Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

The NSLC is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by Order in Council. The Board is composed of nine voting members including Chairperson and Vice Chair; and two non-voting members, the President and a Deputy Minister. The Board meets quarterly and is accountable to the provincial government in setting the strategic direction of the business and overseeing the NSLC’s financial performance.

The NSLC’s Board of Directors uses three standing committees to provide oversight and business stewardship.

Audit & Risk Committee:
The Audit & Risk Committee assists the Board of Directors with oversight of the NSLC’s financial statements; the financial reporting process; the systems of internal control and risk management functions; performance of internal audit; and the hiring performance and independence of the external auditor.

Corporate Social Responsibility Committee:
The Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is responsible for the oversight of policies and strategies that affect the NSLC’s role as a socially responsible organization. The Committee’s purpose is to review, evaluate and make recommendations to the Board regarding the NSLC’s CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) goals, initiatives and practices.

Governance & Human Resources Committee:
The Governance & Human Resources Committee advises the Board of Directors regarding corporate governance and human resources policies and practices.

Board of Directors

  1. Sherry Porter — Chair, Board of Directors

    Sherry Porter Board of DirectorsSherry has had an extensive business and retail career and is an accomplished Board Director. She has held a number of senior corporate positions including the Director of Public Affairs, Sobeys Inc., Vice President, Public Affairs & Marketing, Nova Scotia Power Inc., and Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs, Shoppers Drug Mart Ltd. She has served as President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores and was a partner with Caldwell Partners International. Sherry also established a very successful strategic consulting business where she advised clients such as Shoppers Drug Mart.

    Sherry has significant Board experience: past Chair and current Board Member, QEII Foundation; Board member, Halifax International Airport Authority, Pharmasave Atlantic, Symphony NS Foundation and Vice Chair, Dalhousie Board of Governors. Sherry is also a committed volunteer with many organizations: past Chair of the Board of Directors, Pier 21, Board member of Symphony NS and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Sherry holds a B.Sc Agriculture from the University of Maine. She was appointed to the NSLC Board in April 2010 for a five-year term and was reappointed for a two year term in April 2015.

  2. Liz Cody - Director

    Elizabeth (Liz) Cody joins the NSLC Board after a full and rewarding career of 36 years with the Province of Nova Scotia. Liz served for thirty years with the Department of Finance ultimately in the position of Executive Director of the Fiscal & Economic Policy Branch, then as Associate Deputy Minister. She transferred to the Treasury Board in 2009 where she progressed from ADM to Deputy Minister and led the Expenditure Reduction Initiative of Government. In 2011, Liz returned to the Department of Finance as the Deputy Minister. In 2013 she moved to the Department of the Environment and assumed the position of the Deputy Minister until she retired in 2015.

    Liz resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband Paul and has three grown children and two grandchildren.

     

  3. John MacKinnon — Director

    John MacKinnon Board of DirectorsFollowing graduation from St. Francis Xavier University, John achieved his CA designation (1989) while working at Peat Marwick (now KPMG LLP) in Halifax. He then attended Queen’s University receiving his MBA and joined the Bank of Nova Scotia (Corporate Banking) in Toronto. Returning home to Cape Breton to raise his family, John accepted the position of Accounting Professor and now holds the position of Dean for the Shannon School of Business. In 2006 he was honoured with the FCA designation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.

    John has extensive professional and community involvement, and serves as Vice-Chair of the McCurdy Sydney Airport Authority. Past Board roles include serving as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia; Chairman of the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy; Board Member, Atlantic Innovation Fund; and Treasurer of Seaview Golf and Country Club. John was appointed to the NSLC Board effective June 30, 2012 for a 5-year term and resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

  4. James Wilson, CMA — Director

    James Wilson returned to Nova Scotia in 2004 to become the Treasurer of Wilson Fuel Co. Limited. His continuing role is focused on planning and financing the Company’s strong growth. Previously, he was a Senior Associate with the world’s pre-eminent advisory investment bank, Lazard Ltd., in London, England. James worked primarily in Project Finance with the Debt Advisory Team. His clients included among others BP plc and Falconbridge.

    James has expertise in cost accounting, finance, and information technology. He has a BBA from Acadia University and became a Certified Management Accountant in 2001.

    James has had active community involvement as former Co-Chair of the Citadel High Legacy Campaign, and former founding Chair of the Citadel Theatre Society. As well as his role at Wilsons, James is on the Board of St. Mary’s River Smokehouses.

  5. Paul Kent — Director

    Paul Kent Board of DirectorsPaul Kent has had a lengthy career in both public and private sector environments, and has held several senior executive positions in the fields of information technology, management consulting, and economic development. Mr. Kent's last position prior to retirement was as President and CEO of the Greater Halifax Partnership, and previously served in senior executive roles with Bell Aliant and Fujitsu Consulting. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served as a Director for Nova Scotia Business Inc., Maritime Tidal Energy Corporation, the Information Technology Association of Canada, and Symphony Nova Scotia, among many others. A graduate of Saint Mary's University, Mr. Kent is actively involved with a number of community groups, resides in Dartmouth and was honoured in 2015 as the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year.

  6. Kim Brooks — Director

    Kim Brooks is a professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law and served as the Dean of the faculty of law from 2010 - 2015. She is a technical tax expert for the International Monetary Fund. Kim graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and a Master of Laws (Taxation) from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School. She obtained the C. Dir. designation in 2016. She previously held the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation in the Faculty of Law at McGill University and held appointments in the faculties of law at UBC and Queens. She has also practiced as a tax lawyer with Stikeman Elliot LLP in their Toronto and London (UK) offices, with a practice focused on corporate and international tax, including tax aspects of cross-border investments and transactions, financings, and reorganizations and restructurings. She has served as President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers and as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She was appointed to the NSLC Board in September, 2013 for a 4-year term.

  7. Michele McKenzie — Director

    Michele is Principal of McKenzie Strategies, a management consulting firm focused on business development and strategy, based in Waverley, Nova Scotia.  She has worked for a range of clients including Chemonics International, The Trans Canada Trail, Tourism Nova Scotia, Cabot Links, and the Halifax Partnership. She is currently undertaking a one year Fellowship at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in Cambridge, MA.  Through 2016, she was a senior consultant with the USAID funded ‘Building Economic Sustainability Through Tourism’ Project based in Amman, Jordan, where she developed new marketing and corporate strategies for the Jordan Tourism Board.   She was the President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission (now Destination Canada) from 2004 – 2013 based in Vancouver.  Michele has a solid reputation for marketing results, strategic thinking, building leadership capacity and executing transformational change. She is a recognized expert in marketing communications and tourism. In 2013, Michele was recognized as one of 'Canada's Most Powerful Women - Top 100' by WXN. In 2014, she was named by Hotelier Magazine as one of the ‘10 Most Influential Leaders In Canada’s Hospitality Industry in the Past 25 Years’.  In November 2016, the Canadian Board Diversity Council announced Michele as a Diversity 50 2016 Board Candidate. 

    While at CTC, Michele led Canada’s international tourism marketing program and brand development. During her tenure, the Canada brand was recognized by 'Futurebrand's' Country Brand Index as one of the top two country brands in the world (rising from #12 rank). She led an ambitious marketing program to promote tourism by leveraging the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - a model that has since been followed by other nations. Michele also led the CTC in winning numerous awards and recognition including: Canadian Marketer of the Year Award in 2009 (Marketing Magazine), the Leading Management Change Award in 2013 for exceptional leadership in management practices in strategic planning (Canadian Government Executive Magazine), and in 2013 was inducted into Palladium's Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Strategy Execution. Michele held previous positions as Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage; and Director of Marketing, Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency.

    Michele holds the ICD.d designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a Director of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and the Property Valuation Services Corporation.  She is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and holds an Honorary Degree from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.  

     

     

  8. Cathie O'Toole — Director

    Cathie O'Toole Board of DirectorsCathie has 20 years of progressive leadership experience in public sector finance and administration in and has held a number of senior executive roles including Director of Finance and Customer Service/Chief Financial Officer for the Halifax Regional Water Commission, and Chief Financial Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality.

    Cathie has served on various Boards and Committees in a volunteer capacity including the Audit Committee of the Halifax Regional School Board, the Property Valuation Services Corporation Board and has Chaired the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Certified General Accountants Association. In 2011 she received the Dr. Ray Carroll Award (CGA of the Year), nominated by her peers in the category of Ethics.

    Cathie holds an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University, a designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CGA), and a Masters in Business Administration from Laurentian University. Her areas of experience include strategic planning, finance, reporting, budgeting, accounting, policy development, internal control, procurement, customer service, leading regulatory proceedings and legislative compliance with various Acts, and acting as Administrator for a public sector defined benefit pension plan.

  9. Keith Dexter — Director

    Keith Dexter Board of Directors

    1. Keith has been employed with noted international corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, and Phillip Morris in Sales, Sales Management, and Management positions. He has founded several local companies, including Dexter’s Automotive Group.

    Keith is currently Chairman of Helmco Capital, President & CEO of Gateway Insurance Group and President of Moore McLean Gateway - a National Insurance Company. He is a Partner in W5 Business Group and a Partner in Atlantic Signature Mortgage & Loan. His business interests include Insurance, Real Estate, M&A, Financial Services, as well as a Private Capital Company.

    Keith has earned numerous national industry leadership awards, he has serves as a Director of national and local boards, and has been involved in the leadership of many community organizations.

    Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Keith is a graduate of Dalhousie University. He resides in Seabright, NS.

  10. Bret Mitchell — President & CEO, Non-voting Director

    Bret Mitchell President and CEO

    Bret Mitchell is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of retailing experience, which besides being the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, includes 12 years with food retailer Sobeys where he held several senior roles, in marketing, merchandising, category management, purchasing, operations, retail brands and business process improvement. Bret began his responsibilities with the NSLC in January, 2006. Prior to joining the NSLC Bret was the Chief Merchandising Officer for the Forzani Group a sporting goods and apparel retailer. 

    Bret is the recipient of 5 consecutive Top 50 CEO awards and a member of the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. He also sits on the Board of Pharmasave Atlantic and is past Chair of the Board for the Pet Focus Veterinary Group, a Director of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions and past President of the same organization. Bret was on the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia from 2007-2015 and is also past Chair.  He is a graduate of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

  11. Heather MacDougall — Director, Policy & Public Affairs, Corporate Secretary

    Heather MacDougall Director Policy and Public AffairsA native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Heather joined the NSLC in May 2014. In addition to working with the Board of Directors, she also has responsibilities for the NSLC’s internal audit department, communications, legislative and policy issues relating to the liquor industry, regulatory requirements such as permitting and registration, local industry development, government relations and NSLC legal counsel requirements.

    Prior to joining the NSLC, Heather was responsible for managing issues related to the NSLC within the provincial Department of Finance. Heather has worked at both the federal and provincial levels of government, and her career has included positions with responsibility for programs and operations at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and senior policy advisor roles in the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, and federal Departments of Finance, Infrastructure and Health.

    Heather holds both an honors degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. Heather is an avid runner and cross country skier and generally enjoys any activity that involves being outdoors with her family.

  12. Byron G. Rafuse — Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board

    Byron Rafuse was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board on June 6, 2016. Prior to that Mr. Rafuse held the position of Associate Deputy Minister of Finance since March, 2010. He had originally joined the department as Controller in September 2004. Byron has extensive government experience, with 32 years spent working for the Province of Nova Scotia.

    Prior to joining the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, Byron spent several years in various senior financial and program positions at the Department of Solicitor General, the Department of Justice and the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. He was also the chief financial officer with the Department of Health. He currently serves on the boards of Canada Games Centre, Teachers Pension Plan, and Superannuation Pension Plan.

    Byron holds a bachelor of commerce degree from St. Mary's University, as well has a Certified Management Accountant designation.

    Originally from New Ross, Nova Scotia, Byron lives in Halifax and is the proud father of daughter, Lucy.

Executive Council

Our Executive Council is responsible for the day-to-day management of their respective Business Units as well as developing the overall direction of the NSLC based on long range strategic planning and goal setting, including the development of the annual business plan and budget for approval by the Board of Directors.

Executive Bios

  1. Bret Mitchell — President & CEO

    Bret Mitchell President and CEO

    Bret Mitchell is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of retailing experience, which besides being the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, includes 12 years with food retailer Sobeys where he held several senior roles, in marketing, merchandising, category management, purchasing, operations, retail brands and business process improvement. Bret began his responsibilities with the NSLC in January, 2006. Prior to joining the NSLC Bret was the Chief Merchandising Officer for the Forzani Group a sporting goods and apparel retailer.

    Bret is the recipient of 5 consecutive Top 50 CEO awards and a member of the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. He also sits on the Board of Pharmasave Atlantic and is past Chair of the Board for the Pet Focus Veterinary Group, a Director of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions and past President of the same organization. Bret was on the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia from 2007-2015 and is also past Chair.  He is a graduate of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

  2. Tim Pellerin — Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

    Tim Pellerin VP Customer StrategyTim joined the NSLC Executive Team in June 2010 and is responsible for the evolution of the NSLC brand and for providing strategic leadership in all marketing, advertising and merchandising initiatives to enhance the customer experience. Tim is also responsible for NSLC's channel development and corporate social responsibility.

    A native Haligonian, Tim is a graduate of Dalhousie University and is returning to Nova Scotia after working in British Columbia and Ontario. With more than 13 years of marketing experience, Tim has a strong track record of using customer research to develop comprehensive and successful marketing and merchandising plans. Before joining the NSLC team, Tim was VP of Marketing for Canada at the Clorox Company, where he led the marketing initiatives for brands such as Clorox, GLAD, Pine-Sol, Brita, Armour-All and Hidden Valley Ranch.

    In his spare time, Tim is an avid runner, enjoys a good round of golf and is drawn to any type of activity that gets him outside and into the fresh air!

  3. Danny MacMillan — Senior Vice President & Chief Services Officer

    Danny MacmillanDanny was appointed to Senior Vice President and Chief Services Officer in November 2016. Danny has a long history of success with the NSLC, beginning his career as a store clerk while attending university. Since that time, he has held increasing roles of responsibility, including Store Manager, Regional Manager, Manager of Corporate Wholesale Operations and Director of Retail Operations. Danny extensive knowledge of retail operations and business technology and has played a significant role in delivering on the organization’s customer promise.

    Danny is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and also received a Business Management Certificate from Dalhousie University. He was also the lead Executive Sponsor for NSLC’s IWK fundraising initiatives, past board member for Annapolis Valley Minor Hockey and Nova Scotia Trails Association.

  4. Heather MacDougall — Director, Policy & Public Affairs, Corporate Secretary

    Heather MacDougall Director Policy and Public AffairsA native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Heather joined the NSLC in May 2014. In addition to working with the Board of Directors, she also has responsibilities for the NSLC’s internal audit department, communications, legislative and policy issues relating to the liquor industry, regulatory requirements such as permitting and registration, local industry development, government relations and NSLC legal counsel requirements.

    Prior to joining the NSLC, Heather was responsible for managing issues related to the NSLC within the provincial Department of Finance. Heather has worked at both the federal and provincial levels of government, and her career has included positions with responsibility for programs and operations at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and senior policy advisor roles in the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, and federal Departments of Finance, Infrastructure and Health.

    Heather holds both an honors degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. Heather is an avid runner and cross country skier and generally enjoys any activity that involves being outdoors with her family.

  5. Caroline Duchesne — Director, Finance

    Caroline Duchesne Director FinanceA native of Montreal, Caroline has been appointed to Director Finance as a member of the Executive Team in October 2015. In her role, Caroline oversees all financial aspects of the Corporation and is a member of the Audit Committee. Caroline has been contributing to the success of the NSLC with the business and its people since August 2006 as she was first hired as a Business Analyst on the SAP implementation project.

    Leveraging her strengths in systems and processes, Caroline has built her accounting experience working for construction, engineering, and IT consulting firms. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2003 and was hired by Fujitsu Consulting – Business Services as part of their start-up team.

    Caroline holds a Bachelor of Management from HEC Montreal (University of Montreal Business School), an MBA degree from Saint Mary’s University and is a Certified Management Accountant. To give back to the community, Caroline joined the Board of Le Petit Voilier, an early childhood centre, in 2010. Her work as President of the Board for this non-profit, allows her to support her education and French language values as well as her professional growth.

  6. Roddy Macdonald — Vice President, Human Resources

    Roddy MacDonald VP Human Resources

    Roddy has been Vice President, Human Resources since 2002, having joined the NSLC shortly after it became a Crown Corporation. In that role, in addition to leading the HR team, Roddy serves on the NSLC Board’s Governance & HR Committee. 

    Roddy’s career has included senior HR leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Before joining the NSLC, Roddy was the Manager of HR Client Services for the Halifax Regional Municipality. His private sector background includes progressively more senior roles in the manufacturing, automobile parts, and transportation sectors. 

    Roddy is a graduate of the University of Toronto, as well as the Saint Mary’s University Executive MBA program. He is a Certified Human Resources Professional and has served on the executive of the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia; and is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of HR Executives. Roddy is a member of the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia and chairs both its HR and Governance committees.

Code of Business Conduct

We take pride in operating our business with integrity. We’re accountable for our performance and responsible for our decisions and their impacts. We’ve documented the expectations of our employees in the Code of Business Conduct and this applies to employees at all levels of the organization. The key principles of the code are:

  • Obey the laws and regulations governing business transactions
  • Act ethically and professionally
  • Protect corporate assets
  • Be open and trustworthy in all financial reporting and public disclosure
  • Avoid conflicts between personal interests and the interests of the NSLC
  • Uphold the NSLC’s commitment to non-discrimination

If you would like to report a suspected violation of the Code of Business Conduct, please click HERE if you are an NSLC employee and HERE if you are a customer.

Liquor Control Act

Since 1930 we’ve been committed to bringing a world of responsible beverage enjoyment to Nova Scotians. We are both retailer and a regulator. As a provincial Crown Corporation, we have a legislated mandate under the Liquor Control Act (LCA) of Nova Scotia to manage the safe and responsible distribution of beverage alcohol in Nova Scotia. Because of the nature of the products we sell, we have specific responsibilities to be a good corporate citizen, a respected Neighbour, a values community partner and a responsible retailer.

We are governed by the Liquor Control Act and other laws surrounding the distribution of our product and we take our responsibilities seriously. In practical terms, that means:

  • Delivering exceptional customer service
  • Cultivating the success of local products and the industry
  • Promoting responsible consumption and awareness
  • Proudly returning 100% of our profits to our shareholder to help fund key public services.

For more information please visit the Liquor Control Act of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Regulations

Statement of Compensation Disclosure

Statement of Compensation Disclosure 2016

Administrative Disclosure Reports

Senior Management Hospitality & Travel Expenses (April - November 2016) 

Senior Management Hospitality & Travel Expenses (December 2016)