Cheryl Ciccarelli

Executive Director (Acting)

Cheryl is a passionate advocate of both small business and the Milton community. Prior to joining the BIA, Cheryl worked with the Milton Chamber of Commerce for six years. Her background in marketing and events is complimented by her work on Chamber committees and initiatives, including the Milton Farmers’ Market. An amateur musician, Cheryl is also Co-founder and Past President of Milton Concert Band.

Rachel Shuttleworth

Executive Director (12 month leave)

Rachel is passionate about supporting small business and community engagement.  Her background is in strategic management, marketing and communications and she has worked extensively in the non-profit and public sectors. Before joining the Downtown Milton BIA, Rachel worked at Futurpreneur Canada where she promoted and managed programs to help young entrepreneurs start, buy and grow their businesses. Rachel has a degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She volunteers with various community and business organizations and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Golden Horseshoe chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Eric Chabot

Chair

Serial Entrepreneur Eric has business interests in real estate, retail and wholesale distribution.  Since 1997, he has combined his passion for travel and design at Spareparts, a purveyor of clothing, fashion accessories and handicrafts personally selected from artisans located throughout the developing world.  As a business operator and property owner, Eric has developed a keen understanding of the challenges that face Main streets across North America.  Eric joined the DMBIA in 2010 to try to enhance Downtown Milton’s position within the broader community.   He resides in Milton with his wife Ginette and their two children.

David O’Connell

Vice Chair

David is an award-winning creative director and founder of BANG! creative® communications. Having moved his family to Milton, David then relocated BANG! creative® to the heart of its downtown, in 2010. “After an extensive search of the GTA, Milton became our obvious choice. We like everything the community has to offer.”  Active within the business community, David has extended and focused his support on creating a stronger, more vibrant downtown. “I am proud to have established my studio and professional brand marketing / design services right here in Milton. There is something unique and truly special about the community. It deserves to succeed.”

Sara Bergsma

Board Member

Sara is the proud owner of Bergsma’s Paint & Decor, an established home decor business that has been located in the heart of Downtown Milton for over 30 years. Sara’s involvement in the BIA is a natural fit as she endeavours to represent the voice of fellow retailers and their desire to ensure that they can all benefit from being located in a thriving downtown core. Sara is dedicated to helping to transform Downtown Milton into a popular destination for new and old Milton residents to shop, eat and visit regularly! Our town has grown exponentially and Sara believes that if we can entice people to support our community, we will attract more businesses and further expand the choices and reasons for visitors to come Downtown more often. Sara has been a part of the BIA Board of Directors since 2012.

Margaret Lara

Board Member

Margaret is a former CPA, and prior to having her daughter, owned a spa in Downtown Toronto. She later moved to Milton and opened Snails ‘n Pails, a charming children’s resale clothing boutique on Milton’s Main Street. Margaret proudly owned and operated this store for a few years. Margaret loves spending time around town and enjoying all that Milton has to offer. She joined the BIA Board of Directors in January 2015. Margaret is dedicated to supporting Downtown Milton’s position as a vibrant and growing business community.

Colin Best

Board Member - Regional Councillor

Colin is the Regional Councillor for Ward 1 which includes areas North of Derry Road including the Downtown area.  During Colin’s many years of involvement with his local community, he has built a solid understanding of the history, challenges and opportunities in Downtown Milton.  His family owned and operated a downtown business for 26 years.  He has represented the downtown area for 25 years on local council and 11 years on regional council. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Regional Planning & Public Works Committee and is involved in a number of downtown events such as the Farmer’s Market, Santa Claus Parade and Downtown Milton Street Festival.

Kristina Tesser Derksen

Board Member - Local Councillor

Kristina is Milton’s Ward 1 Town Councillor and a practicing lawyer. She was born and raised in Milton, is married to a local business owner, and is mother to four children.  Prior to attending law school, Kristina worked as a funeral director at McKersie Kocher Funeral Home on Main Street. As a lifelong Milton resident, wife of a small business owner, and lawyer with a local practice, Kristina looks forward to bringing her understanding of local issues to work for Milton’s Downtown core.

Sukhjit Brar

Board Member

Sukhjit is the proud owner of Printd, a local custom print shop located at 245 Main Street East, in the core of Downtown Milton.  Having originally established his business in Brampton, when deciding to relocate, Milton became the obvious next move.  Milton’s friendly surroundings and welcoming residents are daily reminders that this was the best decision he could have made.  Since becoming a part of the community, Sukhjit wanted to find ways for residents to share all of what Milton’s downtown has to offer, while helping business owners – both new and old – experience the same warm welcome he was met with!  His joining the BIA Board of Directors was the best means to accomplish that goal; he has been a member of the Board since 2019.

Troy Newton

Board Member

Troy is the proud owner of Troy’s Diner, a cozy family restaurant that is located at 295 Main Street East in Downtown Milton. Troy always wanted to own restaurant, and he took the leap in 2005 when he quit his job and began looking for a location to open a diner. He says that the friendly atmosphere and old family values made Downtown Milton the perfect location to turn his dream into a reality. As he watches Milton grow and expand, Troy is always thinking of new, creative ways to attract people to shop downtown. Troy is a strong advocate for small business. He joined the BIA Board of Directors in 2017 and is helping to position Downtown Milton as the heart and soul of our town.