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New Chair and Vice Chair Elected for the BIA Board of Managment

Screen Shot 2023-01-19 at 1.01.17 PMOn Wednesday, January 18th the Downtown Kingston BIA held their first monthly board meeting of 2023, in which their Board of Management elected 7 members to the executive, including new Chair, Christine Ray-Bratt, and new Vice-Chair, Gord Dalton. Nick Waterfield will return for another term as Board Treasurer, while outgoing Chair, Ed Smith will remain on the executive as Past Chair.  

According to the Ontario Municipal Act, the Board’s term runs concurrent with City Council, with each Director elected for a four-year term. The BIA’s Board of Directors is composed of volunteers from the business community who share an interest in guiding and assisting the BIA going forward. 

I am very encouraged and excited to be working with an amazing group of business professionals as we work together to continue to cultivate and enhance downtown Kingston’s position as the region’s leading culinary, entertainment, shopping and services destination, while attracting more people to experience and contribute to our vibrant downtown community.

-BIA Executive Director, Marijo Cuerrier 

More about the Executive

A native Kingstonian, Christine owns and operates independent businesses in downtown Kingston, first opening Chris James in 2010 and more recently Curate.Social. This will represent Christine’s third term on the BIA’s board. 

As General Manager of the Confederation Place Hotel, Gord Dalton has many years of experience in Kingston’s tourism and hospitality sector. Gord has been involved in BIA committees and events, volunteering in multiple capacities for 25 years. 

Nick Waterfield, General Manager of Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho Bakery, has been a fixture on the BIA’s board long-serving as a member of the Board and Executive. 

The New Board of Management Executive 

Christine Ray-Bratt- Owner, Chris James/Curate.Social 

Ed Smith- Owner, Windmills Café Ltd/WCL Kingston Holdings Inc. 

Gord Dalton- General Manager, Confederation Place Hotel 

NIck Waterfield- General Manager, Chez Piggy/Pan Chancho 

Melissa Eapen-Bell- Director of Business Development, Improbable Escapes 

Stephanie Quick- General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront 

Steve Wallace- Owner, Luce Hair Studio 

Downtown Kingston BIA meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Downtown Kingston business and property owners are always welcome, just give us a heads up that you wish to attend! If you are not a member and would like to join us, please contact the office prior to each meeting so we know to expect you. For more information click here.