The province and Halifax Regional Municipality announced today, June 24, the appointment of the first board of directors of the Halifax Convention Centre Corp.
"This board brings the right mix of skills, expertise and business background to ensure the organization's success now and into the future," said Business Minister Mark Furey. "They will play a key role in ensuring the Halifax Convention Centre creates a positive impact for Nova Scotia well beyond its opening."
The board includes a mix of Nova Scotia business and community leaders who will provide strategic guidance to the organization.
"It was a very hard choice between extremely well-qualified candidates," said Mayor Mike Savage. "The result is a board that will serve the Halifax Convention Centre and the broader community with experience and professionalism."
The provincial appointees are:
- Wayne Crawley, senior advisor for a number of private companies and current vice-chair for Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors
- James MacNeil, managing partner of the law firm BOYNECLARKE LLP
- Barbara Manning, past president and CEO of Genieknows, a digital advertising service provider
- Justin McDonough, partner and certified financial planner with Matthews McDonough Financial Planning and the current chair for Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors
The municipal appointees are:
- Louise-Anne Comeau, co-founder and managing director of CM Advisory, a business consultancy company
- Jeff Forbes, president and managing partner of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and a member of the Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors
- Greg Keefe, former chief financial officer for Halifax Regional Municipality and has held deputy minister roles with the province
- Nancy MacCready-Williams, chief executive officer of Doctors Nova Scotia
The Halifax Convention Centre Act, which came into effect on April 1, requires the two levels of government to jointly appoint the board of directors. The 10-member board consists of eight appointed members in addition to the deputy minister of the Department of Business and the chief administrative officer of Halifax Regional Municipality.
The board's primary role is to oversee the strategic direction of the organization and ensure it carries out its mandate effectively. The legislation also requires reporting to the provincial and municipal governments, including annual audited financial statements, a report on the effectiveness and competitiveness of the centre's operations, and a five-year strategic plan.