Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Laurel Broten, CEO, NSBILaurel C. Broten
President & Chief Executive Officer

Laurel Broten is President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the business development agency for the province of Nova Scotia and is a former Bay street lawyer, Ontario Cabinet Minister, public policy expert, advocate and mother of twin boys, Zachary and Ryan.

Laurel earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, followed by a juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduation, Laurel was selected as a law clerk to Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Laurel has extensive experience in cluster economic development and job creation with positive impact on creative industries, food processing as well as the green energy and clean tech sectors.

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Peter MacAskill, Vice President, NSBI

Peter MacAskill
Chief Operating Officer

Peter MacAskill is the Chief Operating Officer at NSBI responsible for Business Financing, Regional Business Development, Investment Attraction and Export Development. 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.

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Business Lines


 Regional Business Development

Todd Coombs, Director

 Girard_140x90  Strategy & Research

Beth Girard, Director

 Marketing & Communications

Shawn Hirtle, Director

 Corporate Services & Compliance

Glenda Lindsay, Director

Investment Attraction

John Ludovice, Director

 MikeQ_200x129 Business Financing

Mike Queripel, Director

 Ralph_140x90 Corporate Projects & Partnerships

Angela Ralph, Director


Export Development

Kyle Schmeisser, Director