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 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).

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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 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.

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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.

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Rachel Hunting
Manager of Regional Development

Rachel has been at work in community development since 2008 and has experience in the youth sector, access to/the governance of health and social services, and official languages issues as they pertain Quebec’s English-speaking minority community. 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 Rachel was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS where she was renewed for a second mandate as an Independent Director; Rachel is president of the CIUSSE-CHUS Governance and Ethics Committee and is an active member of its Human Resources and Communications Committee.