Ronald Smith

Ron is an independent director with many years of board experience in the private, notfor-profit and public sectors. During his career, he served as CFO of MT&T prior to the merger that created Bell Aliant, and then later as CFO of Nova Scotia Power and Emera, retiring in 2005. While a Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc., he served as Interim CEO from 2013 to 2015. Ron currently serves on the boards of Alamos Gold Inc., PROREIT, the IWK Health Centre, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments and Engage Nova Scotia. He is the Chair of the board which governs the Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Fund and also Chair of the Western Regional Enterprise Network. In the past he has served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Board of Governors of Acadia University where he was Chair from 2004 to 2009 and The Arthritis Society where he was Chair of the national board from 2016 to 2018.

NEWS

Accelerated Internet Projects Update

Note: Please visit here for our May update. Here are some common Questions and Answers.    We’re getting there. Faster. We’ve been working with our partners and Internet Service Providers to accelerate the delivery of high speed Internet projects, where possible.   High-speed…

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The Develop Nova Scotia Team is Working Remotely and Operational

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, under the guidance of the Province, the Develop Nova Scotia staff are all working remotely and we remain fully operational.

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative - Announcement

Government is making sure more Nova Scotians will have access to high-speed internet connections, with the announcement on February 7, 2020, of the first round of Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative projects.

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative - January, 2020

Announcement Planned for Next Week In our December update we reported that the Develop Nova Scotia team had several negotiated agreements to be signed early in January and were negotiating several more.  Our plan was to make announcements as quickly as…

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Arts District Design Competition Launches

Architectural teams from around the globe are invited to participate in a design competition for a new provincial art gallery. The kickoff of an international design competition represents a big step toward a new art gallery for all Nova Scotians,…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

As we move into the holiday season, we wanted to provide an update on where we are in our progress.  We know people are anxiously awaiting substantive information and we will soon be able to share project announcements. We now…

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New Era for Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

New private owners are planning significant upgrades to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa to create a year-round tourism destination. Besim Halef, Glenn Squires, both from Halifax and Bear River First Nation in Digby County have purchased the tourism…

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Rural Placemaking Pitch Competition

Our finalists brought their A-game to our Rural Placemaking Pitch Competition. The three projects presented were Fibre Alley in Amherst, The Public Backyard Project in Bridgewater, and Open-Air Front Porch in West Hants. The creativity and community spirit demonstrated by all…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative - September/October 2019

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been out on the road hosting drop-in community events to talk about the Internet projects being completed through the previously announced federal Connect to Innovate (CTI) program. During these events, we’ve also had…

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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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