Three Citizens Appointed to Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Board of Directors

Jun 15, 2016

Karen Hourtovenko, Joanne Gervais and Angela Recollet have been appointed to the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) Board of Directors for three-year terms. The appointments were announced at the GSDC Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2016 following a citywide call for applications. Service on the GSDC Board of Directors is an unpaid, volunteer position.

“Each of these volunteers brings diversity and a high caliber of expertise to their appointments. This is a direct reflection of the highly qualified and experienced citizens we have in this City,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “On behalf of Council, I welcome our new members and we look forward to their contributions for the continuing economic advancement of our city.”

Karen Hourtovenko is CEO/ operations /HR/ finance manager for Riverside Cardiac Clinic and Lifezone Inc. She has more than 28 years of experience in the health care field, in both public and private sector, including primary and acute patient care, and more than 18 years of experience in management, business operations, behavior modification, health/ wellness consulting and life coaching. Karen has an impressive record of community service and is just completing her term as the Chair of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.

Joanne Gervais is the executive director for the Sudbury chapter of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO), the voice of Franco-Ontarians in the region. Prior to joining Sudbury chapter of the ACFO, Joanne was the executive director for the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, one of Ontario’s 13 cultural heritage centres. Joanne is a graduate of Sudbury/Laurentian University with a major in philosophy and ethics. Joanne is well connected in the cultural, health and education sectors and widely respected advocate and community organizer.

Angela Recollet is the executive director of the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre. Previously, Angela was the lead in Aboriginal Affairs at Laurentian University. Cumulatively, she has extensive experience working with the aboriginal community both as an advocate in education and in improving the general living and health conditions of aboriginal populations. Her leadership strengths have led to numerous community engagements increasing the visibility of Aboriginal people’s accomplishment, such as the inclusion of First peoples on the Bridge of Nations and founding co-chairs of the first Northern Aboriginal Festival in the City of Greater Sudbury of 2008.

“These three individuals are an excellent complement for our existing Board skill set, bringing demonstrated, relevant and strategic acumen to the table,” said GSDC chair Dr. Darren Stinson. “It is exciting to welcome new members to the board who bring with them a fresh perspective. The benefit from their combined expertise will help us to continue supporting Greater Sudbury’s economic growth and innovation.” 
The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury. Consisting of a 17-member board of directors and supported by municipal staff, the GSDC acts as a catalyst for economic development initiatives and supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community.