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 2022 - 2023
Board of Directors

Pamela Fraser

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.

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Nicole Green
Board Member

Nicole has been a resident of West Nipissing all her life. Her childhood was spent on the shores of Deer Lake, where her parents reside to this day. She attended school in Sturgeon from kindergarten through high school.

Nicole has been with Pop’s Cannabis since they opened their doors in 2021. Prior to that Nicole worked at Tim Hortons for 15 years, working her way up to Assistant Manager. Through this experience Nicole has developed many great skills like team building, empathy, self-censorship, and the ability to try to see someone else’s perspective. She has also built many customer/attendee relationships from all walks of life. These have helped her get to know her community and the people in it as well as what is important to them.

Nicole is very passionate about cannabis and its many benefits. Her goals are to help change the stigma that overshadows cannabis, its consumers, and help educate people about the benefits of cannabis. Nicole is very excited to join the Chamber Board and getting involved with our community.

Nicole lives with her common-law husband and their daughter. During her time away from work she enjoys the benefits of cannabis, reading, camping and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Jared St-Pierre
Board Member

Jared St-Pierre lived in West Nipissing all his life, providing excellent service as an employee of Luc Charles Electrical, where he started working in 2013, starting as an apprentice, before working his way up to Masters in November of 2021.

When not working, he enjoys fishing, campfires, and spending time with family and friends.

Manon Arcand

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.


Sonia Hotte
Board Member

Sonia has called West Nipissing home for over 25 years. Owner and operator of Sonia’s Patio (Est. 2022), she has a passion for great food, service and entertainment. Her objective is not only to serve tasty dishes, but to see West Nipissing’s entertainment sector expand. Driven, direct and people focussed, she embraces new challenges.

Prior to becoming a business owner, she was the director of the LBS/ACE Program and Assessment Centre for Collège Boréal from 2016 until 2021.  In this role, she was a member of many different boards of directors and committees. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors for the Hugel Township Lakeside Property Owners' Association.

She also has 20 years experience as an intermediate and senior level teacher. Most of her teaching career was spent at ESC Franco-Cité. Sonia possesses a B.A, B.Ed and Master of Arts Education Degree (M.Ed) in Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies.

She is married and a mother to two wonderful children. She is also a stepmother to 3 great girls and a step grandmother to 3 adorable kids. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors in her gardens, on the lake or sitting by a fire. 

Stéphane Gagnon
Board Member

Originally from West Nipissing, Stéphane has been part of the growing Gagnon generation. His grandfather Leo worked at the old mill, his father Roger was in residential construction and has followed in his footsteps. He has been part of the community since 2007 and a business owner since 2016.


Stéphane is a certified carpenter and heavy equipment operator. He owns Gagnon contracting and they are currently building new construction in the area. You can usually find Stéphane at the local hardware stores, fishing or four wheeling with friends.

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