The Committee’s objective is to educate the private sector, and by extension the public, to better understand the issues impacting the energy sector generally and the positive role of the sector in the development of the country, and the increasing potential for local investment in the sector.

Meetings occur as needed

Members of the Ad Hoc Energy Committee

Rupert Mends (Chair) 
Akeila Greene (Committee Project Assistant) 
Bruce Mackenzie
Joanna Rostant
Kamala Bhoolai
Keith King
Kenrick Haynes
Richard Beckles

 

The Committee’s role is to review and edit the publications of the Chamber, with specific reference, but not limited to, the weekly columns viz, “The Chamber’s Position” in the Business Guardian and “Chamber Perspectives” in the Newsday.  A monthly column, “From the Desk of the President”, appears in the Express.  These, along with the quarterly “Contact” magazine, represent the main print publications of the Chamber.  The Chamber also airs a regular Tuesday weekly radio programme on I95.5FM called “Contact with the Chamber”.  The content of this programme reflects and helps to solidify the messages of the print articles.

Meetings: Meetings occur fortnightly

Terms of Reference

The Communications Committee has been in existence for more than fifteen years, having first been established under the presidency of Mr. Joe Pires, Snr. (1987-1988).  Initially called the Editorial Committee, it was formed so that the Chamber could have a public voice for its opinions on a regular basis.

The Committee’s role is to review and edit the publications of the Chamber, with specific reference, but not limited to, the weekly columns viz, “The Chamber’s Position” in the Business Guardian and “Chamber Perspectives” in the Newsday.  A monthly column, “From the Desk of the President”, appears in the Express.  These, along with the quarterly “Contact” magazine, represent the main print publications of the Chamber.  The Chamber also airs a regular Tuesday weekly radio programme on I95.5FM called “Contact with the Chamber”.  The content of this programme reflects and helps to solidify the messages of the print articles.

The Contact Magazine is thematic so that two-thirds of the articles explore the various issues related to the particular theme.  Contact is mailed to members of the Chamber and also distributed via the Trinidad Guardian.  Complimentary copies are given to Government and the Diplomatic Corps.

The main issues that form the basis for the Chamber’s lobby efforts are largely reflected in its publications and radio programme.  Writing on the premise that all issues that affect the national landscape affect business, main themes of articles have included the Economy, Trade, Crime, Education, Health and Poverty.

The Chairman of the Communications Committee is the T&T Chamber’s President, who may delegate the Chairmanship on occasion and includes a strong Board presence.  The Committees of the Chamber, nominated writers, and the general membership may submit articles of approximately 800 words for review by the committee, which meets fortnightly.

You may visit our archives at www.chamber.org.tt where articles and the radio programme are posted.

 

Members of the Communications Committee

Robert Trestrail (Chair)
Halima Khan (Committee Project Assistant)
Andrew Johnson
Anthony Agostini
Dalia King
Gabriel Faria
Hugh Ferreira
Marva Newton
Michele Celestine

Meetings: Every 2nd Wednesday

Terms of Reference

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee was established in November 2007 as one of the T&T Chamber’s special focus committees providing support and assistance in areas relevant to its members. The Committee’s mission is to build a platform for learning, advocacy and technical assistance that enables every business to be an active partner in creating a socially and environmentally sustainable Trinidad and Tobago.

Corporate Social Responsibility is a commitment by companies to contribute to sustainable development through working with employees, their families, other organizations, communities, government, and the society at large, to improve the quality of life and the environment in ways that are both good for business and social development.

The Committee’s mandate is to serve the learning needs of its members, as well as to provide advocacy and technical assistance using practical, realistic and adapted approaches that enable these organizations and individuals to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness with which they undertake CSR activities. This approach encompasses working not only with members, but engaging other Chambers, civil society, public sector and international organizations.

Objectives:

Learning
The CSR Committee provides members and other stakeholders with access to relevant CSR related course materials to assist in developing an understanding and appreciation of CSR, both conceptually and in practice. This enables members to better incorporate CSR into their organizations and foster more responsible business practices.

Advocacy
The CSR Committee provides a forum for advocacy with key stakeholders to facilitate an enabling environment that encourages private sector investment in CSR related activities. 

Technical Assistance
The CSR Committee is working with its members through outreach forums, workshops and individual meetings to assist in the implementation of CSR activities and initiatives that are strategic in nature, in line with their core business practices and focused towards sustainable development.

 

Members of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Tisha Lee (Chair)
Giselle La Ronde West (Vice Chair)
Jason Julien (Board Champion)
Simone Andrews (Committee Project Assistant
Camille Hall
Candace Ali
Catherine Dookie – Da Silva
Dionne Legoure
Jeremy Joseph (Ex-Officio)
Kyle Santos
Robert Baur
Ramon Gregorio

Meetings: Every 2nd Wednesday @ 11:30 am

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 organise 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 Crime & Justice Committee

John Aboud (Chair)
Anthony Xavier (Vice Chair)
David Hadeed (Board Champion)
Halima Khan (Committee Project Assistant)
Andrew Johnson
Betty – Ann Gibbons
Brian Ramsey
Curtis Williams
Imshah Mohammed
Pauline Hamilton
Val Rogers
Velma Jardine

Every 2nd Tuesday @ 9:30 am

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  

Natasha Subero (Chair)
Brian La Roche (Vice Chair)
Charles Pashley (Board Champion)      
Cheryl Lyn Kurban (Committee Project Assistant)
Carl Seymour
Catherine Ramnarine
Christiana Bahadoor-Hosein
Christopher Alcazar
Derek Ali
Jane Wight
Jo-Anne Boodoosingh
Kashta Ome
Kyle Jackman       
Learie Hinds

Every 3rd Wednesday @ 7:30 am

This Committee’s is tasked with the promotion of environmental, safety and health values for the stainable future of our companies, communities and nation.

Terms of Reference

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARTER

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.

  1. The EHSC will comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and internal operating procedures and standards and review of legislation that relates to EHS.
  2. The EHSC can assist in advising on environmental policy of GORTT via T&T Chamber.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The EHSC may provide advice to the T&T Chamber and its employees to monitor health and safety performance in the workplace.
  4. 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.
  5. The EHSC will foster the development of environmental initiatives, and will support community-based environmental initiatives and programs.

 

Members of the ESH Committee 

Inshan Meahjohn (Chair)
Rima Mohammed (Vice Chair)
Reyaz Ahamad (Board Champion)
Rhea Nelson (Committee Project Assistant)
Antonia Lucky
Eric Kipps
Gary Teixeira
Gerard Rajkumar
Kyle Jackman
Najila Elias Samlalsingh
Pauline Hamilton
Roxanne Armstrong

Every 3rd Thursday @ 11:00 am

The Committee was 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.

Terms of Reference

The Committee’s mission is:

  • To educate stakeholders on and promote the value of Facilities Management and Maintenance
  • To advocate the enforcement of appropriate legislation and standards, and
  • To create linkages with practitioners of the FMM industry
     

Members of the FMM Committee 

Gerard D’Arcy (Chair)
Ryan Proudfoot (Vice Chair)
Robert Trestrail (Board Champion)
Hadassah Farrell (Committee Project Assistant)
Christine Salandy
Dalven Harris
Edward Kacal
Gerard Rajkumar
Giselle Holder / Geoffrey Abdullah (Alt)
Rowland Poyntz Mac Kenzie

Every 3rd Thursday @ 4:00 pm

The ICT Pro TT Committee is there to encourage the development of appropriate approaches and mentalities to ensure the transformation of the ICT sector to become a leading sector of a knowledge-based economy.   

Website: http://ictprott.com

Terms of Reference

ICT Pro TT was born out of the recalibrations of its former self, the E-Business, Information Technology and Telecommunications (E-BITT) committee.  The revitalized committee settled on the following as its core foundation:

VISION:  Transform Trinidad and Tobago into a Digital Society

MISSION:  Continuously improve the national ICT capabilities through engagement and partnership with people, businesses and Government.

STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES

  • Foster collaboration and learning among ICT and business professionals in T&T
  • Collaborate with the T&T Chamber’s membership and relevant government agencies to effect changes in laws, policies and strategy to enable the implementation of a digital infrastructure and ultimately enable eServices in all areas.

STRATEGIC GOALS

  1. Develop a sustainable relationship with Government.
  2. Lobby for our Membership in ICT-related areas
  3. Develop and deliver a signature annual event
  4. Be recognised by the T&T community as a thought leader in ICT
  5. Capture relevant data from the ICT community.

 

Members of the ICT Pro TT Committee  

Derrick Villeneuve (Chair)
Aleem Baksh (Vice Chair)
Karen Yip Chuck (Board Champion)
T’Vaughn Lewis (Committee Project Assistant)
Adam Monsterin
Cindy Ramsook
Eddy Devisse
Elizabeth Ammon
Jonathan Jagai
Peter Campbell
Roshan Mohammed
Subert Giblert
Ulrich Rauch

Every 2nd Thursday @ 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

The Nova was established in October 1991 by the Board of Directors to forge a link for collaboration amongst current and potential business leaders in Trinidad and Tobago.

Vision

To be the premier facilitator of business opportunities for emerging Business Professionals and Small / Micro Businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mission

  • To facilitate the provision of business opportunities for NOVA members
  • To provide NOVA members opportunities to collaborate and network with business leaders 
  • To facilitate the development of emerging business professionals

To manage the future business environment through the execution of sustainable development projects. 

 

JumpStart Programme

One of the major projects of the NOVA Committee is the JumpStart Student Apprenticeship Programme which is facilitated annually from June to September. The project aims to assist 100 young persons from across the country to gain valuable experience in a working environment. In 2007, Her Excellency Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, accepted the Chamber’s invitation to be the patron for the programme.  Members are invited to participate in this worthwhile initiative, by assisting with the apprenticeship of at least one candidate from the programme.

 

Members of the NOVA Committee 

Sachin Ganpat (Chair)
Omeeta Jaggernath (Vice Chair)
Jaqueline Francois (Board Champion)
Cheryl Lyn Kurban (Project Assistant)
Bernadette Chin Lee
Bernard Campbell
Christian Stone
Gail Rajkumar
Glenda Esdelle
Liza Miller
Marc Persaud
Rima Mohammed

Every 3rd Tuesday @ 3:30 pm

Consider and develop strategies for promoting trade and investment (locally, regionally and internationally) and influence the establishment of an appropriate legal, fiscal and regulatory framework.

 Terms of Reference

The ITNU acts as the Secretariat for the Trade and Business Development Committee. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows:

  • Consider and develop strategies for promoting trade and investment (locally, regionally and internationally) and influence the establishment of an appropriate legal, fiscal and regulatory framework[1]
  • Identify, in collaboration with other business organizations current barriers/impediments to competitive trading and issues impacting on business/trading and investment environment in current markets[2] with a view to developing and promoting industry-wide positions
  • Influence Government policies on trade matters and support practical implementation of supportive policies and relevant regulations
  • Influence and guide participation in policy formation at the regional level and encourage the implementation of the CSME
  • Take actions as necessary pursuant to matters arising from the work of the Diversification and Innovation Roundtable
  • Create awareness among members and assist members in developing coherent positions on trade matters

The Committee’s Terms of Reference presage an internal and external agenda. It will be necessary to prioritize activity to ensure that available resources of the Chamber and the Committee are effectively utilized and that the correct issues are being addressed. Among the specific possible activities or issues that may require the Committee’s (attention in no particular order of relevance) are:

  • Competitiveness improvement
  • Procurement Legislation
  • Competition Legislation (Regionally and Nationally)
  • Financial Sector Legislation (Insurance)
  • Revision of Trade Policies
  • Revision of Investment Policy
  • Trade Negotiations with Canada and Chile
  • EPA Implementation
  • Building Business with Central America
  • Interaction with the Ambassador for Trade
  • Implementation of the Recommendations of the TradeCom Project
  • Chamber Trade Missions
  • CARICOM-related issues
  • Promotion of Innovation
  • Diversification of the Economy

 

Members of the TBD Committee 

Bernard Campbell (Chair)
Duane Hinkson (Vice Chair)
Rakesh Goswami (Board Champion)
Samantha Barran (Committee Project Assistant)
Brian Benjamin
David Ramsaran
Jasmine Winford
Joanne Beharry
Kamala Bhoolai
Ken Hackshaw
Marc Mouttet
Natasha Subero
Nicholas Jackman
Shaun Khan

 

[1] Including fiscal incentives where appropriate, appropriate machinery for efficient administration, implementation of rules, regulations, procedures etc.)

[2] Including deficiencies/problems with current strategies, policies, legislation, standards, administrative machinery, procedures, implementation