Hailey Short


Hailey Short is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Airport. Graduating from Carleton University with a BA Communications Studies, Hailey moved back to her hometown in 2013.  Hailey is passionate about giving back to the Sudbury community. She is currently the Marketing Lead for the Mudmoieselle Run, and Director of Communications for the Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury (MMTS) committee.

Christine Baptista

1st Vice Chair

Christine is a presentations and public speaking coach who helps her clients look and sound their best when speaking to an audience.  A self-professed “herp-nerd,” she is the Chief Know-It-All at Critical Critters and lectures in the Geography department at Laurentian University.  In her spare time, she’d like to take on an exciting hobby like skydiving, but usually she ends up snuggling with her fluffy kitty and her not fluffy boyfriend.

Emily Franceschini

2nd Vice Chair

Emily is the Co-founder/Ambassador of Buzz at Our Crater. A graduate of Cambrian College’s Public Relations program, Emily was born and raised in Sudbury and she is passionate about highlighting the amazing things happening right here in Sudbury – which is why she started Our Crater.

Jordan Richardson


Jordan is a Director at Freedom where he leads a team of financial advisors to long-term success. In his short stint in Sudbury, he is already part of two non-profit boards, mentors a child in the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s program, and is an active member of the Idylwylde Golf Club and Sudbury Men’s Soccer League.

Amanda Zurkowski

Director of Professional Development

By day, Amanda, is a Business Development Consultant with Northern Business Solutions. Amanda has proven herself in the industry, and has earned Presidents Club Distinction from her employer, as well as being the only female in all of Canada to earn Ricoh Convergence in 2016 in the dealer channel. Although she does not hail from Sudbury, she has ties to the community, having spent some of her childhood on Manitoulin Island and often travelled to “the big city of Sudbury”. For the past 10 years Amanda has lived in Sudbury, and has really worked hard at establishing a place in the community by being involved in different organizations. By night, Amanda can be found volunteering with EastlinkTV as the rink side voice of the Sudbury Wolves broadcasts, as well as writing for Hockey News North. Away from all of that, Amanda can be found spending time with her partner Jeff, and their combined three kids. In her spare time, she likes to combine her two passions, sports and travelling, so can usually be found in a sports stadium or hall of fame somewhere.

Trevor Lalonde

Director of Event Relations

Kate Lafantaisie

Director of Marketing

Kate is a Communications Specialist at Health Sciences North, specializing in branding and both traditional and digital marketing. Kate is a graduate of Laurentian University’s Communications Program and Cambrian College’s Public Relations Program.
Kate’s personal interests include a dedication to wellness, nutrition and traveling to new destinations.

Emily Gillespie

Director of Membership

Overly optimistic and energic with an even bigger smile. Emily Gillespie is the owner and originator of Sudbury in a Box, she promotes local creating lifestyle gift boxes packed with products made close to home and that deliver character, quality, and variety!

Corissa Blaseg

Director of Membership

After originally pursuing a career in Recreational Therapy, Corissa recently went back to school to study business administration with a marketing specialization at Laurentian University.

Victoria Benkovich

Director of Communications

Victoria works in Corporate Communications for Greater Sudbury Utilities and its group of companies, where she manage internal and external communications. Victoria is passionate about contributing to Sudbury’s local community of young professionals. She sees value in building a network of young professionals who share experiences and support each other with information in an open and constructive way. Victoria gets inspired by others doing cool things, as it motivates her to to push herself harder.


Devin McNeil

Director of Special Events

Devin is the Afternoon Announcer as well as Music Director at The New Hot 93.5. You can join him on the air from 2pm to 6pm weekday afternoons. As Music Director, he schedules the entire playlist for the radio station and coordinates with artists and record labels.

Devin is captured by great storytelling, whether that be a comic, movie, TV show, or something that he hears on the radio. He believes the most unique thing you can do in this world is tell a story that strikes a chord with someone. Prior to starting his career in radio, he had his own YouTube channel!

Devin believes in empowering young professionals in our community and encourages everyone to step outside of their comfort zone!