Fredericton Convention Centre

City council Appoints Convention Centre Board Members

Fredericton, NB – City Council has approved the appointment of the 10-person Board of Directors responsible for operating the Fredericton Convention Centre, Atlantic Canada’s newest meeting and convention facility, which is due to open in December of this year.

“These individuals all bring extensive experience and expertise and will provide the leadership necessary to operate a first-class convention centre,” said Mayor Brad Woodside. “They will chart the course as we open up an exciting new era for downtown Fredericton. I am very grateful they have accepted the challenge and I am confident this beautiful new facility is in good hands.”

The Board will be chaired by Assistant City Administrator Chris MacPherson and includes three additional senior city officials including Frank Flanagan, Director of Development Services; Tina Tapley, acting City Treasurer/ Director of Finance; and Fredericton Tourism manager David Seabrook.

The other six board members are drawn from the private sector and include: Shawn Bringloe, a chartered accountant and income tax specialist; Anthony Knight, former CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and current CEO of the New Brunswick Medical Society; Chris Black, owner the Blue Door Restaurant; Walther Lauffer, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel; Lee H. Corey, President of Corey Feed Mills Ltd,; and Doug Williams, president of the Capital Region Tourism Association and a partner in the Garrison District Ale House.

The Fredericton Convention Centre will feature a 12,500-square-foot ballroom that will accommodate up to 1,500 people. It will also feature 7,400 square feet of flexible meeting space designed to accommodate breakout sessions, executive board meetings, and special events. It will feature state-of-the-art technology, and complementary wireless internet.

It will connect with the 700-seat Playhouse and is part of a major east end development complex that includes a 150,000-square-foot office tower for Provincial Government offices; and a parking garage. Planning is currently under way for the construction of a hotel in the development. For information about booking an event at the Fredericton Convention Centre, contact Cathy Pugh, Director of Sales, at (506) 999-0150 or visit

Following are brief biographies of the 10 members of the Convention Centre Board of Directors:

Chris MacPherson is Assistant City Administrator at the City of Fredericton, a post he has held since 2002. He has worked for the Municipality since 1976 is various positions including Assistant Director of Community Services and Director of Corporate Services. He received a Master of Arts degree as well as undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. He is just finishing a year as president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.

Shawn Bringloe is a chartered accountant and income tax specialist. He is a partner with Bringloe Feeney LLP in Fredericton. He holds a BBA degree from the University of New Brunswick. During his career Shawn has served his profession as a member of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants and on numerous committees he has also served his community as treasurer of several non-profit associations, most recently the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

Anthony Knight has a BBA from UNB Fredericton and is in the final year of an MBA. He served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until 2010 when he was appointed CEO of the New Brunswick Medical Society, the organization responsible for representing the interests of all medical doctors in New Brunswick. In 2008, Mr. Knight was named the Executive of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada.

David Seabrook is the manager of Fredericton Tourism, a division of the City of Fredericton. He has a background in marketing, communications, festival and event management. He sits on a number of tourism-related boards and is Vice-President of the Destination Marketing Association of Canada.

Tina Tapley is acting City Treasurer/Director of Finance for the City of Fredericton. She has been with the City since 1998. Previous to that, Ms. Tapley worked in private practice for five years with the chartered accounting firms Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Grant Thornton. She is a 1993 Business Administration graduate of the University of New Brunswick. She received her Chartered Accountant designation in 1996 and a Certificate in Local Government Administration from Dalhousie University, Henson College in May 2003. She has served as Treasurer on various non-profit boards and is currently serving as Treasurer and Director of the City’s municipally owned fibre network, e-Novations ComNet Inc.

Chris Black has owned the Blue Door restaurant for the past eight years after he moved to Fredericton from British Columbia. In addition to extensive experience in the food and beverage industry, Mr. Black also attended the University of Guelph’s Masters Program in Hotel and Food Administration and has a BSc. from the University of British Columbia.

Walther Lauffer has served as the General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel since 2007. He also oversees operations at the Crowne Plaza in Moncton. He previously served as General Manager of the Ypsilanti Marriott Hotel in Michigan, and two of Nova Scotia’s Signature Resorts, the Liscombe Lodge and the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa in Cape Breton. He has also served on many industry boards and committees and has won many awards including: Leader of the Year from Newcastle Hotels; and the International Business Excellence Award from the Intercontinental Hotels Group. During his tenure at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook the hotel received the Business Excellence award from the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

Frank Flanagan, professional engineer and urban planner, is the Director of Development Services for the City of Fredericton, a position he has held since 2000. Development Services includes Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Planning and Development, Parking Services and Building Inspection and By-law Enforcement. Mr. Flanagan has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from UNB and a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Flanagan was the Senior Planner with ADI Consultants for 14 years and was Vice–President and Senior Planner with FGA Consultants for 14 years. He is a life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He also serves on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Fredericton Knowledge Park.

Lee H. Corey has served as President of Corey Feed Mills Ltd. in Fredericton since1982. He grew up on a dairy farm in Kings County, N.B... He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1977 before going on to the Graduate Studies Program at University of British Columbia from 1977 to 1979. He graduated in 1980 from the Aquaculture Program at the Huntsman Marine Center in St. Andrews before joining the Provincial Government as a fisheries biologist from 1981 to 1982.

Doug Williams is currently president of the Capital Region Tourism Association and is a partner at the Garrison District Ale House. Previously, he has been Vice President Hospitality, Ross Venture Ltd. (2005-2008); Food & Beverage Outlets Manager, CHIP Hospitality (Sheraton Fredericton / Delta Fredericton 2003-2005). Prior to that he was General Manager at Brewbakers.


Media Contact: Chris MacPherson, Assistant City Administrator, City of Fredericton (506) 460-2071.

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