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NSBI is led by a private-sector board consisting of business leaders from across the province who represent a diverse range of sectors and expertise.

Board member terms may not exceed four years and they may serve two consecutive terms. The Chair of the Board serves a two-year term, renewable for a second two-year term.


Marie Mullally headshotMarie 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.


Brenda Belliveau headshotBrenda Belliveau
(appointed as a director September 2016)

Halifax: Managing Partner, PwC Atlantic Canada

Chair, 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.


Paul Belliveau headshotPaul Belliveau
(appointed as a director February 2013)

Bridgewater: Partner, Belliveau Veinotte Inc.

Chair, NSBI HR Governance 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.


Rhiannon Davies headshotRhiannon Davies
(appointed as a director October 2020)
Halifax: Founding & Managing Partner, Sandpiper Ventures

NSBI HR Governance Committee

Rhiannon Davies is a Founding and Managing Partner of a seed-stage venture capital fund, Sandpiper Ventures. She has over 20 years of experience as a leader in international business spanning Europe, Asia, and South and North America. Mrs. Davies was the Chief Operating Officer of GrandVision N.V., a multi-billion dollar multi-national present in 45 countries, and the Managing Director of the GrandVision Supply Company, a global subsidiary of GrandVision N.V.

An alumnus of McGill University, Mrs. Davies has driven the target identification, due diligence, acquisition, integration and move to profitability of several companies. She thrives in a fast moving, fast growth environments, and holds/has held a number of executive and board director roles in private, public, and non-profit organizations. Recently, Mrs. Davies returned to live in Halifax and is an active volunteer and community leader working to promote diversity and sustainability in the early stage technology ecosystem.


Wadih Fares headshotWadih Fares
(appointed as a director October 2020)
Halifax: President & CEO, W.M. Fares Group

NSBI Investment Attraction Committee

Wadih Fares currently serves as President and CEO of WM Fares Group. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Fares has been involved in every aspect of building design, project management and development. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Diploma of Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Mr. Fares has held various professional roles including: Honorary Consul of Lebanon for the Maritime Provinces, chairman for the Pier 21 Society, Dalhousie University Board of Governors, and founder and honorary member of the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce.


David Graham headshotDavid Graham
(appointed as a director February 2020)
Halifax: President, Atlantic Developments Inc.

NSBI HR Governance Committee

David Graham is the President of Atlantic Developments Inc., a commercial real estate development company. Mr. Graham has held various positions with CB Commercial Real Estate Group Canada Inc., Procter & Gamble, Millennium Partners of New York and was an Assistant to the Federal Minister of Fitness and Amateur Sport.

Mr. Graham has developed innovative real estate projects in Toronto and Halifax, is a former Trustee of Crombie REIT, a Board Member of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia, a past member The Coady International Institute Capital Campaign Leadership Team, and a Co-founder and past Chair of the Board of The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning.

Mr. Graham has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.


Tom Hickey headshotTom Hickey
(appointed as a director December 2015)
Halifax: President & CEO, T. Hickey Enterprises and CEO, 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.


Jeff MacLean headshotJeff MacLean
(appointed as a director November 2019)

Lantz: General Manager, Shaw Brick

NSBI Investment Attraction Committee

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.


Danielle Patterson headshotDanielle Patterson
(appointed as a director October 2020)
Cape Breton: Partner, Anchored Ideas Ltd and Partner, Devantec IT & Security

NSBI Audit Committee

Danielle Patterson is the Founding and Managing Partner of Anchored Ideas, Marketing Agency and Devantec IT & Security company. Both companies work with clients of all sizes, throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond. Danielle has over 13 years experience working in the Digital Marketing & Operations field.

An alumnus of Bishop’s University, Danielle has an ability to bring her clients together to believe in a story, brand and a business. She sees the big picture and connects the dots between ideas and execution. Danielle is passionate about the future growth and development of Nova Scotia and in particular, Cape Breton Island.

Danielle was the recipient of the Vital Cape Breton Excellence Employer Award from the Cape Breton Partnership in 2016, she received the New Business of the Year award from the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and received the President’s Award from the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce in 2019, in recognition of her active contributions to the SACC by providing expertise in areas such as community development and marketing. Danielle has worked with a number of her clients on NSBI programs and her company has leveraged NSBI between 2015 and 2018 including the small business development program, trade missions, and facilitations.


Shaq Smith headshotShaq Smith
(appointed as a director June 2020)

North Preston: Senior Consultant, Venor

NSBI Audit Committee

Mr. Smith currently serves as Senior Consultant at Venor.

An alumnus of Acadia University, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Business Technology Management. Mr. Smith currently serves as a Panel Member to the Nova Scotia Education and Early Childhood Development, as well as a Board Member on the Business is Jammin’ Board of Directors, a province-wide initiative working with Black youth to encourage education and personal development.

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