Nova Scotia Nature Trust | Nova Scotians Protecting Nova Scotia

Board of Directors

Honorary Directors/Patrons

Alice Reed, C.S.P.W.C.

Alice Reed. Alice Reed is an accomplished and celebrated watercolour artist and a committed environmentalist. Born in Toronto, Alice received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and, falling in love with the natural landscapes of the east coast, soon made Nova Scotia her home. In her paintings, Alice Reed has found the perfect union of her two overriding sensibilities: that of an artist and that of a naturalist. "My experiences in wilderness inspire me to paint, to share the wonder and exquisite grace of nature. I hope my artwork will show how precious wilderness is and will instill in others a sense of respect for it and a willingness to act accordingly."

And Alice has certainly put this sentiment into magnificent action. When the province announced its proposal to designate 31 new wilderness areas in 1994, Alice Reed was motivated to capture their essence in her art. Not content to paint by interpreting stock photographic images, Ms. Reed experienced first hand each of these distinct, and often remote wild places before rendering her impressions with brush and paint. Travelling by foot, canoe, kayak, and on some occasions even by helicopter, Alice sketched, photographed, and sensed the spirit of these special areas. After two and a half years of research and adventure, this magnificent body of work was launched, in partnership with the Nature Trust, as the Sacred Worth Exhibition. Alice would later win a Nova Scotia Environmental Award for this effort.

Alice has taught watercolour painting at Mount Allison University, the University of Prince Edward Island, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia and is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. Her work has found homes in public and private collections worldwide including the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle in England. Alice lives with her husband, Bob Bancroft, in a self-designed home surrounded by woods and wildlife near Pomquet Harbour, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Alice and Bob have recently designed and dug a  pond on their property which is quick becoming a sanctuary for all manner of local wildlife.

The late Alex Colville

Alex Colville, was born in Toronto on the 24th of August 1920, but considered himself a Maritimer having moved with his family to Nova Scotia in 1929. He studied art at Mount Allison University, N.B. and on graduating in 1942 joined the Canadian Army and served in Europe as a member of the War Art program. He taught art and art history at Mount Allison University from 1946 to 1963 before devoting himself full-time to his painting and print-making.

Alex Colville. Mr. Colville's work has been exhibited in many parts of the world — in North America, Europe and the Far East — and has been eagerly sought for museum, corporate and private collections. He received many honours; he was chosen to design a set of coins for Canada's Centenial in 1967 and that year was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and raised to Companion, the highest level of the Order, in 1982. He was also awarded eight honourary degrees and, from 1981 to 1991, served as Chancellor of Acadia University. Mr. Colville married Rhoda Wright in 1942. They have three sons and a daughter and eight grand-children. From 1973 until their passing, they lived in Wolfville, N.S. in the house, built by her father, where Rhoda Colville was born.


The late Farley Mowat

A passionate environmentalist, Farley Mowat is greatly concerned with the state of natural landscapes in Nova Scotia, a province he loves. An officer of the Order of Canada, and a prolific and high-profile Canadian author, Mowat is a Canadian literary icon. He has also long been an advocate for conserving and caring for the environment, and has found a natural extension for this in supporting the Nature Trust’s work to preserve land in Nova Scotia.

Farley and his wife Claire came to Cape Breton 30 years ago searching for a place where they could reside peacefully in an undisturbed natural setting. This beautiful and pristine coastal property, affectionately called “Farley’s Ark,” has been the Mowats’ writing retreat and spiritual home ever since. In contemplating what to do with his treasured land to ensure its future preservation, Farley turned to the Nature Trust.

In September of 2007, Farley and Claire donated over 200 acres of coastal land to the Nature Trust, following through on his convictions with an action that will forever tell the story of his love for the natural world. In recognition of Farley Mowat’s tremendous donation, the Nature Trust is pleased to call him our Patron for our Campaign for the Coast.


Board of Directors

Rick Emberley

Chair, NSNT

Rick has been a leading marketing communications and research expert for over 25 years, and is senior counsel at the M5 Group where his principal responsibilities lie in corporate and business development. He founded Bristol Communications and is the CEO of He is well known for his specialty research work in the area of political, public opinion and public policy where he has consulted to well over 50 public sector and not-forprofit organizations. He is Executive Chair of the Board of the Discovery Centre, and is a director of the Greater Halifax Partnership. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the MacPhee Centre an organization serving at-risk youth. Rick joined the Nature Trust because the organizations conservation mandate aligns with his values and interest in the outdoors. Rick is interested in advancing the Nature Trust’s mission and helping to raise its profile.


Gregor Wilson

Vice Chair, NSNT

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.


Keith MacIntyre

Secretary/Treasurer, NSNT

Henry W. Fuller. Keith is the proud father of two children focusing their education and careers in the environmental sector. He is active skier, golfer and outdoorsman. Keith and his (Science Teacher) wife Dany travel extensively and have visited over 30 countries and five continents in the last four years. He still affirms that Nova Scotia's shorelines and country sides are amongst the most beautiful in the world. His family and travels have impressed upon him the importance of conservation to preserve Nova Scotia's natural legacy for future generations. Keith is a tax partner with Grant Thornton LLP and the firm's former national tax leader. He is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier, a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a chartered professional accountant. Keith has served on various boards, Boys and Girls Club of Nova Scotia, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise and Cole Harbor Minor Hockey League among others.


Hari Balasubramanian

A native Maritimer (Fredericton NB), Hari spends his professional time exploring and protecting tropical forests and oceans. In 2012, he moved back ‘home’ to Halifax and founded EcoAdvisors, a consulting firm that develops and communicates the business value of sustainability. He is driven by impact and the goals are clear: a healthy planet, stable climate, abundant and diverse wildlife, prosperous communities and flowing, clean fresh water. He is very excited to work with NSNT and explore nature closer to home with his wife and two young children.


Sherman Boates

Bio coming soon!


Henry W. Fuller

Henry W. Fuller. In addition to operating the Cape Breton Boatyard in Baddeck, Henry manages the Thompson Ranch Company in Shelbyville, Missouri. He is active in environmental advocacy and community development as Treasurer of the Bras d'Or Stewardship Society, Chairman of the Board of the Northside Economic Development Assistance Corporation and a board member of Victoria County Community Health Board. His family recently donated a conservation easement to the York Land Trust on 54 acres of riverfront property in York, Maine. He is a part owner of 170 acres of shorefront land protected by a NSNT held conservation easement on the Washabuck River Estuary in the Bras d'Or Lakes.


Troy MacDonald

Although based in Toronto, Ontario, Troy is a native Nova Scotian. He spends much of his summer each year with his family on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. This has helped him develop an appreciation of the Nova Scotian outdoors and the importance of conservation to preserve Nova Scotia’s natural legacy for future generations. Troy is a partner with Grant Thornton LLP and the firm’s national corporate finance leader. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and a chartered professional accountant and chartered business valuator. Troy is also a member of the firm’s partnership board.


Ken MacLean

Bio coming soon!


Rochelle Owen

Rochelle Owen has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 25 years at non-profit, government, and academic institutions. She currently works as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University.

Rochelle has a passion and appreciation for nature fostered through many years of family camping and growing up in Labrador. A favorite pastimes are hiking and photography.


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.


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.


Dale Smith

Dale Smith. Dale retired in 2001 as Director, Protected Areas with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour. Since returning to Nova Scotia from Ontario in 1978, where he attended university and began his career, he played an active role in essentially all facets of provincial parks and protected areas planning in this province. In addition to his involvement with the Nature Trust, Dale has volunteered with Voluntary Planning, served a term on Province’s Environmental Assessment Board, and is active in numerous initiatives and issues involving environmental conservation and land use planning . Dale attended Lakehead, Guelph, Waterloo and Dalhousie universities, where he studied geography, resource management and public administration. He is originally from Smithville, near Mabou, on Cape Breton Island, and now resides in HRM.


Whipple Smith

Whipple was one of our fantastic 100 Wild Islands Campaign team members.  She has already been working hard over the past 3 years raising funds and new friends for the Nature Trust. She has volunteered with land conservation organizations for the past 20 years, including as a board member with the Nature Conservancy. An environmental engineer by profession, she has lived and worked across much of Canada and has a wealth of environmental and conservation knowledge and experience. 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.