Our Advisory Board
|Douglas W. Reid, FCA, Chair of the Board
KPMG LLP, Regional Managing Partner Atlantic
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.
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.
Peter Conlon joined LED Roadway Lighting in August of 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. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Energy for the Province of Nova Scotia in March 2010.
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 that is 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 and 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 and Oceans, Maritimes Region
Mr. Potter has been the Regional Manager of Aboriginal Fisheries since 2010 and 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 Nancy 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.
President and CEO, Unique Solutions Design Ltd.
Ms. Shaw, as founder and President of Unique Solutions Design Ltd., has spent her career providing strategic solutions to many aspects of "individuality" and "fit". Her technically savvy nature and sharp business acumen have resulted in the development of numerous products and applications that provide both resolutions and revolutions, related to body measurement and body data. Tanya is honoured to be a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Tanya attended Dalhousie University's internationally recognized Costume Studies Design Program, graduating in 1991.
|Christopher H.C. Smith CPA, CA
President, Heritage Gas Limited
Mr. Smith was appointed President of Heritage Gas Limited, Nova Scotia’s natural gas distributor, in February 2015. He joined Heritage Gas in 2004 and held various senior leadership positions with the most recent being Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gas Association and the Board of Directors of Sport Nova Scotia.
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.
Vice President of Marketing, 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.