About Us | Board of Directors
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors at the Belledune Port Authority represents a well-informed and connected cross-section of local people interested in helping the port to expand and develop the regional economy. They come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the board.
Director Recruitment Opportunities
Current Director Recruitment Opportunities
The following document outlines qualifications and processes with respect to director recruitment and appointments: Director Recruitment Briefing.
Vacant - No current vacancy
Danika Keeley, Chairperson
Danika Keeley holds a bachelor degree of arts from Saint Thomas University and has studied business and Human Resources Management at St. Mary’s University. Her background and experience in business planning, financial management, human resources management and marketing developed from her many years of working as a franchise developer for Dixie Lee (Maritimes) Ltd. as well as her contributions to organizations such as the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Restigouche.
Paul Shannon, Vice Chairman
Paul Shannon is a graduate of St Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts, major in social sciences, He began his work career with the province of New Brunswick in 1968 as a social worker . He retired in 2001 after 33 years of service having worked as a supervisor, provincial program consultant and regional program coordinator for the Acadie-Bathurst region. He completed several training courses in social work supervision, management and process improvement and served on a number of departmental and inter-departmental committees on a provincial level. He is a resident of Belledune.
Alberta Buttimer, Director
Alberta Buttimer, CPA, CA received her designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University. She worked with KPMG Chartered Accountants for eleven years. In 1998 she opened her own public accounting practice, which she operated for almost 18 years in Beresford, where she lives with her family. In December 2015, Ms. Buttimer merged her accounting practice with Allen, Paquet & Arseneau LLP in Bathurst. Alberta, along with her staff, now works as part of their team. Ms. Buttimer has served on the Council of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has also been active in our community with organizations such as the Bathurst-Campbellton 2003 Canada Winter Games Host Society, First United Church, Junior Achievement of Bathurst, the Bathurst Rotary Club and Carrefour Etudiant.
Lucien Sonier, Director
Arrived in Caraquet in 1968, he held the position of Chief X-Ray Technician at the hospital de l’Enfant Jésus of Caraquet until 1979. Mr. Sonier was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Caraquet for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2008. Among his many degrees and certificates, Mr. Sonier holds a professional certificate from the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick, a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Moncton, and an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec. In 2004, he received his professional designation as a Certified Development Officer with the Economic Development Association of Canada.
Mr. Sonier continued to serve as a member for many community organizations. He was President of the Acadian Festival, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick, and President of both the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Péninsule Acadienne and the New Brunswick Association of CBDCs. He was a member of Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunals for the Acadie–Bathurst riding, and member of the New Brunswick Health Council.
He continues to serve as a Board Member of the Corporation Acadie Nord of Caraquet, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Commission of Health and Safety Work.
Mr. Sonier lives in Caraquet; he is married and has three children.
Luc Roy, Director
Luc Roy has worked as an attorney at Chiasson & Roy in Bathurst, New Brunswick since 2008. He specializes in criminal law and civil litigation, particularly in the field of bodily injury.
Mr. Roy holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and law from the University of Moncton.
Mr. Roy has served on the boards of various organizations, including La Villa Sormany Inc. nursing home, Chaleur Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) and the Caisse Populaire des Fondateurs’ community development fund.
When Mr. Roy is not appearing in various New Brunswick courts, he can be found playing baseball in the northern regions of the province and rooting for the Montreal Canadiens.
Mr. Roy lives in Petit Rocher with his wife and two daughters.
Iris Auclair-Bernard, Director
Iris Auclair-Bernard P.Eng graduated in 1989 from UNB with a degree in civil engineering. She worked for four years as a construction engineer with the NB Power Construction Group . In 1994 she joined the private construction industry with Victor Bernard and Sons Ltd . In 1997 , the construction division would become Design Built Mechanical Inc where she currently works as the Quality and Process Manager.
Iris was registered as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in 1992. She has over 20 years serving as a volunteer with APEGNB including branch chair, various committees and provincial councillor. She served as President in 2006-2007. Iris also joined the Board of the Charlo Regional Airport Authority in 2018.
She resides in Charlo with her husband where they enjoy the outdoors on their hobby farm.