A proven business leader from Yarmouth has joined Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s board of directors.
Ron Smith has held various senior executive roles in his professional career, including chief financial officer of Aliant Telecom Inc., senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Emera Inc. and subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc. Mr. Smith also served as chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
"NSBI works to help grow our economy and deliver on our jobsHere strategy," said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "Ron Smith's long and distinguished career, combined with his understanding of Nova Scotia's economy, will be a valuable addition to NSBI's board of directors."
Mr. Smith sits on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, is a member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Oversight Council, Acadia University board of governors, and AuRico Gold Inc.
"It is my pleasure to welcome Ron Smith to our board," said Jim Eisenhauer, chair of the NSBI board of directors. "His business experience in the financial and energy sectors will further strengthen the impressive skills and experience of our board."
"I am honoured to be appointed to the board, and I am looking forward to working with a group of talented business leaders and contributing to NBSI's work to help grow Nova Scotia's economy," said Mr. Smith.
NSBI's board of directors is men and women from various communities and business sectors across Nova Scotia.
"NSBI's board of directors has the knowledge, the experience and the vision that generates real economic growth for the province of Nova Scotia," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI.
Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
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.