Our Team


Executive Director, Leadership Niagara

Shane Malcolm came to Canada to as an international student from Jamaica in 2009 to take the Culinary Management (Co-op) Program at Niagara College. In 2011, he graduated with honours and began pursuing his BA in Hospitality Operations Management, which he completed with honours in 2014.

Shane led a robust and involved life during his post-secondary education in Niagara which led to numerous opportunities as a student leader that resulted in experiences within the local and provincial landscape. During his time at Niagara College he was Student Representative on the Niagara College Board of Governors and member of the Foundation Board. Shane spent four years as a student leader with the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), the last 2 years as President from 2014-16. Provincially, Shane was also a member of the Board of Directors for the College Student Alliance, a provincial advocacy group focused on advancing the concerns of the 110,000 students in colleges across Ontario from 2015-16.

As a Niagara resident, Shane is very passionate about making Niagara a stronger community and that has led to his activism in local transportation and youth engagement. Shane became a member of the NextNiagara Council in 2016 and will step into the role of Vice Chair in 2017.


Leadership Niagara is governed by its Operating Board, a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide vision, strategic leadership, advocacy, accountability and stewardship. These senior volunteers are passionate about Leadership Niagara and dedicated to its mission of growing leadership in all communities across Niagara.



Rachel Baley

Rachel is the first alumnus of Leadership Niagara to become Chair of LN's Board of Directors.  A proud Leadership Niagara alumnus graduating with the Class of 2008, Rachel volunteered with LN's Curriculum Committee upon graduating and served as its Chair from 2013-2015.  Rachel is the Human Resources & Organization Development Manager for Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre. Rachel is a proud Brock University alumnus as where she graduated with her Masters in Adult Education. Her passion for the Niagara Region has grown in her twenty five years of residency and she looks forward to seeing the expansion of successful community leaders developed through the Leadership Niagara program. 


Andrew Skeldon - Vice Chair

Andrew is a Senior Manager at Deloitte and leads the Niagara office’s Government Grants and Incentive practice.  Working closely with client stakeholders, he manages and advises on a variety of R&D tax credit and other incentive services across a breadth of industries.  He also contributes to various local, regional, and national initiatives related to training and practice development.  Andrew holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer.  Residing in Grimsby since 2006 with his wife and two young boys, outside of work, when he’s not busy chauffeuring kids to and from various sporting practices, he’s an avid cyclist, participating in charity ride events, and enjoys family camping trips in the backcountry.

Barry Wright

Barry Wright is an Associate Professor in the Goodman School of Business - Brock University. Dr. Wright's academic research focuses on solving leadership challenges, change and its influence on organizational members. He also focuses on creating effective work environments.  He has provided consultation to a number of Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations.  With a Ph.D. in Management from Queen's University, Barry enjoys being married and a father, coaching sports, a trip to the art gallery, travelling, and a good laugh.

Vivian Kinnaird

Vivian relocated from her home in England to Niagara in 2011 and took the helm as Niagara College’s Dean of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Department. As a newcomer to Niagara, Vivian brought her perspective as a ‘citizen of the world’. Her arrival at Niagara College marked her return to Canadian soil after 20 years in the United Kingdom where she was Dean, Faculty of Business and Law for the University of Sunderland. Her work there opened doors for her to travel extensively to develop educational partnerships across the globe.

Kinnaird departed for England soon after completing her Master’s degree in Geography at the University of Waterloo. Over the years, she has transitioned from student, to professor, to administrator. She has co-written two books during her early years in the U.K. focusing on global development, and gender and tourism and has co-authored chapters on tourism, ecotourism, tourism recreation research, and town and country planning.

While she enjoyed her time in England, Kinnaird had always been interested in returning to Ontario and closer to her roots, since she was born in Hamilton and raised north of Toronto. As her children grew into teens, she felt a desire to expose them to life in Canada and open them up to a new international experience.

Although she comes to Niagara during what many view as challenging economic times, Kinnaird believes the possibilities outweigh the challenges. She views the current economic climate is a business opportunity to consider the future of the Niagara region, the direction it is heading, and its goals.

So far she is enjoying her new role at Niagara College, which is to provide academic leadership on programming, and to maintain and develop relationships within the College. These relationships, she says, are critical to enhancing the student experience.

Tom Paleczny

Tom’s career as a safety professional started in 1976 as the health and safety coordinator of a family owned hog slaughter facility in Kitchener Ontario. Tom joined Canada Packers as part of a company acquisition and held positions of Health and Safety Specialist and Health and Safety Manager. In 1993 Tom retired from the meat industry and began his own company Palladium Safety Consultants and Sales Inc. Tom’s company grew rapidly over the years and clients included some of the largest Fortune companies in the USA.

Tom has worked in all sectors including: chemical, warehousing, retail, aggregate mining, cement, asphalt and road construction, meat and food processing, edible oils processing, construction, feed and fertilizer mills, auto, waste management, and environmental.

In 2000 Tom joined Walker Industries first as a consultant and soon after a full-time employee as the company’s Health and Safety Manager. In 2002 Tom was promoted to his current position of Director and carries responsibility for the strategic mapping of the Human Resource Management System within the three main operating divisions at Walkers.

Tom has sat on many Boards of Not-for-Profit organizations and Associations throughout his career. Tom’s is an avid Endurance horse racer competing in 50 mile and 100 mile races all over North America on his amazing horse Reames Magiciann.


Paul Colangelo

A native of Niagara, Paul was born and raised in Port Colborne.  Following his undergraduate degree from UWO, he returned to Niagara and began his professional Career with Niagara Casinos.  Through his career, Paul completed his MBA while progressing to a senior management role within Marketing.  As an alumnus of the Leadership Niagara Class of 2014, Paul recognizes the value of developing future leaders in Niagara and the significant contributions that this program has, and will continue to deliver that will improve our communities.  Paul enjoys windsurfing, triathlon and cycle touring with his wife.

Draj Fozard

Draj has lived and worked in the Niagara Region since graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Economics. With over 30 years of leadership experience in the Financial Services sector, she is currently Director, Service and Deputy Privacy Officer at Meridian Credit Union.

In addition to her Certified Financial Planner designation she obtained in 1998 Draj recently graduated from college with a diploma in Human Resources Management.

In 2014 she co-authored “From Mindless to Mindful” How to Create Memorable Customer Experiences, which highlights local successful Niagara businesses and residents. Draj is proud to call Niagara home and is looking forward to contributing to Leadership Niagara.

Janet St. Amand

Janet is a thirty-five year YMCA veteran and is the CEO for the YMCA of Niagara. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Janet holds an Honours B.A. in Recreation/Business, a certificate in Philanthropic Development from the Indiana University Centre on Philanthropy and a graduate of the Community Shift program, Ivey Business School, Western University and sponsored by KPMG.

Janet is a past member of the Canadian Association of Fundraiser Professionals, the Human Resource Professional Association and the HR Council for the Not For Profit Sector. A natural strategic thinker, Janet has a passion for volunteer and philanthropic development and uses her leadership and relationship skills to motivate those around her to achieve results that make a difference in her community. During her career, Janet has held the role of General Manager, Vice President and Senior Vice President for the YMCA of Niagara providing strategic leadership in the areas of Child Care, Employment Services, Health & Fitness, Human Resources, IT, Communications and Development. Janet has also provided leadership as a national YMCA consultant in the area of YMCA Membership Sales and Services providing resources, training and research through a secondment with YMCA Canada.

Janet is deeply committed to helping those around her succeed and believes in the importance of building strong relationships, and the power of values-based leadership in creating positive and lasting change within her community. She currently is a volunteer Board member with Niagara Community Foundation.

Julie Shields

After graduating from Brock University in 2003, Julie made the decision to stay in the Niagara Region. As a native to Southwestern Ontario, Julie fell in love with all this region has to offer. For over 10 years, she has worked to help companies with their advertising plans and marketing strategies. As the Director of Advertising for Business Link Media Group (www.businesslinkmedia.com), she loves being creative with ideas, publishing stories of personal and corporate growth and success and finding new ways to make her clients stand out locally and beyond.

As an avid supporter of Niagara businesses, she believes in creating a stronger community through strategic partnerships and leveraging resources and talent from Niagara leaders. She believes that THOUGHTS ARE THINGS and opportunity is all around us. She works extra hard to make sure her 2 young children believe this too!

  Fiona Peacefull  

Fiona Peacefull is the Director of People Services and Organizational Development with the Niagara Region, and has been with the organization for over 16 years. Previously, Fiona held a number of senior level roles, specifically with the Office of the Regional Chair and Niagara Region Public Health.

Through using her unique combination of authentic leadership skills and very personable approach, she is proud to inspire teams to deliver innovative people services and measurable results across the organization.

Her undergraduate studies concentrated on public administration, and her Master’s focused on organizational development/leadership. Fiona is also a Certified Human Resources Leader with the HRPA.

A proud Niagara resident, Fiona is highly invested in building prosperity across our communities and supporting the important work of Leadership Niagara.

Rob Galloway

Robert Galloway is an associate lawyer at Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP in its Corporate and Commercial department. Robert graduated from Western Law in June 2013, receiving his Juris Doctor and was called to the Ontario bar in June 2014 before joining Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP.

Prior to attending law school, Robert studied at Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Biochemical Engineering. Robert followed his undergraduate with a Master of Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

While in law school, Robert volunteered with Community Legal Services, providing legal services to members of the community who could otherwise not afford it. Since moving to St. Catharines, Robert has involved himself in the community, acting several Boards of Directors. Although not originally from the Niagara Region, Robert is committed to growing future leaders and building a stronger Niagara.


Leadership Niagara benefits from the expertise of a diverse group of community volunteers.  These volunteers represent business, labour, government and community, bringing exceptional skills, experience and valuable perspective on community and workplace leadership.



Kristine Clark

Current Job Title: Professor, School of Business and Management, Niagara College

Why do I care/ why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

  • I am passionate about the co-creation of learning experiences that contribute to the development of Niagara’s Community Leaders.

What do I bring to the team?

  1. Scholar-practitioner with over 20 years organizational development experience.
  2. PhD in Human and Organizational Development.
  3. Extensive experience delivering leadership and learning initiatives across public, post-secondary and private sectors.

Jeffrey Sinclair

Current Job Title: Homelessness Action Plan Advisor, Community Services, Niagara Region

Why do I care/ why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

  • I believe that empowering emerging leaders to work together and with others to create positive change on issues of importance is critically important if we are to create a vibrant future for Niagara.

What do I bring to the team?

  1. A broad understanding of local community challenges and opportunities and the interconnectivity between various issues.
  2. Experience initiating and leading community change initiatives.
  3. Developmental Evaluation.

Brenda Allan

Current Job Title: Senior Occupational Therapist, Niagara Health System & Local President, OPSEU

Why do I care/ why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

  • I am passionate about Leadership Niagara as a exceptional organization that develops community leaders and engages these leaders to contribute to Niagara as a thriving community.

What do I bring to the team?

  1. Past participant of Leadership Niagara (2012-13) and the Leadership Niagara Graduate Certificate (2015).
  2. Certified facilitator with DDI (Development Dimensions International) systems and experienced in developing and implementing learning programs.
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