Campaign cabinet members

Leaders supporting the vision

Larry Hachey

Larry Hachey (BBA ’87) is the president of Canlease and the past chair of the UNB Board of Governors, serving two terms as chair (the second term ended on June 30, 2021). He is also a member of the Faculty of Management Advisory Board; past president of UNB’s Associated Alumni; member of the UNB Saint John Alumni Action Team; former president of the UNB Saint John Student Representative Council (SRC); and member of the Hans Khlon Commons and It Begins Here campaign cabinets. He also established the Larry & Donna Hachey Bursary.

His affiliations include former president and CEO of Bluechip Leasing Atlantic; former sales manager of Bruncor Leasing, a spin-off company from NBTel (later part of Aliant); former chair and vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Saint John Airport; former president of the Teen Resource Centre; and former director of Horizon Health Network. He has also been affiliated with Economic Development Greater Saint John, Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce and Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada. In 2022, he was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2003 he received the Saint John Board of Trade Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of the New Brunswick Merit Award for Community Service.

Roxanne R. Fairweather

Roxanne is co-President and co-owner of Innovatia Inc., a global knowledge management company providing software and services to Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Innovatia also has offices in Calgary, Alberta and Bangalore, India. Roxanne and Dave purchased Innovatia in 2009, under their leadership Innovatia has since grown by 350%.

Roxanne has served on the University of New Brunswick’s Board of Governors since 2003, serving on and Chairing most Board Committees as well as Board Chair for a 2-year term. She was the second female Chair in UNB’s 150-year history. In addition to her years of service to the University of New Brunswick, Roxanne’s interest in education has also forged a partnership between Innovatia and the Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF) program, which focuses on increasing literacy throughout the province by providing volunteer tutors to Grade 2 students. She currently is Chair of ELF. Roxanne is also Chair of Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John, with a special focus on gathering the needed resources and strategies for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students to ensure that 90% of children are reading at grade level. She is a member of the Leadership Board for BCAPI the Saint John Business Anti-Poverty Initiative, and most recent past Co-Chair of the Executive Committee.

As the inaugural Chairperson of both Facilicorp and Opportunities New Brunswick she played key roles in new strategic shifts in both these New Brunswick provincial government services. Facilicorp was created to amalgamate all IT and non-clinical shared services from seven Regional Health Authorities across the province with annualized savings of $20 million in the first 5 years of operations. Opportunities New Brunswick brought 3 Provincial Business Development agencies together to drive economic development and Job creation. Roxanne has also served as a director of Brunswick Pipeline − an Emera company, LearnSphere Canada, and is a founding member of Propel ICT, a group of Saint John business people (led by Gerry Pond) driving the I.T. and communications sector within the city. In 2011, Roxanne took on the role of Chair of Future Growth Greater Saint John, a group of more than 30 Saint John business owners and executives, who banded together to drive economic development in the Saint John community. As an off-shoot Roxanne formally sat as Chair of the Enterprise Saint John Board of Directors for their initial first year in the renewal strategy.

Roxanne is one of the founding members of the Women for 50%, a group of New Brunswick female leaders whose goal is gender parity and equality in the New Brunswick legislature.

In 2014 Roxanne was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and received the Order of New Brunswick. In 2018 Roxanne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Roxanne was also named one of the Atlantic region’s 50 most accomplished business executives by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has also been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2013 for the Atlantic Region. Roxanne has recently been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 most powerful women in business by Atlantic business Magazine.

Roxanne, along with her business partner, Dave Grebenc, leads a workforce that has grown to employ over 600 people: a significant percentage work within the province of New Brunswick.

Roxanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick in May of 2018.

Geoff Flood

Dr. Geoff Flood (DLitt ’16) is the technology advisory leader of MNP Digital in Atlantic Canada and is founder and ceo of Parasox Ltd. Geoff has a bachelor of arts in economics from St. Francis Xavier University and a master of business administration in finance from Queen’s University. He is a past member of the New Brunswick Business Council; a mentor for Creative Destructive Lab (Atlantic); co-founder and former owner of T4G Limited; past board member and evaluator for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and is a current board member of FamilyPlus Life Solutions. He is founder of the Atlantic Big Data Congress, and past chairman for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation Inc.

Geoff is also past president of New Brunswick Information Technology Council (now called Tech Impact); co-chairman of the Premiers Advisory Council on Technology; and founder and member of Future Focus Foundation which backs organizations with a track record of helping children succeed. The foundation’s fundraising efforts have benefitted organizations such as Pathways to Education, Portage, and the Hospital for Sick Children. Other positions include past chief information officer and vice-president of Dylex Limited and past information systems officer for George Weston Limited.

Stephanie Fox

A senior member of the National Business Development team at BDO Canada LLP, Steph leverages the skills and expertise of all service lines to support clients across Atlantic Canada . Nationally, she connects current and future clients to BDO Canada's ESG team to support them in achieving their sustainability goals. In addition to her focus on driving growth in Atlantic Canada and nationally for sustainability services, she also supports BDO’s Accessibility practice.

Prior to joining BDO, Steph combined her ambitions in business with her desire to positively impact the lives of others by focusing her earlier career in philanthropy. With more than 15 years in senior leadership roles, she developed a deep understanding of the community, higher-ed advancement and healthcare philanthropy landscapes. During that time, she led diverse teams of development professionals and built leading fundraising programs, generating philanthropic support for critical needs in healthcare, education and community.

A life-long learner, Steph graduated from United Way Worldwide’s Global Resident Fellows Program, completed leadership studies through Stanford University, and is certified in Change Management. She holds her CFRE designation, was internationally recognized in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Top 40 Under 40 Class and completed graduate studies in Social Responsibility & Sustainability through University of Toronto.

Beyond her role at BDO, she’s active in firm initiatives such as Drive Away Hunger, BDO Goes the Distance and co-leads the firm’s Strictly Social: Cycling group. In her personal volunteer time, she is an active member of University of New Brunswick’s Integrated Health Initiative Cabinet.

Tom Gribbons

Tom Gribbons (BSF ’83) is the senior portfolio manager and investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities and the vice-chair of UNB’s Board of Governors. He is also a former member of the UNB Saint John Commons Advisory Committee; a board member for the Saint John Airport (appointed March 7, 2022); and a member and past chair of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI), an organization dedicated to reducing the level of poverty in Greater Saint John.

He also served as past director of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and Enterprise Saint John and was a former chair of the Saint John Board of Trade. In October 2010, Tom received the UNB’s Alumni Award of Distinction.

Rob Stevenson

Rob Stevenson (BSc '98) is a cardiologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital’s NB Heart Institute and an assistant professor in the division of general internal medicine with Dalhousie University Medicine. He was also a former director of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation from 2016 to 2019 and was named a New Brunswick Medical Society Life Member in 2018.

His clinical interests include coronary critical care, echocardiography, cardiac rehabilitation, smoking cessation and therapeutic hypothermia post-cardiac arrest. After graduating from Fredericton High School in 1986, he represented Canada in the sport of equestrian at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and returned to school in 1993.

In 2018, he was inducted into the NB Sports Hall of Fame; and in 2010, he was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame. His education at UNB was interrupted by a four-year hiatus to train and compete full-time in the equestrian sport of Eventing.

He was also a member of the UNB Men’s Varsity Track team. Rob holds a degree in medicine from Dalhousie University and he completed a residency in Family Medicine in the Dalhousie (Fredericton) program. During that time, he rotated through the Saint John Regional Hospital on a number of occasions, becoming fascinated with cardiac rehabilitation and general cardiology.

Charlie Harling

Charlie Harling, ICD.D (BBA ‘85) is the founder and CEO of Harling Management Group Ltd.; the chair of the advisory board for Canadian Health Solutions; and a past board member and chair of the governance and nominations committee for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).

He also has a bachelor of arts in economics from St. Thomas University (1984). Charlie is a founder of the board and executive committee for the Greater Saint John Economic Council; a member of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI); a founding board member of the New Brunswick Information Technology Council; a former vice president of business sales, Atlantic for Bell; a former vice president of business sales, vice president of enterprise sales, director of sales for new business ventures for Bell Aliant; and director of sales NB with Aliant Telecom Inc.

Other affiliations include board member of Enterprise Saint John; former director of business development, e-plicity, former VP and co-founder of Dolphin e-Business, a CRM solutions company; former director of sales of Connectivity (a division of NBTel); and former economic development advisor, Government of New Brunswick, reporting to then Premier, Frank McKenna.

Chika Olive Ozoemena

Olive Ozoemena (MBA ’16) is the director of programs and operations for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council. Originally from Nigeria, Olive moved to Canada in 2015.

She received her master’s in human resources development from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of the UNB Associated Alumni Council; a former international student ambassador for UNB Conference Services; a member of the Board of Trustees for Nigeria Canadian Association of New Brunswick; and a refugee response volunteer for YMCA of Greater Saint John. Formerly, she served as a diversity committee member for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council; skills launch project coordinator for YMCA Newcomer Connections; manager of YMCA Newcomer Programming; business process analyst for WorkSafeNB; and has ties to the Saint John Theatre Company.

Olive was also a 2018 PRUDE Inc. nominee in the community leader category, completed the Fundamental of Project Management course at UNB and has her Six Sigma White Belt in Leadership from United Latino Students Association. Olive is an actor and is/was playing the role of Constance Timberlake in the Saint John Theatre Company’s production We Were Here.

John Runcie

John Runcie, MM, CCLP (BA ’12) is the commercial partnership manager for Port Saint John and a Canadian Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP), with a Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management, CITT.

He is a former UNB senior development officer with UNB’s development and donor relations; former VP external for UNB’s Student Representative Council; and a member of the History Society, the Political Science Society and the Student Volunteer Unit. He has a master of management from the University of British Columbia; a comprehensive certificate in project management from Saint Mary’s University; and a commercial real estate certificate from Cornell University. He established the John and Laura Runcie Co-op Bursary.

He is a Maritime economic development committee member for the American Association of Port Authorities; director of the Place Fort La Tour; member of the Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance and the Cornell Real Estate Council; former director and chair of the Saint John Arts Centre; former manager of business development for PathFive (a cloud-based platform designed for education and local government); and former contract buyer and supply chain associate for J.D. Irving, Limited. In 2012, John received the UNB Associated Alumni Student Leader Award.

Ruth Shaw

Dr. Ruth Shaw (BDA/BSDA ’80, MScCS ‘86, PhD.CS ’94) is a professor emerita in computer science (2020) and served two terms as dean of science, applied science and engineering on UNB’s Saint John campus from 2008 to 2016.

Her accomplishments include the expansion of the department of nursing and health sciences and the department of biological sciences and the department of mathematics and statistics; the alignment of undergraduate computer science degree programs between campuses; Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission approval for the Data Analytics Certificate; and successful applications for Canada Research Chairs (I and II), as well as Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Jarislowsky chair positions.

She was also the chief coordinator of the highly successful New Brunswick High School Programming Competition; a tireless and selfless advocate championing Computer Science and STEM disciplines, including a National SERC WISE Atlantic workshop for female faculty; and project lead for health research and programming initiatives at UNB Saint John. Ruth is particularly adept in stakeholder engagement and her ability to reach out and establish new partnerships has been a tremendous resource for the campus.

Other projects include the UNB Saint John Academic Plan Subcommittee Report on Health Initiatives; the establishment of the bi-campus graduate academic unit in health; the development of a proposal for a Health Research Institute on the UNB Saint John campus and a new NB-IRDT / RDC site at UNB Saint John. Ruth is also a mentor with the Computer Research Association (CRA).

Li Song

Li Song (BA/BEd ’08) is the managing director of PRUDE Inc. (Pride of Race, Unity and Dignity through Education). PRUDE was incorporated in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1981. The organization is dedicated to the full participation of all cultural communities in the social, cultural and economic fabric of mainstream New Brunswick life. Originally from China, she moved to Saint John in 2002 as an international student.

Her UNB involvement includes being a student leader facilitator with Saint John College; vice president internal with the Students’ Representative Council; professor’s assistant with the social science department; and student assistant with the (former) Ward Chipman Library. Li is a realtor with Exit Realty Specialists; serves on the Board of Directors for Imperial Theatre; a former committee member with the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, Saint John Chapter; former board member for the Saint John Free Public Library; past program coordinator for the Summer Reading Club in the Saint John Free Public Library; and a volunteer with the Greater Saint John Chinese Cultural Society.

In 2016, she received the UNB U35 Young Alumni spotlight and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the City of Saint John. In 2010 she was named a New Brunswick Global Youth Ambassador by the Canadian International Development Agency.

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