Brennen de Carufel
Throughout his adolescence, he grew up in Carleton County, N.B. before moving to the Fredericton area to complete his undergraduate degree, followed by leadership and management training. Brennen now works full-time as a Canadian Armed Forces officer in Gagetown. His spare time is spent volunteering within the community, watching cinema, or relaxing with his family.
Brennen joined The Ville’s Board of Directors with hopes of working with others and improving local sustainability and overall well-being. He has a passion for civic engagement and working with stakeholders to ensure the goals of a community can be met. Ultimately, Brennen believes that grassroots, holistic, and progressive partnerships are the key to fostering a wonderful community.
Feeling like the conversation around inclusive and diverse decision making was lacking on the East Coast in Canada, Katie Davey created Femme Wonk – a podcast about policy, politics, and current affairs through an inclusive lens. Through Femme Wonk, she also speaks, consults, and hosts a book club. Once called ‘the feminist money girl,’ Katie advocates for the integration of economic and social policy.
Katie has served as Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relation at the Office of the Official Opposition in New Brunswick, Senior Advisor for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement in the New Brunswick Premier’s Office, and President of the University of New Brunswick Student Union. She currently holds the role of Policy Lead at the Public Policy Forum. Katie has a Master of Applied Politics from Wilfrid Laurier University where she focused on policy analysis and community development.
She is a member of the Youth Working Group on Gender Equality for the Government of Canada, a 2019/20 Action Canada Fellow, a Coach for Girls on Boards, a board member at Human Development Council, and Interim President of the Board of Directors at The Ville Cooperative.
President & Chair
Adam Peabody is a passionate member of Fredericton’s economic development and business community. He grew up in Fredericton and returned to his hometown to begin his career after graduating from Bishop’s University with a Bachelors degree in economics & politics. Throughout Adam’s career, the focus has been on economic development through international business. He has worked at and volunteered for several not-for-profits dedicated to supporting youth, business, and international trade.
Currently, Adam is the Director of Planet Hatch, an entrepreneurship centre located in Fredericton, NB. The centre’s mission is to develop globally competitive entrepreneurs and startups.As Director, Adam is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of
the center. He leads an experienced and dynamic team that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and new venture creation by developing programming, services,
partnerships and innovation.
Romain is a lawyer with the law firm of McInnes Cooper. His practice areas include commercial litigation, professional negligence, property law and energy law. Romain has represented clients in all levels of Court in New Brunswick.
Romain grew up in Ripples (north of Fredericton) and went to École Sainte-Anne. Romain obtained two undergraduate degrees, one in Kinesiology and one in Business Administration, as well as his law degree at the University of New Brunswick.
In addition to the Ville, Romain volunteers with the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and various committees with the Law Society of New Brunswick and mentors law students.
In his spare time, Romain enjoys keeping up with his two daughters, fitness, and playing and watching various sports.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant and partner at a local accounting firm in Fredericton, Spacek Armstrong & Norrad. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board.
Nick enjoys using his accumulated knowledge and interest in finance as a means to help people and organizations achieve their goals.
When not in the office or volunteering his time, Nick enjoys spending time with his young family and playing golf with friends.
Genevieve MacRae is self-employed as a private music teacher who also coaches ensembles in the community and in schools. She moved her private music studio into the building at 241 Canada Street in the very early days of the partnership between Unity Ventures and The Ville.
With an extensive background in non-profit organizations she was intrigued by the vision of this budding new organization. Genevieve has sat on several boards and volunteer committees over the years including Envirothon NB, The Canadian Forestry Association of NB, the Tay Creek Folk Festival, the Taymouth Community Association and the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. She joined the board of The Ville in late 2019.
Originally from Miramichi NB, Alexa developed an early interest in agricultural practices from her grandfathers large backyard garden along the Miramichi River. Observing and watching him tend to his garden and enjoying the vegetables grown every summer and fall is one of her best memories growing up.
During her 6 years in university, Alexa learned the value of community, sustainability, and environmental awareness when it comes to everyday lives. In her last year of her bachelors degree she was the team lead in her fourth year Capstone group project. Alexa and a team of 6 individuals created a regenerative agricultural land plan and crop layout for a local crop farmer. Together they created a report that recommended a series of best practices according to the clients specific goals. Through this experience, her eyes were opened to the issue of food sovereignty, food deserts, environmentally sustainable practices, and the importance of developing strong roots with your local community.
Alexa is very excited to be able to share her knowledge and continue learning at The Ville.
Ann Smith is a human resources professional with a decade of successful experience working within the intricacies of people management. Ann recently retired from the University of New Brunswick after 16 years; the last 14 within the Human Resources Generalist role at the College of Extended Learning and has joined St. Thomas University as their Human Resources Officer. A firm believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Ann regularly develops internal wellness campaigns to assist employees with effective mental health techniques. She leads mainly by example, always doing her best and encouraging others to do the same.
Ann is also highly experienced as a board leader. She is currently the Treasurer of the CPHRNB Fredericton Chapter and sits on the CPHRNB Provincial Finance Committee. She is past Treasurer of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Past Secretary of the Astra 5PBA, Past Chair, UNBCEL Wellness Committee, and Past Chair, Parent’s Committee, Belleville Children’s Chorale Choir.
Ann is honored to serve on The Ville Board and is looking forward to helping make a difference within the community.