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Board of Directors

Tourism Nova Scotia is governed by a private sector board of directors consisting of tourism industry leaders and business experts from across the province. The Chair of the Board reports to Nova Scotia’s Minister of Business.

Directors are elected to the board based on a nomination process.

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Tourism Nova Scotia Board of Directors

R. Irene d’Entremont
R. Irene d'Entremont
President, ITG Information Management Inc.
TNS Chair
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R. Irene d’Entremont, C.M., D.Comm h.c., was born and raised in Pubnico, Nova Scotia. She has been involved in several businesses in the Yarmouth area for over forty years. These businesses included sales and service, research & development, and manufacturing. She is the president of ITG Information Management Inc., consulting in business management. She is the past president of M.I.T. Electronics Inc., and Women’s Up-To-Date Shop Inc., and was Secretary-Treasurer of Wesmar Electronics Canada Limited.

Throughout her career, she has volunteered and served her community, province and her country. Recent examples are cited here. In November 2012, Irene was appointed Vice-Chair of Tourism Nova Scotia. Also in November 2012, Premier Dexter appointed her to the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy (One Nova Scotia Commission). The following month, she was appointed to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Board of Governors. In this capacity, she is on the executive and chairs the finance committee. In September 2014, she was one of twenty-three women chosen from across Canada to represent the twenty-three fathers of Confederation at the Bold Vision - Women’s Leadership Conference in Prince Edward Island. Currently she is a director of the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Nova Scotia and also Vice-Chair of the American Chamber Atlantic Chapter and a board member of the National American Chamber. She is a board member of the Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica Foundation and Director of the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation. Along with all this, she chairs the Yarmouth Airport Board of Directors.

Involved with the Chamber of Commerce for many years, Irene has served as past Chair of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce, the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce and two terms on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. She served two terms on the Advisory Board of Revenue Canada, on the Law Commission of Canada, and the Nova Scotia Advisory Board on Colleges and Universities. She is a past director of Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power Inc., the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Business Development Corporation and Marine Atlantic. While serving on these boards,she chaired many committees reporting to these boards.

Irene d’Entremont received the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal in 1993. She was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 1994. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from St. Mary’s University in 1995. In October 2001, she was appointed to the Order of Canada and was also awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal that year. In 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Medal. She has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs and the Who’s Who of Canadian Women for almost twenty years. Over the course of her career and service, she has been awarded many other accolades for her leadership role in entrepreneurship and community development.

Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson
Executive-in-Residence, Cox & Palmer Lawyers
TNS Vice Chair & Chair, TNS Governance Committee
Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson is a senior business person accredited by Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (University of Toronto) with particular expertise in communication, public policy and board governance. He has been a business owner, a senior executive in a publicly traded energy utility, a senior newspaper executive and a senior bureaucrat. He has held leadership positions in not-for-profits locally, nationally and internationally.

As a volunteer, he led Cystic Fibrosis Canada and then the International Cystic Fibrosis Association. He has received many awards for his professional and philanthropic work. In April, 2015 he was named the first Executive-in-Residence at the regional law firm Cox & Palmer.

Robert Winters, QC
Robert Winters, QC
Counsel, Burchell MacDougall Lawyers
TNS Governance Committee
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Mr. Robert Winters, Q.C., is counsel to Burchell MacDougall in Truro, NS and President of Napwick Holdings Limited, a private holding company.

He is a former chair of the board of directors for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport; former chair of Mount Allison’s Board of Regents, and former Vice-Chair, NS Health Authority.

His contributions and achievements to his community were also recognized by receiving both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Paul Stackhouse
Paul Stackhouse
Co-owner, Hillsdale House Inn
TNS Governance Committee
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Paul Stackhouse is co-owner/operator of the award-winning Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. His background is in hospitality, tourism marketing, and strategic planning and activation. His experience in the hotel industry spans nearly 40 years and includes leadership positions at the Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth and Dundee Resort & Golf Club in Cape Breton.

Mr. Stackhouse also serves on several provincial and regional tourism committees

Donna Sears
Donna Sears, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Acadia University
TNS Audit & Risk Committee
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Donna has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and consultant in marketing, tourism, and e-commerce. Donna holds a PhD in Management from McGill University, where she studied consumer behaviour with an emphasis on hedonic consumption. She was awarded the title of Doctoral Fellow for the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) in November 2006 (Nashville, TN) and 2007 (San Antonio, TX). Following her residency at McGill University, she joined the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) where she taught students in both the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality and Tourism (BAMHT) programs. Donna subsequently joined the F.C. Manning School of Business at Acadia in 2009. Since joining Acadia, Donna has established herself as a wine tourism researcher. She has presented her work at conferences in Italy, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Donna’s research interests also include the impact of 3d printing and other new technologies on branding and marketing practices; digital marketing; effective e-marketing strategies for destination marketing organizations; and other aspects of tourism and services marketing. She regularly serves as a reviewer for both regional and international business and marketing conferences.

Danny Bartlett
Danny Bartlett
VP, Northumberland Ferries Limited / Bay Ferries Limited
TNS Chair, Audit & Risk Committee
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Danny Bartlett is Vice‐President of Finance & Administration at Northumberland Ferries Limited, Bay Ferries Limited, and Bay Ferries Management Limited. These companies operate conventional and high‐speed ferry services in Eastern Canada and the Caribbean.

Mr. Bartlett worked in the transportation and tourism industry for over 30 years and is a shareholder and director of Atlantic Ferries Holdings Limited and the above subsidiary operating companies.

Mr. Bartlett was a key member of the original board of the former Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.

Glynn Williams
Glynn Williams
President & CEO Authentic Seacoast Company Ltd.
TNS Audit & Risk Committee
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Glynn Williams is President and CEO of Authentic Seacoast and has close to 40 years of professional experience in Canada and internationally working in the tourism & hospitality, engineering, high technology, finance, aerospace, manufacturing, educational and philanthropic sectors. He is also the President and CEO of Williams & Moore Capital Corporation, Navhouse Corporation, Reliance Aerotech Inc., a professional engineer, a chartered financial analyst, a private pilot, and a saxophonist. As a philanthropist, he is an active volunteer and board member of various organizations including the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, Craft Brewers’ Association of Nova Scotia and Interlochen Centre of the Arts.

Mr. Williams has received many distinguished awards for his contributions, and holds a MBA, MASc (Mechanical Engineering) and BASc (Engineering Science) from the University of Toronto.