Cowan leaves Chamber for municipal role

Prince Edward Chamber of Tourism and Commerce manager Emily Cowan speaks at Shire Hall earlier this year. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)



The Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce will be on the hunt for a new Executive Director.

Current head of PECCTAC Emily Cowan informed the independent, not for profit, organization which advocates, supports, and provides services for the local business community she has accepted a position with the County of Prince Edward and would be stepping away from her role effective Sept. 28, 2018.

It’s expected that Cowan will take on a role in the County’s Community Development Department as the Grants and Special Projects Co-ordinator.

Cowan said it was time to hand over the reins to a new Executive Director as the Chamber continues its new direction towards more robust business support for its members and County businesses.

We have come a long way in the past two years, and there are big plans for more change in the coming years,” said Cowan. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at the Chamber and am sad to say good-bye. I believe very strongly that the Chamber of Commerce is a valuable asset to Prince Edward County businesses and community groups. The need for an independent business advocate will only increase; the knowledge and opinions of the Chamber’s members are important to community groups looking to improve life in the County and to all levels of government making decisions which effect businesses, employees and residents.”

President of the PECCTAC Board of Directors Sandra Latchford praised Cowan’s efforts.

Her energy and enthusiasm and her ability to work with our Board and the business community have been critical assets in improving our profile in the community. We wish her well in her new position and look forward to working with her as we continue to partner with the municipality to support the business community,” Latchford said.

The board of directors at the PEC Chamber of Commerce will be advertising for candidates to fill the position of Executive Director in the coming weeks.