2020 Board of Directors Election
We have a full ballot of experienced and energetic candidates running for the Board of Directors. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote for the candidate(s) of your choice who will represent the interests, voice and perspective of our membership!
Deadline for voting is Friday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.
For the position of 2nd Vice Chair
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Cal LeGrow Insurance and Financial Group
Kevin graduated with a blistering 67% average from Memorial University of NL with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992. Upon graduation he smartened up and spent six years with M5 Advertising followed by four years as Director of Marketing and Sales with Labatt Breweries (Atlantic Canada).
In late 2001, Kevin Co-founded the IDEA Factory with Ed Roche. Together, with their team, their agency has been named Progress Marketer of the Year, received the Business Excellence Award from the St. John’s Board of Trade and in 2011 Kevin was named as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada.
In April 2016, Kevin decided to step away from his day-to-day role with the IDEA Factory and joined Cal LeGrow Insurance and Financial Group as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing as they embarked on a growth strategy in Atlantic Canada. In September 2018, Jeff LeGrow and Rod Vatcher announced Kevin as the newest shareholder and partner with Atlantic Canada’s largest Independent Commercial brokerage.
He is a Paul Harris Fellowship award winner from Rotary International, has kissed Richard Simmons all in the name of raising money for breast cancer and through the Toy Factory has helped donated almost $500,000 to much needed causes in Newfoundland and Labrador. His passion for community investment is now fuelled by the Cal LeGrow Foundation with a plan to raise $1,000,000 (the current scoreboard is $260,000 and growing).
He lives in St. John’s with his wife Linda and daughter Olivia and when he isn’t pushing the marketing and sales agenda he is fighting the impact of his ‘pug-like’ genes at a local gym doing burpees and push-ups.
Feltham & Associates
Is the principal of Feltham & Associates, Chartered Professional Accountants, and has over 25 years of experience in audit, accounting and taxation, systems design, and business management at a senior level.
She is committed to working with the business community in our region and has developed a connection with businesspersons and professionals across the province and beyond in serving on the boards of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of NL (from Treasurer to Chair, 2015 – 2018), Atlantic Canada Chamber of Commerce Board (Treasurer to Chair 2013 – 2017), Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2016-2017), Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer to Chair 2008 – 2013) and the Certified General Accountants Association of NL (Chair 2011-2012 and 2007-2008). She has also participated in the taxation and finance committee and other advocacy roles with the St. John’s Board of Trade since 2006 and for the past two years, has served as a board director with this organization.
In her continued commitment to her profession, Debra has served as Chair of the CGA Canada (CGAC) National Professional Standards Committee and as a member of the Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct workgroup as well as the Public Practice Professional Engagement Guide committee. She continues to serve as a member of the CPA Canada PIVOT Magazine Editorial Board. In 2007, Debra was awarded her FCGA (Fellowship) designation for her outstanding contributions to the profession. And in 2012, Debra received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from NLOWE in two categories including “Visionary” and “Innovation” for her use of technology and innovation in providing service to clients across Canada.
Debra is passionate about the local business community and its contribution to, and interaction with all levels of government and within the Newfoundland economy.
For the position of Director
Senior Account Manager
Business Development Bank of Canada
Following graduation from Memorial University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Business and Arts, Blair travelled across Canada in a variety of business development roles with RSA Insurance. While living in Halifax, Calgary, and Vancouver he worked alongside a diverse range of people and businesses. Collecting plenty of great stories along the way.
Blair returned to Newfoundland in 2014 to raise his daughter Quinn with his wife Charlene in their home province. This meant shifting careers into industrial safety products distribution with Grainger. In this role, he built strong relationships with municipal fire departments, local construction companies and North Atlantic Refining. Two years later, Blair was awarded Top Account Manager in Atlantic Canada. A proven result of hard work and family support.
In 2018, Blair became a Senior Account Manager with the Business Development Bank of Canada where he continues today. In this role he supports entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey. Blair has worked with small and medium-sized enterprises across the province in retail, tourism, the fishery and other industries. Often collaborating with multiple teams and resources to help clients grow their business.
Blair began volunteering with the St. John’s Board of Trade in 2019 as an Ambassador. He’s participated in outreach campaigns and has helped members make valuable connections. Blair hopes to further his involvement with the Board of Trade and its members as a Director.
Vice President, Engineering and Energy Supply
Newfoundland Power Inc.
Byron Chubbs is Vice President, Engineering and Energy Supply, for Newfoundland Power Inc., a company that has proudly served the people of our province for 135 years.
Byron is responsible for energy supply, system planning, engineering and information technology. He also has corporate responsibility for inclusion and diversity.
Byron joined Newfoundland Power in 2006, holding progressively senior roles including Director, Eastern Region, and Director, Operations Technology. In 2016, he joined our sister company, Maritime Electric, as Vice President, Customer Service, with responsibility for transmission and distribution operations, safety, customer service and communications. Byron rejoined Newfoundland Power in July 2018 as Vice President, Energy Supply and Planning.
Under Byron’s leadership, the Company is looking to the future with a focus on sustainability and innovation.
Byron is from St. Lewis in Labrador and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has completed the Advanced Leadership Program at Memorial’s Gardiner Institute.
Byron is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland & Labrador. Byron also serves on the Canadian Electrical Association's Distribution Council and National Emerging Issues Committee.
Paul M. Currie
Quikprint Services Ltd.
Paul is the second generation owner of his family’s business, Quikprint Services Ltd. He is a graduate of Memorial University’s B.Comm (Co-op) program (2001), where he was the recipient of the James P. Steinhauer Memorial Scholarship in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Paul spent a term at Memorial’s Harlow Campus studying international business in 2000 and completed work terms in government in both St. John’s, NL and Ottawa, ON. During that time, he also served as an Officer (Captain) in the Canadian Armed Forces, Cadet Instructor Cadre, working with Cadets across the country and internationally at local units and summer training centres.
Following his graduation, he went directly to work as the General Manager of Quikprint Services. Under his leadership, since 2001, the company has grown over 300 percent in sales, and is a recognized leader in their industry for quality and service, having won the Consumer Choice Award 6 years. He purchased the company from his father and became President of Quikprint in 2013. Paul recently joined with a group of colleagues within Atlantic Canada to revive the Atlantic Printing and Imaging Association to promote and develop the industry during and following Covid-19 in the region.
Paul has been an active community volunteer and leader, and is the past president of the St. John’s Curling Club and the Business Association of Newfoundland Labrador (BANL). He currently serves as Treasurer at BANL, and sits as a director on the boards of the Atlantic Printing and Imaging Association, Special Olympics NL and St. John’s Minor Baseball Association. He is a member of Canadian Progress Club St. John’s and has volunteered with the Vera Perlin Society. Paul has also volunteered in coaching and leadership roles with the Guards Athletic Association, St. John’s Amateur Baseball, and currently coaches his son’s Avalon Celtics Minor Hockey and St. John’s Minor Baseball teams.
Paul resides in Torbay with his wife Jillian, and their two children, Cameron and Isabella. Being a Dad is his favourite part of life, but he also enjoys camping, playing golf, watching sports, and a good glass of port.
A proud Newfoundlander, Paul has a strong belief in supporting and promoting local employment and opportunities, and would be honoured to have your support to bring his experience and knowledge to the Board of Trade’s board of directors.
m5 group of companies
Heather has been a driving force behind the continuing success story that is the m5 group of companies. In fact, she’s spent the last twenty years helping to influence and grow the marketing sector both here and abroad. Visionary. Strategic. Creative. Her talent has helped the agency grow to be the largest marketing and communications firm in Atlantic Canada by gathering together an impressive client list that includes Subway Canada, General Motors, Tourism Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada and Fortis.
Heather tackles each challenge with methodical insight and ten-level-deep thinking that inspires creative answers for every audience. Along with her team, Heather has led the implementation of marketing programs throughout Canada and the United States. Her approach is based on a commitment to using data, analytics and research to build strong understanding and a focused strategy powered by the digital space. Her experience has led to key sector strengths in tourism, energy, retail, seafood and education.
Prior to assuming ownership of m5, Heather served in multiple senior management roles within the organization including Chief Management Officer with group m5, President of m5 Interactive and Executive Vice-President of m5 marketing communications. She is frequently asked to share her knowledge on the latest in the marketing space at conferences, industry panels and webinars.
Keeping her busy outside the office are two kiddies, Molly and William and a rambunctious Boston terrier named Bowie. Here, Heather plays the role of chief scheduler, chauffeur, official snack maker and avid cheerleader. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Team Broken Earth and the Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation. In 2018, she was nationally recognized with the Canadian Senate 150th Anniversary medal for her volunteer work.
Guest Services and Housekeeping Manager
Alt Hotel St. John’s
Clarah Germain comes from a long family tradition in the hotel and restaurant industry that started back in the 1950s in Quebec City. Germain Hotels now owns and operates a total of 18 hotels across Canada (Le Germain Hotels, Alt Hotels, and Escad Hotels).
With a strong background and training in Communications from the University of Montreal, Clarah started her career in public relations at National PR in 2006, a renowned marketing/communications company based in Montreal. In 2011, and following her very popular food blog in the Metropole, Clarah was hired as a content creator and became manager of global communications for Sid Lee, one of Canada’s biggest creative agencies. In 2015, after having supported corporate communications and digital presence for an important Quebec TV studio for over a year, Clarah joined the family business as a content and social media manager for Germain Hotels, overlooking social media for the Le Germain, Alt, and Escad Hotels.
Clarah has always been involved in her community and would find ways to give back wherever she could. While living in Montreal, she was on the board of directors for Le Garde Manger pour tous, an organization that feeds kids in need in their school. Over the years, Clarah also worked with charitable organizations dedicated to stopping homelessness and addressing food security. For her, being connected with the local community and acting as a good corporate citizen is a must.
Clarah’s love for St.John’s and it’s people started a few years back when she visited the city with her partner for the first time. She would say that on that day forward, her « secret dream » was to move there one day. Needless to say that when the Germain Group expanded its operations in St-John’s with the Alt Hotel, and her partner was offered to become chef and partner at Terre Restaurant, that was all she needed to make the move and reconnect with her roots/DNA in the hotel-and-restaurant business.
After an intensive operations training in a few of the company’s hotels, Clarah is now the Guest Services and Housekeeping Manager at Alt Hotel St.John’s. In this capacity, in addition to overseeing guest and room related services, she helps to manage Terre Café and handles marketing and social media for both Terre Restaurant and Café.
Clarah is a well-rounded executive who’s leadership skills have served her well in achieving results, mobilizing her teams, collaborating with partners, or innovating and creating. Above all, strong core values are part of Clarah’s DNA. To top it off, her warm and spirited personality have greatly contributed to her success and do reflect a true passion for people and relationship building.
Jackman Eye Institute and Lens & LASIK
Stephen has over 20 years experience in professional real estate and healthcare environments across the Atlantic Region. In his current role, Managing Director at Jackman Eye Institute and Lens & LASIK, he is business lead for a nationally leading private and public medical facility with multiple businesses and brands. Prior to this, he was Director, Atlantic Canada, for Slate Asset Management, joining the company after 15 years with Fortis Properties, following the company’s $430 million purchase of Fortis Properties real estate holdings in 2015. At Slate Stephen oversaw 2.6 million square feet of commercial real estate with an asset value of half a billion dollars and a team of 100 third party property managers and leasing professionals.
From positive tenant relations in real estate to exceptional patient care in medicine, Stephen strongly believes growth is achieved and sustained through client satisfaction, solid partnerships and fair business decisions - no matter the industry.
Stephen has previously served as Board of Director for BOMA NL and the St. John’s Downtown Development Commission.
Stephen is an alumnus of Memorial University, MBA (2001) and BComm (1998).
Matthew Y. Jacobs
Matthew graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2014 with a degree in Arts (Psychology) and University of New Brunswick in 2018 with a juris doctor.
Matthew articled and practiced in Halifax with Stewart McKelvey and later joined the firm’s St. John’s office in 2019. While articling and practicing, he had the privilege of assisting and supporting Stewart McKelvey mostly with corporate and commercial transactions, many of which involve members of the St. John’s Board of Trade. In particular, Matthew was lucky to be part of a team that provided representation to a REIT in an almost $200 million dollar sale of a property portfolio – even if he had to miss Tiger winning the Masters to do it.
Aside from his general practice, Stewart McKelvey supports Matthew in keeping a small pro-bono practice, where he assists charities and not-for-profits. Most recently, Matt has assisted in the establishment of The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Community Foundation Inc., whose purpose is to fundraise and support non-core police programs in our community with a particular focus on mental health. Specifically, Matthew helps these entities with matters of corporate governance, organization, and legal compliance.
In his spare time, Matthew tries to stay in shape in the community at either CrossFit 709, Modo Yoga, or trail-running/hiking with his Australian Shepherd (Oscar).
Senior Talent Consultant
JF started his entrepreneur career early having started and sold 2 successful businesses by the age of 28. He has been known in the business circles as a connector as he strongly believes in the value of helping his local business community and partnering with like minded individuals and companies (hence his work as a Senior Talent Consultant with Venor). He has written a book and created a workshop helping young and experienced professionals in their search for passion and their dream job as well as participated in many programs with the local Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador chapter. In addition, he is a proud member of TechNL and works with the Computer Technology Society of NL assisting local technology professionals flourish. He is also a member of the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management team.
JF received a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in 2005, earned his Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) Certification from the Institute of Professional Management in 2016 and most recently completed a Professional Certificate in Human Resources Development from the University of California at Berkeley.
Outside of work, JF is an avid outdoor enthusiast with an affinity for fishing, kayaking and hiking. He is a music afficionado who has a weak spot for the likes of Frank Sinatra and mid-century modern architecture and design.
Office Lead Partner
Geoff is the Office Lead Partner in McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office. As a regional leader, Geoff oversees many of the firm’s business activities and community involvement. Geoff is a proud supporter of the McInnes Cooper “Start up” program, which lowers the barriers to legal assistance for budding entrepreneurs in our community and he frequently attends and supports local start up events with the firm.
Geoff has a well-respected corporate/commercial practice that focuses on commercial financings and secured transactions. He manages a commercial litigation practice as well, where he provides advice to creditors and trustees/receivers on issues involving commercial insolvencies and related litigation. Geoff also has significant experience dealing with commercial fishery matters and has appeared in all levels of court in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Geoff’s work has received the attention of major legal publications in Canada. He is listed in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ in Canada for his practice in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Transportation Law. He was also named the Best Lawyers® 2020, 2018 and 2014 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring “Lawyer of the Year” in St. John’s.
Geoff is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and he is past chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency section. He is also a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and a presenter at the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar Admission Course.
Geoff has experience serving on various boards, including the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, where he was appointed to the Executive and served as President in 2007-2008, and CALOS Youth Orchestras Inc. (formerly Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra), where he was appointed to the Executive and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.
McInnes Cooper has been a long-time supporter of the Board of Trade through various volunteer opportunities and corporate sponsorships. Geoff would like to further those contributions by joining the Board of Directors. Geoff has more than 25 years’ experience as legal counsel working with businesses in our province, many of whom are Board of Trade member companies. With a solid background volunteering as a director and extensive legal experience, Geoff will be a valuable asset to the St. John’s Board of Trade Board of Directors.