Our Board of Directors

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Dale Allen, Chair: Term 2018-2021


Appointed 2017

Cornwall, ON

Sector

Business, Real estate

Education

  • Degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment – St Lawrence College
  • Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management Certificate – Cornell University

Current & Past Occupations

  • Valuation Manager, Hospitality Properties GTA, East and North, Office of the Chief Assessor – Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

  • Mentor- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Glengarry Highland Games (Hospitality Team)
Lila Romanko, Vice Chair: Term 2018-2024


Appointed 2018

South Glengarry

Sector

Business, Finance, and banking

Education

  • Training and Certification Program for Small Business Counselors
  • BMO Bank of Montreal-Continuous Learning-Internal Accreditations achieved

Current & Past Occupations

  • BMO Bank of Montreal -Branch Manager, Business Banking Sales Analyst, Business Banking Senior Account Manager-30 years
  • SD&G Community Futures Development Corp.-Loans Officer and Community Development Officer

Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

  • Glengarry LEAD Nurse Practitioner Clinic-Director/Treasurer
  • St. Lawrence College, Small Business Star-up Program Advisory Committee
  • JobZone d’emploi, President/Treasurer/Secretary
  • Heart of the City, Cornwall-Advisory Committee Member
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Cornwall and Area-Member and Recipient of the Outstanding Business Professional Award 2008
Sean Helmkay, Secretary Treasurer: Term 2016-2022


Appointed 2016

South Glengarry

Sector

Accounting, Finance, Project Management, High Tech, Service and Manufacturing and Aviation

Education

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • BSc Physics
  • BA Political Science

Current & Past Occupations

  • Director – Bombardier Aerospace
  • Manager/Senior Analyst – GM TEDA Industries
  • Pilot/Officer – Canadian Forces

Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Delta Mu Delta
  • Glengarry Soccer League
  • Glengarry Highland Games Committee
Louis Savard, Board Member: Term 2020-2022

Appointed 2020

Cornwall

Sector:

  • Not-For-Profit, Environmental Sciences and Applied Research

Education:

  • Masters Certificate in Project Management, SPROTT School of Business, Carleton University
  • Environmental Technician Diploma, St. Lawrence College
  • Micro-Computer Engineering Diploma, St. Lawrence College
  • Essential Skills Analyst, Bow Valley College

Current & Past Occupations:

  • Program Leader – RiverLabs, St. Lawrence River Institute (current)
  • Professor – Project Management, School of Business, St. Lawrence College (current)
  • Professor – Brewery Technician, CTSCCC
  • Project Development Officer, St. Lawrence River Institute
  • Director of Operations – Practice Firm, CAF+

Community Interest & Professional Affiliation:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI
  • Certified Technician (C. Tech), OACETT
  • OBBN Certified Taxonomist and Trainer
  • United Counties Science Fair – Judge
  • Chair – OACETT Cornwall Chapter
  • Cornwall Curling Club
  • Juanita Courville Softball League
  • Slo-Pitch for Autism
  • Crafting for a Cure
    Nikki Dignard, Board Member: Term 2015-2021


    Appointed 2015

    South & North Dundas

    Sector

    Business, Accounting, Finance and Governance

    Education

    • BA Hons Econ/Mgmt
    • MBA
    • FCPA
    • FCMA

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Current: Director, Finance  National Capital Commission
    • Formerly Director of Finance – International Development Research Centre
    • University Administrator – University of Guelph
    • Faculty Administrator (Science) & Accounting Prof (Sprott) – Carleton University
    • Internal Auditor, HRSDC
    • Area Sales & Service Mgr – General Motors Corp

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • Society of Management Accountants of Ontario – former Member of the Board of Governors & Secretary of the Board
    • Job Zone d’Emploi – former Member of Board of Directors & Treasurer
    Patricia Remillard, Board Member: Term 2015-2022


    Appointed 2016

    South Dundas

    Sector

    Education, Not for Profits and Financial Services

    Education

    • Masters Certificate in Project Management
    • Masters Certificate in Public Management
    • Certificate in Leadership
    • Masters in Business Administration
    • Diploma in Business Administration
    • Certificate in Marketing Management
    • >Bachelor of Science

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Post-secondary education – College Administration
    • International Development – Project Management
    • Fundraising – Project Management
    • Financial Services – Marketing and Communications
    • Food and Manufacturing – Research and Development, Quality Engineering, and Marketing

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • Director of Kemptville College Foundation
    • Member of the Project Management Institute
    Christina Russell, Board Member: Term 2017-2023


    Appointed 2017

    South Stormont

    Sector

    Accounting, Business, Finance and Fundraising

    Education

    • Bachelor of Commerce – Athabasca University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics – Queen’s University
    • Advanced Diploma, Business Administrative Accounting – St. Lawrence College

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Staff Accountant at Welch LLP, Cornwall since 2012

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • OSPCA Animal Centre for SD&G, Fundraiser
    • St. Lawrence College, Business Program Advisory Committee
    • Williamstown Fair, Director for the Home and Garden Division
    Martin Zimmer, Board Member: Term 2018-2021


    Appointed 2018

    South Stormont

    Sector

    Environmental and waste management

    Education

    • BSc Engineering

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Chief Operating Officer – Linden Water Inc
    • President – Earth Concerns Environmental Contracting Inc.
    • General Manager – Lafleche Environmental Inc.
    • Director of Solid Waste – City of London
    • Project Manager – BFI Ltd.
    • Water Resources Manager – St. Clair Conservation Authority

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • Professional Engineers of Ontario
    • Society for Ecological Restoration
    Garrett VanderBurg, Board Member: Term 2019-2025


    Appointed 2019

    South Glengarry

    Sector

    Business owner, manufacturing and agriculture and trades

    Education

    • Red Seal trade Certification-Machinist/Tool and Die Maker
    • Tool making-Machinist Diploma, Algonquin College Ottawa

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Owner/Operator- Sharp V Manufacturing ltd.
    • Machinist- EODC Engineering Ottawa Division

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • Community Day of Action volunteer
    • “Maker” community advocate
    Tim Mills, Board Member: Term 2019-2025


    Appointed 2019

    Cornwall and South Glengarry

    Sector

    Education, Business and Municipal Finance

    Education

    • Masters of Science in Educational Leadership
    • Bachelor of Education
    • Bachelor of Arts History

    Current & Past Occupations

    • Founder and Director- TRM Intercontinent Inc. (Consulting)
    • Superintendent of Schools- Upper Canada District School Board
    • Principal of Special Education-Upper Canada District School Board
    • Secondary Principal-Upper Canada District School Board
    • Elementary Principal-Upper Canada District School Board
    • Executive Director- Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training

    Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

    • Ontario Public Supervisory Officials Association
    • Ontario Principals’ Council
    • Ontario College of Teachers
    • Canadian Association of Public School International
    • Ontario Association of School Districts International
    • Board Chair, Cornwall Tourism Development Corporation
    • Fundraising Committee, The Hub for Beyond 21 Foundation
    • Ask Committee Member, St. Lawrence River Institute
    • Cornwall Curling Club
    • Upper Canada Golf Course

    We are presently recruiting volunteer Board Members. If you would like to become a board member, please contact us at info@mycommunityfutures.ca