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 Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen


Brad is committed to being of service to Nova Scotia.

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

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 Jaime Battiste

Jaime Battiste

Treaty Education Nova Scotia, Lead

Jamie brings experience creating relationships, fostering collaboration, and is committed to ensuring that a Mi’kmaw voice are a part of the discussions on the future of Nova Scotia.

  • Assistant Professor Mi'kmaq Studies at Cape Breton University
  • Senior Advisor, Eskasoni Band Council
  • Citizenship Coordinator, KMKNO

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 Rankin MacSween

Rankin MacSween

President & CEO New Dawn Enterprises

Rankin is one of the voices calling on all Nova Scotians to envision and determine their future.

  • Founding director of the Canadian Economic Development Network
  • Former director of the Vanier Institute of the Family

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

Adam Rodgers, Treasurer

Lawyer, Boudrot Rodgers Law Offices

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