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.

Dr. Sarah MacKinnon

Interim President, NSCAD University

Duane Jones

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

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.

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.

Jamie Loughery

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Jamie leads a team of dedicated professionals in Atlantic Canada and sits on the Executive Leadership team for BMO Private Wealth Canada & Asia.  He contributes to the strategic direction of the business and leads the team’s regional mandate which includes delivering Platinum Banking, Complex Lending, Investment Management, Trust and Estate services to successful Canadian families across all four Provinces in Atlantic Canada.

He enjoys many activities including being an avid golfer and fledgling (aspiring) chef.  He can generally be found on weekends with music playing entertaining friends with his wife, Marnie, and three young children Carson (9), Leah (6) and Kennedy (4).  He also enjoys working as a strategic advisor to small enterprises and coaches minor hockey in Bedford Nova Scotia.

Jamie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Economics, and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated as an Ivey Scholar and was selected by his peers as the class valedictorian.

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)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

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.

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.

Marlene Ivey

Faculty Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Chair, Design Division

Associate Professor, Design

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

Kris Reppas
  • Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors
  • Advancement Committee
Jacey Byrne

Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Financial and Physical Resources Committee


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


Dr. Sarah McKinnon

Interim President, NSCAD University

Ann-Barbara Graff

VP Academic and Research

Sam Fisher

Chair, Media Arts

Alex Livingston

Professor, Painting

Anne Masterson

Academic Affairs Officer, Office of Academic Affairs & Research

April Mandrona

Assistant Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Karin Cope

Associate Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Catherine Allen

Manager, School of Extended Studies

Christopher Kaltenbach

Associate Professor, Design

Craig Leonard

Associate Professor, Foundation Studies

Tim McInnis


Neil Forrest

Professor, Ceramics Craft and Design

Leanne Dowe

Interim, CFO

Marilyn McKay

Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Michael LeBlanc

Associate Professor, Design

Rebecca Young

Director of Library Services (University Librarian)

Rory MacDonald

Senate Chair

Assistant Professor, Ceramics

Rudi Meyer

Associate Professor, Design, and School of Graduate Studies

Sara Hartland-Rowe

RPT, NSCAD Faculty

Terry Bailey


Director of Admissions


Advancement Committee
  • August 22, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee
  • September 5, 2019
  • November 5, 2019
  • February 4, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 28, 2020
  • June 9, 2020
Board of Governors
  • September 26, 2019  + AGM
  • November 28, 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
  • May 7, 2020
  • June 18, 2020
  • September 24, 2020  + AGM
Financial & Physical Resources Committee
  • August 29, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • February 20, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • June 4, 2020
Governance & Human Resources Committee
  • September 11, 2019
  • October 29, 2019
  • January 16, 2020
  • March 5, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • May 28, 2020
  • September 16, 2019
  • October 21, 2019
  • November 18, 2019
  • December 16, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 16, 2020
  • April 20, 2020
  • May 11, 2020