In making the announcement, BBoT President Carman McClelland said the Board undertook an extensive search and interviewed a number of capable candidates. "We have found the right person to lead our organization as the BBoT looks toward the future."
Collins, 41, is a life-long resident of Brampton. He has considerable experience in government relations, working first as executive assistant to former Mayor Peter Robertson from 1992-95 and then executive assistant to former Ontario Cabinet Minister Hon. Tony Clement, in four ministries - Minister of Health & Long-Term Care, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Minister of the Environment and Minister of Transportation from 1995 -2003.
Most recently he was Senior Golf Course Executive with the Crosswinds Golf & Country Club in Burlington.
"Gary's leadership will be an integral part of the future development of the BBoT - building on a solid foundation and proud history. We will become an even more effective and dynamic voice for business in our community while at the same time, enhance the quality of service we provide to our members. We welcome him aboard," McClelland said.
Collins has been an active community supporter. He has served as a member on the Fund Development Committee of the Brampton & Area Community Foundation, on the Fundraising Committee for the Brampton Safe City Association and on the Brampton Theatre Advisory Board. He was also President of the McMaster University Alumni Association in Hamilton, 2005-2006.
He is also a hockey enthusiast. Over a 30-year period, has served on the Officiating Committee, chaired seven Annual General Meetings, supervised officials and refereed thousands of hockey games.
"I am very excited to be joining The Brampton Board of Trade, the voice of business for business in Brampton. I appreciate the support that I have received from Governing Council and I will work hard on behalf of our members so that they can succeed in these difficult economic times. The Board will set the civic agenda by speaking out on the issues that affect Brampton businesses. My goal is to help make Brampton the best city to live, work and raise a family."
Collins has a Bachelor of Arts, McMaster University, specializing in Canadian and American politics.He will begin his new position effective Sept 29th.
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