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.

Click here to read the NSCAD University Board By-Laws.


Presidential Search Committee


Standing Committees

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.

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Louise Anne Comeau

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

Ex-Officio Member of all Board Standing Committees

Louise Anne is Vice President, New Energy Markets & Innovation 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, New Energy Markets & Innovation, 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.

Anthony Novac

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Anthony Novac is a serial entrepreneur focused on gaming and technology opportunities.  He is the Co-Founder of Trident Gaming PLC which was sold to Party Gaming PLC in 2006, and Founder and former of CEO Spreed Inc. which developed an end-to-end mobile publishing platform and launched over 500 newspaper apps.  He is currently the President of Sonco Gaming Inc. which has developed and managed casino projects across Canada and in London, UK.  Founded in 1995, Sonco Gaming is a company engaged in the ownership, operation, and development of gaming properties.  It has and continues to be active in joint ventures with major multi-national gaming/entertainment companies, Aboriginal groups and First Nations, and other interested parties.

Anthony is an art collector with particular interests in Canadian mid-century artists and emerging global contemporary art.  He recently completed three terms (8 years in total) on the Board of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.  While raised and educated in Halifax, he currently resides in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Bruce Sparks

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

Charmaine Nelson

Faculty Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

Over the course of an eighteen-year career, Dr. Charmaine Nelson has made significant scholarly contributions to a number of sub-fields within the discipline of Art History, establishing a reputation as an international leader in multiple strands of critical social inquiry.  Her research falls into four key specializations: (1) Race and Representation, (2) Black Canadian/Diaspora Studies, (3) African- Canadian/-American Art History, and (4) Transatlantic Slavery Studies (in Canada, America, and the Caribbean).  As an art historian, her research on Transatlantic Slavery falls within the sub-field of the Visual Culture of Slavery.  This sub-field encompasses the study and examination of art and visual culture that was produced across various European empires (Britain, Denmark, France, Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands) in the context of the 400-year period of Transatlantic Slavery.

As a marker of her international reputation, Dr. Nelson achieved the rank of Full Professor at McGill University (2016).  Dr. Nelson has held three significant multi-year SSHRC grants totalling $346,311: The Colour of Stone: Sculpting Black Female Subjects in Nineteenth-Century American Neoclassicism (2004-7), Sugar cane, Slaves and Ships: Race, Geography and Power in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (2009-12), From African to Creole: Representing Canadian and Jamaican slaves in Late Eighteenth Century & Early Nineteenth Century Art and Fugitive Slave Advertisements (2014-19), all of which have culminated in monographs, invited lectures, international colloquia, and new university curricula.  To date, she has given over 200 talks, lectures and conference papers across Canada and the USA, and in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the UK, Central America and the Caribbean.  She has also published 7 books, 21 book chapters, 8 journal articles and other publications.  As a function of Dr. Nelson’s innovative research, she was appointed the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies, Harvard University (2017-18), Member, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, The Royal Society of Canada (2016-23), Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, University of California – Santa Barbara (2010), and Associate Member, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University (2015-).

Dr. Nelson’s teaching has also been recognized over the course of her career, she was named one of the “15 Professors of the Year,” by Harvard Crimson (2017) and received the 2016 Teaching Award from The Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University. Committed to mentoring the next generation of scholars, her research website, hosts her undergraduate, open access journal “Chrysalis,” in which she publishes the art historical research of her undergraduate students (7 volumes; 2014-).

Dr. Nelson’s research, teaching and service integrate the need for equity, diversity and inclusion in the university context (and beyond it).  As PI on a SSHRC Connections Grant ($40,191), “Where are you from?: Canadian Slavery and the Reclamation of an Historical Black Presence in Canada,” she co- organized a national Black Canadian Studies conference, curated an art exhibition at McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and published the first art historical book on Canadian Slavery with her undergraduate students, “Legacies Denied: Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery” (2013; 306 pp., 101 ills.).  In 2016, she received the Faculty Award for Equity and Community Building at McGill University.  Dr. Nelson is committed to identifying and redressing systemic oppression.  Her research examines Canadian Slavery through eighteenth- and nineteenth- century primary sources; however, as an academic and public intellectual, she also addresses how the legacies of structural racism continue to determine access to cultural capital and self-representation.  Dr. Nelson’s work is a powerful testament to the need for ongoing historical research, research into the art and cultural production of the past, and the reading of that work into the contemporary moment.

Cheryl Hann

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Cheryl Hann, CMA.  Cheryl has been COO/CFO at Viewpoint Realty Services, Inc. since 2017, when she joined the company full-time.  She had been working part-time as VP of Finance from its inception in 2010. is the leading real estate website in Nova Scotia, and the brokerage has over 65 real estate agents across the province.

Cheryl is a seasoned finance and business executive with 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, and operational management, with a focus on small to medium sized companies and startups.  She began her career in 1990 as Controller for an international food trading company.  She has been responsible for financial analysis and budgets for a leading cellular phone company in Nova Scotia.  Then in 1999 she became the Controller of a high tech company focused on call management; managing the finances through to an acquisition of the company by a large US Multinational.  In 2003, she moved to Virginia to manage the finance function for the Voice Services division of America Online, Inc.  While there she assumed additional finance responsibility for other business units while broadening her scope to include more business operational roles.

In 2007, Cheryl started a Dental practice management company, Fine Touch Dental Atlantic, with a business partner, where she was CFO until selling the company to a multinational practice management organization in 2015.

In 2015, she was Vice President Finance of Keas, a health and wellness IT company based in San Francisco, as well as Director of Finance for Densitas, a tech company developing software for analyzing breast density from mammograms.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has demonstrated the ability to develop process, reporting and operational improvements that contribute significantly to company growth.

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 the 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.

Fabienne Colas

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Advancement Committee

A woman of action and creative spirit, Fabienne Colas is a charismatic leader with an unwavering persistence who makes things happen.  She used both her passion and her frustrations to become an unstoppable force in her niche.  Her mission is to foster diversity off and on screen, inspire people to take action that leads to change as well as giving a voice to creators who otherwise, would not have been heard.

Recipient of the 2019 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women award, named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Winner of Prix 2019 Prix Relève, Femme d’Exception (Mercuriades) from The Federation of Quebec’s Chambers of Commerce, named La Presse’s Newspaper 2018 Person of the Year (Arts & Culture), award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant, Fabienne Colas works tirelessly and passionately to support and promote Diversity off and on screen around the globe.

She is the ‘Queen of Festivals’ who created and manages 9 successful festivals between Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City, Port-au-Prince, Salvador (Bahia – Brazil) – including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which has become not only Canada’s largest black film festival, but also a key player in cultural diversity in Quebec and Canada; as well as the very popular Toronto Black Film Festival – Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month through films and so much more.

Besides attracting close to 1 million festival-goers over the years, and showcasing over 2,000 artists, those events have also welcomed and/or paid tribute to top celebrities from around the globe such as: Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte, Stedman Graham, Danny Glover, Martin Luther King III, Dany Laferrière, Wyclef Jean, Alfre Woodard, Souleymane Cissé, Arcade Fire, Bobby Brown, Isaiah Washington, Louis Gossett Jr. and more.

Named Personality of the Week by La Presse in 2018, her primary mission is to continue to create platforms that show a diversity of voices, faces and points of view.  As chairman and founder of the Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF), she helps support, awards grants and promotes independent films and artists who, otherwise, would not have been seen or heard.

In 2015, Fabienne was awarded a Medal from Quebec’s National Assembly recognizing her leadership and contribution in the fight against racism and discrimination in Quebec.  In 2017, she received the prestigious Harry Jerome Arts and Culture Award from the Black Business Professional Association in Toronto.  In 2018, Femmes en Cinéma, Télévision et Média Numériques (FCTMN) paid tribute to Fabienne for her exceptional contribution in the Quebec Film Industry (2018).  Nominated and chosen by the U.S. State Department as the 2017-woman leader to represent Canada in the 3-week exchange leadership program: The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  She is also a finalist for the Charles Biddle Award as well as the Prix Femmes d’Affaires du Québec in 2018.

In 2019, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award from the Black Theatre Workshop; joining Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Dany Laferrière, Gregory Charles, Doudou Boicel, Charlie Biddle, Tony Lee Williams who have previously received this award.

Colas is the CEO of the Media & Business consulting company Zaza Production, and also sat as a board member on the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.  She has been part of many juries among which the Canada Council for the Arts, Prix Gémeaux, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Gary Edwards

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Audit & Risk Oversight 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.

Jennifer Green

Faculty Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Jennifer Green is an Assistant Professor in the Textiles/Fashion Department at NSCAD University.

Green received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD and thereafter completed her Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art in London, UK.

Upon graduation, Green worked as a denim designer for Lee Jeans Europe, in Belgium.  She has designed fabrics for artisanal and industrial production across the fields of fashion, accessories, vehicle design and interiors, collaborating with, amongst others, Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. (Italy), John Boyd Textiles (UK), Vanners Silk Weavers (UK), and Nishiyama Silk (Japan).

Since returning to NSCAD in 2016, Green’s primary area of research has been in bast fibre spinning and weaving.  Specifically, Green is researching sustainable plant fibres in Eastern Canada and is helping to develop a sustainable fibre industry in Nova Scotia.

Jim Horwich

Treasurer, NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-In-Council)

Financial & Physical Resources Committee (Chair)


-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 (Chair)

Audit & Risk Oversight 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.

John Keating

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

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

John Keating is the Atlantic RVP for BMO’s Real Estate Finance team.  The team manages a portfolio of diverse clients involved in the construction of or ongoing management of real estate properties across the region.  His role further supports BMO’s national leadership team in the development of policy, forecasting, and portfolio management for BMO’s Canadian real estate finance business.  John has 10 years’ experience in real estate banking at various levels of responsibility.  He has also been the Treasurer for the Canadian Homebuilders Association of Nova Scotia for the last 8 years and has served on various economic committees for the association over that time.  John holds Bachelor of Arts (2005) and Master of Business Administration Degrees from Saint Mary’s University (2010).

Laura Lima Nishida

Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

President, SUNSCAD

Maggie Marwah

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

Ex-Officio Member of all Board Standing Committees

Maggie Marwah is an independent communications consultant and writer based in Halifax. A NSCAD governor since 2018, she brings almost four decades of experience from a diverse career in both public and private sectors. Her background includes leadership positions in the Nova Scotia health system and with a national news agency. Her work has encompassed public engagement, government relations and labour relations.

Earlier in her career, Maggie was a full-time reporter and editor for 15 years with The Canadian Press, before shifting to the field of communications with the provincial government and in the health sector. She has also been a newspaper columnist and a part-time faculty member at two of Halifax’s universities, teaching in the journalism program at King’s and the public relations program at Mount St. Vincent. Her current consultancy work specializes in communications management and planning.

Maggie has a journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s, with research focused on industrial relations. She has studied languages at a number of other schools, notably French at Université Ste-Anne and Laval Université.

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.

Nicole Maggio

Student Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

Advancement Committee

VP Academic, SUNSCAD

Sarah McKinnon

Interim President, NSCAD University

Ex-Officio Member of all Board Standing Committees

Sarah M. McKinnon, PhD, became NSCAD University’s Interim President on July 15, 2020.  Dr. McKinnon is one of Canada’s most experienced and respected academic leaders in the world of fine and applied arts.  She comes to NSCAD from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she served as Director of Academics.  She has held senior academic and administrative roles at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (SMFA), the University of Winnipeg, and the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), where she spent over a decade and served as Acting President.

She has extensive experience in program development and a proven record of working closely with governments to gain institutional accreditations and approvals for new degree programs both in Canada and in the United States. She is also recognized for the quality of her academic rigor and since 2016, has been a member of the Audit Committee for Quality Assurance for the Council of Ontario Universities.

Dr. McKinnon is committed to digital art and digital learning and previously sat on the Digital Media Project Advisory Committee, Information and Communications Technology Council, in Ottawa.  She is also the current Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of the Room 217 Foundation, a charity that uses music to change the culture of healthcare.

Shelley Burke

NSCAD Board of Governors (Governor-At-Large)

Governance & Human Resources Committee

Shelley Burke, B.Social Sciences, MBA (Sustainable Management) – NVision Insight Group Inc.  Ms. Burke is a senior manager and management consulting professional with over 30 years of experience.  She has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, business transformation, management of organizational change, program evaluation and review, and facilitating workshops with diverse stakeholder participants.  She holds a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Management (Green MBA) from Anaheim University, in addition to her Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, complemented by her professional certification in Change Management from PROSCI.  Ms. Burke has held Board of Directors’ positions in the past with two private sector companies.  Functionally bilingual in English and French, Ms. Burke is a proud citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario through her maternal lineage, her paternal ancestry is Scots-Irish from Cape Breton Island.  Throughout her career, she has managed and worked on more than 100 projects for public and/or private sector clients across Canada (Coast to Coast to Coast).  Over the last 5 years, she has been the Managing Director of Operations at NVision Insight Group Inc., an Ottawa and Iqaluit based Indigenous consulting company.

Ms. Burke specializes in: Strategic and Operational Planning; Organizational Reviews; Business Process Re-engineering; Business Transformation; Business Planning; Management of Change; Facilitation; Research and Analysis; Market Research and Analysis; and Relationship Building amongst diverse stakeholders.

Sunil Sarwal

Alumni Member, NSCAD Board of Governors

President, NSCAD Alumni Association


Sunil Sarwal (BDes 2002)

Branding consultant, owner, the Small Monsters

Pronouns: he, him and they, them

Sunil Sarwal is an award-winning branding consultant in the food and drink industry, working with innovative companies around the world to build creative brands that people love. Clients range from billion-dollar multinationals such as London-based Compass Group Inc., to small, innovative companies like PEI’s Upstreet. Recent brands created include Libra Craft Beer (recipient of the Bronze Medal for Design at the World Beer Awards) and local favourite Viveau.

A graduate of NSCAD, Sunil ran Montreal’s rambunctious design agency the Small Monsters for over 10 years before recently returning to his hometown of Halifax.


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
John Carruthers
Kim Knoll
Michael Donovan
Paul Goodman
Rob Cameron
Van Penick


Adrian Fish

Division Chair

Ann-Barbara Graff

Vice-President (Academic & Research) and Provost

Alex Livingston


Professor, Painting

Anne Masterson

Academic Affairs Officer / FOIPOP Coordinator

April Mandrona

Assistant Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Director, MAAE

Catherine Allen

Manager, School of Extended Studies

Christopher Kaltenbach

Division Chair, Design

Associate Professor, Design

Craig Leonard

Associate Professor, Foundation Studies


Dave van de Wetering

NSCAD Board of Governors Member

Jacey Byrne

SUNSCAD VP Equity & Finance

Karin Cope

Division Chair

Director, MFA

Kim Morgan

Division Chair

Kris Reppas

SUNSCAD President

Leanne Dowe

Interim, CFO

Marilyn McKay

Division Chair, Foundation Studies

Professor, Art History & Contemporary Culture

Martine Durier-Copp

Academic Dean

Michael LeBlanc

Associate Professor, Design


Neil Forrest

Division Chair, Craft

Professor, Ceramics, Craft & Design

Rebecca Young

Director of Library Services (University Librarian)

Rory MacDonald

Senate Chair

Assistant Professor, Ceramics

Rose Zack

Acting Director, Admissions & Enrolment Services

Admissions Coordinator

Rudi Meyer

Director, MDES

Associate Professor, Design, and School of Graduate Studies

Sara Hartland-Rowe

RPT, NSCAD Faculty

Sarah McKinnon

Interim President, NSCAD University


Advancement Committee
  • August 19, 2021
  • October 7, 2021
  • December 2, 2021
  • February 24, 2022
  • April 7, 2022
  • May 12, 2022
Audit & Risk Oversight Committee
  • September 2, 2021
  • November 4, 2021
  • January 25, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • April 19, 2022
  • June 9, 2022
Board of Governors
  • September 23, 2021  + AGM
  • November 25, 2021
  • February 10, 2022
  • March 24, 2022
  • May 5, 2022
  • June 23, 2022
  • September 22, 2022  + AGM
Financial & Physical Resources Committee
  • August 26, 2021
  • October 14, 2021
  • December 16, 2021
  • February 17, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
  • June 2, 2022
Governance & Human Resources Committee
  • September 9, 2021
  • October 28, 2021
  • January 13, 2022
  • March 3, 2022
  • April 21, 2022
  • May 26, 2022
  • August 25, 2021
  • September 20, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • November 22, 2021
  • December 20, 2021
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 14, 2022
  • March 14, 2022
  • April 25, 2022
  • May 16, 2022