Judith Veresuk, Executive Director

Judith Veresuk is the Executive Director of the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) and is responsible for overseeing BID operations, designing, implementing and managing programs to ensure Downtown Regina is a clean, safe and friendly destination for visitors, residents and businesses; as well as BID strategic planning and representation of Regina Downtown to the greater community.

Along with the RDBID staff, Judith works with all of Downtown’s stakeholders to make Downtown Regina the place where people want to be and a place that is full of growth and opportunity.

“I love downtowns. Having had the chance to study and explore many downtowns across North America, I can safely say that Downtown Regina is one of my favorites,” Judith says. “I’ve met some of the most passionate and energetic business owners I’ve ever known in Downtown Regina which is a crucial ingredient to any successful downtown.”

Judith was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario but is proud to now call Regina her home. She was previously employed with the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee where she worked on signage and way finding plans for multiple Olympic venues. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association. While in this position, Judith worked with both private and public entities to raise the profile of Downtown Windsor.

Judith holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Detroit Red Wings hockey games and completing small home improvement projects.

jveresuk@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7573

Lovella Jones, Operations Manager

Lovella Jones is the RDBID Manager of Operations. She is responsible for placemaking initiatives that
capitalize our assets, and help to create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and well-
being and also includes maintaining a strong relationship with all Downtown stakeholders and agencies.

“I’m excited about the many vibrant and dynamic aspects of Regina’s Downtown. I know that with our
strong foundation and relationship with our members and stakeholders, we will continue to grow and
achieve success together,” Lovella says.

Lovella has a broad experience in the financial services and business sectors, plus significant experience in organizing special events and working with volunteer organization.

Lovella was born and raised in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan and spent time in Toronto and Vancouver with Royal Bank Financial Group before returning to Regina. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and volunteering with several organizations in the city.

ljones@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7002

Taron Cochrane, Manager of Marketing and Communications

Taron Cochrane is the RDBID Manager of Marketing and Communications.  Utilizing digital and traditional marketing efforts, he is responsible for promoting everything Downtown.  Communicating with members, partners and the general public – he’s our on-site advocate coordinating media and showcasing everything that makes Downtown Regina the ideal place to work, play, live and invest. Our external voice, he promotes and publicizes events and is the go to for random music facts.

Taron has extensive experience in marketing, communications, promotion and publicity and was recognized by CBC Saskatchewan as a leader, success story and change maker under the age of 40 shaping the future of Saskatchewan.

Born and raised in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan – his career has also included public speaking province-wide, over a decade in the Saskatchewan music industry, eight years of freelance writing for the Regina Leader-Post, seven years on the SaskMusic Board of Directors (Two as the Vice President), a Western Canadian Music award nomination for his young company, Taron Cochrane Entertainment, over seven years volunteering with various organizations, over 100 media appearances locally and nationally, and recognition as the Saskatchewan ambassador for Music Heals and local music therapy initiatives here at home.

communications@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7547

Lindsay Des Rochers, Program Coordinator

Lindsay Des Rochers is the Program Coordinator at RDBID. She is responsible for the planning and execution of a variety of downtown programming.

“Working downtown gives me the opportunity to meet with all kinds of people. There is such a strong sense of community down here that you just don’t see in other parts of the city, and I love being a part of it!”

Lindsay has Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Regina. She is passionate about community building and has worked with the community based initiative Canadian Roots Exchange as a Youth Reconciliation Leader. As a Youth Reconciliation Leader, Lindsay along with her peers, facilitated workshops focused on bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to schools across the city. Lindsay was also an executive member of the Women and Gender Studies Student Society where she was responsible for event planning and financials.

Lindsay was born and raised in Qu’Appelle, SK, but has called Regina home for the last eleven years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and playing board games.

LDesrochers@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7520

Bonny Bodnar, Administrative Coordinator

Bonny Bodnar is the Administrative Coordinator at Regina Downtown. She looks after the day-to-day administrative duties and provides support for the Regina Downtown team.

“For the majority of my career, I have worked downtown and always enjoy the energy and diversity of events, restaurants and shops. There is no other place in the city where you consistently bring people of all ages and backgrounds together for events year-round that enhance the city and community.”

Bonny completed her Office Education Certificate through SIAST in Regina and has over 14 years in the administrative field, including 9 years at Casino Regina.

Bonny was born and raised in Regina and has seen the changes the city has gone through over the years and is excited to see what the future of downtown Regina holds. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, music concerts, running and writing.

info@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7541

Nelson Mitchell, Maintenance Supervisor

Nelson Mitchell is the RDBID Maintenance Supervisor. He is responsible for supervising, event support,  and day to day operations involving the Clean Team.

“I used to be that guy that always said there is nothing to do downtown. It’s amazing the transformation downtown has taken over the last few years. One will not get bored during the day or night. Feel free to stop and ask me where to go for the best hidden gems downtown has to offer.” Nelson says.

Nelson comes from a variety of backgrounds ranging from theatre arts to pipeline construction and is happy to be back for a third year of helping with RDBID programming and  keeping downtown looking its best.

Nelson grew up in Craven. He volunteers for different events and organizations in Regina and in his spare time travels the world and cheers on the San Diego Padres.  

clean@reginadowntown.ca

(306) 359-7573