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

Chairperson

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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Nelson Angel

Vice Chairperson

Nelson is the Owner and President of Haylo Marketing.  With 23 years of consulting experience in the marketing and communications industry, Nelson has worked with some of the most prominent brands in the country. 

A coach and a catalyst, Nelson provides insight and counsel to CEOs, organizations and teams. Nelson’s expertise in stakeholder and community relations, public engagement and coalition building helps him thrive in dynamic industries and organizations undergoing change.  

Work under his leadership has accumulated numerous industry awards, including recognition from the International Association of Business Communicators for groundbreaking work in corporate social responsibility.

Nelson considers the struggle some experience to put food on the table a reality that simply should not exist. He is in his third term on the Board of Feed Nova Scotia and is an active community member in Fall River, particularly with his children’s sports activities.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1993.

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Susan Hazelwood

Member Agency Representative

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

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.

Stephen D'Arcy

Stephen D’Arcy is the Chief Financial Officer of the IWK Health Centre. As a key member of the executive leadership team, he brings strategic financial leadership and guidance to the organization.

Stephen is a seasoned senior financial executive with over 25 years’ experience. He has spent the past decade in the health care sector, recently leaving his role as Chief Financial Officer for Public Health Ontario. He is a respected leader who has led a number of key initiatives including integration projects and overseeing a not-for-profit shared services provider for member hospitals in Ontario. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Arts with a major in commerce from the University of Toronto.

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Ron Hanlon

Ron Hanlon is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of experience in executive and senior management roles within the private sector. He comes to the Partnership with extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing and holds a Professional Engineer designation.

Before Ron joined the Partnership, he was President and CEO of Price Mechanical (PMI) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. PMI is an independent wholly owned subsidiary of Price Industries, a leading North American Air Distribution company in Minnesota.

From 1997 – 2013, Ron held various leading roles at McQuay International (a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd.), a global corporation that designs, manufactures and sells heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products and systems. Early on, Ron was responsible for quality assurance and service management and was quickly promoted to Vice President and General Manager. In this role, Ron and his team grew the company to be a profitable growing leader in chiller technology. In 2007, Ron was promoted to President and CEO and led the merger of Daikin Industries and McQuay International and was responsible of all day-to-day business operations of the North American businesses.

A native of Halifax and a graduate from Saint Mary’s University, Ron recently returned to Nova Scotia where his experience will be an asset as the Partnership focuses on strengthening private sector leadership, engagement and investment in Halifax’s economic growth.

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Lisa Haydon

Lisa W. Haydon is a leadership development consultant, executive coach, mentor sought by executives, business development professionals, and entrepreneurs for help in achieving professional and business growth objectives. Lisa brings to her work with clients nearly 30 years' corporate experience of coaching, leadership, strategy, teaming, clients, change, revenue growth and helping people succeed. Lisa has coaching experience working with clients across North America.

The distinctive marker of Lisa’s background and consulting work is growth. Lisa helps clients realize growth for themselves and their business. Lisa has enabled success using coaching, a keen eye for opportunities and ideas, a strategic lens for execution, an ability to build trusted relationships and a growth mindset. Lisa facilitates an approach in which clients embrace a growth mindset, get tactical and become execution oriented. Lisa’s style sees her clients realize results.

She is the owner of Pivotal Coaching, an accredited Certified Executive Coach and a member International Coach Federation.

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Sylvia Parris

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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Rosalind Penfound

Rosalind is the Vice President Organizational Development with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). She also served as NSCC’s Vice President Academic and, before that, briefly as Principal for the Akerley and IT Campuses.

She received both her Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University. After graduation, she practiced law in the private sector before joining the Land Registration and Information Service, Council of Maritime Premiers, where she worked as a solicitor between 1981 and 1989. She became the first full-time Executive Director of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors in 1989.

In 1992, Rosalind joined the government of the Province of Nova Scotia and began what would become a distinguished career in public service. During her time with the provincial government, she served as Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia's Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Environment and Labour, Immigration, Seniors, Status of Women, and Education — as well as Commissioner of the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

Rosalind was also a member of the part-time faculty of Dalhousie Law School for almost 20 years.

She lives in Dartmouth with her husband, Mark. They have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren.

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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.