A respected innovator in community economic development has joined Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s board of directors. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board, today, July 28, announced the appointment of Dan Christmas, senior advisor for the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, to the board. “Dan Christmas is recognized for his innovation and forward thinking in delivering economic results and good jobs for his community and the people of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Paris. “He will be a valuable addition to NSBI’s board of directors as the agency works to create sustainable, long-term prosperity for the people of Nova Scotia.” In his role as senior advisor to the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, Mr. Christmas advocates for community economic development by advising and supporting individuals on the front lines of business development in his community. “Export and trade is crucial to the success of Nova Scotia’s economy, and NSBI plays a significant role in marketing our province and its companies to the world,” said Mr. Christmas. “I look forward to building bridges between communities and businesses so everyone can take an active role in building Nova Scotia’s economy.” Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Christmas has served as the chair of the Cape Breton Partnership since 2009. He was also the executive director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Mr. Christmas’ ability to recognize economic potential and opportunities for business growth makes him a perfect fit among NSBI’s board,” said Mr. Hall. Dan Christmas has been recognized with many awards including the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the 2008 National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada and the 2008 Sparks Award from NovaKnowledge for forward thinking. Mr. Christmas and his wife, artist Arlene Christmas, have owned and operated Dozay’s Native Art Gallery in Membertou for 23 years. “Dan’s insight, experience and leadership are valued in many circles, and NSBI is fortunate to include itself among them,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. Mr. Christmas replaces outgoing board member James Kehoe, who served a four-year term. “Mr. Kehoe has been a strong voice for regional growth and sustainable economic development on the NSBI board,” said Mr. Hall of outgoing board member James Kehoe. “His efforts have made a lasting impact in helping to position the province for a prosperous and sustainable future.” Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing different industry sectors, make up NSBI’s private sector board. Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 directors on NSBI’s board. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI helps Nova Scotia companies meet their growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The investment attraction agency for the province, NSBI fuels job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and join the conversation at www.nsbi.ca/connect.