Jonathan McClelland, CEO
Jonathan has been the CEO of the Cumberland Business Connector since June 2017. His background in Business Management and Community Economic Development has been gained working in rural Nova Scotia. He understands the challenges that business owners and managers face in running a business in a small town or rural region.
Bringing people together to gain additional insight and find solutions to complex problems is something that he enjoys. Developing partnerships and collaborating with like-minded organizations and individuals has led to significant progress in Economic Development initiatives throughout the Cumberland Region. Jonathan credits the strong team at the Cumberland Business Connector, both board members and staff, as one of the most significant contributors to the Connector’s success.
He received a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a major in Economics from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, NS. He enjoys working with businesses across different business sectors, and with entrepreneurs as well as established businesses.
Jennifer Lim-Somerton, Executive Assistant
Jennifer joined the Cumberland Business Connector in November of 2021 as an Executive Assistant. With a Diploma in Legal Administration and graduating from Durham College, in Oshawa Ontario she brings her passion for working with people from all demographics to Cumberland County.
Jennifer began her legal career working as a Court Clerk in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener and Cambridge, later expanding to Guelph/Eramosa and Woodstock, Ontario. Striving to sharpen her skill set within all levels of the Court Services Division, she worked her way through each of the business lines, as a Customer Service Representative, Assistant Trial Coordinator/Judicial Secretary and as a Trial Coordinator with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Jennifer provided mentoring, training, and coaching to colleagues and achieved a high degree of success on projects within the Change Management Court Modernization Program.
Matthew Berrigan, Regional Manager, Northern Connector Program
Matthew Berrigan, regional manager of our Northern Connector Program, in partnership with the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prospity, Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network, in collaboration with National Connector Program is a graduate of Acadia University ('17) and has been with the program for more than 4 years.
As regional program manager, Matthew works closely with established business and community leaders to help employment-ready workers build professional networks across the region. Matthew's role is designed to be collaborative. Matthew regularly works with Universities, Colleges, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations including but not limited to; Community groups, Ignite Labs, CBDC, and many more to provide networking opportunities for Northern Nova Scotia.
Our Board of Directors
Chair, Executive Committee
David McNairn – was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He attended the University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate degree and went on to receive his LLB from the University of New Brunswick in 2003. In 2004 David began his legal career with Hicks LeMoine Law with a focus on real estate, corporate/commercial law, municipal law, and estate planning.
David became a partner at Hicks LeMoine in 2009. David has been an active volunteer in the community. He has served on the board of directors and executive for the Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005 through 2009. He has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst since 2005 and served as President of the Rotary Club for the 2017/2018 year. David also currently sits on the board of Directors as Vice Chair for the Cumberland Business Connector. Within the legal profession, David has served as President of the Cumberland Barrister’s Association and was a member of the council for the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society from 2008 to 2013. David has also spent a number of years on the Complaints Investigation Committee and the Complaints Review Sub-committee. Currently, David serves on the board of the Real Estate Lawyer’s Association of Nova Scotia. David is licensed to practice in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick working primarily out of the Amherst office.
Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
Vice President, Aquisitions, BrokerLink
Michael has over 20 years of insurance, senior management and leadership experience on both the insurer and brokerage side of the insurance industry. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University and a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB).
He’s a former partner and CEO of Archway Insurance Inc., which he led and helped grow into one of the region’s largest and fastest growing insurance brokerages. Michael is currently VP Acquisitions of BrokerLink Insurance Inc., a national insurance brokerage and one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Michael has always had a keen interest in his community and has been a director and past President of the United Way of Cumberland County, Chair and served on the Cumberland Healthcare Foundation Board, along with being a founding member, director and executive board member of the Cumberland Business Connector since its inception.
Michael is an Amherst resident and is married with two young children. He enjoys spending his free time at the family cottage along the Amherst Shore or otherwise playing golf, volunteering or travelling abroad.
Past Chair, Executive Committee
Former Vice Chair & Co-CEO Bragg Group.
David Hoffman is recently retired Vice Chair and former Co-CEO of the Bragg Group and its related companies where he enjoyed his career for almost 30 years helping to grow and oversee the management of the Group along with John Bragg and a small, talented management team. The group includes a number of varied operations - Oxford Frozen Foods, Eastlink, Inland Technologies, real estate, hotel operations, and the South Canoe Wind Farm.
David resides in Oxford with his spouse, Nina, where his children received a full Oxford education. He is a Fellow of the Canadian, Nova Scotian, and English Institutes of Chartered Accountants. He chairs the Board of Halifax Seed Company and has been involved in corporate and non-profit community boards over many years, including The Shaw Group, Nova Scotia Textiles Ltd, Crossley Carpets Ltd, LED Roadway Lighting Ltd, chairing the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, the NS Community College Foundation, the National Trans Canada Trail and Trans Canada Trail Foundation, Cumberland YMCA, Metro United Way, Oxford Trails Association, Oxford Community Centre, The Cumberland Business Connector, and St. Joseph’s Childrens’ Centre. David was conferred an Honorary Diploma by the NSCC, and in 2021 was inducted into the Junior Achievement NS Business Hall of Fame.
Finance (chair), Audit, HR Committees
Owner & Broker, RE/MAX County Line Realty Ltd
Born and raised in Sackville, NB; Lacey is a full-time Mom, community member & business owner. She and her husband Jacob own Timberwood Farms Ltd. & RE/MAX County Line Realty Ltd. in Cumberland County NS.
Lacey's Business Management & Corporate Financial background allows her to provide clients/boards/groups with a multifaceted person who is dedicated to them, utilizing business strategies and marketing strength to an industry capacity. Her educational background assists, while providing clients with the duty and care they deserve, ensuring a focused, professional, honest, and sincere approach, as this is and will always be the foundation of her business.
Lacey's educational and professional direction focuses on connecting to clients through volunteer work within my community, memberships, board of directors, etc. As such, all have assisted her to become the business owner she is today. Lastly, as a lifelong learner, Lacey enjoys training and attending events that are put on to expand her business concepts. Lacey is considered to be a skilled leader with an enthusiastic, motivating personality and a solid business and personal portfolio that's always open to new ideas.
As an individual and an active member of her community, Lacey truly loves giving back and assisting where she can. Some involvement includes: Past President Amherst Rotary Club, Past President Canadian Simmental Association, Treasurer Amherst Rotary Club, Board of Directors Cumberland Business Connector, Past Vice President & Current Treasurer Maritime Simmental Association, Vice President Amherst Minor Basketball Association, Board of Directors ARHS Band Association. Director Maritime Quarter Horse Association, Vice President Cumberland County 4-H, Coach or manager of various sports & equestrian teams with her daughters.
Job-Ready Workforce (chair) Committee
Partner, McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants
A proud Mount Allison University Commerce grad, Susan started her professional accounting career in Amherst, and the town has remained world headquarters for her ever since. Susan’s love of public accounting started with the realization it is all about the people, not the numbers, and she feels at her best seeing and contributing to the growth and success of clients and staff.
A founding member of the Cumberland Business Connector, Susan continues to sit on the board as an executive and Past Chair. She has found her work with the Connector to be an extension of her interest in supporting local businesses as they strive to reach their potential.
HR (chair), Job-Ready Workforce Committees
Principal, NSCC Cumberland Campus
Don McCormack has been the Principal at NSCC Cumberland Campus (Amherst Community Learning Centre and Springhill Campus) for the past 14 years, bringing many years of educational expertise to the College.
Since beginning his career with NSCC, Don has helped the Cumberland Campus-Amherst Community Learning Centre grow from a 900 square foot building to 42,000 square feet, offering more opportunities to the residents of Cumberland County.
Don enjoys working hand in hand with the community and industry partners to better serve Cumberland County residents while transforming one learner at a time.
Don currently sits on the board of directors for the Cumberland Business Connector, and is Chair of the Human Resources committee.
Communications (chair) Committee
Vice President, Northumberland Properties
Andrew Cameron is the Vice President of Northumberland Properties, a family-owned real estate development firm that focuses on building and operating high quality apartments for its tenants.
Andrew grew up in Amherst and graduated from the Old ARHS in ’99. After graduation he went to Dalhousie University to complete his business degree, and then moved all around the world living in Banff, AB, Osaka, Japan, Maine, and Yarmouth. Andrew moved back to Amherst in 2015 when their business moved their head office to Amherst. He has been a member of the board since 2020, and Chair of the Communications Committee since 2021.
Communications & HR Committees
Mary has a dynamic background in community development, non-profit governance, logistics management, human resources, facilities and risk management, facilitation, renewable energy, marine environments, horticulture, agriculture, and sustainable forestry. Mary’s passion for rural revitalization and community has been solidified with over 25 years of volunteer service and work with community organizations, local municipalities, and non-profits. Mary is a natural organizer who thrives on process improvement, a seasoned public speaker who loves to connect people, and an amateur writer who strives to practice gratitude daily. Mary divides her time between consulting, volunteer commitments, working in a small but productive sawmill, gardening and growing food, working in the woods, practicing yoga, and trying to enjoy every moment of life on the Fundy shore with her friends, family, and loyal dogs.
Mary is a hard-working, energetic, and caring member of the Cumberland Business Connector Board of Directors. Since joining the organization in December 2020, she has been active on the Communications and Human Resources Committees. Mary hopes to increasingly connect the diverse network of businesses along the Parrsboro to Advocate shore to resources and growth potential through the Connector’s programs and supports.
Job-Ready Workforce Committee
President, Waldale Manufacturing
Todd was born in Winnipeg (MB), and was raised on the family farm outside of the French community of St. Pierre-Jolys. Todd is proud of his roots as a “Son of a Pig Farmer” and the life experiences this provided growing up and working in a family business. Todd left the prairie province to move to New Brunswick to attend Mount Allison University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in marketing.
Todd fell in love with the Maritimes, and he never left except to pursue his MBA in Marketing and International Business at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. In the summer, between his undergrad and MBA, he worked at Waldale Manufacturing as the Marketing Manager. After finishing his MBA at Simon Fraser, he returned to work at Waldale as Marketing Manager. In 1997 he became the Vice President of Waldale, and three years later, he took over as the President and CEO of the company. When he started with Waldale, the company manufactured plates for only a few provinces. Over the 28-year span with the company, Waldale’s market has grown to include all of the Canadian Provinces, ten US states, and many other Caribbean and Latin American countries. It is a great point of pride to travel to other provinces and countries and see license plates on all the vehicles that were produced in Cumberland County by a great team at Waldale.
Todd joined the Cumberland Business Connector board in 2021 and currently sits as a director. He is also an active member of the Job-Ready Workforce committee. Todd lives in Nappan with his wife and two children. When he is not working at the office, you will find him working outside and spending time at his cottage on the Tidnish River.
President, Fox Harb'r Resort
Kevin brings with him over 40 years of experience in resort/hotel operations, real estate development, ski and golf operations management and destination marketing. Currently, President of Fox Harb’r Resort (2015 – Present), he was previously President & COO of Skyline Hotels & Resorts from 2010 – 2015 and spent 17 years with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, serving as General Manager at such properties as the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and as Manager at Fairmont Chateau Laurier early in his career. Prior to joining Skyline, he was managing partner and president of Rockwater Properties, which included a 15-acre luxury oceanfront development on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.
Kevin is certainly no stranger to volunteering his time in the business, travel, hospitality, and culinary arenas. He is a member of SKAL since the late 1980’s in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, and Ottawa; has been a member of various Rotary Clubs across Canada. On the organizational side, he is currently Secretary / Treasurer of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and serves as a Director at the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism. Previously Kevin was the President of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Association, Hotel Association of Edmonton, and the Jasper Tourism Association as well as Director of the Hotel Association of Alberta. Kevin currently sits as a director on the board for the Cumberland Business Connector. Kevin is married to Deanna and has two grown children, Georgia, and Dylan.