Our Team – Regional Business Our Team – Regional Business

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Elizabeth Aho
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4645
[email protected]

Elizabeth has years of experience working for the Regional Business Centre supporting local entrepreneurs, in addition to her work in other administrative and communications roles for organizations in Greater Sudbury and Ottawa, including NOSM and the Ottawa Art Gallery. She has an Honours B.A. in Communication Studies from Carleton University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Laurentian University. Elizabeth is passionate about contributing to the successes of small businesses in our community, using her creativity and skill set to help clients reach their goals.

Responsibilities:

  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning Support
  • Market Research

 

Ken Bonder (Bilingual)
Business Information and Marketing Officer
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4415
[email protected]

Ken develops and implements marketing and communications efforts on behalf of the Regional Business Centre. With formal education in commerce, economics and communications from Laurentian University, he supports and delivers results for entrepreneurs with all of their small business needs as the Business Information and Marketing Officer.

Responsibilities:

  • Marketing
  • Training Programming
  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning + Marketing Strategy Support
  • Outreach

 

Caitlin Thompson
Youth Programs Officer
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4636
[email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Summer Company
  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Registration
  • Business Planning Support

 

Jade Kutchaw
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 1305
[email protected]

Jade has years of experience working and consulting for small businesses. Most recently, she worked at Clearco where she helped grow and scale leading eCommerce brands, in addition to years of working in many marketing, sales and business development roles. She has an Honours B.A. from the University of Guelph and is near completion of her Executive MBA from the University of Fredericton. Jade is passionate about growing the Northern Ontario and specifically supporting entrepreneurship in Sudbury.

Responsibilities:

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