Honourable Stephen McNeil
Premier Stephen McNeil is the 12th of 17 siblings who were born and raised in the Annapolis Valley.
Honourable Jamie Baillie
The Honourable Jamie Baillie was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Cumberland South in a by-election held in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013.
Honourable Maureen MacDonald
The Honourable Maureen MacDonald was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Halifax Needham in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2013.
Rick Clarke, President, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL)
Rick’s involvement in the labour movement dates back to 1969 as an active member of the Marine Worker’s Federation. He was elected President of the NSFL in 1989 and continues to serve.
David Corkum, Mayor, Town of Kentville
Mayor Corkum has long served in municipal government, holding a seat on Kentville Town Council for over 20 years. In 2005, he was and elected mayor. Mayor Corkum has been heavily involved with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) for many years, serving on the Board of Directors and for the 2014-2015 term as President.
Dr. Martha Crago, VP Research & Professor in Human Communication Disorders, Dalhousie University
In addition to conducting her own extensive research in the acquisition of languages, Dr. Crago is founder & chair of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, and has wide-ranging involvement in the administration of various local, national, and international research institutes and organizations.
Henry Demone, Chairman of the Board, High Liner Foods
In his position as President and CEO of High Liner since 1992, and more recently as Chairman of the Board, Henry has been an industry leader, and successfully chartered the company through two decades of rapid change. He has held many leadership positions in the industry throughout his career and is a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization.
Jean-Paul Deveau, President, Acadian Seaplants Limited
Jean-Paul is President of Acadian Seaplants, a company that exports to over 80 countries and employs over 350 people in eight countries. He has been recognized for entrepreneurship, dedication to ecological, as well as social excellence and in 2014 received a honourary PhD from St. Anne’s University. In 2015 he was inducted in the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame
Saeed El-Darahali, MBA, BSc, CHR, President and CEO, SimplyCast
Saeed is the driving force behind SimplyCast — an all-in-one marketing solution built from the ground up with clients in over 175 countries today. Saeed has over a decade of management experience in the IT industry and he is passionate about nurturing young talent and sharing his experience with start-up companies.
Joella Foulds, Co-founder & Executive Director, Celtic Colours International Festival
Joella Foulds is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Celtic Colours International Festival. Her background includes work as a musician, a CBC journalist and broadcaster, a social worker, artist manager and event coordinator.
Danny Graham, QC, lawyer and Chief Engagement Officer with Engage Nova Scotia
Born in Antigonish and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton, Danny Graham is a passionate Nova Scotian with deep roots in the community. He attended St. Francis Xavier University and earned his law degree at Dalhousie University.
Jevon MacDonald, Co-Founder & CEO, GoInstant Inc., Co-founder, StartupIndex.ca
Jevon is a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded GoInstant.com, which was recently acquired by Salesforce.com. Jevon is a co-founder of Startupnorth.ca as well as Volta in Halifax, NS. Jevon has spent the last decade building high technology businesses in Ontario, Texas, Nova Scotia and PEI. He is also an avid angel investor in companies such as NPM, Inc., Leadsift, AnalyzeRE, GetGifted and many more.
Rankin MacSween, President & CEO, New Dawn Enterprises
Rankin MacSween has worked with New Dawn Enterprises Ltd. since 1977. In 1993 he became President and CEO of the New Dawn family of companies and serves on the New Dawn Board as a Director and as ex-officio member of all standing committees.
Chief Sidney Peters, Glooscap First Nation
Chief Sidney is the fourth Chief from the Peters family. Elected in early 2012, Chief Peters is proud to carry on the family tradition and represent Glooscap First Nation.
Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer, Nova Scotia Health Authority (Central Zone)
Dr. Watson-Creed has an adjunct professor appointment within the Departments of Clinical Health and Epidemiology, Family Medicine, and the School of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, and an appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. She is a dedicated leader and is passionate advocate for the role public health can play in advancing health equity.
Richard Harrison, Special Advisor to the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition
Richard Harrison is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst and Young LLP, Halifax, Nova Scotia with extensive experience in economic development.
Dr. Kent MacDonald, President and Vice-Chancellor, St. F. X., Special Advisor to the Coalition
Dr. MacDonald, current President and Vice-Chancellor at St. F. X. university in Antigonish, Nova Scotia is a highly regarded leader in Canada’s post-secondary system.
Dr. Peter Nicholson, Special Advisor to the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition
In addition to holding senior positions with Scotiabank and BCE, Dr. Nicholson has extensive public policy experience, having served in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, as a member of the Nova Scotia Legislature, as Special Advisor to the Secretary-general of the OECD, and as former president of the Council of Canadian Academies.