Meet Our NLOWE Board

Supporting women business owners with insightful advice, training events, and ample opportunities to grow their business.

Caroline Watton

Caroline Watton

Board Chair

Caroline Watton is a leading business lawyer with McInnes Cooper in St. John’s. She provides strategic legal advice to start-ups, SMEs, and large corporations, assisting business owners, partnerships, and corporations on a wide range of corporate matters, including incorporation, corporate structuring, reorganization, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, asset and share purchases, commercial leasing, and corporate governance and shareholder matters.

Charlene Brophy

Charlene Brophy

Avalon Director | Vice Chair

Charlene Brophy is President and CEO of FONEMED. For 20 years Charlene’s dynamic leadership style has resulted in stellar company growth domestically and internationally. Charlene led the development of Fonemed’s Health Management Platform embracing technology as a means of providing scalable, sustainable, and accessible care.

Charlene has been the recipient of seven Business Excellence Awards from The St. John’s Board of Trade, awarded the CBC Innovator of the Year by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2017, recognized in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 as a Top 50 CEO and in 2021 she was inducted into the top CEO Hall of Fame. In 2020, Charlene was also awarded the NLOWE Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

Under her leadership Fonemed was selected as one of the 10 best US Healthcare Solution Providers by Industry Era in 2017. She has authored and co-authored multiple publications and abstracts and has been a recognized speaker at the American Academy of Telemedicine Conference and other international events.

In addition to her business commitments, Charlene has a profound sense of community. She supports and is an active board member for several non-profit organizations and is a member of two government innovations advisory councils.

Renee Bussey

Renee Bussey

Appointed

Renee Bussey, CPA, CGA has more than twenty-six years of experience in public practice.  She attained her designation in 1999, and her PALB license in 2005.  She is the proud owner of Bussey Porter Hetu, Chartered Professional Accountants, located in St. John’s, NL, a network member firm of Porter Hetu international.   Her firm consists of another CPA, three experienced senior accountants plus several support staff.  Areas of experience include audit, accounting, taxation, management consulting and accounting systems design, office management, business planning and investigations. 

Prior to setting up her own firm, she was employed at a senior level with several accounting firms in the St. John’s area.  She has worked on numerous ACOA funded and INTRD funded client engagements in the areas of financial reporting, tax preparation and advisory, and management consulting. Her experience has a strong concentration with Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credits, as well as business plan preparation, budgeting, and financial forecasting.  She has an extensive background working with many versions of accounting software. 

She has served as a Governor on the CGA NL Board as Chair of the Public Practice and Taxation and Profession Rights Committee (2007-2009), and Chair of Audit Committee (2008-2009) of the Certified General Accountants Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and was an expert advisor for the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network in 2008-2009. Renee also served as a director on the Board of Directors for NLOWE (2009-2019) and as the treasurer for the Memorial University Campus Food Bank (2003-2023). 

She currently resides in Seal Cove with her common law partner Terry.  Between them both they have six children and six grandkids.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at their cabin in Brigus

Peggy Bartlett

Peggy Bartlett

Central Director

Peggy Bartlett is president of Bartlett Enterprises Inc., a private consulting and business investment Company in Grand Falls–Windsor. Peggy was the franchisee of McDonald’s Family Restaurants in Grand Falls- Windsor, Gander and Lewisporte from 1991 to 2012. 

Peggy has served on and continues to serve on numerous Business and not for profit Boards.  She is a long time Community volunteer and advocate.  Peggy currently serves on the Boards of The Status of Women Central, Gander International Airport Authority, Grand Falls House Foundation, The Innovation and Business Investment Corporation (Gov’t NL);  and The Independent Appointments Commission (Gov’t NL). 

 Peggy is passionate in working to advance issues of female equality, women in business and sustainable business growth.  She believes that mentorship, community engagement and sound business practices lay a strong foundation for growth and success. Peggy is a graduate of the General Hospital School of Nursing and Memorial University Community Health Nursing program as well as the Small Business Management Program at the college of Trades and Technology.

BJ Danylchuk

BJ Danylchuk

Eastern Director

BJ Danylchuk is the Artisan Owner of Island WoodTurning, based in Champney’s West, NL.  BJ works with native NL wood to create one-of-a-kind bowls and other objects that are beautiful, functional and tactilely seductive (and often translucent, too).  BJ also works with folks who have wood from trees that mattered to them, and creates personal treasures for clients.

BJ’s background includes the practice of law and work in bankruptcy & receivership, advertising, sales & sales management, labour relations (from both sides of the table), broad HR and business consulting inside a global business of businesses.  BJ has worked with leaders and teams to address multidimensional challenges and opportunities in businesses of various types, sizes, industries and lifecycle stage, and applies what she has learned from others to her own business, and others when appropriate.

BJ welcomes opportunities to give back and support communities and initiatives that make a difference, and so is very pleased to be able to serve as an NLOWE Board member.

Janice Ryan

Janice Ryan

Western Director

Janice is the President and CEO of Rudy’s Transportation Services Inc based in Deer Lake. After a storied 21-year career in the seafood sector Janice decided to take the plunge and became an entrepreneur in 2020 by acquiring Rudy’s Courier Service. Tapping into her extensive “food” network she used the courier service as a springboard for Rudy’s Food Movers, “Your LOCAL Food Distribution Solution”. In 2022 Janice secured several government and private industry cleaning contracts to help grow the business and strategically use the revenue growth as leverage to secure the resources necessary to implement infrastructure required to grow a sustainable local food industry for Newfoundland and Labrador. Janice’s most recent business pursuit has taken her back to her roots in the NL tourism industry, as operator of The Tides Inn, a luxury boutique inn located in the heart of Gros Morne National Park in the Town of Norris Point.

In addition to her professional life, Janice is active in the local business community with her role as Vice President of the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade. She is a member of the Employers Council of NL and Food and Beverage Atlantic. As an active member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) she was recognized in October 2022 with the “Momentum Award”, awarded to a woman entrepreneur who’s demonstrated the fastest growth in a short time period and has the most potential for future growth. Janice is a firm believer in “women supporting women” and volunteers as a mentor with NLOWE for women just embarking on their entrepreneurial journey.

Janice holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geography and a Master of Marine Studies from Memorial University. However, her greatest learning experience happened at the age of 25 when she embarked on her own “Deadliest Catch” adventure as a Certified Alaskan Shellfish Fisheries Observer on a King Crab Boat in the perilous Bering Sea!

Kathy-Lynn Shaw

Kathy-Lynn Shaw

Labrador Director

Kathy-Lynn Shaw started Kinetic Life Solutions Ltd in Labrador City in May 2017.  She has a BSc. in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.  Kathy-Lynn has been practicing Ergonomics and Kinesiology for over 20 years and is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Certified Kinesiologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Association and the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. She is also a Prevention Practitioner.  She has worked in the public and private sectors in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia and has been in Labrador City since 2010. 

Current ergonomic and kinesiology work includes contracts with international mining companies, energy companies, international pulp and paper mill, a national facilities and food services company, and other provincial and local companies.      

She is an active member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) where she served as National President in 2022, and past president in 2023.  She also chaired the National ACE conference in 2019 as well as assisted in the coordination of the 2022 ACE National Symposium. She is a member of the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs since 2017.

Kathy-Lynn provides services in office and industrial ergonomics, functional capacity evaluations and other kinesiology programs, as well as providing medical grade compression wear. 

In her spare time, Kathy-Lynn is a member of the Northern Lights Theatre Company and loves spending time with her husband and dog at the cabin enjoying the outdoors!

Jessica Chapman

Jessica Chapman

At-Large Director

Jess is the owner of ethree Consulting, an organizational effectiveness consultancy that specializes in helping organisations handle the ‘tough people stuff’ like developing strategy and culture, leading change, increasing engagement levels, driving workforce performance, improving leadership skills and more.    In 2019 Jess started a second business, ethree Online that develops and delivers custom online and virtual training for all sizes of organization.

With a background in HR, organizational performance, learning and development and training in neuroscience; and, over a decade of experience working in different countries, a variety of industries, and with some of the largest organizations in the world,  Jess has a unique combination of skills and experience that is hard to beat.

Jess leads the ethree team helping companies engage, enable and empower their people. Known for her ability to “read minds”, deliver creative yet practical solutions, and “just get it”, working with Jess and ethree is an all-round “phenomenal experience” according to their clients. 

Hailing from Great Britain, Jess moved to Canada in 2005 and settled in Newfoundland in 2007.  She lives in Torbay with her partner, Mike, two stepchildren, Liam and Logan and dog, Molly.

Jacqui Bailey

Jacqui Bailey

At-Large Director

Jacqui has more than 25 years’ experience within HR management, project coordination, communications, consultation, training, labour relations, industrial/provincial benefits agreements, community development, stakeholder engagement and socio-economic impacts. Her industry expertise spans the heavy industrial environment, construction, oil and gas, mining and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University, as well as a Masters Certificate in Project Management.
Jacqui received the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Momentum through NLOWE and Top 50 CEO in 2020 and has grown a business that is apt to successfully leverage opportunities for growth.

Eileen Matthews

Eileen Matthews

At-Large Director

Eileen Balsom Matthews was born in Heart’s Content.  The Heart’s Content Lighthouse is the subject of one of her paintings. (The Keeper’s Mistress)

Eileen’s paintings are based on strong connections to the landscape, the culture, the people, and the way of life in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Eileen’s affinity with the heritage of the province has given her a deep commitment to preserving history, both tangible and intangible for future generations In fact, she has been recognized for her heritage work in many newspaper articles, interviewed by Heritage NL and was presented with the federal government “Making a difference”  award by Judy Foote, then the MP for Trinity Conception. Eileen believes our history and tourism go hand in hand.

Eileen lives in New Perlican where she and her husband William retired. Art is her second career after banking from which she retired in 2008.  It is in her home that she creates best, where she’s surrounded by love and able to see the harbour and fishing stages every day.  She welcomes people from all over Canada daily to her home from May to October months and after that, by appointment. She tells everyone to “watch for the signs on the road through New Perlican” to find her.

Eileen is deeply involved in Tourism promotion for her area as she believes our history and tourism go hand in hand.  Involved with many groups, she presently sits on the Board of Heart’s Content Community Development Corporation; Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation; member of the Mizzen Society of Heart’s Content, member of Heritage New Perlican group, member of Craft Council, Legendary Coasts, Guide to the Good, Baccalieu Coastal Drive tourism group.

Jennifer Bessell

Jennifer Bessell

Chief Executive Officer | Ex-Officio Board Member

Jennifer is the chief executive officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs. Jennifer is an accomplished senior leader in the non-profit sector with extensive experience in both professional associations and charitable organizations. She has held executive director roles in both professional legal education and with the Canadian Bar Association as well as executive positions with the Association for New Canadians locally and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada nationally. Jennifer has a demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams with a people first approach to leadership. She is an executive who enjoys and is motivated by program and finance management.

Jennifer is currently the Vice-Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), volunteers with Junior Achievement of NL, is a board member with Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE-NL), and is a member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO). Jennifer is passionate about lifelong learning and helping others achieve success in their professional endeavours. She considers coaching and mentoring a responsibility of leadership. As such, Jennifer is driven to help women and youth realize their potential and be successful in their journey as entrepreneurs.

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