Deirdre L. Wade, Q.C. is a partner in the Saint John office of Cox and Palmer. She was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1988 after completing her education at the University of New Brunswick. Deirdre received the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2005 and joined Cox and Palmer in 2013 after many years with the former firm of Barry Spalding.
Deirdre enjoys a diverse litigation practice with an emphasis on insurance, administrative, health, privacy, regulated professions, labour and employment and workers’ compensation law.
Deirdre is a former Director of the Canadian Bar Association – National (2005-06), the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (2007-15) and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (2009-15).
A life-long resident of the Saint John area, Deirdre is married to C. Paul W. Smith and has one son, Chip Smith.”
Dean joined his firm in 2016 and became a partner in 2017. A graduate of MTA in 1994, he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1997 (now Chartered Professional Accountant). He has worked in various roles in public accounting and in industry as inhouse tax resources for a domestic manufacturer and as the Senior Director of International Tax for a major public company and has specialized in income tax since 1999.
Dean currently is the First Vice Chair of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of both the YMCA of Greater Saint John Endowment Fund and the KV Committee for Disabled Persons and a board member of the Saint John Hospital Foundation. Previously, Dean served 14 years on the YMCA of Greater Saint John Board of Directors as its Treasurer and Vice Chair and was Chair during the fundraising and construction of the new Regional YMCA.
Originally from Bathurst, he lives in Quispamsis with his wife Vicki, who he supports in her fundraising efforts for Muscular Dystrophy.
Derrick was born in Montreal. He is a graduate of UNB and spent the first 10 years of his career in the packaged goods industry working for Heineken, McCain Foods, and Labatt's in Toronto and Ottawa. He transitioned into the high-tech sector and spent 18 years in the enterprise Sofware industry working for Corel, OpenText, Innovatia, D2L, and Intelex where he held a series of progressively senior sales roles culminating with Global Senior Vice President of Sales at Toronto-based Intelex.
Derrick also spent some time with a few technology start-ups in Ottawa and Toronto. Derrick joined the Saint John Airport as President & CEO in 2016 where he has led it through a steady period of growth and transformation.
Derrick is married and has three adult children. He lives in Rothesay.
Stephanie is an experienced communicator and facilitator whose experience includes award-winning projects across industries like transportation infrastructure, health care, labour relations, economic development, energy and natural resources. She’s been assisting clients at NATIONAL with public affairs, stakeholder relations, community engagement, issues and crisis management, and strategic planning for more than ten years.
Paul Gordon is the General Manager of Scholten's Stores in the greater Saint John area, comprising of 3 locations and over 70 employees. Paul has been with Scholten's for 35 years and has been managing different aspects of the company for 33 of those years. During this time he has also been involved with the design, renovation, and construction of 8 different retail locations. He recently supervised the construction of a brand new location on Loch Lomond Road and an extensive redesign of a current location on Somerset Street.
Paul has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years and has served on the Board for the majority of that time. He has also been involved in many other organizations and committees.
Paul and his wife Theresa live in Grand Bay-Westfield with their 2 yellow labs. His personal interests lie in playing golf, billiards, and travel.
Jim was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. Jim brought over 30 years of experience in the marine and public sectors to Port Saint John and he began his career on ships out of Saint John in the mid 1970’s. In 1981, he re-joined the Canadian Coast Guard where he was promoted to leadership positions including Regional Director of the Central and Artic Region and Director General, Marine Programs. Jim’s Coast Guard experience took him to ports across Canada and around the world.
After 23 years with the Coast Guard, Jim joined the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a Senior Advisor. In 2002, Jim joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Director General of Lands and was promoted through several leadership positions culminating in the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister role. Jim also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Canadian International Development Agency before leaving government to work at Port Saint John.
Jim is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Bsc) and holds the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Jim presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Canada Port Authorities (ACPA). Jim has served as past Chair of the Canadian Delegation at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and was appointed Chairman of the Board for 2015-2016 at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a position which has not been held by a Canadian Chairman since 2005-2006.
Additionally, Jim is pleased to serve as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company), 5th division army. He is involved in a number of business committees in Saint John, notably he serves as the Board Chair of The Saint John Region Chamber and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Saint John Seafarers Mission.
Chris MacDonald was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. In 1986 Chris graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons. Dist.). In 1989 he graduated from University of Ottawa where he completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.). Chris joined Saint John Shipbuilding Limited (“SJSL”) as in-house legal counsel in 1991. In 1995 he was transferred to SJSL’s parent company, J.D. Irving, Limited. In January, 2004 Chris took on the role of Director, Government Relations for the J.D. Irving group of companies. Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society of New Brunswick. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Saint John, the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, and Sports New Brunswick. Chris is married to Jane Grannan, and they have three children. Chris and his family reside in Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Andy Carson is the Director, Growth & Strategy for Irving Oil based in Saint John, NB. In this role, he focuses on strategic planning, joint venture management, growth opportunities, and external relations.
He joined the company in 2008 and has previously worked as legal counsel, in corporate communications, and in various business development roles. Andy was born and raised in Saint John, NB.
He attended Mount Allison University before pursuing his law degree at Dalhousie University. He then received his MBA jointly from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Schulich School of Business at York University
Dr. Jeff Steeves is an ophthalmologist and President of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) for 2020-2021.
Dr Steeves joined the Board of the Chamber in 2018. Originally from Nova Scotia he completed his medical degree in 1988 and settled in Nanaimo , BC. where he developed a busy family practice. After further training in Ophthalmic surgery he settled in Saint John establishing a surgical practice in 2006. He employs 6 people in his office located in Rothesay. He has represented Saint John physicians provincially for many years and became President of the New Brunswick Medical Society in 2020.
Christine Gilliland, a born and bred Saint Johner, grew up on the West Side and started her career Uptown as a visitor information counsellor.
Her Certificat en Français langue seconde from Université Laval in Québec City led to a 15-year opportunity with Danone, a French-owned food and beverage company. While there, Chris lived in Stamford, Connecticut and managed North American consumer affairs and regulatory compliance for brands like Evian Natural Spring Water.
Since returning home to Saint John in 2010, Chris has played key roles in advancing several inspirational organizations - both through Way Up Strategic Solutions, her copywriting and communications business, and as an engaged community volunteer.
Chris is driven to help others cultivate roots and grow their wings - whether in business, the arts, or personally.
Mr. Robinson the President & CEO of Saint John Energy, an electric distribution utility based in Saint John, New Brunswick. He also serves as Past Chair on the Board of the Canadian Electricity Association. He is an electrical engineer with over 35 years of executive and management experience in electrical utilities throughout North America and the Caribbean, with demonstrated capabilities in major infrastructure developments, project management, asset management and operational transformation.
Previously, Ray was an executive with Emera, taking on numerous senior executive roles within Emera and several of its operating subsidiaries. Prior to that, Ray was the President & CEO of Yukon Energy Corporation, and has held various senior positions at a number of Canadian electric utilities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Ray also serves on the Board of various organizations including Past Chair of Chebucto Terence Bay Windfields, Board member of Atlantica Centre for Energy, NB Critical Infrastructure Gold Committee member, Board member of Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, an Executive Committee member of Living SJ, and a member of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) in Saint John.
Chris Hall, Vice President, Operations and Harbour Master at Port Saint John is responsible for overseeing the operational readiness of the port, including safety, security, and environmental protection. He is also engaged in strategy and port development. A current focus is the port’s West Side Modernization Project.
Chris has spent the latter part of his career in private industry, working in operational, strategic, and business development roles.
Captain Hall has over 30 years experience in the marine industry. He is a Master Mariner and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nautical Sciences from the Canadian Coast Guard College. Chris serves as President of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and is a director with the International Harbour Master’s Association and is Vice-Chair of the Saint John Seafarer’s Mission