About Us

Our Mandate

We are the economic development agency for Greater Saint John, which encompasses the communities of Grand Bay-Westfield, Saint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis, and St. Martins.

We are dedicated to achieving steady, long-term economic growth for our region by creating the kind of opportunities that improve quality of life and drive prosperity.

  • Our Mission: More jobs, more people, and a more attractive business environment
  • Our Vision: Consistent, long-term economic growth for Greater Saint John


On January 1, Economic Development Greater Saint John became part of the New Regional Economic Development Agency for Greater Saint John, an integrated, coordinated, and regional approach to economic development, population growth, and tourism. We will be transitioning to the new organization over the coming months. Stay tuned for further updates. 

If you would like more information on the background of the new agency, mandate, and governance, check out our interim website.  


About Us 

Economic development is about playing the long game. What you invest in today will bear fruit over time. All of our programming and projects are meant to support the creation of new start-ups, help existing businesses grow through innovation or workforce expansion, and strengthen the advantages of Greater Saint John so more people know it’s an ideal place to live, build or grow a business.

Basically, staff works hard to help support more jobs, more people, and a more attractive business environment in the region.


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DGSJ Economic Development Video

DGSJ Economic Development Video

Our board of directors is a powerhouse team of business leaders from all sectors.

Each member of our board is dedicated to growing our region’s business ecosystem and spreading the word about our city and its value proposition.

While effective January 1, 2021, Economic Development Greater Saint John is part of the New Greater Saint John Regional Economic Development Agency, and governed under its Board of Directors, this Board of Directors remains in place to help wind down the organization as part of the transition process.

Meet Our Board

Andrew Oland Andrew Oland

Andrew Oland

CEO & President, Moosehead Breweries
Board Chair

Eric Poirier Eric Poirier

Eric Poirier

Regional Manager, Bell Aliant

Danielle Timmons Danielle Timmons

Danielle Timmons

Aquila Tours

David Irving David Irving

David Irving

General Manager, Irving Equipment Limited

Andy McPherson Andy McPherson

Andy McPherson

Strategic Planning & Operational Management

Jennifer Arsenault Jennifer Arsenault

Jennifer Arsenault

Origins Child Care

Ryan Mitchell Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell

Vice President, Engineering & Operations, Saint John Energy

Larry Hachey Larry Hachey

Larry Hachey

President, CanLease

We are a team of specialists with expertise in partner engagement and collaboration, community development, investment attraction, entrepreneur development and training.

Meet Our Team

Janet Scott Janet Scott

Janet Scott

Senior Director, Economic Development

Ian McCoy Ian McCoy

Ian McCoy

Director, Investment Attraction

Alison Ziemianski Alison Ziemianski

Alison Ziemianski

Marketing Communications Manager

Sue Crozier Sue Crozier

Sue Crozier

Senior Administrative Assistant

Mark Breen Mark Breen

Mark Breen

Economic Development Officer – Innovation

Michele Lodge Michele Lodge

Michele Lodge

Project Coordinator, Emerging Entrepreneurs

Julia Skidan Julia Skidan

Julia Skidan

Workforce Attraction & Retention Officer

Becky Curnew Becky Curnew

Becky Curnew

Entrepreneur Development Operations Coordinator

Dylan Folkins Dylan Folkins

Dylan Folkins

Economic Development Officer

Our Funders & Partners

Economic development is a team sport, and we couldn’t do it without the support of these great organizations.

Our operations are funded in large part by the five regional municipalities in the Greater Saint John region. They are the City of Saint John, the Town of Quispamsis, the Town of Rothesay, the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, and the Village of St. Martins.

Town of GBW
Saint John Airport
Canaport LNG
New Brunswick
Opportunities NB
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Global Affairs Canada
NB Business Council
The Chamber SJ
Uptown SJ
Discover SJ
Develop SJ
SJ Local Immigration Partnership
Y Newcomer Connections
SJ Newcomers Centre
Ignite Fredericton
Greater Moncton Ec Dev
Atlantica Centre for Energy
RBC Dominion Securities
Bird Construction
Owens MacFadyen Group
Connexion Works
Shad Uncommon Purpose
Commercial Properties
Grant Thornton
Donna Mazerolle and Associates
Tech Impact
SJ Hotel Association
Basadur Applied Creativity
LMC Qualmec
Pond Deshpande Centre
Canadian Manufacturers