Rick Emberley

Chair

Rick has been a leading marketing communications and research expert for over 25 years. He is senior counsel at the M5 Group where his principal responsibilities lie in corporate and business development. He founded Bristol Communications and is the CEO of Boomersplus.com. He is well known for his specialty research work in the area of political, public opinion and public policy where he has consulted to well over 50 public sector and not-for profit organizations. He is Executive Chair of the Board of the Discovery Centre, and is a director of the Greater Halifax Partnership. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the MacPhee Centre, an organization serving at-risk youth. Rick joined the Nature Trust because the organization’s conservation mandate aligns with his values and interest in the outdoors. Rick is interested in advancing the Nature Trust’s mission and helping to raise its profile.

Chris Wilson

Vice Chair/Secretary

Bio coming soon!

Keith MacIntyre

Treasurer

Keith is the proud father of two children focusing their education and careers in the environmental sector. He is an active skier, golfer and outdoorsman. Keith and his Science teacher wife Dany travel extensively and have visited over 30 countries and five continents in the last four years. He still affirms that Nova Scotia’s shorelines and countryside are amongst the most beautiful in the world. His family and travels have impressed upon him the importance of conservation to preserve Nova Scotia’s natural legacy for future generations. Keith is a tax partner with Grant Thornton LLP and the firm’s former national tax leader. He is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier, a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a chartered professional accountant. Keith has served on various boards, Boys and Girls Club of Nova Scotia, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise and Cole Harbour Minor Hockey League among others.

Meg Cuming

Meg is currently employed with the Province of Nova Scotia as a Director in the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage. As a volunteer, she sits on the Nova Scotia Sea School Risk Management Committee and the Board of the Acadia Minor Hockey Association. In the past, Meg has served on the board of L’Arche Homefires, Recreation Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Board.

Meg lives in Greenwich with her husband Jon, her son Holden, her dog Rosebud and her cat Swan. In her spare time you can usually find her walking, hiking or snowshoeing in the woods.

Peggy Cunningham

Bio coming soon!

Camila Das Gupta

Camila was born and raised in Halifax and fostered a deep love and appreciation for Nova Scotian nature from a young age. She is an outdoor enthusiast and socially conscious change maker that has worked in environmental education and active tourism in Nova Scotia for 15 years. She is currently working as an HR professional in Labour Relations and is a candidate for membership with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources. She has a bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University with a double major in International Development and Environment, Sustainability, and Society. Camila is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and believes in the importance of strong HR practices for NGOs and small local businesses.

Richard Landzaat

Richard’s two passions are Real Estate and Accounting. Richard completed his CA designation in 1993 and has been a senior financial officer for several corporations. Most recently, he has been providing owner-managed businesses with strategic advice on a full-time basis through his accounting practice in Dartmouth.   In addition to accounting, Richard holds a real estate salespersons license and actively helps clients find their next commercial investment property.  Owning a large tract of land near Saltsprings NS, Richard understands the need to protect the fragile ecosystems these lands hold.  Richard is an avid runner, competing in numerous half and full marathons, and lives in Dartmouth with his wife Heather.

Molly Leblanc

Molly grew up in Halifax, but has since lived in Mahone Bay, Truro, and now in the beautiful community of Antigonish. She currently works for the Province of Nova Scotia as an Environmental Inspector with the Department of Environment and Climate Change. Prior to this, she was in the role of Species at Risk Biologist & Team Lead with Coastal Action. Molly has her masters of environmental science from Saint Mary’s University where she studied the environmental impacts of abandoned gold mine tailing deposits around Nova Scotia. Molly has a passion for community outreach and science communication. She acted as the Program Coordinator for the Halifax Field Naturalists for over four years, and as an environmental educator with the Adventure Earth Centre for over 8 years. In her spare time, Molly loves to camp, hike, garden, read, and tend to her flock of backyard chickens!

Sean Meister

Sean grew up on a 200-year-old farm in rural Nova Scotia where a passion for nature was sparked early on. Professionally, he is a communications and international business professional with a passion for building digital communities of fellow Nova Scotia advocates around the globe.

After living and working across Canada for 10 years, Sean returned to Nova Scotia in 2017 and fell back in love with the natural spaces that made him homesick for all those years.

Sean is an avid hiker, a (very) amateur photographer, and most importantly, a proud father to a nature loving little girl.

Rochelle Owen

Rochelle Owen has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 25 years at non-profit, government, and academic institutions. She currently works as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University.

Rochelle has a passion and appreciation for nature fostered through many years of family camping and growing up in Labrador. Favorite pastimes are hiking and photography.

Peter Porteous

Peter is a “business guy” with a passion for all things nature and green.  Peter is with Steele Auto Group and relocated to Halifax from Woodstock, NB in 2015.  While in Woodstock, Peter was one of the founding Directors of the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve which is committed to protecting the depleting Appalachian Hardwood Forest and education through an environmental showcase and outdoor classroom program with local schools.  Peter’s background will be helpful as we strive to increase awareness, profile and impact here at the Nature Trust.

Lara Ryan

Lara has held various leadership roles during a 30-year career in the not-for-profit sector.  She is a consultant specializing in corporate social responsibility and the Atlantic Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council. For years she has encouraged clients to support organizations like the Nature Trust instead of providing speaker or corporate gifts.  An original “hippy kid”, Lara grew up with a deeply embedded appreciation for nature and sustainability.  She lives in beautiful Fergusons Cove with her husband, musician Brett Ryan, their three (almost) grown children nearby and spends as much time walking in the woods as possible.

Whipple Smith

Whipple was one of our fantastic 100 Wild Islands Campaign team members.  She has been working hard raising funds and new friends for the Nature Trust. She has volunteered with land conservation organizations for the past 20 years, including as a board member with the Nature Conservancy. An environmental engineer by profession, she has lived and worked across much of Canada and has a wealth of environmental and conservation knowledge and experience. If she has a moment to herself, she enjoys gardening, reading, and time spent exploring with her kids. She lives in Bedford with her husband Jim Kanellakos and their three young children.

Emeritus Board Members

Henry W. Fuller

Henry became a board member of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust in August 1998 at the urgings of Matin Rudy Haase. During 22 years as a board member Henry participated in the three  Expedition of the Earth Campaigns that raised funds for the NSNT. In December 2018 Henry donated the 167 acre Birch Point Property at the entrance of the Washabuck River on the Bras d’Or Lakes to the NSNT. This property has been designated “The Martin Rudy Haase Conservation Lands” and also a “Nature Reserve” under the Nova Scotia Special Places Act. Recently, Henry and extended family members collaborated with the York Land Trust to create the 225-acre Fuller Forest in York, ME. This is the largest property acquisition made to date by the YLT joining up with other conserved properties that make up 1,000 acres of protected land straddling the towns of Kittery and York, Maine.

Dale Smith

Although having retired a number of years ago as the founding director of Nova Scotia’s Protected Areas Program, Dale has remained interested and engaged in a wide variety of related public policy and planning initiatives. Following his return to Nova Scotia from Ontario where he attended university and began his career, Dale played a direct and active role in essentially all facets of provincial parks and protected areas planning during his tenure with the provincial civil service.  As a volunteer with the Nature Trust, he served three terms as president and has chaired the Conservation Committee (and its predecessor, the Properties Committee) since 2004. Dale attended Lakehead, Guelph, Waterloo and Dalhousie universities, where he studied geography, land use planning and public administration. He is originally from Smithville, a rural community near Mabou on Cape Breton Island, and now resides in HRM.

 

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