President / CEO, Strategic Planning
Vincent Shank is the founder and president of VS Group, overseeing four divisions including Accounting, Marketing, Technology, and Municipal Solutions. With over 25 years of experience in management and consulting, Vincent has helped municipalities all over Canada. His knowledge of business growth and operations comes from his eight-year experience working as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency, where he worked with various businesses, from SMEs to Fortune 500 companies.
Nicole Graham Shank
Marketing Director, Municipal Communications, Community Engagement
Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has advanced design and management skills and specializes in marketing strategy and online development. As the Marketing Director, Nicole oversees the marketing department, leads the VS Marketing team, and is heavily involved in client relations and project development.
Municipal Branding & Websites, AODA Compliance
Jennifer Cross has over 15 years of experience offering consulting and communications services to public, non-profit, and private sector clients. Her expertise lies in building effective communication strategies, infusing design thinking in operations, and using the digital space to connect residents with their municipalities and create a truly connected community. Jennifer's extensive market research project experience and professional designation through Registered Graphic Designers of Canada add value to her vast experience.
Municipal IT Services & Software, Asset Management
Ben Long is a Network Engineer Technologist who supports the VS Technology development team and understands the digital needs of municipalities. He is skilled in database language, SQL troubleshooting, and ensuring secure data storage and backup. With 24/7 monitoring and real-time alerts, Ben keeps municipalities safe and secure at all times.
Municipal Desk, Sage 300 Developer
Lindsay Thomson is an Application Engineer at VS Municipal Solutions, specializing in website development and application building. She collaborates with municipalities on the planning, design and technology of their website, bringing her expertise and problem-solving skills to the process. Lindsay has gained experience from well-established Canadian companies and has a degree from Lakehead University's Software Engineering program.
Accounting, Municipal Bookkeeping, Sage 300 Consultant
Judie is an experienced bookkeeper and accountant with over 20 years of experience, having worked for a number of municipalities in Southern and Northern Ontario. She has diverse knowledge and skillsets, including processing complex payrolls, preparing financial statements, and budget reviews. Judie's attention to detail, exceptional client service, and professionalism make her a valuable asset to the VS Municipal Solutions team, where she is the lead Sage 300 representative.
Dr. Harley d’Entremont
Dr. d’Entremont holds a BA in political science from St. Mary’s University, a MPA from Dalhousie University and a PhD in political science from The University of Western Ontario. His doctoral thesis is entitled “Provincial Restructuring of Municipal Government: A Comparative Analysis of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia”. Dr. d'Entremont is an experienced university administrator and professor with over 40 years of experience. His expertise is founded in budgeting, strategic planning, government and labor relations, board and stakeholder relations, policy development, and governance. He has served on boards related to regional policy and development, including the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and the Northern Policy Institute. Dr. d'Entremont has received recognition for his contributions, including the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and being named Chevalier de l'Ordre des palmes académiques.
Rheal Forgette is a business leader with over two decades of experience in senior technical leadership, executive roles, and entrepreneurship in the competitive telecommunications industry. Rheal holds a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Cambrian College and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Math from the University of Guelph. Rheal’s core competencies span leadership, team building, budget planning, municipal modernization, strategic planning, risk management, operations management, advanced asset management, customer relationship management, advanced leadership, and project execution. Rheal is dedicated to optimizing operational efficiency, securing government funding, and contributing to Municipality success. His extensive technical background, combined with strong analytical and communication skills, makes him an invaluable resource, passionate about enhancing Municipalities and fostering economic development while maintaining a consistent track record of success.
Lois O’Neill-Jackson is a highly accomplished municipal professional, with a career spanning over 30 years. With an extensive background in municipal affairs, Lois offers invaluable support to municipal clients, overseeing diverse Special Projects. Her roles have encompassed a wide array of responsibilities, from guiding human resource function and policy development to drafting by-laws, agreement preparation, updating website content, and fostering community engagement. During her tenure as a Municipal Advisor at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, she diligently monitored and provided essential assistance to municipalities, ensuring their financial stability and administrative integrity, while also offering expert counsel on municipal governance. With a remarkable career that includes various roles in multiple municipalities, Lois consistently demonstrates her expertise, solidifying her status as an indispensable asset in the realm of municipal services. Her extensive education, including a Master's in Public Administration, and numerous certifications further enrich her skill set. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Lois is an active community volunteer and leader, actively contributing to various organizations and boards, underscoring her unwavering dedication to civic engagement and development.
Craig Davidson is a professional with a distinguished career spanning diverse municipal administration and finance aspects over 35 years, demonstrating an unwavering dedication and expertise in the field. As an active educator, Craig has also been involved in instructing various courses, with an instructional prowess that extends to policy development, budgeting, asset management, and effective management. Craig's rich professional history, commitment to mentorship, and community engagement underscore his dedication to local governance and his drive to enhance the capabilities of municipal staff. His proficiency with various municipal software programs, in-depth facilitation skills, and continued involvement in teaching make him a valuable asset for municipal solutions.
Anne Plamondon is an experienced Human Resources Manager with a history of working in forestry, plastics, and Health Care. She has over 15 years of experience in team building, management, behavior management, labour relations, pay equity, recruitment and retention, and conflict resolution; to name a few. She is a proud graduate of Canadore College and is perfectly bilingual in both oral and written communication.