NSBI Appoints New Board Member

Nov 26, 2009

An accomplished Nova Scotia lawyer of more than 20 years is joining the board of directors at the province's business development agency.

Economic Development Minister Percy Paris and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI's board, announced today, Nov. 26, that Janice Stairs, vice-president and general counsel, Etruscan Resources Inc., has been appointed to the board of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

"I am pleased to welcome Ms. Janice Stairs to this new director role," said Mr. Paris. "Ms. Stairs brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role in guiding Nova Scotia's business development efforts."

Ms. Stairs has a range of experience in corporate finance and securities law. A former partner, Ms. Stairs acts as counsel to the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. She also sits on the Bar Admissions Screening Committee and has served on the Admissions Committee of Dalhousie Medical School.

"Ms. Stairs brings valuable expertise from an extensive background in corporate finance and law. She is a great addition to the board table," said Mr. Hall.

Ms. Stairs replaces Paul Kent, president and CEO of Greater Halifax Partnership. Mr. Kent served on NSBI's board from 2002 to 2009.

"Paul has been a strong voice at the board table for many years," said Mr. Hall. "His contributions to NSBI and its clients were invaluable."

Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing various industry sectors, make up NSBI's private-sector-led board.

"We are lucky to have such a diverse group of people guiding our agency," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "They bring not only their experience, but also their passion - and that is key."

Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 directors on NSBI's board.

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, trade development, financing and venture capital.

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