Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Ron Smith
Interim CEO

Mr. Smith was appointed to the Nova Scotia Business Inc. Board of Directors in May of 2011 and stepped into the role of Interim CEO in August of 2013.  He has an extensive background in the financial, telecommunications and energy sectors. A former Chief Financial Officer with Maritime Telephone & Telegraph Ltd., he later served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. and its major subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Mr. Smith is the past chair and a current member of the Board of Governors for Acadia University, and also serves on the boards of AuRico Gold Inc. and PRO Real Estate Investment Trust, both listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Smith has previously served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Canadian Accounting Standards Oversight Council. He is the former national president of the Canadian Association for Community Living and the former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.

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Vice President

Peter MacAskill is the Vice President at NSBI responsible for Business Financing, Regional Business Development, and Corporate Strategy & Intelligence as well as the Corporate Services function. Peter joined NSBI in 2002, with responsibility for implementing a compliance and risk management program. Prior to this, he spent eight years with TD Waterhouse in Toronto where he managed departments responsible for contract, clearing and mutual fund services for the brokerage lines of TD Bank.

Peter is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a Science degree in Mathematics. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee for Symphony Nova Scotia and chairs its Finance Committee. He volunteers with Fusion Halifax as a mentor and with Junior Achievement who inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Peter lives in Halifax with his wife Nicole and their four children Noah, Liam, Erin and Emma.


Business Lines

Trade Development
Mike McMurray, Managing Director

Investment Attraction
John Ludovice, Managing Director

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NSBI Venture Capital
Peter MacNeil, Director

Business Financing &
Industrial Properties
Mike Queripel, Director

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