Board of Governors

The NSCAD Board of Governors is tasked with the "government, control, management and powers" of the university. In order to carry out these duties, the Board of Governors relies on the following Standing Committees:

Advancement Committee

This committee focuses on strategic planning and advancement, and provides active leadership in support of the Advancement Office's efforts in such areas as fundraising and friend-raising.

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

This committee focuses on financial oversight, risk oversight and monitoring the integrity of internal controls and management information systems.

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

This committee focuses on financial planning and policy, monitoring ongoing financial performance including investments, and oversight of the university's short and long-term plans for its physical facilities.

Governance & Human Resources Committee

This committee focuses on continuously improving the effectiveness and efficiency of NSCAD's governance and on the oversight of the university's management of its human resources.

Governance Profile

NSCAD Board of Governors


Prof. Dianne
NSCAD University

Ex-Officio Member of all Board committees


Dianne Taylor-Gearing

serves as the President of NSCAD University, beginning her term August 4, 2014.

Dianne has a storied career as an art educator, fashion designer and administrator, with substantial experience working in independent arts institutions in the UK, US and Canada, including Alberta College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design and University for the Creative Arts.

She is passionate about student achievement, and driven by a strong sense of social responsibility.

 Appointed, Governors-in-Council

BOG 14 Ian Austen

Mr. Ian Austen
Governance & Human Resources Committee

Academic Council


Ian Austen

worked for 19 years in development and management of program curriculum and budgets in post secondary institutions.

Ian was Director of Extension Services at NSCAD from 1975-84 and the first Chair of the Craft Division from 1976-80.

Ian serves on a number of committees at NSCAD, including Academic Council.

Mr. Sean Kelly
Governance & Human Resources Committee


Sean Kelly

practices labour and employment law at the firm Stewart McKelvey and works with employers across a wide variety of industries.  He holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a masters degree in labour studies from McMaster University and a bachelor of arts (honours) from Mount Allison University.  Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for a number of years coaching and running sailing programs throughout Canada.  He enjoys traveling and surfing.  

Mr. Dave van de Wetering
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee


Dave van de Wetering

grew up in Stratford, ON, completed a B.Comm at Mount Allison, and an MBA at Universite Laval.  He moved to Halifax in 1998 with his company Ciena (Nortel at the time) to sell telecommunications infrastructure to Bell, but the fact that his Nova Scotian raised wife, Moira, wanted their two children Emma and Conor to grow up in Nova Scotia, was probably the deciding factor. 

Over the years, Dave has been involved in many community organizations, including the United Way, Alzheimer's, Habitat for Humanity NS, Canadian Parents for French, UNICEF Canada and Schmeelk Canada Foundation.


BOG 14 Gordon Whittaker

Mr. Gordon Whittaker
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee, Advancement


Gordon Whittaker

brings 25 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to the board, having held senior positions in sales, marketing, operations and business development. He has an MBA from UBC and a BA Commerce from Queen's University.

A Haligonian since 1996, Gordon is actively involved in city building, serving on the Board of Management for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, the Strategic Urban Partnership and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce as a member of both the Municipal and Provincial Affairs committees.

Gordon's interest in NSCAD University stems from his belief that NSCAD is a pillar of the community and significantly contributes to the city and province's cultural identity, diversity and depth.


Ms. Faten Alshazly
Advancement Committee


Faten Alshazly

Faten is the Principal and Chief Creative Officer of WeUsThem Inc., a full service agency with a client roster that boasts the likes of Telus, Kaplan International, The Kempinski Group, Xerox, Equifax, Stanfields and Pratt & Whitney to name a few. Faten is Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Arts and Communications, named 1 of 5 Women of Inspiration by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and a Woman of Excellence by the Canadian Progress Club. 
Her leadership has brought home a Webby, a Gold Davey, a CANNES Lions and an Advertising Age nod for WeUsThem. As part of her work in the community, She has been a director on the board for the Canadian Cancer Society and is currently on the board of the Mental Health Foundation. Faten occasionally teaches at the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University and the School of Design at NSCAD University along with mentoring students through to professional careers post graduation.

 Stakeholder Representatives


Mr. Evan Cameron
Student Representative
Advancement Committee


Evan Cameron

is President of the student union (SUNSCAD) for the 2017-18 academic year.


Mr. Rafael MacDonald
Student Representative
Financial & Physical Resources Committee


Rafael MacDonald

is a NSCAD student who serves as the VP Finance for SUNSCAD.


Mr. Cameron Jantzen

Alumni Representative
Governance & Human Resources Committee


Cameron Jantzen

is an award-winning creative director and owner at Rarebird, formed 2014. He began his design career in London, UK in 2002 and graduated from NSCAD BDes (hons) in 2003. He also received a BCom from UVic in 2000 with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. With this background, Rarebird focuses on brand strategy and design primarily for owner/operator businesses with two to 50 employees.

Cameron  volunteers with community building and place-making projects, such as Common Roots Urban Farm, Switch Open Street Sundays, and Deacon/Windcrest and École St. Catherine’s School street paintings.
Cameron lives in Halifax with his wife and two kids (not the goat kind), aged 6 and 10.


Ms. Siobhan Cleary
Alumni Representative
Advancement Committee
  Siobhan Cleary
A NSCAD design grad, Siobhan Cleary founded Spectacle Design in 2001. As President and Creative Director, her blend of fine art training and belief in a design-driven approach to communications shows in Spectacle Group's award-winning brands, packaging and marketing materials.


Mr. Rudi Meyer
Faculty Representative
Governance & Human Resources Committee
Financial & Physical Resources Committee


Rudi Meyer, PhD

Associate Professor Dr. Rudi Meyer has alternated his time between teaching in universities and working as a designer and consultant since 1984. His current research interests are communication design theory and history.

Professor Meyer has a Diploma in Art and Design from Musée des beaux arts de Montréal; BFA, NSCAD; BA, McGill; MA, Toronto; Ph.D, McGill.


Prof. Rory MacDonald

Faculty Representative
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee


Rory MacDonald

is interested in the many roles for ceramics within the practice of craft, design and art, concentrating on the development of new public audiences and spaces for contemporary ceramics. Central to his research is the exploration of what constitutes public craft. Current work explores the contradictions of temporality in ceramic art. He has developed site-specific firing and new techniques for glaze applications to architecture and public space. MacDonald received his M.F.A from Alfred University (1999) and is currently Associate Professor of Ceramics at NSCAD University. He has served as Chair of Craft and Head of Ceramics Department and is currently Chair of Senate and Faculty Forum.


Life Governors


Honorary Governors

Mrs. Margaret Fountain
Dr. June Buchanan
Mr. Michael Donovan
Dr. Tom Forrestall
Mr. Charles Fowler
Dr. Robert Geraghty
Ms. Charlotte Wilson-Hammond
Dr. David Silcox
Ms. Gillian McCain
Ms. Deborah McLean
Mr. Gregory Silver
Mr. Van Penick

Mr. Frank Anderson
Mr. Paul Goodman

Dr. David Murphy

 To contact the Governors, email nscad.ca

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Officers of the Board



Mr. Jeff Somerville
BOG Chairperson

Ex-Officio Member of
all Board committees.


Jeff Somerville

has an extensive and diverse business background. As a leader with TD Bank Financial Group for 24 years, Jeff held a variety of senior positions including Senior Vice President Atlantic Region from 1992-1997 and Senior Vice President Commercial Banking, Ontario Region from 1997-1999. In 2000, Jeff left the bank and he and his wife Angie returned to Nova Scotia. Jeff was the President and CEO of Premiere Executive Suites from 2000 to 2003 during which time he was selected as one of Atlantic Canada's top 50 CEOs.


He was VP Business Development of the Nova Scotia Community College from 2003 to 2006 and from 2006 to 2012 he was a business consultant working with a variety of small to mid-sized businesses in Nova Scotia. From 2012 to 2015, Jeff was a partner in the Halifax-based professional and executive search firm Venor Search Group. He continues as an advisor to the firm.

Jeff is also an active community volunteer. He served previously as both Chair of the Board of Laing House Foundation and Chair of the Board of Laing House Association. He was Chair of the Board of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer and Board Member of the Offshore Technical Research Association of NS and Black Business Consulting. He is also a member of the Sobey's Pension Fund Investment Committee Board and the Advisory Board for Atlantic Signature Mortgage and Loans. 

  BOG 14 Rob Cameron

Mr. Rob Cameron
Vice Chair
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee
Financial & Physical Resources Committee


Rob Cameron

is the President of Windmill U-Store It, which provides commercial and retail storage services in HRM. He is also the VP of Cameron Corporation Ltd. with interests in residential and commercial real estate, stainless steel fabrication, flooring and food service. Before returning to Nova Scotia in 2009, he lived in Montreal where he worked in marketing, graphic design and illustration. Rob graduated from NSCAD in 2001 with a Bachelor of Design.


BOG 14 Alan MacPherson

Mr. Alan MacPherson

BOG Treasurer

Financial & Physical Resources Committee



Alan MacPherson

is an owner and President of Duron Atlantic, one of the region's most diverse multi-trade contractors for concrete restorations, waterproofing membranes and floor coatings.  Prior to Duron, Alan worked in senior management positions at Killam Properties, Shannex Incorporated, Deloitte, Lennox Industries and as an independent business consultant.  Alan serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House and volunteers as an Advisor for Entrepreneurs' Forum.  He has served as an Advisor at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Engineering as Editorial Board Member with DialoguePlus, and on the Finance Committee with Engineers Nova Scotia. Alan is a Professional Engineer and holds MBA from York University.


 BOG 14 Kim Knoll

Ms. Kim Knoll
BOG Secretary

Governance & Human Resources Committee



Kim Knoll

An active member of the community, Kim has been a part of the NSCAD Board of Governors since 2008. She lives in Halifax and sits on numerous committees. She particularly enjoys being inspired by the students, their passion and the devotion they have to their work.

Kim holds a BSW degree from University of Calgary, and diplomas in Social Welfare and Business Administration.

Since retiring from social work, she has followed her love of art, focusing mainly on oil painting through coursework, private instruction and workshops.


Governors At Large



 grantMr. Grant Machum
Board Chair - 2012 - 2015

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Advancement Committee



Grant Machum

is a Partner at the law firm of Stewart McKelvey specializing in the area of labour and employment law, litigation, corporate governance and workplace investigations. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, New Brunswick Law Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Board member at Telefilm Canada and Prescott Group. He has served on other Boards including The George Hall Society, Sail Nova Scotia, Atlantic Theatre Festival and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

Grant is originally from New Brunswick and resides in Halifax with his wife Jane and four children. He is actively involved in fundraising for various charitable organizations. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and law degree from the University of New Brunswick.


BOG 14 Ross Cantwell 

Mr. Ross Cantwell
Financial & Physical Resources Committee





Ross Cantwell

is a real estate consultant and developer with more than 25 years of experience. As a consultant he provides strategic advice to both the public and private sector on portfolio strategy, asset valuation and development approvals.

Mr. Cantwell is a former CPA and has a Masters Degree in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the founding President of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, serves as the President of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia.In addition to his consulting work, Ross manages a portfolio of apartment buildings and is active in new real estate developments.


BOG 14 Louise-Anne Comeau


Ms. Louise-Anne Comeau

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee (Chair)

Advancement Committee


Louise-Anne Comeau

is the co-Founder and Managing Director of CM Advisory. She has an extensive track record of building new business and brands such as Sotheby's, Bombardier, Coca-Cola, Swarovski and various hotel developments. Often called upon for guidance and advice, Louise-Anne has spoken on topics such as corporate growth, global consumption trends, the importance of unique branding, and is a recognized expert in the business of creativity.


BOG 14 Elizabeth Currie

Ms. Elizabeth Currie
Advancement Committee (Chair)


 Elizabeth Currie

is an experienced executive who has spent over 30 years as a leader in the contact centre industry, retiring in 2011 as COO of Halifax-based Blue Ocean Contact Centre. She is an former Certified Market Research Professional and member of numerous industry associations.

She has been an advisor to the Ecology Action Centre, the Sacred Heart School and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Elizabeth has three children and lives in Halifax and Mahone Bay with her husband Rob Grant.


BOG 14 Matthew McClellan

Mr. Matthew MacLellan

Governance & Human Resources Committee (Chair)


Matthew MacLellan

is President of Eastlink Wireless, a mobile wireless service provider based in Nova Scotia. He serves on the board of Dalhousie Corporate Residency MBA Advisory Council, Halifax Early Childhood School and Inland Technologies. He has served as chair of Dalhousie Medical School Admissions Committee and board director of Ship's Company Theatre.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and an MBA from Harvard University.



Mr. Gary Edwards
Financial & Physical Resources Committee


Gary Edwards

is a musician, a lawyer and a sailor. A native Haligonian, he hold degrees in Business and Law from St. Mary's and Dalhousie Universities. For 20 years, Gary travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe with the musical acts The Hopping Penguins and Big Rude Jake. After getting off the road, Gary worked in film and teaching while raising his three children and continuing to pursue live music performance. Currently Gary works in the governance and administration of a few private foundations, including the Colonel Harland Sanders Charities. As well, he is deeply involved in the coaching and training of young hockey prospects. Gary splits his time between homes in Toronto and on Tancook Island, Nova Scotia with his wife, Jennifer Lynn Dick, a choreographer and dance scholar. His principal band, The Hopping Penguins, continues in its 34th year.



Mr. Greg Bambury

Governance & Human Resources Committee


Greg Bambury

is Vice President of Human Resources, Communication and Marketing for Medavie Inc. Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Emergency Medical Services. Prior to joining Medavie Greg was the Atlantic Account Director for Towers Watson, and the senior executive for Supply Management, Refinery Business Services and Human Resources for Irving Oil.
Greg holds a Master of Science (Management), Master Business Administration, and a BA in Sociology as well as several HR related professional designations.