Board of Directors
We are governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community and industry leaders and professionals dedicated to helping students realize their full potential. Our volunteer board is responsible for advocacy, fund development, stewardship, granting and financial oversight related to donor gifts.
Dave Saxton is a retired chartered professional accountant who resides in Yarmouth. He is a graduate of Saint Mary's University and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia.
As a partner in national accounting firms, he has advised corporations, not-for-profit organizations and local governments. He has been involved in the training of chartered professional accountants throughout his career.
Dave has always had a keen interest in his community and has been a member and past President of both the Yarmouth Rotary Club and Yarmouth YMCA. He served on the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, as a trustee of the Nova Scotia Health Employees Pension Plan, as well as with the Western Regional Enterprise Network.
He has served as Chairman of NSCC's Board of Governors and was a member of the Make Way Campaign – Burridge Campus Community Appeal Committee.
Dale Noseworthy is Chief Financial Officer at Killam Apartment REIT. Killam is a publicly traded real estate investment trust owning, managing and developing a $2 billion portfolio of apartments and manufactured home communities across Canada.
Dale has 25 years of experience in accounting, finance, investor relations, strategy and corporate communications. Prior to joining Killam in 2006, she worked as an equity research analyst at Beacon Securities and held a variety of finance positions at Nova Scotia Power and Emera.
An active volunteer, she serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way and Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society, and is a Board of Trustee of Saint Andrew's United Church.
Dale holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University.
Board of Governors Representative
John Lindsay is Chairman of East Port Properties Limited, a realty advisory firm focusing on workplace real estate in Atlantic Canada.
Significant projects have included Purdy’s Wharf in downtown Halifax, the Bluefrog Business Campus and Wilkinson Warehouses in Burnside, 351 & 235 Water Street in downtown St. John’s and the Beclin Business Park in Mount Pearl.
These developments included the first office building seawater cooling system and the first internet as a building service in North America, as well as 10 LEED Certified buildings including the first LEED Certified multiple occupancy warehouse in Canada, the first LEED Gold office in NL and the first LEED Certified warehouse campus in Canada.
A longtime YMCA volunteer, John is a past Chair of the Halifax YMCA and past Vice-Chair of YMCA Canada and is currently Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the new YMCA Centre of Community in central Halifax.
John serves on the NSCC Board of Governors and is its representative on the NSCC Foundation Board.
Following high school graduation in Amherst, David pursued a marine career aboard Bluenose II while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Management from Acadia University.
After working in broadcast sales and management with ATV, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Yarmouth to open their first Tim Hortons franchise in 1986.
Their company, Adcor Marketing Limited, grew to include five Tim Hortons and a Wendy’s restaurant. Recently retired, David is enjoying being a new grandparent, spending time with family and remaining engaged in his community.
Along with serving on Tim Hortons boards and committees nationally, he has served on the boards of Nova Scotia Business Inc, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, Yarmouth Rotary Club, and Western Regional Enterprise Network.
David was named Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Commerce Magazine Business Person of the Year in 2007.
Michael (Mike) Brien has been very involved in transformation management during his successful career in banking, investment and insurance.
The former owner / operator of Macdonald Chisholm Inc., which he transformed into one of the region’s leading insurance brokerages, Mike is currently CEO of Rockland Capital Limited, a consulting and investment holding company.
Among his endeavours, Mike served as Chair of Nova Scotia Community College. He is Past President of the Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia and sat on the advisory boards of The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada and a number of international insurance companies. He is Past Chair of the Young Presidents Organization, Atlantic Canada, and Canadian Director.
Mike served as initial volunteer CEO, Director and early investor of the Halifax Professional Basketball Club Inc. (Halifax Hurricanes) which won the National title in its first year of operation.
Mike graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, obtained his Fellow designation from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) in addition to having his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
He serves on several boards, including the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, SimplyCast Inc. (Chair) and ELI Technology Inc. (Chair).
Tim Brownlow is a government relations and business development executive with over 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas sector. He is currently Director of Industry Relations with Atlantic Towing Limited.
During his career in the oil and natural gas industry, Tim has worked with ODECO Drilling, Magcobar, and Rowan Companies Inc., both domestically and internationally.
He joined the Nova Scotia Government in 1990, holding senior positions including Chief Advisor for the Department of Natural Resources and the Offshore Energy Office.
Tim has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Premier's Energy Advisory Council, as Acting Chair of the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum Board, the Atlantic Energy Roundtable, and the Grampian Regional Council (Aberdeen, Scotland).
He has worked for the JD Irving Group of Companies for 20 years.
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.
Andy Cutten is a founding partner of Halifax Global Inc., a management consulting firm in Halifax, where he provides executive advisory services, strategic and operational planning, financial modelling, consultation and facilitation services.
Originally from Truro, Andy obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Saint Mary’s University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, Illinois. His professional designations include CPA,CA and CMC (Certified Management Consultant).
Andy previously worked with EY, the International Department of CIBC, and Moore Corporation Ltd., and he has lived in Toronto; London, England; Chicago, Illinois and Annapolis, Maryland.
In 2017, he and his wife Glenda started a rare book business, Raven & Gryphon Fine Books.
Andy is a Board member with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council Nova Scotia, and past Board member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) Nova Scotia.
Barbara is a retired Certified Fund Raising Professional. Her professional career in the philanthropic sector includes positions as Philanthropic Counsel within various charitable organizations, Chief Development Officer with the QEII, Executive Director with the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, and Director of Public Relations for the Colchester Regional Hospital.
Barbara holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Consumer Studies) from the University of Guelph.
She is a dynamic, dedicated senior management and fundraising professional with a proven record of success and demonstrated ability to assemble effective, productive teams with a donor-centred focus. During her career, Barbara has been responsible for leading several major fundraising campaigns, and served as a volunteer with the Make Way Campaign – Truro Campus Community Appeal Committee.
A current member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Truro, Barbara resides in Valley, Nova Scotia.
Anna is a dynamic leader with deep experience in coordinating complex organizational transformation and change.
Prior to joining Develop Nova Scotia as Director, People and Strategy, Anna held senior roles with Deloitte and Irving Shipbuilding. She was one of the original creators of the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence, designed to provide opportunities for all Nova Scotians to participate in shipbuilding careers.
In 2017, Anna was one of nine Nova Scotians selected for the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, tasked with solving some of Canada’s most complex challenges.
Originally from Antigonish, Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from St. Francis Xavier University, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Mary's University.
She is a member of the Techsploration Board of Directors, Alderney Landing Board of Directors, and the Chamber of Commerce Task force on Growing and Nurturing the Skilled Workforce in Nova Scotia.
Julianne Misner brings an insightful community-level alumnus perspective to her role on the NSCC Foundation Board, as a two-time NSCC graduate with four years of leadership experience in student government.
Her involvement with the College continued after graduation through ongoing development of community partnerships, participation in special events, and support of student-driven campus initiatives.
Now a Program Assistant with the NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus Achieve Program, Julianne supports learners transitioning from supported high school programs to greater independence and community connection.
Julianne has more than a decade of experience in employment support, career planning and service navigation, giving her real-time insight into local labour markets, the complex challenges facing job seekers, and opportunities for community development and economic stimulation.
She specializes in solution-focused, strength-based coaching that motivates others to effect positive change in their lives.
Denise Pothier has a background in chemical engineering and more than 25 years of industry experience. She is currently the Vice President of Practice Services and the first-ever Vice President of Indigenous Relations at Stantec.
She sits on the board of directors of Techsploration and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Denise serves on Engineers Canada’s Equitable Participation committee and is the current chair for the Indigenous Peoples participation in engineering committee.
She also serves on Engineers Nova Scotia’s Council and is the past-chair for the Women in Engineering committee. Denise is a recipient of the 2016 Canadian Progress Club Halifax Women of Excellence Award for Management and the Professions.
She was named one of the 2018 Canada’s Inspiring Fifty Women in STEM, as well as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners in 2018.
Pam Reid is a retired NSCC Executive Team member who served the College as Vice President Vice Academic & Chief Learning Officer, and Dean, Health & Human Services. Prior to joining NSCC, Pam worked with the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax where she held numerous senior positions over 28 years.
She is a graduate of UNB and holds a Masters Science in Health Education from Dalhousie University. Pam has been and remains an active volunteer with several community and professional organizations.
Pam has extensive experience as an educational leader, building teams and facilitating strategic planning. In her retirement, she remains connected to NSCC as an ongoing donor and participant in the NSCC Retired Executives Group.
Tom Wile is VP Sales, Atlantic Canada, with NEI Investments.
As a 20+ year investment professional, Tom's primary focus is delivering differentiated investment solutions to financial advisors in the world of Responsible Investments and ESG Integration. Over the years, Tom has worked on the institutional as well as retail side of the investment industry.
A Halifax native, Tom is married and has two grown children currently attending MUN and Queens. As an entrepreneur, Tom founded and owned Tom’s Little Havana, a Halifax staple in the food and beverage business, for 20 years until selling in 2017.
In addition, Tom has sat on numerous boards and investment committees in Halifax, including Nova Scotia SPCA, Sacred Heart School and Neptune Theatre.
Michelle Bussey is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation and Alumni Relations.
Michelle joined the NSCC Foundation as Director of Development in 2015 and led Make Way, the first province-wide fundraising campaign for NSCC. It surpassed its original goal of $25 million – raising more than $33 million to support students. After Make Way’s successful conclusion in March 2019, Michelle took the reins as Executive Director.
With a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, and professional certification as a Change Management Practitioner, Michelle believes strongly in lifelong learning. In keeping with this philosophy, she gives back as an artsVest mentor and a Board member for Junior Achievement Nova Scotia.
Michelle came to NSCC after 16 years in skills development and advocacy, locally with Skills Canada-Nova Scotia and internationally with WorldSkills.