Leadership changes hands as Mississauga Board of Trade celebrates 60 years

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Published July 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

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As the Mississauga Board of Trade celebrates six decades of service to businesses across the city, it’s turning the reins over to some new blood in a couple of weeks.  

David Wojcik, MBOT president and CEO for the past six years, is stepping down as head of one of Canada’s largest chambers of commerce at the end of the summer. Trevor McPherson, with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce since 2006, takes over the top position on Aug. 9. 

Wojcik says he’s proud to have led MBOT, which has represented the business community in Mississauga since 1961, during a period of accomplishment on two specific fronts.  

“Advocacy work, at all levels of government, and communication (with our members) are two areas we’ve worked very hard on the last six years, and that’s all come together,” said Wojcik, who along with other MBOT members helped mark the 60th anniversary at a July 12 golf tournament.  

The organization was formed July 11, 1961 as the Clarkson-Lorne Park Chamber of Commerce. Subsequently known as the Mississauga Chamber of Commerce and the Mississauga City Board of Trade before arriving at its MBOT moniker in 1988, the organization counts some 60 Fortune 500 Canadian headquarters among its members. 

As Canada’s sixth-largest city, Mississauga is home to more than 50,000 businesses employing some 940,000 people.  

MBOT advocates on policy issues at all levels of government that impact Mississauga businesses. It also provides a variety of business services, professional development programs, networking events and marketing opportunities to its members.  

Wojcik noted that MBOT is in good hands moving forward with McPherson, a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive experience in economic development and in driving domestic and international business growth. He has held numerous positions at the Ontario Chamber over the past 15 years, most recently as Vice President, Member Services. 

“I’ve known Trevor for years. He’s a consummate professional and well-positioned to take over the lead here,” said Wojcik.  

 

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