Monday, April 11, 2022 - 3:30 PM

New Governance Structure for SJSEL

smiling man wearing a checked shirt in a hallway
Council has approved a new governance for St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Limited (SJSEL) that will strengthen the Board’s independence.
Mayor Danny Breen announced the changes today at the regular meeting of Council, and introduced Stephen Dinn as Chair, and Greg Fleming as Vice Chair, of the Board of Directors of SJSEL. Mr. Dinn and Mr. Fleming were elected by vote at a recent meeting of the Board. 
“The new structure will strengthen Board governance, and improve the Boards decision-making autonomy,” explained Mayor Breen. “While Council will continue to be engaged with appointments to the Board of Directors, the Chair and Vice Chair positions on the Board will be selected by the Board and decisions of the Board will be independent of council.” 
Mayor Breen, who had been serving as interim Chair since late 2021, has stepped away from the Board, with Councillor Ron Ellsworth announced as Council’s new representative on the Board of Directors. Councillor Ellsworth and the City’s Deputy City Manager Finance and Administration are now the City’s only representatives on the Board and are non-voting members.
The structure of the Board of Directors of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment includes:
  • Citizens Representative: Stephen Dinn (Chair) (Vice President, Business Development, PAL Aerospace)
  • Destination St. John’s Representative: Greg Fleming (Vice Chair) (General Manager, ALT Hotel)
  • Destination St. John’s Representative: Cathy Duke (CEO, Destination St. John’s)
  • Citizens Representative: Robert Hayward (Sales Manager, Lubricants Division Manager, Harvey’s Oil Ltd.)
  • Citizens Representative: Heather MacLean (Director of Operations, Construction Labour Relations Association (CLRA NL)
  • City Council Representative: Councillor Ron Ellsworth
  • City’s Deputy City Manager Finance and Administration: Derek Coffey
Additionally, the City of St. John’s and St. John’s Sports & Entertainment Ltd. are in the process of recruiting three new Board members.  Details are available at
“The Board is excited for the future of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment. We have overcome some challenges, but our dedicated staff have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a very bright future,” said Stephen Dinn, Chair. “We look forward to working with all our partners and stakeholders to both build on, and seize, the many great opportunities that are before us.”
SLSEL recently launched a new website for the St. John’s Convention Centre - A new seat replacement project at the Mary Brown’s Centre begins in the summer 2022, and a number sporting events, live performance and conferences are scheduled, including:
  • Newfoundland Growlers hockey and Newfoundland Rogues basketball 
  • James Taylor with special guest Jackson Browne
  • ZZ Top with special guest Cheap Trick
  • Dallas Smith
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Comedian Russell Peters
  • Energy NL Annual Conference
  • Advocis Leadership Conference
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists 
  • Canadian DAM Association
  • Association of Pension Management National Conference
  • World Aquaculture Conference