Duncan Gallant — Acting President and CEO, Board of Directors
Duncan is a skilled and dedicated leader and manager, with extensive experience in event coordination, networking, administration, policy development, lobbying, and stakeholder relations, especially in the nonprofit sector. He has been the event manager for first ever Freddy Beach Ribfest which saw 70,000 visitors. He was one of lead event managers for Fredericton Exhibition, largest exhibition in NB which brings some 34,000 visitors every year. He served as President of New Brunswick Student Alliance for two years, was President of St. Thomas University Students’ Union and was named as one of top 54 Emerging Leaders in Atlantic Canada by 21 Inc. (2010). Duncan received Tom McCann Trophy from St. Thomas University for character and leadership (2010), and twice received top leadership award from St. Thomas University Students’ Union (2009 & 2010). His advanced policy development and lobbying skills have helped him lead policy development processes for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and New Brunswick Student Alliance, as well as conduct training seminars and policy workshops with board members and stakeholder groups. Duncan also headed communication and lobbying strategy for New Brunswick Student Alliance that saw the Government of New Brunswick adopt changes to student aid programs.
Charit Khatri — 2nd Vice President, Board of Directors
Charit moved to Fredericton in 2004 to attend University of New Brunswick (UNB). In 2011, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing, Economics and Human Resources. Currently, he is a Marketing and Brand Development Specialist at Bulletproof Solutions Inc. During the course of his education, Charit has worked in variety of marketing and management related roles within various industries. His past work experience with Sodexo Canada, Enbridge, UNB, Nokia and Bacardi gave him an opportunity to work in diverse work environment in various industries.
He enjoys contributing his spare time to various local organizations. As a Board member with both the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and Multicultural Association of Fredericton, he has been bringing forward issues faced by landed immigrants and international students to the business and local community. His contributions towards landed immigrants at MCAF and international students at UNB, earned him the City of Fredericton Intercultural Award in 2014. Charit is an avid golfer and an active member of Cricket New Brunswick. He is a part of a team that represents Cricket New Brunswick in various Atlantic Provincial tournaments.
Helen Frigault — Treasurer, Board of Directors
Helen's career to date has been about strategizing – what should be done, when, how and by whom – to reach an end goal that benefits the organization, its employees and its customers. As a connector of the dots and a customer-back thinker, she has developed strategies in marketing, in sales, in learning, in HR, in leadership, in project management, and in Lean Six Sigma. A marketer at heart, Helen enjoys the generation and implementation of ideas that build a solid strategy to deliver a product or service. Purpose drives her forward – for a cause, for resolution, for growth, with an end goal in mind. Currently a process improvement facilitator with the province of New Brunswick, she works to find savings through improvements while sustaining service delivery. Helen brings a positive outlook on life wherever she goes – with a personal philosophy of being "happy, healthy, successful and fulfilled".
Rosalynn Alessi — Director, Board of Directors
Rosalynn Alessi is the Human Resources Manager for the University of Fredericton, where she works to strategically balance the needs and goals of the organization and its employees. Originally from Brampton, ON, she moved to Fredericton in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Thomas University. After successfully completing her degree in 2013, her passion for people and community led her to pursue the Certificate of Applied Human Resources Management program at the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Master of Business Administration at the University of Fredericton.
Rosalynn's community service includes extensive volunteer work with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the local division of the Special Olympics. She looks forward to contributing her skills to the development of the increasingly diverse community of Fredericton.
Sarah Chiasson — Director, Board of Directors
Sarah is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable marketing leader and manager. Her experience spans a range of areas in marketing and communications, including strategic marketing planning, marketing automation strategy and execution, communications and public relations management, and social media strategy. She is particularly passionate about branding, market research, and strategic analysis.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from St Thomas University, where she received the Tom McCann Trophy for character and leadership, and also holds an MBA from the University of Fredericton. Sarah has worked in several capacities with non-profits and charities focused in education and cultural initiatives in both Canada and in South America, and looks forward to contributing her skills and experience to the Cultural Centre.
Raja Khalid — Director, Board of Directors
Raja is a graduate Chemical Engineer with ten years of industrial work experience in Power Industry based in Pakistan. His expertise ranges in the realms of Design, Installation and Commissioning to Project Management. He has participated in negotiation and finalization of Technical, Commercial and Financial contracts for multi billion dollar Projects. He has also been involved in community upgrading projects at Chashma, District Kundian, Punjab, Pakistan which included development of residential colonies, school and hospital upgradation.
After moving to Fredericton in 2014, he completed his Masters in Chemical Engineering from UNB. Currently, he is pursuing doctoral studies in the field of Chemical Engineering. His research is mainly focused on corrosion kinetics studies in operational environment of Nuclear Power Plant.
Raja believes in the philosophy of interconnecting communities and achieving a dynamic harmony of cultures, which is also a dream come true in Canada. He is looking forward to have a hand in realizing the same in growing communities of Fredericton.
Muhammad Humza Tariq — Director, Board of Directors
Muhammad Humza Tariq, M.Eng, is a Mechanical Engineer-in-training with practical experience in the field of construction engineering mainly in Oil & Gas and Power Sector. He has a skill set to see a design project through from concept to commissioning as he has independently managed on several brown-field and green-field projects and since 2016 he is working with New Brunswick Power as a Customer Advisor. Under this role, he has been directly interfacing with various types of customers, building relationships, educating on products and programs and addressing technical inquiries. While pursuing his master’s in engineering degree at the University of New Brunswick, he was very proactive and independent as he participated in Electric Mobility Canada student competition and also worked as a summer student at The Cultural Centre under Province’s Student Employment Experience Development Program.
Aside from his engineering experience, Humza is a young entrepreneur who owns a business venture that makes him a strong leader who has the ability to accept challenges and hit the ground running. He is an enthusiastic individual who has always been involved in international community organizations where he has been motivating people and helping them to set a career path and achieve their goals. He is an active sportsman and a proud member of UNB Cricket Team.
Dolores Whalen — Director, Board of Directors
Dolores has had two careers. Her first career was as a teacher of Art and Mathematics for 32 years in the Fredericton school system. Her second career has been working (since 2003) at LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. She was the Director of Human Resources for 12 years and is currently Senior Advisor. She also taught English as a second language on the ELP program at UNB for several summers. Dolores is a graduate of St. Thomas University and recently completed a Leadership for Women Course at LMI Canada. She is a strong believer in giving back to the community and she has done a lot of volunteering. Dolores has served on many committees such as: The Fredericton SPCA, The Chalmers Hospital Foundation, and The Fredericton Golf Club. Most recently she was the President of the ladies section of the Fredericton Golf Club. She served as a Board member for two years at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and she is in her second year of serving on the St. Thomas Alumni Board of Directors. Dolores is a team player and she looks forward to contributing her varied skills and expertise to the Cultural Centre.
Nicole Whyte — Director, Board of Directors
Nicole currently holds a BBA with majors in Banking & Financial Services (Hons.) from the University of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. She has developed a strong business background within the financial, not-for-profit and continuing education industries. She is a project specialist with a wealth of experience in administrative management, client services, as well as, human resources management. Her experience with public sector regulatory bodies have seen her develop and coordinate conferences; organize continuing education and networking workshops and establish a variety of programs to match the needs of membership organizations while keeping ahead of global, national and provincial changes. Nicole brings to the table a tremendous volunteering background, providing not only hands-on experience but also a solutions-oriented mindset for various community-based boards, and service organizations. She continues to work on independent projects in both the public and private sectors which allows her to hone her skills in project research, strategy development, HR and change management policies.