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  • Board of Directors

    Executive

  • Andrew Wadden
    Chair

    Andrew has been a Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade since January of 2014. He is a Partner with the law firm, Wadden Peddigrew Hogan.
    Andrew graduated from Memorial University in 1997, and from Dalhousie in 2002. Andrew was recognized as Valedictorian for his graduating class from Dalhousie Law School while also receiving the HG Puddester Award for his demonstrated academic and leadership ability.
    His experience spans many years having worked as an associate in one of the region’s largest firms, as in-house counsel for a large insurance company, and now as a founding partner of Wadden Peddigrew Hogan.
    In the community Andrew has played an active role in the Royal St. John’s Regatta as both a rower, and Committee member. He has also been a member of the Boards of Holy Heart of Mary Theatre, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (NL) for the Canadian Bar Association. In addition, Andrew has taught at Memorial University in the faculty of Human Kinetics and Recreation, and the faculty of Business Administration, on the legal aspects of recreation and risk management, and business and the law in Canada.
    In 2014, Andrew was awarded the Rotary St. John’s Northwest Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award (an award aimed at recognizing two young professionals, aged 25-40 years, who are doing great work in their community and who have potential to positively impact their vocations and communities in the future).

  • Justin Ladha
    Senior Vice Chair

    Justin has spent his career in residential and commercial real estate development, sales, financing and management. As CEO of KMK Capital Inc., based in St. John’s, he holds responsibility for all such areas within the KMK group of companies, with a focus on business development.
    In addition to real estate development, Justin is active in the management of KMK’s engineering and property management firms.
    As well as his KMK-related directorships, Justin serves on the Board of Directors for Nalcor Oil and Gas and is an advisor for other not-for-profit entities.
    Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a licensed Realtor.

  • Norm Dimmell
    First Vice Chair

    Norm is Vice President, Corporate Services for Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (Emera NL), a subsidiary of Emera Inc. (EMA:TSX).
    Norm is responsible for corporate business relations and operational readiness of the Maritime Link Project, one of the most transformative High-voltage electrical interconnection projects currently being developed in Atlantic Canada.
    Prior to joining ENL Norm’s career included a number of leadership, management, & strategic roles for Noble Denton, GL Noble Denton, and DNV GL’s Oil and Gas division spanning almost 20 years.
    Having a love for all things outdoors, Norm is a past president of the Canadian Ski Patrol Terra Nova Zone. He is also a past board member of the International Association of Marine Warranty Surveyors and is currently an acting warden for Iron Ring Camp 20 for Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc.
    Norm holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Alex Gibson
    2nd Vice Chair

    Alex, a Newfoundlander by choice, came to the province in 2006 to begin his Commerce Degree at Memorial. By the time he graduated, he knew he was staying in the province that had given him so much. It was time to start giving back by creating opportunities for others.

    Alex’s passion is building teams and bringing out the best in people by providing them with life-changing career opportunities. Currently, he is working on his biggest career challenge to date as the Recruitment Lead for the West White Rose Project under SDP’s Concrete Gravity Structure scope. Within two and a half years on this project, Alex has hired on over 250+ employees, and with two and a half years left to go – there will be many more hires to be made to ensure the success of this mega project.

    Outside of his career, Alex also gives back to the province through his volunteer work in the community. He takes a tremendous amount of pride in his work with organizations like the Ronald McDonald house - helping out every Sunday afternoon for seven years, or by donning a Mer B’y tail with a glittered beard to help fundraise for various non-profits. Alex also dedicates his time, passion, and skills to the St. John’s Board of Trade’s as a “Super Connector” with their booming Connector Program.

    Alex has committed to his own professional development and continued education by completing his Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) designation, and is aiming to complete his Certified Professional Human Resources (CPHR) designation in early 2020.

  • Leanne Kelly
    Treasurer

    Leanne is a Principal with Grant Thornton LLP. She joined Grant Thornton upon graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1994, after which she obtained her Chartered Accounting designation in 1996.  Leanne has over 25 years’ experience providing assurance, tax and advisory services to clients in a wide variety of industries.  She works closely with her clients to help them grow their businesses and achieve their strategic goals.

    In addition, Leanne is the Professional Standards Principal for Grant Thornton’s Newfoundland and Labrador business unit.  Through this role, she supports her colleagues with assurance and accounting advice, and oversees the practice’s quality initiatives.

    Leanne has tremendous experience working with start-up businesses.  As the Program Coordinator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network, she worked closely with entrepreneurs to present their business pitches to potential investors.

    In the community, Leanne has volunteered on the boards of the Single Parent Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and NLOWE.  She has been a member of the Board of Trade’s Treasurer’s committee for the past 3 years.

  • Janis Byrne
    Immediate Past Chair

    Janis is Chief Legal Officer to the Pennecon Group of Companies. After graduating from Memorial University in 1991, Janis obtained her LL.B from the University of Windsor in 1994, and her LL.L from the University of Ottawa in 1995; she was admitted to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996.
    After practising with Poole Althouse in Corner Brook, NL from 1996 to 1999, Janis joined the Pennecon Group, and has been responsible for establishing and managing the legal department. Her practice is primarily corporate/ commercial and real estate.
    She is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association (NL Branch) and recently served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association, a national not-for-profit corporation, which arranges for the provision of a wide range of insurance products to members of the legal community.
    Janis served two years as a director with the St. John’s Board of Trade. She served six years on the Board of Directors for the Ches Penney Family YMCA. She was formerly a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East, and a Director with the St. John’s SPCA.  Janis enjoys yoga, playing golf, travel, and hanging out with her partner, Steve Wedgwood, and their two dogs.


  • Directors

  • Kevin Casey

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  • Kevin Casey Kevin Casey

    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 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 welcomed Kevin as the newest shareholder and partner with Cal LeGrow.
    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 driving sales and marketing agenda’s you’ll find him somewhere near a tennis court biting his nails watching Olivia compete in a sport he failed miserably as a kid and continues to fail at as an adult.

  • Heather Stamp Nunes

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  • Heather Stamp Nunes Heather Stamp Nunes

    Heather is the founder and director of leadership Matters Inc., an executive coaching and consulting firm focused on executive coaching, top team development, change management and facilitation. She has guided the development of senior leaders, teams, mid-career professionals and organizations, in the private, public and not-for-profits sectors -working with them from a basic needs perspective up to the most progressive with sophisticated requirements. Heather is passionate about supporting individuals, teams and organizations through leadership learning and organizational change.
    Heather holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, a Masters of Education (Post-Secondary) from Memorial University and is a graduate of Royal Roads University as a Certified Executive Coach. She is an active board member of the International Coach Federation Atlantic Chapter and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Atlantic Institution, holds a change management consultant designation with ProSci Canada, as well as consultant and facilitation certifications in the areas of leadership, communications, top team development, psychometric assessments, intercultural diversity and mental wellness.
    In addition to her role with leadership Matters Inc., Heather’s career with Memorial University brings over 16 years of experience in leadership roles with a focus on organizational development, and results-focused strategic planning within post-secondary administration. She teaches the Communications and Conflict Management course for the Marine Studies Master’s Program at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, and leadership and communications courses with the University of Manitoba’s Centre of Higher Education Research and Development. Heather is an engaged member of many provincial, national and international associations, committees and boards including the International Coach Federation, the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, the Atlantic Universities and Colleges Human Resources Association and the Canadian Association of University Business Officers. Heather lives in St. John’s with her husband and three children.

  • Janice Connors

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  • Janice Connors Janice Connors

    Janice Connors
    Senior Manager
    KPMG LLP

    Janice Connors is a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP

    A big believer in giving back to the community, Janice is in her 3rd year of serving as Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland, is President of the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s for 2019-2020, and Past President of the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival Association. 

    While volunteering and being a contributing member of the community is Janice’s passion, in her professional career, she is a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP and leads the US and Cross-Border Tax Services practice in St. John’s. As a strategic thinker and problem solver, Janice has over 16 years of professional experience helping businesses to grow and succeed, not only in their local markets but beyond the Canadian border as well. 

    Janice is a recipient of various awards with respect to her community involvement and leadership including the 2018 KPMG Swiderski Award for Mentoring and the 2015 KPMG Regional Community Leader Award. In addition to volunteering with multiple organizations within St. John’s, Janice is Chair of KPMG’s Community Leader team in St. John’s. 

  • LeighAnn O’Neill

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  • LeighAnn O'Neill LeighAnn O'Neill

    A proud native of St. John’s, LeighAnne is a proven leader with over 15 years progressive experience in non-profit and government. As General Manager of the Royal St. John’s Regatta, LeighAnne helps foster growth and expansion of the organization. Major initiatives in which she played an integral role include the creation of an inclusive Regatta for patrons and a health and wellness program for the athletes.
    Business Advisor, Travel Designer, Event Planner, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Project Manager and Executive Assistant to a Provincial Cabinet Minister are just some of the many positions she has held along her career path.  In addition, LeighAnne’s volunteer life has played an important part in her career development. Volunteer roles such as Vice-President of the St. John’s Choir, Chairperson of the Provincial Volunteer Week Committee, Marketing and Communications Director with the Frosty Festival, and Leader with Girl Guides of Canada have provided her with invaluable experience which she brings forth in her daily life. In addition, LeighAnne’s personal experience of losing over 300 pounds has inspired her to create “The Inspiration Project, where she uses her own life experiences to guide and empower others to be the best version of themselves and to provide support through positivity and humour.
    When not at Quidi Vidi Lake, LeighAnne can often be found in her home office; curating unique travel experiences for her clients as a travel agent with Once in a Lifetime Travel, spending quality time with her family and friends or relaxing with a good book.

  • Chad Decker

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  • Chad Decker Chad Decker

    Chad Decker CPHR, BBA, BA

    Chad Decker is a HR Partner and Owner of People Stuff, an adaptable HR consulting firm. Chad is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and has over 20 years experience in the field of human resources and has worked for such companies as Irving Oil, CentreBeam and Triton Data. Chad is also a former owner and HR/Financial Director for Paradise Animal Hospital and Wellness Centre. There he received 10 years of extensive experience in business growth and development and growing the team from a five-person team to a 50-person team. Chad is now helping grow and develop HR solutions for other businesses.

    Outside of work Chad is also a board member at Lakecrest Independent school and president of the Business Association of Newfoundland.

  • Douglas Wright

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  • Douglas Wright Douglas Wright

    Douglas Wright
    Douglas graduated from Queen’s University with the degree of LL.B. (1998) and has an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa (2001). He practiced corporate and commercial law at the Ottawa office of a national law firm until retuning to St. John’s in 2002, practising at Patterson Palmer (now Cox & Palmer) since that time.
    In his tax practice, Douglas advises businesses, individuals, estate representatives, non-profit organizations and registered charities on matters of federal, provincial and municipal taxation including taxpayer objections and appeals under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Excise Tax Act (Canada) as well as under provincial tax legislation.
    Douglas is an elected bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been an instructor in the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 10 years. He is an active member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and was a member of the organizing committee for the Foundation’s biennial St. John’s Tax Conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

  • Debra Feltham

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  • Debra Feltham Debra Feltham

    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 (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.
    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. She continues to serve on the Public Practice Professional Engagement Guide committee of CPA Canada as well as a member of the CPA Canada 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.