Our Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board offers our Management Team valuable perspectives on the current business climate in Real Estate, Banking, Business and Residential Investment, Corporate Governance, and the Capital Markets.

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Scott Armour McCrea

Scott Armour McCrea

Advisory Board Member

Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of The Armour Group Limited, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest fully integrated real estate and investment concerns.

Prior to August, 2011, Scott was Executive Vice-President of Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust and was the founding CEO of Overland Realty, a TSX-V corporation focused on Atlantic Canadian real estate opportunities. Overland Realty was subsequently acquired by Cominar REIT. Scott’s 22 years of experience include the development and management of complex real estate projects in the commercial, residential, hospitality and tourism-related fields. He has successfully negotiated hundreds of millions in debt and equity placements and property acquisitions.

Scott has been an active participant on various Boards and non-profit organizations within the community; most recently these have included Mount St Vincent University, Halifax Grammar School and Royal Host Inc. His accomplishments have led to the receipt of several awards including Canada’sTop 40 under 40, Halifax’s Business Person of theYear (2006), and one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. Scott is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto where he studied business and economics.


Fred Smithers

Fred Smithers

Advisory Board Member

Alfred A. Smithers is the founder, and former President and CEO of the Secunda Group of Companies. Through Iona Resources Limited, a Nova Scotia company made up of local investors, Mr. Smithers played a key role in the development of the Panuke Cohasset Oil Field, the first offshore oil production project in Canada, and in 2005 was recognized for this by being the recipient of the “2005 Pioneer Award” through the Offshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia.

Inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 2003, Mr. Smithers is a member of the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, and was named the 2000 Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year recipient for “Entrepreneurial Excellence”. In 2003 Mr. Smithers was named one of the “Top 50 CEOs of Atlantic Canada. In 2004 Mr. Smithers was a recipient of the “Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award”. In 2005 Mr. Smithers received an Honorary Diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College. And in October of 2012 Mr. Smithers received an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary’s University.

Mr. Smithers is the Honorary British Consul for the Maritime Provinces, President and owner of Granite Springs Golf and Country Club; Past Director, and Vice-Chair for the Halifax International Airport Authority; Past Board Member of The Shaw Group; Past Board member of Barrington Wind Energy. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Dartmouth General Hospital, and is on the Board of Governors for Saint Mary’s University.


Jeff Somerville

Jeff Somerville

Advisory Board Member

A well-respected business and community leader, Jeff has worked in a variety of roles in the region for the past 20 years from leadership in the financial services sector to small business and academia.

Jeff enjoyed a successful 24 year career with TD Bank, highlighted by the five years he spent in Halifax in the early‘90’s as Senior Vice President and Region Head for Atlantic Canada. Jeff was transferred back to Toronto in 1997 to lead TD’s Commercial Bank in Ontario returning to Nova Scotia in 2000 as managing partner of Premiere Executive Suites in its early years and, in 2003, was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s. From 2003 to 2006, Jeff was Vice-President Business Development at Nova Scotia Community College, and since 2006, he has been an independent consultant, helping a range of businesses realize their goals. In 2012 Jeff became a partner at Venor Search Group where he leads their Executive Search Practice.

An active community volunteer, Jeff served as Chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Laing House, Treasurer of OTANS, and VP Fund Development at Symphony Nova Scotia in addition to numerous other volunteer roles. He is currently a partner at The Carleton Music Bar and Grill, as well as Chair of the Laing House Foundation, a Board Member of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia, and sits on Sobey’s Pension Investment Committee.


Rob Steele

Rob Steele

Advisory Board Member

Rob is President and CEO of Newfoundland Capital Corporation, a publicly traded company on the TSX, and one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters with 87 licenses across Canada including Q104 and Radio 96.5 in Halifax.

Rob has also been in the automotive business in HRM since 1991. He is President/Owner of the Steele Auto Group, one of the most diversified auto groups in Atlantic Canada, currently consisting of 14 dealerships. The Steele Auto Group is designated as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Rob has been and continues to be an active investor and owner in the commercial real estate market in Atlantic Canada. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and is active in a number of community-based and charitable organizations including Family SOS and the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.


Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman

Advisory Board Member

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years of experience in seeking financial solutions for clients operating in many sectors and industries including retail, wholesale, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, and technology. He has gained international recognition as restructuring and insolvency specialist. For 38 years Paul was licensed as a Trustee In Bankruptcy and has been granted retired status by the Canadian Association Of Insolvency And Restructuring Professionals [CAIRP].

Paul has been recognized for his outstanding service to his profession. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia (FCA), a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (FCIRP), and a Fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada (FIIC). He is currently one of fewer than ten individuals in Canada to be honored with these three fellowships. Paul has been honored by Saint Mary’s University who awarded him with the Outstanding Alumni Award for 1998. In addition to senior leadership roles in his profession, Paul has been engaged for many years as a volunteer in the local not for profit community including as an active member of two university boards.