Lydia S. Bugden

Lydia is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey, being called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1992 and the Ontario Bar in 1994.  After seven years as in-house counsel, Lydia joined Stewart McKelvey in September 1999.  During her time with the Firm, Lydia has provided counsel to corporate clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, financings, renewal energy projects (wind and tidal), corporate restructuring and governance matters. She is recognized in her profession being named Top 40 Under 40 by LEXPERT Magazine in 2004, and has been noted as a leading corporate-commercial practitioner in a number of legal publications.

In addition to sitting on the board of Develop Nova Scotia, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation and President of the HALIFAST Track & Field club.  Her prior community involvement focused on child and youth initiatives including Past Chair of Phoenix Youth Programs, two terms on the Board of the YMCA, Past Chair of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Board of Governors, and past President of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club.  In the fall of 2009 The Progress Club recognized Lydia with a “Women of Excellence” Award.  Lydia was named one of the top leading women lawyers in Canada receiving a L’Expert “Zenith Award” in September, 2013 and recently, in May of 2018, was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine.


Shelburne Harbour Investments

Great community turnout September 6, 2019 for an investment in Shelburne Harbour. The more than $650,000 through ACOA and Develop Nova Scotia will support improvements at its marine terminal to position Shelburne and area as a choice destination for cruise…

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Renovations at Fisherman’s Cove to Boost Tourism

Local economy to benefit from a new dock and boardwalk that will create additional tourism experiences Investing in community infrastructure is essential to create jobs, increase tourism and contribute to quality of life in rural areas across Nova Scotia. To…

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Join Our Team

Develop Nova Scotia invites applications for the position of Lunenburg Property Manager. The successful candidate will join a forward thinking, creative team with a true passion for their work. The position will be based in Lunenburg. The Lunenburg Property Manager…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative - August 2019 - Second Update

On August 21, 2019 Develop Nova Scotia issued a call to find additional qualified providers to enhance and extend high-speed Internet to Nova Scotian homes and businesses.

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Internet for Nova Scotia Update August, 2019

Improving rural internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where both people and businesses flourish. Learn more about the latest updates on the project.

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Talent Strategies in Support of Expanded Mandate

Develop Nova Scotia celebrates new strategic direction and reflects on their collaborative recruitment process.

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Georges Island Investments

Investments announced for Georges Island foe over $2.07 million in joint funding between the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia for the construction of a new, accessible wharf with floating docks.

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New Home for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will move to a new, modern space on Halifax’s waterfront. The move, announced April 18, will enhance the province’s position as a leader in the visual arts, inviting the world to celebrate our culture.

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10 Organizations Pre-qualified to Address High-Speed Internet in Nova Scotia

Ten organizations have been qualified and include a mix of small and large companies, as well as municipalities to address rural internet in Nova Scotia.

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High Speed Internet Pre-Qualified

10 Organizations Pre-qualified to Address High-Speed Internet in Nova Scotia Improving rural high-speed internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where businesses and people flourish. In 2018, the government placed $193…

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