The Fundy Trail Parkway is a not-for-profit and charitable park, run by a skills-based volunteer board of directors appointed on three-year terms by the NB Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
Meet the Fundy Trail Development Authority Inc. Board of Directors
Back row – left to right: Jeff Melanson, Andrew Fry (Vice President), Andrew Dixon, Greg Turner (Past President), Marc Thorne, James Donald (President)
Front row – left to right: John McNair, Yennah Hurley (NBTCH Deputy Minister, Ex-officio), Natasha Ostaff (Treasurer), Bette Ann Chatterton (Secretary), Elspeth Hagan
Missing – Katie Bowden
James is the owner and creator of the Hiking NB website, which has resulted in him and his family hiking most of the trails in the province. This has also resulted in him meeting the people in the province that are most passionate about our trails. The Fundy Trail Parkway area is one of James’ favourite places to explore because of the amazing landscape created by the extreme Fundy tides.
James started his career in the forest industry with a strong interest in Information Technology after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He was responsible for implementing several large software projects while managing forestry operations. James returned to University part time and in 2009 received his Masters in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and technology. James had the opportunity to go to NB Liquor in 2014 to work on their large project to replace their Enterprise Resource Planning software. This culminated in him receiving his Masters Certificate in Project Management in 2017 and transitioning into the role of Channel Manager for Grocery in 2019.
Andrew Fry began his career with Parks Canada in 2009 in a role as Visitor Experience Manager for Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. In 2013 he accepted a “2-month” assignment to act as the Visitor Experience Manager for the NB South Field Unit (Including Fundy National Park) and has since made a home and career in Southern NB. Before joining Parks Canada, Andrew worked as the Director of Community Development for the Town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia – working extensively with the dynamic and growing tourism industry in the Annapolis Valley region. Through his career, Andrew has had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of a number of regional tourism industry associations, including; President (Destination Southwest Nova Regional Tourism Industry Association), Board of Directors (Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership), and Board of Directors (Albert County Tourism Association).
Bette Ann Chatterton
Bette Ann Chatterton was Elected Deputy Mayor of the Village of St. Martins from 2008 to 2011 and elected Mayor from 2011 to present. After working more than 20 years, she retired from her position as an administrative assistant within the provincial government.
A life-long resident of St. Martins with a special family connection to the Fundy Trail Parkway, she a passion for community involvement and has volunteered on ambulance, fire department, recreation, church, OHW Community Celebrations, and numerous other non profit boards and commissions. She and her husband, John, have three married sons and now an extended family with daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and a great grandson.
Ms. Natasha Ostaff is originally from Fredericton, NB and relocated to Moncton, NB in 2002. After spending fifteen years in public accounting working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto and KPMG in Moncton, Natasha spent five years working as the Director of Finance at the Greater Moncton Romeo LeBlanc International Airport. In 2018 Natasha became the Moncton Branch Manager at Fero Waste & Recycling/Municipal Group of Companies. A Commerce graduate from Mount Allison University, Natasha received her CA designation in 1999. In addition to her role of Treasurer on the Fundy Trail Development Authority, she is the Incoming President of the Greater Moncton YMCA, a past President of the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview and the Greater Moncton SPCA. She also is a board member of Moncton Headstart and sits on the YMCA Capital Campaign Cabinet of the new YMCA in Moncton’s North End. Natasha is an avid traveler, gardener and enjoys hiking with her dog Lexie.
Andrew Dixon is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1983, joining Sunbury Transport in Fredericton, N.B., and becoming General Sales and Traffic Manager in 1986. In 1991, he went to work for EMCO Distribution in the position of District Branch Manager. In February of 1997, he joined Logistec Stevedoring as Commercial Manager of the forest products and break bulk terminal in Saint John. This initial assignment was expanded to include Logistec operations throughout the Atlantic Region.
In June of 2004, Andrew joined the management team at the Saint John Port Authority, assuming responsibility for all Marketing and Operational activities. He currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Trade and Business Development, and his current responsibilities include Cargo, Cruise, and Venues Business Development, as well as Property Management and Strategic Port initiatives.
Andrew completed the requirements to receive the CITT Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation in 1989. He has been an instructor for “Integrated Logistics” at the local college as well as serving on the National CITT Board of Directors for several years, including a term as Board Chair. In 2015 he was honoured to receive the CITT Award of Excellence for lifetime achievement in the field of Logistics and contribution to CITT.
Andrew is actively engaged with local and provincial economic development agencies, and he also serves as Vice Chair of the Fort LaTour Development Authority. He and his family are avid hikers and have a strong historical connection to the St. Martins and Fundy Trail area.
Elspeth is General Counsel, Global Compliance at McCain Foods. Prior to joining McCain, Elspeth handled a variety of complex commercial and compliance matters in the energy, industrial and health-care sectors of Siemens, a global engineering firm. She has also practiced with law firms in Toronto and Saint John. She has a JD from Osgoode Hall and completed graduate work at the University of Toronto. Elspeth participates in many committees and boards feeding her passion for strong communities, museums, and diversity and enjoys living with her family in Carleton County.
Jeff Melanson is a Water Resource Engineer with over 10 years of progressive experience in water resources and watershed modelling. His areas of expertise include a broad range of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling applications to support stream restoration and rehabilitation, including extensive experience using HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, PCSWMM, ArcGIS and MATLAB.
He is experienced in using these computational tools to investigate stream hydrodynamics both in urban and rural settings. He also has extensive experience in the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of meteorological and hydrometric data. Jeff is experienced in dam break inundation and risk assessment, municipal stormwater management, drought assessments, flood frequency analysis, water balance studies, and climate change adaptation.
John McNair is the owner of Outdoor Elements, an outdoor equipment store in Sussex, N.B. He began the business in 2005 and led its growth into a cornerstone business for biking, hiking, kayaking, camping and more. He is focused on supporting and promoting outdoor adventures, educating and training young people.
John is a major organizer for regional events as well, both volunteering his time and sponsoring events that routinely bring hundreds to the area, for cycling, trail running, hiking and snowshoeing.
John’s passion started early, earning him the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009 from the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce. John has participated in sustainable trail building workshops with the International Mountain Bike Association in Fundy National Park, as well as volunteers time in active trail building and maintenance. He and his company have organized a local Youth Cycling Program, called Sprockids, to teach kids aged 6 – 12 the basics of mountain biking, and also instilling in them the importance of trail etiquette, and doing their part to keep trails maintained and clean.
Katie Bowden is the President and CCO of This is Duke. She is an award-winning creative consultant with more than 20 years experience in marketing and brand strategy, creative development and project management.
She is an idea person – imagining the possibilities, stretching boundaries, building brand, and generating results for her clients.
She is author of two children’s books, and is represented by a New York literary agent.
Marc Thorne is a civil engineering technologist with more than 30 years of progressive technical experience with the NB Department of Transportation & Infrastructure. His expertise is in the design and delivery of heavy civil construction projects including highway and structural components. A skilled mediator and consensus builder, he works effectively to achieve corporate objectives. He has an extensive history of optimizing production while maintaining positive communication with regulatory agencies, adherence to standards, and balancing concerns of individuals.
Marc has strong governance abilities developed from more than two decades of service with local government and non-profit boards. He has served over a decade as Deputy Mayor and almost an additional decade as Mayor of the Town of Sussex. He has developed an extensive knowledge base relating to strategic planning, governance, budget preparation, the provision of public works, administrative services, labour relations and long-range economic planning. He has served as a director of the Kings County Solid Waste Commission/Regional Service Commission and as a board member of Princess Louise Park Show Centre located in Sussex.
As an entrepreneur, Yennah Hurley started Walking Proud Inc. in 2005 bringing the sport of Nordic Walking to be an event in Marathons across Canada and Eastern United States. She continued to grow her business and was the founder of Daytripping@Rockwood an outdoor adventure company in Saint John. After developing the business over 5 years, Yennah sold Daytripping in 2012. She then accepted the position as the Manager of MindCare NB with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, preparing her for her role as the Executive Director of the KV Oasis Youth Centre. A start up charitable community organization with 2 social enterprises. Youth ages 12-25 access recreation, entertainment, social interaction and physical, sexual and mental health services and resources.
In February of 2019 accepted the position of Senior Advisor to the Premier for Tourism and in January of 2020 she was appointed to Acting Deputy Minister for the Department of Tourism.