Brandon’s downtown development corporation has a new leader at the helm.
Renaissance Brandon announced Tuesday that Steve McMillan, vice-president of planning services at VBJ Developments, is the organization’s new chairman.
“We’ve got a great group of people on the board currently,” McMillan said. “I think it’s the right time to kind of take a different look at how Renaissance Brandon functions and I think things are going to change downtown.”
McMillan is a former community planner with the City of Brandon. He takes over the position from Shaun Cameron, who stepped down due to work commitments. Cameron also resigned as a board member.
“I’ve come to a point where work … and other career stuff were getting fairly busy,” he said. “If I was going to do something, I was doing it wholeheartedly, and I just felt that I wasn’t able to commit the time that I felt was necessary to make sure that the organization moves forward.”
Cameron was a Renaissance Brandon board member for the past four years, and chair for nearly two years. He works as a career facilitator with Career Connections, as well as a film maker/videographer with S.G. Cameron Media Inc.
McMillan has been on the board for three years and was previously vice-chair. Architect Michael Cox is the new vice-chairman.
McMillan says he’s looking forward to what lies ahead for the organization.
“We did lots of great things before, a lot of different community, cultural things,” he said. “I think we need to focus more on getting more development in downtown Brandon.”
An extensive review of Renaissance Brandon is being conducted, looking at everything from its mandate to its funding model.
One of the main points under consideration is how to make Renaissance Brandon apolitical and more in line with how Winnipeg’s downtown development corporation, CentreVenture, operates.
A working group, consisting of city councillors and Ren Brandon board members, has met several times over the past few months. Recommendations are expected to be presented to council next month.
“There will be some pretty significant changes and then a few minor tweaks on how we do business,” McMillan said.
Braden Pilling, Ren Brandon’s downtown development specialist, said the working group will first present to council in a closed session, and if there are no major issues, it would be made public at the following council meeting.
“We’re hoping that we can have this all wrapped up in terms of the approvals, hopefully no later than next month,” Pilling said. “That’s what we’re anticipating, and hoping at this point.”
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