The Board of Governors shapes NSCAD’s foundations while governing the university. These passionate, dedicated individuals have backgrounds in art education, administration, law, the non-profit sector, marketing, business development, and more. The Board consists of governors in council who are appointed by the province, stakeholder representatives, internally appointed students and faculty members, representatives from the Alumni Association, and governors at large.

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The Advancement Committee supports the NSCAD Board of Governors stewardship responsibilities relating to strategic planning and advancement, and provides active leadership in support of the Advancement Office’s efforts in such areas as fundraising and friend-raising.

The Audit & Risk Oversight Committee supports the NSCAD Board of Governors in the fulfillment of its stewardship responsibilities in the following areas: financial oversight, risk oversight, and monitoring the integrity of internal controls and management information systems.

The Financial & Physical Resources Committee supports the NSCAD Board of Governors in the fulfillment of its stewardship responsibilities in the following areas: oversight of NSCAD’s financial planning and policy framework including multi-year financial plans and annual budgets; monitoring NSCAD’s ongoing financial performance and needs; oversight of NSCAD’s investments; and oversight of NSCAD’s short and long-term plans for its physical facilities.

The Governance & Human Resources Committee supports the NSCAD Board of Governors in its efforts to continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its governance of NSCAD and in the oversight of NSCAD’s management of its human resources.

Contact information

902 494 8114  telephone


Louise Anne Comeau

Chair, NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Ex-Officio Member of all Board Standing Committees

Louise Anne is Vice President Customer Development at Emera.  She joined Emera in 2016 as VP, Integration.  Her initial focus was the integration of TECO into the Emera family of businesses.  As VP, Customer Development, Louise Anne has focused on consumer-centric opportunities for operational efficiency and growth of the business, including the negotiation of a deal to purchase an AMI System for several businesses for a total of 1.5M meters.

Louise Anne has a 20-year track record of identifying business development opportunities, negotiating complex transactions, building new businesses across diverse markets, and driving multi-functional teams to deliver major projects in various consumer-facing markets.  Past clients include Virgin Airways (UK), Swire Properties (Hong Kong), LG Electronics (Korea), Philips (Holland), Louis Vuitton (France), Four Seasons (Canada), and Coca-Cola (USA).  Previously, Louise Anne worked with Bombardier as Director of European Strategy and Business Development for the regulated aerospace business.  Louise Anne was originally a mergers & acquisitions lawyer and practiced in Toronto, New York and London.

Louise Anne has spoken on such topics as corporate growth and global consumer trends.  An active member of the community, she is currently chair of the board of governors of NSCAD University and sits on the board of directors of the World Trade Center and the Advisory Council for the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing & Services.

Sean Kelly

Vice-Chair, NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Advancement Committee

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Sean 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 from 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 travelling and surfing.

Alan MacPherson

Treasurer, NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Financial & Physical Resources Committee (Chair)

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, Deliotte, 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 an MBA from York University.

Dave van de Wetering

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee (Chair)

Dave grew up in Stratford, ON, completed a B. Comm at Mount Allison, and an MBA at Université 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.

Dean Leland

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Advancement Committee

Dean, born and raised in Ottawa, is a graduate of UNB Fredericton and now calls Halifax and Chester home.

Dean spent many years as senior executive with Empire Theatres and then Cineplex Entertainment, he co-owned the leading restaurant group in the region The Bertossi Group and now most recently invested in and has become owner and CEO/ Managing Partner of Oceanstone Seaside Resort in Indian Harbour NS.

A committed community ambassador, Dean has been involved in many organizations including The QEII Foundation Board of Trustees, former Chairman of the Atlantic Film Festival Association, former Board Member of the Motion Pictures Theatres Association of Canada and has volunteered for countless other fundraising initiatives and events.

Dean believes that NSCAD and all Universities are important to our community and play an important role in creating a rich and diverse region.

Prof. Dianne Taylor-Gearing

President, NSCAD University

Ex-Officio Member of all Board Standing Committees

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

She 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 and University for the Creative Arts.

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

Cameron Jantzen

Secretary, NSCAD Board of Governors

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Cameron is an award-winning Creative Director and Owner at Rarebird, formed in 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 his 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.

Faten Alshazly

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Advancement Committee

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 one of 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 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.

Gary Edwards

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Advancement Committee

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Gary is a musician, a lawyer and a sailor.  A native Haligonian, he holds degrees in Business and Law from Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities.  For 20 years, Gary traveled 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 35th year.

Greg Bambury

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Governance & Human Resources Committee (Chair)

Greg 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.

Jeff Burns

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Jeff is Director and Team Leader for CIBC Commercial Banking, grew up in Bedford, NS and after a few years away, lives there again.  He is an alumnus of Dalhousie University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Management degree and an MBA.  Upon graduation, he moved to Toronto to work for CIBC, returning to Nova Scotia in 2006.  He and wife Diana are the proud parents of two young daughters.

Jeff is pleased to be joining the NSCAD Board of Governors as Governor At Large.  He is passionate about the arts and NSCAD’s role as a cultural leader.  As an active member of the community, he also serves on the board for the Dartmouth Adult Service Centre (DASC) and participates through CIBC in fundraising for United Way and Run for the Cure.

Jeff Somerville

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Jeff 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 CEO’s.

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.

Jim Horwich

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Financial & Physical Resources Committee


-35 plus years of public accounting experience with a focus on serving the interests of a broad range of clients primarily throughout Nova Scotia

-25 plus years in a partner role

-One of the founding members and architects of the AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms

-Broad sector experience including, real estate, forestry, manufacturing, non-profit, retail, medical, dental, engineering, law practices, other professional service firms, integrated business to business services, information technology, alternative energy developers, insurance and financial planning, farming, transportation and automotive

-Served in numerous leadership roles

-Active in community activities

Joanne Hames

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Joanne Hames is the Senior Manager, Communications for Crombie REIT.  She has been working with Crombie for over five years and prior to that, worked for Lawtons Drugs & Sobeys In-Store Pharmacies in various roles, including Manager Engagement & People Management and Category Manager.

Joanne is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Ivey Business School, completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Saint Mary’s University.

She is a former director of C Magazine and currently sits on the Foundation’s National Advisory Committee.  Joanne lives in Halifax, NS with her husband and daughter.

Kassidy Bernard

Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

Kassidy is President of the student union (SUNSCAD) for the 2018-19 academic year.

Maggie Marwah

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Advancement Committee

Maggie has a diverse background in a number of public and private sectors that includes leadership positions in journalism and most recently full-time in health care communications with Capital Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.  Her background includes work in public engagement, government relations and labour relations.  She’s been a newspaper columnist and taught writing in the journalism program at King’s and the public relations program at Mount St. Vincent University.  Currently, she works independently as a consultant specializing in communications management and strategic planning.

Maggie has a journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s, and has spent a lot of time studying French at Université Ste-Anne and Laval (with limited success).

A big believer in giving back to the community, particularly in the area of poverty alleviation, she is a board member of the North End Community Health Centre and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity locally and abroad.  She also supports the work of a hospital ethics education committee as a citizen representative, and was previously a board member of the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association.

Marco Chiarot

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Advancement Committee (Chair)

Dr. Marco Chiarot is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with degrees in both Medicine and Dentistry.  He received his dental degree from Dalhousie University in 1993 and then went on to study Hospital Dentistry at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and then on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to complete an internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Returning to Halifax and Dalhousie University in 1995, he completed a six-year residency in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (2001).  During his specialty training, he also completed a Masters of Science degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences and his Medical Degree (2001).  After completing his specialty training, Dr. Chiarot left Canada to study Head and Neck Cancer Surgery and Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery at the San Paolo Hospital in Milan, Italy.

Returning to his home town of Halifax in 2002, Dr. Chiarot entered into Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery private practice.  Since this time, he has been active in all aspects of patient care as it relates to his specialty.  His clinical interests include all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with a special interest in surgical rehabilitation of the jaws with dental implants and bone grafting techniques.  Dr. Chiarot is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Chiarot is involved in organized Dentistry serving on committees for the Nova Scotia Dental Association and is a member of the Prescription Monitoring Board of Nova Scotia.  Apart from Dentistry, in his free time Dr. Chiarot enjoys recreational sporting activities and belongs to both the Italian Wines Societie and the Commanderie de Bordeaux.  He lives in Halifax with his wife and 2 daughters.

Peri McFarlane

Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Peri is a NSCAD student who serves as the VP Finance for SUNSCAD for the 2018-19 academic year.

Rebecca Hannon

Faculty Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Chair, Craft Division

Associate Professor, Foundation Studies, Jewellery & Metalsmithing

Ross Cantwell

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Ross 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.

Ross 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, and 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.

Siobhan Cleary

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

Siobhan is a NSCAD design grad and the founder of Spectacle Design. 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.

Steven Peters

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Steven brings a diverse art and business background.  He received his art training in the late 1960s at Antioch College and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, and then maintained an active studio practice in Berkeley, California.  He went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Accounting from U.C., Berkeley, and spent 34 years in the accounting profession in San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Halifax.  During this time, he developed a strong interest in ceramics, and upon retiring from his position as Director, International Tax at KPMG in 2008, spent the next four years studying ceramics at NSCAD.  He currently occupies himself making ceramic sculpture in his studio in Halifax.

Steven is grateful to NSCAD for its dynamic creative environment, and appreciates the opportunity to give back.

  • Ian Austen
  • Rob Cameron
  • Elizabeth Currie
  • Michael Donovan
  • Dr. Tom Forrestall
  • Dr. Margaret Anne Fountain
  • Charles Fowler
  • Dr. Robert Geraghty
  • Paul Goodman
  • Kim Knoll
  • Grant Machum
  • Gillian McCain
  • Deborah McLean
  • David Murphy
  • Dr. David Silcox
  • Gregory Silver
  • Van Penick
  • Gordon Whittaker
  • Charlotte Wilson-Hammond


Ann-Barbara Graff

VP Academic & Research

(Secretary to Senate)

Adrian Fish

Chair, Media Arts

Anne Masterson

Academic Affairs Officer, Office of Academic Affairs & Research

April Mandrona

Assistant Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Cameron Jantzen

Secretary, NSCAD Board of Governors

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Catherine Allen

Manager, School of Extended Studies

Dianne Taylor-Gearing

President, NSCAD University

Jane Milton

Associate Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Vice-President, FUNSCAD

Jim Barmby

Associate VP, Student Experience & Registrar

Kassidy Bernard

President, SUNSCAD

Mark Bovey

Associate Professor, Printmaking (Fine Arts)

Marlene Ivey

Associate Professor, Design

Marilyn McKay

Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Mathew Reichertz

Chair, Fine Arts

Associate Professor, Painting

President, FUNSCAD

Michael LeBlanc

Associate Professor, Design

Rebecca Hannon

Chair, Craft Division

Associate Professor, Foundation Studies, Jewellery & Metalsmithing

Rebecca Young

Director of Library Services (University Librarian)

Rory MacDonald

Assistant Professor, Ceramics

Rudi Meyer

Associate Professor, Design, and School of Graduate Studies

Sara Hartland-Rowe

RPT, NSCAD Faculty

Solomon Nagler

Associate Professor, Film (Media Arts)

Professor, School of Graduate Studies

Sharon Johnson-Legere

VP Finance & Administration


Advancement Committee
  • August 23, 2018
  • October 11, 2018
  • December 6, 2018
  • February 26, 2019
  • April 4, 2019
  • May 23, 2019
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee
  • August 30, 2018
  • November 1, 2018
  • February 7, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • June 13, 2019
Board of Governors
  • September 20, 2018  + AGM
  • November 29, 2018
  • February 14, 2019
  • March 28, 2019
  • May 9, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • September 26, 2019  + AGM
Financial & Physical Resources Committee
  • September 7, 2018
  • October 18, 2018
  • November 27, 2018
  • February 21, 2019
  • April 9, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
Governance & Human Resources Committee
  • September 10, 2018
  • October 29, 2018
  • January 17, 2019
  • March 12, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 28, 2019
  • September 17, 2018
  • October 1, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • November 26, 2018
  • December 10, 2018
  • January 7, 2019
  • January 28, 2019
  • February 25, 2019
  • March 25, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • May 15, 2019