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Board of Commissioners

Halifax Water Board Members, Annual General Meeting Minutes & Board Reports

The Halifax Water Board of Commissioners includes four members of Halifax Regional Council appointed by Council, three residents of Halifax municipality who are appointed by Council and the Chief Administrative Officer of Halifax municipality or a Halifax municipal employee appointed by the CAO.

The Board meets once every quarter, usually the last Thursday of that month.

The Halifax Water Board of Commissioners will uphold a policy of openness and transparency, balanced with its roles in representing the interests of Halifax Water, its customers and other stakeholders.

Board meetings are open to the public and to the media in accordance with a Resolution of the Board passed on September 27, 2018.

Meet the Board Members

Halifax Water Board of Commissioners

Mr. MacMullin was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on June 20, 2017, Board Chair on September 26, 2019 and is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Mr. MacMullin has held a variety of senior executive positions within the private and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development. His private sector experience includes senior positions in infrastructure commissioning, technology development and environmental industries. Mr. MacMullin has a BSc (Chemistry) from Acadia University, an MBA from Saint Mary's University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Councillor Becky Kent was appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on November 17, 2020, and became Vice Chair on April 1, 2021.

Councillor Kent spent the first few years of her career working in customer service and as a small business owner.

In 2004, Ms. Kent was elected councillor for Woodside-Eastern Passage. In 2007, she was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature as MLA for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, serving until 2013. After leaving politics in 2013, Ms. Kent Becky worked in the fields of continuing care; as the provincial coordinator for Transition House Association of Nova Scotia’s shelters across the province; and worked to support a family-owned business.

Councillor Kent was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2020. 

With over 30 years of public sector leadership experience, Brad has served the residents of HRM for the past 16 years in the role of Director for several diverse portfolios including: Environmental Management Services, Harbour Solutions Project, Corporate and Strategic Planning, Chief Information Officer, Community Services, Parks & Recreation, and currently Transportation & Public Works.

Brad is certified as a Professional Engineer. He has a Diploma in Engineering Sciences from CEGEP St-Jean, PQ, an Engineering Degree from Royal Military College, Kingston, and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Colleen Rollings was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on February 21, 2019, Vice Chair October 17, 2020 is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Ms. Rollings is a project manager leveraging her 25 years experience as a professional engineer designing and constructing infrastructure for public safety.   She has held senior management roles within the regulated utility industry, designing and constructing more than 500 kilometres of natural gas pipelines in Nova Scotia. Ms. Rollings has been recognized for her achievements by Engineers Nova Scotia, and is an Engineer in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University.  Ms. Rollings is a graduate of Western University in London, ON.

Councillor Deagle Gammon was appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on December 15, 2020.

Ms. Deagle Gammon has had a 40-year career in the non-profit sector, most recently as Executive Director of DASC Industries for 25 years.

Councillor Deagle Gammon has held numerous leadership roles including Past President of the Directions Council of Nova Scotia; founding President of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia; Secretary of the Greater Burnside Business Association, Vice Chair of Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces, and Board member of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association Atlantic, among others.

Ms. Deagle Gammon has received numerous awards including a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation, and the Canada 150 Award.  

Councillor Cathy Deagle Gammon was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2020.

Councillor Lovelace was appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on November 17, 2020.

Councillor Pam Lovelace has a twenty-year career in communications and project management. After graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University, she worked for CBC Maritimes in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as a producer and worked in various communications roles with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Following her first run for Halifax Council in 2016, she completed a master’s degree in adult education and worked for Dalhousie University. Pam is the recipient of Volunteer of the Year awards from both the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia, among other recognition, including the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin and Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation.

Councillor Lovelace was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2020.

Councillor Cuttell was appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on November 17, 2020.

Ms.Cuttell has a Master’s degree in Urban and Rural Planning from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and brings over 20 years of experience working with communities throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

Prior to her election to Regional Council, Ms. Cuttell was the Executive Director of the North End Business Association and worked developing strategic plans and change management solutions with public and not-for-profit organizations,a including Halifax Regional Police, Public Health-Capital Health, Nova Scotia Barristers Society and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  

Councillor Cuttell also spent several years working at Dalhousie University as a research associate, and an Adjunct Professor. Ms. Cuttell has been a keynote and panellist at regional, national and international events and conferences on a variety of community development issues.

Councillor Cuttell was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2020.

Mr. Farquhar was appointed to the Halifax Water Board effective August 4, 2019, and is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Mr. Farquhar is a Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the oil & gas pipeline industry.  His diverse engineering background includes Project Management, Pipeline Control, Pipeline Design, Health & Safety and Incident Response.  He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and has worked professionally in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta.

Mr. Farquhar changed careers in 2013 and is currently the Controller of Scotia Fuels Ltd., a private company that provides heating oil in Halifax.  He studied in the Saint Mary’s University business program, and he earned his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2020.

Check out our 2021 Board Meetings

Halifax Water Board Meetings are being held through video conference to adhere to health advisories related to COVID-19.

 

Date Agenda & Board Package (PDF) Minutes (PDF) Video
January 28, 2021 Board Package Meeting Minutes - Approved on March 25, 2021 Video
March 25, 2021 Board Package Meeting Minutes - Approved on June 17, 2021 Video
June 17, 2021 Board Package To Be Posted Video
July 15, 2021 (AGM) Board Package To Be Posted Video
September 23, 2021 To Be Posted To Be Posted Register Here
November 25, 2021 To Be Posted To Be Posted To Be Posted

 

Halifax Water Board Meetings begin at 10:00 AM Halifax time. Efforts will be made to advise should the meeting times be changed.

Agendas and reports for regular meetings of the Board will be posted in advance of a meeting. Halifax Water does not provide print copies of board packages.

Attendees may not comment or ask questions during regular board meetings. A question period is open to the public during the Annual General Meeting (time limits may be set to keep the meeting on schedule.)

Board package materials may be revised at any time up to, or during meetings.

Board Meeting Recordings

Links to register to attend an upcoming virtual Halifax Board Meeting can be found in the table above along with links to recordings of meetings that took place this year.

Past Halifax Water Board Meeting recordings can be found on the Halifax Water YouTube channel.

Attendance & Conduct During In-Person Board Meetings

  • Individuals must arrive in advance of the meeting start time
  • Attendees may not comment or ask questions during the meeting
  • All cell phones, email devices and other electronic devices must be turned off
  • Private photographs or recordings of proceedings are not permitted

Anyone who violates the above protocol, or is disruptive to the proceedings, will be asked to leave and may be prohibited from attending future meetings.

Media & Questions

In the event that the attending media have questions arising from the Board meeting, the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator or General Manager will be available upon adjournment to address queries.

What is an In-Camera Meeting?

In this context, an in-camera meeting means an "in private" session. It involves a confidential meeting, or a portion of a meeting, taking place with only Board members present. These meetings are sometimes called "Board only" sessions.

The Board may move in-camera or hold special meetings that are not open to the public where it determines it is in the best interest of the Commission to do so.

The Chair may order that the meeting move in-camera or any Commissioner may request a matter be dealt with in-camera in which case a vote will be taken to move a meeting to in-camera proceedings. If a majority of the Board agrees, the matter shall be dealt with in-camera.  

The following matters may be dealt with in-camera:

  • Matters involving property
  • Matters involving litigation
  • Human resource issues
  • Contract negotiations
  • Legal advice subject to solicitor-client privilege
  • Litigation or potential litigation
  • Professional staff appointments, re-appointments and credentialing issues

Any matter that the Board determines should be the subject of an in-camera session.  

Persons designated by the Chair may remain during an in-camera session.

Corporate Governance Manual

The Halifax Water Board Governance Manual sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Halifax Water Board, the individual Board members, and the Board Committees. This Manual should be read in conjunction with the Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

View the Corporate Governance Manual