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.

Lois Stevenson

Vice Chair

(Entreprenologist (Consulting) Self-Employed)

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

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

Colin Gillis


(Inter-Provincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee)

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.

Kathleen Allen



A CPA and CEI, Kathleen currently works as a Managing Accountant with MNP LLP. Prior to this, Kathleen served in a myriad of accounting capacities with such companies as Collins Barrows Nova Scotia and Emera. Her volunteer work spans The United Way, The Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, The Carrot Co-Op and Motionball Marathon of Sport.

André LeBlanc


(Business Services and Entrepreneurship)

A bilingual resident of Saint Bernard, Nova Scotia, Andre currently serves as the Manager of Business Services and Entrepreneurship of the Economic Development Agency of N.S., or Conseil de Developpement Economiqe de la N.E. Andre also serves as the Vice President of Equipe d’Alphabetisation de la Novelle – Ecosse (EANE) and past-secretary/treasurer of Conseil de Developpement Economiqe de la N.E. His managerial experience with RBC is extensive, spanning nearly three decades.

Carla Arsenault


Every year, we support more than 250 entrepreneurs to start & expand
CEED Programs are delivered in partnership with ACOA and the Province of Nova Scotia