The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce announced July 5 that Tony Playter has been named the organization’s new CEO. Playter has been the Chamber’s interim CEO for the last six months.
“Working at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce is an honour and privilege,” said Playter. “Historically, the Regina Chamber has helped local businesses grow and prosper. I look forward to the opportunity to continue this proud tradition.”
Prior to joining the Chamber, Playter worked as a communications consultant for Fraser Strategy, and also worked with Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Government Insurance, the Regina Public Library, the Regina Bypass, the Regina Airport Authority and the City of Regina. As well, Playter has served on a number of boards in the city, including Crime Stoppers, Saskatchewan Red Cross, Regina Thunder Football Club and Reconciliation Regina.
“The Regina and District Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to have Tony lead us into the future as the next CEO,” said Lori Ireland, board chair for the Regina Chamber. “Filling the shoes of John Hopkins and the legacy he built is no easy task but Tony has shown his commitment to the Regina business community and to the Chamber’s stakeholders during his tenure as interim CEO. Following an exhaustive search process, we are confident that we have chosen the right person to take the Chamber forward and be a catalyst for bigger and better things. The future success of Regina and area business is full of promise and we are excited to have Tony strengthen the bonds and be a part of this next phase.”
Playter succeeds John Hopkins, the long-time Chamber CEO who passed away in February.
“I am pleased to welcome Tony Playter as CEO of the Regina Chamber of Commerce,” said Mayor Masters. “Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for both the City of Regina and the business community, which is critical as we move our community forward together. An avid volunteer and professional communicator, Tony’s commitment and energy is a welcomed benefit to our City and I look forward to our continued collaborative partnership.”
Playter’s appointment is effective immediately.