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Steve Smallwood, President

Born and raised in Fredericton, Steve left to attend University of Guelph where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and then lived and worked on a dairy farm before landing the opportunity of a lifetime to work with The Co-operators. Steve says this was the beginning of a 35 year career (so far) with a business that “still holds all the grassroots values of the community at the forefront of their vision”, a perfect fit for his own values and interests.  Over the years, Steve worked for The Co-operators in Alberta, Guelph, Ottawa, and Fredericton before settling in Moncton as District Manager for NB/PEI and earning his Chartered Insurance Professional and Certified Professional Accountant designations.

Steve has served on numerous boards including the Certified General Accountants Association and the Goldeye Foundation that operates a youth camp at the foothills of the Rockies and provides co-op and leadership education to youth.  “I have become more aware than ever of the needs of our communities and see the crucial need for a strong co-op and social enterprise system.  I was very excited to have been elected to the Board of CECNB in June 2016, and even more proud to have the opportunity to serve as Chair.”

 

Paul Bundschuh, Vice President

Paul has traveled a diversified career path, initially through financial services including private banking and commercial real estate prior to relocating from Ontario with his young family in 1999. In a career pivot since then, he has been in private practice in the Complementary & Alternative Medicine field. During this past decade, his interest in real whole food systems and sound nutrition as the basis for vibrant health has broadened in a passion toward various developments within the evolving local food ecosystem in the Province. He sees not only sustainable but regenerative, innovative food and agricultural systems as being an excellent opportunity for the development of a healthier environment and population in New Brunswick. Elected to the Board in 2015, Paul sees his involvement with CECNB as an opportunity to further support the development of this sector.

 

Julia Feltham, Secretary

Co-Founder of The Sackville Commons, Julia has over a decade of experience working in startups, social enterprises & innovative community organizations; making collaboration and adaptation her strongest suits. She believes rural Atlantic Canada can be an exemplar for social innovation in the world.

Named one of the 21 young leaders of Nova Scotia in 2012 by 21inc, as a social entrepreneur, singing cellist and mother, Julia is constantly connecting ideas, resources, networks and people to build better communities for the future. Using Art of Hosting models, one of her favourite activities is helping boards & organizations evolve through collaborative leadership and process design.Using dynamic background in board governance & retreats, community engagement & consultations, social enterprise, community engagement, graphic facilitation and much more; she loves bringing joie de vivre and human design to her work.

 

Kurt Peacock, Treasurer

Kurt Peacock became involved in the co-operative movement in New Brunswick through his participation in the regional credit union movement and has been a proud member of Bayview Credit Union since 2005 when he refused to finance the renovation of a heritage building he bought in Uptown Saint John through a chartered bank. He’s been happily paying a credit union mortgage ever since and serves on the board of directors on both the Bayview and Atlantic Central Credit Union board.

Kurt currently works as a historic sites administrator for Parks Canada and lives with his wife and two children on the west side of Saint John. In addition to his co-op volunteer activities, he is involved in coaching local basketball and writes when he can. His essays have appeared everywhere from the National Post to the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.

 

Duncan Matheson

Duncan Matheson is now semi-retired after two decades as a broadcast journalist in private radio and CBC, where he hosted the Information Morning show. As a partner in Bissett-Matheson Communications, he specialized in communications, crisis management, and media training.

Raised in Dorchester, Duncan has lived in Fredericton since 1975 where he and his wife, an emergency room nurse, raised five wonderful children.  Duncan also serves on the boards of Progressive Credit Union and the Fredericton Playhouse and is an active volunteer with Community Action Group on Homelessness.  His passions include politics, blues music, motorcycles, single malt scotch and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Duncan is a regular on CBC Radio’s Friday afternoon political panel, and blogs from time to time on his website www.duncanmatheson.ca

 

Dale Ritchie

With a B. Comm and post-graduate studies in Computer Science and Finance from Saint Mary’s University, Dale Ritchie carries a wide variety of creative interests and decades of business experience. Dale’s entrepreneurship and leadership has led McKenzie College to be one of Atlantic Canada’s most respected post-secondary institutions. Being an artist himself, Dale knows the value of creativity at full potential and strives to instill that into his students.The College is also an Accredited Institution teaching English for Business and Academic purposes.  Dale has a special interest in helping entrepreneurs and new comers, develop Social Enterprises within the province.

 

Ronald Drisdelle

Ron recently retired from the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB) where he served as the President and CEO since April 2013. A results-oriented bilingual managerial professional with solid experience in all aspects of business management including private and community-based sectors at the provincial, national, and international level, Ron has a proven ability to develop strategic direction and motivate change. He has contributed to several senior management positions throughout his career and is equipped with substantial experience and knowledge of the business environment both in Canada and abroad.  Time and time again he has delivered innovative and creative solutions for meeting high client expectations.

Ron has worked as a Senior International Trade Consultant for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and has held the positions of Executive Director for the Conseil Économique du Nouveau Brunswick, Architects Association of New Brunswick and the Centre Samuel de Champlain in Saint John. He holds a Bachelor in Social work, an MBA and is a Certified International Trade Professional.

 

Robert Taylor

Robert was a co-founder of CECNB and served on both the Steering Committee and inaugural Board for several years.  After taking a break from some of his volunteer activities, Bob re-offered for the Board in 2017 and is an active and engaged Director.  He also sits on the Board of the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op and is active with other co-ops and organizations in the Fredericton area.  Although he retired a number of years ago from the federal government, he says he works even harder now as a volunteer and owner of Northern Trophies and Engraving.