Board of Directors

Current Members of the Executive and Board

Dorothy Keating, 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.


Andrea Stack, Senior 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. She has also completed the Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Financial Planner 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.

Janis Byrne, First 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, Second 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).

Kendra MacDonald, Treasurer

Kendra MacDonald is a Partner in Deloitte’s St. John’s office where she leads the Atlantic Risk Advisory practice. Kendra is also the Lead Client Service Partner for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and specializes in the areas of governance, cybersecurity, internal audit and risk management. Throughout over 20 years with Deloitte, Kendra has worked with a number of clients across multiple industries, small and large, public and private.

As a member of Deloitte’s National Innovation Council, Kendra is committed to raising awareness around the impact of exponential technologies including: advanced manufacturing, sensors and networks, robotics, cybersecurity, collaborative platforms and artificial intelligence, which can create new and exciting opportunities for businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Prior to moving to St. John’s where she now resides with her husband and two children, Kendra has lived and worked in multiple Deloitte offices and countries including Ottawa, Montreal, the US Virgin Islands, Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong and Moscow, Russia.

Kendra is Vice-Chair of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), and she is also the Audit Committee Chair for BioCanRx, a national health charity.

Kendra is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with an Associateship in Piano Performance and Piano Teaching.

Des Whelan, Immediate Past Chair
Des Whelan is a partner in Training Works!. He has more than 25 years of experience in business with a strong background in management, human resources, training, and technology sales. Des has brought a strategic sales and strong business planning focus to his business ventures.  Training Works! is a new company focused on workplace skills enhancement and human capital development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 his involvement with the St. John’s Board of Trade, he is the 2017 President of the Canadian Homebuilders Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Des is also a strong believer in giving back to his community. He is a member of the Provincial Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, is involved with fund development in a number of non-profit organizations, and was a founding board member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.  Des lives in Paradise with his wife Kerri, as well as daughters Sarah and Emma.

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.

Don-E Coady (Dc)
Founding partner and Creative Director of Dc Design House Inc., an award-winning advertising and design company in St. John’s, NL (Ice award – website (’15); Ice award – campaign (’15); Business Excellence Award –- Community Spirit (’15)

Two-term President of the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (’13, ’14); Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade (’16); St. John’s Board of Trade winner for Volunteer of the year (’15); MusicNL Volunteer of the year (’14); Rotary Northwest Aidan Maloney’s Young Professional of the Year (’15).

Active supporter and contributor to our tech, creative and business communities and associations. Co-founder of Mental Health Advocacy group Its Mental; Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. John’s; Advisory Committee member of R.E.A.L. Program; Board member of UnpossibleNL; Futurepreneur Canada Mentor; Entrepreneurs Network (E3) Mentor; St. John’s Board of Trade Connector Program participant; Celebrity Shave Team participant in YACC’s Shave for the Brave (’15); Co-Founder of Positive Change Project; Founder of The Business Association of NL’s ‘Head Start’ Program; Marketing partner and host of TEDx St. John’s yearly event.

Singer/songwriter and musician (709, Mt. Scio); Event Emcee; Featured Cast in EntrepreneurNL, a six-episode lifestyle-documentary series about life in business and community in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador appearing on NTV, Rogers TV, Eastlink and streaming services.

Dc is forever looking forward to creating, contributing and communicating big ideas that help make our city and province great!

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.

Jon Drover
Jon Drover is a St. John’s native. A software developer, he owns and operates Blue Communications Inc., a technology consulting company he established in 2004.

Blue Communications Inc. joined the St. John’s Board of Trade in 2006 and Jon has actively served on the Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Federal Provincial Affairs committees.

Jon has considerable experience in small business development: he opened Stoggers Pizza in 2005, was a founding partner with The Independent newspaper in 2003 and manages/performs with the band 709 since 2007.  In addition, Jon is a founding partner in Yellow Environmental Inc., which designs and sells software and related products used in the recycling industry throughout Canada.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (’98) and a Law degree (’03).  He lives in St. John’s with his wife and three children.

Justin Ladha
Justin has spent his career in residential and commercial real estate development, sales, financing and management.  As Vice President 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.

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.

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.