Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

President- Nancy MacConnell-Maxner (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

Nancy MacConnell-Maxner

Manager, Interprofessional Practice & Education for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Pictou County.
“I am a strong advocate for community. I believe that in order for us to thrive as a business community we need to create conditions that attract and retain people to our community. I am originally from Pictou County, moved away for 10 years and then moved back to Scotsburn to raise my family (I have four children who are actively involved in programs in the county). I am proud to live in Rural Nova Scotia and am a strong supporter of Pictou County. In addition to the Chamber, I am a board member of Summer Street Industries, Scotsburn Recreation Club and one of the Pictou County 2020 host committee.”


Vice 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 just shy of 600 units in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Blair holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting) from Dalhousie University. Blair currently sits as Vice President of the Manufactured Housing Association of Atlantic Canada and has previously sat as a board member for Bergengren Credit Union.
Blair is a lifelong resident of Lyon’s Brook, Pictou County.


Treasurer- Matthew March (Crombie REIT)



Jim Bate (NSCC- Pictou Campus)

Jim Bate

Jim has been part of NSCC for the past 24 years and is the academic chair for the School of Business. Jim is actively involved in establishing an Entrepreneurial Hub for the Pictou Campus and is part of the local business community as a business owner and through the Nova Scotia Community College. He is excited to be on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to serving the members for the next few years.
Jim enjoys travel and has been fortunate to have travelled to over 50 countries through work and pleasure. Through this experience he has gathered a great deal of cultural insight and uses this in business.
Other Boards Jim is involved with are the deCoste Centre and the Multicultural Association of Pictou County.

Charles Cleary (Sobeys)

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Cathy Covey (Sunrise Brokerage)

Cathy Covey

Cathy is the Owner and Broker for Sunrise Brokerage & Sales Ltd., a real estate company with a head office in Stellarton. Previous to this she owned the franchise for Royal LePage Commercial for Atlantic Canada and specialized in investment sales. She is a member of several professional groups including, the Real Estate Institute of Canada; Secretary of the North Shore Health Services Foundation, Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche and member of the River John Community Association. Past Director of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank in Halifax, and Ship Hector Foundation.


Tom Dewtie (Northern Pulp)

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 Barry Francis (Pictou Landing First Nations)

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Murray Hill (management consultant)

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Andy MacGregor (MacGregors Industrial Group)

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Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman (Mac, Mac & Mac)

Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman

Sarah is a Partner at the Pictou County based law firm of Mac, Mac & Mac, with a practice focused primarily on labour, employment and litigation. Sarah believes in the value of giving back to her community through volunteer work. In addition to her work with the Chamber, she has served extensively on the local boards of Highland Community Residential Services and Summer Street Industries and provides pro bono management training seminars for local businesses as well as many non-profit, community based organizations. Most recently, Sarah founded and sits as Chair of Pictou County Safe Harbour, a non-profit society dedicated to supporting the resettlement and sponsorship of Syrian refugees in Pictou County, where she oversees the volunteer efforts of more than 700 community members.

Heather MacIsaac (Career Connections- NS Works)

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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.