2021 - 2022
Board of Directors
Pamela Fraser - President
Pamela has been with Kennedy Insurance Brokers since 2016. She believes her previous 4 years as a Financial and Insurance Manager selling credit insurance and aftermarket products in the automobile industry were an ideal foundation for her work as a Life insurance Advisor.
Attention to detail, good listening skills and great empathy are symbols of her appreciation by her clients. She is effectively supported by a team of professionals that help her build long-term relationships with her growing client base and provide excellent customer service.
Pamela is happily married and has three lovely daughters and one son. Away from the business, she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Stuart Seville - Vice President
Stuart and his partner Gayle Primeau moved to Sturgeon Falls in 2016. Since his arrival, Stuart has invested a lot in commercial and residential properties in the West Nipissing area. He and Gayle are part of the Beautification Committee responsible for many of the beautiful murals and banners displayed throughout the town. Stuart also serves as the vice-chair for the West Nipissing Food Bank and Economic Development Committee.
Stuart joined the West Nipissing Chamber in 2017 as a board executive. He is passionate about helping small businesses and the community as a whole. He recently spearheaded the revival of the Sturgeon Falls Waterfront Reclamation Project. The goal of this project is to reclaim waterfront property in the West Nipissing area and redevelop it to meet the needs of our growing community. Some of the properties planned for this redevelopment include the old mill lands, the upper beach on Main Street, and the Dutrisac waterfront property.
Sylvain Bilodeau - Treasurer
Originally from Welland, Ontario, Sylvain started his career with the Caisse at the Timmins branch in 1996. He continued working at the branch until 2002. He relocated to the Caisse Alliance in Verner, where he currently works in personal lending and wealth management.
Sylvain has four daughters and four grandchildren who he loves spending time with. During his time off, he also enjoys playing hockey and snowmobiling in the winter months and spending time on the water during the summer.
Sylvain joined the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce 4 years ago as a way of networking and getting more involved in his community. He has been our Treasurer for the past two years and has been a great asset to the Chamber.
Joanne Vallière - Past President
Joanne and her husband Dan Vallière are owners of the Audio Video Plus Home Furnishings store on King Street in Sturgeon Falls. They enjoy participating in various community initiatives and encourage other businesses to do so as well.
Joanne has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years! During her time with the Chamber, she has acted as President, Vice President and a Director. Joanne knows that Covid-19 has impacted the Chambers operations but is confident that the Chamber will continue to do great things to support its members and the entire community!
Daniel Chénier - Board Member
Daniel Chénier lives in Sturgeon Falls with his wife and three children. He was born and raised in Northern Ontario and loves the lifestyle the North affords him. Daniel is a pharmacist and owner of Sturgeon Falls Life Care Pharmacy. Both in his work and through the Chamber of Commerce, Daniel is committed to improving the services and quality of life available to residents of West Nipissing.
Lisa Ouellette - Board Member
CEO of Pawfect Pet Grooming, certified since 2012 with almost 10 years experience under her belt. She also completed her post-graduate studies in social work and is very involved in the West Nipissing community.
With her diploma, she worked different contracts in different organizations such as Employment Options, College Boreal, Horizon Women's Center, and the West Nipissing Community Living.
As a strong community supporter, she's very passionate about empowering other small businesses and be part of a network that's committed to improving businesses to succeed and to help the community flourish.
Manon Arcand - Board Member
Born and raised in Cache Bay, Manon recently returned to the place she calls home after having left for studies in Ottawa, work across Canada, and travel abroad. Self-employed, she has her own private consulting company and has been working as a business consultant and project manager for the past 8 years, helping businesses in the public and private sectors achieve their goals. She is excited to share her perspective and ideas that come from a blend of work experience and travels, for the benefit of business owners and residents of West Nipissing.
Manon strongly believes in the balance between profit, planet and people in any business. Having grown up surrounded by West Nipissing’s natural beauty, she is particularly passionate about the protection of our environment for future generations. Through her non-profit, the ‘West Nipissing Green Initiative’, she strives to raise awareness and empower residents to live in better harmony with nature. Her spare time is spent with family and friends either hiking, four wheeling, camping, cycling, sitting by the fire…doing just about anything that involves fresh air.
Believing that West Nipissing will soon be the new Muskoka as a result of increased remote working, Manon is keen on contributing to West Nipissing’s community and economy by helping guide the inevitable development of the area in a strategic way that aligns with residents’ values, brings in financial prosperity, puts our culture at the forefront, all while protecting the natural resources that we are blessed with on the Huron Wendat traditional territory.