Charlottetown, PE (April 26, 2021) – Penny Walsh-McGuire, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down after accepting a new opportunity within the bioscience sector. Walsh-McGuire was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL), an initiative of the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance. Her last day with the Chamber is May 28.

“Penny has done a remarkable job in the CEO role over the past five years. Her leadership has helped grow the Chamber’s profile and support member engagement,” said Board President Colin Younker. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Penny for her work and wish her well in her new endeavor.”

Walsh-McGuire joined the Chamber in early 2016. Under her leadership, the Chamber’s membership remained strong at over 1,000 businesses. During this time, Walsh-McGuire successfully advocated on critical issues impacting the business community, built strong relationships with government and industry partners, and solidified the Chamber’s role as the voice of business in the Greater Charlottetown Area.

“The hard work of our dedicated volunteers, the amazing staff, and the resiliency and passion of Island entrepreneurs is inspiring,” said outgoing CEO Penny Walsh-McGuire. “I am truly grateful for the friendships I have made and I’m honored to have served our business community through this incredible organization.”

The Board of Directors has begun the process to identify the Chamber’s next CEO. More information on the search process will be shared on the Chamber’s website,, in the coming weeks.



Photo: Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Walsh-McGuire leaving position.

Photo Credit: Brady McCloskey


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