Meet Our Team

 Scott Ferguson, CEO

In November of 2021, the Pictou County Partnership named Scott Ferguson its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Ferguson brings more than 30 years of experience in economic development. Most notably, he was CEO of the World Trade Centres Association (New York), a global association dedicated to the effective operation of World Trade Centers (WTCs) as instruments for real estate investment and international trade. Ferguson also held the role of President and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, an organization that operated the World Trade Center Halifax, Scotia Bank Centre, and the Halifax Convention Centre. Connect at scott.ferguson@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Heidi Sinclair, Director of Strategy and Communications

Heidi has spent more than ten years in Communications and Community Outreach for not-for-profit and educational-based organizations. Heidi has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Heidi has applied her education to positions at the YMCA of Pictou County, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), and the Coady International Institute. Over the years, Heidi has taken multiple education programs, including completing several leadership programs through YMCA Canada and a certificate in Digital Marketing from York University. Heidi served as acting CEO for the YMCA and the Partnership while organizations searched for new successors. Connect at heidi.sinclair@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Becky Cowen, Manager of Workforce Development and Immigration

Becky joined the PCREN team in November 2019. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology, and diverse background including three years as a Fundraising Manager Assistant for a national conservation non-profit, and a further three years as a Buyer and 5S Lean project lead, initiating inventory control improvements, she brings her passion for organizing into her project coordinator role. Becky has been enjoying being a part of this exciting start-up phase of the REN and looks forward to supporting the Pictou County Business Community with immigration support. Originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, Becky has been on the move living in the U.K and throughout Atlantic Canada. Having now settled in Pictou County with her family, she now considers this home and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Connect at becky.cowen@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

 

David Hachey, Manager of Business Development and Innovation

David Hachey (he/him) has recently joined the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network as the Manager of Business Development and Innovation. With a broad range of experiences in finance, energy, agriculture, retail, forestry, and IT, David is as excited about the future of traditional industries as he is about web3/crypto. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard. He has spent significant time in Asia and lived in Halifax, New York City, and India before moving to a hobby farm in Meadowville in 2010. His wife Christine is a small business owner (photographer) and together they have three young children. Connect at david.hachey@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

 

David Crowell, Finance and Business Outreach Officer

David Crowell spent 12+ years working for Sobeys
in numerous departments and positions, including Budget Coordinator for Retail Operations. It was through his work at Sobeys and on Hyperion’s software steering committee that he was offered a position with Syncor International (a radio-pharmaceutical company) in Woodland Hills, CA. After 3+ years of experience in California, David decided it was time to come home to Canada. He found work in the west, mostly within the Co-operative Retail System as Controller and General Manager of various Co-op locations. Family issues brought him back to Nova Scotia and working again for Sobeys as a Retail Accountant. When he retired a couple of years later, he decided to dabble in the real estate market. When he noticed that the PCREN was looking for a Finance and Business Outreach, he jumped at the opportunity to help others trying to establish a new job in a new home (Province/Country). Connect at david.crowell@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Wade Tibbo, Business Development Officer

Wade has spent the last ten years actively involved in the business community in the Annapolis Valley. Wade attended both Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Community College studying Business. Wade served as the President and Vice President for the Kentville Development Corporation, Director and Chair of Advocacy for the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, and many other volunteer boards including the Rotary Club of Wolfville Mud Creek and the VON. Wade was also appointed to the New Minas Secondary Planning working group by the Municipality of the County of Kings. Wade has a wide range of experience in business including commercial/agricultural banking, insurance/risk management, and senior management. Previously the CEO of Careforce Home Health Care Cooperative, and Project Manager for the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council, Wade has experience and knowledge of the cooperative sector as well. Originally from Liscomb, Wade is familiar with and spent significant time in Pictou County growing up. His fiance is originally from Pictou County and they have made the move back home to be closer to family with their almost 2 year old boy. Connect at wade.tibbo@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Matthew Berrigan, Regional Manager Northern Connector Program

Matthew Berrigan, regional manager of our Northern Connector Program, in partnership with the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity, Cumberland Business Connector, in collaboration with National Connector Program is a graduate of Acadia University. 


As regional program manager, Matthew works closely with established business and community leaders to help employment-ready workers build professional networks across the region with a specific focus on recent graduates, including international graduates, students who are approaching graduation and entering the labor force, and newcomers to connect them with employers in their field of work. This connection will expose participants to experienced professionals in their fields and inform them as about the job market and local opportunities while exposing employers to a new source of talent to enhance their recruiting pools. Connect at mberrigan@northnsconnector.ca