At the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA)’s Annual General Meeting earlier this week, the organization elected its new Board of Management.
A new Board of Management is elected every four years. According to the Ontario Municipal Act, the Board’s term runs concurrent with City Council, with each Director elected for a four-year term. According to a release from the BIA, the Directors are volunteers from the business community who share an interest in guiding and assisting the BIA going forward.
“We are excited to welcome this new Board, and we look forward to working with them to cultivate and enhance downtown Kingston’s position as the region’s leading culinary, entertainment, shopping and services destination,” said Marijo Cuerrier, Downtown Kingston’s Executive Director. “We have a healthy mix of returning and new Board members – which bodes well for the future. There are so many exciting projects on the horizon and a lot to look forward to!”
The Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. A total of 15 downtown Kingston businesspeople are elected by the membership and, subsequently, appointed by City Council. Two members of City Council are also appointed, usually with a third councillor as an alternate.
2023-2026 Downtown Kingston Board of Management:
- Gord Dalton, Confederation Place Hotel
- Gennaro DiSanto, CaraCo
- Melissa Eapen-Bell, Improbable Escapes
- Cynthia Gibson, Agent 99 and Whit
- A.J. Keilty, Keilty Realty Corporation
- Nicole Kemp, Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club
- Colin Morris, Kingston Frameworks
- Yasmine Nassereddine, Sabaya Spa
- Stephanie Quick, Delta Hotels
- Christine Ray-Bratt, Chris James and Curate.Social
- Ed Smith, WCL Holdings
- Alexander Splinter, Braebury Properties
- Steve Wallace, Luce Hair Studio
- Nick Waterfield, Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho
- Tina Yan, Midori Gifts
Current Chair and veteran Board member Ed Smith shares Cuerrier’s excitement for the new Board, while acknowledging the efforts of past members. “I’m thrilled to welcome the new Board,” he said, “and I am confident that they will approach the future with the same dedication and enthusiasm as their predecessors.”
“Saying goodbye to outgoing Board members is always bittersweet,” added Cuerrier. “The last four years were trying for this board, but their loyalty and hard work were essential in sustaining our members and our sense of community and in moving the organization forward.”