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.


Peter MacAskill_webPeter MacAskill
Vice President

Peter MacAskill is one of the early hires to NSBI — initially brought on in 2002 to implement a compliance and risk management program within the organization — and is now involved in all aspects of risk management for the organization. In addition, he leads the  Corporate Accounting, IT, Property, Business Financing and Venture Capital units.

Peter spent the first eight years of his career working for TD Waterhouse in Toronto. Initially hired in an introductory role, Peter steadily took on increasing duties managing the team that was responsible for all back office mutual fund services and contract and clearing services for the brokerage lines of TD Bank.

Peter is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and has completed various leadership programs. Peter volunteers with Canadian Blood Services organizing blood drives for NSBI and as a minor sports coach. Peter lives in Halifax with his wife Nicole and 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