Board of Directors

Current Members of the Executive and Board


Kim Keating, Chair
Kim Keating is the Director of Projects with GJ Cahill & Co. Ltd. Kim has over 16 years experience in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry. She started work on the Hibernia project and, in 1997, joined the Terra Nova project design team, located in the United Kingdom, with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.). Kim has held a variety of positions throughout the Terra Nova Development from engineering design through to construction, commissioning and finally production operations. Kim has also supported field development activities for other East Coast developments including White Rose, Hibernia and Hebron as well as Beta Brent in Norway, and Buzzard and Golden Eagle Area Development in the UK.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Memorial University and is a registered member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). She also holds her Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation and has completed her Masters in Business Administration.

Kim is on the MUN Board of Regents, a member of the Rhodes Scholarship in Canada regional selection committee and a past president of WISE NL (Women in Science & Engineering). Kim also participates on several advisory committees to both PEGNL and Memorial University.

Kim is married to Jim Keating and has three daughters Karoline, Ava, and Madeline.

Des Whelan, Senior Vice-Chair

Des Whelan is the president of Keyin College. He has more than 20 years of experience in business with a strong background in sales of technology, management and human resources. Des has brought a strong business planning focus to the college and is part of a team driving the college’s development in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.
Des is a graduate of Memorial University, with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics, and holds a professional manager designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.
In addition to the Board of Trade, Des serves as the president of the Newfoundland Labrador Association of Career Colleges, is a board member of the National Association of Career Colleges, and an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Homebuilders Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dorothy Keating, 1st Vice Chair

Dorothy is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) Degree program (1990) and received her professional designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. Dorothy started her career with Noseworthy Chapman in 1988 and left the firm in 1993 to pursue other challenges in Industry and professional practice. As a Senior Manager with a national CA firm, Dorothy has provided business advisory services to entrepreneurial, multinational, and non-profit clients of all sizes in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has managed several large engagements including a university, a publicly traded utility, as well as a publicly traded company engaged in telecommunications. During her career in industry, Dorothy has served as the Controller of a Newfoundland owned and operated distribution company and Corporate Controller and the divisional Vice President of Finance of an international publicly traded fish harvesting and processing company. Dorothy’s primary areas of service include audit and assurance, taxation and business advisory services. Dorothy is currently chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador and serves as the Chair of their Strategic Planning Committee. Dorothy has been involved in many community activities including serving for eight years as a municipal councillor with the Town of Torbay.

Derek Purchase, Secretary/Treasurer

Derek holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University (1982); Chartered Accountant (1985); Northwestern University Executive Development Program (1999).

Derek is a Senior Partner with Ernst & Young. He has over 30 years’ experience leading teams and providing various audit and assurance services to clients. He is Assurance Services leader for Atlantic Canada, and provides audit and advisory services to many large private and public clients. He is an Engagement Partner on several of Atlantic Canada’s largest companies with global operations and was lead Engagement Partner on several large internal audit outsourcing engagements.

Derek joined Ernst & Young in New Brunswick in 1986 and was admitted to the partnership in 1991. He was named New Brunswick Managing Partner in 1995, and in 2000 he was appointed Newfoundland Managing Partner. He was subsequently Atlantic Canada Managing Partner from 2003 to 2007. Derek has served on the Canadian Partnership Board, the Americas Partner Advisory Council (reporting to the Global CEO of Ernst & Young), and has also served as Telecommunications Industry Leader for Canada.

Derek is married to Susan and they have three children.

Andrea Stack, Second Vice-Chair
Andrea Stack is a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with The Stack Team at CIBC Wood Gundy.  Andrea helps 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.

In addition to the Board of Trade, Andrea is a board member with Hope Air and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, having served as Club President in the 2010-2011 Rotary year, and is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow, given by Rotary in recognition for her service.


Sharon Horan, Immediate Past Chair
Sharon Horan, graduated from Dalhousie University with an Honors Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1987. Upon graduation from Dalhousie, Sharon began work in the public hospital system in St. John’s; and, while working full-time in the public sector, she opened her first business – Atlantic Orthotics Ltd. – in 1989. In 1994, she left the hospital setting completely and opened her second business – FIT For Work. Since 1994 FIT For Work has evolved into a multifaceted, interdisciplinary company with 4 offices across Newfoundland, and a partnership of almost 40 staff and/or contractors. In recent years, Schooner Holdings (a Real Estate holding company) and Dory Holdings (an investment company) have also been formed. She has received several awards for her business success including “Employer of Distinction” from NLEC in 2010, “Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs” from Profit Magazine in 2011, and a NLOWE Innovation award in 2013.

Despite a busy life at work, Sharon has been committed to her community volunteering and taking on many leadership roles with various organizations. She is a Past President of the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Pedorthic Association of Canada. She was also a founding Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, and a past Director of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council (NLEC). From 2002 to 2008 she was the Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board, and is a past Chairperson of the College of Pedorthics of Canada (2003 -2008). Also, she is a past board member of the YMCA of Northeast Avalon and she successfully chaired the Fundraising Campaign to build a new 16 Million dollar YW-YMCA in St. John’s. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East and she has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by her club members for her voluntarism and extensive contribution to fundraising in this club. She is an avid outdoors girl and her interests include fishing, canoeing, running, hiking, swimming, downhill skiing, and ski-dooing.


Kim Paddon, Director
Kim Paddon is one of a new breed of business owners. With her signature glasses and passion for pink, this fashionista operates Whink with sense and style.
Kim has always been creative and studied to be a graphic designer at Holland College after a year in traditional academia failed to ignite her passion. After graduation, Kim returned home to St. John’s to be closer to her family and began working in retail and graphic design. Kim was helping her dad find the perfect Christmas present for her mom, when she stumbled upon her dream business in the form of a soon to close gift shop. Over the next few months Whink was created. The shop has been featuring Sparkes’ trendy and classic style since May 19, 2010, in the form of locally-made and international jewellery and other beautiful things.
Wh!nk has recently expanded into a larger storefront and online shop. Kim loves her horse Kitty, bright lipstick, glitter, and meeting new customers. She lives in St. John’s with her husband Rob and their beagle Bentley.


Janis Byrne, Director
Janis Byrne is Chief Legal Officer to the Pennecon Group of Companies. Janis was admitted to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996, and joined the Pennecon Group in 1999.
She is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association (NL Branch) and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Board of Trade. Janis is a member of the Discipline Committee for the Law Society of NL, and a lecturer for the Bar Admission Course (corporate/commercial). She serves on the Nominations Committee for the Ches Penney Family YMCA.

Kevin Peters, Director
Kevin Peters has over 10 years of senior management experience focusing on business development, marketing and operations. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Hickman Automotive Group, responsible for over 425 employees located in nine branches that represent multiple automotive brands. Kevin was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Division of UniTek Global Services where he was responsible for expanding and diversifying the Unitek brand within Canada through field surveying, engineering, construction and project management divisions. Prior to Unitek, he served as Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Persona Communications, a national Canadian cable provider where he was responsible for developing specific retention, acquisition and customer loyalty campaigns to increase the company’s market share. Kevin has also served as Vice-President and General Manager of Personas’ east coast operations managing all aspects of the division, including overseeing multi-million dollar terrestrial and submarine fiber optic builds while improving operations.
Kevin currently lives in Mount Pearl with his wife and three daughters.

Craig Ennis, Director
Craig is Senior Communications Counsel with Atlantic Lottery. He has worked in both provincial and federal governments, at a university technology incubator, with marketing/PR agencies, and at a member-based association. Craig holds a degree in public relations and an MBA.


Jim Fallon, Director
Jim Fallon is Regional Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal. Jim was born and raised in St. John’s and currently lives in the city with his wife Susan. Jim began received his undergraduate degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1980 and his MBA from Dalhousie University in 2006. Jim has 34 years with BMO and was appointed as Vice President in 2010.
Jim has a firm belief that we need to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Over the years he has been active in many local charities and community organizations.


Wilfred J. Zerbe, Director
Wilfred J. Zerbe joined Memorial University in 2010 and is currently Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. His research interests focus on emotions in organizations, organizational research methods, service sector management, business ethics, and leadership. His publications have appeared in books and journals including The Academy of Management Review, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Psychology, Journal of Services Marketing, and Journal of Research in Higher Education. Prior to joining Memorial University he was on faculty with the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, where he held positions as Associate Dean (MBA), and Associate Dean (Executive Education). Dr. Zerbe received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Commerce and Business Administration and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology.


Andrew Wadden, Director
Andrew Wadden is a graduate of Memorial and Dalhousie University and a lawyer with the firm of Wadden Peddigrew Hogan (WPH Law). He has been part of the St. John’s business community since finishing law school in 2002. His experience includes working as an associate in one of the region’s largest firms, as in-house counsel for a large insurance company, and now a founding partner of WPH Law.
Andrew was recognized as Valedictorian of his Dalhousie Law class while also receiving the HG Puddester Award for demonstrated academic and leadership ability. This fall he received the 2014 Rotary Northwest Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award, an award aimed at recognizing professionals who are doing great work in their community and who can positively impact their vocations.
Andrew is a rower and member of the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee, Clean St. John’s Board, and former Big Brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He has also taught at MUN in the school of Human Kinetics and Recreation on the legal aspects of recreation and risk management.

Marilyn Butland, Director
Marilyn Butland has been steering her own business consulting and communications practice for five years, after 13 years in agency work in management and as a partner, and 14 years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Building on her MUN Bachelor of Commerce (’82) and MBA work, along with certifications in public participation, partnership brokering, and management consulting, Marilyn is a strategic, results-focused, professional team player. She has a proven reputation for developing solid relationships in complex situations with people who matter: in mine related projects including start-up plans for Vale’s Long Harbour Processing Plant to owner interests in re-opening Wabush mine; in aboriginal relations for Labrador Inuit business interests and Qalipu Mi’kmaq member rights; and business leadership in guiding firms, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations through awareness campaigns, issue management and growth. Her passion for promoting the province is grounded in a deep connection and commitment to Labrador.