Portrait of Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Chair

Public Health Physician

Gaynor joined our board because she feels Nova Scotians deserve to better our position in Canada and in the world. She believes Nova Scotians should be arrogant enough to try! Her work with Engage brings here hope for a better future for this province.

  • Licensed public health physician in practice
  • Currently Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia
  • Formerly Member of One Nova Scotia Coalition

Portrait of Ron Smith

Ron Smith, Vice Chair

Experienced corporate and not-for-profit director

Ron joined the board of Engage for the opportunity to contribute to the ability of our communities to thrive within our established way of life.

  • Retired CFO of Maritime Tel and later Emera Inc.
  • Currently National Board Chair of the Arthritis Society
  • Past Chair of the Acadia University Board of Governors

Portrait of Jaime Smith

Jaime Smith, Secretary

Executive Lead, STFX University Extension Department

Jaime believes that by engaging across our differences, we can inspire a thriving, resilient and more inclusive Nova Scotia.

  • Co-founder, Pictou County 2020
  • Board Director, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Mother, wife & community volunteer

Adam Rodgers, Treasurer

Lawyer, Mac Mac & Mac

Adam seeks to align the ambitions of urban & rural Nova Scotians with a message of cooperative progress and to promote the goals of One NS via his professional & personal activities.

  • Past-President – Strait Area Chamber of Commerce
  • President – Strait Pirates Junior Hockey Club
Portrait of Ramona Lumpkin

Ramona Lumpkin, Past Chair

Past President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent

Ramona is committed to helping create a more vibrant, prosperous and inclusive future for our province.

  • Post-secondary education leader
  • Advocate for the advancement of women, inclusion, and equity
  • Community volunteer

Portrait of Doug Keefe

Doug Keefe

President, Doug Keefe Consulting

Doug is committed to playing a small part in a vibrant, sustainable future for Nova Scotia 2.0.

  • Former Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Nova Scotia
  • Executive Director Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy

Portrait of Paul Kent

Paul Kent

Director, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

Paul is a passionate believer in the potential of organizations (and societies) to reinvent themselves, and loves being at the sharp edge of deliberate, progressive change.

  • President & CEO, Greater Halifax Partnership
  • Senior Vice President - Enterprise Solutions, Bell Aliant
  • Chief Operating Officer - xwave

Emily Lutz

Emily Lutz

Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Kings

Emily believes our best resource is each other. It is essential to find new ways to build connections & communities which will lead to a more inclusive, neighbourly, & beautiful province.

  • Chair of Kings County Race Relations & Anti Discrimination Committee
  • Marketing & Communications

Portrait of Jim Mustard

Jim Mustard

Municipal Councillor, Municipality of the County of Inverness

A self-described passionate trouble-maker, Jim joined Engage’s board to support the learning and practice of “community” towards greater equity in our health and prosperity.

  • Chair of Strait Area Transit Cooperative
  • Chair of Pan Cape Breton Food HUB Cooperative

Sara Napier

President & CEO, United Way Halifax

Sara believes that everyone deserves a life of respect, and we must collectively value equity, compassion and courage to create this reality.

  • Active community volunteer and mentor of young women
  • Graduate of NSCC, MSVU and Saint Mary's University

Carla Arsenault

President & CEO, Cape Breton Partnership

Carla believes in the importance of creating a more inclusive Nova Scotia where all communities are working together to create opportunities for growth.

  • Director, Marine Atlantic
  • Director, CEED
  • Mother, wife and community champion

Hari Balasubramanian

Managing Partner at EcoAdvisors & Co-founder of EcoInvestors Capital

Hari believes that engagement, equity, social progress and environmental impact are the building blocks for thriving communities and robust economies.

  • Director of several environmental initiatives
  • Dad, husband, volunteer, and eternal optimist for the planet