Board of Directors

Board of Directors2024-05-15T13:13:31-05:00

Brad Beyak
Co-Chair

Brad was born in Atikokan, Ontario and has resided in Northwestern Ontario his entire life.  After graduating from Atikokan High School, he attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology), Honours Bachelor of Physical Education Degree and a Master of Science Degree. Throughout his education he has specialized in studying human behaviour, motor learning/behaviour and human factors.  Once completed his education he worked with the Atikokan and District Association for Developmental Services, the March of Dimes, St. Joseph’s Care Group prior to permanently relocating to his home town of Atikokan, Ontario with his family.  He is currently employed by the Atikokan Economic Development Corporation as an Employment Counsellor, managing the programs available through the Atikokan Employment Centre.  Brad is a registered health professional in the province of Ontario as a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. Regardless of where he has resided, Brad has always been an active community member serving with various boards, groups and organizations.  On a personal note he enjoys spending time with family and in the outdoors fishing and camping especially in the area of Quetico Provincial Park.

Sector: Employment & Training
Company: Atikokan Employment Centre
Title/Position: Employment Counselor & Manager
Community: Atikokan

Jessalyn Watt
Co-Chair

Jessalyn is currently working for Copperfin Credit Union as the Learning and Development Advisor for all Branches in Northwestern Ontario. Responsible for team member learning and professional development. Previously was the Human Resources Manager for Lake of the Woods Brewing Company and Casual Relief Resident Counselor at Women’s Shelter, Saakaate House in Kenora.  University graduate from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Course requirements completed from Human Resources Professional Association, studying to complete CHRL designation. Volunteer work involves Volunteer Coordinator for Annual Moose ‘n Fiddle Music Festival in Nestor Falls.  Previously Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Community Coordinator for Kenora and Red Lake area.  Born in Thunder Bay, Jessalyn moved to Kenora in 2016 to gain further Human Resources experience and was a resident of Kenora for the past 6 years.  Jessalyn has recently moved back to Thunder Bay to be closer to family but still is dedicated in serving the Kenora & Rainy River Region.  During Jessalyn’s downtime she enjoys travelling, being at the lake and enjoying time with friends and family.

Sector: Broader Community
Company: Copperfin Credit Union
Title/Position: Learning and Development Advisor
Community: Kenora

Marie Seymour
Director

Marie is a member of the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation in the Treaty #3 Territory and is a graduate of Carleton University with honours in Sociology and Law and has received her Certification as an Indigenous Leader through AFOA.  She is the Executive Director for Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong which is the employment and training agency for the Treaty #3 territory and has been in this position since 1992.  She lives in Kenora with her husband and son and in addition to volunteering for NTAB, is a volunteer director for the Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation and President of the Kenora Anishinaabe KWEG.

Sector: Indigenous
Company: Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Treaty 3 Communities

Allyson Pele
Director

Allyson is an Economic Development Officer with the City of Kenora and is thrilled to be working with local businesses to support retention and expansion opportunities. Previously, she was the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre for over nine years where she created initiatives and programming to foster the development and growth of new and existing businesses across the Kenora and Rainy River districts. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Royal University and is passionate about supporting business and community development. She sits on the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board, co-chairs the Regional Economic Development Group in the Kenora and Rainy River districts, and is a board member at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre. In her free time, Allyson spends time on Lake of the Woods and with her miniature dachshund, Annie.

Sector: Business
Company: City of Kenora
Title/Position: EDO
Community: Kenora

Nicke Paddock
Director / Secretary Treasurer

Nicke is the Executive Director for Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) in Fort Frances. Prior to this position she was the Director for Riverside Foundation for Health Care and the director of Communications for Riverside for 3.5 years. She has a passion for community and business development. Nicke represents the Education/Training Sector. She has an advertising/marketing diploma and has been the founder/owner of previous businesses in the past.

Sector: Education / Training
Company: Northern Community Development Services
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Fort Frances

Tracy Oshie-Horton
Director

Tracy is a member of Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) and currently works for the First Nation as the Training and Employment Coordinator. Tracy has worked for the First Nation for several years in different capacities ranging from manufacturing, managing the restaurant at the Historical Centre, working within the Ontario Works Program and administration. Her main focus during the last few years has been training and employment.  Tracy represents the Indigenous Sector.

Sector: Indigenous
Company: Rainy River First Nations
Title/Position: Training and Employment Coordinator
Community: Rainy River First Nations – Fort Frances

Michelle Hiscox
Director

Michelle Hiscox is the Economic Development Officer with Chukuni Communities Development Corporation in Red Lake and is a member of multiple boards and committees that contribute to the well-being of the region. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge and is a certified Life Skills Coach through Medicine Hat College. Michelle has multiple years of experience in Community and Economic Development, Employment and Business Project Management, and Assessment and Action Planning. She is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in Community and Economic Development, and is committed to building collaborative relationships to support employers, entrepreneurs, and members of the community in reaching their goals to enhance overall quality of life. Facilitating access to resources, developing marketing campaigns, networking to build constructive partnerships, and planning large scale events to bring businesses and communities together are just a few areas of her experience.

Sector: Community and Economic Development
Company: Chukuni Communities Development Corporation
Title/Position: Economic Development Officer
Community: Ear Falls and Red Lake

Heather Johnson
Director

Heather is the Executive Director for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce starting in March of 2020. The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, member-driven organization of individuals and businesses working together to advance the commercial, financial, and civic interests of the Fort Frances community. Heather also sits on the downtown Fort Frances BIA (business improvement area).  Prior to joining the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Heather was employed by RBC Royal Bank retiring after 40 years in 2016, a career move led her to the Insurance Industry where she was employed for 2.5 years as background clerical until 2019. Heather has always volunteered in the communities she has resided in and since moving back to Fort Frances in 2008 as Branch Manager for RBC, she has been a board member for Canadian Mental Health Association, Ethics Committee, Fort Frances Branch, Northwest Community Legal Clinic and an auxiliary member and active volunteer for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29. Heather enjoys gardening, sewing, reading and most of all time spent with her grandchildren.

Sector: Business
Company: Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Fort Frances

Shannon Wogenstahl
Director

Shannon is the Executive Director for PACE (Patricia Area Community Endeavours) located in Dryden.  PACE is a Community Futures Development Corporation funded by the Federal Government (FedNor) that assists small and medium businesses with access to capital, business advice, counselling, support, and information.  They also provide regional community economic development and strategic community planning and development.  The catchment area includes Dryden, Ignace, Machin, Pickle Lake, Sioux Lookout, Eagle Lake First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, and Wabigoon Lake First Nation.  Shannon started at PACE in 2005 and in 2010 was employed for the Royal Bank of Canada returning to PACE in 2022.  She has many years of experience in financing and business support for entrepreneurs and is a small business owner herself operating a bait business and tourist outfitters business.

Sector: Small and Medium Business Support
Company: Patricia Area Community Endeavours
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: PACE is Located in Dryden but Serves a Catchment Area (See Above)

Natasha Stoyakovich
Director

Natasha is the Project and Communications Manager at FSET Inc., an information technology and managed services provider that delivers progressive and forward-thinking solutions within the public and private sectors. A strategic leader recognized by the Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards, she believes that the greatest chance to succeed is in strengthening what you naturally do best and doing more of it; whether that be as an individual or organization. As a multifaceted business-oriented professional, she is inspired by the future and what could be. Relocating from Southern Ontario to Kenora in 2018, she has become passionate about finding ways to connect and collaborate with the community she now calls home. Currently she serves on the Executive Board for the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for the Northern Policy Institute. Prior to NTAB she volunteered as an Executive on The Young Professionals Network of Kenora, the Kenora Sustainability Advisory Committee, and as Treasurer on the Kenora Harbourtown BIZ. A self-directed individual, enthusiastic about business development, community improvement and ongoing education, she capitalizes on every opportunity to learn and grow, and is currently working towards her Ec.D. designation and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Sector: Information Technology
Company: FSET Inc.
Title/Position: Project and Communications Manager
Community: Kenora

Syed Ali
Director

Syed Ali grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, with his family. His journey from Dubai to Canada took place in 2000. He attended Victoria Park High School in Scarborough and was the captain of the cricket team. Syed also played competitive cricket for the West Indian Cricket Club in the Toronto District Cricket Association, earning several championships with the team.  After graduating from the Police Foundations program, Syed worked as a Protection Service Officer at SickKids Hospital. He later graduated from the Paramedic Program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, where he captained the college cricket team. His career as a Primary Care Paramedic has taken him to Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Rainy River, and Emo; he currently serves Atikokan and its surrounding areas.  Syed is involved in various community roles, including working with Victim Services, serving as a Detachment Guard with the OPP, and sitting on the Board of Directors for Community Living Atikokan. His passion for community service is evident through his volunteer work in Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Thunder Bay.  He also joined the Toronto Police Cricket Team tours to the USA and Pakistan.  Outside of his professional commitments, Syed enjoys the outdoors in Northwestern Ontario, engaging in activities like hiking and fishing, and is excited to be learning to swim!

Sector: Broader Sector / Healthcare
Company: District of Rainy River Services Board
Title/Position: Primary Care Paramedic
Community: Atikokan

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