Board of Directors

Current Members of the Executive and Board

Andrea Stack, Chair
Andrea Stack is the lead Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with The Stack Team at CIBC Wood Gundy.  She helps her clients navigate the complexities of managing wealth and works with them to provide financial, investment and estate plans tailored to their individual needs.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree Andrea worked in Toronto for a few years in the investment industry before deciding to return home to Newfoundland.  She completed her MBA at Memorial University and started work as an Investment Advisor in 2000.  She is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute having completed her Canadian Investment Manager and Certified International Wealth Manager Designations. She has also completed the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations.

Volunteering and community service are important to Andrea.  She is the 2018 Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, a board member for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, and an advisory board member for Memorial University’s School of Business.  Andrea is also an active member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, serving as Club President in  2010-2011, and is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow, given by Rotary in recognition for her outstanding service.  She has served on various charitable boards and committees over the years and is active in the many fundraising initiatives undertaken by CIBC Wood Gundy such as Children’s Miracle Day.

Janis Byrne, Senior Vice-Chair
Janis Byrne is Chief Legal Officer to the Pennecon Group of Companies. After graduating from Memorial University in 1991, Janis obtained her LL.B from the University of Windsor in 1994, and her LL.L from the University of Ottawa in 1995; she was admitted to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996.

After practising with Poole Althouse in Corner Brook, NL from 1996 to 1999, Janis joined the Pennecon Group, and has been responsible for establishing and managing the legal department. Her practice is primarily corporate/ commercial and real estate.

She is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association (NL Branch) and recently served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association, a national not-for-profit corporation, which arranges for the provision of a wide range of insurance products to members of the legal community.

Janis served two years as a director with the St. John’s Board of Trade. She served six years on the Board of Directors for the Ches Penney Family YMCA. She was formerly a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East, and a Director with the St. John’s SPCA.  Janis enjoys yoga, playing golf, travel, and hanging out with her partner, Steve Wedgwood, and their two dogs.


Andrew Wadden, First Vice Chair
Andrew has been a Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade since January of 2014. He is a Partner with the law firm, Wadden Peddigrew Hogan.

Andrew graduated from Memorial University in 1997, and from Dalhousie in 2002. Andrew was recognized as Valedictorian for his graduating class from Dalhousie Law School while also receiving the HG Puddester Award for his demonstrated academic and leadership ability.

His experience spans many years having worked as an associate in one of the region’s largest firms, as in-house counsel for a large insurance company, and now as a founding partner of Wadden Peddigrew Hogan.

In the community Andrew plays an active role in the Royal St. John’s Regatta as both a rower, and Committee member. He currently serves on the Boards of Clean St. John’s, and Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. He has served with the Holy Heart of Mary Theatre Advisory Board, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (NL) for the Canadian Bar Association. Additionally, he has taught at Memorial University in the faculty of Human Kinetics and Recreation on the legal aspects of recreation and risk management.

In 2014, Andrew was awarded the Rotary St. John’s Northwest Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award (an award aimed at recognizing two young professionals, aged 25-40 years, who are doing great work in their community and who have potential to positively impact their vocations and communities in the future).

Justin Ladha, Second Vice Chair
Justin has spent his career in residential and commercial real estate development, sales, financing and management.  As CEO of KMK Capital Inc., based in St. John’s, he holds responsibility for all such areas within the KMK group of companies, with a focus on business development.

In addition to real estate development, Justin is active in the management of KMK’s engineering and property management firms.  As well as his KMK-related directorships, Justin serves on the Board of Directors for Nalcor Oil and Gas and is an advisor for other not-for-profit entities.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a licensed Realtor.

Jennifer Clement, Treasurer
Jennifer leads the audit practice for KPMG in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She has over 25 years of professional experience providing audit and related services to the public sector, not-for-profit organizations and charities, as well as public companies and privately-owned commercial clients. Throughout her career, she has managed large multi-disciplinary audit teams and she is actively involved with clients in each of the various accounting frameworks including: Public Sector Reporting with and without the Section 4200 option, Accounting Standards for Not-for-profit organizations, Accounting Standards for Pension Plans, International Financial Reporting Standards, and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise. Jennifer is a member of KPMG’s National Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Industry Groups which meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and current topics potentially impacting our clients.

Dorothy Keating, Immediate Past Chair
Dorothy Keating is a Partner with Noseworthy Chapman in St. John’s which is the largest locally owned Chartered Professional accounting firm in the province. Dorothy’s career has spanned both public practice and industry and she has been a trusted business advisor for over 20 years, bringing her knowledge to entrepreneurial, multinational and non-profit clients of all sizes in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her primary areas of service to her clientele include audit and assurance, finance, taxation, mergers and acquisitions and business advisory services.

Dorothy graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and obtained her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1992. She was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the community and to the profession. In January of 2015 Dorothy received her FCPA, CA designation on merger of the three accounting professions.

Dorothy has been involved in many volunteer and community activities including serving as a Board Member of the Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board, Finance Chair of Holy Trinity Parish, Torbay, past Chair and Board member for the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador and also serving for eight years as a municipal councilor with the Town of Torbay.

Janine Browne
Janine is the Director of Sales with PAL Airlines leading a dynamic sales team for the largest independent airline operating in Eastern Canada, proudly serving 27 destinations.

Janine began her career in the not-for-profit sector before transitioning to the hospitality and travel industry where she fine-tuned her sales and leadership skills. A graduate of Memorial University’s Business Administration program, she has always been passionate about customer service, marketing and business development.

As a community volunteer, Janine is committed to assisting organizations focused on helping children and families in need. She has volunteered with many worthwhile organizations such as the Kids East Smart Foundation, The Children’s Wish Foundation and multiple Ronald McDonald House initiatives.

The St. John’s Board of Trade has played an integral role in Janine’s involvement with the business community in this city. She has served a full term as an ambassador and then as chair to the ambassador committee with the Board and has also served on the Annual Golf Tournament, the Member Value and the Business Summit committees. Janine is very much looking forward to serving as a director and contributing to the membership and the St. John’s business community in a new capacity.

Norm Dimmell
Norm is Vice President, Corporate Services for Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (Emera NL), a subsidiary of Emera Inc. (EMA:TSX).

Norm is responsible for corporate business relations and operational readiness of the Maritime Link Project, one of the most transformative High-voltage electrical interconnection projects currently being developed in Atlantic Canada.

Prior to joining ENL Norm’s career included a number of leadership, management, & strategic roles for Noble Denton, GL Noble Denton, and DNV GL’s Oil and Gas division spanning almost 20 years.

Having a love for all things outdoors, Norm is a past president of the Canadian Ski Patrol Terra Nova Zone. He is also a past board member of the International Association of Marine Warranty Surveyors and is currently an acting warden for Iron Ring Camp 20 for Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Alex Gibson
A serial recruiter, community builder, and self-proclaimed “Newfoundlander by Choice”, Alex is committed deeply to championing diversity through leadership and within the workplace.
Graduating from MUN, Alex has lived and breathed the recruiting world for more than 5 years. His career began with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, followed by Group zed (zedIT Solutions), and he is currently with SNC Lavalin where he is steering the talent drive for major projects within the province.
As an active volunteer with Ronald McDonald House, The Gathering Place, and Easter Seals, Alex gives his time to multiple non-profit boards and community organizations. The SJBOT has been a catalyst for his career and in helping with many networking opportunities. Over the past 3 years Alex has served as an Ambassador on the board, along with sitting on the labour market and member value committees.
Alex has served a term as the Chair to the St. John’s Board of Trade’s Ambassador team, where he has helped grow Gen YYT (the under 40 professional networking initiative) and spearheaded multiple volunteering drives with the team.

Glenn Janes
Glenn is a management consultant. His previous work experience spans the private and public sectors: CEO of the Research and Development Corporation, worked for Imperial Innovations in London, England, Hi-Point Industries in Grand Falls and Genesis Organic in Corner Brook.
Glenn holds a degree in Chemistry from Yale University, an MSc in Environmental Management from Oxford University and an MBA from Oxford University.  Both Oxford degrees were completed as a Rhodes Scholar.  He is a chartered director and have completed certifications from both the Institute for Chartered Directors and the Director’s College.  He serves on several Boards including Genoa Design International, the Rhodes Trust in NL and the Institute for Chartered Directors NL Chapter, and volunteers on the Vanier Elementary School Council.

Melissa Royle
Melissa is lawyer with the firm Benson Buffett and has a practice focusing in the areas of civil litigation and business law. She has experience in a number of specific areas including contract interpretation and dispute resolution, employment law, and privacy/access to information law.

Melissa was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the Law Foundation of Newfoundland Scholarship for the Study of Law and the Reginald H. Brown Memorial Law School Scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and History from Memorial University.

Passionate about both policy and politics, Melissa actively serves on the Board of Trade Federal/Provincial Affairs committee and on the organizing committee of Equal Voice NL, a multi-partisan organization that promotes the political engagement and election of women. She volunteers with fundraising efforts of numerous community organizations including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Perchance Theatre. Melissa is also a frequent political panelist and commentator for the CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show.

Joanne Slaney
Joanne has worked with Altus Group since graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a joint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in 2004. During her time with Altus she has traveled extensively, completing large consulting assignments in British Columbia and Alberta as well as throughout Newfoundland and central Labrador. Joanne also worked for a period of time in Toronto, Ontario working on analysis of large office towers and complexes. She has experience in valuing a large range of commercial properties including multi-residential, residential condominium, industrial developments, remote fishing lodges, airport facilities, golf course communities and ski hill developments. Joanne has also completing a number of consulting and market research studies was well as provided expert testimony for mediation panels and assessment appeal court. In 2016 Joanne was awarded the Top Appraiser under 40 in Canada by the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Jenny Smith
With 20 years in the advertising and marketing business, Jenny is no stranger to creating internationally recognized, award-winning advertising. She’s ranked one of the top creatives in Canada, and is the region’s most decorated creative person. In 2013, Jenny launched her very own advertising agency in St. John’s. She grew Ray from a one-person operation to one of the hottest shops in Atlantic Canada.
Jenny has worked on small local clients to big international brands including Ikea, Air Canada, Irving Oil, Labatt, Maple Leaf Foods, McCain, Unilever, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Scouts Canada, Cooke Aquaculture, Charm Diamond Centres, Atlantic Lottery, St. John’s International Airport Authority and many more.
She has won hundreds of regional, national, and international creative and results-oriented awards. She’s also the only woman east of Montreal to win a coveted Gold Cannes Lions and in 2009, sat on the Cannes Lions Radio jury, presenting Canada. In addition, Jenny has judged every major award show in Canada (including all regional shows).
Just one year after launching her own agency in St. John’s, Ray swept the 2014 ICE Awards winning Best of Show, beating out every other agency in the region. And in Strategy Magazine’s 2015 Creative Report Card, Ray was ranked #1 in Atlantic Canada, both as Agency and Creative Director. In 2016, she won NLOWE’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Start Up. In 2017, Ray made the Top 50 Start-Ups in Canada according to Canadian Business, PROFIT 500 and MacLean’s Magazine. Jenny was also honoured as an Atlantic Canadian finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. To round out 2017, Ray was awarded Leader in Growth & Sales at the St. John’s Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards.
She sits on three boards: NL Business & the Arts, Artistic Fraud, and Ever Green Recycling. Jenny lives in St. John’s with her husband and two children, who like some of her work.

Shirley Smith
Shirley is the Vice President Human Resources with The Cahill Group. She has dedicated the past two decades of her professional career to Human Resources and Labour Relations in the construction oil and gas industry, having been actively involved in all major oil and gas projects in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron, as well as the Sable Offshore Energy project in Nova Scotia.

In her current role she leads the Human Resources and Labour Relations team for the Cahill Group for all locations across Canada. She is a driving force for promoting fairness, equality, diversity and respect, and recently introduced a new program to the organization called “Respect: It’s Everyone’s Job”. Her passion for her work and her ability to balance the needs of employees with the requirements of management and clients makes her a key member of Cahill’s executive team.

Shirley earned her Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR) in 2005 and received the Award for Human Resources Excellence in the National Professional Practice Assessment through the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA).

She has served as a Director on the board of the Human Resources Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador (HRPNL) and Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC). She recently joined the new Board of Directors of the Iris Kirby House and has served on numerous committees.