Team

MEET THE RDN Team

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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 Îles 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 Gaspé 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 and Social Services committee and is a founding board member for the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT).

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Olivia Champagne
Social Economy Officer

Ms. Champagne graduated from the University of Victoria in economics and environmental studies then moved to Québec 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 eight. 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.

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Jano Steffen
Executive Assistant

Ms. Steffen is the Regional Development Network’s executive assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Human Resources certificate from the University of Toronto.

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Rachel Hunting
Manager of Regional Development

A graduate of Bishop’s University in the field of sociology, Rachel has been working in community development since 2008 with a particular focus on the vitality of Québec’s English-speaking minority language community, health and social services, and youth. Prior to beginning her role with RDN in 2021, Rachel was the executive director of Townshippers’ Association for just shy of a decade. In 2015, she was appointed to the board of directors of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, where she continues to represent community organization expertise as an independent director, is president of its governance and ethics committee, and is an active member of its human resources and communications committee. Rachel is also an active member of the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT) board of directors.

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Hoffman Wolff
Social Economy Officer

Hoffman joins RDN with years of experience working with Québec City’s English-speaking community, having served as the assistant executive director of the Morrin Centre and the president of Voice of English-speaking Québec. He’s also worked as a project coordination consultant with several branches of the provincial government including the SAAQ, the RAMQ and the CNESST. A native of North Carolina, he received his Global Business MBA from Laval University and his undergraduate degree from Roanoke College.

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Jenny Montgomery
Network Communications Officer

Jenny joined the RDN team in February 2022. Before that, she was the deputy editor of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines, where she worked for almost a decade. Originally from the United States, she has lived in Québec since 2009. When she’s not at RDN, you’ll probably find her working on a theatre project. She’s also a director and playwright, and she serves on the board of the Théâtre Le Trident and L’Artère, art de la danse et du mouvement. A member of the Literary Translators Association of Canada, she has ten years of experience as a professional translator.