100 Wild Islands Campaign Team

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Bill Greenwood: W.B. (Bill) Greenwood’s interest and association with the Nova Scotia Trust began a number of years ago with his involvement as a volunteer in the purchase and protection of Troop Island in Saint Margaret’s Bay. Bill’s interest and love of the sea and the coast of Nova Scotia is evident in his enjoyment of both sailboat racing and cruising along the pristine shores of Nova Scotia. Having spent many years organizing cruises to these unique places along the coast he understands the need to protect in perpetuity the wonderful shoreline and islands of Nova Scotia. The 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities. Bill lives with his wife Kathy on the ocean in Saint Margaret’s Bay and spends many hours on the water during the sailing season. He has been an active volunteer in many areas over the past 40 years in the Halifax area.

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Jim Lawley: Jim Lawley is the General Manager of Scotia Fuels Ltd., a residential fuel oil supplier based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been involved in real estate for over 28 years, with experience in both the development and ownership of residential, commercial, hotel and self-storage properties. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon) from Dalhousie University. In addition to volunteering on the 100 Wild Islands Campaign team, Jim is on the Board of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, REDI Shred and Killam Properties. He is a Director of Renewable Energy Services Limited, a private renewable energy company focused on wind resources. Jim’s passion for fishing and his dedication to river and fish conservation drew him to the 100 Wild Islands campaign.

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Ella McQuinn: Ella McQuinn is a business consultant and coach who spends most of her time working and playing by the ocean or in the mountains. While she is based in Halifax (Seabright, St. Margarets Bay to be exact), she also works regularly in Banff, Alberta focused on supporting values based businesses. She has been active in protecting and stewarding islands through her volunteer role in the St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association. She is also on the board of the Nova Scotia Sea School and Outward Bound Canada, both focused on youth development in challenging and rewarding natural environments. She has a great passion and respect for the work of the NSNT and was compelled from the first mention of the Islands project to get involved.

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Michele McKenzie:  Michele measures a good year by how much time she has been able to spend exploring the great outdoors.  She has travelled extensively but is most enthusiastic about the times she has spent on outdoor trips in Canada.  Growing up in Dartmouth, she fell in love with the beaches of Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, which she claims are the best beaches in Canada.  Michele strongly supports the work of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and the opportunity to build a legacy for future generations.

Michele has spent her career in tourism destination marketing, including 10 years as the President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission.  She now runs a management consulting firm based in Waverley, Nova Scotia.


Judy Robertson: As a native Nova Scotian and a life-long sailor, Judy has a great appreciation for our beautiful coastline and what Nova Scotia has to offer. Judy has worked as a social studies educator since the mid 1980's and has always shown to her students the value of Nature and the importance of safe guarding what we have. She has served on numerous volunteer boards including the Nova Scotia Sea School, Citizens against Pollution in Pictou County, Armbrae Academy, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and St. Joseph's Children's Centre. Her work in political policy development and fundraising along with her professional and volunteer efforts give Judy a broad-based network in the community.

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Paul Scott: Paul has worked in the investment business for over 33 years as both an investment advisor and branch manager. He started his career at Merrill Lynch and trained in New York. He has been with Wood Gundy since 1990. His clientele includes both individual and corporate clients. He specializes in all aspects of investment counseling including fixed income, equities, financial planning, and insurance. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Paul also has his Certified Investment Management designation and is a licensed insurance agent. He has served on boards and committees for many charitable organizations in Halifax for the last thirty years, including his current role as Board Member for the Nature Trust.

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Whipple Smith: Whipple Smith has volunteered with land conservation organizations for the past 20 years and is excited to be a part of this landmark campaign with Nova Scotia Nature Trust.  She is an environmental engineer by profession, and has lived and worked across much of Canada.  If she has a moment to herself, she enjoys gardening, reading, and time spent ‘exploring’ with her kids.  She lives in Bedford with her husband Jim Kanellakos and their three young children.

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Eric Thomson: Eric is the Partner and founding member of Quackenbush, Thomson & Robbins. Practicing for nearly 40 years, Eric's main areas of focus are commercial and residential real estate and wills & estates. Eric has been involved in a number of Provincial Boards and Commissions, including the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority. He has served on the Canadian Boxing Federation and has been engaged as a board member or director of a number of local charities and events including Chebucto Links and The Tall Ships. In his spare time, Eric is an active fisherman and can be found chasing salmon in rivers throughout North America. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

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Gregor Wilson: Gregor Wilson has lived across much of Canada and abroad but keeps coming back to his native Nova Scotia for its accessible, natural beauty. He has spent most of his professional life working in the outdoor tourism industry, specifically operating his own kayak company, adventure website, managing Ski Crabbe Mountain and currently on the operations team at Ski Wentworth. His passions include anything that keeps him outside including trail development, backcountry skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, surfing and hiking.

Bonnie Sutherland, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Executive Director

Lisa Doucette-Tasse, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Director of Fund Development

Marni Tuttle, 100 Wild Islands Campaign Director

Campaign Communications Team

Donna Alteen
Sherie Hodds
Michelle McKenzie
Ella McQuinn
Nicole Arsenault

Local Advisory Group

Warren Parsons
Gordon Hammond
Thea Hammond
Brian & Marilyn Murphy
Sandy Moser
Glen Boutlier

Scientific Advisory Council

Bob Bancroft
Dr. Sherman Boates
Dr. Ian McLaren
Dr. Chris Miller
Dr. Tom Herman
David MacKinnon
Dr. Martin Willison