Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated, volunteer board of directors.

Annette St-Onge


Annette is a resident of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.  As an international entrepreneurship and small business policy consultant, her work includes assessments of the business enabling environment (policy, regulatory and legal) for small and medium-size enterprises in developing and transitional economies, and related work in consulting and capacity-building assignments with international governments which include the design and implementation of programmes to enhance financial and non-financial service offerings. Annette is a past-president of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and past-president of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE).  She has also served as a board member and is a past treasurer of CEED.

Dr. Robert Berard

Vice Chair

(Mount Saint Vincent University)

Dr. Bérard holds a Ph.D in History from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Dalhousie University. His research and interests include the history of education, teaching history and social studies, independent schools and home schooling, moral and religious education, and the politics of education. Dr. Bérard has had numerous works published in these areas.

Padraic Hynes



Paddy was born in Toronto, graduated with an Economics degree from University of Western Ontario and has held numerous Management positions within RBC over the past 36 years. The past 8 years have been in the Small Business market here in Halifax, NS, helping start-ups in all industries. He has been a member of CEED’s Loan review committee for the past 6 years.

Chris MacIntyre


(McInnes Cooper)

Chris is a senior associate in the firm’s Halifax office whose broad corporate and commercial practice includes experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt financing and securities law. He advises clients on share and asset purchase transactions, negotiation of credit agreements and security documents, formation of partnerships and joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He serves on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee of Feed Nova Scotia, a registered charity that oversees and co-ordinates food distribution to a network of food banks throughout Nova Scotia.

Prior to joining McInnes Cooper, Chris was in-house legal counsel with a prominent Canadian wealth management company, and he has also worked as an associate in the Toronto office of a major Canadian law firm.

Dave Bourque

Past Chair


Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University and financial counseling and planning designations through the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

With more than ten years-experience working in the banking industry. Dave brings with him extensive sales, account and risk management, client service and market development and networking and relationship building knowledge

Rebecca King


(Investors Group)

Rebecca began her career with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University. She has worked in various facilities in Canada and the United States. After receiving an MBA from St. Mary’s University, she began her career as a consultant with Investors Group, providing comprehensive financial planning for clients including investing, insurance and planning for life transitions.

Rebecca has been active volunteer, taking on positions with the Board of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, Halifax Condominium Corporation 142, Easter Seals, and Camp Hill. She has been involved with CEED since 2003 when she joined the Loans Review Committee, which she now chairs.

Colin Gillis



Colin has extensive experience in Business Development, Marketing, Sponsorship, and Human Resources. As an owner of IPECC, Colin’s responsibilities have lined up with his passion for people and he has taken charge of Business Development, Marketing and Human Resource recruitment.

Colin has more than 15 years of project management experience in public, private and not‐for‐profit organizations. He has experience in consulting on large construction and renovations projects, site management, needs assessments, space planning and office relocations. He is an active volunteer with the IWK and Futurpreneur and as a mentor and mentee in the community.

Lynn Hogan Gillespie


(Nova Scotia Education & Early Childhood Development)

Lynn Hogan Gillespie is the Director of Career Exploration & Experiential Learning for the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Prior to her position with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Lynn was a consultant with the Halifax Regional School Board for 6 years, facilitated high school business programs, and served as Department Head and Lead Teacher for the Options and Opportunities Program. With a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Teaching from Mount Saint Vincent University, Lynn holds extensive experience in career exploration and over 16 years’ experience within the Educational sector.

Lois Stevenson


(Entreprenologist (Consulting) Self-Employed)

Lois specializes in SME development, policies/programmes; entrepreneurship policy in different country contexts; women’s entrepreneurship and youth entrepreneurship. 

Our financing supports more than 40 new businesses each year