Board of Directors
Chris Dobbin, CPA, CA
(President, CEO & Director)
Chris Dobbin is the Founding President & CEO of Nova Leap Health Corp. and is a co-owner and director of Earth Angels Home Care (“Earth Angels”), a non-medical and skilled nursing private duty home care agency, servicing rural areas of Nova Scotia along the northern corridor and south shore regions. Mr. Dobbin also founded Precipice Capital Advisory Services Inc., a company that provides strategic advice on private company transactions. Mr. Dobbin has 20 years of experience, has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Emerging Leaders, and has received national recognition as the recipient of the 2013 Exempt Market Dealers Association (EMDA) Private Debt Deal of the Year and 2012 EMDA Private Equity Deal of the Year awards.
Mr. Dobbin is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a graduate of Mount Allison University, and a former director of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada.
Dana Hatfield, CPA, CA
Dana Hatfield is the Chief Financial Officer and a director of GoGold Resources Inc., a Canadian company that produces silver and gold in Mexico, and he has over 20 years of financial leadership in increasingly senior roles. Prior to joining GoGold Resources Inc., Mr. Hatfield served as CFO for Brigus Gold Corp., Senior Vice President Finance for AuRico Gold Inc., and Director of Finance with the Eastern Canada division of Sysco Corporation where Mr. Hatfield oversaw financial reporting, internal controls, budgeting, and planning, equity and debt financings, and all operational finance functions. Prior to this, he was a Senior Manager with an international accounting firm advising various public companies on Canadian and US stock exchange regulations, equity financings, and general financial management. Mr. Hatfield is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Michael O’Keefe, MBA, CPA, CMA
Michael O’Keefe is the Chief Financial Officer of Aqualitas Inc., a licensed aquaponics cultivation company. Mr. O’Keefe previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Morien Resources Corp. (“Morien“). Morien operates in the mining industry and is focused on unique mineral industry opportunities to add to its portfolio of long-life royalty assets. Mr. O’Keefe was previously Director of Finance for Erdene Resource Development Corporation (“Erdene“), a precious metals exploration company operating in Mongolia. Mr. O’Keefe has extensive experience in senior finance positions in both public and private companies and was part of the senior management team for one of the “50 Best Managed” private companies in Canada before joining Erdene’s management team.
Mr. O’Keefe is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St Francis Xavier University.
Wayne Myles, QC
Wayne Myles has been chairman and co-owner of the Lighthouse Capital Atlantic Inc. (“LCAI”) companies for over 15 years and has been counsel to the law firm Cox and Palmer for NL, NS & NB since 2012. He is also the co-owner and chairman of a diversified group of commercial real estate holding companies and retail and commercial sales and distribution businesses, including LCAI, and its subsidiaries Big Erics Inc. and Terra Nova Old Port Foods Inc., together with other affiliated entities, operating in Atlantic Canada. Mr. Myles is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation and is Past Chairman of the Board of Victoria Order of Nursing (VON) Canada and a past President of the St. John’s Rotary Club. As a corporate lawyer, and in addition to his domestic practice, Mr. Myles has 20 years of experience in international M&A, regulatory affairs and financings, and has led many transactions for buyers, sellers and debt issuers, involving deal values in multiple billions of US$.
Anne Whelan, MBA, FCPA, ICD.D
Anne Whelan is a Canadian entrepreneur, innovator, community, and business leader. As the founder and CEO of Seafair group, she has grown a small family business into a thriving portfolio of small and medium-sized organizations.
In addition to leading her group of companies, Anne is currently a director of the Bank of Canada and of CSA Group, a Canadian standards organization with global operations in testing, inspection and certification. Anne has previously chaired the board of Newfoundland Power, a subsidiary of Fortis (TSX:FTS). She has been recognized for entrepreneurship and leadership at the national level, including being named CEO of the Year in Atlantic Canada (2014), one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2016) and Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2018). In 2012, Anne was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for her contributions to home care.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University. She also completed advanced studies in alternative dispute resolution and holds the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Marie Mullally, MBA, FCPA, ICD.D
Marie is the President and CEO of CUA, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest community banking institutions, a position she has held since 2011. She is also the current Chair of the Board of Nova Scotia Business Inc.
For more than three decades, Marie’s commitment to public service, community investment, and business leadership has been felt at a local, regional and national level. Prior to her current role, Marie spent ten years as President and CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), a Provincial Crown corporation. Under her leadership, the NSGC was recognized as a global leader for innovative responsible gambling programs. She has also held leadership roles with various Government of Nova Scotia departments.
In addition to being an active volunteer, university lecturer, wellness instructor, mentor and business advisor, Marie contributes to countless private, not-for-profit and public sector boards, and is a sought-after expert on the topic of corporate governance practices.
Recognized as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada, Marie holds the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors along with Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from Dalhousie University. Marie has also been awarded the Fellow Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia and was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2008.