In December, 2006, the CBU School of Business was re-named the “Shannon School of Business” after long-time supporter of CBU and Canadian business giant, Joseph (Joe) Shannon. The University also established a Business Advisory Board, made up of national business leaders, chaired by Joe Shannon, to further advance the School of Business as a strong force in developing our economic business opportunities.

Members of the Business Advisory Board include:

Joe P. ShannonMr. Joseph P. Shannon

A native of Sydney, NS, and now residing in Port Hawkesbury, NS, Mr. Shannon holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Cape Breton University. He is currently the president of Atlantic Corporation Limited, a holding company which includes AIT Services, Seaboard/Harmac Transportation Group and several other companies. Previously, he was the president of the Cape Breton Development Corporation.

Mr. Shannon has served as a director for RBC Fund, Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury Limited, Atlantic Shopping Centres and Medavie Blue Cross. He has been inducted into the Cape Breton, Nova Scotian and Canadian Business Hall’s of Fame.

Chief Terrance PaulChief Terrance Paul

Chief Paul was born in Membertou, NS and is currently chief of the Membertou First Nation, a role he has held for 26 years. A firm advocate for the recognition of Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Chief Paul has served his home community as economic development officer and band manager before being elected chief in 1984.

An original founder of the National Capital Corporation Association, Paul has helped the group grow from seven members at inception to 50 Aboriginal corporations across Canada. Chief Paul has been the driving force behind Membertou’s success, doubling the land base and increasing the employment rate within Membertou to nearly 80 per cent. Infrastructure development, including the multi-million dollar Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, a new entertainment centre and Membertou Market are a tribute to Chief Paul’s leadership.

ssob-advisory-hon-anne-mclellanThe Honourable A. Anne McLellan

A native of Hants County, NS, Ms. McLellan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London (King’s College). She currently serves as counsel for the national law firm of Bennett Jones LLP (Edmonton). She also serves as a director for Nexen Inc., Agrium Inc. and Cameco Corp. She is also involved in the community, serving as a member of the boards of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the TELUS (Edmonton) Community Foundation.

Previously, Ms. McLellan served as deputy prime minister in the Government of Canada, while concurrently serving as minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. She served as a minister in various capacities from 1993-2006 while elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre. She has also taught law at both the University of New Brunswick and the University of Alberta.

Susan MurrayMs. Susan Murray

Ms. Murray graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Political Science. She is the founder and chief executive officer of SAMCI. She has worked in government relations since 1980 and founded SAMCI, a national, independent government relations consulting firm, in 1982. She is acknowledged by elected officials, public servants and business leaders as one of the country’s leading government relations professionals.

Ms. Murray currently sits as chair of the National Government Relations Committee and as a director with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and MS Scientific Research Foundation. She is a current director and past chair of the National Ballet School, where she is also a member of the Corporate Cabinet for the school’s capital campaign.

In 1990, she completed the Senior Officers Professional Development Course at the National Defense College in Kingston, the first civilian invited to attend. While in 2002, Ms. Murray was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism for her work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

John McLellanMr. John T. McLennan

A native of Sydney, NS, Mr. McLennan holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Clarkson University (New York). He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Cape Breton University. He is currently the director of MTS (Manitoba Telecom Systems) Inc. and is the chair of Emera.

Previously, Mr. McLennan was vice-chairman and CEO of Allstream Canada (formerly AT&T Canada) and was the head of several other telecommunications companies throughout his career.

Mr. McLennan has served as the first chancellor of Cape Breton University as well as a director for several boards including, Air Jazz and Hummingbird Communications to name a few. He is also the past chairman of the Cape Breton Growth Fund Corporation. Mr. McLennan is also a valued donor to the CBU Future First fundraising campaign.

ssob-advisory-louis-marounMr. Louis J. Maroun

Mr. Maroun was born and raised in Sydney, NS and currently resides in Devonshire, Bermuda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is currently the executive chairman of Sigma Real Estate Advisors and was most recently the executive chairman of ING Real Estate Canada, one of Canada’s largest real estate investment managers and Industrial landlord.

Mr. Maroun is lead director of Acadian Timber Corp. and has served on the board of InStorage REIT, a TSX listed company. He was also a director for Roycom Inc., Roy 3 and Roy 4-5 (Pension Fund Investment Pools) and previously worked for the Department of the Attorney General.

Mr. Maroun is also past chair of the National Board of Directors of the MS Society of Canada, a director of the MS Research Foundation, co-founder of Casting for Recovery Canada, chair of the End MS Training Network Committee, board member of Techlink Entertainment and chair of its governance committee and a director of the Atlantic Salmon Foundation.

Honourable Kevin LynchThe Honourable Kevin G. Lynch

Mr. Lynch was born and raised in Sydney, NS. He holds a PhD in Economics from McMaster University; a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Manchester; and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Economics from Mount Allison University. He was made a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and has been awarded honourary doctorates by seven Canadian universities including Cape Breton University. He is currently vice-chair, BMO Financial Group. In this role, he is a key strategic advisor to senior management. He represents BMO in domestic and international markets, building and expanding relationships with corporate and commercial clients, helping broaden BMO’s global networks and focusing on strategic issues and opportunities.

Mr. Lynch is a member of the Board of the Gairdner Foundation, which honours outstanding global medical researchers, the Board of Governors of Waterloo University, the Board of the Perimeter Institute, Board of the U.K. Ditchley Foundation and the Board of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada. He is also chair of the Canada Ditchley Foundation.

Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Lynch built a distinguished career in the Government of Canada. Before his retirement in 2009, he served the Government of Canada as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service of Canada and its 260,000 public servants.

Meredith (Sam) HayesMr. Meredith (Sam) Hayes

For 27 years, Mr. Hayes played an instrumental role in the continued growth of The CSL Group Inc., a Canadian shipping giant with revenues of $500 million. Serving as executive vice-president and CFO, Mr. Hayes developed new European banking relationships that financed substantial growth in both domestic and international fleets.

During his 13 years as president and CEO, Mr. Hayes led the senior management team in growing the company from its Canadian roots to operations throughout the world, resulting in significant improvement in profitability and financial strength. The strong and cohesive management team developed during this time will continue the company’s positive progress.

Denis RyanMr. Denis J.P. Ryan

Mr. Ryan was born in Newport, County Tipperary, Ireland, but immigrated to Toronto, ON, in 1969. He moved to St. John’s, NL in 1971 and in 1980, to Halifax, NS. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Folklore from Memorial University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Saint Mary’s University.

In 1970, Mr. Ryan formed the critically acclaimed musical group, Ryan’s Fancy. His musical career has spanned more than forty years and he has performed all over the world, appearing in over two hundred television shows in both Ireland and Canada and has recorded thirteen albums.

In 1983, Ryan’s Fancy disbanded and Mr. Ryan has since been working in the investment business. He is involved with numerous community projects; including serving as the national chairman of the fundraising committee of the Darcy McGee, Chair of Irish Studies at St. Mary’s University and as Governor of Saint Francis Xavier University. In addition, he was the founder of Nova Scotian Crystal, Canada’s only mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal manufacturer.

Stacey MacNeilMs. Stacey MacNeil

Stacey MacNeil is vice president employee communications at HP. She is responsible for delivering a new era of communications focused on HP’s strengths and future, reinforcing what matters to employees and why. This includes keeping employees informed about the company’s strategy and direction with a constant stream of fresh, compelling and authentic content. Stacey works hand in hand with Human Resources to revitalize the company culture and build employee engagement

Prior to her current role, Stacey was director, executive communications for the Enterprise Group, recognized for raising the communication standard and highly respected for her communications counsel. She joined HP in 2005, as senior communications manager – Americas for the Personal Systems Group where she successfully delivered a public relations turn-around from crisis to proactive communications, and instituted relationship sustaining programs with improved qualitative and quantitative brand positioning, partner and executive satisfaction.

Stacey started her career in radio and television broadcasting followed by several years in the Telecom industry in leadership positions in advertising, product management, market research, media and analyst relations, corporate brand strategy and marketing. She was Director of Marketing at Innovatia, a Canadian internet application and services company and at Exigen Group, a U.S. based business process outsourcing company.

Stacey began her collegiate studies at Cape Breton University before proceeding to complete her degree at St. Mary’s University in Canada. She also received an advanced management program certificate from the University of Southern California. Stacey is a member of the HP Global Diversity and Inclusion Board of Directors. She is also a competitive curler, winning two state club championships and a club national silver medal in 2012.

Honourable Howard WetstonHonourable Howard I. Wetston

The Honourable Howard I. Wetston was appointed Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on November 15, 2010. He was the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Energy Board from 2003 until his appointment to the OSC. From 1999 to 2003, he served as a Vice-Chair of the OSC. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Wetston served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, and an ex-officio member of the Federal Court’s Appeal Division. From 1989 to 1993, he was the Director of Investigation and Research (now Commissioner of Competition) with the Bureau of Competition Policy.

Prior to that, Mr. Wetston was in private practice in Ottawa, associated with the firms of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer in Calgary and Phillips & Vineberg in Montreal. Before entering private practice, he served as General Counsel to the Canadian Transport Commission, Associate General Counsel to the National Energy Board and General Counsel to the Consumers Association of Canada. He has also served as Crown Counsel in the federal Department of Justice and Crown Counsel in the Nova Scotia Attorney General’s Department.

Mr. Wetston was educated at Mount Allison University (B.Sc.) and Dalhousie University (LLB). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) in 1990 and is a member of the Ontario and Alberta Bars. In 2005, he graduated from the Certified Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Mr. Wetston is Chair of the Policy Co-ordination Committee of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and Chair of the Council of the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB). He is a member of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Past Members

Sir Graham DaySir Graham Day

A native of Halifax, NS, Sir Graham has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University. He currently serves as counsel for Stewart McKelvey (Halifax). Sir Graham serves as a director for well-known organizations such as Jacques Whitford Group Ltd., Scotia Investments Ltd. and DHX Media Inc. just to name a few.

He was previously chairman/CEO of several companies including Cadbury Schweppes and British Shipbuilders. Some of his professional accolades include being inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, being knighted in 1989 by Queen Elizabeth ll for his service to British Industry and being selected as a companion, to the British Institute of Management. Sir Day is also an accomplished opera singer.

Mr. Harold Schwartz, Director Emeritus – Mr. Schwartz is a native of New Waterford, NS and currently resides in Sydney, NS. He holds a business degree from Drexel University (Philadelphia). Mr. Schwartz is the president of S&N Investments and is a cornerstone of the Cape Breton business community and has been for more than 40 years.

Mr. Schwartz is the past-president of Ski Ben Eoin and is one of the founders and a commodore of the Dobson Yacht Club. He is also very active in many other community initiatives. Harold and his wife Diane are long-time friends of CBU and have contributed major gifts to the University fundraising campaigns, most recently being lead donors to the Future First campaign. In 2005, he was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame.

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