I would like to thank the members of the Board of Directors for nominating me as the PRCDC's Chairperson for 2023-2024.

As you know, the PRCDC is there to create jobs, and support, and stimulate the growth of our businesses and communities.  Over the next year, we will continue the work already started by the board of directors.

It is important to stipulate that economic development is not just a routine that is repeated every day; it is a vision, a mission, and a constant responsibility that we have as a CFDC and a national organization.

In today's interconnected world, economic, business, and community development cannot occur in isolation.  This requires a collective effort involving government agencies, municipalities, regional government, businesses and entrepreneurs, educational establishments, non-profit organizations such as the Chambers of Commerce and, above all, the community itself.

Our vision as an economic development organization is to promote realistic, inclusive and, above all, sustainable progress.

All of the annual achievements would not be possible without the unconditional support of the Government of Canada through our partner FedDev Ontario, which supports us financially.  Thank you also to the members of the team for their professionalism and for the work accomplished every day and I thank the Board of directors for their constant commitment and their involvement in the economic prosperity of Prescott and Russell.

Luc Filion
Chairperson of the PRCDC

The Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation is governed by a board of directors of 8 local volunteers representing different regions in Prescott-Russell in various sectors of activity.

Luc Filion - Chairperson
Patrick Brousseau - Vice-chairperson
Julie Ménard-Brault - Secretary-treasurer
Sylvain A. Charlebois - Administrator
Alain Lamarche - Administrator
Eric Drouin - Administrator and past Chairperson
Éric Charlebois - Administrator
Christine Bonneau O'Neill - Administrator
Position to be filled - Administrator

Our team

John Candie - Executive Director
Kim Denis - Accounting Technician
Daniel Sigouin - Business Development Advisor
Pauline Chevrier - Communications and Loans Officer
Karianne Simard - Projects Coordinator


The Board of Directors has the responsibility of assuming the main operating risks to which the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) may be exposed to, including the inevitable departure of administrators.  Determining the right candidate cannot be done without careful thought and planning.  Therefore, the PRCDC's Board of Directors must develop, regularly review and revise the succession plan for the directors, as well as evaluate and make all recommendations regarding elections and re-elections of candidates.

Succession plan

Defining the composition and desirable skills is the most important step in this planning.  An up-to-date skills chart facilitates discussions in this regard.

Basic skills for a member of the Board of Directors are as follows:
  • be a recognized person who is familiar with the community and business development sectors or sectors defined in section 3.0 of the PRCDC's Statutes and Regulations;
  • hold a position of authority enabling him/her to influence the opinion of decision-makers;
  • demonstrate outstanding leadership and communication skills;
  • demonstrate a vision to continue to define the direction, policies and programs in business development information;
  • bring visibility to the organization and promote its profile.
To perform the supervisory functions inherent in the position, other skills or knowledge may be required in accounting, management, research or economics, in the government, municipal, community, financial and business sectors.

Administrator nomination process

The PRCDC's Board of Directors, with the general management, assess and make recommendations concerning the election and re-election of candidates by the PRCDC'S Board of Directors.  The process that the Board of Direction usually follows during selection is as follows:
  • Nomination:  When a seat becomes vacant, the Board of Directors attempts to attract the right candidates for Board member positions.  In accordance with the PRCDC's Statutes and Regulations and best practices, nominations for members of the Board of Directors are made as follows:
    • the candidate should be chosen, as much as possible, based on the seat they will occupy;
    • the candidate should be chosen, as much as possible, based on the region in which they reside;
    • the candidate must have experience, knowledge and interest in or be involved in the sector they represent or a combination of these elements;
    • annually, the Board of Directors' Chairperson solicits qualified candidates for the Board of Directors' Chairperson position, according to the current job description, taking into consideration both the current members of the Board of Directors and the candidates nominated.
  • Evalutation: Once the list of candidates have been established for the vacant position, the Board of Directors meets to evaluate the candidates.  When considering the composition and combination of skills, the committee members take the following points into consideration:
    • They need to determine whether the Board is lacking skills that could be essential to understanding and managing the organization's current and futures activities.
    • It is preferable that more than one member has the necessary skills for the smooth functionning of the current and future activities of the organization.  This ensures that we are able to cope with the departure of members of the Board of Directors.
    • Maintaining an adequate level of essential skills is important, but the candidates must also reflect diversity in experience, skills and perspectives.
    • It is important to have a very good knowledge of the Prescott-Russell territory, the key players in business and community development, the economic issues and the government progams and services.