CEO, Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency
Paulette Hicks is dynamic business leader with over 25 years of experience in the tourism industry where she was recognized for her bold thinking and leadership. As the inaugural CEO for Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency, Paulette brings a passion for her community and the ability to lead transformational change, drive economic growth, and deliver return on investment for the Saint John region. Paulette leads a high-performing, unified team with a strategic focus on attracting people, business, visitors and investors to accelerate growth for the six municipalities of St. Martins, Grand Bay-Westfield, Hampton, Quispamsis, Rothesay, and the City of Saint John. The Agency is designed to scale and will be one of the largest regional economic development agencies in Atlantic Canada.
Paulette has also led community economic growth initiatives throughout her career. She initiated the first voluntary hotel levy in New Brunswick which was the catalyst for a public-private partnership with the City of Saint John, resulting in the formation of Discover Saint John. She also was the driving force to secure the $10 Million Social Innovation Fund for community poverty reduction and recently conceived the 20% provincial tourism rebate – designed to generate revenue for the New Brunswick tourism industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also an experienced government relations advocate driving policy decisions at the highest level.
Paulette’s has an unwavering and long-standing commitment to service in the community. She most recently was a member of the board of the Saint John Airport, the NB Medical Education Foundation- Advancement Committee, Co-Chair of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative and Co-Chair of the New Brunswick Hotel Association. She was also a founding member of RiseUpSJ, working with other business leaders passionate about the future of Greater Saint John.
Paulette was born and raised in Pennfield, New Brunswick and now lives in Quispamsis with her husband.
Our Board of Directors
Al has over 25 years’ experience and is a recognized leader in the fields of taxation and corporate finance. He is currently the Vice-President of Taxation and Internal Audit at J.D. Irving, Ltd. As a strategic thinker, Al has built several teams while fostering collaboration among stakeholders.
Throughout his career, Al has volunteered for both his profession and his community in leadership and founder roles. He is the past chair and board member of several local, regional, and national, organizations and commissions.
Cynthia has more than 25 years’ experience as a leader of teams and a specialist in strategic communications planning, corporate social responsibility, marketing, stakeholder engagement, media relations, issues, and crisis management – and getting things done.
Cynthia has led communications for organizations including Atlantic Lottery, Irving Oil, and the University of New Brunswick. Today Cynthia is the CEO & Chief Consultant at CCGoodwin Consulting Inc., supporting clients of all sizes and sectors in New Brunswick and Canada.
Cynthia has served on the Boards of Develop Saint John, the United Way and the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce.
Thor has been growing, developing and leading businesses as the focus of his career. He is an active investor and mentor to start-up businesses in New Brunswick; he has founded and led large industry focused innovation projects; bought and managed his own business; and guided an internationally focused forestry firm through a vertical integration effort while also acquiring new business units as part of that process. Thor is currently developing several new initiatives.
In addition to his uniquely varied career, Thor brings broad board experiences, ranging from tech start-ups to not-for-profits, as well as the Director Certification with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
Dr. Petra Hauf
Petra is the Vice-President Saint John at the University of New Brunswick and is a dynamic leader who is actively engaged in all campus affairs, including academics, administration, and operations. She is an internationally-renowned researcher with a vision to develop strong partnerships that will inspire a thriving environment that enhances all of the community.
Through her experience in senior administration in a variety of academic institutions, Petra has the ability to take an academic perspective and apply it to a variety of scenarios. Petra is excited to find innovative approaches that will have a significant impact on Saint John.
Amy Lynn Patterson
Amy Lynn is an experienced financial industry leader who has worked closely with businesses, business owners and their employees for over a decade. She is currently the Vice President Commercial Financial Services, Western New Brunswick at RBC Royal Bank. Amy Lynn brings collaboration, change management, board and risk analysis expertise, and leads with clarity, compassion, and creativity.
Amy Lynn is passionate about the growth of people, businesses, the economy, and community. She has served on local boards and task forces that foster growth and is recognized for getting things done.
Joel is currently the Vice President Public Relations, Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and was previously the Vice President NB/PEI with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, advocating on behalf of entrepreneurs.
Joel has over 20 years government management experience in economic development, trade and export, tourism, and foreign investment attraction.
He has served as a City Councillor, NB Cities Association President, Atlantic Canada Caucus Chair and National Finance Chair for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
David is a repeat tech and marketing start-up entrepreneur, start-up advisor, and digital society advocate. He is currently the Founder and Coach of Marketswell, a Chief Marketing Officer Accelerator, and CoFounder of TimberTop Adventures, an aerial adventure park. David is also the CoFounder of Brilliant Labs, Radian6’s former CMO and Salesforce.com’s former Marketing Cloud Chief Adoption Officer.
As a community volunteer, David has held numerous leadership positions at the local and provincial level.
Julie is the Senior Director of Investments at Ocean Capital, where she holds responsibility for managing the organization’s investment portfolio and Treasury. In addition, she works closely with the business’ operations leaders to drive and create value within the company’s investments and operational assets. Immediately prior to joining Ocean Capital, Julie had been with Canada Post as the Group President’s Executive Chief of Staff.
Julie is a CPA and holds an MBA and BBA from the University of Ottawa. She loves to explore the many parks, trails and charming attractions throughout the Maritime provinces and is looking forward to completing her certified Yoga Teacher Training in September 2021.
City Manager, City of Saint John
A retired General in the Canadian Armed Forces and former executive at Bruce Power, John Collin brings a wealth of experience in various levels of leadership and management, strategic and operational planning, public policy, communications, public affairs, and logistics. John is also a successful small business owner, having designed and operated a fine-dining restaurant.
Workforce Consultant, Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Ayman is a Workforce Consultant for WorkingNB, providing Human Resource Support Services to businesses in the South West Region of New Brunswick. With a strong business background and an entrepreneur, Ayman has helped several start-up businesses successfully launch. In addition to helping businesses grow, he has in-depth experience in Digital Marketing and Social Media. Ayman moved to New Brunswick in 2011 and is a champion and advocate for choosing Saint John as a place to live and work. His first-hand experience and his countless conversations with New Brunswickers has given him a unique understanding of challenges of growing our population.
Commissioner of Growth and Community Development, City of Saint John
Jacqueline has more than 25 years of experience in the municipal sector. Prior to her role as the Commissioner of Growth and Community Development, she led a team in the development of PlanSJ, an award-winning municipal plan recognized for its bold innovative community engagement and progressive, urban focused smart growth planning principles. She is a collaborator who brings a passion for community building to her role on the Board.
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield
John started with the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield as their CAO in August 2020. Previously John was the CAO of the Town of Battleford, SK, the Mayor of Kindersley SK as well as the Chair of SUMAssure, a municipal reciprocal insurance corporation. With a Master of Divinity, an MBA, John was a management consultant before entering the municipal world.
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Rothesay
John Jarvie has served as Rothesay’s Town Manager since 1997. He is a Public Member of the Council of the Law Society of New Brunswick, Administrator of the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department, a Committee Member of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick, and was Founding Chair of the Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada.
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Hampton
Richard Malone is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Hampton. He has over 25 years’ experience in municipal government and has held his current role as Hampton’s CAO since 2007. Richard has a background in municipal recreation having served over 16 years in municipal Recreation Director roles.
Along with previous service on Boards in director and executive positions, he currently serves on the Board of the NB Municipal Employee Pension Plan and as a Councillor for the Anglophone South School District Education Council.
Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Quispamsis
Aaron Kennedy is the acting Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Quispamsis. He was chair of the 2016 TELUS Cup host organizing committee, which generated a then record $175,000 Legacy Fund, co-chair of Rogers Hometown Hockey in Saint John in October 2016, co-chair of the successful bid committee for the 2018 Canada 55+ Games and chair of the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Aaron was also involved with the bid committee for Les Jeux de l’Acadie, which are coming to the region in 2022. He was named Discover Saint John Sport Planner of the Year in 2017. Prior to his work in federal, provincial and municipal governments, Aaron was an award-winning broadcaster and journalist.