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Jill Stairs

Jill Stairs

Position on the Board: President 2022-2023 | 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.

Jeff Saunders

Jeff Saunders

Position on the Board: Past President | 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.

Mike Melvin

Mike Melvin

Position on the Board: 1st 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, in the Chambers Canada Guide and by Best Lawyers in Canada. 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 has experience 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 at The University of New Brunswick.  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 golf and he is a member of the Fredericton Golf Club. Mike and his wife, Carol Ann, also volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericton and Oromocto and love spending time with their little brother.

David Shipley

David Shipley

Position on the Board: 2nd Vice President | 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.

 

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 the Fredericton Loyalist Rugby club and holds the honorary title of Director Emeritus from Harvest Jazz & Blues festival. Shannon has previously been involved with  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.

Dave Milburn

Dave Milburn

Position on the Board: Executive 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 23 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 a past president of Landscape New Brunswick and continues to sit on  various industry committees. 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 are blessed to have two beautiful daughters, Annie and Maggie.

Jordan O'Brien

Jordan O'Brien

Position on the Board: Executive 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. 

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. 

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 has been active in his community as a Dialogue Community Leader, Board member of Dialogue New Brunswick, advisor at Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton (LIPF), and mentor/advisor to numerous local businesses and not for profit organizations. He led 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 and currently co-chairing the Immigration Advocacy Committee of FCOC. He was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs of Atlantic Canada for the year 2020. 

Samantha Bosca

Samantha Bosca

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

Samantha is a Director Senior Commercial Markets 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, Travel Makes Memories 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 attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia 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. This is also where her love of wine blossomed.

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 commence 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. She was hired as an associate with Foster & Company in August 2018.

Catherine works as a civil litigation lawyer and focuses primarily on personal injury and insurance disputes, professional negligence, CPP disability and long-term disability disputes. Catherine also has experience in employment law and prepares Wills and Power of Attorneys. She is currently on maternity leave but prior to her departure, she was beginning to further her practice into immigration law.

Catherine loves being involved with her community; she has been serving on the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice subcommittee since June 2021. This subcommittee seeks to provide access to justice to all those in need and to implement procedures and frameworks that assist in doing just that. Catherine Chairs of the Chamber of Commerce’s Governance Committee which provides the framework for the Board’s compliance in ensuring we maintain the integrity of the Chamber and how we conduct ourselves.

Catherine loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She can be seen around Fredericton supporting local restaurants, breweries, the markets and lots of other small businesses. She is very honored to be serving on the Chamber’s board for a second year.

Victoria Gillan Leitner

Victoria Gillan Leitner

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. 

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. 

Gilles Allain

Gilles Allain

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: The Chalmers Foundation

Gilles Allain holds a B.A. in Communications from l’Université de Moncton (Major in Communications and a Minor in Political Science).  His two children were born at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in the 1990s. His daughter is now a practising family physician in Shediac, NB.  His son holds a Business degree from l’Université de Moncton and currently works at UNI Financial.

Gilles is the founding Chair of the Kent-Sud Chamber of Commerce, the Maritime High School Ringette League and the Louis-J.-Robichaud Foundation in Shediac.  This foundation is named after former New Brunswick Premier Louis-J.-Robichaud and is the name of the high school where Gilles twice served on student council in the early 1980s.  It is still believed to be the only model of its kind in a public high school in Canada.  The group has raised close to $1.5 million since it was started in 2004.  He was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 2011 in Kent County mostly due to his community involvement.

Known as a social entrepreneur, Gilles became CEO of the Chalmers Foundation in May 2017.  He is only the fourth person to lead the organization since 1983.  Gilles is helping the organization change and grow to play a more active role in community health.  In 2019, he negotiated an administrative arrangement with the new Upper River Valley Hospital Foundation and lead the acquisition of the Stan Cassidy Foundation in 2020.  He manages a team of six staff and works with a 17-member Board of Directors.

Gilles married Denise Cameron in 2019 and currently resides on the northside in Fredericton.  He is a long-distance runner, having completed 13 half marathons and multiple 15ks and 10ks.

Tosin Ajibola

Tosin Ajibola

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Welkom-U Inc.

Tosin Ajibola, is a Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur and Co-founder at Welkom-U Inc, a technology enabled start-up, established to help and support newcomers settle in a new community, leveraging technology and digitalizing the experience while achieving retention and promoting socio-economic growth in smaller communities within Canada.

He earned a master’s degree in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He was a recipient of the RBC Community leadership Award in 2020 and a recipient of the Canadian Information Processing Society Award for Leadership in Innovation.

He hails originally from Nigeria and was born to a family of 5, raised by both Prof. & Dr Ajibola along with his two elder siblings.  Prior to immigrating and co-founding Welkom-U Inc in Canada, he worked as a Product Manager for 3 years at Appzone Group, A leading Fintech provider in Africa and led multiple project teams to deliver enterprise solutions at top banks in Africa.

Tosin is a member of the Atlantic Growth Solutions Team, he also serves on the board of Venn Innovation and on the Advisory Board at Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF). Tosin also leads the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the BlackBoysCode, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the future of young black boys through Computer Science and Technology.

Tosin is passionate about solving Problems using technology, as well as promoting social impact. He is inspired to help future entrepreneurs understand the hurdles he faced integrating into a new community, starting a company and how he navigates through them. When he’s not working, Tosin can be found playing basketball, reading books, or playing video games.

Stanley Barnaby

Stanley Barnaby

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative)

Stanley Barnaby is the CEO of the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), a leading Indigenous organization dedicated to working with partners to foster Indigenous economic development in New Brunswick. With a passion for Indigenous business and economic development, Stanley also took on the role of President at the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) in 2021. CANDO is a national organization dedicated to leading community economic development.

Proud member of the Mi’gmaq Listiguj First Nation in Quebec and born in New Hampshire USA, Stanley chose Fredericton as his home while studying Business at the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his B.A, Stanley also holds a First Nation Business Administration certificate, Technological Aboriginal Economic Development certification, Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer certification, Management Development Program certificate, and a master’s certificate in Project Management.

Community is at the heart of Indigenous business and economic development; therefore, wise practice includes planning with the next 7 generations in mind. Stanley supports future business development and capacity building by supporting mentorship for youth and by including elders and knowledge holders into his planning.

Residing in Sitansisk First Nation, an Urban Wolastoqey community situated on the banks of the Wolastoq river, Stanley, his fiancé Megan, and their sons enjoy taking in the music and food scenes that the Capital city has to offer.

Stanley is looking forward to representing Indigenous business alongside allies and neighbors at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

 

Noel Eustace

Noel Eustace

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Instant Imprints Fredericton

Noel and his wife Karen own and operate the Instant Imprints franchise in Fredericton, a complete branding solutions provider, and is the regional franchise developer for Atlantic Canada.

 Noel has been a member of the marketing committee for Fredericton Chamber. Predominately Noel is an entrepreneur. Having owned and developed many businesses within his career, Noel has also worked with several global organizations, bringing experience from multiple industry sectors. Professionally, Noel’s background includes a BBA from Acadia and an MBA from U de M in Marketing, specifically International Marketing and Multicultural Communications. Also, with industry designations, in sales and project management, Noel is also a corporate trainer for other franchisees throughout North America, and is a marketing and strategy consultant for the parent company, Instant Imprints Transatlantic Inc. He also mentors with NBCC’s Oasis entrepreneurship program.

A firm believer of volunteering within the community, Noel has been member of Rotary for over 32 years and is also a past officer of Rotary International. He has served many roles within Rotary, spearheading several bold community initiatives along the way. He continues to serve as the Chair of the Rotary Leadership Institute (Atlantic/Atlantique) and Chair of the Rotary Youth programs within Atlantic Canada and St Pierre Miquelon. He is also certified high-performance hockey coach and an avid sailor. Noel and Karen have three adult children, all living in the greater Fredericton area.

Jenna Evans

Jenna Evans

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Stiletto: Make A Point

Jenna is an experienced project manager, facilitator, and market researcher who excels at energizing and mobilizing teams. She has led complex, multi-stakeholder projects and generated high-impact results for research parks, government, and industry clients. As the Director of Operations and Team Lead at Stiletto: Make a Point, Jenna has guided project teams to success by providing strong, personalized support from the planning stage through implementation. A skilled coordinator and communicator, she takes a proactive approach to involving project partners and maintaining engagement over the course of the project journey.

Jenna is an Master of Business Administration candidate at the University of New Brunswick and she has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing) from UNB. During her undergraduate program, she was selected as a teaching assistant and was the winner of UNB’s 2019 APEX Business Plan Competition. Recognized for her strategic thinking and market intelligence, Jenna has been sought out as a mentor, invited speaker, and APEX Competition judge.

Michelle Paquin

Michelle Paquin

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Spacek Armstrong & Norrad Chartered Professional Accountants

Born and raised in Fredericton, Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 2010. She attended the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy, achieving her CA designation in 2013.

After spending a number of years in the not-for-profit industry in senior finance and executive roles, Michelle re-joined Public Practice as a Senior Manager with Spacek Armstrong & Norrad Chartered Professional Accountants, where she works with individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, providing advisory, tax and assurance services.

Michelle has served in various roles on not-for-profit organizations’ boards and committees through the years. She has a passion for helping small businesses and not-for-profit organizations reach their full potential and enjoys using her experience to help strengthen and give back to the Fredericton community.

Sara Holyoke

Sara Holyoke

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton

Sara Holyoke, with 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry after completing her post-secondary Education in Ontario. She joined CHIP Hospitality as Food and Beverage Manager in 1999, and has advanced through the organization, holding the positions of Director of Human Resources, Regional Director of Human Resources (Atlantic Canada), presently General Manager at the Delta Fredericton; a position she has held for the last sixteen years. Sara owned and operated her own business, Tailored Teamwork a custom teambuilding and facilitation organization working with various companies and organizations for over 8 years.

She has sat on many boards within Fredericton and NB including President of the Fredericton Hotel Association 6 years, Co-President of the New Brunswick Hotel Association 3 years, Holds a seat on the voting committee for TIAC, former Fredericton Chamber Director, Vice President of the Marriott Business Council, and plays a role in many other local, regional philanthropic organizations; Nashwaaksis Y’s men, Brain Tumor Foundation,  Co-chair Delta Fredericton Golf Classic raising +300K over multiple years for Oncology care in NB and Nova Scotia.

Sara has won various awards for the hotel, TIANB Human Resources Award, Leader of the year for CHIP Hospitality nationally, Hotel Leader of the Year Sheraton/Delta Hotels, Hotel of the Year 2013 Delta Hotels & Resorts, various Best Guest Satisfaction & Employee Satisfaction awards, Serve 360 Award for Marriott Canada 2018 and Platinum Achievement for Business Excellence Canada.  Sara was awarded the Opportunities NB Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2019.

She recently completed a Strategic Leadership Certificate with Cornell University and Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.

Sara is a 2 time brain tumor survivor, loves to travel, spend time on her boat and is very close with her family and friends.

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