Our Team

Josee Pharand (Bilingual)
Business Centre Coordinator
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 2482
[email protected]

As the Coordinator of the Regional Business Centre, Josée is responsible for the overall management and coordination of programs, services, staff and partnerships; and represents economic and business interests for the City of Greater Sudbury.  Josée graduated from the Computer Engineering Technologist program at Collège Boréal. Following graduation, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. She has worked at the Regional Business Centre since 2009 and has also taught computer and business courses part-time at Collège Boréal since 2006.


  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Community Partnerships
  • Program Delivery
  • Human Resources

Elizabeth Aho
Small Business Specialist
Telephone: (705) 688-7582
Direct: (705) 674-4455 ext. 4645
[email protected]

Elizabeth has years of experience working for the Regional Business Centre supporting local entrepreneurs, in addition to her work in other administrative and communications roles for organizations in Greater Sudbury and Ottawa, including NOSM and the Ottawa Art Gallery. She has an Honours B.A. in Communication Studies from Carleton University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Laurentian University. Elizabeth is passionate about contributing to the successes of small businesses in our community, using her creativity and skill set to help clients reach their goals.


  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Business Planning Support
  • Summer Company