Conseil d'Administration
Charles A. Cartmill, CET

Charles A. Cartmill, CET

Mr. Cartmill is a lifelong entrepreneur who started his first business in 1973, C.S.A. Enterprises Ltd., a technical sales and marketing company for lighting and industrial products. In 2002, he started C-Vision Ltd, an electronics manufacturing company based in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Later, he founded LED Roadway Lighting Ltd, and oversaw its growth from a small start-up to a global manufacturer of LED street light products and control solutions and is the majority shareholder. Mr. Cartmill was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year (Atlantic Region) in 2006 and in 2010 he was inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine's prestigious Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.

Hector Jacques, OC

Hector Jacques, OC

Mr. Jacques is the co-founder, former Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chair of Jacques Whitford. One of the most recognized and accomplished professionals in the field of engineering, Mr. Jacques led Jacques Whitford through remarkable growth and in 2009, when the firm was acquired by Stantec, Jacques Whitford had over 1,700 professionals in 45 offices across Canada, the US, and internationally. Mr. Jacques has received numerous awards for his dedication and contribution to the engineering discipline and the community at large. In 2007, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

Bert Frizzell

Bert Frizzell

Mr. Frizzell was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group. He is also a Director of Heritage Gas, the Shaw Group, Nova Scotia Business Incorporated, and is a member of the Board of Govenors of Acadia University. In 2012, Mr Frizzell was inducted into the Atlantic Business Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.

Peter MacAskill

Peter MacAskill

Peter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), responsible for Business Financing, Regional Business Development, and Export Development.

Joining NSBI in 2002 as Director, Compliance and Risk Management, Peter has since expanded his leadership responsibilities in the areas of finance, client service, operations, and corporate services. Peter became Vice President in 2012, leading to his current role as COO in 2015.

Prior to NSBI, Peter spent eight years with TD Waterhouse in Toronto, where he managed operations departments for the brokerage lines of TD Bank.

Peter is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He is committed to continuous education, participating in leadership courses such as Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program, the Negotiation and Influencing Master Class at Dalhousie University, and the Bill Black leadership values course.

Peter is dedicated to sharing his expertise and knowledge with numerous community and charitable organizations, volunteering with Symphony Nova Scotia as a Board member, Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He also mentors with Fusion Halifax and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in a global economy.

Peter resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife, Nicole, and their four children: Noah, Liam, Erin and Emma.

David Pirie

David Pirie

Mr. Pirie has worked on major infrastructure projects in many countries and played a critical role in the financing and construction of the Confederation Bridge. Drawing on his expertise in infrastructure development, he has provided consulting services to all levels of government. Mr. Pirie is currently the President of Vercheres Investment Corp., a private investment company. Previously, Mr. Pirie was a practicing lawyer in the areas of commercial, securities, real estate development, and construction law.

David Hoffman

David Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman is CO-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods and the Bragg Group of Companies, Director of the Group Companies, and member of the Company/Family Advisory Board. The CO-CEO role involves both the operational and strategic, as well as responsibility for major financing and M&A activities. Mr. Hoffman qualified as a CA in England, and subsequently in Canada before being awarded a FCA designation. He worked with KPMG and Highliner Foods in Halifax before joining the Bragg Group in 1993. Mr Hoffman has served on numerous business and Community Boards, including Metro United Way, St. Josephs Childrens Centre, The Trans Canada Trail Foundation, the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation, the Cumberland YMCA, the Cumberland Business Connector,  the Oxford & Area Trails Association, The Halifax Seed Company, Crossley Carpets Ltd, and The Shaw Group.

John F. Sencich

John F. Sencich

A seasoned executive with almost 40 years of experience in the electrical industry, John has been involved in many aspects of running businesses both locally and globally. He started his career learning the ins/outs of manufacturing with an aircraft manufacturer in the Toronto area.

The early part of his career focussed on Marketing and Sales with increasing responsibilities leading to broader management roles encompassing entire businesses with manufacturing operations in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Sydney Australia.

Throughout his entire career, John has been active in numerous industry committees and associations assuming the leadership of several.

John has recently retired as Division Executive Vice President and General Manager of one of the leading electrical manufacturers in Canada. He now spends his time serving on Boards and providing consulting services to the industry.

Marvyn Robar

Marvyn Robar

Marvyn is a distinguished financial and business professional with over 35 years of experience in both the public and private and sectors. Previously he held the position of Vice President, Investment for the Province of Nova Scotia within the portfolio of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. He was responsible for overseeing an $800 million economic development fund, and worked with the largest companies and major employers in the Province, and to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. Positioned for this role as the former President of the Nova Scotia Strategic Opportunities Fund Inc., a $250 million government backed investment fund, Marvyn provides a unique understanding and high-level of knowledge of the business environment in the Province. 

Shirley Speakman

Shirley Speakman

Shirley Speakman is a Senior Partner at Cycle Capital and is based in our Toronto office. Shirley was the Director of Investments for the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early stage technology oriented companies based in Ontario. As Director of Investments, Shirley was responsible for investment recommendations and decisions, portfolio management, sourcing and partnering. Shirley continues to contribute to the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund as an advisor on its cleantech investment committee. During her tenure at IAF, she oversaw investments in cleantech, successfully exited investments and assisted portfolio companies secure signficiant follow-on financing.

Prior to joining the IAF, Shirley spent over 12 years acting as advising biotech, ag-biotech and advanced manufacturing and materials companies in areas such as strategy, finance, negotiations and fund raising. She spearheaded numerous financings and M&A transactions and participated in the creation of a $40M cross border life sciences fund and the close of a Canadian based $40M ag-biotech fund.

Shirley holds her ICD.d (University of Toronto), a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor’s of Economics from the University of Waterloo.