Lisa Cairns was born in Akron, Ohio, and has made St. Catharines her home since 1980.
She offers a combined forty years in retail and not-for profit management. During this time she has managed over fifteen million dollars in government-supported funding. This work has allowed Lisa to directly support young entrepreneurs, at-risk youth, executives re-entering the workforce after downsizing, and social assistance clients. Her work has also involved her in research based publications for the automotive industry, youth in the workplace, and the wine industry.
As Executive Director for the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 20 years, Lisa supported numerous entrepreneurs and continued to do so as a member of the Board of Directors until 2019. As a selection committee member for the Gene Luczkiw Spirit of Enterprise Scholarship award she continues to support young entrepreneurs.
Lisa brings her management experiences in administration, compliance, and finance to the Niagara Workforce Planning Board.
When not at NWPB Lisa enjoys gardening and revisiting her childhood through her grandchildren, Dillon and Willow.
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