Our Team

Josee Pharand (Bilingual)
Business Centre Coordinator
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 2482
[email protected]

As the Coordinator of the Regional Business Centre, Josée is responsible for the overall management and coordination of programs, services, staff and partnerships; and represents economic and business interests for the City of Greater Sudbury.  Josée graduated from the Computer Engineering Technologist program at Collège Boréal. Following graduation, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. She has worked at the Regional Business Centre since 2009 and has also taught computer and business courses part-time at Collège Boréal since 2006.


  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Community Partnerships
  • Program Delivery
  • Human Resources

Nicole Barker
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4639
[email protected]

As a Small Business Specialist, Nicole enjoys working with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as they strive to start and/or grow their business; particularly as the lead of the Starter Company Plus Program.  10+ years experience as Co-Owner of two successful businesses within the City of Greater Sudbury, combined with formal education in Business Management & Finance through Nipissing University and Canadore College, allows Nicole to bring both a wealth of experience and knowledge to every aspect of small business.


  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning Support
  • Starter Company Plus
  • Summer Company