GSDC welcomes new and returning board members

Jun 12, 2015

For immediate release                                                                         Friday, June 12, 2015

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) Board held its annual general meeting on June 10, 2015. Dr. Darren Stinson, Chelmsford Animal Hospital, was reinstated as chair for a third term, while Wendy Watson of Greater Sudbury Utilities, and Paul Kusnierczyk of Royal LePage North Heritage Realty, will return for their second three-year terms. Two new members have joined the Board, including Peter Nykilchuk of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton, and David Paquette of Paquette Management Services.

“We are happy to welcome Dr. Darren Stinson back as Chair of the GSDC Board,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “A strong supporter of economic development in our city, his extensive knowledge and commitment to our community are an asset to the GSDC as it works to incorporate council’s vision of a more prosperous community.”

Stinson is a veterinarian and co-owner of the Chelmsford Animal Hospital. He is a director of the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association and has been president of the Sudbury Veterinary Association for many years. He has served on the College of Veterinarians of Ontario for 12 years on the Complaints and Discipline Committees. Stinson served more than 10 years on the Walden Winter Carnival Organizing Committee and is the current vice president of the Copper Cliff Curling Club. Municipally, he has chaired the Firearms Discharge By-law Advisory Panel, the Multi-Use Recreational Complex Advisory Panel and the Market Square Renewal Advisory Panel.

New member Nykilchuk has served as an executive member of the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association Board and currently holds the position of vice president of Hockey Operations. He is a previous member of the Sudbury Tourism Steering Committee and a member of the inaugural Sport Tourism Advisory Panel for the City of Greater Sudbury. Nykilchuk is the general manager of the Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton in Sudbury.

New member David Paquette is a lifelong resident of the Sudbury area and a graduate of Laurentian University. He has been a coach in the Sudbury Playground Hockey League for ten years and has volunteered his time and resources to a number of local charities, including the Ten Rainbows Foundation. He is President of Paquette Management Services.

“I would like to thank the board members for actively participating in the economic development of the City of Greater Sudbury, a key priority for our community,” said Stinson. “We are fortunate to be surrounded by great staff and a supportive City Council. It is an exciting time to be a part of the economic development initiatives of the GSDC and I am looking forward to what the future holds for the growth of our city.”

The GSDC is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury, consisting of a 17-member board of directors and supported by City staff. They act as a liaison between economic growth and development, and City Council.  The work of the GSDC board extends beyond monetary outcomes. It focuses on quality of life, retention of talent in the north, business growth, and the support of arts and culture in our community.

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