Steve Smallwood, President
Born and raised in Fredericton, Steve left to attend University of Guelph where he received his graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Following graduation, Steve lived and worked on a Dairy Farm before landing an opportunity with The Co-operators handling Farm related claims. This was the beginning of a 35 year career (so far) with this national co-operative that Steve says “still hold all the grassroots values of small co-ops and community at the forefront of their vision”, a perfect fit for his own values and interests. Steve worked in Alberta, Guelph, Ottawa, and Fredericton before settling in Moncton as District Manager for New Brunswick/PEI where he works with Financial advisors to build and manage their operations. Over the years, he obtained his Chartered Insurance Professional and Certified Professional Accountant designations.
Steve has served on numerous boards including the Certified General Accountants, Moncton Chapter and the Goldeye Foundation in Alberta, an organization that operates a youth camp at the foothills of the Rockies and provides co-operative and leadership education to young people. “I have become more aware than ever of the needs of our communities and see the crucial need for a strong Co-operative and Social Enterprise development 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. He has been a proud member of Bayview Credit Union since 2005, and has served on the board of directors of both Bayview and the Atlantic Central, which supports credit unions across Atlantic Canada. Kurt first joined a credit union when a chartered bank he had a long history with refused to finance the renovation of a heritage building he bought in Uptown Saint John. He’s been happily paying a credit union mortgage ever since.
Kurt lives with his wife and two children on the west side of Saint John. Outside of the credit union movement, Kurt 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. He currently works as a historic sites administrator for Parks Canada.
Duncan Matheson is now semi-retired, after 20 years as a broadcast journalist in private radio and CBC, where he used to host the Information Morning show out of Fredericton. He followed this with more than 25 years in Public Relations, specializing in communications strategy, crisis communications and media training. Most of this was as a partner in BissettMatheson Communications, based in Fredericton and Moncton.
Born in Cape Breton but raised in Dorchester, Duncan has lived in Fredericton since 1975. He is married to an emergency room nurse, and they have five children. He is a member of the boards of Progressive Credit Union and the Fredericton Playhouse and his other volunteer work includes the 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
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.