Agency Appoints New Board Member

Jan 31, 2008

(Halifax, January 31, 2008): A prominent business leader and community volunteer is joining the board of directors at the province's private sector-led business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI's board, announced today, Jan. 31, that Lois Dyer Mann, a former partner with Caldwell Partners International Inc., has been appointed to NSBI's board.

"With her broad range of business expertise, I am confident Ms. Dyer Mann will be instrumental in guiding the agency toward its business goals for the province," said Mr. MacIsaac. "I am pleased to welcome Ms. Dyer Mann."

Ms. Dyer Mann is a former chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, past trustee for the IWK Health Centre and former chair of the selection committee for the First Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Forum for Women. She has dedicated her efforts to many organizations including the QEII Health Centre Foundation and Girl Guides of Canada. Ms. Dyer Mann is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

"Lois has achieved great success as a business leader in Nova Scotia," said Mr. Hall. "She will be a valuable addition to the diverse team of business experts already at the NSBI board table."

Ms. Dyer Mann replaces Sheila Brown, former president and vice-chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University. Ms. Brown has served on NSBI's board since the agency's inception in 2001.

"Sheila's contributions to NSBI's board and corporate governance practices have proven invaluable," said Mr. Hall. "She has played a key part in the agency's success from the very beginning and her contributions will be felt for years to come."

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

"We are fortunate to have such an experienced group of individuals guiding our agency," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "Our agency remains focused on one thing -- expanding business activity for the benefit of Nova Scotians."

Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 NSBI board members. Along with Hall and Dyer Mann, the members are:

-- David Arenburg, president, Adcor Group of Companies, Yarmouth
-- Bill Black, former president and CEO, Maritime Life, Halifax
-- Sean Murray, president and CEO, Advocate Printing and Publishing Co. Limited, Pictou
-- 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 operating officer, xwave; and former senior vice-president, enterprise and business solutions, Aliant, Halifax
-- James MacConnell, former president and CEO, Scotsburn Cooperative Services Limited, Scotsburn
-- Stuart Rath, president and director, Stuco Holdings Limited, 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, trade development, financing and venture capital.