An award-winning business leader is adding his experience and dedication as the newest addition to the board of directors at the province's private sector-led business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI).
Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI's board, announced today, July 12, that Sean Murray, president and CEO of Advocate Printing and Publishing Company Limited, has been appointed to NSBI's board.
"I am confident Mr. Murray's contribution to the board of NSBI will add to the agency's strength and high-calibre results," said Mr. Hurlburt. "I am pleased to welcome Mr. Murray."
Mr. Murray is a 2007 recipient of Atlantic Business Magazine's Top 50 CEO Award. He was also named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2005.
"Sean is a proven, successful business leader," said Mr. Hall. "I look forward to his contribution to the talented mix of business leaders already at the NSBI board table."
Mr. Murray replaces Jim Gogan, former CEO of Empire Company Limited. Mr. Gogan has served on NSBI's board since the agency's inception in 2001.
"Jim has been an instrumental part of NSBI's board," said Mr. Hall. "His leadership has helped shape NSBI, the work the agency does with businesses in Nova Scotia, and NSBI's focus – now and into the future."
Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing various industry sectors, make up NSBI's private sector-led board.
"We're a business development agency guided by experienced business leaders," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "The entire agency is focused on one thing -- working with businesses to deliver results for Nova Scotians."
Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are currently 13 NSBI board members. Along with Hall and Murray, the members are as follows:
- David Arenburg, president, Adcor Group of Companies, Yarmouth
- Bill Black, former president and CEO, Maritime Life, Halifax
- Sheila Brown, former president and vice-chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax
- Jim Eisenhauer, president, ABCO Group Limited, Lunenburg
- Larry Evans, partner, Evans MacIsaac MacMillan, Port Hawkesbury
- James Kehoe, president, Joneljim Group of Companies, Sydney
- Paul Kent, former chief operative officer, xwave; and former senior vice-president, enterprise and business solutions, Aliant; Halifax
- James MacConnell, former president and CEO, Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd., Scotsburn
- Stuart Rath, president and director, Stuco Holdings Ltd., Truro
- Paul Taylor, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Economic Development, Halifax
- Nancy Tower, chief financial officer, Emera Inc., Halifax
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, export development, financing and venture capital.