Charlottetown, PE (May 12, 2021) – The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the swearing-in of Barb Smith as its 116th Board President. Smith was sworn in alongside fellow directors at the Chamber’s 134th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, May 12, 2021, at the Delta Hotels by Marriot Prince Edward.

Barbara E. Smith, Q.C. is a partner at Stewart McKelvey, a full-service regional law firm. Barb carries on a diversified solicitor’s practice from the firm’s Charlottetown location, working primarily in the areas of corporate-commercial law, commercial and residential real estate and wills, estates and succession planning. She is also a registered trademark agent (Canada).

Barb is a long-time volunteer with the Chamber, having served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and the PEI Connectors Steering Committee.

Barb received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1987 and her Law Degree from Dalhousie University in 1991. She was called to the PEI Bar in 1992 and received her Queens Counsel designation in 2007. She resides in Sherwood, PEI, with her husband, Andy, and is fortunate to have both of her children live in PEI.

“The Chamber has played a critical role over the past year, and this work must continue as we move towards the road to recovery,” said President Barb Smith. “I’m excited to take on this leadership role and to work with the Chamber’s board members, staff, and members to advance the priorities of the business community.”

Joining President Barb Smith on the Chamber Board Executive is:

  • 1st Vice-President, Bill DeBlois, Buns & Things Bakery
  • 2nd Vice-President, Kim Griffin, Maritime Electric
  • Vice-President Finance, Doug Ezeard, Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis
  • Past President, Colin Younker, Spa Total Fitness Centre & Little Caesar’s

Reappointed Chamber Board Directors include:

  • Jeff MacKenzie, Confederation M&A
  • Frank Chen, RBC
  • Ben Parsons, KKP Charlottetown
  • Stephanie Drake, Maid Marian’s Diner
  • Lester Wood, BioVectra
  • Julie Hambly, Hambly’s BrandSource Home Furnishings
  • Jamie MacPhail, Amalgamated Dairies Ltd.

New Board Directors include:

  • Melanie McKenna, Cox & Palmer
  • Kent Thompson, Canada’s Food Island

During the Annual General Meeting, the Chamber launched its new 2021-2024 strategic plan, outlining the organization’s priorities for the next three years. The AGM also included a conversation about the province’s economic priorities with the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island.

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce connects business and community and is PEI’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 1,000 members. For more information on the Chamber visit


Photo: Barbara E. Smith, Q.C., was sworn in as the 116th Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President.

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