Kim Appleton – Chair
Kim Appleton is the President, CAO and a founding partner of Emmatt Digital Solutions Inc., an international, full-service web development agency. Since 1998, Emmatt has been assisting businesses to be more efficient and profitable through the adoption of leading-edge technologies such as online databases, e-commerce and fundraising platforms, responsive web design, mobile apps, and search engine optimization. Additionally, Emmatt is a document scanning service bureau, converting millions of health care, engineering and accounting records for clients across the country. Kim is a Past President of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough.
Bill Parrington – Treasurer
Bill attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1978. Bill holds a CPA and CMA professional accounting designation and has had extensive accounting, financial, and administrative work experience at all levels within Canadian manufacturing, distribution, and retailing businesses.
He has held Controllership roles with several privately-owned manufacturing companies. Bill and his family returned to Peterborough County in 1990. Since 2012, has been serving with the United Way of Peterborough & District as the Director of Finance & Administration
Cora Whittington is a business coach and trainer, workshop and strategic planning facilitator and executive coach. She specializes helping individuals and groups clarify a vibrant future and identifying and eliminating the barriers to moving forward. She owns Golden Pathways Retreat and B&B, one of the few facilities optimally designed by a facilitator for breakthrough meetings and retreats. In 2013, Cora won the Chamber of Commerce Excellence award for Hospitality.
In the past, Cora has been a trainer with WRED (Woman and Rural Economic Development) OATI (Ontario Agricultural Training Institute), mediator for the Farm Debt Review Board and a GPAEDC board member.
Paul Bennett is a local entrepreneur with a vision that is transforming the working and living spaces of Downtown Peterborough. His company, Ashburnham Realty renovates, develops and manages commercial and residential real estate in Peterborough – with a focus on creating the optimal spaces for businesses to grow. Paul is part of a diverse mix of people that make up Peterborough’s entrepreneurial community and is one of the founders of Startup Peterborough. He is very active with local business development agencies including serving as a Director with the Peterborough Downtown BIA.
Gail Moorhouse believes in building strong relationships first and has a history of helping technology partners in the IT industry for more than 20 years. She has worked for the top corporations like Ingram Micro, HP, Tech Data and Microsoft. She is the National Channel Manager at Catalyst Finance and has developed some unique financing programs to assist IT resellers with transitioning their business and clients to cloud solutions. She has three Microsoft certifications and can provide training on Microsoft Office products.
On the fun side, Gail is a professional organizer and embraces change. She has started a new business RightSize Advantage to assist with downsizing, relocating, organizing and estate support services for seniors and their families.
Grant Seabrooke is a strong supporter for the economic growth of the Peterborough Community. In 1996 his company, Machine Dynamics Ltd., won the Industrial/Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award, having worked with large manufacturers in the areas of labor reduction, material handling, and process control. After selling his business in 2005, Grant turned his focus to consulting and his investment company. He currently holds the position of Expert in Residence at Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.
Peter Gaffney was educated, and received his formal training in the UK. He relocated to the Peterborough area in 1981 and in 1992 moved to the US as General Manager with a Japanese transplant, returning to Peterborough in 1997. He has held General Management positions in various manufacturing companies, both in Canada and the United States, and has extensive engineering experience with large North American and Japanese automotive OEM’s. He retired in 2015 after sixteen years as the General Manager of Ritz Plastics. He has spent seven years on the board of GPAEDC (Peterborough Economic Development) and was Board Chair from 2014 through 2016.
David Konrad is the Chief Financial Officer at Konrad Group, a leading digital services company with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, San Jose Costa Rica, and Peterborough. He has held wide range of positions of increasing responsibility in packaging and water treatment chemicals businesses in Canada and US over 15 years, including VP Finance of a $200 million division. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He is married with a wife and three grown children living on an organic farm near Keene, Ontario, Canada.
Wayne Harding has been the Chief Financial Officer of McCloskey International Limited for the past 12 years. McCloskey is an international manufacturer of heavy equipment used in the aggregate, construction and recycling industries. Wayne holds a CPA, CA professional accounting designation and has over 25 years of extensive finance and accounting experience in the manufacturing, retail and hospitality industry sectors. Wayne is a past chair of the Peterborough Festival of Trees and has been an active member of the Peterborough Rotary Club since 2011 and presently serves as a board member and treasurer.
Devon Girard is the Marketing and Communications Lead at Farm Life Financial Planning Group, a financial planning company based in Peterborough that serves farm clients across Ontario with their succession and financial plans. Prior to moving to Peterborough, Devon had a successful ten year career in Victoria, British Columbia where she served in several senior positions with the BC Government. Notably, Devon led the Province of BC’s Community Relations Program for the 2010 Olympics and served as a senior political advisor to both the Premier and the Minister of Economic Development. Devon’s strengths include strategic communications, issues and event management, strategic counsel and policy development. She currently assists in the coordination of the annual Terry Fox Relay in Peterborough and is a former Director of the Blenkinsop Valley Community Association in Victoria.
Jef Dueck has spent over 16 years as a Sales and Marketing specialist in the Peterborough area representing radio, newsprint, specialty products, various digital offers, local trade show events, and more. He spent several years on numerous committees under the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Board in 2012. Additionally he has volunteered in various capacities for the City of Peterborough, Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way Peterborough & District, Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association, Peterborough Hockey Association, Peterborough Economic Development, and more.