The DHBC team is a small and mighty group that works on behalf of its members and the Board of Directors.
Paul (or @Downtownpaul as he’s known on Twitter) is the voice for all things Downtown Halifax. He is a passionate advocate for the need to make the right decisions and investments in Downtown, so that it can continue in its role as the economic, cultural, artistic, historic, and entertainment hub of the city and province. He leads the talented and dynamic team at DHBC.
Paul’s favourite thing about Downtown:
The historic British colonial street pattern, established in 1749, means that I am never more than a short block or two from the nearest donair.
As the financial controller and Director of Operations, Kimberly is the glue that holds all the pieces together. Kimberly's extensive experience with project management, accounting, and not-for-profit management helps keep everything DHBC does on time and on budget. Kimberly manages DHBC's yearly budgets and the office, organizes Downtown beautification and logistics projects, and oversees the DHBC Downtown Halifax Crew.
Kimberly’s favourite thing about Downtown:
Sipping iced tea on the various patios around Downtown.
Ivy is in charge of communications – internal and external, across all DHBC departments, including: members, stakeholders, the public, and media. Her focus is on advocacy, getting the members’ voices heard, as well as research, from pedestrian counts to industry stats. Her goal is to use her experience and expertise to meet the communication needs of the businesses Downtown and to advocate on their behalf.
Ivy’s favourite thing about Downtown:
City Hall, an education-oriented sex shop, a fine art retailer, an oyster bar, and a circus school all on the same street. You can’t find that in any other part of the city!
It’s Allana’s job to develop and deliver all the marketing and promotional materials for DHBC. A native Haligonian, she has over 10 years of marketing experience on the agency side having worked in Toronto and Halifax on a variety of clients. Her goal is to develop and execute marketing campaigns and programs that get more "feet on the street" in Downtown Halifax.
Allana’s favourite thing about Downtown:
How family-friendly it is. Halifax Dance, the Discovery Centre, the Submarine playground, the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market – you can keep kids busy all year round!
Specializing in connecting the street-involved population with community support and services, Eric can be found walking and driving all over the city. Previous to the Navigator program, he had the privilege to work with street-involved populations in shelters and as a housing support worker. Eric has a background in social work and geography while focusing on advocacy and community development. Eric is passionate about ending poverty and working to help different communities be heard. The Navigator Street Outreach program is a partnership between DHBC and Spring Garden Area Business Association. Visit the Navigator website for more details on the program.
Eric’s favourite thing about Downtown:
The variety and quality of amazing food that can be found within a five-minute walk from our offices.
Nate is at the forefront of organizing and executing events in Downtown Halifax. He joined DHBC in 2014 as a Downtown Halifax Crew member, and went on to lead the Crew in 2015 and 2016. His background is international development and environmental sustainability. Nate is energetic about activating the Downtown and improving beatification on the streets.
Nate’s favourite thing about Downtown Halifax:
Refreshments on the waterfront and the view from Citadel Hill.
Lauryn is a co-op student from Mount Saint Vincent University. In her third year in the Public Relations program, Lauryn is eager to gain real workplace experiences and learn outside of the classroom. Working on a variety of projects in marketing, communications, media relations, and social media, Lauryn is up for any challenge that may come her way.
Lauryn's favourite thing about Downtown:
Catching up with friends at the different local coffee shops and bars Downtown.