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Board of Directors


The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) is a not-for-profit agency of the City of Greater Sudbury and is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors.  The GSDC collaborates with the City to promote community economic development by encouraging, facilitating and supporting community strategic planning and increasing self-reliance, investment and job creation in Greater Sudbury.

The GSDC oversees a $1 million Community Economic Development Fund through funds received from the City of Greater Sudbury. They are also responsible for overseeing the distribution of the Arts and Culture Grants and the Tourism Development Fund through the Tourism Development Committee.  Through these funds they support the economic growth and sustainability of our community.

Call for Nominations

Do you know or are you a local community member who would be a great addition to the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation? The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, a not-for-profit board, is seeking engaged citizens for appointment to its Board of Directors.

The GSDC nomination process endeavours to recruit residents of Greater Sudbury with experience and expertise to achieve goals related to local economic drivers for growth: tourism, entrepreneurship, mining supply and services, advanced education, research and innovation, health services expertise and arts and culture.

Nominations are in accordance with the GSDC Diversity Statement and the City of Greater Sudbury Diversity Policy that support diversity in all of its forms, including but not limited to age, disability, economic circumstance, marital status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and gender expression, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Consideration is given to demographic and geographic representation of the City of Greater Sudbury.

Community members who are interested in community economic development are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 4:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Working with the Director of Economic Development, the GSDC Board of Directors maintain a focus on economic development and provide oversight for several significant funding programs including the Community Economic Development Fund, the Tourism Development Fund and the Greater Sudbury Arts & Culture Grant Program. The GSDC Board of Directors meets once a month, starting at 11:30 am for approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours. The Board also has a number of subcommittees that meet throughout the year. These appointments are for a three-year term. At this time, all meetings are held in a virtual format.


The GSDC embraces a critical team leadership role as it navigates the challenges of economic development. The GSDCs work with community stakeholders to cultivate entrepreneurship, build on local strengths, and stimulate the continuous development of a dynamic and healthy city.

Guided by From the Ground Up: GSDC Strategic Plan 2015-2025, the Board makes strategic decisions that contribute to economic growth in our community. You can see the impact the GSDC has made in our community, by viewing our annual reports.

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Lisa Demmer (she/her)
BA (Hons.) Public Administration, Laurentian University Graduate Certificate
Public Relations , Cambrian College
1st Vice Chair
Jeff Portelance
Director, Business Development - Mobile Mining Equipment
2nd Vice Chair
Shawn Poland
Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrolment and College Advancement
Community Economic Development (C.E.D.) Chair
Mike Ladyk
Andrée Lacroix
Meredith Armstrong
Director, Economic Development

Board Members

Bill Leduc
Ward 11 Municipal Councillor
Brian Bigger
Claire Parkinson
Head of Operation Services
Corissa Blaseg
Marketing & Events Manager
Gerry Montpellier
Ward 3 Municipal Councillor
Jennifer Abols
Director of Projects
Joanne Gervais
Directrice générale
Mark Signoretti
Ward 1 Municipal Councillor
Richard Picard
Senior Manager, Commercial Sales
Robert Haché
President and Vice-Chancellor
Sihong Peng
Senior Mine Engineer - Design
Tim Lee
Regional Manager