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, Secretary Treasurer: 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
Martin Zimmer, Vice Chair: 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
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 2015-2021


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
Beatrice Johnson-Tarbell, Board Member: Term 2018-2024


Appointed 2018

Akwesasne

Sector

Business and Community

Education

  • Business Management and Small Business Development
  • Career and Development Coach

Current & Past Occupations

  • Current Executive Director- Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective
  • Past Partnership Developer and Labour Market Analyst: Akwesasne Area Management

Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Strategic Action Plan
Sean Helmkay, Board Member: 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
Vanessa Metcalfe, Board Member: Term 2019-2025


Appointed 2019

North Glengarry

Sector

Municipal Finance

Education

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA/CGA)
  • Certified Municipal Officer
  • Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Designation
  • Municipal Tax Administration Certificate
  • Public Administration Certificate

Current & Past Occupations

  • Director of Financial Services/Treasurer, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Treasurer, Township of South Glengarry
  • Treasurer, Township of Charlottenburg
  • Public Accountant, Craig Keen Despatie & Markell

Community Interests & Professional Affiliations

  • Glengarry Highland Games Treasurer & volunteer
  • Kenyon Agricultural Society member
  • 2015 International Plowing Match volunteer
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
Allan Bell, Investment Committee: Term 1989

 

South Dundas

Sector

Business, Finance and Accounting

Bill Madden, Investment Committee: Term 1999

 

South Dundas

Sector

Agriculture

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