November 15, 2019
125 Years Young The Brockville Rowing Club (BRC), established in 1894, is celebrating their 125th year anniversary this year
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About Us

The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area is an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, in a self driven initiative to support local Downtown business.


Engage, promote and support Downtown Brockville


The DBIA is a catalyst for an alive and vibrant downtown


Respect, Cooperation, Partnership, and Inclusivity 

View our Strategic Plan here


Meet our Team

Haley Veronyak
Executive Director

Melissa Boulton
Events and Communications Coordinator  

Board Member Bios

Anne Barabash (Chair) 
From custom clothing design to picture framing, Anne has over 35 years of creative design under her belt. A former employee turned owner, Anne runs Hang Ups Creative Picture Framing where she gets to work with people’s memories and treasures on a daily basis, making every encounter unique. Anne brings her creative flair and ability to design outside the box to every endeavor she faces as a downtown business owner.

Paul Klepaczko (Vice-Chair)
Paul is willing to go to great distances to create new relations for his business at The Coin Hunter, including driving out to do home appraisals. Paul’s critical eye allows him to look at every suggestion for the downtown improvement in great detail, suggesting things that others may have missed. When he’s not working, he’s out on the river, enjoying everything our waterfront has to offer.

Keeley Patterson (Treasurer)
Keeley is a financial advisor at O’Farrell Financial who helps individuals and business owners alike make educated important financial decisions to help them live the lifestyle they want. With a family of 5 kids, she’s mastered the art of juggling busy households and careers while keeping an active role in our community.

Jennifer Robinson (Secretary)
Jennifer is a long standing Brockville resident who has primarily worked within the downtown core for the past 35 years. From employee to proprietor, she co-owns and operates Savvy Shoes. Jennifer’s sense of fashion combined with her commitment to quality brings a satisfying and pleasurable experience to everyone who visits the boutique. Her strong leadership and solid beliefs in collaboration, teamwork, and fairness keep her thriving throughout any challenges that come her way. When not at work, Jennifer can be found sharing good times and creating warm memories with her family and friends; she is a valuable asset to the Brockville business community.

Siobhan Brodwoski
Siobhan is a bed and breakfast co-owner here in Brockville. She has worked for herself before in Ottawa as well as a career with the Federal Government. Her first involvements with Brockville was on a volunteer basis with the YMCA, the Employment and Education Volunteer Centre and at the Aquatarium. She moved to Brockville March 2017 and opened 1000 Islands B and B. A former Irish dancer and an artist she brings with her a deep passion for whatever she sets her mind to. Raised in Ottawa, but chose Brockville as her home. She believes that for business to succeed, it is done as a group, each helping each other thrive.

Amund Christensen (Events and Promotions Chair)
Amund moved to Brockville in 2015 and opened the Spitfire Café with his partner. Since then he has opened Court House Lodge, an event venue, Golden Age Comics and Collectibles, and Spitfire Records. Amund has years of experience in the food industry. They also put on a number of events including the Red Hot and Blue Festival over Labour Day weekend. The pair have been recognized for numerous awards including Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year. 

Russ Disotell
Russ has spent the last 20+ years living and working in Downtown Brockville. A writer by trade he has worked for nearly every media outlet in the region, as well as serving on the Boards of several downtown not-for-profits. Dialogue, collaboration and mutual benefit are his cornerstone values when tackling any challenge. He is the author of Brockville The River City as well as many articles on the city. You may know him as the facilitator for Brockville Culture Days.

Rob Harsh
Rob is going into his third season managing the Brockville Farmers' Market, managing 70 vendors, site planning, and social media. Rob spent 15+ years managing parking lots in the City of Ottawa previously, and is now a farmer by trade for Harsh By Nature Farm in Kemptville. Rob has two passions in life, his family and his work. Farming and farmers' markets are one of his main passions because he sees the domino effect of what shopping local does for the community and everyone involved. Rob has been managing farmers' markets for well over a decade and has been a huge supporter of anything to do with bringing people closer to shop local where ever they may be. Besides farming and managing multiple farmers' markets, Rob is also a stay at home Dad. You can see Rob at the Brockville Farmers' Market from May to December on Market Street West.  

Robyn Houle
Robyn is the Front of House Manager, Volunteer & Visual Arts Coordinator for the Brockville Arts Centre. Robyn is an admitted downtown fanatic, spending lots of time dining and shopping downtown. She has previous experience in various industries ranging from sales to account management. She aims to provide the best customer service experience with every interaction and is a creative and vibrant addition to the Board.

Rob Thompson
Rob has a vision for the downtown. He sees a downtown that attracts visitors and tourists alike. He believes that getting locals reengaged in their downtown will support small businesses and help them thrive. He has said “When a downtown thrives it creates buzz and a perpetual motion forward begins”. Rob has started 5 businesses in the last 13 years in the City of Brockville, employing 6 people and 7 more in the near future. Currently, he is working on opening 48 King West, a boutique hotel in the centre of downtown. Rob is also a big supporter of budding entrepreneurs and is always willing to meet someone new to discuss opportunities. Rob sits on the Tourism Advisory Committee, and is the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce business person of the year. 

Nathalie Lavergne (City Council Representative)
A Montreal native, Nathalie visited Brockville in her work with the Pan-Am games, and visited regularly to scuba dive. She moved to the city in 2015, and has since opened Spitfire Records, Court House Lodge, and Spitfire Records. She also runs an event planning company, Double Concept Productions, which produces events such as Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Festival, Oktoberfest, the Brockville Wedding Show, and many more. She was on the Downtown Board of Management a representing her businesses until being elected to City Council in the 2018 Municipal Election. She now serves as the Council representative on the Board.