President- Nancy MacConnell-Maxner (Nova Scotia Health Authority)
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 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- Michael Corkum (MacGregor’s Industrial Group)
Michael is the Controller at MacGregor’s Industrial Group. He has over 27 years experience as a Chartered Accountant in industry and public practice. Michael’s current volunteer activities include a Board member for Summer Street Industries Society, a Board member for the Summer Street Foundation and an active member of the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow. Michael resides in New Glasgow.
Jim Bate (NSCC- Pictou Campus)
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.
Bruce Chapman (Northern Pulp)
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Cathy Covey (Sunrise Brokerage)
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.
Mark Hosking (Holiday Inn Express)
Mark is the general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton. Mark and his wife, moved from Alberta to Nova Scotia four years ago. Born in England, Mark grew up in Western Canada. Mark has been in the hospitality Industry for over 25 years. Mark is also on board of directors for DEANS as well as other tourism associations, as well as other Chambers of Commerce.
Mark was previously the president of the Three Hills & District Chamber of Commerce for a two year term.
Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman (Mac, Mac & Mac)
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.
Tyler MacLane (Crossroads Country Market)
Tyler 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.
Matthew March (Crombie REIT)
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Bobby Mattie (Sobeys Atlantic)
Bobby is the northern Nova Scotia area Manager for Foodland & Co-op, Sobeys Atlantic. He is a professional Accountant with diverse experience in Food Retailing, including Strategic Planning, Finance, Category Management and Retail Operations. Bobby is a graduate of St.F.X Business Administration program and completed an MBA at St. Mary’s University, along with a Certified Management Accounting Designation.
Chief Andrea Paul (Pictou Landing First Nations)
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Richard Russell (The News)
Richard is the Director of Reader Services and Distribution for TC Media (The News) and currently serves as Chair of the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Richard has also served on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, The United Way, the Aberdeen Hospital Foundation and The Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County.
Wes Surrett (Pictou Lodge)
Wes is originally from Petitcodiac, New Brunswick where his parents owned and operated the Homestead Motel. He graduated from UNB Fredericton with a Bachelor Degree in Education and Arts. He has managed several hospitality properties including City Motel Fredericton, Maritime Inn Antigonish, Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck, and now proudly operates the Pictou Lodge Beach Resort.
Wes was one of the first hotel managers in Nova Scotia to receive the Professional Certification for Hotel General Manager offered through Emerit program with support from NSTHRC and CTHRC. He has also been granted a Certified Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel and Lodging Institute.
He also sits on the Board of Directors for DEANS and TIANS (North Eastern representative). He enjoys coaching minor hockey in the Pictou Minor Hockey association.
Wes resides in the town of Pictou with his wife Kate and two children Evan and Ella.
Trudy Teed (Michelin)
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.