Paulette Hicks is a dynamic business leader with more than 25 years of experience. She 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.
Recognized for her bold thinking and leadership skills, Paulette has an extensive background in community economic growth initiatives. 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. Paulette is an experienced government relations advocate, driving policy decisions at the highest level.
Paulette has an unwavering and long-standing commitment to service in the community. She currently is a member of the Fundy Trail Parkway Board, UNB Faculty of Business Advisory Board, NB Tourism Advisory Board, UNB Health & Technology District – Tenant Selection Board, Port Saint John’s Workforce Development Partnership and the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative Executive and Leadership Board. She was also a founding member of RiseUpSJ, working with other business leaders passionate about the future of the Saint John region.
Heather has over 20 years change management and organizational effectiveness experience, in financial services in Toronto and more recently working within academia and government in New Brunswick. As the Vice President and Chief Culture & Brand Officer for Opportunities New Brunswick, Heather was instrumental in establishing the new Crown Corporation accountable for economic development and its recognition as top work culture in Canada. She also happens to be a Counselling Therapist, recognized for supporting change and development with individuals.
A marketing strategist with 25+ years of success directing brands for high-profile organizations like Discover Saint John and Bell Aliant. Jillian spent her early career in NBTel start-ups New North Media, Innovatia and the LivingLAB before joining the marketing communications team at Aliant. In 2015, Jillian launched #SaintAwesome which has been widely adopted by visitors, residents and the local business community. And she won a Seatrade Global Cruise Award for Marketing Initiative of the Year in 2018 for a tidal mural produced by well-known street artist Sean Yoro (Hula) shared millions of times worldwide.
Marcy is a business professional with 20 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry and an education in tourism management and marketing. Being detailed-oriented, process driven and a belief in the need for continuous improvement led Marcy to obtain her Project Management Professional designation in 2017. She is passionate about the Saint John region and loves sharing stories and promoting our region as a place live, visit and do business.
A lifelong Saint John resident, Jeff has more than a decade of experience in Real Estate Development, Urban Planning and Project Management. He has lead a number high profile projects in the Saint John Region, including the development of the Fundy Quay, the Central Peninsula School project, the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan and the development incentives programs for the regions Uptown neighbourhoods. Jeff’s educational background includes a Masters in Urban Planning & Real Estate Development and a Masters Certificate in Project Management.
A proud New Brunswicker, Shawnna has over 30+ years in the Hotel/Tourism industry, which includes the Westin Calgary, Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John, Hilton Saint John & Saint John Trade & Convention Centre and Discover Saint John. Shawnna has a strong passion for our province and especially the Saint John region which she brings to every client contact across all sectors including Conventions & Meetings, Sport Tourism, Corporate Business and much more. In 2020, Shawnna was a finalist for Supplier of the Year by Professional Convention Management Association Canada Chapter East.
Joelle has over 16 years of diverse progressive human resources experience in contact centers and the hospitality industry.Prior to joining Envision Saint John, Joelle spent multiple years in strategic human resources roles at Marriott International, Cloud5 Communications & Stream International.
She is a well-rounded human resource representative who is an advocate for employees. She is passionate about coaching and developing employees by assisting them follow their dreams and find passion in their work.
Joelle has been an active member if CPHRNB since 2007, she holds a Business Diploma from NBCC and she is a CPHR Candidate.
Ann joined the Envision Saint John team as Finance Director following 12 years at Grant Thornton LLP, where she worked as a Manager. Prior to her time at Grant Thornton, Ann spent 17 years as the Controller for a long-haul transportation company. Ann volunteers as Treasurer for the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI), an organization of business professionals who are collaborating to help our region with generational poverty.
Before moving to the Saint John region, Daniel lived in Mexico, the UK, Portugal, and Spain. With his wife being from Saint John, they moved here in 2017 and found a community where they can thrive and grow. His most recent role involved leading the Newcomer Programming team at the YMCA of Greater Saint John, overseeing three programming portfolios: Community & Settlement Training, Language Programs, and Employment Initiatives.
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Jen is a seasoned marketing professional with over 18 years of experience working in various aspects of the marketing and advertising industry including roles at Discover Saint John, Hawk Communications, and the Saint John Board of Trade. With a BBA from University of New Brunswick Saint John and her MBA from Memorial University, Jen has a passion for telling the stories about what makes our region great, not only to visit, but as a place to call home. Jen’s primary focus is tourism, including our destination marketing campaigns, content creation and digital and social media marketing.
Nicole is a marketing and communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in the charitable and health care sectors. She is passionate about brand storytelling and has led provincial marketing campaigns for the YMCA and Horizon Health Network – gaining perspective and insights on communicating to a wide range of audiences. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University with a BA in Journalism and Communications and holds an Associate Marketing Management Professional certificate. During her time at the YMCA of Greater Saint John she was a member of the National Brand Council for Y Canada and worked to instill brand awareness through a strategic engagement campaign. She is passionate about growth in the Saint John region and volunteers as Co-Chair on Fusion Saint John. Nicole is the 2022 recipient of the Red Triangle Leader to Watch award.
Craig has 10+ years’ experience in sales and marketing in the hospitality sector. Prior to joining the Envision Saint John team, Craig was the Director of Sales & Marketing/Assistant General Manager at Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John. Craig is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and enjoys working with them to achieve their goals. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick Saint John, with a major in history and minor in business administration. Craig has been recognized as a champion for cultural diversity, as well as for his proven sales and customer satisfaction records. He volunteers on the Board of Directors for Uptown Saint John and was also the New Brunswick representative on the Canadian Hemophilia Society’s National Youth Committee.