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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors at the Belledune Port Authority represents a well-informed and connected cross-section of local people interested in helping the port to expand and develop the regional economy. They come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the board.
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Barry Kyle, Chairman
Barry Kyle, holds a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of education degree from Mount Allison University. He began his career in sales and marketing in 1978 with Bathurst Industrial Rubber Ltd. He became owner of the company in 1985. Mr. Kyle is a long-time resident of Bathurst and has been a member of a number of professional associations, including the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Canadian Professional Sales Association, and the Bathurst Regional Economic Development Agency where he served as a director for three years.
Paul Shannon, Vice Chairman
Paul Shannon is a graduate of St Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts, major in social sciences, He began his work career with the province of New Brunswick in 1968 as a social worker . He retired in 2001 after 33 years of service having worked as a supervisor, provincial program consultant and regional program coordinator for the Acadie-Bathurst region. He completed several training courses in social work supervision, management and process improvement and served on a number of departmental and inter-departmental committees on a provincial level. He is a resident of Belledune.
Alberta Buttimer, Director
Alberta Buttimer, CPA, CA received her designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University. She worked with KPMG Chartered Accountants for eleven years. In 1998 she opened her own public accounting practice, which she operated for almost 18 years in Beresford, where she lives with her family. In December 2015, Ms. Buttimer merged her accounting practice with Allen, Paquet & Arseneau LLP in Bathurst. Alberta, along with her staff, now works as part of their team. Ms. Buttimer has served on the Council of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has also been active in our community with organizations such as the Bathurst-Campbellton 2003 Canada Winter Games Host Society, First United Church, Junior Achievement of Bathurst, the Bathurst Rotary Club and Carrefour Etudiant.
Jean Guy Dubé, Director
Mr. Dubé has a strong background in business planning and economic development. Having studied business administration at the Université de Moncton, he has managed a consulting firm, served as industrial commissioner for Kent County and directed a national advertising agency and a national scholarship foundation. His knowledge and leadership led to his appointment as Executive Director of the Premier’s Action Committee for the Economic Development of the Acadian Peninsula, a position he held for four years. His much-valued community work includes his recent appointment as Chair of the Board of Directors of the new Coopérative des travailleurs du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux médias in Tracadie Sheila.
Gregory Riordon, Director
After being initially involved at his parents' family farm, Greg Riordon ventured to Western Canada where he was involved in the drilling industry for several years, after which he returned to New Brunswick. He holds a diploma in Agricultural Engineering from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1989 and has been engaged in a general law practice since that time in Bathurst, New Brunswick, where he lives with his wife and three children. Over the years, he has been involved with a number of community organizations at both the director and executive level. He also serves on several subcommittees of the New Brunswick Law Society and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in December 2012.
Lucien Sonier, Director
Arrived in Caraquet in 1968, he held the position of Chief X-Ray Technician at the hospital de l’Enfant Jésus of Caraquet until 1979. Mr. Sonier was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Caraquet for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2008. Among his many degrees and certificates, Mr. Sonier holds a professional certificate from the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick, a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Moncton, and an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec. In 2004, he received his professional designation as a Certified Development Officer with the Economic Development Association of Canada.
Mr. Sonier continued to serve as a member for many community organizations. He was President of the Acadian Festival, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick, and President of both the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Péninsule Acadienne and the New Brunswick Association of CBDCs. He was a member of Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunals for the Acadie–Bathurst riding, and member of the New Brunswick Health Council.
He continues to serve as a Board Member of the Corporation Acadie Nord of Caraquet, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Commission of Health and Safety Work.
Mr. Sonier lives in Caraquet; he is married and has three children.