Tourism Nova Scotia is governed by a private sector board of directors consisting of ten business leaders 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, C.M., O.N.S., D.Comm, hc, 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 is on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Young Canadians Foundation. Irene is the past chair of 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.
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 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.
Danny 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.
Danny was a key member of the original board of the former Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.
Nathalie is Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs at Chorus Aviation Inc. (Chorus), a publically traded aviation company based in Dartmouth. Chorus is the parent company of Jazz Aviation LP, the largest regional carrier in Canada, Chorus Aviation Capital and Voyageur Aviation. Nathalie has worked in the aviation industry for over 25 years, and brings recognized expertise in operations, corporate management, public affairs, and marketing.
In 2013, Nathalie received her official designation as a Certified Professional in Investor Relations from the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Institute for Investor Relations. Nathalie is a University of Dalhousie alumni and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Advanced Major in Political Science and a Diploma in Public Administration.
In addition to serving on the board of Tourism Nova Scotia, Nathalie shares her skills with the Canadian Investor Relations Institute’s Board of Directors.
Pat has more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, primarily in the accommodations sector. She spent her last 13 years before retirement as the President and CEO of Destination Halifax, Atlantic Canada’s largest municipal destination marketing organization.
Pat’s work at Destination Halifax (now Discover Halifax) encompassed local, regional, national and global initiatives focussed on identifying and implementing business development ventures aimed at increasing visitation to the province.
In addition to Destination Halifax, Pat has held positions with the World Trade & Convention Centre, ITT Sheraton, Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts, and Delta Hotels & Resorts. She has also served on the boards of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, Canadian Tourism Commission, Halifax Gateway Council and the Destination Marketing Association of Canada.
Neil Black is a retired financial consultant and real estate broker with extensive experience in sales, marketing, management and finance. In addition to operating his own mortgage brokerage, he has held management positions at Nova Scotia Savings and Loans Company, The Bank of Montreal, REMAX Nova, and Century 21, and was vice-president of American Manor Corporation.
Neil has also held positions on numerous volunteer boards and committees, including the Economic Renewal Agency of Nova Scotia. He is currently Chair of Heritage Golden Ville Society, President of St. Mary's District Lions Club, Past Chair of the Atlantic Commercial Realtors Council, Vice-Chair of the Sherbrooke Village Restoration Commission, a member of the board of the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society, and a director of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust.
Neil is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors Volunteer of the Year Award, Halifax Regional Municipality Volunteer Award, and Centennial Lions International Award.
Lisa Bugden brings over 30 years of experience in communications, marketing, public affairs and business development to Tourism Nova Scotia. She is presently the general manager of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, the largest year-around theatre in Atlantic Canada. Her previous roles include interim director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, president and CEO of Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, and vice-president of Nova Scotia Business Inc. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Jesse is CEO of Volta, an entrepreneurial super-hub that helps companies get started and thrive in the global economy. He was the founding director of both the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and the Velocity Program at the University of Waterloo. Jesse also co-founded global software company TribeHR, and was Vice President of Business Development at software development company Boltmate. Jesse has a BA from the University of Waterloo and a MSc, from the University of Liverpool.
Ron Chisholm has practiced law in Truro, Nova Scotia for more than 30 years. He is the founder of Ronald R. Chisholm Law, and co-owner of a real estate company. He built two start up companies, Scotia Innovators Inc. and Starboard Innovations Inc., earning a position as finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ron is also a founding member of the Colchester Society for Athletic Excellence (CSAE) that built an indoor field house/tennis bubble in the Town of Truro. He is director with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and a member of the funding team for the Colchester Regional Hospital in the major gifts division – helping to raise $25-million for the new hospital.
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