Board of Directors

The Halifax Partnership is governed by an independent board of public and private sector leaders.

Board of Directors

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Ron L'Esperance (Chair)

President, Group ATN

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Ron L'Esperance (Chair)

During a 28 year career with the province of Nova Scotia, he served as Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment and Labour. Ron previously served as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development for Nova Scotia and as Deputy Minister of the Department of Community Services.

Ron served as a Canadian in-market partner and consultant to International Business Wales, the international economic development arm of the Welsh Assembly Government. He also has worked extensively in a broad range of sectors including advanced manufacturing, the renewable energy sector, cultural and creative industries, the agriculture and fisheries sectors and the aerospace and defence sector at the provincial, national and international levels. In addition, Ron has extensive experience in supporting Aboriginal and First Nations economic development.

Ron believes in giving back to the community and has been actively involved in serving on community boards.

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Rob Carruthers (Vice Chair)

Partner, Deloitte LLP

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Rob Carruthers (Vice Chair)

Partner, Deloitte LLP

Rob has over 20 years experience as a management consultant, technologist, internal auditor and strategic advisor. He is responsible for national and regional industry roles including the National Consumer and Industrial Products industry leader in Deloitte's Risk Advisory practice.

Rob had deep project management experience through his 20 years of IT and business transformation project delivery. He has delivered projects across the Consumer & Industrial Products, Energy, Public Sector, and Telecommunications industries. Rob is an active public speaker and supporter of community fundraising initiatives. He is actively involved in many major fundraising events including Mental Health, Childrens Wish, Cancer, and United Way.

Rob is a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Halifax Partnership, past President of the Maritime Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and has recently been a member and the past Chair of the Acadia University's Manning School Advisory Board.

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Beste Alpargun

Vice President, Fixed Income & Portfolio Manager, SEAMARK Asset Management Ltd.

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Beste Alpargun

Vice President, Fixed Income & Portfolio Manager, SEAMARK Asset Management Ltd.

Beste Alpargun is a senior investment professional with over 25 years of experience on both the sell and buy side of the industry. She has held a variety of roles including Senior Equity Research Analyst and Head of Research at some of the largest investment banks in Turkey. Since relocating to Canada in 2000, Beste has conducted investment research for two local boutique firms and was also involved in the administration, compliance and senior management of these companies. Beste joined SEAMARK in 2009 and now heads the Fixed Income Team, as well as manages individual and institutional client portfolios.

A graduate of Bogazici (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul, Turkey, Beste also holds an MBA degree from Dalhousie University and is a CFA charterholder. Beste currently teaches a graduate level finance course at St. Mary's University and has been a mentor to many students interested in pursuing a career in finance. She is a past president of the Atlantic Canada CFA Society and served as an executive of the Board of The Marguerite Centre.

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Donna Alteen

CEO, Time + Space

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Donna Alteen

CEO, Time + Space

As the founder of Time + Space, Donna is a seasoned entrepreneurial executive, leading the business strategy for the organization. As well, she is an active consultant with organizations and internal teams providing strategic counsel grounded in measurable business outcomes. Her professional experience spans a broad scope of industry sectors; both nationally and internationally, including Tourism, Energy, Economic Development, Telecommunications and Consumer Packaged Goods. Donna leads the business strategy for Time + Space.

A dedicated lifelong learner, Donna holds a BBA with a major in Marketing, as well as a number of additional credentials in leadership, digital business models, coaching and corporate governance. Donna is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities and industry organizations. She is an active volunteer in the local and national NFP community serving on a number of committees and boards. She is also a recipient of the Women of Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship.

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Cory Bell

President & CEO, Lindsay Construction

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Cory Bell

President & CEO, Lindsay Construction

Cory Bell is the President & CEO of Lindsay Construction since 2009. Starting as a Project Engineer, Cory progressed through all operational positions within the organization. Under Cory's leadership, Lindsay Construction has grown into one of Canada's leading diversified construction firms and named one of Deloitte's Best Managed Companies in each of the past five years.

Widely regarded for his commitment to philanthropy and community, Cory is a long-time supporter of causes around children and cancer. He co-founded Trailblazer for Cancer, a flagship community fundraiser. He sits on the Board of Directors of both the IWK Foundation and Children's Wish Foundation, and is also an active supporter of the United Way, Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre, Habitat for Humanity and Halifax Hospice. In 2016 he received the Courage to Give Back Award from Family S.O.S. and in 2017 he received the Inspire Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Cory has been named a five-time Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business Magazine, and in 2019 was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He also received the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business to Business Category. Cory is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science and of the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.

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Margaret Brigley

CEO & Partner, Narrative Research

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Margaret Brigley

CEO & Partner, Narrative Research

With more than 25 years progressive market research and communications experience, Margaret provides client counsel across a wide range of sectors. As a seasoned qualitative and quantitative researcher, Margaret is responsible for the operations of CRA.

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Patrick Fitzgerald

Partner, Cox & Palmer

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Patrick Fitzgerald

Partner, Cox & Palmer

Patrick is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer, one of the largest law firms in Atlantic Canada. He has practiced business law and delivered strategic advice in Halifax and across the region for more than 20 years and has been involved in many transactions that have helped shape the economy in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Along the way, Patrick developed a particular interest in the technology industry and developed a client base centered on innovation based businesses in Atlantic Canada. He is actively involved in Nova Scotia’s start-up ecosystem having championed Cox & Palmer’s participation in a number of incubator and accelerator programs and hubs, as well as providing pro-bono advice to various start-ups across Nova Scotia.

Patrick has served in a number of leadership roles within Cox & Palmer and is currently a member of Cox & Palmer’s Halifax Executive Committee with specific responsibility for leveraging its innovation culture and identifying, assessing and implementing innovative processes, improvements and technologies to Cox & Palmer. Patrick is also in the final year of a multi-year commitment as a director of the Canadian Technology Law Association.

A firm believer in an active lifestyle, Patrick is a member of the Halifax Triathlon Club, is a running and cycling enthusiast and has completed dozens of cycling, running and triathlon events.

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Monica Foster

Vice President, College Services and Chief Financial Officer, NSCC

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Monica Foster

Vice President, College Services and Chief Financial Officer, NSCC

Monica Foster is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a Diploma in Management Accounting from Saint Mary’s University. Monica has served as the Vice President, College Services and CFO for Nova Scotia Community College for almost a decade. She joined the College in 1996, over which time she has also served as Manager, Financial Services and Director, Financial Services. Before joining the College, she held various positions at the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, including Treasurer and Policy Analyst. Prior to that she worked for Toronto Dominion Bank.

In addition to her work at the College, Monica serves on the Board of the Halifax United Way where she has held the role of Board Chair and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is the current Chair of the Collaboration for Research, Education and Technology (CARET), an Executive Steering Committing member of the Higher Education Information Technology Shared Service partnership and a member of Inter-University Services Board of Directors. She has also served on the Board for the Certified Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Hope Blooms and the School Insurance Program.

An avid hockey fan, Monica is currently the Treasurer of the Charles P. Allen Hockey Team and has volunteered for the Bedford and District Minor Hockey Association, serving since 2004 in roles that ranged from Executive member to team manager.

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April Howe

Executive Director, People and Culture Nova Scotia Public Service Commission

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April Howe

Executive Director, People and Culture Nova Scotia Public Service Commission

April joined the Public Service Commission December of 2017 and with a multi-disciplinary team, she oversee the creation and implementation of employee engagement, diversity & inclusion, and employee learning and development initiatives for Nova Scotia public service employees. April completed her Executive Masters of Business at Saint Mary's University, Sobey School of Business. Formerly, April was a partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette for 15 years. Previous to KBRS, she held marketing and senior administrative roles within the federal government, recruitment, and communications sectors.

April serves as a Director on Boards of the Halifax Partnership, the IWK Foundation, the United Way Halifax Region and the Black Business Initiative. Previously, she was a founding board member and served as Chair of the Africville Heritage Trust, and as HR Chair on the Board of Dress for Success.

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Hector Jacques, OC

Former CEO & Board Director, Jacques Whitford

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Hector Jacques, OC

Former CEO & Board Director, Jacques Whitford

In 1972, along with Michael Whitford, Hector formed Jacques Whitford and Associates Limited to offer services in the earth sciences disciplines in the Atlantic Region. Under Mr Jacques guidance as CEO, the firm grew rapidly to 45 offices across North America and internationally with more than 1,700 highly trained professionals worldwide. Under Hector's leadership, Jacques Whitford was chosen by the Financial Post and Arthur Andersen & Co. as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies in 1994. The company was sold to Stantec at the retirement of Hector in 2009.

Hector has gained local and national recognition from multiple notable establishments. He has been was awarded a Gold Metal from The Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, the Engineering Award for Distinctive Achievement in the Practice of Engineering by the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, the Beaubien Award, the Canada 125 Anniversary Medal (1993), amongst others. Hector has been named Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996, and with honorary degrees from Saint Mary's University. Acadia University, Dalhousie University and the University of Cape Breton. In 2001, Hector was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame.

Hector currently serves on five boards, but has also served as a director and chaired numerous other business and institutional boards in the past. He received his general certificate of education from the University of Cambridge, his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and his Master’s degree in Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

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Winston Morton

Advisor, SimpTek Inc.

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Winston Morton

Advisor, SimpTek Inc.

Winston is an experienced technology business leader with a career spanning 25 years working with global companies such as IBM, Marconi Communications, Cable and Wireless, and Nova Scotia Power.

As an active community leader, Winston and is an active mentor for many startup companies in the region as well as member of a number of advisory boards including Volta Labs, Futurepreneur Canada and has served as the past Co-Chair of Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Spring Sprint Campaign.

As a founding member of several startups in Internet security, telecommunications and next generation data centers, Winston is adept at understanding business need and translating this into a technology plan. Winston was tasked with the expansion of LinkBermuda’s product portfolio of International networks and Data Center services to include Bermuda’s first Hybrid Cloud service for the International banking and re-insurance industry in both North America and Europe.

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Chris Ronald

President RBC, Atlantic Canada Region

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Chris Ronald

President RBC, Atlantic Canada Region

As Regional President, Chris Ronald oversees the sales and market management of Atlantic Canada. This includes setting the direction, developing strategy and managing the overall performance and delivery of RBC’s products and services to more than 800,000 personal and business clients in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Since joining RBC in 1988, Chris has held a wide variety regional and national office positions, with a concentration in Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Advice (Contact) Centres and Human Resources. Prior to assuming his current role in 2018, Chris was Regional Vice President of Corporate, Commercial and Private Banking for the 18 Caribbean Islands in which RBC has a presence, including Trinidad, Bahamas and Barbados.

Chris holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

A believer in community, Chris has been involved in numerous volunteer activities, particularly with the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. He is currently on the board of directors for the QEII Hospital Foundation and Halifax Partnership.

Representing Halifax Regional Municipality

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Shawn Cleary

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

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Shawn Cleary

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Shawn is a husband, a father, an entrepreneur and an educator, living on Quinpool Road. He is from a family of entrepreneurs and has worked on and advised many start-ups. He is a business professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and has taught courses on entrepreneurship and management at Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, Acadia, and NSCC. Before teaching, Shawn was a policy analyst for some prominent political figures in Canada. When Joe Clark was preparing another run for Prime Minister in 1998 and 1999, Shawn managed his research team. Later, Shawn worked as an advisor to Nova Scotia Education Minister, Jane Purves, in Dr. John Hamm’s provincial government.

Shawn loves big ideas. He’s organized TEDx conferences at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, putting dynamic speakers on stage ranging from Atlantic Canada’s first Mi’kmaq independent film producer to Halifax’s Chief of Police, a former finance minister, an urban planner (who is now an MP), entrepreneurs, leaders in the charitable sector, and many others. Shawn was on the Halifax Library Board for three years and helped put the business case together that made our new Central Library a reality.

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Waye Mason

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

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Waye Mason

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Waye Mason is an activist, entrepreneur and educator and municipal councillor. First elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, he is known for his social media savvy and relentless constituency work. Waye has grown businesses, led member organizations and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. His career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and he has become a well-known business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.

As councillor, he currently serves as Chair of Halifax’s Community Planning and Economic Development standing committee and as a Police Commissioner, as well as being a member of several other boards and committees. Waye is currently Deputy Mayor as well as Vice President of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

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Jacques Dubé

Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality

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Jacques Dubé

Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality

Jacques Dubé became Halifax’s Chief Administrative Officer in September 2016, and in doing so he realized one of his most ambitious career objectives—leading the largest municipality in Atlantic Canada and contributing to its growth and progress. With a strong background in economic development and a participative approach to leadership, Jacques is focused on delivering Regional Council’s strategic priorities by working with staff and community partners to make a difference through diverse ideas and inclusive actions.

Jacques has more than 30 years of senior-level experience from all levels of government, most recently as city manager in Moncton where his strong background in customer service and economic development helped that city prosper. He has served as president of Service New Brunswick, as well as Deputy Minister responsible for economic development, trade policy and population growth. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Veterans Affairs and on numerous boards including the United Way, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

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Captain (N) D.E. Mazur, CD

Base Commander, CFB Halifax

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Captain (N) D.E. Mazur, CD

Base Commander, CFB Halifax

A native of Kitchener Ontario, Capt(N) Mazur enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on completion of High School, completing his Basic Officer Training in Chilliwack, BC in December 1988. Following training ashore and at sea, Capt(N) Mazur went on to specialize in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), in HMC Ships Skeena and Gatineau. After instructing ashore, and fulfilling various sea going positions, Capt(N) Mazur was posted to the West Coast to join HMCS Regina as the Operations Officer for a deployment to the Middle East. Successfully challenging his Command Board during this period, Capt(N) Mazur was employed in the Pacific Coast Fleet Staff, before returning to sea in 2006 as the Executive Officer in HMCS Vancouver.

In 2007, he was promoted to Commander, and after a short period in MARPAC HQ, he was posted to Canberra Australia to attend the Australian Command and Staff College. Upon completion of this course, he and his family were posted to Ottawa where he served as the Senior Staff Officer Maritime in the Canadian Special Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Headquarters. Capt(N) Mazur returned to the Navy fold in January 2012 and assumed Command of HMCS Vancouver. After a short but intense 18 months of sailing, he relinquished Command of the ship and assumed Command of Sea Training Pacific. Promoted to his current rank in May 2015, Capt(N) Mazur assumed the duties of N3/J3 in MARPAC/JTF(P). In September 2016, Capt(N) Mazur was posted to Ottawa as the Dir Strat Plans within the SJS staff.

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Chuck Maillet

Vice President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - Nova Scotia Region

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Chuck Maillet

Vice President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - Nova Scotia Region

Chuck Maillet was appointed the Vice-President for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for Nova Scotia in 2017. He joined the Agency in 2002 as a Community Economic Development Officer and, in 2005, became Manager of Community Economic Development. He was appointed Director of Community Development in 2008 and, subsequently, assumed the position of Director General for Regional Operations at ACOA Nova Scotia in 2010.

Before joining ACOA, Chuck spent a number of years working in both the private and non-profits sectors, where he gained valuable insights into the challenges of starting and growing businesses. Chuck is passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting innovation and technology development in Nova Scotia. He feels privileged to be helping businesses benefit from ACOA programs, and enhancing economic opportunities for the province.

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Mayor Savage

Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

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Mayor Savage

Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

On October 15, 2016, Mike Savage was elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality for a second term based on a platform of sustained progress in making the Halifax region a place where residents can live, belong and thrive. Mayor Savage was first elected on October 20, 2012, running on a platform to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in the country; principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community.

In the fall of 2015, Mayor Savage became president of the World Energy Cities partnership, an international organization of cities with significant energy sector interests. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mike Savage served as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011. Mayor Savage has also had a career in business as General Manager of S. Cunard and Co., Director of Sales and Marketing for Nova Scotia Power Inc., Vice President at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, and Vice President at M5 Communications.

Mayor Savage has demonstrated community leadership in social, health and cultural organizations, as a board member for the IWK Health Centre and Neptune Theatre, as a former President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, and through his involvement with Junior Achievement, The Red Cross, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the United Way. Mayor Savage and his wife Darlene have two children, Emma and Conor, and continue to make their home in Dartmouth where Mayor Savage grew up and attended school before graduating from Dalhousie University.

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