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Catharine Penney

Board Chair

Catharine Penney is President of Mayfair Management Consulting Ltd and has extensive experience in executive leadership roles. She is the Chair of the PFC Board of Directors and former chair of the PFC Audit and Finance Committee.


MJ MacDonald

Vice Chair

MJ MacDonald has a diverse career in engineering and management with over 30 years of progressively senior leadership roles in private and public sectors, healthcare, safety engineering and operations. Currently she leads a team of 23 passionate Occupational Health and Safety professionals whose mandate is to make a difference in the construction sector through the delivery of high value safety services to their 6500 members.


Deeksha Bhaskar


Deeksha Bhaskar is a business owner and is currently in her second year at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She is the PFC Secretary as well as Chair of the PFC Governance & Nominating Committee.


Li Jin


Li Jin is the Executive Director of Financial Advisory Services with the Province of Nova Scotia. Previously, Li was the CFO, Director of Operations for ISANS. Li is currently the PFC Treasurer and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.


Teddy Comeau

Board Member

Teddy Comeau is a partner at McInnes Cooper. His practice focuses on the fields of real estate, banking & financial services, and construction & property development.


Kelly Ells

Board Member

Kelly Ells is retired from a career in international sales, marketing and business development; and former CEO of the Valley Regional Enterprise Network. In her tenure with PFC, Kelly has served as Vice Chair, Secretary, and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. She is an active Rotarian and currently president nominee on the board with MudCreek Rotary Club.


Ann Foran

Board Member

Ann Foran is the Senior Vice President - Government Business, at Medavie Blue Cross.  Ann has over 30 years of experience working with governments in the health industry at a provincial and federal level. Ann’s current volunteer involvement also includes working with Dartmouth Housing as a Board Member.


Charmaine McPherson

Board Member

Charmaine McPherson has worked with Indigenous Services Canada, the NS Department of Health & Wellness, and St. Francis Xavier University. In addition to her positions within the education and healthcare sectors, Charmaine is a private business owner and holds a PhD in nursing from McMaster University.


Ossama Nasrallah

Board Member

Ossama Nasrallah is the owner of multiple tourism businesses, including Sea Halifax and Nova Glamping. Prior to working in the tourism industry, Ossama worked with Scotiabank. He has served on several boards, including United Way Halifax, the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce of Nova Scotia, and the Port of Halifax, Liaison committee.


Susan Spence

Board Member

Susan Spence has over 30 years of experience in university and academic leadership, strategy and operations. Her career has included positions with Dalhousie University, the University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center and St. Thomas Hospital in London, England.  Her Board experience includes serving on Boards of NS Heart & Stroke, NS Health. 


Mike White

Board Member

Mike White is a Director with HANS focused on Group Benefits Solutions. Mike also spent 22 years at Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia in a variety of positions including progressive leadership roles. Mike is a past volunteer Vice Chair of the MetroWorks Employment Service Board of Directors.

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