Board of Directors

Alan Streatch


Granview Landscape Group

RR#1, Elderbank, NS, BON 1K0
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 Ave., Halifax, NS, B3N 1X5
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 St., Halifax, NS, B3J 1N9
(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

1675 Grafton St., Suite 1000, Nova Centre, North Tower, Halifax, NS B3J 0E9
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
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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Andre M. Boudreau

Advisory Committee Chair

PwC | Partner, Audit and Assurance Group

1601 Lower Water St., Suite 400, Halifax, NS, B3J 3P6
C 902-471-2869
F 902-422-1166

André Boudreau is an Audit and Assurance Group partner in the Halifax office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He leads the firm’s eastern Canada Energy practice and oversees the Integrated Solution Services (ISS) group in the Maritimes. He brings more than 25 years of audit experience to entrepreneurs, public companies and private corporations in various industries. André prides himself on getting actively involved with his clients’ business, making him a valued business advisor with experience in the

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Chace Hynes

Family Business Awards Chair

MNP LLP | Senior Manager

100 Venture Run, Suite 200, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0H9
C 902-835-5297
F 902-835-5297

Chace Hynes has volunteered with organizations focused on supporting family business for 5 years. He is a manager in the business valuation and corporate finance advisory practice of MNP LLP in Dartmouth, NS. A graduate of Dalhousie University (2011), the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy (2012) and a student of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Chace enjoys contributing to the Atlantic Canadian Family Business Community and supporting owner-managed business in both professional and

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Christene Hirschfeld

Programming Chair


99 Wyse Road, Suite 600, Dartmouth, NS B3A 4S5
F 902-463-7500

Christene is a partner in the law firm of BOYNECLARKE LLP, and lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia. Her practice focuses on business and intellectual property law. She is often invited to speak on matters relating to intellectual property and business related issues including financing, privacy and other topics. Christene has been recognized by her peers and is her name has been included in the publication Best Lawyers in Canada since its first edition in 2006. She has been

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Gina McFetridge

Peter Wilson Dinner Chair

Archway Insurance | Vice President

137 Chain Lake Dr., Halifax, NS, B3S 1B3
Ext. 2702
F 902-477-3743

Gina McFetridge is Vice President of Archway Insurance. As co-owner of Archway Insurance, she shares responsibility for the overall successful of the company. This includes strategic planning, budgeting, communication of corporate goals and objectives to our management team, business development and staff and client retention. Gina oversees the southern region including the Halifax, Musquodoboit Harbour, Shelburne and Yarmouth offices of the company. She is responsible for corporate marketing, communications, and public relations and takes a lead

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Ron Cluett

Membership Chair

Cluett Insurance

629 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1B6

Ron provides administrative support to Cluett Insurances financial team with servicing his own clientele.  Ron is a native of Dartmouth, N.S and has worked in the insurance business for 15 years.  Ron received his BA with a major in Commerce from the prestigious Mount Allison University.  It was Ron’s experience at Mount Allison that he knew he wanted to be in the people business and it was when he sat with his father and discussed the

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Amanée Mousavi

Director at Large


7 Peruz Ct, Bedford, NS, B4A 3Z2

Amanée has been a Realtor since 2010 and obtained her FRI designation from REIC in 2016. She specializes in residential real estate and specifically, New Home Construction, with being involved in the family business Cresco. An alumna of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Amanée has extensive experience in the construction business, property management and the banking industry. When not working real estate, she likes to give back to the community as a volunteer welcoming

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Mark Peapell

Director at Large

Peapell & Associations - Supertemp

5251 Duke Street, Suite 1206, Halifax, NS, B3J 1P3
(902) 421-1523
F (902) 425-8559

Mark holds a history degree from Dalhousie University. His professional career to date has involved working within the petroleum industry and now the Human Resources sector. Mark spent twelve years with Irving Oil Limited. His responsibilities included working with clients, on a number of significant projects, including Hibernia as well as a number of significant projects. After leaving Irving Oil, he continued to be involved with the offshore, managing a number of industrial supply companies

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Alison Tregunno

Director at Large | New Brunswick Representative

Halifax Seed

664 Rothesay Ave, Saint John, NB, E2H 2H4

Ali has been working for her family business, Halifax Seed Company, for four years in a sales position, and currently in a management position. Halifax Seed was established in 1866 making it Canada’s oldest continuously operating family owned seed company. The company has evolved to be a market leader within the agriculture and horticulture industry in Atlantic Canada. Ali not only represents the company while travelling to stores across New Brunswick, she also is able

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David W. Osborne

Director at Large | New Brunswick Representative

Predictive Success Corporation, Vice President
One Direction Consulting Inc., President

287 Lacewood Drive, Unit 103, Halifax, NS, B3M 3Y7
C 902-209-1395
F 902-445-2807

David W. Osborne is the Vice President of Predictive Success Corporation, a PI Certified Partner for The Predictive Index LLC. David’s client list includes many of Canada’s very best managed organizations. A graduate from Acadia University, David has been identified by clients as a performance driven, persuasive and enthusiastic team leader, consultant & trainer. David, a past recipient of HP Canada’s Super Star Program and #1 Circle of Stars at Manpower Inc., has consistently been

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Michelle LaVigne, BPR

Excecutive Director

Family Business Atlantic

65 Celtic Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 3G5
C 902-440-7329
F 902-463-6308

Michelle is proud to have worked over 17 years with family businesses from across the Maritime region – helping them to address entrepreneurial challenges which are continually affected by our changing economic times. She understands the needs of entrepreneurs, and has organized signature fundraising events, sponsorship campaigns and event planning for the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise – which has recently expanded to become Family Business Atlantic. She also works closely with the Institute of

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