Our Team Staff and Board of Management

The St. Catharines Downtown Association team is made up of our staff and board members.

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Staff members carry out all activities of the Association as dictated by the board and its committees, comprised of BIA member volunteers. Association staff is comprised:

Rachel Braithwaite, Executive Director


Connie Stefanson. Events & Sponsorship Director


Katherine Dodge, Marketing & Communications Director


Our staff members are here to support and advocate for you and have a variety of responsibilities. The team hosts and organizes all meetings of the Association, manages and administers financial affairs, addresses member concerns and complaints, communicates parking, traffic, streetscaping and by-law issues and ideas from the membership to the City and/or region, issues a monthly online newsletter, initiates personal contacts, and maintains the membership database, responds to requests for information from the local community as well as tourist-oriented agencies and individuals, and works with community stakeholders. Contact our office at scda@mydowntown.ca or call 905-685-8424.

Board of Management

The board runs concurrently with City Council and nominations and elections of board members are done at the same time as the municipal elections, unless a board member has resigned and there is a vacant spot to fill in the interim. The current Board of Management for the 2018-2022 term:

  • Sarah Yurkiw, Ruby Red Beautiful (Executive Member, Chair)
  • Stephen Bedford, Stephen Bedford Consulting (Executive Member, Vice Chair)
  • John Blanchard, Hughson Business Space Corporation (Executive Member)
  • David Cooperman, Cooperman Real Estate Inc.
  • Anita Couturier, Helen’s Delicatessen Ltd. (Executive Member)
  • Joe Critelli, Critelli Fine Furniture
  • Tracey Findlay, Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club
  • Adam Hynam-Smith, Dispatch Restaurant
  • Orhan Kerim, Erroll’s Shoe and Luggage Repair
  • Karina Nowysz, All Figure Lingerie & Swimwear
  • Robin McPherson, Janice and Robin Digital Communications (City Council Representative)
  • Joshua Boycott, Ludology

If you would like to reach a member of our Board of Management, or for general questions and concerns, please contact the St. Catharines Downtown Association office at scda@mydowntown.ca or call 905-685-8424.

(Information about Meetings – Board of Management and Committee – has been relocated to Board Meetings and Committee Meetings)

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Member ResourcesAbout SCDA

Created in 1973, the St. Catharines Downtown Association is a provincially legislated, not-for-profit Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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The City of St. Catharines provides a variety of financial incentive programs to the private sector.

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Member ResourcesGarbage and Recycling

Collection boundaries, schedules and important waste collection information.

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Member ResourcesGraffiti

Any criminal activity should be reported to the police and to the Downtown Association.

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Member ResourcesBoard Meetings and Committee Meetings

Meeting information for the Board of Management and for SCDA Committees

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