross; Brian Speers;
Tom Allen; Rose Dodaro; Kelly Foley; Zach Shoub
Kelly Foley is a proud King Township citizen from a long term King Township family. Kelly has been a Chamber member for many years. Her contribution to the development of the King community and King economy over the last 20 years brings a unique perspective to the 2017 Chamber board. She is excited to be able to network and bring new life into the business community of King. Being a small business owner she will have understanding and com-passion for up and coming businesses in the community.
Tom is a twenty year resident of Schomberg. With Sun Life Financial, Tom operates a financial planning business that helps business owners achieve tax efficient money for life, manage business continuity risks and supports businesses with group benefits. This is Tom's fifth year on the Chamber Board. He will be the President for 2017. Tom looks forward to continuing the advocacy on behalf of local businesses and to increase the networking opportunities the Chamber
Zach Shoub is the General Manager of the King Weekly-Sentinel, the weekly Community Newspaper in King Township. He has been with the King Weekly-Sentinel since the parent company that he is with- London Publishing Corp purchased it in 2012. Zach looks forward to bringing his sales and management background to the board and contributing to try and help King Businesses thrive in this every growing community. Although Zach doesn’t live in King (lives in Etobicoke with his wife and baby daughter) he is much involved with the businesses in King on a daily basis with his role at the newspaper.
David is President of W.B.CROSS CO. Limited, an installer and integrator of Security and Home Automation Products. The company moved to King Township in the mid- eighties and serves clients in the Greater Toronto, York Region and Barrie areas.
David has lived in King Township since 1958, where David and his wife Marti have enjoyed living and raising their 6 children, first living in Nobleton and then making the big trek north to Schomberg. An active member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, David co-chaired the building committee and was also part of the building committee of the then “new” arena in Nobleton. A committed Christian, he has served as Chairman of the Scott Mission in Toronto and on the boards of the Scott Mission, Tyndale College, and St. Andrew’s College as well as the Toronto and North York Hunt.
David has always felt that the best way to make a business successful was to listen to your customer and then provide them with what they want at a fair price; always following up to build a relationship so that the customer feels supported every step of the way.
Margarida Ramos D'Alfonsi
Margarida has been a Bank Manager with BMO Bank of Montreal for over 13 years and has 20 years of experience as a Banking Professional.
Recently joining King City’s community with the opening of BMO's new branch in October 2014, where she manages an excellent team of Financial Sales and Service professionals that are fully dedicated to our community.
In 2010/2011 she was an active member of Little Portugal BIA where she took part in partnership with the City of Toronto, to beautify, invigorate, and promote the neighbourhood.
Margarida and her husband Luigi are proud parents to their four children with whom they love to travel and be active in community initiatives.
Having the opportunity to be part of King Chamber’s board will allow her to be an active member of her community and to help support and build a stronger local business community
Jay practised labour and employment law for over five years in Toronto with a large downtown law firm and a management-side labour and employment law firm. Jay joined Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP as a partner in October of 2001.
Areas of Practice
Labour Relations / Construction Labour Relations; Grievance Arbitration; Human Rights; Collective Bargaining; Restructurings/Reorganizations
Jay represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law at both federal and provincial levels. He provides strategic advice and representation to management with respect to a full range of labour relations and employment law matters. He regularly appears as counsel in collective bargaining and before the Ontario (OLRB) and Canada (CIRB) labour/industrial relations boards, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, as well as private boards of arbitration and various other employment related statutory tribunals.
Jay has significant experience advising management on labour and employment issues arising from all manner of transactions or reorganizations in both the public and private sectors. Jay regularly conducts workshops and seminars dealing with issues such as union organizing, employee relations, managing in a union workplace and employment standards. Jay has also served as an employer nominee on both rights and interest boards of arbitration.
In almost twenty years of practice, Jay has represented many institutional and broader public sector clients including, municipalities, health care facilities, social service providers (including daycares and shelters) and Crown agencies.
Memberships and Community Involvement
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers (CACE)
Board Member, King Township Chamber of Commerce
Kingston Chamber of Commerce
Caledon Board of Trade
Board of Directors, Kingston Chamber of Commerce
Certified Trainer, Nobleking Minor Hockey Association
Past Board Member – Interim Place Women’s Shelter