Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

President- Blair VanVeld (Twin Rivers Properties & Home Sales)

Blair VanVeldBlair is the current Chief Financial Officer and Director of Twin Rivers Properties and Home Sales, a residential rental company managing over 1000 units in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Blair holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting) from Dalhousie University. Blair currently sits as a board member for East Coast Credit Union and has previously sat as the Vice President of the Manufactured Housing Association of Atlantic Canada.
Blair is a lifelong resident of Lyon’s Brook, Pictou County.


Treasurer- Matthew March (Crombie REIT)

matt marchMatt is currently a Senior Analyst with Crombie REIT based out of their New Glasgow office.  Before joining Crombie, Matt worked for a public accounting firm which served many local businesses.  In addition to his work with the Chamber of Commerce Matt is the current Treasurer of the United Way of Pictou County.   Matt holds a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.





Charles Cleary (Sobeys)

Charles has been with Sobeys Inc for over 24 years and has been proud to live and play in PictoCharles Cleary2u County for the past 19 years. He looks forward to bringing his passion for understanding and addressing micro market opportunities to help further those issues most pressing for Chamber of Commerce members.

In his spare time, Charles can often be found in rural Pictou County tinkering with his yard or his old car.  He’s hopeful that at least one of them will reach his high standards some day.


Tom Dewtie (Northern Pulp)

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 Barry Francis (Pictou Landing First Nations)

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Murray Hill (management consultant)

Murray HillMurray Hill is semi-retired with a management consultation business after a career in federal and provincial governments and a private sector industry association. His professional career involved roles with local to national to international in nature. On a volunteer basis, he has headed several local foundations, served as Chair for the former Health Authority, the former Regional Development Authority and the local group who built the Wellness Centre. Working for our community is a passion he continues to pursue. 



Heather MacIsaac (Career Connections- NS Works)

Heather MacIsaacHeather is a Certified Career Development Practitioner and is the Employer Engagement Specialist at Career Connections Nova Scotia Works in New Glasgow. She has worked with them since 2006 and brings a vast array of skills to the Chamber Board. She is enjoying watching the growth and changes her role has been evolving into. They are now 5 locations strong in the Northern region of Nova Scotia and part of a network of various Nova Scotia Works centres across the province. She helps employers with their HR needs and job seekers find work. Heather was a member of the Career Connections board back in 1998 until 2005 and saw many changes of their growth. She is looking forward to bringing ideas and input into the Chamber board.


Tyler MacLane (Crossroads Country Market)

Tyler MacLaneTyler is the owner and general manager of Crossroads Country Market, a rural general store, bakery and restaurant. Tyler and his wife Kristen decided to move from Western Canada to rural Pictou County, where Tyler was originally from. They currently reside in MacLellan’s Brook with their two boys, Jake and Levi. Tyler enjoys spending time supporting local events and helping out with youth sports.



Kevin McKay (McKay Fuels)

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Trudy Teed (Michelin)

Trudy Teed

Trudy is the Personnel Manager for the Michelin Tire plant in Granton. She is a professional Industrial Engineer with a diverse background in manufacturing roles. Trudy currently volunteers with the Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation along with supporting Michelin in the many organizations and programs that it supports such as Special Olympics of Nova Scotia, United Way, and Junior Bike. Trudy lives in Pictou with her husband, Harold, and daughter, Bella.


Anne McDonah (NSCC)

Peter Murray (Grant Thornton)

Roxanne Heighton (Harbour House Ales & Cafe)

Lindsay Shaw (Tim Hortons)