What is the DBIA?

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is a non-profit organization that champions the continuing commercial development of the Peterborough downtown. We partner with businesses and advocate on their behalf. We are a group of entrepreneurs and visionaries who live and work in the downtown core and represent the members of this community.

Our goals are bold and ambitious, and we get things done. We dedicate our time to understanding the complexities of local issues and we build strong partnerships for the mutual benefit of local enterprises and the Peterborough community. We are your passionate and informed voice for diverse social issues that impact our core.

Our Team

Terry Guiel

Executive Director Ext. 202

Terry was hired as the executive director of the DBIA in 2013. As a former City Councillor he comes with a wealth of knowledge in how a city operates. With a background as a legal assistant and a professional event organizer and entertainer, Terry brings a unique and diverse skill set to his role. Terry has served on over 40 boards and committees over the years and was elected to the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA ) board of directors in 2020. He is a three-time Community Betterment Award recipient and has led Peterborough’s BIA to multiple OBIAA Awards.

Dawn Pond

Placemaking Project Manager Ext. 204

Dawn manages the DBIA’s Downtown Vibrancy Projects that aim to rejuvenate under-utilized spaces in our downtown through community participation and partnerships with local organizations, such as GreenUP. Dawn has a Masters in Pollination Biology from the University of Manitoba and a B.Sc. degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen. She has several years of experience managing research projects, speaker series, art workshops, and Depave Paradise projects. She puts her experience with botany and art to use through the Downtown Vibrancy Project. Her passion lies in creating environmentally resilient and beautiful green spaces in challenging urban environments.

Hillary Flood

Communications and Marketing Manager Ext. 203

Hillary grew up just outside the downtown of Peterborough and has dedicated her career to enhancing the livability and vibrancy of her hometown. Working primarily in the non-profit sector Hillary has managed a number of high-profile projects including Peterborough Pulse, 100in1Day, Bike-Friendly Business, and Win this Space. Hillary brings to the team a love for all things Peterborough and a unique community-based lens to the role of Communications and Marketing Manager.

Board of Directors

Michael Gallant


Tegan Moss


Sacha Lai-Svirk

Marketing Committee Chair

Brad Collyer


Jean Grant

Event Committee Chair

Michael Cherney

Human Resources Chair

Kemi Akapo

City Councillor

Susan Tung

Board of Director

Brianna Salmon

Board of Director

Tracie Bertrand

Board of Director

Scott Murison

Board of Director

Laura Montague

Board of Director

Judy Byrne

Board of Director