Daryl K. Branscombe
Daryl K. Branscombe is the CEO and founder of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens. He is a former teacher, but has spent most of his career in the commercial real estate development business. He has been involved in many provincial and municipal community services throughout his career. He was one of the founding members of the Knowledge Park in Fredericton. As well he was driving force behind the construction of Hospice House in Fredericton. He has written and published two books, and established two scholarships in memory of his sons at the University of New Brunswick. In 2017 he received a Doctoris in Litteris degree from the University of New Brunswick. He lives in Fredericton with his wife Angela.
Terrance Howard Delaney
Terrance Howard Delaney was born in Campbellton, NB on July 18, 1946. He graduated from Campbellton High School in 1964. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 1968 and in 1972 graduated from the UNB Law School. He returned to Campbellton in 1972 where he practiced Law until retirement in December 2018. He returned to Fredericton to enjoy retirement. During his time in Campbellton, he was a volunteer with the Lions Club, Non-Profit Housing, the Volunteer Action Association and numerous other community projects. He is married to Sandra (Bisson) Delaney. They have a son and daughter and four granddaughters.
Mike is a retired economic development consultant and a former senior New Brunswick civil servant. His background in government spanned 5 departments over 30 years, including the Departments of Finance and Economic Development. Following his stint in government he provided business advice to government jurisdictions in developing business strategies since 2000 through to 2015.
He is married to Marlene and has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Les Smith was a professional real estate appraiser, analyst, and counsellor, his career spanning a period of 38 years with service in both government and the private sector.
He is a former President of the New Brunswick Association of Real Estate Appraisers and Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
Les was awarded the AACI Designation by the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 1972 and the Designation MAI by the United States Appraisal Institute in 1984.
He was designated a Fellow of the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 2007.
He lives in New Maryland, New Brunswick.
Jon Taylor is a graduate student at Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Great Books and Political Science from St. Thomas University. Through his academic career Jon has been awarded various prizes for Best Thesis, Best Essay in Political Philosophy, and President’s scholarships at both St. Thomas and Baylor. Jon is also a former Hertog Summer Fellow in the Literature and Politics summer intensive and has had work published in Vancouver’s Compass Rose undergraduate journal. Since April 2019, Jon has been a research fellow with the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, becoming a board member in November 2019.
Don Good, P.Eng. is EXP Services Inc.’s Senior Traffic Engineer and is currently semi-retired. Throughout his career, he served as a Project Manager and/or Technical Lead on more than 500 transportationplanning studies for clients across Atlantic Canada and Alberta. Don also served several roles as a volunteer in the provincial Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB), including President. In addition to his dedication and commitment to engineering, Don is equally as committed to his community. Over the years, he has been actively involved in several important community initiatives including current Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and Board Member of Pine Grove Nursing Home, serves on the Organizing Committee for the DKB Golf Tournament (fundraiser for scholarships for the sons of Daryl Branscombe), joined the Science East Board in 2006 and was President in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 and served on numerous committees as well as President in 2003/2004 of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. Recently Don was awarded the C. C. Kirby award by APEGNB in recognition of outstanding service or contribution to both the engineering profession and the province of New Brunswick.
Greg has been involved in the Environmental Consulting and Engineering Sector across Canada and internationally for the past 45 years. In 1980 he was a co-founder of Washburn & Gillis Associates Ltd. Engineers and Scientists, which joined the global engineering firm AMEC in 2000. In 2018, he retired as Senior Vice President for AMEC Earth and Environmental responsible for operations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. His responsibilities in this role included management of over 500 full time equivalent staff of engineers, scientists and specialists. The role included ensuring appropriate safety protocols, development and application of business strategy and ensuring quality of service delivery. In addition to his management responsibilities he served as a senior technical specialist on conduct of Environmental Impact Assessments in various parts of Canada and internationally.
He was raised in a small coal mining town where he was fortunate to have some 17 nationalities represented. This exposure to a variety of cultures was of great benefit in being comfortable on assignments in some 30 countries in addition to Canada.
He has been involved in a volunteer capacity on boards addressing Youth at Risk, Family Violence and most recently issues related to Literacy. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.
Dr. David Besner , with a BSc. In Chemical Engineering (UNB) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Engineering (U. of Texas), taught at Youngstown State University, worked for Imperial Oil, and retired as the Assistant Deputy Minister of New Brunswick Environment and Local Government. He then established D. Besner & Associates, consulting in management and environment.
He is the author of a book on air pollution control, and has served on numerous provincial, national and international committees. He was a former Chair of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, and the President of the New Brunswick Energy Institute.
Dr. Ross Leadbetter
Dr. Ross Leadbetter holds an interdisciplinary PhD in the development of high-performance work-teams and the creation and conversion of authentic knowledge for competitive organizational advantage. In his role as the Executive Director and CEO in the not-for-profit research organization, iHub Learning Inc., Ross supports and researches innovative education across the province of New Brunswick. As a former National Coaching Association Coach Developer, Learning Specialist for Education and Early Childhood Development, University Lecturer, District Manager, School Principal, Vice-Principal, Coach, and Teacher, Ross is qualified to assess and design the authentic structures and conditions necessary for knowledge creation and conversion. Dr. Leadbetter has a deep and enduring interest in the development of education as an economic and social driver. He contends that if we focus first on engagement then everything else will follow, but to do otherwise is to fail. Ross comes to the Coalition of Concerned Citizens with a sense of duty, and wishes to conduct research and inquiry that will provide suggestions for the fundamental improvements in public education, K to 12 and higher, that will bring economic and social advantage to New Brunswick.
Don Lyon, P.Eng.
Don Lyon is a P.Eng. and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNB since 1991. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Purdue University. Beyond teaching, his current practice is focused on commercialization, technology transfer, and intellectual property development/strategy. Areas of technical interest include energy, municipal and industrial water treatment, medical devices, machinery monitoring, and e-learning. He is currently an advisor or principal for Gas Infusion Systems, NB Gold, Sutherland Separation Systems, Haetch2Oh, HealthTek. He received the NBITA Award of Excellence in 2002 for contributions to the information technology industry, and NBITA Best Educational Product Award in 2000.