Hugo Chesshire is the Policy and Government Relations Manager at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), the largest business organization in Niagara and the third-largest Chamber in Ontario. His role is one of counsel to 1,600 members of the GNCC and of advocacy on their behalf. As a political expert, he advises the organization’s board, staff, and membership on policy and its impact on their operations. He also advocates for Chamber members and the business community at large to all levels of government.
Born in Birmingham, England, Hugo has lived in the Niagara region since 2000 and is a dual Canadian/U.K. citizen. He holds a B.A. (1st Class Hons.) in Political Science and Labour Studies and an M.A. in Political Science from Brock University. He was top of his class in both and received a dozen merit-based awards and scholarships. His research has been presented at top-tier academic conferences across North America.
Hugo has lived, worked, or studied in the U.K., Canada, France, China, the Philippines and the Czech Republic. Before retraining in politics, he worked in the call centre industry as a corporate trainer, and set up outsourced overseas centres. He has also worked as a researcher and editor on books such as Union Power: Solidarity and Struggle in Niagara, a history of the Niagara labour movement, and Socialist Cowboy: The Politics of Peter Kormos, a study of the late, long-serving M.P.P. for Welland.
Hugo was previously Project and Research Manager at Niagara Workforce Planning Board. Believing strongly in the organization’s mission, he readily agreed to re-join NWPB as a Director in 2015. Accurate, detailed labour market information is a critical decision-making tool to both the businesses and governments he regularly works with, and he is proud to be involved with an organization that delivers it.