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Board of Trustees


Niagara Training & Employment Agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, which sets
the organization’s goals and long-term plans. Through their Oath of Office, each member of the Board of Trustees
acknowledges a duty of honesty, loyalty, care and due diligence.


Michael Sproule

Michael Sproule, Secretary/Finance Chair

Chair

Michael joined the Board on June 28, 2012 and served as Chair until June 30, 2020, when he accepted the appointment of Secretary/Finance Chair. In 2016, Michael retired from a 38-year career as Treasurer of Washington Mills Electro Minerals.

John Bianchin

John Bianchin

Vice Chair

John joined the Board on April 30, 2019 and accepted the position of Vice Chair on June 30, 2020. Although from the Toronto area, many years ago John had a family member who used NTEC’s services and he wanted to give back to NTEC. John is Director, Customer Success at HAVI Global Solutions. 

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly, PhD

Chair

Maureen joined the Board on May 31, 2001 and accepted the position of Chair on June 30, 2020. She is a Professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology at Brock University and is well known in her field.

Paul Bongers

Paul Bongers

Trustee

Paul joined the Board on December 12, 2017. Paul is the owner of Country Basket Garden Centre in Niagara Falls and has worked with NTEC clients at his place of business.

Maureen  Cade

Maureen Cade

Trustee

Maureen joined the Board on October 29, 2020. She worked with, supported NTEC in the past, and welcomed the opportunity to join the Board.

Robert Culliton

Robert Culliton, LL.B, LL.M, TEP

Trustee

Rob joined the Board on June 20, 1984, and has served as Secretary and Finance Chair. A partner with the law firm of Sullivan Mahoney LLP, Rob has extensive knowledge and experience in Business and Tax Law.

Judy Reid

Judy Reid

Trustee

Judy joined the Board on November 30, 2000 and served as Vice Chair from 2018 to 2020. In 1998, Judy retired from a 29-year career as an educator with the District School Board of Niagara. She then had a second career from 1999-2013 as the Manager, Labour Force Development and Community Projects for the Business Education Council of Niagara. Today, Judy continues to maintain strong ties to her community in several volunteer capacities.

Al Shynal

Al Shynal

Trustee

Al joined the Board on February 4, 1988. He is a retired business and computer studies teacher with the District School Board of Niagara.

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