The Trinidad & Tobago Chamber’s committees form a very important component of our organisation. Committees are formed by members who want to make a more meaningful difference to their industry/ sector or towards a specific cause or initiative.
There are 2 types of committees:
Standing committees: These members meet regularly to discuss and roll out action items based on approved strategic objectives and an annual work plan
Ad Hoc committees: These groups are formed to handle industry-specific issues that are best managed with a unified approach. Meetings are set based on the urgency of the challenge and issue.
Regularity of meetings: Every 2ndWednesday of each month
Time: usually @ 11:30 a.m.
The Crime and Justice Committee was formed to demonstrate the Chamber’s concern about the escalating crime wave in the country, and to make a concerted effort, in whatever way possible, in partnership with the Government and other Private Sector organizations to deal with issues, problems and solutions on crime and the Criminal Justice System in Trinidad and Tobago.
Terms of Reference
- To discuss at monthly meetings and make recommendations on matters pertaining to any or all aspects of Crime, Justice, Security and Road Safety as they may tend to adversely affect the private sector or which may be in the national interest.
- To develop and implement short term or ongoing projects designed to assist in reducing the high incidence of crime and the increase in security and safety.
- To provide representation for the Chamber on any or all relevant Government or Private Sector bodies dealing with Crime, Justice, Security and Safety.
- To maintain active liaison with the Chamber’s Board of Directors by having at times a member of the Board represented on the Crime and Justice Committee..
- To advise the Chamber on any matters pertaining to crime, justice, security and safety.
- To liaise with and whenever necessary meet in Tobago with the Tobago Division of the Chamber to discuss collaborative efforts in reducing crime and increasing security and safety in Tobago, particularly in respect of the tourist industry.
- To prepare comments for the Chamber on legislation, as required, and to recommend whether new legislation may be needed in any particular area that may be pertinent to the private sector or in the national interest.
- To organize informational seminars, luncheon or breakfast meetings, and the like dealing with subjects relevant to the work of the Crime and Justice Committee
- To raise funds, where possible, for the Crime and Justice Committee either through projects or otherwise, that would enable it to do its work effectively. This may be achieved through the informational sessions.
- To encourage field trips for Committee members to places, institutions and projects of interest to the work of the Committee.
- To encourage and generate camaraderie and team spirit among members of the Committee, respecting each other’s views, and creating an effective and efficient cog in the Chamber’s machinery.
- To do public appearances with respect to impact of crime on business and recommendations for reduction in crime.
- To do any or all things that may be of interest to the work of the Committee and which will serve to strengthen its resolve and project the right corporate image for the Chamber.
Members of the C&J Committee
- John Aboud, Chairperson
Amalgamated Security Services
- Anthony Xavier, Vice Chairperson
Property Protectors Ltd.
- Andrew Johnson
Johnson, Camacho and Singh
- Betty – Ann Gibbons
Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
- Brian Ramsey
Amalgamated Security Services
- Curtis Williams
MI Four Security Services Co. Ltd.
- Imshah Mohammed
Imjin Security Services Limited
- Pauline Hamilton
Security and Risk Consultant
Regularity of meetings: Every 2ndTuesday of each month
Time: usually @ 9:30 a.m.
The Employment and Labour Relations Committee aims to promote good industrial relations and effective Human Resource Management practices, and a safe working environment within its member organizations and the wider business community by providing immediate, up-to-date and relevant, advisory and educational services in collaboration with expert stakeholders and institutions.
Terms of Reference
Mandate: Promote national productivity through advocacy for human and social development, effective human resource management and good industrial relations.
Mission: Advancing opportunities in developing employers’ human resource and industrial relations management practice.
Vision: We are the voice of business, on Employment and Labour Relations.
Members of the ELR Committee
- Carl Seymour
Chairperson Individual Member
- Jonathan Cumberbatch
Vice Chairperson UWI School of Business & Applied Studies Ltd. (UWI ROYTEC)
- Anjeli Narine
Massy Group of Companies
- Catherine Ramnarine
M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
- Christina Bahadoor
Hosein Eve Anderson & Associates
- Jane Wight
The Business Supply Group Limited
- Kashta Ome
Ansa McAl Limited
- Lara Quentrall
Thomas Regency Recruitment and Resources Limited
- Learie Hinds
Amalgamated Security Service Ltd
- Natasha Subero
Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
- Ruan Mitchell
BP – Trinidad and Tobago
Regularity of meetings: Every 3rdWednesday of each month
Time: usually @ 7:30 a.m.
This Committee is tasked with the promotion of environmental, health and safety values for the stainable future of our companies, communities and nation.
Terms of Reference
The T&T Chamber is committed to the protection of the environment through responsible stewardship. Protection of the environment is essential to the health of the communities and resources upon which its members rely, and is beneficial to all its stakeholders. The goal of the NEP is environmentally sustainable development, meaning the balance of economic growth with environmentally sound practices in order to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of present and future generations.
- The EHSC will comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and internal operating procedures and standardsand review of legislation that relates to EHS.
- The EHSC can assist in advising on environmental policy of GORTT via T&T Chamber.
- The EHSC will promote environmental education and awareness among its members and will assist members to understand the importance of compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and internal operating procedures and standards.
- The EHSC will strive to continually improve its understanding and knowledge of resource use, with a specific focus on use of energy, raw materials and water as well as the production of waste and other environmental pollutants.
- The EHSC will work with governmental and local civic leaders, environmental groups and other concerned parties in order to continually develop a mutual understanding of relevant environmental issues.
- The EHSC will foster the development of environmental initiatives that will support community-based environmental initiatives and programs. Should include NGO’s, schools and persons doing good work.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CHARTER
The T&T Chamber is committed to the overall health and safety of its stakeholders and in particular, its employees and their families. The T&T Chamber believes that a safe and healthy workplace is a moral imperative reflecting the Corporation’s respect for the individual. The underlying principles of the Health and Safety Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2004, as amended by Act No.3 of 2006, the employer, in consultation with the representatives of his employees is required to establish a safety and health committee in industrial establishments, where there are twenty-five employees or if less the Chief Inspector on the basis of prescribed criteria, directs the establishment of such a committee. This committee is the primary mechanism for companies and their staff to work together to identify and resolve safety and health concerns in the workplace.
- The EHSC will promote education and awareness in respect of occupational and personal health and safety among T&T Chamber members and will provide guidance for directors, officers and employees to understand the importance of compliance with all applicable occupational health and safety laws, regulations, and internal operating procedures and standards.
- The EHSC will strive to continually improve its understanding and knowledge of health and safety issues and to identify and recommend to members effective measures in respect of potential health and safety risks.
- The EHSC may provide advice to the T&T Chamber and its employees to monitor health and safety performance in the workplace.
- The EHSC will encourage and support the development of health and safety initiatives by T&T Chamber employees and will act reasonably in respect of implementing any suggested measures which would improve the health and safety of the T&T Chamber work environment.
- The EHSC will foster the development of environmental initiatives, and will support community-based environmental initiatives and programs.
Members of the EHS Committee
- Rima Mohammed , Chairperson
International Media Services Ltd.
- Roxanne Armstrong, Vice Chairperson
General Safety Network Limited
- Gary Texeira
- Gerard Rajkumar
- Pauline Hamilton
Ministry of Education
- Ryan Cezair
- Vanessa Bissessar
RBC Financial (Caribbean) Ltd.
Regularity of meetings: Every 3rd Wednesday
Time: usually @ 11:00 a.m.
The Committeewas established in July 2007 to become the foremost organized group/ association where Facilities Management and Maintenance Professionals are able to attain valuable and useful information is the aim of this Committee. Achieving this will aid in developing and maintaining high standards of practice within the industry locally and regionally.
To create high quality, sustainable working environments in Trinidad and Tobago.
- To positively impact policy and practice in all aspects of Commercial and Industrial facilities and their surroundings.
- To positively impact policy and practice in all aspects of the development and management of facilities and their environments.
….through engagement and partnership with people, businesses and Government.
MEMBERS OF FDM COMMITTEE
- Edward Kacal, Chairperson
- Giselle Holder Vice Chairperson
Acuitas Caribbean Limited
- Christine Salandy
L’Orchidee Boutique Hotel
- Dalven Harris
CME Service Ltd.
- Gerard Rajkumar
- Patries Ramkaran
Ramkaran Contracting Services
- Rory Wendell Branford
Branford Group (Caribbean) Ltd.
- Rowland Poyntz Mackenzie
Construction Engineering Management Services
Regularity of meetings: Every 2ndThursday of each month
Time: usually @ 12 noon
The focus of the NOVA Committee is to facilitate the provision of business opportunities for NOVA members; provide NOVA members opportunities to collaborate and network with business leaders as well as to facilitate the development of emerging business professionals.
Terms of Reference
PURPOSE AND MANDATE
To serve as a critical resource hub and an enabler of MSMEs throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
- To provide members with a single access point for referral to the array of available MSME resources and advice in its use.
- To act as a critical and valuable networking hub for MSMEs.
- To facilitate the development of emerging business professionals and the provision of business opportunities for members.
- To provide leadership in the MSME space and enable a regular national stakeholder gathering and debate in order to continuously adapt and improve the MSME ecosystem.
- To be a catalyst for the creation of opportunities for future young business owners, through information and practical hands on sessions
To be the premier facilitator of business opportunities for Emerging Business Professionals and Medium/Small/Micro Businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.
Members of the NOVA Committee
- Allison Demas, Chairperson
Media InSite Limited
- Gail Rajkumar, Vice Chairperson
- Anna Chamely
Firstline Securities Limited
- Bernadette Chin Lee
- Bernard Cammbell
Int. Business Solutions
- Ernest A. Williams
- Isha Reuben – Theodore
The West Indian Tobacco Company Ltd.
- Makesi Alexander
Minstry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development
- Marc Persaud
- Nichole Joseph – Cupid
- Rima Mohammed
International Media Services Ltd
- Seema Ali
Cite Up Limited