Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors has one goal: to support development so that your time and money stay invested in your project.  After all, our board knows new development means new opportunities for Saint John, New Brunswick, and you. Let’s talk about how we can get your project started right here and right now, and then grow together.

Leslie Magee


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Leslie is an experienced Real Estate professional with a history of working in both operational and strategic functions.

Her pragmatic, results-oriented style makes her a valuable Board Chair. She seeks to collaborate and develop strong working relationships with other key stakeholders in order to attract new businesses and citizens.

Cynthia Goodwin


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Cynthia has 25 years’ experience as a leader of teams and a specialist in strategic communications planning, corporate social responsibility, marketing, stakeholder engagement, media relations, issues and crisis management – and getting things done.

As founder of CC Goodwin Consulting and throughout her career, Cynthia has helped guide everything from world-class corporations and national associations, to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Her communications expertise and wealth of experience in a wide range of industry sectors makes her a valuable member of Develop Saint John's executive team.

Peter Allaby


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Peter is an accomplished professional engineer focused on infrastructure and transportation. His proven ability to improve efficiency and reduce costs make him an ideal champion for attracting investors and community builders.

Through his contributions to development projects throughout New Brunswick, Peter has developed a solid understanding of how to apply his skills to make Saint John the place where everyone wants to be.

Stephen Kopp


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Named one of the countries ‘brightest style setters’ by the Globe & Mail, Stephen holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. Before starting the Acre, Stephen worked at award winning firms in Germany, New York (SOM) and Toronto.

Stephen’s design vision is to produce architecture that is regionally powerful and environmentally responsive. He is motivated by collaboration, craft and material driven design.

Francis Power


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Francis believes everyone should live, work, and do business in a great place. He happens to believe Saint John is that place.

Combining an authentic leadership style with 35 years of experience as a senior executive in retail and small business banking across Canada, Francis is both pragmatic and innovative in creating opportunities for sustained growth and prosperity for Saint John.

Alanna Waberski



Alanna is a Partner with the law firm of Stewart McKelvey practicing in corporate commercial law.  Alanna brings legal experience in all aspects of commercial projects from project initiation through to financing and operation as well as extensive experience with board governance and best practice.

Raising her young family in uptown Saint John makes her a valuable member of the board to provide particular insight into what Develop Saint John can do to attract and keep families, living and playing in the heart of the city.

Gerry Lowe


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As MLA for Saint John Harbour, Gerry is known for having his finger on the pulse of Saint John. Through ongoing consultations with residents, businesses, and key stakeholders, he has gained a strong appreciation for the role that real estate development plays in strengthening communities.

Gerry’s entrepreneurial approach, combined with his commitment to building community assets, developing the city’s waterfront, and matching investment with available real estate, is further establishing Saint John as an attractive place for business investment and development.

Mayor Don Darling

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City of Saint John Mayor Don Darling is committed to growing our population and economy by creating more opportunities for investment and development. As a Develop Saint John team member, he brings considerable senior level experience in the residential construction industry to the table. He also brings strong leadership and a devotion to public service that combine to fuel economic momentum and optimism.

Don’s passion for people, commitment to collaboration, and his strategic understanding of community-building make him an ideal champion of development in Saint John.

John Collin

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After 35 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, John retired as a two-star Major-General before taking a senior executive role with the world’s largest nuclear power generator, Bruce Power. Now City Manager of Saint John, he leads with a lifetime of developed skills, devotion, and commitment that will set the path forward for unprecedented growth and prosperity in Saint John.

John’s can-do/will-do personality comes out the minute you meet him. His perseverance, coupled with a proven track record of success, and commitment to sustainability and growth in Saint John makes him a valuable member of our team.