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Candidates Forums – George Town East

The Chamber of Commerce, in association with Foster’s, Affinity Recruitment, Boddens Legal & Corporate, DART, & Health City Cayman Islands brings you the 2021 candidates forums for the constituency of George Town East, held at the Chamber of Commerce in governor’s square on April 6 2021 from 7:15 – 9:30pm. The event will be via zoom and live streamed through our Facebook and YouTube channels.


The candidates for George Town East are:

Emily Cecilia Ann DeCou
Richard Alexander Bernard
Roy McTaggart
Frank Swarres McField
Christina Hislop Rowlandson

If you missed the constituency of George Town West’s forum, please click here to watch the full broadcast.

Explore workplace and scholarship opportunities at Careers Expo

(Back row, from L-R): Shomari Scott, Chief Business Officer – Health City Cayman Islands; Jermaine Sharpe, Head of Sales & Marketing – Rubis Cayman Islands Limited; Ambrose Guilfoyle, Recruitment Consultant – Nova Recruitment/Connect by Nova; Justin Ebanks, Talent Acquisition & Employment – Cayman National Bank; Tracy Ebanks, CEO/ General Manager – Cayman Islands Development Bank; Brittany Borden, Education & Local Events Committee Member – Insurance Managers Association of Cayman; (Front row, from L-R): Hannah Sharvin, HR Manager – Daggaro; Michelle Majid, Learning & Development Specialist – Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; Pam Abbott, General Manager – SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd.; Nina Robinson-Downs, Administrative Assistant – Chamber of Commerce; Edlyn Ruiz Stoll, Corporate Communications Officer – Water Authority – Cayman; Venisha Bodden, Assistant Branch Manager – Butterfield; Yaimary Clarke, Customer Service and Relief Officer – Butterfield; Ashmarie Powell, Supervisor Customer Service – Butterfield.

(From L-R): Bianca Mora, Marketing & Public Engagement Manager – Cayman Enterprise City; Maia Muttoo, Senior Education Coordinator – The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; Yeno Cho, Learning Coordinator – The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman; Iries Soldevilla, Human Resources Recruitment Coordinator – The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman; Richard Parchment, HR, Education, Consultant – TechCayman; Wil Pineau, CEO – Chamber of Commerce; Robert Lynch, Director of Admissions & Marketing; Sean Vasquez, Assistant Director – Department of Public Safety Communications ; Chelsea Blake, Telecommunicator 1 – Department of Public Safety Communications; Julian Lewis, Director – Department of Public Safety Communications; Lucas McField, HR Officer – Cayman First Insurance; Melody Martin, Human Resources Business Partner – Maples Group; Cherish Duty, HR Business Partner – Maples Group.

(From L-R): Katie Euter, Head of Finance – Rawlinson & Hunter; Joy Oremule, Supervisor HR Operations – Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.; Heidi Wallace, Talent Acquisition Specialist – Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.; Shawnalee Henry, Articled Clerk – Campbells; Scott Boase, Talent Advisor – Deloitte; Wil Pineau, CEO – Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Ivan Eubanks, Interim Dean & Assistant Professor – University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI); Kayla Martin, Manager, Human Resources & Administration – Cayman Maritime/Registry; Cindy Dilbert, Support Services Coordinator – WORC; Carli Ebanks, HR Business Manager – YMCA of the Cayman Islands; Nathanya Tibbetts, HR Officer – Harneys; Krystal Ebanks, HR Generalist – Harneys; Amandy Jimenez, Administrator – Campbells.

The Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Careers Expo is expected to bring over 500 students and school leavers to the University College of the Cayman Islands’ (UCCI) Sir Vassel Johnson Hall on Friday, March 5.

The Expo opens to the public at 10 a.m.  Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with 38 businesses and organisations that are presenting scholarship, education, internship, and career opportunities.

“The Careers Expo is the largest event of its kind held annually and enables students and the public to meet with leading public and private sector employers and organisations from all industry sectors. Exhibitors showcase career, scholarship, training, tertiary education, internship, work experience and employment opportunities. It is an excellent opportunity for students and school leavers to meet directly with exhibitors and to learn what is available under one roof,” said Chamber CEO, Wil Pineau.

Several businesses and organisations will promote scholarships, internships, apprenticeships, and work placements while others will showcase career opportunities and provide information about the preferred course of study to enter an industry or technical field.

Butterfield, Health City Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, Doctors Hospital, University College of the Cayman Islands, WORC, Cayman Islands Development Bank, Maples Group and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa have all reserved prominent positions in the hall.

The Chamber would like to thank all the following exhibitors for participating in this year’s expo:

Major Sponsors:

  • Butterfield
  • Cayman Islands Development Bank (CIDB)
  • Cayman Islands Health Services Authority
  • Doctors Hospital
  • Health City Cayman Islands
  • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Maples Group
  • University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI)
  • Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC)

Reception / Opening Ceremony Sponsors:

  • Kirk Information Solutions & Services
  • SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd.

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Campbells
  • Carey Olsen
  • Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd.
  • Cayman Enterprise City
  • Cayman First Insurance
  • Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
  • Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants (CIIPA)
  • Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)
  • Cayman Maritime
  • Cayman National Bank
  • Daggaro
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Public Safety Communications
  • Harneys
  • Insurance Managers Association of Cayman
  • International College of the Cayman Islands
  • National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
  • Nova Recruitment / Connect by Nova
  • Rawlinson & Hunter
  • Rotary Central Cayman Islands
  • Rubis Cayman Islands Limited
  • TechCayman
  • The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Water Authority – Cayman
  • Wyndham Reef Resort
  • YMCA of the Cayman Islands
  • Cayman Islands Fund Administrators Association

The state of the Environment is the focus of first LC seminar

The Environment was the area of focus at the Leadership Cayman seminar held on Wednesday, February 10 at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Governors Square.

The seminar began with an afternoon tour of the George Town Landfill guided by Michael Haworth, Assistant Director Solid Waste and Angello Roye, Acting Operations Manager at the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). 

The breakout sessions and panel discussions concentrated on the current state and environmental threats and the role that government and society should play to preserve and curtail actions which further threatens the environment. 

Seminar speakers included Gina Ebanks-Petrie, Director at the Cayman Islands Department of Environment; Claire Hughes, Founder of Plastic Free Cayman; and Catherine Childs, Education Programmes Manager at the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

For the first time, Leadership Cayman 2020 graduates Genevieve Georgiades, Stephanie Rattan, Dana Boardsen, and Kimberly McLean organised the first seminar which was kindly sponsored by Expertise Limited.

Cox Lumber Limited, RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited and Wheaton Precious Metals are the major sponsors of the Chamber of Commerce’s six-month leadership programme.

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Camana Bay has love to give this Valentine’s Day

If you have plenty of love to give but need some ideas on how to show it, Camana Bay is here to help this Valentine’s Day.

In the spirit of the holiday, the shops, services and restaurants of Camana Bay have a number of opportunities on offer to help you give love to those special people in your life – including yourself.

Whether it’s a shared meal, pampering experience, gift or memento or just quality time together, find out how you can celebrate the spirit of St. Valentine at Camana Bay.

Make some memories

Try out an interactive cooking class at Bon Vivant, whether you are “cheffing” solo or with a friend or loved one. The kitchen studio is hosting two cooking classes, on Friday, 12 February and Saturday, 13 February from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will prepare a four-course meal of crab cakes, coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and tiramisu, all with wine pairings. The class will be limited to 12 participants, at a cost of CI$125 per person, so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Bon Vivant at +1.345.623.2665.

Take in a movie together at Camana Bay Cinema, upgrading for a special date night to a VIP showing in one of the cinema’s three VIP theatres. Pick up a hot dog, popcorn or tray of nachos and receive 50% off a 100g Dairy Milk, Fruit & Nut or Whole Nut Cadbury chocolate bar!

Take in the Town Centre lit up in pink in celebration of Valentine’s Day while enjoying an ice cream or gelato. Take a romantic evening stroll with your loved one or catch up with a friend or family member over a coffee or juice enjoyed on the harbour as you enjoy the most priceless gift of all – quality time with those special to you. The lights will glow pink from 12 to 14 February.

Treat those taste buds

Pane & Pasta is offering its delicious and fresh housemade pasta and bread as part of a special St. Valentine three-course menu. For CI$50, choose between three starter options, three main course options and two desserts as well as a welcome drink. Call +1.345.547.9208 to reserve your table.

Enjoy a cosy night in at home with Carnivore’s dinner box – offering two prime cut steaks, all the sides and their signature housemade sauces, order your kit in advance to avoid disappointment. Call +1.345.640.6328 for details or to place an order.

Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, so book your reservation for one of Camana Bay’s brunches, whether it’s a dim sum brunch at Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar, barbecue brunch at KARoo, Pranzo della Nonna at Agua, The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta’s a-la-carte brunch, or Carnivore’s all-day breakfast. Or start the Valentine’s Day celebrations a day early with Pani Indian Kitchen’s Saturday brunch.

Find the perfect gift

Give the gift of relaxation with one of Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa’s special pampering packages. Purchase one of the spa’s three gift packages on 6 February and receive a free 15-minute chair or Thai foot massage. Packages range in pricing from CI$130 to $220. Call +1.345.945.1188 for more information.

3 Girls & A Kiln’s shop is a Valentine’s Day wonderland, with heart-shaped and love-filled gifts perfect for all the special people in your life. Stop in to purchase a ready-to-buy piece or attend one of their open glazing studios on Thursdays to paint your own Valentine-inspired ceramic item for a gift with a personal touch.

Bedside Manor is offering 20% off accessories and furnishings storewide until Valentine’s Day so that you can give the gift of home to those you love.

Browse the curated display of books and gifts for him and her on display at Books & Books, or treat yourself to a new read to curl up with this Valentine’s Day.

For the music lovers in your life, offer the sleek sophistication of Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay 09 – a one-point music system on sale until 14 February for CI$3,104.

Stop by NKY for a range of handbags, shoes, apparel and wallets from some of the world’s leading fashion designers. New arrivals are coming in every week. 

Visit Island Jewellers for a wide selection of timepieces and jewellery to remind your loved one of just how much you care, or to treat yourself to a piece that will last. Spend more than US$350 to receive six complimentary long-stemmed red roses!

Sweeten up your sweetheart with a gift that appeals to their sweet tooth. Visit Bon Vivant on Saturday, 5 February, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 13 February from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pop-up shops with Cayman Cookie Company and B’s Sweets, respectively.

Whether you’re looking for romance or relaxation, Le Visage has all the perfect elements to set the mood. Express how deeply your love burns by taking advantage of specials on their giant heart-shaped seven-wick candles.

Offer those you love the gift of choice with the Camana Bay Gift Card, accepted throughout the Camana Bay Town Centre. Red glitter designs are available today, so don’t miss out! Visit the Visitor Centre on Market Street or call +1.345.640.4000 to purchase.

Share the love

Capture your moments celebrating Valentine’s Day in Camana Bay and share on social media with the hashtag #CamanaBay for your chance to have your photo featured and win spot prizes. Make sure you are following Camana Bay on Facebook at @CamanaBay and Instagram at @camana_bay.

Visit for all things Valentine’s Day.

About Camana Bay

A destination within a destination, Camana Bay is a vibrant town located in the heart of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory.

Situated on 685 acres between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound, this mixed-use master-planned community is one of the first examples of New Urbanism in the Caribbean.

Developed by Dart Real Estate, Camana Bay offers more than 650,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space as well as 63 luxury apartments available for long-term lease, and condos, townhomes and duplexes at OLEA, Camana Bay’s first for-sale residential project. The town also offers public spaces for all to enjoy, world-class shopping and dining, as well as family-friendly entertainment, events and attractions.

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Premier presents to Chamber of Commerce: Strong economy helping Cayman through the crisis

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce’s January 28th AGM gave Premier Alden McLaughlin the opportunity to outline to the business community the steps the Government had taken during his eight years as leader to strengthen the economy. The country as a whole had therefore been in a strong place to weather the storm that the ensuing global pandemic brought in March 2020.

The Chamber, he said, had been with the Government all the way through the pandemic.

“From the first, very difficult decisions the government had to make last March in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the support of the Chamber has been absolutely invaluable, particularly in assisting the people of our Islands as much as possible,” Premier McLaughlin confirmed.

The Premier went on to say that the willingness of Chamber CEO Wil Pineau and his team to get messages and advice out to members in a timely manner and then the willingness of the business community to stick to the rules had been “absolutely vital in achieving what has been a singular public health success story for these Islands”.

When taking up the mantle as Premier eight years ago, the Premier said he inherited government finances that were in “disarray” after the 2009 financial crisis. It was necessary for government to work hard to turn things around, in particular when it came to Government’s finances.

“In my view, our biggest achievement was to bring stable and effective governance back to these Islands,” he advised.

Capital projects had much-needed investment to strengthen public infrastructure and inward investment took off once more.

As a result, the Government attained strong sustainable levels of growth throughout the first six and a half years of the Government’s two terms, culminating in 3.8 per cent growth recorded for 2019 and a further 1.9 per cent rise in GDP for the first quarter of 2020. By 2019, Cayman’s economy was buoyant and was the envy of the region. Growth averaged more than three per cent in the previous five years, Caymanian unemployment was below five per cent and jobs were continuing to be created for Caymanians. Tourism grew to record numbers while the financial services business activity grew at almost four per cent on average. The development sector was flourishing and in 2019 alone nearly 750 projects were approved with a combined total value of more than $890 million, the Premier outlined.

However, in early 2020, the Premier noted that storm clouds were gathering and the Government, aware of the possibility that the coronavirus might hit Cayman, embarked on a plan to mitigate the impact of the virus.

With public health at the forefront of their focus, the Government shut down the border in March, an act which the Premier acknowledged caused “far-reaching ramifications to businesses and the economy. As a result, monthly stipends were issued to displaced tourism workers, Government funded isolation centres helped those needing to travel, the Small Business Centre played its part and a Government guaranteed loan scheme would assist eligible Caymanian businesses to obtain the necessary bank financing to keep them operational.

Cause for optimism

With the mass Covid-19 vaccination programmes taking place, the Premier said the country could now think “positively but cautiously” about re-opening Cayman. Additionally, provided that enough people took the vaccination, Cayman could be confident that its population would have a great deal of protection against COVID-19. However, he warned that the advent of variants of the virus, which had been detected in travelers to Cayman from the UK, would mean that any ideas to open at the end of March would have to be put on hold.

“…changing circumstances mean that of necessity today’s plans must be flexible,” Premier McLaughlin said. “With the arrival of new COVID-19 strains and concerns over how much protection the current vaccines will offer against these new variants, it has become increasingly challenging to develop a firm timetable to get the Cayman tourism economy up and running again.”

As a result, Cayman businesses would most likely have to wait until the end of the year before getting back to a more normal operation.

‘…we remain hopeful to be in a position to enjoy an improved stay over tourism high season. This will not be ‘business as usual’ but there is a real prospect that it could be ‘business as near normal as is possible as we close 2021 and enter 2022,’” the Premier stated.

In the meantime, Cayman’s financial services industry, notwithstanding some challenges, was doing well, as was the construction and development industry.

PPM for the next Government

The Premier then outlined why he believed the PPM should be voted in at the May election, highlighting a series of commitments they made at the start of their tenure eight years ago which had now come to fruition, such as: the strengthening of Cayman’s education system; an extension to the Marine Parks programme; the capping of the Landfill site; the development of the Customs and Border Control unit and Coastguard; supporting the RCIPS; providing better equipment to the Cayman Islands Fire Service; investing in road and airport infrastructure; and developing the mental health unit. The Government had also introduced legislative and Constitutional advancements to the betterment of the Islands, he said.

The Premier rounded off his presentation by naming Finance Minister Roy McTaggart as the person most suited to taking over as Premier come the May election.

The Premier had high words of praise for Minister McTaggart:

“I have no doubt that he has the will, the determination and the credibility necessary to take our country forward. I feel confident that the Progressives Party, of which he is a member, will choose him at the Party Conference as the Progressives’ new political leader and I equally have confidence that not only will he be returned by the good people of George Town East, but that his colleagues will support his leadership as Premier,” he stated.


Economy, education and pension reform top priorities for Chamber in 2021

The economy, education, pension reform and health insurance as well as membership and industry engagement were all top priorities for the Chamber this year, President Mike Gibbs said at the Chamber AGM last week.  The Chamber’s relationship with Government would continue to be at the forefront of its advocacy agenda.

“We intend to continue our quarterly meetings with Cabinet, monthly meetings with WORC and meetings with other Government Ministries and Departments as necessary, to share your views and to provide feedback on key policy and public sector administrative and regulatory matters,” he confirmed

For the first time in Chamber history four industry associations will be represented on the Council, providing an invaluable resource in helping the country get its economy back on track.

 “Many of the issues discussed by industry associations are similar in nature to the concerns of our members. We therefore feel strongly that the Chamber can serve as a coordinating body to identify the macro-socio-economic issues of common concern so that the private sector’s voice is unified on key topics,” Mr Gibbs explained.

 Candidates’ forums would also be taking place shortly, continuing the Chamber’s practice leading up to the election of hosting a series of forums covering each of the 19 constituencies.

“It is also my intention to consult regularly with the Past Presidents. They are a tremendous resource with considerable expertise and wisdom. We will need them as we work together to restore and rebuild our economy this year,” he stated.

He said another focus for 2021 would be to elevate the status of the Chamber within the community.

“…people are still unfamiliar with the good work that we do and the value that we provide to our members and, by extension, the community. For example, our Training Centre, the Mentoring programme, Leadership Cayman, the Careers Expo and the island wide clean-up are just some of the ongoing programmes that are integral to the Chamber’s work,” he stated.

New faces were voted onto Council at the AGM including:

  • Omari Corbin, Councillor, first year (Area Vice President – Retail and Country Head at RBC Royal Bank of Canada (Cayman) Limited)
  • Richard Harrison, Councillor, first year (Chief Executive Officer, Greentech)
  • Marc Langevin, Councillor, first year (General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and President, Cayman Islands Tourism Association)
  • Nelson Dilbert (Owner/Distiller, Cayman Spirits Company) was confirmed as Vice President, while Joanne Lawson, (Chief of Staff, DART) was elected as Secretary.

They will join President Gibbs, a consultant with Kensington Management Group, and an outstanding group of business leaders including:

  • Shomari Scott, President-Elect, (Business Development Manager, Health City Cayman Islands)
  • Colin Robinson, Treasurer (Director, Strategic Risk Solutions and President, Insurance Managers of Cayman)
  • Woody Foster, Immediate Past President (Foster’s)
  • Troy Burke, Councillor, second year (Managing Director of Eat Fresh Ltd. t/a Subway and a Director of Heritage Holdings Ltd.)
  • Dave Johnston, (Managing Director, Corporate Electric and President, Cayman Contractors Association)
  • Jennifer Cowdroy, director/founder, Aspen Consulting and co-owner/director, Island Montessori

Immediate Past President Woody Foster outlined the Chamber’s work behind the scenes in 2020 to support its members, elected and public sector leaders, the National Emergency Operations Centre, Public Health officials and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Calling it “a team effort” Mr Foster said the Council, staff and himself, as well as dozens of volunteers, shifted focus from building businesses to securing Cayman’s borders, informing members, providing food to persons in need and keeping the community safe as the pandemic took a hold globally and the ensuing  lockdown that Cayman was placed under in 2020.

“Many of you contributed to these efforts. Leaders step up in times of greatest need and I would like to thank you all for your selfless service and contributions for our islands,” he stated, adding he thought that rebuilding Cayman’s economy and businesses would take time, but that he was confident that the Chamber could work with elected and government leaders as had happened so many times before in times of national and worldwide economic crisis to restore and rebuild the economy.

President Gibbs praised Mr Foster’s efforts stating that he had led by example.


Chamber honours dedicated donors, volunteers and Councillors

Two hard-working and selfless volunteers were honoured at last week’s Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce AGM. Immediate Past President Woody Foster said that contributions made to the Chamber by Volunteers of the Year 2020 Roz Griffiths and Jan Gupta were “priceless”.


Roz Griffiths is the Director/Senior Speech and Language Therapist with Chatterbox and she previously served on the Chamber Council for several years.  Last year accepted the role as volunteer Chair of the Chamber’s Leadership Cayman programme.

Mr Foster said that Ms Griffiths did not let the pandemic and the lockdown dampen the spirits of the Planning Committee or the class members.

“In the end, the 2020 Leadership Cayman class may have graduated several months later than usual but their experience was excellent, and Roz should be commended for her guidance and leadership,” he confirmed.



Jan Gupta, a local developer, has been the organiser of Resilience Cayman, an entity established to address the immediate and long-term issue of food insecurity for many residents who have been hard hit though job loss and business closures.

Mr Foster outlined that in the first six months of the programme, more than 3,000 individuals and families received food vouchers and daily meals. Ms Gupta also worked to create summer internship opportunities and grants for 35 young Caymanian college students to ensure they could continue their education and develop workplace skills for their future careers.

“Resilience Cayman is now a registered independent non-profit organisation and this was only achieved through Jan’s hard work, vision and perseverance,” Mr Foster stated. “It is my pleasure to present Jan with the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding service to the Chamber and the community.”


Three Chamber Councillors honoured

Three Chamber Councillors were concluding their two-year term on the Council: Tim Bradley, Amanda Brown and Simon Watson and were presented with gifts of thanks for their tireless contribution to the Chamber.

Secretary and former Councillor Steve McIntosh was also honoured, having been instrumental in providing insight, research and data to help the Executive Committee to make important decisions during the pandemic and for assisting the Executive Committee to develop a plan to respond to the crisis.

Hailing Chamber Champions

Chamber Champions, i.e. those businesses which

had donated funds or investment to the Chamber, were also recognised and included:

Chamber Stewards, which contributed between $5,000 and $7,499 to the Chamber of Commerce during 2020:

  • Flow|C&W Business|IT Outsource Business Solutions
  • Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre Ltd.
  • Cox Lumber
  • Davenport Development Ltd.
  • Health City Cayman Islands
  • Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company
  • KPMG
  • Provenance Properties Cayman Islands
  • RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited
  • Walkers
  • Water Authority – Cayman
  • Wheaton Precious Metals

Chamber Advisors, which contributed between $7,500 and $9,999 to the Chamber of Commerce last year:

  • CG BritCay
  • Dart
  • Island Taste Group Ltd.
  • Kensington Management Group Ltd.

And Chamber Advocates, which contributed or invested more than $10,000 with the Chamber during the year:

  • Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.
  • EisnerAmper
  • Foster’s
  • HSM

Chamber Introduces 2021 Leadership Cayman Class

Leadership Cayman (LC) welcomed 25 participants for its 2021 programme at its traditional Orientation Dinner held at Ristorante Pappagallo on January 20, 2021. The candidates were selected from a field of 48 applicants based on their roles in the community, business and professional involvement, skills, and assets, along with their passion for knowledge.

The Leadership Cayman programme is an intensive six-month course, introduced by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, that enables class members to develop new skills and learn vital information about the Cayman Islands’ community and business sector.  The class attend bi-weekly seminars on a range of different topics, learning from expert and local leaders, government officials and keynote speakers.

Chamber President-Elect, Mike Gibbs welcomed the class of 2021 and shared his experience as a graduate of the programme. LC Programme Chair, Nicholas McLean, outlined what the class members should expect over the next six-months.

Eight Planning Committee members who are alumni were also in attendance to show their support for the new class.

The successful candidates for 2021 are: Patricia McTaggart Duval Uncle Bills Home Improvement Centre, Jody Ebanks RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited., Emma-Jane Fisher Sunset House, Micah Coleman Cayman Islands Government, Steve Bull EY Cayman Ltd., Kate Bosman Deloitte, Melissa Whorms Cayman Islands Government, Kimberley Dangerfield Clearly Cayman Dive Resorts, Roderick Pierson Dart, Diksha Sahni Baker Tilly (Cayman) Ltd., Marco Miranda Cayman Islands Government, Wilberlee Range Cayman Islands Government, Jennifer Williams CTMH Doctors Hospital, James Robinson Jr. EY Cayman Ltd., Rolna DaCosta Cayman Islands Government, Kelsey Halley Deloitte, Kate Ryley Property Cayman, Amy Hubble Helix Advisory Services Ltd., Deirdre Billes Acme Privae Fund/Billes Family Office, Caitlin Mathiassen Kensington Management Group, Daniel DeFinis Davenport Development, Nicole Ebanks Department of Education Services, Jodie Hooper Broadhurst LLC, Jennifer Leach-Tippetts CAYS Foundation, and Nelson Dilbert (Cayman Spirits Co.).

Special thanks to our major sponsors: Cox Lumber, RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited, and Wheaton Precious Metals.


Small Fire at Landfill

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) reports a small surface fire at the landfill around 4.00 pm on Monday, 18 January 2021.

The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) worked alongside colleagues from DEH and the fire is now extinguished.

DEH crews will continue to monitor the area throughout the night and notify CIFS immediately if any smoke is observed..

On initial inspection, the incident appears to have been caused when a vehicle drove over a mobile phone battery or similar that had been discarded in the regular waste while compacting an area of the landfill site, causing the battery to burst and ignite.

“Any kind of battery, including those found in mobile phones, pose an increased risk of combustion and should be separated from other waste materials when disposing. For this reason, the George Town Landfill has a designated area for batteries which we encourage the public to use,” says DEH Director, Richard Simms.

NAU Continues Support for Districts

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) is extending its pilot programme “NAU is in Our District,” which rolled out on 11 and 18 December 2020.

Designed to improve access to NAU services by persons in district communities, the initiative will visit the districts for the next six months as planned. Persons who need assistance with their NAU application, or any other NAU-type issue, are advised to attend and bring supporting documentation along with them.

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West Bay Public Library

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