About Us

Our Mandate

We are the economic development agency for Greater Saint John, which encompasses the communities of Grand Bay-Westfield, Saint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis, and St. Martins.

We are dedicated to achieving steady, long-term economic growth for our region by creating the kind of opportunities that improve quality of life and drive prosperity.

  • Our Mission: More jobs, more people, and a more attractive business environment
  • Our Vision: Consistent, long-term economic growth for Greater Saint John


On January 1, Economic Development Greater Saint John became part of the New Regional Economic Development Agency for Greater Saint John, an integrated, coordinated, and regional approach to economic development, population growth, and tourism. We will be transitioning to the new organization over the coming months. Stay tuned for further updates. 

If you would like more information on the background of the new agency, mandate, and governance, check out our interim website.  


About Us 

Economic development is about playing the long game. What you invest in today will bear fruit over time. All of our programming and projects are meant to support the creation of new start-ups, help existing businesses grow through innovation or workforce expansion, and strengthen the advantages of Greater Saint John so more people know it’s an ideal place to live, build or grow a business.

Basically, staff works hard to help support more jobs, more people, and a more attractive business environment in the region.


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Our board of directors is a powerhouse team of business leaders from all sectors.

Each member of our board is dedicated to growing our region’s business ecosystem and spreading the word about our city and its value proposition.

While effective January 1, 2021, Economic Development Greater Saint John is part of the New Greater Saint John Regional Economic Development Agency, and governed under its Board of Directors, this Board of Directors remains in place to help wind down the organization as part of the transition process.

Meet Our Board

Andrew Oland

CEO & President, Moosehead Breweries
Board Chair

Eric Poirier

Regional Manager, Bell Aliant

Danielle Timmons

Aquila Tours

David Irving

General Manager, Irving Equipment Limited

Andy McPherson

Strategic Planning & Operational Management

Jennifer Arsenault

Origins Child Care

Ryan Mitchell

Vice President, Engineering & Operations, Saint John Energy

Larry Hachey

President, CanLease

We are a team of specialists with expertise in partner engagement and collaboration, community development, investment attraction, entrepreneur development and training.

Meet Our Team

Janet Scott

Senior Director, Economic Development

Ian McCoy

Director, Investment Attraction

Alison Ziemianski

Marketing Communications Manager

Sue Crozier

Executive Assistant of Ron Gaudet, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Breen

Economic Development Officer – Innovation

Michele Lodge

Project Coordinator, Emerging Entrepreneurs

Julia Skidan

Workforce Attraction & Retention Officer

Becky Curnew

Entrepreneur Development Operations Coordinator

Dylan Folkins

Economic Development Officer

Our Funders & Partners

Economic development is a team sport, and we couldn’t do it without the support of these great organizations.

Our operations are funded in large part by the five regional municipalities in the Greater Saint John region. They are the City of Saint John, the Town of Quispamsis, the Town of Rothesay, the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, and the Village of St. Martins.