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Jeff Saunders

Jeff Saunders

Position on the Board: President 2021-2022 | Company: Teed Saunders Doyle

A Fredericton native, Jeff is a Tax Partner with Teed Saunders Doyle.  Jeff is a Chartered Professional Accountant and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB in 1996.  He has also completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course.  He loves the challenge of working on clients’ complex tax issues such as corporate reorganizations, succession planning, family trusts or planning for the purchase or sale of a business.  Jeff enjoys travelling, playing golf and spending time with his daughter, Ella.  He has served as a committee member for various committees of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and the Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation.

Bob Chisholm

Bob Chisholm

Position on the Board: Past President| Company: McDonald's Restaurants

Bob attended McMaster University in Hamilton from 1974-1978 and graduated with an Honors Degree in Commerce.

In 2002 Bob and Jan left the corporate world and joined the McDonald’s franchise system by purchasing one restaurant in Caledonia Ontario. While in Caledonia Bob was active in Rotary and became the President of the Chamber of Commerce.

In 2005 they sold the Caledonia location and moved to North Bay, Ontario where they purchased four McDonald’s locations. After seven years in Northern Ontario Bob and Jan were approached by McDonalds to move to Fredericton and in 2012 sold North Bay and purchased the seven restaurants in Fredericton & Oromocto.

Wanting to get involved in our new community they began fundraising for the Chalmers Hospital Foundation, Camp Rotary and the Atlantic Ronald McDonald House.

In December 2013, Bob  worked with Bell Media and the Nashwaaksis Lions Club who founded a Xmas toy drive and in 8 years have collected over 10,000 toys for the Fredericton Salvation Army.

Bob is the past-president of Business Fredericton North.

Bob has been active in McDonalds as the National Chairman of the Customer Value Committee and is the elected representative on the National Business Forum, for the Atlantic McDonalds Owners.

Jill Stairs

Jill Stairs

Position on the Board: 1st Vice President | Company: Daye Kelly & Associates

Jill is a partner with Daye Kelly & Associates and enjoys working with a diverse group of clients, providing business advisory, assurance, and tax services for individuals, not-for profits, municipalities, and small businesses across a wide range of industries.

Jill holds a Chartered Professional Accounting designation, and has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB as well as a technical diploma from NBCC.  With an educational background in Computer Science, Operations Management, and Human Resources, she has worked in both the Information Technology and Energy sectors before moving to Public Practice in 2008.

Through the years, Jill has served on a number of not for profit boards and committees for a variety of causes.  She and her husband both grew up in the Fredericton area and are happy to be raising their two girls in the community.  Jill’s personal and professional goal is to build strong, meaningful relationships that make our community a better place to live and work.

Mike Melvin

Mike Melvin

Position on the Board: 2nd Vice-President | Company: McInnes Cooper

Mike is a corporate-commercial lawyer and a partner with the regional law firm of McInnes Cooper.  In addition to his regular corporate-commercial law practice, he is recognized as a leading Canadian franchise lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and in the Chambers Canada 2018 Guide. He is also an experienced Registered Trademark Agent.

Mike served as a consulting mentor in the Chamber’s Business Immigrant Mentorship Program from 2011 until it moved to its new home at Ignite Fredericton in 2019. He also sat on the Steering Committee for the Chamber’s Succession Connect program throughout its initial three-year pilot.  Mike is active in the start-up space, having served as a member of Ignite Fredericton’s Start-up Visa Committee and as a participant in office hours at Planet Hatch (giving free legal advice to start-up entrepreneurs).

Originally from St. John’s, NL, Mike studied music before going to law school.  He studied classical guitar performance and music history at Mount Allison University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The University of Arizona.

Outside of work, Mike’s new found passion is physical fitness and he regularly attends personal training sessions throughout the week. He also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, quiet nights at home with his wife, Carol Ann, his back deck and fire pit, DIY projects around the house, and good coffee.

Shannon Dion

Shannon Dion

Position on the Board: Treasurer| Company: Bringloe Feeney

Born and raised in Fredericton, Shannon graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1999 with a BBA and achieved her CA designation in 2002. Shannon became a partner of Bringloe Feeney in 2019 after joining the firm as a Senior Manager in 2012.

Shannon works in the assurance and business advisory side of the business and takes pride in assisting clients with their various needs in all aspects of their business. Shannon has a wide range of experience with various types of clients including owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Shannon is also involved as a director of Coach NB and holds the honorary title of Director Emeritus from Harvest Jazz & Blues festival. Shannon has previously been involved with the Loyalist Rugby Club and Co-Ed Fred Volleyball club as both a player and Board member. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her husband Dave and son Oliver.

Adam Peabody

Adam Peabody

Position on the Board: Executive Member | Company: Planet Hatch

Adam Peabody is a passionate member of Fredericton’s economic development and business community. He grew up in Fredericton and returned to his hometown to begin his career after graduating from Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, QC) with a Bachelors degree in economics & politics. Throughout Adam’s career, the focus has been on economic development through international business. He has worked at and volunteered for several not-for-profits dedicated to supporting youth, business, and international trade.

Currently, Adam is the Director of Planet Hatch, New Brunswick’s flagship startup acceleration centre. In this capacity, Adam is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the centre. He focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and new venture creation by developing dynamic programming, services, partnerships and innovation.

Before joining Planet Hatch, Adam was the Investment Attraction & Growth Specialist at Ignite Fredericton. At Ignite, Adam supported local job creation by working with stakeholders and partners to attract foreign direct investment to the Fredericton region and supporting local companies seizing international opportunities for export.

Prior, Adam worked for national not-for-profit organization, Global Vision. As Global Vision’s project manager, Adam organized youth entrepreneurship and leadership programs across Canada and abroad through the Junior Team Canada trade mission program, where he organized teams of high school and university students for trade missions to China, Malaysia and Peru. Before joining Global Vision as staff, Adam was involved for years as a student ambassador and volunteer.

David Shipley

David Shipley

Position on the Board: Executive Member | Company: Beauceron Security Inc.

David is a recognized Canadian leader in cybersecurity, frequently appearing in local, regional and national media and speaking at public and private events across North America. David is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information and Communications Studies as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick.

 

As the CEO of Beauceron Security, David has led the company’s growth into a multi-million-dollar scale-up with more than 300 customers across North America and in Europe. The Beauceron cybersecurity awareness and engagement platform is used by hundreds of thousands of people in finance, technology, telecommunications, government, health care, higher education and more. Prior to founding Beauceron, David led the cybersecurity effort at the University of New Brunswick.

 

Dave Milburn

Dave Milburn

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Focal Point Landscaping Design and Installation

Dave, owner and operator of Focal Point Landscape Design and Installation is a relentless advocate for the Landscape Horticulture industry. After years of working in the industry he sought further knowledge and attended Dalhousie University (formally Nova Scotia Agricultural College) to study Environmental Horticulture. After completing with honors, his Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Horticulture in 2007, he founded Focal Point in January of 2008.  

Dave carries 22 years of landscape contracting experience and continues to be passionate about continued education and horticulture career development. During the winter months he is an instructor for the Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist program, is past president of Landscape New Brunswick and continues to sit on the board of directors for the association. He is dedicated to helping the landscape industry and small businesses thrive through hard work, professionalism, and continued education.   

Focal Point Landscape Design and Installation is extremely fortunate to have great people on their team and has been recognized with multiple awards of excellence for their workmanship. Dave and his team continue to strive for excellence and the company has now evolved into a family owned and operated business with Dave’s wife Lesley joining the company in 2019. Dave and Lesley were blessed to welcome their first child, daughter Annie, into the world in 2018 and could not be more excited for their life ahead with her in it. 

Kumaran Thillainadarajah

Kumaran Thillainadarajah

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Smart Skin Technologies

Kumaran is the co-founder and CTO of Smart Skin Technologies,  developed the initial concept of Smart Skin in 2008. Since then, the technology and business matured and the company made several strategic pivots until they found the right market. Along the way Smart Skin Technologies has won a variety of awards, most notably in 2015 Smart Skin was listed on Deloitte Fast 50™ 2015 Companies-to-Watch and won 1st place at the World Beverage Innovation Awards in Germany in 2016. Kumaran was listed in RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants across the country in 2016. Smart Skin won best innovation in manufacturing at Pharmapack 2020 in Paris. 

Betty Blanchard

Betty Blanchard

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: My Closet Consignment

September 2017, Betty decided after her long career in Hospitality Sales and Marketing to leave that industry and open My Closet Consignment.  May 2020 after a Covid delay, her second store, My Home Consignment finally open.  My Closet received a Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in 2019 in the Start Up category.  In 2018 she was recognized at one of Canada’s 50 Over 50 Entrepreneurs.  

Betty’s believes in being involved in the Fredericton Community and recently was a Board of Director for Business Fredericton North, and currently is involved with the Sara Burns Forever Fund.   

Betty and her Business Partner husband Rob have been very active members of the Fredericton Chamber, they have two adult children, Dara and Noah, that both live in Ottawa. 

In 2018 Betty was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 over 50 entrepreneurs. Recently, My Closet Consignment was awarded the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in the Start Up category. 

Fanny Bodart

Fanny Bodart

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: The Property Ladies

Fanny is the owner/broker and lead agent of ‘The Property Ladies’ real estate company. She has called Fredericton home since mid-2007 when she emigrated here from Belgium with her four children and has actively been promoting our beautiful city and province ever since. 

Over the years, she has built a successful real estate business creating her own brand and running her own independent brokerage. Working with both national, international and local clients, Fanny brings the highest professional standards to the table and has extensive knowledge of the local and provincial real estate market. 

With two legal degrees from the University of Brussels, fluent knowledge of English, French, Dutch/Flemish (with a little bit of German and Spanish as well) she created a detailed, structured approach to help you navigate through the buying and selling process and has a long successful track record to show for it. 

Passionate about attracting newcomers, talent and investment to Fredericton and New Brunswick in general, she knows and understands the complexity of the business immigration process, having gone through it herself. She is always there to help newcomers during their exploratory visits and at their arrival, working on their behalf with the Chamber’s Immigration Advocacy Committee and now as a member of the Board of Directors. 

Fanny is also active in several committees in the New Brunswick Real Estate Association and, apart from her real estate/brokerage license, has a Commissioner of Oaths’ license as well. Her previous professional experience includes: business consulting, general management, human resources, legal counsel, recruitment etc. 

She is utterly committed to her clients, always follows up and works with the result in mind: buying or selling your property. ‘I say what I do and do what I say’ is her motto while delivering optimal service to all property and business owners. 

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Auto City

Derek Sullivan is the owner of Auto City and for more than 20 years he has been dedicated to selling reliable, affordable, preowned vehicles. 

Derek is a past President of Business Fredericton North and has a strong passion for Main St. business growth. Last year he participated in the Scale Up Program. 

Derek and his wife both grew up in the Fredericton area and are happy to be raising their four children in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, four wheeling and traveling with his family. 

Derek is looking forward to dedicating his time to the board this year and hopes to use his skills and passion to better his community. 

Beth Fairbairn

Beth Fairbairn

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Autism Intervention Services

Beth Fairbairn is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with Autism Intervention Services. Beth is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization and brings a key skillset in operations strategy and policy, strategic planning, and fostering strong cultural alignment with the goals of our organization. Many years of national and international experience in the field of educational training and assessment have provided Beth with an exposure to culture, different education systems and business models that enable her to view issues from multiple perspectives. Her passion for working with young children with special needs stems from many visits to schools and child care centres learning about services offered to children and their families.

 

Beth holds an Arts degree (English -’93), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA -’97), and a Masters in Project Management (2009), as well as nearly 20 years of experience in organizational leadership.

Fredericton born, and a proud north-sider, Beth has been described as “friendly, firm, and fair”, she is personable, detail oriented, a critical thinker who is not afraid to ask the tough questions.

Asif Hasan

Asif Hasan

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: SimpTek

Asif is co-founder and CEO of SimpTek. He is honored to be leading an incredibly passionate team of people who solve critical problems in the energy sector with the vision to become the most trusted provider of products and services that make energy efficiency and sustainability simple for everyone. 
 

Born in Bangladesh, educated in India, Asif chose Fredericton, Canada as his home while studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Asif believes that resilience, determination, creativity, and teamwork are critical for a strong leader and essential to overcome life’s challenges.  
 

He is active in his community as a Dialogue Community Leader and Board member of Dialogue New Brunswick. He is currently leading the Lost Votes Campaign, a campaign working to allow permanent residents to vote in municipal elections in New Brunswick. He also co-chaired the City of Fredericton’s current 5 years Immigration Strategy. Last year, he was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs of Atlantic Canada. 

Jordan O'Brien

Jordan O'Brien

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Porter O'Brien

Jordan has worked for over 20 years in the areas of government affairs, communications and management strategy.  After a 10-year career with the provincial government, he started a private consulting career which has included serving as co-founder and partner at Porter O’Brien, a Fredericton-based communications and management consulting agency. 
 
He has been a member of the Chamber since 2019, and became a member of the policy committee in 2020 and the board in 2021. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Mackenzie Institute, a national think tank and charity that focuses on security issues, and Fredericton Regional Youth Services Inc., an operator of facilities that provide therapeutic services for youth experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. 
 
Except for a stint of several years in Ottawa, Jordan has resided in Fredericton since 1999. 

Samantha Bosca

Samantha Bosca

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: RBC Royal Bank

Samantha is a Senior Commercial Account Manager at RBC,  with over twenty years of banking experience.  She has worked in numerous roles in retail markets and commercial banking, including extensive leadership roles across Atlantic Canada  She is extremely client focused, a mentor to many across Atlantic Canada, and has a tremendous capacity to absorb information and learn on the fly. She is very community driven and will bring her passion for collaboration and partnering to her clients. Samantha has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, recently jumped into running her own business, and owns a travel agency, in addition to her work at RBC. Personally, she has grew up in Bathurst, NB and has lived in both NS and NB throughout her career. Her first passion are her two boys, followed closely by her Old English Sheepdogs, Hank and Herbie. 

Rodney Blanchard

Rodney Blanchard

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Rodney moved to the community of Fredericton over 20 years ago where he started his career with Stantec Consulting Ltd. As current office leader, Rodney is responsible for promoting collaboration and growing the business at the local and regional level. His focus is on employee management, health and safety, and representing Stantec in the community. Rodney received his Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of New Brunswick and Diploma in Urban and Rural Planning from Holland College in PEI.  

With over 22 years of experience in civil infrastructure engineering, Rodney has had the opportunity to work on many diverse and challenging projects. As a project manager and team lead with Stantec’s transportation group, Rodney is responsible for service delivery, scheduling, and costing, while managing both design and construction field teams.  

Rodney believes in developing smart cities – sustainable communities, that create jobs, and provide residents with opportunities to prosper and grow.  

Rodney sits on the City of Fredericton’s Planning Advisory Committee and currently serves as Chair. He and his wife Erin believe strongly in community involvement and in fostering leadership and guidance for their two young children. Both have been active volunteers and supporters on various boards and committees.  

Outside of work, you can find Rodney enjoying the outdoors, camping alongside or out for a float on the St. John River 

Catherine McLatchie

Catherine McLatchie

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Foster & Company

Catherine is a personal injury lawyer at the firm Foster & Company. She focuses primarily on litigation and insurance disputes, professional negligence, CPP disability and long term disability benefits but also has experience in employment and preparing Wills. 

Catherine attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia from 2003-2007 and graduated with a double degree in Business Administration and Arts, focusing on Marketing and Spanish. In her third year of university, she completed a year abroad at the Universidad de La Rioja in Logroño, Spain. 

After completing her business degree, she worked in various business-related positions in Germany, Australia, Chile, USA and numerous cities within Canada. She also has travelled to many more countries out of love for multiculturalism and the desire to learn more about people and their cultures. 

In 2014, Catherine set sail for Canterbury, England to start law school at the University of Kent. Upon her return to Canada in 2016, she started working at Foster & Company as a legal assistant while self-studying the National Committee on Accreditation exams to convert her law degree from the UK. She was hired as an associate with Foster & Company in August 2018. 

Catherine loves being involved with her community and giving back to others. She is extremely excited to serve on the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and help aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their passion. 

Victoria Gillan

Victoria Gillan

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Mariner Partners

Victoria is currently Director of Pursuits and Proposal Management at Mariner Partners, where she combines her background in corporate strategy and experience managing client engagements, to solution her client’s complex business problems and competitively position Mariner’s services in the market. Victoria leads a team that is responsible for pursuit strategy, proposal management and marketing support to further Mariner’s strategic growth in the Atlantic region. 

Victoria has over a decade of combined experience working across financial services, economic development and Government in management consulting, strategy, business transformation and project management. Prior to joining Mariner in 2019, Victoria was responsible for corporate strategy at OpportunitiesNB. Before returning to New Brunswick, Victoria was a management consultant at Deloitte, as part of the strategy and operations team in Toronto and worked internationally serving the Government of Canada at the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Having studied at both Harvard and McGill universities, Victoria holds a B.A. International Relations and is a Prosci certified change practitioner. Victoria brings a unique global perspective to her work, clients and community having lived and worked in major cities across Canada and in Israel, Jordan, and Australia before moving back to Atlantic Canada in 2018. Although new to Fredericton, Victoria is passionate about making an impact in business and excited to contribute to the Fredericton business community’s continued growth. 

Daphne Noonan

Daphne Noonan

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Person Centred Universe

Daphne is a long- term care industry veteran who Co-Founded Person Centred Universe, a business who strives to create a better world for persons who are walking a journey with dementia. Daphne is also the Executive Director of Nashwaak Villa, an award – winning nursing home in Stanley, NB providing excellence in care following the Planetree philosophy of person -centred care. Throughout her career, she has led the creation of person – centred culture within the long -term care field in New Brunswick and beyond, including leadership roles in both urban and rural settings, and governance leadership at both the provincial and national levels for The Alzheimer’s Society. ,  

Daphne is extremely passionate about working in the field of aging and more specifically in contributing to the process of enabling older adults to grow old with dignity and honor. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Daphne has spent most of her adult life putting down roots in Fredericton and is proud to be a part of this thriving community. Outside of work and volunteer commitments, she is always up for an adventure and enjoys spending time with friends and family (both of the two legged and four legged variety!).   

Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology (BA) from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, and a master’s degree in Adult Education (M. Ed) from the University of New Brunswick, and is also certified in Dementia Care Mapping through Bradford University in the UK. 

Tim Daley

Tim Daley

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Scotiabank

After graduating from St. Thomas University with his BA in 1996 Tim joined Scotiabank in 1997. In 2005 he achieved the designation of Personal Financial Planner. In his career with Scotiabank Tim has held a variety of positions including Financial Advisor, Investment Sales Coach, District Banking Manager, Branch Manager and is currently the Branch Manager at the Fredericton Commercial Banking Centre. 

Tim has been involved with numerous service groups, charities and boards such as the Nashwaaksis Kinsmen, former president of the Oromocto Public Hospital Foundation, current board member for JA New Brunswick and the Atlantic Regional Chairperson for the Scotiabank Employee Giving Campaign to support United Way and countless other local charities. 

Tim is committed to helping promote a diverse and inclusive community where individuals and businesses can achieve their goals and believes a strong local economy supported by a business-friendly environment are essential. 

With his spouse Brenda, Tim and their two teenage sons have enjoyed the beauty and the Capital Region for many years and spend most of their spare time outdoors enjoying nature. 

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