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Electronic ballots have been sent out to our members for this year’s Board of Directors Election. There are four vacancies to be filled for the 2016-2017 Directors. Below are the bios of seven members who have been nominated.

Chair of this year’s Nominating Committee and the Board’s Immediate Past Chair, Sharon Horan, is pleased to advise that Janis Byrne, Chief Legal Officer for the Pennecon Group of Companies, is acclaimed as Second Vice Chair (bio below). Congratulations Janis and welcome to the executive.



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Emily Campbell is an intern in architecture at Fougere Menchenton Architecture (FMA). She graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2013.  Her studies focused on dense, mixed-use urban development, place making and participatory design. Since graduating she moved to St. John’s and started her professional career with FMA. She has quickly built her experience which includes work in the Education, Recreation, Commercial, Institutional and Non-Profit sectors.

Emily is actively involved in the discussion around development in St. John’s. She sits on the Public Awareness Committee with the Newfoundland Association of Architects.  She has also teamed up with local non-profit, Happy City, while spearheading an ambitious place making project called the Wandering Pavilion.  A temporary structure that travels from neighbourhood to neighbourhood becoming something different in each place based on what the community needs.  Emily currently sits on the Municipal Affairs Committee with the Board of Trade.


Don-E Coady (Dc) is just your average artist/musician/bidness man.

Owner and Creative Director of Design House Inc. – a multi-discipline creative production house in St. John’s, that started in 2009; two-time President of the Business Association of NL (2013, 2014); sponsorship, support and regular participation to his tech, creative, and business-lovin’ communities (The St. John’s Board of Trade, MusicNL, The CHBA-NL, TEDx St. John’s, BANL, Start-up NL, the IABC, NLCA, NOIA, NATI and Common Ground)

As an speaker and event EmCee, he is the yearly host of TEDx St. John’s Annual Conference, The Nickel Independent Film Festival Annual Oscar Party, and various fundraising events as Auctioneer and performer; has been named as one of the celebrity Shave team in YACC’s Ten Year Anniversary for Shave for the Brave.

From a volunteer perspective, everyday is dedicated to people with big ideas and a heartbeat for our city and beyond.

From the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labradors ‘Head Start Program’, which selects one post-secondary student to send their final year as a member of the association and benefit from the value of its members, to ‘The Positive Change Project’, an idea that seeks to use technology and kinds to track good deeds around the world, to his involvement in On the advisory board of the City of St. John’s R.E.A.L. program, projects for Happy City, Robyn’s Quest, and most recently, Amelia Curran’s brave new Mental Health Awareness Campaign ‪#‎Itsmental.

Dc is also a mentor and participant for two of St. John’s premiere entrepreneurial organizations: Futurepreneur and Entrepreneurs Forum (E3), where is volunteers to help established and emerging business people and artists with general and industry specific advise and support.

As a performer and musician, he’s lead singer and songwriter for the 5-man rock outfit Stereotype (Stereotype, ’04; 2, ’09), ERAS (’14); songwriter for other emerging artists, as well as the lead/ co-lead in several corporate entertainment bands (709 and Turbulence), as well as Motown tribute project with several of st. John’s top musicians (Big City Dance Band).

Dc is honoured to have been named the recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year (MusicNL), Video Director of the year (MusicNL), the 2014 Aiden Maloney’s Young Professional Award (Rotary NorthWest, St. John’s), as is nominated for Graphic/Media Designer of the Year at the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.

Dc lives to co-create, produce and art direct the brand evolution for a variety of industries and incredible people who inspire him everyday.

fabian connors

Fabian has completed both a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Admin. from Memorial University. Since 1998 he holds the leadership role of Director of HR with the A. Harvey & Co. Ltd. / Browning Harvey Ltd. A. Harvey is locally owned with its operating focus on offshore oil and gas, logistics and transportation businesses. This year A. Harvey celebrates 150 years in business. Browning Harvey Ltd. is the award winning franchise bottle of Pepsi for the province.

Fabian’s role is to provide leadership in key areas of strategic HR Management/Admin., Labour Relations/Collective Bargaining and Occupational Health and Safety for a 450 employee organization operating in several industry sector. The company takes pride in having 100% of its employee base as residents of the province.

He has been involved in the Employer-Labour Relations community for several years and acted as employer representative for various Employer-Labour advisory committees. An example: an employer representative on the Tripartite (Employer, Labour and Government) Committee responsible for reviewing the NL Labour Relations Act. Fabian currently sits on the St. John’s Board of Trade Labour Market and Transportation committees.



Jon Drover BBA, LLB(Hons) – President of Blue Communications Inc.

Jon Drover is a St. John’s native. A software developer, he owns and operates Blue Communications Inc., a technology consulting company he established in 2004. Blue Communications Inc. joined the St. John’s Board of Trade in 2006 and Jon has actively served on the Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Federal Provincial committees. Jon has considerable experience in small business development: he opened Stoggers Pizza in 2005, was a founding partner with The Independent newspaper in 2003 and manages/performs with the band 709 since 2007. In addition, Jon is a founding partner in Yellow Environmental Inc., which designs and sells software and related products used in the recycling industry throughout Canada. Jon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (’98) and a Law degree (’03). He lives in St. John’s with his wife and twin sons.

Lesley Galgay

Lesley Galgay is the Manager of Corporate Development for the Crosbie Group Limited, leading the strategic planning and business development efforts for the Group.

Lesley began her career locally in Enterprise Risk Management and subsequently moved to Toronto in 2006 to take on progressive roles in Innovation Management and Strategic Management with the Canadian Tire Corporation. In January 2011, Lesley returned to Newfoundland to take on her role with the Crosbie family business. In 2013, she was recognized by the OGM as an Up and Coming in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Lesley graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative (Hons.) and attained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2006 – jointly through Memorial University and the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lesley was the first recipient of the Fry Family Graduate Leadership Scholarship – a program created to recognize individuals who display strong leadership skills, demonstrate academic merit and show a strong commitment to the province.

As an avid community volunteer, Lesley enjoys dedicating her time to organizations that help advance the health, well-being and overall livelihood of our youth. She has volunteered with a number of initiatives, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls Program, The United Way Day of Caring, and The Ronald McDonald House Home for Dinner program.

Lesley lives in St. John’s with her husband Matthew and daughter Josie.

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Justin Ladha has spent his career in residential and commercial real estate development, sales, financing and management. As Vice President of KMK Capital Inc., based in St. John’s, NL, 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, Mr. Ladha is active in the management of KMK’s engineering and property management firms. As well as his KMK-related directorships, Mr. Ladha serves on the Board of Directors for Nalcor Oil and Gas and is an advisor for other not-for-profit entities.

Mr. Ladha holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a licensed Realtor.

Kendra MacDonald, CPA, CA, CISA, CFA, CIA, CRMA, ICD.D

Kendra MacDonald is a Partner in Deloitte’s St. John’s office where she leads the Atlantic Enterprise Risk practice. Kendra is also the Lead Client Service Partner for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and is responsible for all Deloitte services provided to Government. Kendra specializes in the areas of governance, cybersecurity, internal audit and risk management. Throughout over 20 years with Deloitte, Kendra has worked with a number of clients across multiple industries, small and large, public and private.

As a member of Deloitte’s National Innovation Council, Kendra is committed to raising awareness around the impact of exponential technologies including: advanced manufacturing, sensors and networks, robotics, cybersecurity, collaborative platforms and artificial intelligence. These exponential technologies create new and exciting opportunities for businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Kendra is responsible for the launch of Deloitte’s Greenhouse in Montreal, an innovative space focused on breakthrough experiences for clients.   Kendra has also been a judge at Deloitte’s first internal hackathon and a coach for Deloitte’s Fast Track program. In this role, Kendra is a frequent speaker on the topics of innovation, disruption and risk management.

Prior to moving to St. John’s where she now resides with her husband and two children, Kendra has lived and worked in multiple Deloitte offices and countries including Ottawa, Montreal, the US Virgin Islands, Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong and Moscow, Russia. She also spent almost four months in Kazakhstan where she adopted her daughter.

Kendra has been a board member of Lupus Canada, a national health charity, for more than 10 years and is currently completing her term as Chair of the Board.   She is also the Audit Committee Chair for BioCanRx, a national health charity and a board member of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI).

Kendra is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with an Associateship in Piano Performance and Piano Teaching.

Meet the Second Vice Chair

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Janis Byrne 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 & Labrador in 1996.

After practicing 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 is a Director of the St. John’s Board of Trade, and a member of the Discipline Committee for the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as a lecturer for the Bar Admission Course (corporate/commercial). She also serves on the Nominations Committee for the Ches Penney Family Y, having previously served for 6 years on its Board of Directors. Janis 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 2 dogs.




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