Mr. Belliveau is a partner at accounting firm Belliveau Veinotte Inc., which has a 40-year history in southwestern Nova Scotia. He has been a leading business advisor and volunteer in the area since beginning his career in Bridgewater in 1980.
"We are investing to create good jobs and to get Nova Scotia's economy ready for the opportunities on the horizon. Paul Belliveau will be a strong voice for southwest Nova Scotia, and the province overall," said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "Mr. Belliveau has extensive business experience, knowledge and strong community involvement."
Belliveau Veinotte Inc., has offices in Barrington Passage, Chester, Shelburne and Bridgewater.
Mr. Belliveau has helped establish the AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms, which supports smaller, independent firms in the Maritimes, that do not have access to the resources and services of larger firms.
Mr. Belliveau, an Amherst native, is a member of the Fellow Chartered Accountants (FCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia's mark of distinction and highest honour. He was also recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Belliveau has coached hockey and baseball and volunteered with many community groups, including treasurer of the Bridgewater Tennis Club, the Bridgewater Figure Skating Club and St. Joseph's Parish and is chair of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre project.
"On behalf of NSBI's board of directors I would like to welcome Paul Belliveau," said Janice Stairs, NSBI's board chair. "His dedication to southwestern Nova Scotia businesses and the community will provide valuable expertise and insight to the board."
NSBI's 13 board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
Mr. Belliveau replaces Jim Eisenhauer, who has served on the NSBI board since 2005.
"I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Jim, for the significant commitment he has made during his time as a member, a vice-chair and chair of the NSBI board," said Stephen Lund, CEO and president of NSBI. "Our board members are recognized for their leadership in business and leadership in their communities, and Paul Belliveau is a welcome addition to our board."
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.