Board of Governors – Members
Howie is currently a Regional Director with Lindsay Construction in charge of the Cape Breton region. His duties include all aspects of construction from business development to preliminary design, budgeting, final design, operations/construction, to final close out. Prior to this Howie was with DORA Construction, in Sydney, Cape Breton for 14 years where he served in a similar capacity.
Howie graduated from NSCC's Strait Area Campus in 1993 with a Carpentry diploma, he achieved his Journeyman Status and Red Seal in 1997. He later received an executive certificate in Construction Leadership from Dalhousie University. At the time, this certificate, developed by Dalhousie University and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, was the first of its kind in the country.
Howie has worked in the construction industry for almost 25 years and is an involved member of this community. Howie also sits on the Board for the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association (NSCLRA) and is a former board member for the Nova Scotia Construction Association (CANS).
Howie is also a proud father. He and his wife Angela have three sons, two of which graduated from NSCC.
Karen L. Churchill is Senior Director of Operations, BPO division of NTT Data Services and oversees the Yarmouth facility. Karen moved to Yarmouth in 1971 as a young child. She has made all of her career decisions in order to live, work and play there. Karen graduated from NSCC’s Burridge campus in 1984 with a Cosmetology diploma, and even though her career path has changed over the years, her time at NSCC has provided her with a strong foundation.
Karen has been a community volunteer for many years, starting as a young teen with Yarmouth Figure Skating Club. She has been involved committees and organizations, such as the Yarmouth Cup Yacht races and the Rotary Club of Yarmouth. For three years, she served as President of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and she is currently Chairperson for the NSCC Yarmouth and Digby Make Way campaigns.
Karen continues to live in the Municipality of Yarmouth with her husband. She is a mother of one child, a step mom to three others and now a grandmother of six. She is immensely proud that two children have joined her as NSCC Alumni.
Don Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), is an experienced leader dedicated to the education of adult learners throughout Nova Scotia. His background includes teaching, program development and administration, and collaborating with educational institutions around the globe to create successful learning opportunities for students.
Mike Buist is a member of NSCC's Facilities & Engineering department, working as the Electrician at Kingstec Campus. He began his career at the College in 2016 and enjoys the everyday challenges that come with maintaining the campus. He strives to stay active and immersed in the College community.
While Mike grew up in the Annapolis Valley, he pursued his dream of exploring Canada after he finished school, living in and travelling across Western Canada, eventually settling in Northern Alberta. There he found his passion and began working in the electrical trade, following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
After several years as a Journeyperson and then supervisor across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, Mike returned home to the Annapolis Valley to pursue a meaningful career and settle with his young family.
Mike has found the meaningful career he sought through his work at NSCC. He enjoys working on campus and feels encouraged and supported in his goal to continue to seek new learning opportunities so he can add to his personal and professional growth.
Mike and his wife, Jan, are the proud parents of three beautiful children. During his spare time, Mike loves spending time outdoors, especially on a golf course or at the beach.
Trevor grew up in Ottawa and attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he captained the Men's Varsity Basketball team and received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Upon completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, he took a volunteer position as a Project Coordinator for Right to Play, a health and sport non-governmental organization. There, he managed a community- based project delivering sport and health education to children living in the Lukole refugee camps in Ngara, Tanzania.
After spending a year in Tanzania, Trevor returned to Canada and moved to Quesnel, British Columbia, where he taught at an alternative education centre for high school students. Working closely with at-risk youth, and seeing the power of creating a sense of community and belonging in learning environments, Trevor was motivated to pursue his Master’s Degree in Education. He enrolled at Edith Cowan University, in Perth, Australia and eventually expanded his master’s thesis into a cross-cultural PhD study involving research with students from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Western Australia.
Trevor returned to Canada, where he settled in the Annapolis Valley. Once he started working for NSCC, he knew he had found his home. He loves what he does, especially the feeling of satisfaction he gets from seeing his students change their lives through education.
Together with his wife Pamela, they have two wonderful, strong-willed daughters.
Mary Durant is a second year Practical Nursing Diploma program student at Ivany Campus. A mature student, Mary worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Canada and abroad for several years before moving into an office manager role. Today, in addition to her studies, Mary works as a Personal Care Worker at a Dartmouth nursing home, where she provides professional care and companionship to seniors.
Originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Mary says that while her route to the medical field may appear unconventional, each experience has granted her unique insight into how people interact with one another. These experiences, combined with her education, demonstrate her deeply-held commitment to never stop learning from everyone and everything around her.
After an extensive career at sea, including command of the destroyer, HMCS HURON, and the Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron, he served in senior staff positions in Canadian Headquarters in Halifax and Ottawa and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
He represented Canada on the Canada-US Permanent Joint Board of Defence, and has acted as a senior military advisor to three Chiefs of the Defence Staff and four Ministers of National Defence on key issues involving NATO, the UN, Peacekeeping, NORAD, Ballistic Missile Defence and Canada-US security relations.
Admiral King is the President of CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc. specializing in assisting companies with Canadian Government procurement opportunities in the defence, aerospace and ocean technology domains, Industrial Technological Benefits (ITB), and global supply chain participation.
He is President of the Athenaeum Society of Nova Scotia, and Chair of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE).
He is a graduate of McGill University with a BA in International Relations and a graduate member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
Admiral King is an avid outdoorsman, sailor and motorcyclist; he and his wife, Barbara, share interests in travel, reading and film. Their son, David, lives in Vancouver.
Shawnee LaPorte joined NSCC in 2016 and is currently the Student Service Advisor and Indigenous Supports at Marconi Campus. She is also the Chair of the NSCC Indigenous Employee Resource Network and a founding member of the NSCC Mi’kmaq Joint Working Committee.
Throughout her career as an Indigenous entrepreneur, educator, speaker and advisor, Shawnee has championed for Mi’kmaq communities and advocated for greater representation. Her work is guided by the principles of diversity and inclusion and places great importance on building strong relationships with First Nation communities throughout Mi’kma’ki to achieve a brighter future for all generations.
Shawnee holds a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies from Cape Breton University, with a concentration in Mi’kmaq Studies. As a result of her education and lived and professional experiences, she takes great pride in her work to support students on a pathway to possibility through appreciative advising.
Shawnee is of Mi’kmaq and Blackfoot decent. She is originally from Sipekne’katik/Indian Brook First Nation but has called Membertou First Nation home for more than 20 years. She is also the proud mother of four children.
Shawnee is an animal lover. He favorite pastimes include various physical and outdoor activities, decorating and spending time with her children, family and friends.
Brandi Jean Lind is a second year Marconi Campus student hailing from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree, Brandi Jean enrolled in the Social Services Diploma program to grow her understanding of the social services system, develop the skills she needed to work in the industry and to gain hands on experience.
During her time at NSCC, Brandi Jean has served as both its Student Association President as well as the Vice President of Communications. She has also made lasting contributions to a number of committees, academic initiatives and working groups; and has been an active member of the Students Nova Scotia Board of Directors.
In her free time, Brandi Jean enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, and volunteering with the Cape Breton Youth Peer Project. A life-long learner, Brandi Jean also enjoys exploring topics she is passionate about. Since beginning her studies, she has completed a number of professional certifications including Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence, Understanding Stigma, Protecting Confidentiality, Demonstrating Accountability as a Leader, and Workshop Facilitation.
Similarly, she also volunteers as a tutor for her program though the Peer Assisted Learning Supports (PALS) initiative.
For her many contributions, Brandi Jean was named the Lori Foran Student Leader of the Year in 2021.
John W. Lindsay Jr was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1950. He graduated from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. His post-graduate career began in 1973 with the Burnside Development Company, the leading developer of industrial space in Atlantic Canada. In 1979 John became the International Marketing Manager of the Pacific Rim for National Sea Products (Highliner Foods) and over four years built up the world's most diversified customer/product mix of any seafood exporter to the Japanese market.
In late 1983, he joined Purdy's Wharf Development as Leasing Manager during the construction of the first phase of Purdy's Wharf, Atlantic Canada's largest and most innovative office project. This project included the first seawater cooling system in a North American office building. Following the successful lease-up of Phase I in 1985, John led the full development of Purdy's Wharf Phase II from 1986 to 1990. In 1995 the company initiated the first internet access service as a rental office building utility in North America at Purdy's Wharf. This helped create Atlantic Canada's first high-tech cluster of companies within the project.
Since the sale of the company's Purdy's Wharf interest in 2000, under the corporate banner of East Port Properties Limited ('East Port'), he has focused on office and warehouse development and management in Halifax Regional Municipality and Greater St. John's. East Port currently manages a portfolio of over 2 million square feet of work place real estate for major pension fund clients. East Port projects over the past 5 years include the new development 351 Water Street, a 12 storey downtown St. John's office and parkade building (registered to be LEED Gold); the Beclin Business Park, a 6 building - 250,000 SF warehouse building campus in Mount Pearl, NL (registered to be the first LEED certified warehouse campus in Canada); Bluefrog 134, a 84,000 SF suburban office building in HRM (registered to be LEED Silver) and the redevelopment and expansion of 235 Water Street in downtown St. John's.
John is a licensed Broker with the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission. A long time YMCA volunteer, including the Halifax YMCA Board of Directors 1984 to 2002, Chairman of the Board of Halifax YMCA 1990-1993, YMCA Canada Board of Directors 1990-1995 and Vice Chairman YMCA Canada 1994-95. He is currently on the Halifax YMCA Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Capital Campaign for a new YMCA facility in central Halifax. He was also the Chairman of the HRM Community Facility Master Plan committee in 2008.
Diane MacConnell Cameron is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a passionate advocate of continuous learning and believes in leaning in on one’s strengths to foster innovation and collaboration.
Hailing from Pictou County, Diane has been employed with Empire Company Limited for over 16 years, currently working as Director of Risk Management. In her early years, Diane articled with Grant Thornton LLP, attaining her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1990. Together with a like-minded colleague, Diane established Sobeys Inc. as Nova Scotia’s first CA training office in industry – helping to open up a new stream of CA training opportunities for students in the province and beyond.
Contributing to community is important to Diane. She dedicates her time and expertise serving as a member of the Board of the Pictou County Wellness Centre, as Chair of the Audit Committee and has served on the Boards of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, CPA Nova Scotia, as well as several local not-for-profit boards.
Diane is a graduate of Mount Allison University and, in 2019, achieved her Canadian Risk Management designation with Dalhousie University and the Global Risk Management Institute. Most recently, Diane and her husband, proud parents to grown children Katelyn and Sam, have been brushing up on their biking skills along some of Nova Scotia’s beautiful trails.
A dedicated volunteer, Sara has always been connected to youth organizations within the Halifax region and most recently as a volunteer and supporter of HomeBridge Youth Society. She has also served on the National Brand Task Force for Children’s Hospital Foundations of Canada, the Board of the Sobey Executive MBA Alumni Association, and as a LORAN Scholar mentor and selection committee member.
In addition to these commitments, Sara is presently a Board member of 211 Nova Scotia and Engage Nova Scotia. In the past few years, Sara has received the Halifax Progress Women of Excellence Award, an Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the International Community College Network, and an Alumni Impact Excellence Award from the Sobey School of Business. Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Community Economic Development Certificate from NSCC. While studying at Saint Mary’s University, Sara’s research project focused on values-based leadership including the manifestation of kindness, authenticity and forgiveness within corporate settings.
Sara’s most recent, rewarding volunteer work is serving as a mentor to younger, passionate professionals, dedicated to doing all they can to make our community the best it can be.
First elected as Chief of Glooscap First Nation in 2012, Chief Sidney Peters is focused on building a strong community, rejuvenating culture and supporting economic development. As a community leader, Chief Peters works closely with not-for-profit groups, band councils, tribal councils, municipalities, and federal and provincial governments.
Chief Peters holds a diploma in Agricultural Modernization from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro. He has an extensive background in Indigenous housing with organizations such as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Native Council of Nova Scotia. In 2006, Chief Peters became the Senior Advisor on Aboriginal Housing with CMHC and remained in the position until 2008 when he moved to The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) as the Manager of Lands, Environment, and Natural Resources.
Chief Peters resides in Masstown, Nova Scotia with his wife, Darlene, and his two children, Dylan and Joecy. Together with his Council colleagues, Chief Peters hopes to instil a sense of pride in all community members inside and outside of Glooscap First Nation.
Jackie Poirier has served as Director of the Nova Scotia Tax Services Office at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) since 2010. In this role, she is responsible for delivering various tax programs and services to Canadians. She has held senior management positions in the federal government since 1997. These have included Regional Director, Human Resources at the CRA; and Regional Director, Human Resources and Regional Director, Finance and Administration at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). She began her career in management at the Royal Bank of Canada and joined the Federal Government in 1990 as an Auditor with Consulting and Audit Canada.
Jackie holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
She has been very involved in leadership roles within the accounting profession. Jackie served as Chairperson of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants – an organization whose membership represents over two million accountants in the Asia Pacific Region. She also served as Chair of Certified General Accounting (CGA) Canada's Board of Directors and as President of CGA Nova Scotia. In recognition of her services to the profession and the community, she was awarded a fellowship designation and a life membership in the CPA and CGA Association. She currently serves on the Boards of CPA Nova Scotia and the CPA Atlantic School of Business.
Jackie has also volunteered as a leader with Girl Guides and served on the Finance Committee of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She is also a former member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Women in Business at MSVU.
Jackie lives in Hammonds Plains with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys travelling and exploring Nova Scotia and spending time with family.
Quentrel Provo is a singer, songwriter and an award-winning anti-violence activist. He is the founder and CEO of the Stop the Violence brand and movement which he formed after the tragic killing of a family member in 2012. Known as Mr. Stop the Violence, Quentrel is passionate about taking a stand against violence and promoting a message of love and inspiration. On June 10, 2016, Stop the Violence Day was proclaimed in Nova Scotia to promote awareness and kindness, and honour victims and families impacted by violence.
For his many achievements in activism and service to his community, Quentrel has been recognized by The Coast as Silver Best Activist, he was awarded the Doctor Wenonah Foster Community Service Excellence Award by Veterans Affairs Canada and was awarded the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute Ancestral Award for Civic Engagement in 2018. In 2019, he received the Senate of Canada 150 Medal and was named as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40 – the first African Nova-Scotian to receive the honour. In 2020 he was named 1 of 20 Outstanding Black Men in Canada by Shifter’s Magazine and was a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship award from the Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club in 2021. He also serves as a Justice Champion for the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.
Quentrel’s commitment to important causes and his community continues through his engagements, speaking and singing at schools and conferences, and hosting Stop the Violence initiatives across the province and country. Through his work he aims to spread the message of love against violence and raise awareness throughout Nova Scotia and beyond.
With over 30 years of tourism and hospitality experience, Jeff believes deeply in the tourism industry’s ability to enrich the communities that embrace it. Jeff sees the effects of a healthy tourism industry benefiting visitors and locals alike, and he is actively engaged in growing tourism as a catalyst to build a better Halifax. Jeff has sat on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the tourism industry and he is the former President of the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia and Treasurer of the Hotel Association of Canada.
Jeff entered hospitality management because of his love of food and the food service industry, which led him to work with casinos, cruise ships, and hotels. Jeff attributes his success to his passion for the industry.
Jeff holds a diploma in hotel restaurant management from Sheridan College, a Red Seal from Humber College in culinary management, and a certificate in hotel real estate and investment from Cornell University.