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Board Members

Louise Arsenault - President

General Manager, Mill River Experience, O’Leary, PEI

Louise has been in hospitality for many years. She was a General Manager for Rodd Hotels and Resorts for almost 16 years and now is General Manager of the Mill River Experience and the most recent addition to the Meetings & Conventions PEI Board of Directors.

Susan Ching - Treasurer

Senior Accountant, Harbourside Group of Companies, Charlottetown, PEI

An extremely proud Islander, Susan has worked in accounting and finance for 25+ years and the tourism industry, in some form or shape, has been an integral part of her career. Susan’s work experience includes Corporate Controller of Rodd Hotels and Resorts, Interim Chief Financial Officer at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Director of Finance & Administration with the Charlottetown Airport Authority. She is currently Senior Accountant with Harbourside Engineering Consultants, one of the largest independently owned structural engineering firms in Atlantic Canada. In addition, Susan is a ‘volunteer’ bookkeeper for her family’s potato farming business in Eastern PEI and also volunteers on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Community Foundation of PEI.

John Cudmore - Secretary

General Manager of The Holman Grand Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI

John Cudmore is a native Islander who has been involved with The Holman Grand Hotel since opening the modern boutique hotel in 2011. Prior to The Holman Grand Hotel, John spent many years managing hotels and resorts for a leading regional hotel chain, serving as President and Chief Operating Officer.

John is a respected figure in the tourism sector. He has given his time and experience generously in mentoring employees in the industry and in assuming leadership roles on a voluntary basis with the boards of such key industry organizations such as: the Canadian Tourism Commission, Capital City Events, Meetings and Conventions PEI, Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund, and others.

Craig MacMillan - Director

Manager/ Operating Partner at Sims Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, Murphy Hospitality Group Charlottetown, PEI

In the fall of 2005 local restaurateur Kevin Murphy purchased the building and began the process of renovating to create what you are experiencing today.  After opening its door in 2007, Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar has come to be known as the place to enjoy yourself. Bring a date, unwind with friends or enjoy a few drinks at the bar. Philosophy “great steaks, big wine and PEI hospitality come together to create the ultimate dining experience.”

Steve Arnold - Director

Owner at Around the Sea Rotating House, North Rustico, PEI

The Halifax-born entrepreneur, Steve Arnold is the owner of Around the Sea Rotating House and the Island Solar Transit System. Steve Arnold and his family live in Rustico upstairs in the rotating house with a panorama of the village. Steve became a board member of M&C PEI in May of 2016.

JJ Chaisson - Director

Owner, The Fiddling Fisherman, Souris, PEI

Prince Edward Island’s J.J. Chaisson is without any doubt a talented multi-instrumental musician. His business; The Fiddling Fisherman offers fishing boat ceilidhs surrounded by the sea, red cliffs, great music, step dancing, set dancing, yummy eats, and the best people you’ll ever meet.

Barry Nicholson - Director

Owner of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, New Glasgow, PEI

Barry Nicholson is VP Operations/owner of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers. New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, located in New Glasgow PEI, is a local favourite and tourism icon. Barry also sits on the board of TIAPEI, and volunteers at the New Glasgow Fire Dept where he’s been a firemen for over 30 years.

Chantal Delaney - Director

Client Services Manager, Credit Union Place / Veteran’s Convention Centre, Summerside, PEI

Chantal Delaney is our newest board member and represents Summerside. As Client Services Manager at Credit Union Place/Veteran’s Convention Centre, Chantal takes care of all meetings & conventions business and has recently been given the 2019 Innovation PEI Employee of the Year award.

Ben Parsons - Director

President & Co-Owner at DALMAC, Charlottetown, PEI

DALMAC Charlottetown— Print, Signs, Cresting. DALMAC has more than 30 years experience supplying a comprehensive range of high-quality print, design and sign services to Canadian businesses. 

Wayne Long - Observer

Events Development Officer, City of Charlottetown, PEI

Wayne Long is the Events Development Officer for the City of Charlottetown and has been with the municipality for twenty-two years, holding a number of professional positions. He is a member of the City’s Management and economic development team and leads the attraction of major events and projects which stimulate economic and tourism prosperity. He also leads special initiatives and projects on behalf of the Mayor’s office.

Over the last two decades, Wayne has chartered many successes for the City of Charlottetown and has won numerous individual and collaborative accolades and awards for his work, as well as that of the municipality.

In Memoriam — Jamie Caseley

Meetings & Conventions PEI Board Member & General Manager, Caseley’s Tent & Party Rentals, Charlottetown, PEI

The board and staff of Meetings & Conventions PEI are grieving the loss of our friend and valued board colleague, Jamie Caseley, who passed away peacefully in Summerside, PEI on December 23, 2021. Many of our partners across the Island had the pleasure to have worked with Jamie. He had a tremendous impact on so many of us in the hospitality industry through his passion and dedication to his business and valued clients. Jamie will be missed dearly and fondly remembered. He will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved him.