Board & Staff

*Executive Board Member

*William Lahey, Chair

William Lahey is the 25th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College. He was educated at Mount Allison and at the Universities of Oxford and Toronto. He was a Rhodes Scholar and clerked with Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada. He practiced law in the private and public sectors and has held senior roles in Nova Scotia’s public service, including as Deputy Minister of Environment and Labour.

He is a faculty member of the Schulich School of Law and has published in legal history, administrative law, health law, environmental law and energy law. He has written or co-written commissioned reports on mental health legislation, professional regulation, the legislative framework for Canadian health care and energy, forestry and aquaculture regulation. He serves as Chair of the Board for EfficiencyOne (Efficiency NS); the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs.

*Rev Neale Bennet

Rev. Neale Bennet is an Anglican priest with a background in post-secondary education, strategic organizational leadership, organizational learning, and leadership development. Since July 1, 2015 Rev. Bennet has served as President of Atlantic School of Theology (AST).

Neale was ordained in 2004 and before that enjoyed a successful career in marketing and communications. In 1994 he took a leave of absence from his business to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of Nova Scotia.

Prior to taking up his appointment at AST Neale was Director of Organizational Learning at Nova Scotia Community College and previously was Director of Organizational Development and Transformation at Capital District Health Authority where he served as a member of the executive team with responsibility for the implementation of Capital Health’s strategic plan.

For several years Neale co-led the Vision, Strategy and Support Team on Building Healthy Leadership for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI and was a conference leader at the annual diocesan gathering for those discerning a call to ordained ministry.

An Honourary Assistant at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Halifax, Neale has served on the Capital Health Research Ethics Board and the boards of the Maritime Conservatory of Music, the Metropolitan Non-Profit Housing Association, and L’Arche Halifax. He is currently a member of the board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, is a member of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, and the Nova Scotia Committee on Post-Secondary Student Health & Wellness.

Rev. Bennet has a MBA from Dalhousie University and a Master of Divinity degree from Atlantic School of Theology.

A native of Halifax, Neale lives in the city with his wife Sharon and their children, Jack and Claire. He is a distance runner and enjoys woodworking, sailing, and hiking.

Paula Campbell

Paula Campbell is an Investment Advisor with TD Private Wealth Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is enthusiastic about investment management and financial planning for high-net worth clients. Paula graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Accounting and Chinese Language Studies in 2008.

As the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Halifax, a local children’s charity, she intends to show that philanthropy comes from the willingness to help and that anyone can contribute, regardless of age, gender and what they’re able to give. She wants to inspire the next generation of philanthropists by proving a forum to help and contribute to local charities. Paula sits as the Curator of the Halifax Hub in the Global Shapers Community. The World Economic Forum started this initiative in 2011 because they saw value in giving millennials a voice on a bigger scale. The network of hubs are developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make an impact to their communities.

After her time as an exchange student at Xiamen University in China, her eyes and heart were opened for people who are living in a foreign country and for those who are seeking employments in a new country. This led her to become a connector with the Greater Halifax Partnership Connector Program. This program matches new residents and local and international graduates with local employers. She has been instrumental in placing five Chinese participants in new careers within the finance and banking sector.

Outside of the work life, she enjoys traveling the world, cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

Cathy Lee Cunningham

Cathy Lee Cunningham is a Harvard-trained facilitator, mediator, consultant and Anglican priest. Cathy Lee has worked successfully at the local, regional, national and international levels, within academic, hospital, corporate, church and community settings to build collaborative relationships for change. Throughout her career she has consistently empowered others, fostering individual and interpersonal awareness and teamwork, by gathering and analyzing information and then providing informed motivational support to her clients.

Cathy Lee is currently the Principal of the Spirit Of Reciprocity Consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr. David Deane

Dr. David Deane is associate professor of Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. His first book, “Nietzsche and Theology” was published in 2007 and his second, “The Matter of the Spirit: How Soteriology Shapes the Moral Life” is forthcoming in 2014. A former fellow of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences his current research is focused on Christian doctrine and the moral life.

He lives in Dartmouth with his wife Jennifer and Daughters, Sophia (6) Cora (5) and Áine (1 month).

April Hart

April Hart is a current Master of Divinity student at the Atlantic School of Theology and a Candidate for Ordination within the United Church of Canada. April was raised in rural Nova Scotia and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2001, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She lived and worked in Toronto and the UK for several years before returning to Halifax, where she spent 8 years in sales with O’Regan’s Automotive Group.

April has a passion for working with youth and young adults, and has contributed to the work of numerous local, regional, and national programs serving young people. Besides the CCEPA Board, April is also currently a member of the AST Board of Governor’s and the AST Student Union Executive; she works as the Interim Minister for Youth at Bedford United Church, and as Operations Manager for Fire Inside Leadership. April finds balance and restoration through yoga, music, and quality time with family and friends.

*Dr. Rylan Higgins

Dr. Rylan Higgins – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University. Rylan Higgins (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2008) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University. His research and teaching interests include a wide range of topics that he investigates through ethnography. His current project involves CIDA funded research in Ho Chi Minh City, entitled “Foodways in Urban Viet Nam” Past projects have focused on labor and marginality in the southern United States and on social class and gender in Viet Nam. He is a strong proponent of increasing the public engagement of the social sciences.

Hector J. Jacques

Hector J. Jacques (O.C., M.Eng. D.Comm. (Hon.), P.Eng. FEIC, D. Law (Hon.) received his general certificate of education from the University of Cambridge, his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and his Master’s degree in Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. His post graduate research was in the field of soil mechanics under the able direction of Dr. G.G. Meyerhof.

After graduation from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Mr. Jacques joined Warnock Hersey Int. Ltd. in 1967 in their Halifax office and in 1969 was appointed Manager of the Geotechnical Services Division for the Atlantic Region.

In 1972, along with Mr. Michael Whitford, Hector formed Jacques Whitford and Associates Limited to offer services in the earth sciences disciplines in the Atlantic Region. Under Mr Jacques guidance as CEO, the firm grew rapidly to 45 offices across North America and internationally with more than 1,700 highly trained professionals worldwide. The company was sold to Stantec at the retirement of Mr Jacques in 2009. The last position Mr Jacques held at the firm was Chairman of the Board.

In 1983, Mr. Jacques was awarded the Engineering Award for Distinctive Achievement in the Practice of Engineering by the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. In 1986, the Association of Consulting Engineers bestowed on him the Beaubien Award, again for Distinctive Achievement in the Practice of Engineering. He was also a recipient of the Canada 125 Anniversary Medal (1993) for his significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada. In June 1994, the distinction of Fellow was bestowed on Mr. Jacques by the Engineering Institute of Canada. Under Mr. Jacques’ leadership Jacques Whitford was chosen by the Financial Post and Arthur Andersen & Co. as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies in 1994, the very first year of the program and the only engineering firm to be honoured that year. In the May Convocation of 1995, an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce was conferred upon Mr. Jacques by Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Mr. Jacques was named Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year in October, 1996, and The Canadian Academy of Engineering awarded him the distinction of Fellow in June, 1997. In May 2001 Mr. Jacques received an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. An Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia was also conferred upon Mr. Jacques in May 2001 and in 2005 Mr. Jacques received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. On June 5, 2001, Mr. Jacques was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. The Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia presented Mr. Jacques the Gold Medal on October 4, 2002. The award is designed to bestow distinction on outstanding engineers in Nova Scotia and to recognize exceptional achievements in their chosen fields. Most recently Mr. Jacques was named Petroleum Pioneer for 2006 by the Offshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia. The Petroleum Pioneer Award honours individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Nova Scotia petroleum industry. In October 2007, Mr. Jacques was made an officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Jacques currently serves on several boards nationally.

Dr. Judith Kazimirski

Judith Kazimirski is a practicing family physician, a Health Systems Consultant and a certified Executive Coach. Her leadership contributions have spanned several decades of sustained commitment to hospital, regional, provincial and national health care organizations. Since 1971 she has been in family practice in Windsor N.S., serving as Chief of Obstetrics from 1980-1996 and currently practising at the Hants Shore Community Health Clinic. She brings over 20 years of experience as a senior health administrator working in physician human resource planning and management, and health system leadership. She is a past Vice President of Medicine for Capital District Health Authority in Halifax serving in this role from 2000 – 2007. During her tenure at the CDHA, she developed the medical infrastructure to support the amalgamation of 8 institutions and the Academic Health Sciences Centre Dr. Kazimirski is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and brings national experience to health systems and health human resource planning. Her professional career has taken her to the leadership of her profession as President of the Canadian Medical Association 1996. She became the CMA representative to the World Medical Association and was one of four members charged with the revision of the Declaration of Helsinki. Dr. Kazimirski was an executive member of the Medical Research Council of Canada from 1989 to 1996.

Through her many initiatives over the years, Judy’s strength has been developing and supporting leaders and leadership capacity within organizations. She has extensive experience mentoring and coaching leaders in difficult times of system transformation, and through periods of career transition and planned progression.

Hal Lewis

Hal Lewis is Vice President and Regional Leader for Stantec’s Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador operations. A Professional Engineer, Hal has extensive expertise in project management, master planning, design, and construction management for both municipal and private projects.

Hal’s current role is to oversee the operation of Stantec’s offices in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, which has 10 offices and approximately 600 staff, making Stantec the largest consulting firm in Atlantic Canada. During his management career with Stantec, Hal has shown strong leadership and has helped to grow the Region by close to 40% through a combination of numerous acquisitions and organic growth. The growth of the Region has also meant the diversification of service offerings, strengthening Stantec’s client capabilities in Atlantic Canada.

Professionally, Hal is a member, or past member, of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Consulting Engineers Nova Scotia, Professional Engineers Ontario, Water Environment Federation, the Canadian Standards Association, the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, and the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association.

Both at work and at home, Hal is active in his community, engaging with and promoting Prescott Group Society, a community based non-profit organization; supporting and promoting amateur athletics, such as Olympic medalist paddler Mark de Jonge.

Hal is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick where he earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, and the New Brunswick Community College, where he received his Diploma of Technology Civil Engineering – Surveying.

*Michael Scott

Michael Scott has spent over 30 years developing emerging companies in Canada and the United States. He is Chairman of Precision BioLogic, a Halifax-based firm that develops, manufactures and markets products used to diagnose blood coagulation disorders. Under Michael’s leadership, Precision BioLogic has grown to serve most of the leading hospitals in North America and Europe, and is ranked by the Globe and Mail as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. Michael was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was a judge of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for several years. He serves on the Board of ALIA (Authentic Leadership in Action Institute), which conducts programs for leaders in organizational development. Before moving to Canada, Michael spent 13 years in the US, where he was cofounder of a successful biotech firm and VP of a UK-owned technology venture. He was born and educated in England.

*Chris Stover, Executive Director

Chris Stover is the Executive Director at CCEPA, and is responsible for the overall leadership, and advancement of the work of the Centre. Under the policy governance direction of the Board of Directors, specific responsibilities include: Relationship Building with key supporters, partners, and participants, Program Development pursuing CCEPA’s mission to explore provocative, and compelling issues, Engaging the Centre’s target audiences and provide opportunities for dialogue, Pursuing Research initiatives, supporting, advancing and disseminating research in ethics in public affairs, Strategic and business planning, Revenue development, Board support and Oversight of Centre operations including budget and staff. Chris joined CCEPA in 2006 and has served as the General Manager for the past several years.

*Robert Summerby-Murray

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr. Summerby-Murray has been in Canada since the 1980s when he received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of senior academic roles, including the Dean of Social Sciences at Mount Allison University from 2003-2010 and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University since 2010.

He is a respected educator, having received the Tucker Teaching Award, the AAU Distinguished Teacher Award and a 3M Fellowship. His research areas include historical geography, environmental history, industrial heritage, archives and narratives, GIS and cartography, literary histories and the work of Charles G. D. Roberts, student mobility and internationalization.

His works have been published in The Canadian Geographer, Urban History Review, Belphegor, Dalhousie Review, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, and the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. He is an Elected Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Subscribed Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society.

Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray is currently the President of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jesse Hiltz, Program Administrator

Jesse Patrick Hiltz was the Program Coordinator at CCEPA. Jesse is a graduate of the University of King’s College and Trent University where he studied contemporary philosophy and the history of science. He’s been a freelance researcher at Concordia, an instructor at King’s College, and a graphic designer.

Outside the CCEPA, Jesse works in graphic and web design, research, and content creation. He lectures on the history and philosophy of science, science fiction, and literature. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the King’s Co-op Bookstore in Halifax.

Dr. Cathy Driscoll, Scholar in Residence

Cathy Driscoll is Professor of Management in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 1994. Prior to Saint Mary’s, she worked as a project manager and policy advisor with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in Ottawa. Her research interests include business ethics, ethical leadership, management education, stakeholder management, and spiritual and religious values in ethical decision making. She has published articles in The Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, and The Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion. She is currently working on research projects on the topics of workplace spirituality, community-based service learning in management education, and the differences between different sized organizations with regards to business ethics and social responsibility.

Karl Turner, CCEPA Public Scholar

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs is pleased to have Karl Turner as CCEPA Public Scholar. Karl Turner is a doctoral student in the Educational Studies Program at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. During his tenure as Scholar-in-Residence, Karl plans to continue researching his doctoral thesis which seeks to establish a link between the way governments are required to borrow money via the bond market and changes that have taken place within our educational system over the last 30 years. His concern is that we may be reshaping the system, not to better serve citizens, but to borrow money at lower rates of interest. During his time at CCEPA Karl will also be working on his third documentary for Ideas on CBC Radio One. Humboldt’s Ghost: Education and Promise of Prosperity will look at how our educational system was established in reaction to the successful launch of Sputnik I by the Russians. It will explore how the notion of a prosperous life came to be imbedded within it.

Karl has held a variety of administrative positions within Atlantic Canada’s higher education sector, and currently holds the position of Registrar at the Institute of Technology Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College. His master’s thesis, Silos & Stovepipes, looked at the rationalization negotiations that took place between the Nova Scotia government and the universities during the 1990s, an event that nearly led to the amalgamation of metropolitan Halifax universities.

Karl remains committed to promotion and preservation of Acadian education. He was recently appointed to the Comité d’école consultative at Bois Joli, the elementary school attended by his two daughters.

Frank Schwartz, Advisor-in-Residence

Frank Schwartz has over 30 years of experience throughout Canada, in the USA, and in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. His main areas of practice are strategic planning, facilitation, organizational support and development. He is an experienced facilitator, having facilitated well over 200 large and small group sessions – in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

While serving as CCEPA’s Executive Director from 2005-2009, Frank was asked to comment on the Codes of Ethics and Behaviour of several organizations, facilitated the development of an Ethical Framework for Windsor Elms Village nursing home, and made presentations on establishing ethics statements and systems for organizations. His strategic planning practice and model include values development as a central element. Frank now serves in the capacity of the CCEPA Advisor-in-Residence.

As CCEPA’s Advisor-in-Residence, Frank offers advice and services to groups and organizations seeking ethics frameworks, value and governance assistance including:

  • Developing and reviewing Values Statements
  • Developing and reviewing Ethics Frameworks
  • Problem solving ethical and organizational issues
  • Acting as third party or honest broker

CCEPA offers these services with flexibility, through:

  • One-time meetings and sessions
  • Facilitating lengthier developmental or review processes
  • Providing continuing support

To learn more about these services, please contact Frank at