Board of Directors

Bob Chisholm

Bob Chisholm

Position on the Board: President 2020-2021| 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 just 3 years have collected over 2000 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.

Karen Grant

Karen Grant

Position on the Board: Past President | Company: Kiers Marketing

Karen Grant, President of Kiers Marketing, has been a member of the Fredericton business community since 1984.

Karen Grant, President of Kiers Marketing, has been a member of the Fredericton business community since 1984.

Karen joined Kiers Marketing in 1990, a full-service marketing and design agency that has been in business in Fredericton since 1984, and purchased Kiers in 2002.

Kiers Marketing received a Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in 2011 and was a finalist in the same category in 2017. Karen was the recipient of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 2015.

Karen believes in being involved in and volunteering in her community. Community involvement includes past treasurer for Fredericton District Soccer Association for 12 years (and at one point was also the competitive program director for two years), past member of Soccer New Brunswick’s competitive league, was a member of Fredericton’s Women in Business Network and, prior to joining the Chamber board, a member of several committees of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

Karen is married to Kirby, they have two adult sons – Matt and Adam – who both live and work in Fredericton.

Jeff Saunders

Jeff Saunders

Position on the Board: 1st Vice 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 wife, Shauna, and their daughter, Ella.  He has served as a committee member for various committees of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and the Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation.

Jill Stairs

Jill Stairs

Position on the Board: 2nd 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.

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.

Mark MacKenzie

Mark MacKenzie

Position on the Board: Executive Member | Company: Green Imaging Technologies Inc.

Mark has lived in Fredericton for over 30 years, attending UNB before graduating from Mount Allison University. Mark has made a career in business development and sales, working at several IT companies over the last 20 years. Since 2009, Mark has helped build Green Imaging Technologies from a fledgling start up to a well-established and stable petroleum software company. Mark heads up the sales team and is charge of finding, establishing and growing new markets for GIT’s ever expanding product range.

Mark has laid down deep roots in Fredericton, and he and his wife Melanie are focused and motivated by their two young daughters.

Mark has put action behind his desire to help community development through support of local entrepreneurial initiatives, several mentorship programs and public consultation on economic development. This will be Mark’s second stint on the Chamber Board, having served on the 2010-2012 Board.

Mike Melvin

Mike Melvin

Posiition on the Board: Executive Member | 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.

David Shipley

David Shipley

Position on the Board: Board 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.

Between July 2012 and May 2017 David helped lead the multi-year effort to transform UNB’s approach to cybersecurity. David led UNB’s threat intelligence, cybersecurity awareness and incident response practices before founding Beauceron Security. In 2018, David contributed to the book The Language of Cybersecurity by XML Press.

His experience in managing awareness programs, risk management and incident response helped shape the vision for the Beauceron platform

Geoff Phinney

Geoff Phinney

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Fredericton Toyota

Geoff grew up in Moncton NB and enjoyed numerous sports and a love for cars. He started washing cars after school and in the summer at a local car dealer. He progressed through the different departments before landing a role as a business manager.

Geoff worked in this role for many years before chasing his dream of becoming a professional chef. One summer while vacationing in PEI he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of Canada and went on to graduate and work in the food industry.

Travelling was a passion and Geoff’s new career path enabled him to travel and work as a Chef in numerous locations; Iqaluit, Bermuda and Australia to name a few. Geoff landed a role as a Sous Chef onboard a cruise ship where he spent 2 years travelling around the world seeing all its beauty.

Atlantic Canada kept calling him and eventually he moved home in 2003 where he went back in the car business with Toyota. In 2017 the opportunity to move to the capital city and take over the reigns of Fredericton Toyota presented itself and Geoff jumped at the opportunity.

Geoff is a recent Graduate and class president of the NADA Academy in Tysons Virginia.

Geoff and his wife Tracy believe strongly in community involvement and have been immersing themselves since their arrival in 2017. Through the years Geoff has been involved in coaching both hockey and football and loves the life lessons sport can teach.

Mohamed Khirallah

Mohamed Khirallah

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Roticana Coffee Company Inc.

Mohamed Khirallah is a passionate and committed community leader and a peacemaker.
In 1999, after having his bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from Cairo, followed by one-year postgraduate studies, Mohamed moved to Dubai with his wife in 2001.

He is the founder and CEO of True Vision Designs, a well-known advertising agency started in 2002 in Dubai. Having over 15 years of experience, the company started by providing consumer promotional concepts for marketing activities. Today, True Vision Designs offers professional expertise in advertising and graphic design in here in Canada.

In 2016, Mohamed had the will to start a new chapter in his life. And that is why he moved with his family to Canada. He continues his advertising business by establishing True Vision Designs in Fredericton.

Moreover, Mohamed has started a new venture in coffee business in 2017, realizing his dream of bringing back his family legacy. He is currently the founder and the general manager of Roticana Coffee Company Inc. This bold and ambitious coffee venture is committed to producing the best coffee from the most exquisite beans imported from across the globe using a unique one-touch “state-of-the-art” automation roasting process.

Mohamed believes that perfection is only possible with consistency and precision. For him, it is paramount to put a smile on everyone’s coffee experience.

Mohamed had the honor to be awarded and named as “Champion for Cultural Diversity 2018” for “Immigrant Business”, by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council.

From his activities and professional experience, Mohamed is a true entrepreneur with a great vision to develop his business. Moreover, he is a proactive leader, who strongly believes in giving back to his community.

Krishna Khaitan

Krishna Khaitan

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: AV Group NB Inc. | Aditya Birla Group

Krishna Khaitan is Vice President and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of AV Group. Krishna Khaitan has over 25 years of global experience working in different manufacturing and service industries. Prior to joining AV Group in 2006, Krishna worked in India and South East Asia assuming increasingly responsible roles which have extended well beyond finance and accounting. With an Honors Degree in Commerce, Krishna continued with his education to become a Chartered Accountant. He received his MBA in 2013.
Krishna is a part of the senior management team of AV Group which owns two dissolving grade pulp mills in New Brunswick and a paper grade pulp mill in Ontario. The Group acquired the first mill in Atholville in 1998 and the second mill in Nackawic in 2005 and converted them from bankrupted paper pulp mills into economically sustainable dissolving grade rayon pulp mills. Rayon pulp is exported to make viscose fiber. AV Group employs over 650 direct employees. AV Group was recognized by the NB export award and Atlantic Canada’s Best Employer in the past.

Krishna moved to Fredericton in 2006 with his wife and happily raised their two kids in the community. He has volunteered as a Board member for the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. Krishna’s engagement with the local community is through volunteering with Mactaquac Country Chamber of Commerce, Indo Canadian Association, Forest NB, Canada Forest Product Association Tax Committee, Fredericton Art Alliance etc.

Lindsay Bowman

Lindsay Bowman

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Connors Stilwell

Lindsay is a corporate- commercial and employment lawyer at the firm of Connors Stilwell. Connors Stilwell is New Brunswick’s boutique corporate and tax law firm offering a full suite of personalized corporate, commercial, tax and estate law services and advice. They take pride in developing strong relationships with their clients and becoming their trusted advisors. Lindsay has over ten years of experience working extensively with entrepreneurs working in both the public and private sector. She is a passionate advocate for her clients, her community and the Province of New Brunswick . She’s a proud graduate of St. Thomas University and received her law degree from the University of Alberta.

Lindsay and her husband Paul are the owners of Bowman’s Pharmasave, and were honored to win the 2018 Wilson Insurance Ltd. Start-Up Award at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Lindsay is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the New Brunswick Community College and a past Board member of BioNB, the Fredericton Multi-Cultural Society, the Greater Moncton YMCA and the Fredericton Chapter of Canada Learning Code. Lindsay is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Fredericton and Area Women in Business Network.

Lindsay is thrilled to be able to serve the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and to contribute to a community she is exceptionally fond of.

Shawna Foster

Shawna Foster

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: Moco Downtown

Shawna Foster is the co-owner of MoCo Downtown. She has a diverse background in restaurant management, public accounting, real estate & team development. Shawna holds a B.Sc. in Biology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has also been enrolled in the CGA program and had advanced to the 4th level prior to moving back to New Brunswick. Shawna had always hoped to one day open a restaurant with her chef/ husband Brian. In 2016 with a bit of luck, some help from friends and a lot of hard work, her dream became a reality. Shawna is fully dedicated to the success of MoCo downtown and is extremely hands on in the day-to-day operations. When Shawna isn’t at MoCo, she is spending time with her three children Cole, Morgan & Annabelle.

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. 

Adam Peabody

Adam Peabody

Position on the Board: Board 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.

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. Rob and Betty are parents to two grown children that currently live in Ottawa starting their careers. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Beth Fairbairn

Beth Fairbairn

Position on the Board: Board Member | Company: The Learning Bar

Beth Fairbairn is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Learning Bar, a senior executive responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and efficient business operations of the company, including finance, human resources, contracting and contributing to the execution of the company’s strategic business plan.  

Beth has an Arts degree (English -’93), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA -’97), and a Masters Certificate in Project Management (2009). Beth credits her ability to view issues from multiple perspectives from her extensive national and international business travel experience, working with educators, governments and top executives around the world. Her exposure to culture, education systems and business models has provided her with first hand experience about working within the complexity of other countries.  

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. 

 

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