Mary Alfredsson, Associate Lawyer, Templeman LLP
She received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Mary also obtained her law degree from Queen’s University (Dean’s Honour List).
During her time at law school, Mary was a caseworker for the Queen’s Business Law Clinic where she provided legal services pro bono to small businesses and start ups. She was also an executive on the Queen’s Venture Law Society, and volunteered as the Queen’s Student Liaison for the Frontenac Law Association.
Mary is currently on the board of directors of the Hastings & Prince Edward Law Association and is an executive member of the Quinte Women in Business group.
Christos (Chris) Bakalakis, Director, Tourism & Community Recovery Initiatives, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Chris joined the public service of Canada in 2009 and FedDev Ontario in October 2019 as a Manager, Economic Development. In his management roles, Chris worked in supporting innovation ecosystems and communities, while growing and increasing the visibility of Canada’s tourism sector following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Director, Tourism & Community Recovery he is responsible for the (1) Tourism Relief Fund, (2) the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, and (3) the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative.
Currently acting as acting Director General for Community Recovery and Inclusivity, Chris is responsible for such diverse programming as the Community Futures Program, the Economic Development Initiative, the Black Entrepreneurship Fund, and the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.
Prior to joining FedDev Ontario, Chris had held several positions of increasing responsibility at the Canada Revenue Agency in various compliance roles and the Canada Border Services Agency where he was a Manager, Regional Programs.
Robin Bates, Senior Counsel, Ontario Ombudsman
Robin Bates works as Senior Counsel at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman. Robin studied history at the University of Wisconsin before coming to Canada to earn her JD at the University of Toronto. As Senior Counsel with the Ombudsman, Robin works with the Office’s open meetings and municipal teams and provides legal support and advice to staff more broadly. She also works regularly on systemic investigations — for example, on “Oversight 911,” into how the Ministry of Health oversees patient complaints and incident reports about ambulance services. In addition to her work with the Ombudsman, Robin is a member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Public Sector Lawyers group.
Louis Béland, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network
Raised in an entrepreneurial family and immersed in the community from a young age, Louis Béland is an entrepreneur focused on helping others follow their dreams. Louis has ventured into many different business sectors, including media production, an integrations startup in New Zealand, and an artisanal roastery and coffee shop for which he earned himself Young Entrepreneur awards two years in a row.
Louis’ most recent successes came as a regional director for the Société économique de l’Ontario where he led youth initiatives and entrepreneurial support initiatives for the francophone communities of Ontario, as well as building the largest GrowthWheel certified business advisors team in Canada, a team specialized in helping business owners make the best possible decisions. You will now find Louis spearheading workforce development projects with the Eastern Ontario Training Board and agri-food initiatives with the EOAN, combining his expertise and passion to help communities throughout Eastern Ontario.
Jeff Brown, Director of Field Marketing, Calix
Jeff Brown is Director of Product & Field Marketing for Calix. Jeff has been at Calix for four and a half years, developing strategic growth segments for the company. He has extensive experience building and growing broadband businesses for network operators, having spent over 25 years leading Business Development, Product, Marketing and Sales organizations for companies including Windstream, Zayo, Covad, Suddenlink, Sprint and MCI. He resides in the greater Chicago area in Naperville, Illinois.
Joanna Bull, Senior Counsel, Ontario Ombudsman
Joanna Bull works as Senior Counsel at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman. Joanna studied geography and environmental studies at Queen’s University before returning to Toronto to earn her LLB at Osgoode Hall and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University. Before joining the Ontario Ombudsman, she articled and worked as Counsel with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a charity dedicated to using legal tools to protect and restore the lake for swimming, drinking, and fishing. Joanna’s interests in maps, cities, municipal law, and public participation have found a home with the Ombudsman’s open meetings and municipal teams.
Nigel Bellchamber, Amberley Gavel Ltd.
Nigel Bellchamber has been a CAO for two Counties, and a City Treasurer. A former President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association, and Past Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada, and AMO Board member his municipal association contributions have been significant.
With Fred Dean, he has delivered hundreds of municipal training sessions and continues a consulting practice that includes recruiting CAOs and other senior municipal staff.
Nigel and Fred have been responsible for dozens of Investigations of municipal closed meetings and have also served as Integrity Commissioner through their firm Amberley Gavel Ltd.
Trevor Dauphinee, CEO, Invest Ontario
Trevor brings over 20 years of progressive experience in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, Trevor was Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. Leading the Industry and Sector Strategy Division, Trevor played a fundamental role in the government’s efforts to secure key investments in the manufacturing, technology and life sciences sectors. He also held roles at the province’s Treasury Board and the Ministry of Infrastructure, where he specialized in capital planning and the development of social and health infrastructure.
Trevor’s private sector experience includes more than a decade in the automotive, chemical, and consulting sectors, including extensive sales and account management with Dow Chemical.
Trevor is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s MBA program, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.
Fred Dean, Amberley Gavel Ltd.
Fred Dean is a former municipal solicitor with over forty years of experience in the field. He spent 23 of those as solicitor for the City of Sudbury and over twenty years as a sole practitioner serving municipalities. He has served Councils across Ontario and continues to provide in person and electronic training for Councils and staff as the situation warrants.
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP
Tony Fleming is a Partner in the Land Use Planning and Development Group, Environmental Group and the Municipal Group at Cunningham Swan. Tony is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law (Local Government/ Land Use Planning and Development). As a Certified Specialist, Tony has demonstrated expertise in the fields of municipal law and land use planning and development law.
Tony provides advice to municipalities and private sector companies on all aspects of land use planning and development as well as environmental law. Our municipal clients consult Tony on all aspects of municipal governance and complex land use planning matters. Tony appears frequently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to defend decisions of municipal Councils and Committees of Adjustment. Tony also appears regularly before the Assessment Review Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal. In addition, Tony appears in all levels of Ontario Courts on administrative law matters, including defending challenges to municipal by-laws.
Currently, Tony is appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for more than 45 municipalities. Prior to joining Cunningham Swan, Tony was Senior Legal Counsel with the City of Kingston. Tony focused on providing advice on land use planning and development and environmental law with the City of Kingston, building on his experience in private law firms in Toronto where Tony practised as a land use planning and environmental lawyer.
Dean French, Director – Stronach International Inc.
Dean French has been advising Canada’s business families, and political leaders for more than 25 years. His company, and it’s leaders share a view that Canada is a nation of entrepreneurs and can benefit from the hard work, innovation and drive of these individuals.
That’s why he founded Keystone. What started as a recognition award for the Top 10 business owners in every riding is becoming one the most powerful business lobbies in the country (https://deanfrench.com/)
“ Without his leadership, and vision, Keystone would not exist. Dean has had success, in business, sport, and politics, and his advice has always proven to be invaluable. “ Frank Stronach, Founder, Magna.
Dean is the former Chairman of Team Canada Lacrosse, Chaired the winning 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, and served as Chief of Staff to Premier Doug Ford during the government’s first year of administration.
Dean French served on the Bishop’s University Board of Governors, the university from which he graduated in 1991 having studied business and economics, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
In addition to leading Dean French Advisor Co. and Keystone, Dean currently serves on the Stronach International board of directors.
Kirsten Gardner, County Councilor, The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Kirsten Gardner has worked in public service for more than 25 years. From education to victim services, economic development to tourism. Past professional roles have included senior manager with ServiceOntario, manager at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, and project facilitator with the Upper Canada District School Board.
A passionate advocate for local communities and mental health, Gardner is Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of South Dundas, Counties Councillor at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry, and a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified mental health first-aid instructor.
Her current volunteer work includes a board member for the Victim Services of SDG&A and director of the Friends of Grand Trunk 1008 restoration group at Upper Canada Village. Currently she also has several council related appointments including the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the St. Lawrence River Institute. She is also parent council chair at Morrisburg Public School and served as that school’s representative during the 2016-17 pupil accommodation review process initiated by the UCDSB. Gardner lives in Morrisburg with her husband Chuck, son Gardner, and daughter Reagan.
Rick Hardy-Cheam VP, Sales & Marketing, 1VALET
Rick Hardy-Cheam has been the driving force behind sales and marketing at 1VALET since the company’s inception in 2018. Formerly a Sales Team Leader with the Ottawa Senators, Rick’s knowledge of the Proptech space and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) have propelled him to become a thought leader within the industry. His direct sales leadership and business acquisition strategies have been instrumental in helping 1VALET achieve its tremendous growth, resulting in the Ottawa/Gatineau-based company’s evolution into an industry leader within the Proptech space.
Stephanie Jaworski, County Councilor, The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Stephanie Jaworski is a first-term member of the Township of South Glengarry municipal council. Elected as Councillor in 2018, Stephanie was appointed Deputy Mayor in December 2021 and is a County Councillor at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.
Stephanie is an advocate for preserving rural schools, a passion that was prompted by 2016-2017 Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR). Stephanie was Vice-Chair of the successful Save Char-Lan campaign. This experience led Stephanie to become involved in municipal politics. Stephanie is an active participant on Williamstown Public and Char-Lan District High School Parent Councils and is a member of the UCDSB Parent Involvement Committee. She is also on the Executive of the province wide municipal advocacy group, the Community Schools Alliance.
Stephanie was born in Montreal and grew up in the Laurentians of Quebec. After graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering, she began her professional career with Imperial Oil. As a Field Application Advisor, Stephanie provides technical support and guidance to large industrial customers across Canada on the next generation of diesel products, including additized diesel and bio and renewable diesels.
Stephanie moved to South Glengarry, Ontario in 2005 where she was joined by her husband Ron. Together, they own and operate Old 4th Hop Yard, a Certified Organic hop farm. They have three active children – Adessa, Roman and Zena – in elementary school.
Vikram Khurana, Chairman, Toronto Business Development Centre
Vikram (Vik) Khurana is the Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) – a leading business incubator that has been locally, nationally, and internationally recognized for its efforts in nurturing the growth of new and emerging businesses in Ontario. Mr. Khurana serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canada Post Community Foundation, Board of Directors of Ontario Capital Growth Corporation and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He is the founder of a number of multinational businesses including Prudential Consulting, Inc. and Leading System Consultants and has advised multinational organizations in Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled services, and business process outsourcing.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Khurana worked at TD Bank and served on the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, the Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce. He was an honorary member of the Board of Governors at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto. Mr. Khurana is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes and Covid relief.
Jennifer Lamantia, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Board
Prior to joining the Workforce Development Board (WDB) in 2017, Jennifer Lamantia spent many years in the educational publishing industry supporting workforce development and career pathways through her work in education textbook development, acquisitions and sales. Following her career in publishing, she worked for 12 years in business development for a national not-for-profit where she managed the development and implementation of new and innovative services for the education and corporate sectors. For over four years, Jennifer has enjoyed the opportunity to work locally as the CEO of WDB where they deliver responsive workforce development solutions through a range of services, resources, and partnerships including the Labour Market Information Help Desk.
Tariq Ismati, Regional Director, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Tariq joined the Ontario Public Service in 2017, following an accomplished public and humanitarian career in with the government of Afghanistan, United Nations, and International organizations. Tariq is the Regional Director for Eastern Region, Employment and Training Division with MLISTD, and previously held the Regional Director position for the Central Region. Tariq considers Ontario as his second home and joined public service to continue serving communities and make a positive difference in their lives.
François Landry, Deputy Mayor, Township of North Stormont
François Landry has been a resident of North Stormont all his life, and is Manager of operation/Survey technician Annis, O’Sullivan, Vollebekk ltd Ontario Land Surveyors for 35 years.
Mr. Landry currently serves as Deputy-Mayor for the Township of North Stormont, a councillor for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and a past board member of the South Nation Conservation Authority.
In his spare time Frank enjoys volunteering for local organizations in his communities.
Denis Lapierre, Senior Business Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Denis Lapierre is a Senior Business Advisor with the Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, based in Eastern Ontario and covering the Counties of Stormont Dundas & Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, and Leeds-Grenville. Denis is bilingual (English/French) and has over 25 years general business management experience, where he occupied human resources management, project management and business development roles. Denis strives to build strong long-term relationships with established Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Eastern Ontario; helping clients to access programs and services that support business growth and expansion.
Nour Mazloum, Marketing & Communications Manager, Kingston Economic Development
Nour is the Marketing & Communications Manager, in her role, she leads the development, writing and production of business collaterals, media strategies, and organizing events. Nour is also a Director at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s (EDCO) Board of of Director and the Chair of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Nour is the recipient of the 2021 EDCO’s President Award for her commitment to the profession. Nour graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Philosophy and Political Studies.
Prior to her role at Kingston Economic Development, Nour worked as a Project Intern at Queen’s University and as a Communications Associate for Queen’s IT Services. Nour was the Chair of the Policy Committee at Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and had been on its Board of Directors for two years and was also a Director and Secretary on the Sustainable Kingston Board.
Karen Fischer, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Karen Fischer is an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, working as part of a very dynamic team of Community Economic Development (CED) professionals with OMAFRA. She has worked with rural municipalities, organizations, Indigenous communities and businesses for 22 years, as a coach, facilitator, trainer, and collaborator, building partnerships and providing resources and tools to help increase economic and community development capacity.
She has an in-depth knowledge and is very passionate about helping to build vibrant and vital rural communities using numerous CED tools, programs and resources. She has particular expertise and interest in business retention and expansion, strategic planning and organizational development, business and community development, Teeny Tiny communities, and supporting the local food sector. Karen has demonstrated a significant commitment to learning, unlearning and facilitating conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion within her unit, branch and Ministry, and is working with her CED team to deliver programming to external clients using a DEI lens.
Karen is a white settler, and resides on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee Nations, adjacent to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in the rural village of Consecon on beautiful Wellers Bay. She is an avid volunteer in the community and beyond, and has a great love for the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, motorcycling, camping, and finding joy in the moment.
Serena Viola, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Serena Viola is an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor serving clients across Western Ontario. She supports economic development programs such as Analyst and First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE).
She has experience working with rural communities on a variety of tops including food security, community health, affordability, and attraction and retention of newcomers. She is passionate about aiding economic development by creating welcoming and inclusive communities.
Serena is a white settler who resides on the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee, Attiwonderonk, and Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. She enjoys visiting local farmers markets and community gardens.
Ian Murdoch, Director Business Development, Cambium Inc.
Ian Murdoch is a Director, Business Development for Cambium Inc. Ian has been working with the private and public sectors for over 17 years to support and advise in real estate/land and portfolio development across Ontario. Ian’s strategy has always been to approach complex scenarios with an overarching lens that combines industry best practices, financial viability and client end goals to achieve sustainable solutions.
Carla Y. Nell, Vice-President, Corporate Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Innovation, IESO
Carla Y. Nell is the IESO’s Vice-President, Corporate Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Innovation. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the areas of communications, stakeholder engagement, government relations, and innovation, and managing and enhancing all relationships on behalf of the IESO.
Ms. Nell has extensive senior leadership and operational experience within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Her expertise includes development of comprehensive stakeholder relations and advocacy strategies, overseeing business initiatives to ensure a robust and responsive customer experience; and fostering transparency and mutual accountability for internal and external stakeholder audiences to transform relationships into true partnerships.
Prior to joining the IESO, most recently Ms. Nell served as the President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
Ms. Nell holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, completed her Masters degree at Western University, and is a paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. She is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Empire Club of Canada.
Dr. Jessica Ng, Director Policy & Government Affairs TIAO
Jessica is a public policy professional with over five years of experience in policy research, analysis, and development. In addition to PhD training in social policy (London School of Economics), she brings experience working with political parties and administrations to influence decision makers in Canada and the UK. Previously, she taught global public policy seminars at the London School of Economics and the LSE-Peking University Summer School in Beijing.
Jeff Pajot, Health & Safety Consultant & Ergonomist- Government, Municipal & Education Sectors, Public Services Health & Safety Association
Jeff Pajot is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Ergonomist (CCPE) with 34 years of experience. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. He joined the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) in 2007. Jeff has gained experience in a wide variety of industries and at PSHSA he specializes in Municipal and Education Health & Safety. He has taught ergonomics and occupational health and safety courses at Algonquin College for many years. Jeff completed his certificate in Occupational Health and Safety at Algonquin College in 2007. Learn more about Jeff at LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-pajot/76/313/716
Stephen Paul, Director, Community and Development Services, Lennox and Addington County
Stephen is the Director, Community and Development Services for Lennox and Addington County. His portfolio includes Economic Development, Tourism, Land Use Planning, Public Libraries and Museums.
Prior to returning home to Lennox and Addington, Stephen worked for the City of Toronto Tourism Department as a producer of large scale events and festivals. He is a Past President of the Great Waterway Regional Tourism Organization and the Ontario East Economic Development Commission.
Stephen is an active member of the community. He is the President of Softball Napanee and has been the Chair of numerous national sporting events that have been hosted in Lennox and Addington.
Stephen is a graduate of Queen’s University.
Jean-Pierre Poulin – President/Partner, Devcore | 1Valet
Devcore is led by its founder and serial entrepreneur Jean-Pierre Poulin who has overseen the tremendous growth of multiple companies including Devcore and 1Valet since day one. JP is committed to delivering high quality buildings on time and on budget. Devcore has now grown to over 2600 units in Ontario and Quebec. JP the founder of a tech-startup called 1Valet which services the real estate industry by introduction of the smart building concept. 1Valet is a connected software that offers a unique and frictionless smart living experience to residents and building operators. The platform has smart features such as a smart entry system, mobile resident app, touch concierge service, building controls, in-suite connectivity, parcel scanning, remote management, and so much more.
Before Founding 1VALET and Devcore, JP was a franchisee of Giant Tiger and managed 3 stores in the Ottawa area. After Giant Tiger, JP founded a company called 3DVisit.com which was sold. JP also serves on the board of the SAQ and brings his ideas passion for innovation to the Quebec alcohol board.
Abdul Razak Jendi, Investment Manager, Sustainable Manufacturing, Kingston Economic Development
Abdul Razak is a seasoned international economic developer with expertise in international trade and FDI in North America, Europe & Asia. He currently holds the position of Investment Manager for sustainable manufacturing at Kingston Economic Development in which he oversees programs to support companies to grow and expand. He also spearheads the initiative to position Kingston on Canada’s EV roadmap, as well as align the city’s ecosystem with Canada’s 2050 net-zero emission target. Abdul Razak also serves on the SWITCH Board of Directors which is dedicated to improving the environmental and economic sustainability of Southeastern Ontario. Throughout his career, Abdul Razak gained experience working in organizations that are publicly traded, privately held, family-owned, and non-profit.
Before joining the Kingston Economic Development team, Abdul Razak held the position of Economic Development Manager at ROI, a Montreal-based consulting firm, playing a pivotal role in managing and delivering lead generation programs, in-market representation, and industry analysis for domestic and international clients in Canada, the USA, and Europe. In the United Arab Emirates, he managed over 100 contracts worth $6.5 billion while working with National Central Cooling Co PJSC (DFM:TABREED). Working in the steel industry, Abdul Razak closed several deals including a landmark steel pipes deal from Turkey to India worth $14 million to build a chemical processing plant. Abdul Razak also served as the Deputy Director for the Global New York Canada Office assisting companies to expand and grow in the State of New York, as well as supporting New York based companies to enter the Canadian market.
Brought up and raised in the United Arab Emirates Abdul Razak graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics from the American University of Sharjah and is currently completing his Master’s in Economics at Concordia University.
Jim Sanders, Senior Vice President, Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc
In his role as SVP Operations, Jim is primarily accountable for the construction, operations and maintenance of the Ontario and Quebec natural gas distribution systems serving 3.9 million industrial, power, commercial and residential customers. These systems serve 12 million people in 313 municipalities and 24 First Nations communities.
Jim has been with Enbridge for 16 years of his 36 year career holding executive roles in engineering, asset management and operations for the power and gas business units. He has held the role of president for
Gazifere , Niagara Gas Transmission and Enbridge Gas Distribution. His career includes experience with natural gas, renewable natural gas, oil, wind, solar, hydrogen and nuclear, with a primary focus on natural gas distribution, transmission and storage.
He is a professional engineer in Ontario, a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and a graduate from McMaster University with a Master of Engineering and Public Policy.
Jennifer Savini, Partner, Templeman LLP
Jennifer is Certified Specialist in Municipal Law (Local Government/Land Use Planning and Development). She advises clients on development agreements and by-laws, provides legal opinions on municipal, planning and environmental issues, regularly represents clients before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), and the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT).
Jennifer has extensive experience in municipal enforcement proceedings such as zoning and property standards by-law prosecutions and court proceedings relating to the enforcement of statutes such as the Building Code Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Jennifer regularly appears before the Provincial Offences Court and Superior Court of Justice on behalf of Municipalities,Conservation Authorities, Health Units and other government institutions, and has also appeared before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.
Also experienced in civil litigation matters, Jennifer represents clients in contractual and property disputes as well as insurance defence matters involving municipal liability issues.
Jennifer has been with the firm since her articles and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009.
Originally from Campbellford, Jennifer obtained her Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Guelph in 2002. After graduating, Jennifer worked at Environment Canada studying vehicle emissions and smog patterns, and as a chemist for a private pharmaceutical testing and consulting company in Toronto. Jennifer attended law school at Queens’s University, where she obtained her J.D. in 2008.
Jennifer is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Hastings County Law Association, the Frontenac Law Association and the Rotary Club of Belleville, and sits on the volunteer Board of Directors for First Adventure Child Development Centre.
Iain Storosko, Program Development Specialist, Rural Ontario Institute
Iain Storosko, Rural Housing Information System Program Specialist Iain comes from a background in agricultural research, client support, and business development. His interest in rural development comes from years working in the agriculture industry and supporting research program development in a variety of different rural settings across the country. He holds a BSc in Environmental Geography from the University of Guelph and enjoys a good mountain hike, long bike ride, or playing the mandolin. Iain is currently living in Ottawa.
Mike Temple, Regional Senior Manager, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Mike is a regional senior manager with MLISTD responsible for leading the operational elements of the Eastern Region along with his partner managers. Mike joined the OPS in 2013 following an accomplished career in the private sector leading quality assurance and lean initiatives. Mike has spent the last several years revamping the region’s approach to community development and stakeholder partnership. This work has recently been recognized and is being expanded provincially.
Richard Webster, International Education Manager, Community Development St. Lawrence College
Richard Webster is currently St. Lawrence College’s (SLC) first International Education Manager, Community Development and part-time faculty member. Prior to this, he was SLC’s Internationalization Lead where he developed the College’s first Global Engagement Strategy. Richard has over 15 years of professional experience, including leadership and senior advisory roles for the City of Kingston, a number of provincial ministries and international organizations, including the Ontario Public Service’s Diversity Office, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner and UNICEF Canada, among others.
Richard’s background, experience and education is steeped in inclusivity, community development and global engagement. He holds a BA (Hons) in Political Studies and International Political Economy from Trent University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Humber College, three European Masters (cum laude) in such concentrations as migration, social cohesion and ethnic studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad de Deusto and University College Dublin as well as a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion at Centennial College.
Angela Webber, Director, Major Programs, Rogers Communications
With over 20 years of experience at Rogers Communications, Angela has had a dynamic career spanning across various parts of the organization. Her strategic and collaborative approach to learning and enablement, sales performance, channel marketing & operations, as well as serving as the chair of the Eastern Ontario Inclusion & Diversity committee, has put her at the top of the telecommunications industry. Most recently, her journey brought her to the Service Expansion team.
As Director Major Accounts, she is accountable for the expansion of fibre builds in Eastern Ontario and the Atlantic as well as the partnership with EORN.
Angela resides in rural Ottawa with her husband and spends her free time as an amateur beekeeper. As a rural resident, she understands the importance of ensuring every Canadians has access to services to keep them connected.
Martha Woods, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Training Board
The EOTB has been supporting workforce development activities for almost 25 years. Its mandate is to ensure access to quality local labour market information, identify gaps /job opportunities / training needs and help job seekers obtain skills and employment. The agency also addresses the needs of newcomers to our community.
Martha’s history with the Eastern Ontario Training Board (EOTB) began over 15 years ago; she handled the agency’s day-to-day activities, alongside a handful of co-workers. Her dedication, determination and vision for the EOTB was evident from the beginning, and when the Executive Director’s position became available in 2017, the decision to transition Martha into this new role was a no-brainer. The organization has since grown significantly. The EOTB now employs 15 staff members and currently administers a dozen projects which have had a demonstrated impact on the workforce in the area.
Martha works closely with our community partners to help address all levels of workforce development and is also a board member of the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), the Cornwall Planning Programs Evaluation Group (CPPEG) and the Cornwall Police Association.
Jennifer Wood, MCIP RPP Associate, FOTENN
Jennifer is a Registered Planner and Associate at Fotenn Planning and Design at the firm’s Kingston office. She has over 10 years of experience in development and policy planning, and has taken a lead role on a wide range of projects, including residential infill projects, large-scale mixed-use developments and redevelopment of institutional lands. In addition to land development, she provides planning support for various land use planning policy projects including official plan and zoning by-law reviews.