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Judith Ferguson
Judith Ferguson

Chair

Judith was appointed Executive Vice President, Regulatory, Legal and Business Planning in March of 2016 for Nova Scotia Power (NSP). Prior to this she was the Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Judith oversees all legal and regulatory aspects of Nova Scotia Power's business and is also focused on NSP's strategic direction and the various ways NSP can contribute to the economic viability of the province.

Judith retired from the Province of Nova Scotia where she held the position of Deputy Minister of Justice. Prior to this appointment Judith served as Deputy Minister of Labour & Advanced Education, Office of Immigration and Status of Women; Assistant Deputy Minister and then Deputy Minister of Community Services. She began her career in government as a legal advisor for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

Judith holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kings College.

Judith is a member of the Phoenix House Board of Directors and a past member of the Board of the Children's Aid Society of Halifax.

Howie Doiron
Howie Doiron

Vice-Chair

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, one of which recently graduated from NSCC's Marconi Campus with an Automotive Service and Repair diploma.

Don Bureaux, FCPA, FCGA
Don Bureaux, FCPA, FCGA

President

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.

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Dima Aburub
Dima Aburub

Dima Aburub is currently with the Planning and Development division of Halifax Regional Municipality. In her role as an Engineering Technologist, Dima is able to combine her training in the fields of Industrial and Civil Engineering with her passion for high quality urban planning and design to help ensure our built and natural environments are protected and improved.

Born and raised in Jordan, Dima is a proud new Canadian with a commitment to life-long learning and a belief that education is a truly transformational force in one’s life. As a two-time NSCC graduate, she has first-hand experience with, and understanding of, the critical role the College plays in building the economy and quality of life for all Nova Scotians. While studying at NSCC, Dima received numerous awards, tutored many of her peers and volunteered with a number of community organizations including the Halifax Public Libraries and ISANS.

She brings her belief to the Board that diversity, inclusion and cross-culture competencies are important aspects of all educational experiences in that they fundamentally result in communities becoming more prosperous and equitable for all.

Dima holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Hashemite University in Jordan, a Diploma of Civil Engineering from NSCC, a Civil Engineering Technologist (CET) designation as well as numerous technical qualifications. Dima also graduated from NSCC’s English for Academic Purposes program.

Dima and her beloved daughter enjoy many outdoor activities including traveling, hiking and cycling to take in the many sites of the beautiful province they now call home.

Lore Bowers
Lore Bowers
Lore Bowers has been a part of Nova Scotia Community College’s Human Resources team since 2005. She is currently serving as a Senior HR Lead with the department. Lore’s role has brought her to all 13 campus communities, providing a full range of HR supports including coaching, consulting and advising services.

Prior to her work at the College, Lore gained experience through many different careers, eventually discovering her passion for the field of Human Resources.

An expert in facilitation, Lore is involved in The Working Mind – a Workplace Mental Health and Wellness Employee and Manager training program – as well as other HR related workshops. She has served as a member of several boards over her career, contributing to her profession and community. As a first-generation Canadian of Italian descent, she is a proud member and active volunteer with the Italian Canadian Cultural Association.

Born and raised in Halifax, Lore resides in Herring Cove with her husband Scott and has two children; her daughter Hanna who is doing a post grad Masters in Speech Language Pathology at Dalhousie University and her son Shane who is a professional hockey player and finishing his degree from Boston University. She is a devoted “mom fan” for her kids but also takes time for herself to stay active through a number of activities and sports.
Trevor Capern
Trevor Capern
Trevor Capern is a faculty member in the School of Access, Education and Language at Kingstec Campus in Kentville. He began his career at the Annapolis Valley Campus in Middleton in 2012, where he got his first taste of the powerful impact that the College has on individuals, families and communities throughout the province – and he can't imagine working anywhere else.

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.
Karen L. Churchill
Karen L. Churchill
Karen L. Churchill is Vice President of Customer Service for Web.com, overseeing both the Yarmouth and New Glasgow locations. 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 four. She is immensely proud that two children have joined her as NSCC Alumni.
Kevin Cowper
Kevin Cowper

Kevin Cowper is a member of the Digital Innovation and Technology department at NSCC. After graduating from the Radio and Television Arts Program at Kingstec Campus in 2001, Kevin turned an internship into his dream job working for TSN in Toronto.

Kevin returned home a few years later, and started his career at Ivany Campus in 2007. An expert in the audio/visual technology field, Kevin provides NSCC service and leadership in livestreaming, event AV production, digital signage, and classroom AV technologies. Each June, you can find Kevin travelling around the province to capture student success providing AV livestreaming support for our 21 convocation ceremonies. To date, he has brought this important event to friends and families tuning in from around the world for 100 NSCC convocations!

Kevin is also a freelance video producer and has shaped content for the Halifax Mooseheads, World Trade Centre Ltd, Pier 21, Planet Paws, Eastlink, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

When he’s not spending time with his family and dogs or working, Kevin can be found on the ice playing hockey. He is a proud father to his son Maximus, a proud husband to wife Sarah, and a proud representative to NSCC’s Occupational Support Staff. He is excited to serve on the Board and is committed to bringing that same passion and voice to the College through his new role.

Arthur Kidston
Arthur Kidston
Arthur moved back home to beautiful Nova Scotia with his wife Alana after eleven years working as a geologist in Canada’s North looking for gold and diamonds. It was time for a career change, and he chose to follow his passion for the dynamic world of libraries.

Arthur is a second-year Library and Information Technology student entering his final semester at Ivany Campus where he also works part-time with the IT department. His twin brother Joe is a recent graduate in Web Development from NSCC and also a former student appointee on the Board of Governors.

Arthur holds a degree in Geology from Dalhousie University - Bachelor of Science, 2007. As a geologist working in Australia and throughout Canada, Arthur brings his extensive adventures, experiences, and positive outlook.
James (Jim) King
James (Jim) King
Vice Admiral Jim King retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after a 38-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy.

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.
John Lindsay
John Lindsay

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.

Stephen B. Maltby, CPA, CA
Stephen B. Maltby, CPA, CA

Stephen Maltby has been appointed Managing Director, Region Head & Branch Manager, Private Wealth Management & Wood Gundy, Atlantic. Stephen has been with CIBC since 2008, and has held progressively senior roles in Wood Gundy, most recently as Executive Director, First Vice President, CIBC Wood Gundy, Atlantic. He will be responsible for CIBC Wood Gundy, CIBC Trust, CIBC Private Wealth and Banking Operations in Atlantic Canada.

A graduate of Mount Allison University, Stephen has been in the Financial Service Business for over thirty years. He has held roles as a Chartered Accountant and Partner with a National and Regional CA firm. As well, from 1998 to 2008 he was previously employed as an Investment Advisor and Branch Manager with Merrill Lynch and BMO Nesbitt Burns.

Stephen is President, Amherst Developments Limited and owns the Super 8 Motel in Amherst, Nova Scotia as well as commercial rental properties. He is President of Maltby Group in Amherst that runs a number of local active business and real estate operations.

Stephen is an active volunteer including the Board of Directors, Easter Seals Nova Scotia; Member, Rotary Club of Amherst; Director, Past Treasurer, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre; and Past Coach, President, Executive Member Amherst Minor Hockey, Cumberland Minor Hockey, Amherst Junior A Ramblers.

Stephen has been a recipient of the Chartered Accountant of the Year for Nova Scotia and was awarded Branch Manager of the Year in Canada for CIBC Wood Gundy in 2012.

Sara Napier
Sara Napier
Sara is President and CEO of United Way Halifax – a role she has held for over three years and one she loves and cares about deeply. Previous positions include Vice-President of Strategy and Marketing at the IWK Health Centre Foundation, media and external relations for NSCC, and community economic development for the Region of Queens Municipality.

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.
Amanda Peters, MA, MLIS, MPA, CAPA
Amanda Peters, MA, MLIS, MPA, CAPA

Amanda Peters is a member of Glooscap First Nation and resides in Falmouth, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Mount Allison University in 1999 with an Honours degree in Political Science. She then went on to complete three master’s degrees at Dalhousie University in Political Science, Public Administration and Information Management.
She has worked with First Nation government and administration for over 10 years.

Upon graduation in 2009 Amanda was hired by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs. While there she was quickly promoted to Senior Policy Analyst representing First Nation perspectives on health policy in Atlantic Canada. In 2013 Amanda took the position as Director of Administration at Glooscap First Nation where she was responsible for the overall management of the community including but not limited to Human Resources and Financial Management, etc.

In June 2015, Amanda was asked by the Board of Directors of Glooscap Ventures, the independent economic development arm of Glooscap First Nation, to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Amanda was responsible for the overall management of the staff and all associated businesses and projects. In November 2018, she returned to Glooscap First Nation as the Director of Policy and Planning.

Amanda is committed to lifelong learning and in October 2018 was awarded the Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) through the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada.

Jeff Ransome
Jeff Ransome
Jeff Ransome is the General Manager of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, the current Chair of Discover Halifax, and a member of the Halifax Special Events Advisory Committee.

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.
Yvan Silva
Yvan Silva
One of two student appointees to the NSCC Board of Governors, Yvan is an international student from Brazil currently studying at Truro Campus. He met his wife, Xiufen Zhang who is from China, while studying in Ireland. Celebrating different nationalities and cultures within his home, as well as his professional experiences, has allowed Yvan to develop a passion for supporting and understanding interactions between people from different nations.

He is a first-year International Business student and is the International Student Ambassador Truro Campus Lead together with NSCC International. In this role, Yvan helps to organize and promote events to support student engagement and inclusion between domestic students and international students.

As an immigrant, Yvan understands first-hand the challenges that newcomers to Canada experience. For this reason, he identified himself to the Immigrants Service Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), where he also works as a volunteer making a positive contribution within the community.

Yvan holds a degree in Law and a diploma in Tax Law from Brazil University. He has worked as a Tax Consultant, Associate Lawyer, Assistant Manager, and as an Auditor in Ireland. Currently, he works part-time as a General Merchandise Replenishment Clerk at Loblaw Companies in Halifax. Yvan brings an international student experience to the table, a diversity of perspectives and a passion for his community.
Rustum Southwell
Rustum Southwell

Rustum Southwell has a true entrepreneurial mind, business acumen, passion and spirit to drive a successful business. He took his years of experience and acquired competencies to oversee an organization whose main purpose is to develop and enhance Black-owned businesses in Nova Scotia. As the first and founding CEO of the Black Business Initiative (BBI) for 17 years, Rustum's vision, tireless efforts, dogged determination and persistence has made the BBI a well-respected organization and a leader in developing an entrepreneurial culture that is helping to drive the economic vibrancy in Nova Scotia. He is an able and innovative administrator with significant expertise in strategic planning, business and entrepreneurial development and corporate governance. Rustum understands and champions the importance of employing entrepreneurial participation in community economic development strategies.

He studied at Dalhousie University and holds a Honorary Business Diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College. Rustum has served on many Boards including United Way Halifax, Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, Hope Blooms and The Nova Scotia Government Electoral Boundaries Commission.

In 2012, Rustum was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and Nova Scotia.

Paul Tingley
Paul Tingley

Paul Tingley grew up sailing at 10 and, by age 25, he began racing. A skiing accident in 1994 left him paraplegic. He took the advice of a physiotherapist to move forward by getting involved with a disabled sailing team in British Columbia. Just four years after his accident, he moved to Victoria and competed at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia where he recorded a bronze medal finish.

After heading back to Halifax the following year, he continued to represent Canada internationally and competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. Paul, the first Canadian to win a gold medal in sailing at the Paralympics, is now acknowledged as one of the top solo competitors in the world, even amongst able-bodied sailors. He is also an accomplished international sailing coach, with over 15 years professional experience in sport and community development, IT customer service, sales and consulting in non-profit and corporate organizations.

Paul now serves as the Parasport Coordinator with Sport Nova Scotia. He shares his passion for sports by growing and promoting the parasport programs across the province so Nova Scotians have opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle. His career also includes work with the CIBC, Rick Hansen Foundation, Research In Motion and the Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union.

A Commerce graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and a Systems Analyst graduate from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Paul has invested his talents as a volunteer for various boards, including the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, and served as president of Halifax Sledge Hockey and Sail Able Nova Scotia.

While Paul dedicates most of his time to sailing, he likes to spend any spare time with family and friends.

Marlene Usher, FCPA, FCA
Marlene Usher, FCPA, FCA

Born and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton, Marlene Usher began working for the accounting firm of KPMG while taking her Chartered Accountant degree, which she completed in 1992. She worked as a senior manager at KPMG for approximately 12 years where she obtained a wealth of experience in private and public sector business and consulting services.

In March of 2007, Marlene was appointed by the Federal Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a federal Crown Corporation, ECBC which was charged with economic development where she worked until 2014. In February 2015, Marlene was offered the position of Chief Executive Officer of a newly incorporated Port of Sydney Development Corporation. Marlene oversees the day-to-day operations of the port which include Cruise traffic, industrial traffic, real estate and business development.

Marlene has recently been a member of the Cape Breton University Board of Governors for five years and is presently a member of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University.  She has been the spokesperson and champion of the United Way campaign in her community.  Marlene is currently is Chair of the Board for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and on the executive of Destination Cape Breton.

John Volcko
John Volcko

John is Vice President, Corporate Development for PCL Construction. John leads relationship management and business development for PCL’s existing and prospective national clients in the Canadian Buildings sector. During his nearly 30-year tenure with PCL, he has worked in operations and project management roles, including operations manager in PCL Ottawa (2002–2004) and vice president and district manager of PCL Atlantic Canada (2004–2015). John holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Calgary, and he is a Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal-certified project manager.

In 2013, John was awarded one of the CCA’s 38 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals designated for Canadians who demonstrate outstanding service to the construction industry. He recently concluded a ten-year-commitment to the board of directors for the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, and he continues to serve on the boards of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Community College.