After many years of service, John D’Amico has stepped down as the Chair of the Niagara Board of Trade and Commerce (NBOTAC). John has always been committed to building a strong community in Niagara. With this move, John will still be active on the board in the role of Past Chair.

John is perhaps one of the most recognized residents in the City of Thorold through his tireless volunteer activities. He has been particularly involved in Club Capri and the Thorold Seniors Centre, as well as the NBOTAC. His commitment to making Niagara a better place to live can not be understated.

In his new role as Past Chair, John intends to continue his contributions to the development of the NBOTAC by mentoring the next generation of leaders. Stepping into the role of Chair of the NBOTAC is Mark Kawabe, owner of The Web For, an internet marketing and website development company. Mark has sat on the board of the NBOTAC for several years and has been the secretary of the organization since 2018.

“John has left some pretty big shoes to fill” says Kawabe. “His passion for the organization and its goals is evident in the energy and commitment he has shown. He has created a strong foundation for the NBOTAC that we will be able to build from for many years to come. I know I speak for all the NBOTAC board when I say John’s contribution to the NBOTAC was unmatched. On behalf of the board of the NBOTAC and our members, I want to express our deep gratitude to John for all he’s done and will continue to do for the organization.”

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For further information, contact:

Mark Kawabe, Chair
Niagara Board of Trade & Commerce

The NBOTAC is an evolution of Niagara business advocacy that began with the Thorold Board of Trade. Established March 17, 1893, the Thorold Board of Trade played an important role in the industrial and economic development of the Niagara Region. Thorold has always been seen as the centre of the Niagara Peninsula where today, it has become a major hub for all transportation methods, including the Welland Ship Canal and its loading dock facilities, rail, and highway routes. While still based in the City of Thorold, the NBOTAC has transformed to recognize the expanding needs of the region’s business community.