Appointments to the boards of two public agencies will ensure strong leadership to advance the province’s interests in tourism and economic development. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson announced today, Jan. 28, Ben Cowan-Dewar and Paul Stackhouse have been re-appointed to the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency’s advisory board, and Mr. Cowan-Dewar is the new board chair. He replaces Tom Ruth who left the board this month. Mr. Samson also announced the re-appointment of Justin McDonough as chair of the Trade Centre Limited’s board of directors for a one-year term. Kenzie MacDonald has been appointed for a three-year term. The standing committee on human resources approved the appointments today and they will be finalized shortly. “Nova Scotians benefit from experienced leadership in important sectors to the province. These appointments will contribute to building a stronger tourism industry and bringing economic benefits to communities by hosting large events,” said Mr. Samson. “I am pleased to welcome these experienced, high-calibre leaders to the boards, and thank them for taking this on during an exciting and important time for both organizations. “I want to thank outgoing advisory board chair Tom Ruth for his hard work and dedication to building Nova Scotia’s profile as a destination that is among the best in the world.” Appointed to the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency’s inaugural advisory board in November 2012, Mr. Cowan-Dewar is the co-founder and managing director of Cabot Links in Inverness. He was chosen for the agency’s advisory board based on his international experience in tourism and marketing. Mr. Stackhouse is the owner of Hillside House Inn in Annapolis Royal. He has extensive experience in the hotel and accommodations business, strategic planning and marketing, and was a member of the tourism agency’s inaugural advisory board. Mr. Cowan-Dewar and Mr. Stackhouse will both serve three-year terms. The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency advisory board provides advice and leadership in implementing the province’s long-term tourism strategy. The board is made up of industry, business and government leaders. Re-appointed chair of the Trade Centre Limited board, Mr. McDonough of Halifax is a chartered financial consultant and a partner with Matthews McDonough Financial Planning Incorporated. His background in senior financial administration and experience in sports are considered assets for his continued participation in the board. Mr. MacDonald of Halifax is president and owner of real estate business Avison Young, and the Keystone Business Centre. He served as chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a member of the Spring Garden Area Business Commission. Mr. MacDonald was chosen based on his background in senior financial administration and business ownership and entrepreneurship. The board of directors of Trade Centre Limited plays a pivotal role in charting the future direction of the agency. A provincial crown agency, it is committed to developing the business hospitality and entertainment industry in Nova Scotia.