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The Team

We are a proudly Canadian owned and operated web company. was created in August 1994. We went online in January 1995. We were the first Canadian B&B website on the Internet (since 1995) and now are the largest.

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J.D. Robbins

President and Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

J.D. and Doug White started BBCanada in August 1994 and has grown it to become one of the largest travel websites in Canada. BBCanada operates with a full time staff of 7 from Hamilton, Ontario.

J.D. is a software developer with over 30 years of experience. He has created numerous internet technologies for large dot-com companies as well as many non profit organizations. He developed "BBDUG" technology that allows B&B owners to update their pages in real time. Originally launched in 1997, BBDUG has become a popular tool for Bed and Breakfast owners across Canada.


Patrick J. Power


Patrick is a senior finance and technology executive with 30 years of experience founding and/or participating in the start-up teams of a number of successful companies. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Patrick has participated in the startup teams of several successful high technology companies including Xicom Technologies Corporation (Co-founder), Corel Systems Corporation (member of founding team), Newbridge Networks Corporation (member of founding team) and Nuvo Network Management Inc. (Founder). His operational experience has included specific responsibility for product management, research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning and financing.

Patrick is currently President of James Edward Capital Corporation, an Ottawa-based boutique investment bank ( As Chairman of BBCanada, Patrick's focus is strategic business and corporate development.


Cathy McGowan

General Manager

Cathy first joined in 2003 as Bilingual Customer Service Representative. In 2004 she took on the role of General Manager and co-ordinates the day to day operations of BBCanada. She works to develop partnerships, media coverage and related traffic generating activities. Cathy's role is to ensure that offers you the B&B operator the most value for your marketing dollar.

Prior to joining the BBCanada team, Cathy has had many years' experience managing not for profit companies and dealing with corporate boards. She was responsible for daily operations, personnel management, and compliance with government standards, finances and marketing of the various organizations.

Cathy has had the opportunity to travel with her family across this beautiful country and abroad; and their favourite accommodations by far have been B&Bs.

If you would like to contact Cathy please email her at or call 1-800-239-1141 ext. 6675.


Lisa Le Chatton

Director of Sales and Marketing

Lisa joined in early 2014. She was fortunate to complete her studies abroad in Germany and France before graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts. She then acquired a Public Relations Certificate from Ryerson Polytechnical University. Lisa has worked for many years in hospitality and tourism sales and publishing which has allowed her the opportunity to reside and work in many fascinating cities such as Boca Raton, New York, Quebec, Scottsdale, and Shanghai. Lisa is very pleased to be part of a team that supports a unique niche of Canadian hospitality, the Bed and Breakfast Owners and Operators, at Lisa is responsible for membership sales, B&B Associations, advertising and marketing our industry and our website to the community at large.

If you would like to contact Lisa please email her at or call 1-800-239-1141 ext. 6679.


Denise Lucken

Web and Graphic Designer

Denise joined BBCanada in September 2008 as a Bilingual Information Officer. In 2010 Denise completed the Mohawk College Web Designer program and has become our in-house full-time Web Designer.

Denise has had a varied background ranging from Law & Security, switchboard operator, office administration to producing a video magazine, and more recently spending 20 years as a Graphic Designer. Therefore, Denise is able to prepare very well thought out and visually pleasing websites. She's also responsible for creating all the magnificent design work for Her works can be found in numerous magazines, airport ads, transit system ads and many online advertisements.

As well, Denise is responsible for pulling together the For Sales ads on BBCanada. She will work with you directly or through your Real Estate Agent if you would like to sell your Bed and Breakfast.

If you would like to contact Denise please email her at or call 1-800-239-1141 ext. 6676.


Derek Page

Coordinator of Sales and Marketing

Derek recently joined the BBCanada team as Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (Joint Hons.). Derek has a customer service background with experience in various industries including Telecommunications, Medical Underwriting, and University Admissions.

Derek has traveled extensively within Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is very pleased to join a team in an industry that is new to him, Travel and Tourism. Derek is responsible for membership sales and marketing our industry.

If you would like to contact Derek, please email him at or call 1-800-239-1141 ext. 6678.


Agnès Blondel


Agnès joined BBCanada in 2011 and translates clients' descriptive text on their listings and various documents for the website and newsletters. She is francophone and has worked in the private and public sector for many years translating.

Her goal is to ensure that travelers who come to our site can search to find that perfect B&B in both of Canada's official languages.


Mitchell Besner

Legal Counsel

As an accredited member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Quebec Bar, Mitchell Besner provides bilingual counsel and representation throughout the National Capital Region on matters of common, civil and statutory law.


Robert Brennan

Certified General Accountant

Robert provides year end and taxation services for the company. A Certified General Accountant with 25 years of experience, he lives in Ottawa where he serves clients in a range of industries. His past includes working within private companies as well as in public accounting.


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