Our Team


Tom Davies Square
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Fax: 705-671-6767
Toll Free: 1-800-668-7582

Josee Pharand
Business Centre Coordinator
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 2482

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
Kristen McKee
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4636

Kristen is responsible for assisting clients with business plan development, market research and outreach needs.  She also supports the Centre with the delivery of entrepreneurship programs. She graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration/Marketing as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. In addition, Kristen is also completing her Bachelor's degree in Business Management through Athabasca University.


  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning Support
  • Market Research
  • Business Outreach
Nicole Barker
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4639

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.  15 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.


  • Starter Company Plus Program
  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning Support
  • Market Research
Kara Fillion
Business Information and Communication Officer
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4415

As the Business Information and Communication Officer, Kara is responsible for managing the Centre's social media platforms and organizing seminars and special events. Kara has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from Laurentian University.  Kara has been involved with several not-for-profit organizations and she was the director of a leadership program for young women in Northern Ontario. She's a strong believer that anything is possible and is motivated to inspire people to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.


  • Marketing, Social Media and Communications
  • Seminars and Presentations
  • Special Events
  • Walk-ins and Consultations
Brad Senecal
Centre Intern
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4488

Brad is the Centre's first point of contact and supports entrepreneurs by providing guidance and startup resources.  Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Brad initially graduated from the Business – Marketing program at Fanshawe College before deciding to move back to Northern Ontario. In order to diversify his knowledge, Brad attended Laurentian University where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration. Brad enjoys creating a strong team environment in the workplace that he strives to reflect on positive client experiences.


  • Walk-ins and Startup Inquiries
  • Summer Company
  • Program Support