Cathy Brown
Executive Director

Ms. Brown became the Executive Director of RDN in August 2020. She is a graduate of CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Iles and has worked in various roles at CASA since 2001 before becoming executive director in 2008. During her tenure, she led a significant expansion of program activities and service delivery at CASA for the benefit of the English-speaking communities along the Gaspe coast, particularly in the areas of health and social services, employment, and economic development (tourism). She has also participated on various provincial boards and committees including the Provincial Access to Health & Social Services Committee and is a founding board member for the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT).

David Ballam
Development Agent

Mr. Ballam began with RDN in January of 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo
with degrees in Urban Planning and Economics. Originally from Ontario, he worked there for
several years in the field of economic development before life brought him to the province of
Québec, and more specifically the south shore of Québec City. He remained active in the
English-speaking community volunteering with various organizations. He eventually returned to
the community development environment, and eventually to RDN. This “parcours de vie” has
offered Mr. Ballam a varied experience that he brings to his role as Development Agent with
RDN. When not in the office, he is outside the office on the slopes, on the water or in the woods
with his family enjoying the natural beauty of Québec.

Olivia Champagne
Social Economy Officer

Ms. Champagne graduated from the University of Victoria in Economics and Environmental Studies then moved to Quebec to complete Concordia University’s Community Economic Development Graduate Diploma. After co-founding a solidarity cooperative in Montreal, Ms. Champagne returned to Concordia to attend the Business Administration Graduate Diploma program. She has worked in sustainable project development, food sovereignty, and social economy organizations in every capacity from Executive Director to Volunteer. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having started her first business at the age of 8 years old. Today, you can often find Ms. Champagne attending cooperative Board of Director meetings and consulting with organizations in the social economy. In her spare time, she is a hobby homesteader, hiker, activist, and lover of all animals.

Jano Steffen
Executive Assistant

Ms. Steffen is the Regional Development Network’s Executive Assistant.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce from McGill University and an HR certificate from the University of Toronto.