Beth Swarbrigg is a professional fundraiser with over 15 years of experience across the non-profit and higher education sectors. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Arts, Beth moved overseas and eventually settled in the UK. She volunteered and worked at Trinity Hospice (London) before moving to roles at the British Red Cross and Macmillan Cancer Support. Beth was Director of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald (Royal Tunbridge Wells) for four years before returning home to Canada and settling in Bedford with her husband and three children. Beth volunteered with Hospice Halifax before joining the Board in July 2019.
Bob MacKinnon is the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, and serves on the board of directors of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) and the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). Over his career, Bob has held a variety of roles in operations management, finance, accounting and sales that have positioned him as a strategic and innovative leader. Bob is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), has Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Saint Mary’s University, and is an Institute Certified Director (ICD.D). Outside of the office, Bob is active with his family and in the community.
Cynthia Dorrington is the owner of Vale & Associates Human Resource Management and Consulting Inc. Established in 2004, Vale & Associates is a boutique consulting firm specializing in providing strategy and advisory services as well as training and development for organizations. As President Cynthia does consulting work with small to medium-sized organizations across various industry sectors with companies experiencing such things as challenges with mergers/acquisitions, business growth, culture change and/or succession planning. Working in areas such as organizational strategy, people strategy, diversity and inclusion, change management, governance, organizational assessments, supplier diversity, performance management, project management, HR advisory services, training and development as well as team building and effectiveness, Vale & Associates has been able to provide consulting services to a number of clients locally, nationally and internationally.
Glenna Thornhill, BN, RN. Glenna retired in December 2016 as a Community Consult Nurse with the Palliative Care Service in Central Zone after 27 years working mostly with patients in the community. She volunteered with Hospice Halifax doing various events over the past years and has returned to the board after acting as the interim nurse manager in 2018. Previously, Glenna served 2 years as a board member.
Jack Flemming After graduating in 1962, Jack began his career as a mechanical engineer working at Municipal Spraying & Contracting in Bedford, Nova Scotia. 12 years later, he started Ocean Contractors Limited which specialized in asphalt and ready-mix concrete. His successors, sons John & Scott, now run that business which has over 300 employees and includes Thompsons Moving and Storage, the oldest moving company in Nova Scotia which Jack purchased 15 years ago. More recently he became an owner of MagicLamp Limited, a software developer and consulting business based in Halifax. Founded in 1999, he, his wife Marion, and their family of four operate the Flemming Charitable Foundation which supports local charities serving men, women, and families. He has two Honorary Doctorates from Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s Universities. In 2003, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2019 Jack was inducted into the Nova Scotia business hall of fame. More recently, his passion has been the Halifax Hospice project, acting as chair of the capital campaign for the past 7 years.
Jonathan Caldwell, CPA, CA is a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton LLP’s Halifax office and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. Jonathan graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2006, and obtained his Chartered Accountant’s designation in 2011. In his professional practice Jonathan works with small businesses, not-for-profit entities, pension and benefit plans and government agencies and provides advisory, assurance and consulting services on a wide range of accounting, management and taxation matters. Jonathan became involved with Hospice Halifax in 2016, serving on the audit and finance committee prior to joining the Board. In addition to his involvement with Halifax Hospice, he also is a member of the Board of Directors of Tennis Nova Scotia. Jonathan hails from Kentville Nova Scotia, but has called Halifax home since 2012.
Keith Fraser graduated from Dalhousie University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from Nova Scotia Technical College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1977, he earned his CA designation. Keith joined Ocean Contractors in 1981 as controller, advancing to Vice President, and responsible for all financial and administrative matters including long-term planning and forecasting for the Ocean group of companies. Currently, he is Vice President of Briar Group Incorporated. Keith’s community involvement has included work with Junior Achievement, Sir Frederick Fraser School, Halifax and Dartmouth Senior Citizens Clubs, United Way, Dartmouth Chamber of Commerce, Hubbards Sailing Club and a number of committees of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He has also served as treasurer and auditor for a church and related organizations. Other experience has included assisting in the fundraising campaigns for the annual Bonny Lea Golf Tournament, Hubbards Sailing Club, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, St. Andrew’s Church as well as Hospice Halifax.
Paul Bent is formerly a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) having retired from the practice of public accounting in 2015 after 37 years, 25 of them as a Partner with Grant Thornton LLP. Paul is a Past Chairman of Grant Thornton with significant experience in the provision of advice and leadership in the charitable sector. Paul received an ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation in 2012 from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Paul has served in many volunteer roles in the not-for-profit sector since the 1980’s and remains an active member of the Board of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce where he Chairs the Chamber’s Fostering Private Business Growth Task Force. Paul became affiliated with Hospice Halifax first through the Hospice Steering Committee in March of 2015 and later joined the Board in September of 2015.
Phil Otto has a solid reputation for bringing clarity, creativity and tactical strategies to the brands he helps navigate. He believes the most prolific brands in the world are built on a single big idea and point of differentiation, and helps clients turn complex business challenges into simple, straight forward brand strategies. CEO of Halifax-based branding and marketing agency Revolve, Phil is considered one of Canada’s strongest brand strategists, works with clients across Canada and the US, and writes and speaks to business groups internationally about the importance of aligning business strategy with brand strategy. He has experience with clients of all size – from small startups and not-for-profits to multi-national corporations and government agencies – helping connect brand and corporate reputation to culture, values, employee behavior and customer experience. A father of four and named to Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Phil is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurism, local business and the community. He is Honorary Colonel of Canadian Airforce Base 12 Wing Shearwater; board chair of both Igility and Timberkids Charitable Foundation; and sits on the boards of AROI, Hospice Halifax and Children’s Wish NS Chapter. Phil is past chair of the board of directors of the IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Foundation and has served on the board of directors of Mental Health Foundation, Strongest Families Institute and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.