Keanin is the new Vice President, Member Services of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. His role oversees business development for the OCC, serving its corporate members and the provincial network of local chambers of commerce.
Keanin is a Political Science graduate of the University of Waterloo, where he met his wife, Trish. After earning his Juris Doctor at the College of William & Mary School of Law, Keanin practiced law in Washington, DC at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
Trish and Keanin decided to move back to Canada in 2009 to pursue a more rewarding and sustainable career path. Keanin quickly fell in love with Trish’s hometown of Hamilton and they put down roots in the Steel City.
Keanin was employee number one and Chief Operating Officer of Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, before being hired in 2013 to be the President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Over his 9 years at the Hamilton Chamber, Keanin led its complete transformation into a relevant, impactful and thriving organization, twice earning recognition as Ontario’s top chamber of commerce executive. In 2022, Keanin announced that he was stepping down from the Chamber to run for Mayor of Hamilton. His grassroots, issues-based campaign inspired thousands of citizens from all corners of Hamilton. His passion for Ontario’s economic prosperity and business success led him to joining the OCC in February 2023.
Keanin has served on many committees and boards, including Chair of Supercrawl, Ontario’s top festival in 2015, and he is a Director at the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. He and Trish proudly live in Hamilton’s Lower City, raising three children.Back to staff