University of Sudbury Appoints Two New Regents

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SUDBURY – The University of Sudbury is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Regents: Kirk Petroski, President & CEO of Symboticware Incorporated in Sudbury, and Albalina Metatawabin, General Manager of the Mushkegowuk Development Corporation (Mushkegowuk Council) in Timmins.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Kirk Petroski has been President and founder of ERE Services Inc., a company he started in Timmins in 1996, bringing new exploration and GPS surveying technology to Northern Ontario. He relocated to Sudbury in 1999 to complete an MBA in Business Administration at Laurentian University, after previously completing a Double Major BA with Honours in Political Science and Law and Justice in 1994. In 2008, he cultivated new ideas which enabled the accelerated growth of Symboticware Incorporated, a company for which he has been President & CEO since 2009. Mr. Petroski was also President of the Board of Directors for Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA), from 2011 to 2013.

Ms. Albalina Metatawabin has been Vice President of the Five Nation Energy Inc. Board since 2015 and Director of the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund since 2011. She has been involved in several other boards and committees, having most recently served as Member of the Timmins Aboriginal Organizations Committee from 2010 to 2014, and as Board Member of NEOnet Inc. from 2007 to 2009. She was also involved in other committees at Trent University, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Honours in 2005. In 2015, she received a Graduate Certificate in Community Relations for Extractive Industries from Queen’s University. Prior to becoming General Manager of the Mushkegowuk Development Corporation (Mushkegowuk Council) in 2015, she occupied the position of Community Relations Manager at De Beers Group of Companies at Victor Mine, and was the Owner of Nishtum Consulting, from 2004 to 2006.

“We are thrilled to welcome two new Northern Ontario leaders to our Board of Regents, with such strengths and expertise in various areas,” states Josée Forest-Niesing, Chair of the Board of Regents of the University.

“Our Board of Regents members help us further connect with the community and effectively achieve our goals. We look forward to beginning 2017 with such a strong team to forge ahead,” adds Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury.

With the two new additions, the Board of Regents is now comprised of 18 members.

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