Board of Directors

John Abbass


Econo Color

5201 Duke St., Halifax, NS, B3J 1N9
(902) 423-3337

John is a graduate of Dalhousie University and holds a degree in Commerce. John is heavily involved in his community and volunteers with the Brain Injury Association, Edward House, Christmas Daddies and Children Wish of Nova Scotia. He and his wife Barb live in Bedford and are the proud parents of David and Christina.  Abbass Studios began in 1946 and was among the first in the Atlantic Provinces to provide a range of photographic services that

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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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Amanée Mousavi

Vice President | Programming Chair


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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Patrick Carruthers


Grant Thornton

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 Pl, 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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André Boudreau

Advisory Committee Chair

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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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Christene Hirschfeld

Programming Co-Chair


99 Wyse Rd., 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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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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Margie Humphreys

Peter Wilson Dinner Chair

Watermark Partners

5475 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 600, Halifax, NS, B3J 3T2

Margie’s passion is people in organizations. A Consultant, facilitator, coach, mediator, and researcher—Margie uses her keen perception, deep listening and ability to guide process to help people and organizations amaze themselves. An expert in facilitating and guiding change, Margie helps guide individuals, teams and entire organizations to identify and implement the steps required to complete their transitions successfully. Raised in an entrepreneurial family and trained in human and organizational development, Margie brings a seasoned, pragmatic

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Mark Peapell

Director at Large

Peapell & Associations - Supertemp

5251 Duke St., 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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David Osborne

Director at Large | New Brunswick Representative

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

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

David 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 recognized

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Leanne Salyzyn

Director at Large

Salyzyn and Associates Ltd.

1038 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth, NS, B2V 1E7
F 902-435-0817

Leanne Salyzyn grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988. Leanne is President and CEO of Salyzyn & Associates Limited, Licensed Insolvency Trustees and has been a national board member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) since 2008. She was vice president and past president of the Nova Scotia Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (NSAIRP). She is

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Robert Carr

Director at Large


100 Venture Run #200, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0H9
F 902.835.5297

Rob joined MNP in the summer of 2018 as a Senior Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory group. Rob spent the past decade working with KPMG’s private company group in Calgary as well as with a local firm in Nova Scotia’s South Shore. He grew up in Dartmouth, graduated from StFX. University in 2008 and completed his CA designation in 2011. Rob works with a variety of private companies, but has a focus on the

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Michelle LaVigne

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 evolved to become Family Business Atlantic.  Before beginning Write 4–U Communications in 1998, she worked

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