Lindsay Chamber lands former Peterborough BIA head as new executive director

By Lindsay Advocate

Terry Guiel has been hired as the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) has hired Terry Guiel as its new executive director, formerly the long-time ED of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

With over a decade of experience in that role, Guiel brings “a wealth of expertise, passion, and community spirit to his new role,” according to a media release.

Guiel’s diverse background, including serving as a City of Peterborough councillor, legal assistant, professional entertainer, and event organizer, underscores his commitment to community betterment. Over the years, he has contributed to over 40 boards and committees, demonstrating his dedication to fostering positive change and growth.

In his most recent role as an elected board member of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), Guiel received numerous accolades, including the Peterborough Community Betterment Award three times. The OBIAA recognized his outstanding achievements in special events, accessibility awareness, beautification projects, and COVID-19 relief efforts, showcasing his creativity and commitment to supporting local businesses during challenging times.

Guiel’s track record in organizing successful fundraisers is impressive, notes the release. He orchestrated the 2003 Peterborough Flood Concert, which raised a staggering $1.5 million for flood victims. His dedication to charitable causes has resulted in the generation of hundreds of thousands of dollars for various organizations through events he has organized.

Expressing his enthusiasm for his new role, Guiel says he is “deeply honoured to take the helm of this historic chamber of commerce at a time when chambers are more important than ever.”

“I plan to continue to build on the great job the chamber has been doing thus far. A healthy chamber helps maintain and grow a healthy community, and I want to strive to make Lindsay’s…the best it can be.”

He said that working with small businesses and supporting them “is a passion of mine, and Lindsay is like a second home to me, so this new role fits me perfectly.”

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