Two new members have joined the board of Innovacorp, an internationally recognized organization that helps early stage technology companies in Nova Scotia commercialize products and services for export.

Susan McIsaac, a partner at McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants, and Jim White, vice president of RBC’s commercial financial services division, have joined the board.

Jacquelyn Thayer Scott has been re-appointed to the board and is the new board chair. Dr. Scott is principal of ResourceWorks Consulting, past president of Cape Breton University (CBU) and a professor at the university’s Shannon School of Business. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and is sought around the world for her business advice and expertise.

“Nova Scotians can be very proud of Innovacorp’s impact and accomplishments. I look forward to continuing my work to ensure its continued positive impact on our economy,” Dr. Scott said. “Much credit is owed to Colin Latham who was a key contributor to the board’s credibility and continuity of governance during his term as chair.”

Mr. Latham, former president of Aliant Telecom, will move to the position of past chair.

Ms. McIsaac holds the prestigious fellowship (FCA) designation in recognition of her career accomplishments and her professional and community service. She has worked with Grant Thornton and teaches for the Provincial Institutes of Chartered Accountants.

Mr. White has 30 years experience in the financial services sector in risk management, human resources, and operations. He has worked with various enterprises, from small businesses to some of RBC’s largest private and publicly traded commercial and public sector clients in Atlantic Canada. He leads a team delivering quality, tailored business solutions to commercial clients throughout Halifax.

“Innovacorp’s work is a key part of building today’s knowledge economy in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of Economic Development Angus MacIsaac. “This work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and solid leadership of Innovacorp’s volunteer board of directors from across the province.”

“Innovacorp has an engaged and diverse board with a heavy influence of private sector experience,” said Dan MacDonald, Innovacorp’s president and CEO. “Our directors are passionate about building the knowledge economy here in Nova Scotia.”

As of September 2008, members of Innovacorp’s board of directors are:

Chair: Dr. Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, O.C., PhD, LL.D. (Hons.), Dipl. (Hons.), Principal, ResourceWorks Consulting, Professor and Past President, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS
Dr. Michael Dennis, PhD, Chief Executive & Chief Scientific Officer, BlueBio Green Solutions, Halifax
Mr. Stephen Duff, Director of New Business Development, Precision BioLogic Inc., Halifax
Ms. Vicki Harnish, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Finance, Halifax
Ms. Eleanor Humphries, Vice-Chair, Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, Transport Canada, Halifax
Mr. Colin Latham, Former President, Aliant Telecom, Dartmouth, NS
Mr. Robert McCharles, Managing Partner, Dillon Consulting Limited, Sydney, NS
Ms. Susan McIsaac, Partner, McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants, Amherst, NS
Mr. Paul Taylor, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Economic Development, Halifax
Dr. Tom Traves, PhD, President and Vice Chancellor, Dalhousie University, Halifax
Mr. James White, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank, Halifax

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Batten
T 902-424-8670 ext. 1197

Heather Deighan
Economic Development 
T 902-424-5836


Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 3, 2008