Our Team

At Develop Saint John, we know projects and relationships start with a conversation, so let’s talk.

Here’s how you can connect with our team of development champions.

Steve Carson - Develop Saint John

Steve Carson, CEO

Office: (506) 658-2995

Steve is a very passionate community builder. With an impressive track record in both the private and public sectors, he relies on his extensive network of colleagues and partners to expedite and move projects forward.

He believes that there are opportunities in all development projects to elevate the results from good to great - with positive economic, social and cultural outcomes that inspire further growth and renewal.

Working closely with some of our community’s most innovative volunteers and a small but mighty staff team, Steve brings a “can do” attitude and enthusiastic approach as your champion for strategic real estate development and ... getting deals done!

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Brian Irving, Director of Sales & Assets

Office: (506) 658-4418
Mobile: (506) 721-5318

Brian, our director of Sales & Assets, knows Saint John’s residential, commercial, and industrial real estate sectors inside and out. Literally. Formerly the General Manager of one of Atlantic Canada’s largest and most diverse industrial park developments, and the Municipal lead for real estate sales in the City of Saint John, Brian has an extensive understanding of policies, permitting, and procedures. He also has a vast network of partners, which ensures developer and landholder projects are quickly transformed from idea to reality.

Brian also led the effort to construct to construct a $7M Spruce Lake Barge Facility to serve the region, recognizing that it would significantly benefit Saint John’s advanced manufacturing sector. This vital infrastructure provides logistic solutions to the region’s modular fabrication and heavy move sectors. That is the kind of forward thinking Brian brings to bear to advance your project.

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Christine Gilliland, Interim Operations Coordinator

Mobile: (506) 343-5154

Chris, a seasoned communications professional and project director with strong customer service skills, will be assisting us as Operations Coordinator on an interim/part-time basis.

Since returning home to Saint John 10 years ago, Chris has played key roles in helping to advance several inspirational organizations - both through Way Up Strategic Solutions, her freelance communications business and as an engaged community volunteer.

Chris' career spans from customer service and public relations to the highly structured world of regulatory affairs. Recognized throughout this diverse experience is her ability to write and communicate clearly, her knack for intuitively anticipating clients' needs, and her composed and organized project management style.

She's driven to help others cultivate roots and grow their wings - be it in business, the arts, or personally.

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Jeff Cyr, Director of Strategic Projects

Mobile: (506) 721-8749

Jeff, our Director of Strategic Projects, draws on his considerable passion and creativity to grow the City of Saint John and its exceptional urban neighbourhoods. Having managed the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan, he has unique insights and perspectives on how to successfully develop in the Saint John region’s hottest market.

A former Senior City Planner, Jeff played a central role in shaping the City’s planning policy, incentive programs, and development approval processes. This experience, coupled with a strong understanding of market conditions, development finance, and geospatial analytical tools, enables Jeff to suggest the right development opportunity and position your project for success.