Board of Directors

Bev Allinson

Bev Allinson

Confederation Place Hotel, Managing Director

Bev is a Managing Director of Confederation Place Hotel with her family. Born and raised in Kingston, she has worked in Toronto, Chicago and London, England, gaining extensive background in the hospitality industry. In 1978, the Allinson family and partners built the hotel and in 1988, the family purchased the hotel from the partners. Bev served on the board of Downtown Kingston! BIA for many years and was Chair of the Board from 1998-2000. She returned to the board in 2006. She has served on other boards, such as the Tourism Advisory Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Women’s Network and the Board of Directors of the KGH Foundation. Bev is also an enthusiastic promoter of the historic City of Kingston during her attendance at international sales meetings and seminars. bda@confedplace.com

Lynn Carlotto

Lynn Carlotto

Rogers K-Rock Centre, General Manager

Lynn is a 20 year veteran of the venue management industry. Prior to moving to Kingston in February 2013, Lynn’s career was Connecticut based with general management positions at Live Nation’s Toyota Oakdale Theatre and Centerplate’s Webster Bank Arena, corporate Director of Marketing and Events for Ogden Entertainment, and Director of Marketing for both the Hartford Civic Center and New Haven Coliseum. Lynn earned her B.A. from Boston College and M.A. in Leadership from Albertus Magnus College. She is a member of Kingston Women’s Network and 2014 winner of Venues Today’s Women of Influence Award. Lynn believes that the Rogers K-Rock Centre and DK! are linked in the most fundamental of ways. Rogers K-Rock Centre ticket buyers and fans are DK! shoppers, hotel guests, diners and simply visitors. Building on these successes is her focus. lcarlotto@rogersk-rockcentre.com

Justin Chenier

Justin Chenier

Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club, Executive Director of Business Operations

A graduate of St. Lawrence College’s School of Business’ Advertising & Public Relations program (1997), Justin has spent fifteen years in corporate marketing and communications. He joined KFL&A Public Health in 2001 as Communications Officer, a role he held for twelve years, during which he was also the owner of his own video production business for six years, Beyond Time Media. Since joining the Kingston Frontenacs in 2012, Justin has worked to increase the brand presence and role the hockey team plays in the community. Coming into this season, average attendance has grown 48.4% in his time with the club. A key partnership with Downtown Kingston! has fostered the Frontenacs’ brand as a part of key events in the city’s downtown, including Buskers Rendezvous, Bluesfest, Poker Run, Canada Day, and Movies in the Square. Justin sees the changing face of retail and how it’s affecting downtown businesses and is a firm believer in downtown Kingston. justin@kingstonfrontenacs.com

Maria Cronk

Maria Cronk

Fancy That / Roundstone, Owner

In 1985, Maria left a teaching career in Ottawa to join her family business, Fancy That Group. They opened their third store, in downtown, in the summer of 1985. Maria has been married for 29 years to her high school sweetheart and together they have three beautiful girls. Maria’s entire family has been involved in the business in one way or another and they always have fun working together. Maria has always had a love for people and helping them, whether it is for fashion or fitness, and has been teaching fitness in the Kingston community for the last 25 years. Maria has served on the Downtown Kingston! Board for nine years, two of which she served as Chair. Maria loves working together with other business people to make our downtown a better place to shop, dine, and live. She is happy to see the new generation coming into the core and opening new and exciting businesses. fancythatkingston@gmail.com

Cyndy Gibson

Cyndy Gibson

Agent 99 & Blueprint Clothing, Owner

Cyndy and her partner Rob Sinclair opened their first store in downtown Kingston in 1992. Cyndy is focused on promoting communication between downtown members and the BIA. She welcomes ideas like the Princess Street Promenade that help our storefronts and community thrive downtown. Keeping downtown the region’s most exciting shopping destination is a long term priority for Cyndy, while the challenges of the Big Dig, snow removal, safety, and cleanliness remain the basic fundamentals that she feels need constant attention. It is her hope that positive memories of downtown Kingston carry on for future generations. cyndyagent99@hotmail.com

David Graham

David Graham

Graham’s Pharmacy, Owner

David Graham has been a Kingstonian since the age of 8 when his father was transferred to work at Hotel Dieu Hospital. He left Kingston to pursue an education in Pharmacology and returned soon after to work in many different pharmacies around the city before starting his own pharmacy in the heart of downtown. It was his vision to create a pharmacy with a village feeling in keeping with the downtown sense of community. Giving back to the community in which we live is an important privilege for David. Currently, he is on the board of the Council on Aging as acting treasurer. David is interested in sustaining a thriving downtown. He feels the way to do this is to facilitate easy access to parking, transportation, and sidewalks. david@grahamspharmacy.ca

Nate Lollar

Nate Lollar

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, General Manager

Nate’s family was born and raised in Kingston and have been members of the business community for many years. Operating the Jack Astor’s brand in downtown Kingston has been a rewarding challenge for Nate. He loves the downtown and everything it brings, not only to the residents of Kingston who are lucky enough to enjoy it, but the hundreds of thousands of visitors that we see each year from all over Canada and abroad. Living and working minutes from downtown, Nate feels that there is no better feeling than seeing the downtown thrive during peak seasons. His strong knowledge of brands, experience in consumer habits and background in marketing will help bring new insights to the board of the BIA and contribute positively in an open forum. NLollar@sircorp.com

James Malcolm

James Malcolm

Trailhead, Owner

James has been in the retail business for 26 years in Toronto, Victoria and for the past 13 years in Kingston. He bought Trailhead from the Ottawa Trailhead in 2004 and moved into its present location in 2011. James is happy to be a part of the DK! Board to share his opinions and ideas from the perspective of the outdoor retailer. He is personally interested in the environment and is in making downtown a better walking and biking core. His favorite afternoon treat is Pan Chancho’s chocolate croissant and he loves having his dog Toby at work. James is proud to own a building and store in the centre of one of Canada’s finest downtown cores! james@trailheadkingston.ca

Richard McNevin

Richard McNevin

Soloway Wright, LLP

Richard began practicing law in Toronto in 1985, specializing in corporate finance with an emphasis on public company work (primarily for real estate companies) and venture capital financings (primarily for technology companies). In 1998, he became a member of the law firm of Soloway Wright LLP and a partner in January of 2001. His practice primarily focuses on acquisition, disposition, development and financing for a number of Kingston based real estate developers and financial institutions. Richard’s downtown issues of interest include promoting the intensification of residential development in the downtown and fostering Kingston’s arts community as a viable component of the downtown’s business community. mcnevinr@solowaywright.com

Tim Pater

Tim Pater

Le Chien Noir, Atomica, Harper’s, Dianne’s, Owner

Tim has lived in Kingston most of his life. After earning his B.A. from Carleton in Ottawa and studying in hospitality at Ryerson in Toronto, he returned to Kingston to start a catering business. Tim established Le Chien Noir Bistro in 2000 which was followed by Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar in 2003, Harper’s Burger Bar in 2010 and Dianne’s in 2013. He has an interest in the Local Food, Local Chefs initiative and is a member of the BIA Marketing, Development and Executive Committees and served as a member of the Kingston Public Market task force. Tim’s interests include a continued investment in infrastructure, cultural and entertainment facilities in the downtown. He is proud of the broad variety of businesses that exist in our wonderful downtown and of the growth of our local food movement. tim@blackdoghospitality.com

Christine Ray-Bratt

Chris James, Owner

A native Kingstonian, Christine completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. She then spent the next decade working in Hong Kong, China and Singapore managing a publicly-listed fortune 500 company and a global Italian brand. Along the way, she attained her MBA from the University of Ottawa, as well as honed a global view of successful businesses among different geographical and demographic realities. In 1994, Christine and her husband decided to return to their roots and raise their children in Kingston. She worked for many years for Jim at Sir Gawain and five years ago decided to venture out and open Chris James. Christine’s biggest concerns for the downtown core are issues such as the perception of effort required to shop downtown, and the recent store closures. Effective communication and an unsurpassed level of effort is required by calling on all of those who have a stake in the community, not just the retailers, but Kingston at large. christine@chrisjameskingston.com

Justine Scala

Justine Scala

Minotaur Games & Gifts Owner

Justine has worked in retail in Kingston for the past 13 years. She is the co-owner of Minotaur Games and Gifts, which opened in 2005. Recently, she and her business partner opened a second store, Labyrinth. She is an active member of the Downtown Kingston! BIA Retail Committee, Member Services Committee and Marketing Task Force and plans to join the Clean and Safe committee this year. Justine was one of the instrumental organizers of the first Princess Street Promenade in 2010. Justine feels that the Downtown Kingston! BIA and its members have an obligation to promote and organize sustainable projects that promote and use local talent, including infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and events that support local businesses and the downtown community as a whole. info@minotaurgifts.com

Ed Smith

Ed Smith

Windmills, Owner

Ed has owned and operated Windmills Restaurant and Catering for the past 20 years. Ed has served on the BIA Board and Executive Committee for a number of years. He served on City Council from 2003 to 2010 and was involved in numerous committees including The K-Rock Centre, Market Square, Downtown Action Plan and Parking Advisory, and served as Chair of the Downtwon Kingston! BIA from Dec. 2010 to June 2014. Ed brings a wealth of knowledge related to City Hall that will help to connect, invest in and protect downtown Kingston. ed@windmills-cafe.com

Nick Waterfield

Nick Waterfield

Chez Piggy/ Pan Chancho, Manager

Nick settled in downtown Kingston in 1981. He took a summer job at Chez Piggy Restaurant and has been actively engaged in both the business and the changing downtown Kingston landscape ever since. He is proud to have contributed to Blues, Buskers, Co-op Advertising, Clean & Safe, Parking, Member Services, Feb Fest, Market Square, Fall Promenade, the Princess Street Reconstruction Working Group, and the Downtown Kingston Redevelopment Kit. That list alone is cause to reflect on how much the downtown landscape has been positively affected by an engaged membership. Nick is past Chair and current Treasurer of the Downtown Kingston! Board and is passionate about the ongoing success and vitality of the downtown, recognizing that it is always a work in progress. nickw1@kingston.net

Councillor Adam Candon

Councillor Peter Stroud

Councillor Rob Hutchison (Alternate)