Board of Directors
NSBI is led by a private-sector board consisting of business leaders from across the province who represent a diverse range of sectors and business interests.
Board members may serve two consecutive terms. Terms may range between two and four years. The Chair of the Board serves a two-year term, renewable for a second two-year term.
Marie Mullally, Chair
(appointed as a director December 2014)
Halifax: President & CEO, CUA
NSBI HR Governance Committee
Marie is the President and CEO of CUA, one of the largest community-based banking institutions in Atlantic Canada, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to this role, Marie was the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), a Provincial Crown corporation, for ten years. Under her leadership, NSGC became a recognized world leader for innovative responsible gambling programs.
An alumnus of Dalhousie University, Marie holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees, finishing first in her class. She received the Fellow Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, and was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2008. Marie has also been recognized as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and holds the Certified Director’s designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
In addition to her work, Marie is an active volunteer in the community. She has provided leadership on a number of private, not-for-profit, and public sector boards. Marie currently serves as Chair on the boards of the Halifax International Airport Authority and Nova Scotia Business Inc., and is also a director of FICANEX, the second-largest ATM exchange network in Canada.
(appointed as a director September 2016)
Halifax: Managing Partner, PwC Atlantic Canada
NSBI Audit Committee
Brenda Belliveau is the Managing Partner and Tax Leader for PwC in Atlantic Canada. She is also a member of PwC’s Canadian Tax Leadership Group.
Brenda has been practicing tax for 18 years, specializing in Canadian corporate taxation, and has extensive experience in tax compliance and planning, Canada Revenue Agency audit defense, and transaction support including due diligence and structuring.
Brenda is passionate about her clients and believes in the importance of understanding the businesses they operate, which has translated into strong and lasting relationships. She is known for her client-centric, versatile approach and for challenging her teams to “make life easy” for the firm’s clients. Brenda promotes this consistent level of service across the Atlantic region.
Brenda began her career in Halifax. She then spent four years in Ottawa leading PwC’s National Capital Region Tax practice before coming back to Halifax in 2015.
Brenda graduated with a BCom from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She’s a CPA, CA and has completed Parts I, II and III of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Program.
(appointed as a director February 2013)
Bridgewater: Partner, Belliveau Veinotte Inc.
Chair, NSBI Audit Committee
Mr. Belliveau is a partner in the accounting firm Belliveau Veinotte Inc., a firm with a 40-year history in Southwestern Nova Scotia. A native of Amherst, he has been a leading business advisor and volunteer in Southwestern Nova Scotia since establishing his career in Bridgewater in 1980.
In 2008, Mr. Belliveau was awarded the designation of Fellow Chartered Accountants (FCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia’s mark of distinction and highest honour. Mr. Belliveau’s contributions and achievements to his community were also recognized when he recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
(appointed as a director September 2016)
Halifax: Former President & CEO, Amirix Systems Inc.
- Chair, NSBI HR Governance Committee
- NSBI Investment Attraction Committee
As President and CEO of Amirix, Ms. Greer led the transformation of the organization from a research and development services company to a commercial operation. She also led the acquisition and successful merger of Vemco. Stronger together, the two organizations design and manufacture aquatic animal monitoring devices sold around the world.
Currently, Ms. Greer serves on the board of directors of Nova Scotia Power and Amirix Systems Inc., as well as on the board of governors of Acadia University. She previously served as Chair of Nova Scotia Community College’s board of governors, on the members board of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and as a member of the Industrial Expansion Fund Advisory Panel in Nova Scotia.
A graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Ms. Greer also completed Executive Education programs from Queen’s University, Western University and in 2015, obtained her ICD.D designation from University of Toronto.
(appointed as a director December 2015)
Halifax: President & CEO of T. Hickey Enterprises and CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Ltd.
Chair, NSBI Investment Attraction Committee
Mr. Hickey, an entrepreneur and business owner for 17 years, is originally from Glace Bay, where he maintains the head office for Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, which services Atlantic Canada. Mr. Hickey is president and CEO of T. Hickey Enterprises, which has been operating since 2001. T. Hickey Enterprises has 13 operating companies under his management. He is also CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Ltd.
In addition to his industry experience, Mr. Hickey is an active community member having volunteered in several charities including the Canadian Diabetes Association, as well as coaching his two daughters in competitive hockey.
Mr. Hickey has been recognized with several awards such as being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Eastern Canada’s Top 50 CEOs, BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
(appointed as a director November 2019)
Lantz: General Manager, Shaw Brick
In September 2019, Mr. MacLean was appointed as General Manager of Shaw Brick, a division of The Shaw Group, based in Lantz, Nova Scotia. Prior to this appointment, Mr. MacLean was President of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
MacLean began his working career in 1988 and has served for over 30 years in manufacturing and leadership positions in Nova Scotia and internationally. The first half of his career was focused on engineering, quality, operational, and change leadership roles within North American. Subsequently he served in an international role, based in France, focused on progress of a worldwide business line. MacLean returned back to Canada in 2005.
His extensive experience in manufacturing and in leading operations in Canada and internationally gives him a unique perspective on the challenges and the opportunities facing businesses in Canada today.
MacLean is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University where he earned a B.SC. and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University), where he completed his engineering degree.
MacLean continues to be an active volunteer who is known for coaching youth sports and has been involved with many previous Boards, including the Special Olympics of Nova Scotia where he remains a keen supporter.
Ronald E. Smith
(appointed as a director May 2011)
Yarmouth: Former Senior Vice-President and CFO of Emera Inc. and subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
NSBI Audit Committee
Mr. Smith has an extensive background in the financial, telecommunications and energy sectors. A former Chief Financial Officer with Maritime Telephone & Telegraph Ltd., he later served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. and its major subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Mr. Smith is the past chair and a current member of the Board of Governors for Acadia University, and also serves on the boards of Alamos Gold Inc., and PRO Real Estate Investment Trust, both listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Smith has previously served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Canadian Accounting Standards Oversight Council. He is the former national president of the Canadian Association for Community Living and the former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.