Our Team

The DHBC team is a small and mighty bunch, who work on behalf of our members and Board of Directors.

 

DHBC Staff

Paul MacKinnon
Executive Director

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.

Phone:
(902) 423-3841
Kimberly Dossett
Director of Operations

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.

Phone:
(902) 423-3848
Ivy Ho
Director of Communications

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!

Phone:
(902) 428-5433
Allana MacDonald Mills
Director of Marketing

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!

Phone:
(902) 407-5411
Kuda Ndadzungira
Membership Engagement Manager

If you’re a DHBC member, you will most likely meet Kuda at some point soon – if you haven’t already. Just joining our team in 2016, Kuda has a varied background in recreation, management, and public outreach. At DHBC, her focus is on developing and maintaining relationships with existing and new DHBC members. She is also spearheading the DHBC storefront, including: member content, displays, and animation. If you’re a member, Kuda’s your go-to for anything DHBC and anything Downtown. Feel free to drop by the DHBC storefront and have a chat with her.

Kuda’s favourite thing about Downtown:
I love the peacefulness and beauty of the Waterfront. And, you can’t talk about Downtown without mentioning the fantastic restaurants.

 

Phone:
(902) 444-1510
Eric Jonsson
Program Coordinator, Navigator Street Outreach

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.

Phone:
(902) 209-6517
Nate Taylor
Events and Operations Coordinator

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.

Phone:
(902) 423-5668
Rob Jollimore
Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Rob is currently a summer co-op student from Mount Saint Vincent University. He is heading into his third year of the Bachelor of Public Relations program. A Haligonian born and raised, Rob is passionate about accessibility to Downtown and creating a fun and positive atmosphere.

Rob’s favourite thing about Downtown Halifax:
The culture and vibe of Halifax and all the amazing summer patios.

Phone:
(902) 423-2179

Board Members

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Gordon Whittaker, Chair
Oakport Limited/A.S. Developments Inc.
Sarah Flynn, Vice Chair
Sarah Flynn Consulting
Christian Rankin, Secretary/Treasurer
Obladee Wine Bar
Eric Burchill, Member at Large
Southwest Properties Limited
Kristin O'Toole, Member at Large
Develop Nova Scotia
Pino Pagnottella, Member at Large
Sterling Properties
Marilisa Benigno
Benigno Group of Companies
Erin Esiyok-Prime
Events East Group
Nathalie Morin
Rousseau Chocolatier
Joe McGuinness
Durty Nelly's and The Stubborn Goat
Sanjeev Pushkarna
Nova Scotia Power
Kourosh Rad
RAD Consulting
Jake Whalen
Halifax Regional Municipality
Advocacy Action Team

Advocacy Action Team

Eric Burchill
Southwest Properties
Deborah Page
Develop Nova Scotia
Scott McGaw
Meridia Recruitment Solutions
Pino Pagnottella
Sterling Properties
Sanjeev Pushkarna
Nova Scotia Power
Gordon Whittaker
Oakport Limited/A.S. Developments Inc.
Marketing Action Team

Marketing Action Team

Barbara Broome
The Prince George Hotel
Katie Conklin
Discover Halifax
Erin Esiyok-Prime
Events East Group
Sarah Flynn
Sarah Flynn Consulting
Krista Lingley
Parks Canada
Danielle McLean
RCR Hospitality Group
Jessica Muzzerall
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Laura Oakley
Legendary Hospitality
Jessica Pettigrew
Crombie REIT
Pino Pagnottella
Sterling Properties
Emily Richards
Neptune Theatre
Jenna Rideout
Develop Nova Scotia
Membership Engagement Action Team

Membership Engagement Action Team

Tyler Beers
Marsh Canada Limited
Dan Bourque
Crombie REIT
Kevin Burgess
Ambassatours Gray Line/Murphy's on the Water
Pino Pagnotella
Sterling Properties
Christian Rankin
Obladee Wine Bar
Beautification Action team

Beautification Action team

Adriana Afford
Argyle Fine Art
Lindsay Ann Cory
Nocturne
T. J. Maguire
Develop Nova Scotia
Pino Pagnotella
Sterling Properties
Jeremy Smith
Freak Lunchbox
Annie Rankmore
Discover Halifax
Kourosh Rad
RAD Consulting
Nick Willwerth
Crombie REIT
Peter Wünsch
Breakhouse