McLean, Sarah

Sarah McLean Senior Director, Public Affairs NATIONAL PR Halifax, Nova Scotia   Sarah is a highly regarded public affairs and corporate communications practitioner in Atlantic Canada, as a Senior Director at NATIONAL Public Relations. Sarah is passionate about Indigenous engagement and is a trusted advisor for clients seeking to secure social license in the communities…

Graff, Ann-Barbara

Ann-Barbara Graff Vice-President, Academic & Research NSCAD University Halifax, Nova Scotia   Ann is a senior academic administrator at Canada’s premier university of art, craft and design (NSCAD University). She is passionate about the arts and what they contribute to culture and to the promise of creative futures and it is by working together that…

Fraughton, Holly

Holly Fraughton Communications Officer Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union Dartmouth, Nova Scotia   Holly works as a Communications Officer for the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) and is the appointed Communicator for her own staff local, IAMAW Local Lodge 2797. Before joining staff at the union, Holly worked as a…

DeCoste, Luke

Luke DeCoste Co-Founder, Chief Governance Officer Proof Data Technology Inc. Halifax, Nova Scotia   Luke loves leading people who are doing amazing things. For the last three years, he has done that by co-founding Proofgov.com, a venture-backed software company helping public servants achieve their mandates with less risk. As an entrepreneur and senior public servant,…

Black, Paul

Paul Black Principal Dot Connector Fisherwick Collaborations Inc. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia   As an immigrant from “the troubles” of Northern Ireland, Paul has lived a life of great good fortune. He has worked in government, business and with NGOs, so he is tri lingual. Paul provides counsel to a variety of private and public entities;…

Angel, Jennifer

Jennifer Angel Director United Way Halifax, Nova Scotia   Jennifer builds places for people that attract people and investment. She unites communities in common purpose decision making and has helped shape Nova Scotia’s most visited destinations by land and sea. Jen is a Director with United Way, Taste of Nova Scotia, Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation,…

Taylor, Karin

Karin Taylor Manager of Litigation and Legal Counsel Government of the Northwest Territories Yellowknife, Northwest Territories   Karin is a public sector lawyer living and working in Yellowknife, NT. She has worked in a number of areas of the law, including the private sector, Federal Government, and Legal Aid. Karin has spent the last 6…

Mutford, John

John Mutford Library manager City of Yellowknife Yellowknife, Northwest Territories   John has been a librarian for 4 years and before that an elementary and middle school teacher for 15 years. He was born and raised in outport Newfoundland but has lived in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories since 2001. He is currently the manager…

Mercredi, Mellisa

Mellisa Mercredi Senior Sourcing Specialist Diavik Diamond Mines Yellowknife, Northwest Territories   Mellisa is a Senior Sourcing Specialist in the Procurement department at Diavik Diamond Mines. Since joining Diavik in 2006, Mellisa has held various roles, at the mine site operation and with the department of Finance and Procurement. Mellisa is a graduate of Aurora…

McLeod, Lenora

Lenora McLeod Registrar Government of Northwest Territories Inuvik, Northwest Territories   Having worked and volunteered with non-profits and other community organizations, Lenora looks forward to the opportunity to interact with and learn from other leaders around Canada. Then apply that knowledge to her school, work, and volunteer life. She completed her Accounting Diploma from Grant…