The Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto(PCCT), at the Board Meeting on October 28, 2022, elected its new set of Executive Officers for the 2023-2024 term. Director Rainier Macandog hosted the 2- hour election meeting at his executive business office in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Nestor Von Canton was chosen as PCCT President. Elected with N. Canton, were Cora De La Cruz- Ist Vice-President, Kim Villafuerte-2nd Vice-President, Christine Santos-3rd Vice-President, Lilac Cana- Secretary, Steve Pagao- Treasurer, and Rainier Macandog- Auditor. The 3 vice -presidents chosen will be responsible for Government & Trade Relations. Membership, and Public Relations, respectively.
The 8 other members of the 15-person PCCT Board of Directors who were earlier chosen on October 1, 2022, are Julian Baricuatro, Philip Beloso, Robeco Clarete, Beethoven Crasco, Corrie L. Coutts, Bernard Garcia, Gisele Mirasol, and Jennifer Uy.
President-elect N. Canton thanked the members of the Executive Board and briefly explained his 4- point program, which includes leadership and “living up” to the established PCCT mission & mandate and focusing on new members’ recruitment & training, small business development, and job creation.
Outgoing PCCT President Steve Pagao congratulated the new-elected executive officers and coordinated the early evening Board Meeting. Retired Toronto educator Tony A. San Juan and ABC Accountants President Al Tupe supervised the executive officers’ election. Afterwhich, a simple salo-salo of fried chicken, pancit palabok, fruits, bread, and beverages, with the usual selfies and group “kodakans”.
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto (PCCT) was formed in 1991 with its general mission being business growth and community development, that is, to encourage and promote bilateral economic ties between Canada and the Philippines and bring together people who share a strong common interest in building their business locally as well as internationally. Its mandate is to be the effective and successful “voice of business” in Toronto on all issues of concern to the Filipino-Canadian business community in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
By: Tony A. San Juan, OCT