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For Immediate Release

MBOT President elected to Board of Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Mississauga, Ontario (May 6, 2013) - Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) President & CEO Sheldon Leiba was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the province's largest business advocacy organization, at its 101st Annual General Meeting last week, which was held in Chatham, Ontario.

Leiba was elected to the 24-member Board, which includes senior representation from major corporations such as: Siemens Canada Limited; RBC Royal Bank; Telus; GE Canada; Blackberry; Maple Leaf Foods and Target.

"Sheldon is a highly respected chamber manager and thought leader in the chamber network," said Allan O'Dette, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "He has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and our advocacy work, and we look forward to having him as part of the leadership of this, the province's leading business association."


As the most diverse and representational business group in the province, the OCC works closely with governments, labour, academia, other business associations and various groups to create a stronger and more vibrant economy in Ontario.

The OCC represents 60,000 businesses across the province through its network of local chambers of commerce and boards of trade.  Its members employ about two million people and produce about 17 per cent of Ontario's Gross Domestic Product. 

Leiba served previously on the Board of OCC from 2008-2010 when he was Chair of the Chamber Executives of Ontario, the professional development organization for Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade managers.   


At the OCC AGM, Leiba was also recognized with the James G. Carnegie Award presented annually, recognizing excellence in chamber management and leadership. 

"I am honoured and excited to serve in a strategic leadership role in this prominent and influential organization," said Leiba.   


"The Ontario Chamber has and continues to make significant contributions towards creating a stronger and more prosperous Ontario, and I take seriously this opportunity to help chart a bolder vision for our province."


As the voice of business since 1976, Mississauga Board of Trade is a private-sector, not-for-profit business organization representing approximately 1,500 businesses, employing 65,000 people in Mississauga.  MBOT is well positioned to meet the needs of business by using its considerable influence at all levels of government.  As the forum for business, MBOT works together to influence public policy and promote a better understanding of the marketplace among policy makers, media and the general public. 




Media Contacts:


Sheldon Leiba

President & CEO
Mississauga Board of Trade

905-273-6151 ext. 27

[email protected]