The Board of Directors is a collection of highly dedicated and talented member volunteers representing our vibrant business community from diverse backgrounds and companies of varying sizes.
Neil Milner, Chair
Neil is the owner of 4M Mining Consulting Inc., a provider of Mining Engineering, Project Evaluation and Project Management services. Neil has over 20 years of experience in working in various roles including Senior Management, Project Management, Engineering and Operational roles across North America and in South Africa.
A native of Sudbury, Neil attended Laurentian University where he obtained his Bachelor of Mining Engineering. He is currently a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario and is a Registered Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.
Neil has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for three years; he is the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Neil strongly believes in service to the local community and when he is not leading a local Scout troop, coaching curling or volunteering for various committees, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Kathryn, and their 2 children at camp, camping and canoeing.
Neil has served as a volunteer for a number of different and diverse organizations within Sudbury, including. Vice Chair of the CIM Sudbury Branch; Cambrian Mining Program Advisory Committee as a member and evaluator; and holding multiple leadership roles as a decorated member of Scouts Canada.
Geoffrey Hatton, 1st Vice Chair
Geoffrey Hatton is the President and CEO of Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. a group of telecom companies that includes Steel Communications and Netspectrum. The company has been recognized with awards for outstanding achievements such as the Motorola Solutions Partner Empower Award in 2020, NOB Best Places to Work, and the prestigious Bell Business Excellence Award for Company of the Year in 2017 from the chamber.
Geoff believes that small business is the corner stone of our communities and our economy. It is their responsibility to contribute their time and resources to organizations such as the chamber that can improve the quality of life in their community. Geoff just completed his 2nd year as a director for the chamber where he focused his efforts based on these beliefs. In addition to his role as a director, Geoff has served as an active member of the chamber’s Municipal Advocacy Committee, its Workforce Task Force, and its Ring of Fire Task Force.
Geoff was born and raised in Cobalt, Ontario and came to Sudbury to attend Cambrian College where he graduated from the School of Business, Information Systems program. He is a strong advocate for education and has been a long-standing member on the Cambrian College Program Advisory Board for their computer programs and is a director for the Cambrian Foundation.
Outside of the office Geoff enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. He is a dance Dad, a hockey coach, and enjoys fishing, golf and curling.
Anthony Davis, 2nd Vice Chair
Anthony Davis is the owner and President of Greater Sudbury Plumbing & HVAC. He started his first company, Startup Strategies, while getting his Business Diploma at Cambrian College. Once graduating from Cambrian College, he moved over to Laurentian University to obtain his Honors Bachelor Degree in Commerce. After Laurentian, Anthony pursued growth in his business while working on helping other business owners start, expand or finance their business ventures. This led him on the path to finding an opportunity for entry in the commercial/residential plumbing and HVAC industry. Greater Sudbury Plumbing and HVAC has become the number one rated plumbing company on Google, the Sudbury Star Readers’ Choice best plumbing company five years in a row, and continues to expand to new industries.
Bringing new energy to a stagnant industry has allowed Anthony to gain multiple community honours. He was the recipient of the Business Start-up Award in 2017 at the Bell Business Excellence Award ceremonies, and was featured in Volume 2 of the ‘Biznes Magazine. Anthony stays involved in the community through organizations such as the Sudbury Foodbank, Regional Business Centre, and CTV Christmas Telethon.
For the past two years, Anthony has served as a committed member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the chamber, Anthony has served as an active participant on its Municipal Advocacy Committee and its Provincial Advocacy Committee where he lends his ideas and expertise.
Trevor Lalonde, Treasurer
Trevor Lalonde is the Controller for Fisher Wavy Inc., one of Northern Ontario’s largest concrete producer. In this role he is responsible for all financial activities of the business and works very closely with the operations group. Trevor is deeply driven by operational efficiencies and prides himself on the changes he implemented since starting with the company.
Prior to joining Fisher Wavy, Trevor worked as a Tax Senior Manager with KPMG advising clients on tax compliance, tax planning and general business matters. He can be described by his peers as dedicated, hardworking, and personable. Trevor continues to have a strong sense of devotion to his work and is always willing to go above and beyond to improve his skills and motivate those around him.
Trevor received his Chartered Accountant / Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2013 and completed his In-Depth Tax Certificate in 2017. Trevor has been appointed to the Board of Governors for Cambrian College and has previously sat on the board for the Sudbury Young Professionals Association in the role of Vice Chair. Trevor is a proud husband and father, a die-hard Raptors fan and loves to spend his spare time camping and golfing.
Cora DeMarco, Past Chair
Cora DeMarco, Manager, Human Resources and People Development, a Division of Technica Group Inc; the largest privately owned mining contractor in Ontario, based in Lively. She is an advocate for the development, accessibility and prosperity of Greater Sudbury as well as Northern Ontario. Cora received her honours degree in Political Science from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009 and a Human Resources Graduate Certificate from Cambrian College in 2010. Cora joined Technica Mining Inc. in 2010 where she has also held the positions of Safety and Training Coordinator and Human Resources Generalist. Cora joined the chamber as a director in 2017 and looks forward to continuing to help and develop the needs of Sudbury’s business community.
A sports enthusiast, Cora is an avid skier, a long-standing member of the Sudbury Women’s Soccer club and enjoys playing hockey and golf. She maintains good health and fitness contributes to success and workplace wellness.
With strong roots originating in family business, she is an advocate for the economic growth of her hometown, private sector entrepreneurship and creating space for community prosperity and development.
Debbi M. Nicholson, President & CEO
A native Sudburian, Debbi Nicholson is the President and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and is in her 42nd year with the chamber, making her one of the longest-serving chamber executives in Canada today. As a strong community supporter and builder, Debbi has served on a number of local, provincial and national committees and boards in addition to serving the chamber managers’ associations at both the provincial and national levels. Debbi has been recognized for her leadership with numerous awards from her peers, the province and Canada.
Derek Bain, Owner of Beyond Wireless
Kate Bowman OAA, Partner | Architect at Centreline Architecture
Denis Brouillette, Manager of Apprenticeship Programs at Collège Boréal
Steven Clark, Manager of Finance at Glencore
Zachary Courtemanche, Lawyer at Weaver, Simmons LLP
Karen Hastie, The Social Soulpreneur
Alyson Laking, Executive Manager, Laking Group of Companies
Joanne LeBreton, Partner at Baker Tilly SNT
Wendy Watson, Director of Communications at Greater Sudbury Hydro Plus Inc.
Kathy Wells-McNeil, Founder and CEO, Total Nursing Care Inc.