Nova Scotia strengthens ties with Massachusetts

Dec 4, 2003

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has established an advisory council in Boston to assist in identifying business development opportunities for the province.

The NovaMass Business Advisory Council is comprised of 14 of Massachusetts' top business leaders. Premier John Hamm and NSBI president and CEO Stephen Lund welcomed the executives into the council at its inaugural meeting in Boston today, Dec. 4.

"Input from business leaders outside the province, with a different perspective and network, will help strengthen NSBI's efforts to generate economic growth through business partnerships," said Premier Hamm. "The NovaMass Business Advisory Council will help create new opportunities for both Nova Scotia and Massachusetts by building on our long-standing trade ties, expanding our network of business leaders, and by learning from those who have industry expertise in areas we want to grow and develop."

The council will provide a sounding board for Nova Scotia economic strategies, feedback on relevant business development initiatives and input regarding key market interests. It will provide a forum for the development and advancement of key sectors, including information technology, life sciences, energy and manufacturing.

Council members were selected through a network of NSBI business contacts. The council's first meeting focused on sharing Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s business development strategies and highlighted the case for doing business with Nova Scotia companies. Members worked to create goals and objectives for the NovaMass Business Advisory Council and offered input on how Nova Scotia can identify partnership opportunities.

"This business advisory group is an example of NSBI's efforts to drive economic growth for the province by involving high-profile, experienced business leaders.  The valuable advice and professional affiliations of this diverse group will help us develop mutually beneficial business partnerships," said Mr. Lund.

The members of the NovaMass Business Advisory Council are:
-- James Brett, president and CEO, New England Council
-- Joyce Brinton, director, Office for Technology and Trademark Licencing
-- Anthony Cicerone, professor of economics, Bridgewater State College
-- Michael Donovan, vice-president, BioSquare at Boston University
-- Dan Forte, president, Massachusetts Bankers Association Inc.
-- Jeff Grogan, senior consultant, Monitor Group
-- William Luthern, vice-president, Eastern Enterprises LDC Group (retired)
-- Patrick Mascaritolo, president and CEO, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
-- Neil Nichols, president, KeySpan Energy Development
-- Peter Rollins, executive director, Office of Corporate/Government Affairs
-- Robert Shea, chairman, Shea Financial Group
-- Tom Sommer, president, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council
-- Joseph Alviani, principal, Alviani & Associates
-- Bernhardt Zeisig, partner, Venture Investment Management Company.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's business development agency, an organization that prides itself on working with companies to deliver business solutions. The private sector-led agency works to attract new businesses to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing.