Daniel Taylor — President and CEO, Board of Directors
As a professional who has been involved in leadership positions for over 20 years in the customer service industry and not-for-profit sector, Dan is skilled at building influence, applying business acumen and drive for continuous improvement. He is also adept at managing relationships. As a firm believer that customer service is the ability of an organization to consistently give the customer what they want and need and to exceed their expectations, he believes that customer service is not just those aspects of the business that involves face-to-face customer contact. Dan is a team player who possesses excellent organization and observation skills developed through business development and coaching. His specialties include Relationship Management, Board and Committee work, Volunteer and membership Engagement, Union Negotiation, Government Relations, Advocacy, Branding, Credit law, Privacy laws.
Duncan Gallant — 1st Vice President, 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".
Monica Sharma — Secretary, Board of Directors
Monica has over 15 years of volunteer and work experience in the non-profit sector, including community radio, cultural programming, feminist and anti-racist activism. In her role as Director of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, she works with local ethnocultural communities to foster recognition of Asian Canadians as full participants in Canadian history and culture. Monica is experienced in program planning, event coordination, volunteer recruitment and communications. She is excited about the unique opportunity that the Cultural Centre provides in creating a physical space for connectedness between diverse cultural groups, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and the wider community.
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.
Tariq Hasan — Director, Board of Directors
Tariq Hasan is a statistician currently working as Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick. After obtaining his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2005, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He moved to Fredericton in 2006, after being hired by University of New Brunswick as an Assistant Professor. He is also serving as the Director of Applied Statistics Centre (ASC) of UNB since July, 2012.
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.
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.