Board of Directors

Alan Streatch


Granview Landscape Group

RR#1 Elderbank, NS BON 1K0
P 902-384-2090
C 902-880-0127
F 902-384-3439

Alan Streatch is a 2nd generation family business entrepreneur. Alan grew up working in a dairy, poultry and hog farm owned by his father, James and brother, Ken. He developed a strong work ethic working alongside the family and other employees on the farm, in his pre-university years. Alan acquired his B.Comm at Dalhousie University in 1975 and continued his education in business as he worked with HR Doane Chartered Accountants after graduation. Alan married

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Fiona Diamond

Past President

Brookes Diamond Productions

24 Rockwood, Halifax NS, B3N 1X5
P 902-492-1115
C 902-476-5203
F 902-492-8383

Fiona, along with husband Brookes, has been a principal in Brookes Diamond Productions since its incorporation in 1977. In that capacity she has been show producer, concert promoter, project manager, and marketing director. She created and founded the long-running, nationally-televised Ha!ifax Comedy Festival, which she sold in 2007, and has promoted many East Coast tours such as Lord of the Dance, Gordon Lightfoot, The Barra MacNeils, Bruce Cockburn and Bette MacDonald. She has worked with

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John Abbass

Vice President

Econo Color One Hour Photo

5201 Duke Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 1N9
P (902) 423-3337

Abbass Studios began in 1946 and was among the first in the Atlantic Provinces to provide a range of photographic services that included film processing, enlargements, wedding photography, commercial photography, framing, and picture restoration.  Abbass Studios was originally founded by the late Mr. George Abbass who introduced photography to two of his younger brothers, John and Tony. In 1974 the brothers made the move to expand their business by purchasing three Econo Color stores in Nova

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Patrick Carruthers


Grant Thornton, Senior Analyst

#1100 Cogswell Tower, 2000 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 3K1
P 902-491-2245
F 902-420-1068

Patrick Carruthers, is a 2nd generation Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Halifax, following his father who started with Grant Thornton in 1983. Patrick graduated from StFX University in 2013 with a BBA (Honours with Distinction). In his fourth year, Patrick held the Vice President Finance position for the StFX students’ union. Patrick enjoys continued involvement with StFX through his role as alumni class Vice President. In 2015, Patrick was a member of the final

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Dr. Robert Blunden


Blunden and Associates

5860 Gainsborough Place, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 6B3
P 902-471-6944
C 902-454-2805

Dr. Blunden recently retired as Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Family Enterprise at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and Principal Consultant, Blunden and Associates ( For over thirty years he has taught family business and consulted to family businesses. His teaching and research interests are in Strategic Management and Family Business; especially in developing the common ground between the areas and in the application of strategic management to entrepreneurial

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