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Board of Directors

The NSLC is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by Order in Council. The Board is comprised 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.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

George McLellan

Chair, Board of Directors

Appointed October, 2017 

George McLellan was born and educated in Sydney, Nova Scotia and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration.

He began his career in Nova Scotia with the provincial government. He later joined the Royal Bank and served in senior management positions in Canada and the U.S. In order to remain in Nova Scotia, he joined the Municipality of the County of Halifax shortly before amalgamation, ultimately leading to his position as Chief Administrative Officer with the Halifax Regional Municipality.  In 2005, he became President and CEO of EMC Inc., a Medavie Blue Cross subsidiary providing ambulance services throughout Nova Scotia.

Responding to the growth of the business into other markets, Mr. McLellan established the Medavie EMS Group of Companies.  MEMS grew to operate provincial ambulance services in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, as well as regional services in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 2012 the company expanded into Massachusetts.  In addition, Medavie EMS became involved in other innovative aspects of clinical training through its subsidiary, Medavie HealthEd and its communications and dispatch operation, Medacom Atlantic.

After retiring from Medavie EMS in March of 2014, Mr. McLellan continued to work as a consultant in both the private and public sector.  In July of 2014, as part of its transition to a consolidated health care system, the Nova Scotia government dissolved nine volunteer boards and appointed Mr. McLellan as the administrator to oversee the nine district health authorities. Premier Stephen MacNeil then appointed Mr. McLellan Deputy Minister of Finance in February of 2015 to help the Province reach a balanced budget.  Achieving that objective in the spring of 2016, Mr. McLellan retired to Baddeck.

Mr. McLellan has been active in fund raising efforts over the years, including the United Way, the initial Capital Campaign for the QEII Hospital, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  He was a past Chair of the Halifax VON, former Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University, and the Greater Halifax Partnership. He most recently served on the national boards of Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement.


Board of Directors

Greg Hughes

President & CEO, Non-voting Director

Greg is an executive and entrepreneur with a progressive career in financial management, business operations, leadership, and client relations spanning more than two decades. He has demonstrated success in building high performance teams and motivating employees to reach personal and corporate goals. Greg has earned a reputation for resolving complex issues by navigating highly regulated industries and collaborating with leaders and diverse stakeholders.

Prior to joining the NSLC, Greg was the General Manager of Operations, Atlantic Canada for CIBC and most recently President & CEO of CleanEarth Technologies in Enfield, a world leader of complex soil and water remediation solutions.

Greg is a native Nova Scotian and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary‘s University. He is community minded and is the former Chairman and current Director of the Board of Make-A-Wish Canada.

Greg is an avid fly-fisher and sports enthusiast who enjoys golf, hockey and outdoor pursuits.

Board of Directors

John MacKinnon


Appointed October, 2012 

Following 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. John  currently holds the position of Associate Professor Accounting at Cape Breton University.  He is the former Dean of the Shannon School of Business at CBU (2006-2013).  In 2006, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia honoured him with the FCA designation. He received the FCPA designation in 2016.

John has extensive professional and community involvement and was the recipient of the Ross Towler CA of the Year Award in 2000. 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 Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Sydney airport Authority.  John was appointed to the NSLC Board effective June 30, 2012. John is currently Chair of the NSLC Audit and Risk Committee.

Board of Directors

Cathie O'Toole


Appointed June, 2015 

Cathie 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 CPA, 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.

Board of Directors

Keith Dexter


Appointed December, 2015 

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 and Atlantic Signature Mortgage & Loan.

Keith is currently Chairman of Helmco Capital, President & CEO of Gateway Insurance Group and President of MHG - a National Insurance Company. He is a Partner in W5 Business Group and Chair of SDC Real Estate Ltd. 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.

Board of Directors

David Pace


Appointed December, 2017  

David Pace is Vice-President of The Pace Group Limited, a diversified family-owned company with operations in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.  David's strengths are applied daily in operations, strategic planning, regulatory issues, development and construction.

For the past 10 years, David has been President of Pace Construction Services, a general contracting firm that completes building construction and leasehold improvement projects throughout the Maritimes.

David’s educational background includes a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Mary’s University, which followed his graduation in Construction Management Technology (CMT) at NSCC. 

Residing in Glen Margaret, NS, David is an avid outdoorsmen and conservationist. When not in the woods or a field, he can be found on the water racing sailboats with his friends.  

Board of Directors

Rick Emberley


Appointed October, 2018

Rick has been a leading marketing communications and research expert for over 30 years, and is senior counsel at the M5 Group where his principal responsibilities lie in corporate development, business development and strategy development. He founded Bristol Communications Group, Omnifacts Research Inc. and Boomersplus.com.  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-for-profit organizations.

Rick holds a degree in Economic and Political Science and has completed Masters studies in Marketing.

Rick is CEO of Boomersplus.com and currently serves as Senior Counsel to the M5 Group. He is Executive Chair of the Board of the Discovery Centre International, and is a recent director of the Greater Halifax Partnership.  He also serves on the Advisory Board to the MacPhee Centre an organization serving ‘at risk’ youth. During his career he has managed over 500 research assignments in consumer products, travel & tourism and telecommunications and public policy.

Rick has led multiple projects in the areas of sponsorship Marketing strategy and fundraising. Specifically, he managed sponsorship strategy and stewardship for the new Neptune Theatre; Tall Ships 2000; Discovery Centre; World Junior Hockey and World Women’s Hockey Championships and a number of other private and NFP organizations.

He currently Chairs the NS Nature Trust and is involved in developing a new fundraising and sponsorship program for that organization.  He also currently sits on the Board of the Advertising Standards Council of Canada.

Board of Directors

Holly Bond


Appointed October, 2018 

Holly Bond has more than twenty years of experience in franchising, entrepreneurship, sales management, marketing and business start-ups. In 2005, Holly founded the Bulldog Interactive Fitness Inc® franchise system where she combined interactive video games with exercise to make fitness fun for kids.


Bulldog Interactive received international attention, with franchise applications coming in from countries around the world, including Dubai, Portugal, Singapore, Columbia and Australia. Franchises were sold across Canada and Florida. In 2008, Bulldog was successfully acquired by DHX Media.


In 2009 she helped launch Bullfrog Power, a green energy provider, in the Atlantic Provinces and was the Vice President of Sales until 2018 when she joined the Investment Attraction, Innovation team at the Halifax Partnership.


Holly has been featured on CTV National News, CBC Venture, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Today’s Parent, Prevention Magazine®, Franchise Business and Canadian Marketing Magazine to name just a few. She was chosen as one of Atlantic Canada’s five most interesting business people, and one of the top seven to watch in 2007. Holly is past recipient of the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award, the Women of Excellence Award, and Innovative Business of the Year. She was also a finalist for the Manning Award.


Holly has served on various Boards and Committees and as a volunteer with several organizations including the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities as well as the Campaign Committee of the Dartmouth General Hospital and Nova Scotia Mental Health.

Board of Directors

Colleen Keyes


Appointed January, 2021

Colleen Keyes is a partner at the Halifax office of the law firm Stewart McKelvey, representing private companies, reporting issuers and publicly-traded companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange as well as underwriters on a wide variety of matters. With extensive experience in policy and regulatory matters in the Canadian gaming industry, she also advises clients on regulatory compliance and corporate governance best practices.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Dalhousie University and an Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Colleen is the past Chair of the Board of Governors at Mount Saint Vincent University, and is in the final year of a 10-year term as a Governor, having served on each of the subcommittees of the Board. She is the co-Chair of the Phoenix Annual Holiday Luncheon Committee and has been an active volunteer with the Halifax-Dunbrack Soccer Club.

Board of Directors

Kiki Kachafanas


Appointed January 2021

Kiki graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and obtained her Chartered Account (CA) designation and her Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation while working for Deloitte & Touche in Sydney. Together with a partner, she purchased the assets and accounts of the Deloitte & Touche office, where she continues to practice in the areas of assurance and taxation. She is now President and Managing Partner with the firm, which has been rebranded as hk CPA.

Kiki has extensive experience in community initiatives, including being Chair of the Audit Committees for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation (2018 – present) and the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation (2010 – 2017).

Board of Directors

Kelliann Dean

Deputy Minister, Finance and Treasury Board, and Non-voting Director

Kelliann’s career spans 34 years in public and private sector leadership, strategic planning, business development, communications, board governance and business financing. She has successfully managed complex stakeholder relationships with a visionary leadership style characterized by a passion for building strong teams and partnerships to achieve results.

As the longest serving Deputy Minister in Nova Scotia, she has provided strategic advice to Premiers and Ministers since 2004.

Kelliann currently serves as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, a post she has held since 2016. In 2021, she was also appointed Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board.

She has previously served as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs from 2016 to 2019 as well as Chair of the Municipal Finance Corporation. From 2013 to 2016, she was Deputy Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage as well as Chair of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation and, Chair of the Nova Scotia Museum Board of Governors. She was appointed Public Service Commissioner from 2010 to 2013, and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage from 2004 to 2010 during which time she served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Tourism Commission. Before returning to Nova Scotia in 2001 as Vice President, Nova Scotia Business Inc., she held various positions at the Business Development Bank of Canada, in Montreal and Halifax.

Kelliann received the CIBC Executive Leaders Award in 2020 which recognizes women leaders who not only exemplify what it means to be a great leader in their organizations and communities, but also leadership which builds confidence, champions equality and breaks down barriers for the next generation of leaders to come.

Kelliann holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

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. This includes the development of the annual business plan and budget for approval by the Board of Directors.

Executive Bios

Executive Bios

Greg Hughes

President & CEO, Non-voting Director

Greg is an executive and entrepreneur with a progressive career in financial management, business operations, leadership, and client relations spanning more than two decades. He has demonstrated success in building high performance teams and motivating employees to reach personal and corporate goals. Greg has earned a reputation for resolving complex issues by navigating highly regulated industries and collaborating with leaders and diverse stakeholders.

Prior to joining the NSLC, Greg was the General Manager of Operations, Atlantic Canada for CIBC and most recently President & CEO of CleanEarth Technologies in Enfield, a world leader of complex soil and water remediation solutions.

Greg is a native Nova Scotian and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary‘s University. He is community minded and is the former Chairman and current Director of the Board of Make-A-Wish Canada.

Greg is an avid fly-fisher and sports enthusiast who enjoys golf, hockey and outdoor pursuits.

Caroline Duchesne stands in the lobby of the Head Office of the NSLC

Caroline Duchesne

Senior Vice-President, Finance

Caroline was appointed Senior Vice-President, Finance in August 2019 and has been a member of the Executive Team since 2015. Her team leads all financial aspects of the organization including business planning, budgeting and financial reporting, She is also responsible for portfolios such as data governance, reporting as well as Risk Management. Caroline has contributed to the success of the business and its people since 2006 when she was hired as a Business Analyst on the SAP implementation project.

Leveraging her strengths in systems and processes, Caroline built her accounting experience working for construction, engineering, and information technology consulting firms. A native of Montreal, 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 Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CMA). To give back to the community, she 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.


Caroline lives in Dartmouth with her husband Chris and son Matis.

Executive Bios

Dave DiPersio

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Services

A native of PEI but with deep roots in Nova Scotia, Dave returned to the NSLC to assume the role of Senior Vice-President, Corporate Services after having spent two years in Montreal as VP Finance for Frank And Oak. In his current role, he leads Information Technology, Procurement & Facilities, Internal Audit & Corporate Security, Corporate Affairs & Communications, E-Commerce, and Network Development & Revenue Management.

Prior to that, Dave accumulated a wealth of retail experience through his previous role as VP Finance and IT at the NSLC, as well as through various senior roles at Sobeys and Holt Renfrew in Nova Scotia and Ontario. His experience includes financial planning and reporting, business financing, as well as business transformation.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University and is a CPA, CA.      

Executive Bios

Paul Rapp

Senior Vice-President, Customer Operations

Paul started his career with the NSLC when he was 20 years old and has been part of our transformation to a modern, customer focused organization. Paul is an operations expert who has held many positions including Store Manager, Regional Manager and Vice President Customer Experience.

In his current role as Senior Vice-President Customer Operations, Paul is responsible for the team that is instrumental in driving an exceptional customer experience. He is passionate about his team, and his wealth of retail expertise and leadership abilities bring strategic direction to every customer-facing touchpoint in our stores.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and his exceptional management skills and collaborative approach are an asset to his team.

In his spare time, Paul is busy with his wife and three children and enjoys sailing, dirt biking with his son, and taking part in outdoor pursuits.

Executive Bios

Ryan Embrett

Senior Vice-President, Human Resources

Ryan Embrett-Baboushkin has developed her career as a human resources professional by working in both the private and public sectors of Nova Scotia. Ryan joined the NSLC after more than 13 years with the IWK Health Centre where she specialized in labour relations, compensation and benefits, talent recruitment and development and HR business intelligence. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University and is currently working on obtaining her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University.

Ryan is proud to be from Cape Breton Island and enjoys running, biking, hiking with her dog, and cooking in her free time. 

Committee Structures

  1. Audit Committee

    • John MacKinnon, Chair
    • George McLellan
    • Keith Dexter
    • Kiki Kachafanas

    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.

  2. Governance and HR Committee

    • Cathie O’Toole, Chair
    • George McLellan
    • Colleen Keyes
    • Keith Dexter

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

  3. Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    • Holly Bond, Chair
    • George McLellan
    • Rick Emberley
    • David Pace

    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.

Additional Resources

  1. 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, and you are a member of the NSLC team, please use our Confidence Line . Otherwise, please contact us . 


  2. 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  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 valued 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 review the Liquor Control Act of Nova Scotia (download)  and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Regulations .


  3. Statement of Compensation Disclosure
  4. Administrative Disclosure Reports
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