Board of Directors

Our board of directors is governed by self-nominating volunteers who generously give us their time and share our passion for change in Nova Scotia. Working with our executive director, they provide invaluable practical experience and knowledge to help set overall policy and strategic direction for the organization.

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Chris MacIntyre


Chris is a corporate lawyer in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper. His practice includes advising clients on the purchase and sale of businesses, debt financing transactions and a wide variety of corporate governance and regulatory matters. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association — and is an associate of the American Bar Association.

He holds Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.

Chris joined the Feed Nova Scotia Board in 2014, and has served as both Chair of the Governance Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Board. In addition to his work with Feed Nova Scotia, Chris is also member of the Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development.  

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Susan Hazelwood

Member Agency Representative & Board Secretary

Susan has a life-long passion for helping people less fortunate than herself, especially women.  Her volunteer work at First Baptist Church Food Bank in Dartmouth and at previous organizations (Coverdale, Alice Housing, etc.) have put her in a position to do just that.  She has been on many boards so she understands how they work and what their role is with respect to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Her position as Agency rep allows her to bring a hands-on food bank perspective to the Board level.

Kristen Hollery

Member Agency Representative

David Miller

Vice Chairperson & Treasurer
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Michael Brown

Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Swept Technologies, an innovative software company focusing on the janitorial industry. Swept is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and serves companies across the globe.

In addition to serving on the board of directors at Feed Nova Scotia, he serves on the boards of Junior Achievement and Catapult. He also volunteered for Abilities in Motion (AIM) at the rehab center for seven years.  

Michael graduated in 2014 with a BComm from the Sobey School of Business at SMU. During his time at SMU he launched three companies and studied in Europe and Asia. His focus is on building innovative, world-class companies while maintaining his roots in Nova Scotia.

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Michael benefited from the hard work of Feed Nova Scotia when his family was in need. Today, he is committed to giving back to this amazing organization that allowed him to have a wonderful Christmas dinner every year.

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Max Lessard

Max is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has over 11 years of experience providing assurance services to public and private companies operating in various industries. Max graduated from Dalhousie University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and went on to obtain his Chartered Accountant designation in 2009.

Max joined the Feed Nova Scotia Board in 2018 and also serves on the Audit Committee. Aside from his work with Feed Nova Scotia, Max is involved with a number of other local organizations, from donating his time through the Economics for Success program put on by Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, to participating in fundraising activities for Heart & Stroke of Nova Scotia and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Robert Strang

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Lisa Haydon

Lisa W. Haydon is the founder and President of Pivotal Coaching Inc., an executive coaching company that provides growth services in the areas of leadership and revenue. Lisa is a leadership development consultant, a mentor and an accredited Certified Executive Coach. She is a member of both the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Professional Sales Association.

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Sylvia Parris-Drummond

Sylvia is currently the CEO of the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI).  Sylvia provides leadership to the organization through the identification of opportunities, awareness and capacity building, and the implementation of initiatives designed to improve the education environment for African Nova Scotian learners and educators.

Sylvia has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, and extensive public-sector involvement through which she has gained a deep understanding for what it takes to conduct meaningful policy analysis, strengthen citizen engagement, and develop relevant education, multicultural and diversity programs.

Both Sylvia’s educational background and work experience are rooted in core Africentric principles. She holds a Masters of Arts in Life Long Learning - Africentricity, a Masters of Education – Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Science, Home Economics/ Education.

Her passion and commitment to Nova Scotian communities through volunteering is evident through the breadth of her community involvement, which includes the Akoma Family Centre, her Church community, the Black Business Initiative (BBI) Community Investment Fund, by donating her skills to provide strategic planning and board development sessions for non-profits such as the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre.  She has worked with the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the Nova Scotia Community College and operates her private consulting firm.

Known for getting things done in a thoughtful, respectful and engaging way, Sylvia’s experience, knowledge and leadership qualities are highly regarded.

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Chaz Thorne

Chaz is a partner at the consulting firm Barn Raisers where he specializes in innovation and creativity strategy for medium to large size organizations. He brings a depth of expertise in strategic planning and engagement to the board and separately chaired the committee that created Nova Scotia's Biggest Potluck. Academically, he studied as a classical actor at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.