Our Advisory Board
|Douglas W. Reid, FCA, Chair of the Board
Regional Managing Partner Atlantic, KPMG LLP
Mr. Reid is KPMG's Office Managing Partner for Halifax and has over 28 years of accounting, auditing and business advisory experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from Dalhousie University. Mr. Reid serves as engagement partner for a number of large clients and has extensive experience with emerging companies as well as large public and private companies that cover a wide range of industries. Mr. Reid also serves as client service partner on many Atlantic clients. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries & Oceans, Province of Nova Scotia
Ms. Blewett has over 20 years' experience in public service, beginning in 1990 with the NS Departments of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2001, she joined the federal public service, in ACOA and Citizenship & Immigration Canada. In 2011, she returned to Nova Scotia as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. She later held the portfolios of CEO for the Office of Immigration, Deputy Minister of Communications and DM to the Office of the Premier, where she served as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet. Catherine holds a BA (Honours) and a Master's in Public Administration from Dalhousie. Her attachment to Dalhousie began as a student when she was elected as the first female President of the Dalhousie Student Union. She has also been a lecturer with the School of Public Administration. Catherine and her husband, Stan MacDonald, live in Halifax and have three children.
Director, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Clearwater Seafoods
Ms. Boyd engages with stakeholders in the seafood sector nationally and internationally in government, industry, academia and NGOs, always with the intention to bring greater value to the industry. She has served on many governing boards, including the Fisheries Council of Canada, the Lobster Council of Canada and the Atlantic Groundfish Council and has specific strengths in consensus-building and gaining alignment among diverse interests. Catherine holds a Bachelor's degree from Memorial University and a Master's in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University.
Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of EastLink and its associated telecommunications companies, which include Amtelecom, Coast Cable and Delta Cable
Mr. Bragg attended Mount Allison University and University of New Brunswick. After holding various positions in the Bragg family food business, he moved to cable operations in 1996. Under Bragg's leadership, EastLink has grown to become the fifth largest cable company in Canada, operating from coast to coast. EastLink has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for four years in a row, while its parent company, the Bragg Group, was named Canada's Family Enterprise of the Year for 2009. A sports enthusiast, Bragg lives in Fall River, Nova Scotia, with his wife, Amy, and their three sons.
Chief Executive Officer, LED Roadway Lighting Ltd.
Mr. Conlon joined LED Roadway Lighting in 2014 as CEO, bringing 36 years of experience in Canada, United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He has significant experience in large corporations, small businesses, independent entities and subsidiary operations, including direct line management of marketing, sales, finance, operations, product management and strategic planning. Recently, as President and CEO, he led Nautel Limited to a position of global leadership, including its selection as Exporter of the Year at the 2009 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards and as one of Canada’s Passion Capitalists in 2012. Peter was selected as Business Person of the Year at the 2010 Halifax Business Awards and was inducted into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame in 2014.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Province of Nova Scotia
Mr. Coolican has held leadership positions in the not-for-profit, government, political and private sectors. He has served as senior vice president at Maritime Life, and vice president at a number of companies including Nova Scotia Power, Corporate Communications Limited and National Sea Products. He was Deputy Minister of Native Affairs in the Government of Ontario and Special Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Robert Stanfield. Mr. Coolican was also executive director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, an environmental NGO, when it won the Governor General's Conservation Award.
Senior Director, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (CMM), Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Province of Nova Scotia
Ms. Gillis, born in Sydney, NS, is a member of the Eskasoni First Nation and granddaughter of the late Andrew J. Stevens, a former Keptin of the Sante’ Mawi’omi. With a BA from Dalhousie University and LL.B from the Schulich School of Law, she was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2010. Angeline is a practicing lawyer and has worked with CMM since 2011. In 2013, she assumed her present position after successfully establishing a number of environmental programs for CMM’s Member Communities. Angeline oversees numerous files, projects and services offered to seven Mi’kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia. She also sits on the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Board of Directors, the Assembly of NS Chiefs’ Mi’kmaw Fisheries Advisory Committee (MFAC) and Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture External Advisory Committee. Angeline resides in Beaverbank, NS, with her wife, Sonja, and their two daughters.
CEO & Chief Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries (HPL)
Ms. Kachan oversees 420 staff across the 14-branch library system. HPL received international acclaim with the opening of Halifax’s new Central Library. Åsa and her team continue to capture attention through their modernization of library service through services, programs and welcoming spaces that reach diverse populations. Prior to taking on this role in 2014, Åsa spent 16 years in senior administrative roles at universities, most recently serving 10 years as Assistant VP Enrolment Management & Registrar for Dalhousie. Åsa volunteers her time with community organizations, including serving as a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the United Way of Halifax, and on the boards of Halifax Dance and the Halifax Grammar School. She was recently named to the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
CEO and Managing Partner, Cuna del Mar LP
Mr. Orr operates a specialized consulting company, through which he operates Cuna del Mar LP, a US-based private equity fund concerned with global food security, healthy oceans and transformational technologies in aquaculture practices. Mr. Orr’s senior management career spans 35 years in private equity, marine biotechnology, nutritional ingredient and food retailing. He has experience both creating start-up companies and managing multinational corporate divisions. From 1996 to 2011, he was co-founder and CEO of Ocean Nutrition Canada, which became the world’s largest ingredient supplier of Omega 3s to the dietary supplement and functional food industry. ONC built a unique, internationally recognized leadership position in the nutrition sector, with customers in over 40 countries. Mr. Orr also serves on the boards of several start-up companies and is the Chair of the Board of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Chief Executive Officer & Owner, PetaData Holdings Ltd.
Ms. Petley-Jones, a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), is from Nova Scotia and was educated at Dalhousie University. She is an executive and board member with deep operations and consulting experience in both corporate strategy and technology and how to align the two. Ms. Petley-Jones owns and has been CEO of two additional companies, PetaData Holdings, Ltd., of Hamilton, Bermuda, and APJ Management Limited, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In PetaData she created a high-performance team focused on information services and telecom. The team that Ann leads includes past senior executives from Global Crossing, Williams Communications, Bell Atlantic/Verizon, Cable & Wireless, GlobeNet and others. That team is now part of EastLink International.
Regional Manager, Aboriginal Fisheries, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Maritimes Region
Mr. Potter previously held Regional Manager positions in Environmental Assessment and Major Projects and in Habitat Management. He has 27 years of experience with the Federal Government and has worked extensively throughout Atlantic Canada in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and with Parks Canada. Mr. Potter has received a Prix d’Excellence and two Distinction Awards for his work with Aboriginal people and conducting environmental assessments. He holds a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mr. Potter speaks English, French and Spanish.
|Kenneth C. Rowe, CM, LLD, FICD, FCIS
Chairman and CEO, IMP Group International Ltd.
Dr. Rowe is Executive Chairman of IMP Group International Inc., one of the largest privately owned businesses in Nova Scotia. IMP is focused on global, sustainable growth, with 3,500 experienced people delivering service, quality and value to customers across diverse sectors, such as aerospace, aviation, airline, healthcare, industrial marine, information technology, hospitality and property development. Dr. Rowe is director and past director of a number of public companies and the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of Canada. In 2009, he was recognized as one of Canada's outstanding visionaries by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. In 2010, he was inducted as Companion to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 2002, Dr. Rowe received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University.
Chief of Staff to the Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy
Commander Setchell assumed her role in July 2016 following two years of seagoing as Executive Officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Montréal. Prior to this, she served as a Staff Officer and was a student at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, where she earned a Master's in Defence Studies, and has held a variety of other sea-going appointments. She has wide-ranging international experience, sailing with the RCN extensively up and down the east and west coasts of North America as well as in Asia, the Arabian Gulf and Europe. Cdr Setchell joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1995 as a Maritime Surface Warfare Officer and completed her BA in Honours English at the Royal Military College of Canada. She is passionate about furthering women in leadership roles.
|Allan C. Shaw, CM, LLD
Chairman, The Shaw Group
Mr. Shaw was born in Halifax. He earned his BSc from Dalhousie University and MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is Chairman of The Shaw Group. In 2001 he was named Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year; in 2002 he was inducted into the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame; in 2004 he was an honoree at the Public Policy Forums 17th Annual Testimonial Dinner in Toronto. Mr. Shaw is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.
|Christopher H.C. Smith, CPA
VP Finance, Nova Scotia Power
Prior to joining Nova Scotia Power in 2017, Mr. Smith was President of Heritage Gas Limited since 2015. He joined Heritage Gas in 2004 and held various senior leadership positions. Previously, Chris held financial and management roles with private sector organizations. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sport Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia and Sacred Heart School of Halifax. He is a past member of the Board of the Canadian Gas Association and of Dalhousie University, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He lives in Halifax with his wife, Lydia, and their two children.
CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Sullivan has over 30 years of marketing and general management experience. He began his career at Procter and Gamble in Toronto and has held progressive marketing positions in Toronto and Halifax, as well as in domestic and international markets. He has been General Manager and President for both start-up and large organizations, including Indigo.ca and Workopolis.com. Most recently, Mr. Sullivan was the CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. He enjoys running and has run half-marathons and marathons and, in October 2011, he completed a 250-km run across the Sahara Desert. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount St. Vincent University.
|Nancy Tower, FCPA, FCA
Chief Corporate Development Officer, Emera Inc.
Ms. Tower focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and the advancement of strategic growth projects in the areas of electric and gas transmission and generation. Ms. Tower is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and received a 2001 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. She serves on the Board of United Way Halifax and chairs its Strategic Fundraising Cabinet; she also serves on the Advisory Council of Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA Program. Ms. Tower is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the Board of Directors of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Board of Trustees of the QEII Foundation, and the Board of Directors of CAA Atlantic. She is a former Chair of the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants. Ms. Tower is a graduate of Dalhousie University.
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, CarbonCure Technologies
CarbonCure Technologies is a Halifax-based clean technology company. Ms. Wagner holds a BSc from McGill University, an MSc in Chemistry and an MBA from Dalhousie University. She is an active member of the green building community in both Canada and the US, and has sat on various boards and committees at the US and Canada Green Building Councils. Jennifer is also an active participant in sustainability committees for the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association and National Concrete Masonry Association. She is a CSA-certified greenhouse gas inventory quantifier and LEED Green Associate.