Meet Our Team

Wade Tibbo, Chief Executive Officer 

Wade joined the Pictou County Partnership in the summer of 2022 as the Director of Business Development and Innovation, bringing with him a wealth of experience in commercial finance and senior leadership. His journey within the organization progressed as he served as Interim CEO before being appointed as the permanent CEO in January 2024. His commitment to community development and strategic planning is evident through his previous appointment on the New Minas Secondary Planning working group by the Municipality of the County of Kings and his active roles on the Planning Advisory Committee and Business Advisory Committee for the Town of New Glasgow. Wade's earlier years were marked by significant involvement in the business community of the Annapolis Valley. He is a past board member of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kentville Business Development Corporation, VON Annapolis Valley, and the Rotary Club of Wolfville Mud Creek. Notably, he has served as the CEO of Careforce Home Health Care Co-operative and as a Project Manager for the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council. Originally from Liscomb, Wade spent considerable time in Pictou County during his childhood and now proudly calls it home, along with his wife, a Pictou County native, and their two boys. His deep-rooted connection to the region drives his passion for fostering prosperity for Pictou County.

                                                                         wade.tibbo@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

Heidi Sinclair, Director of Strategy and Communications (on leave)

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.

 heidi.sinclair@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Lynne Jamieson, Manager of Strategic Initiatives 

With over 30 years of management and leadership experience in the not-for-profit and post secondary education sectors, Lynne is excited for the opportunity to utilize her passion for connecting with people and helping them realize their goals on the workforce development and immigration team at the Pictou County Partnership. Lynne holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Education from Queen’s University and a masters degree in Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. Lynne was born in Scotland, raised in Montreal, and has lived in Ontario, British Columbia and New Zealand.  After relocating to New Glasgow in the summer of 2022, she is proud to now call Pictou County her home and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Partnership to support economic development in the region.  Lynne has 2 young adult sons who she hopes will choose to make Pictou County their home as well.  In addition to her work at the Partnership, Lynne provides coordination support to the board of the David Suzuki Institute and operates a home organizing business. In her spare time, you will find Lynne in the garden, on her bicycle, beachcombing or doing a jigsaw puzzle.

                                                                            Lynne.Jamieson@pictoucountypartnership.com 

 

Heather Knight, Marketing and Communications Officer

Heather grew up in Pickering, Ontario, outside of Toronto. She attended Guelph-Humber University in Etobicoke, also outside the city, graduating with a degree in Media Communications and a Diploma in Media Studies, with a distinction in visual communications. Heather moved to Pictou County in April 2022, working as a multimedia journalist for The Pictou Advocate and St. Croix Courier. Heather is a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, sits on their Board of Directors and coaches with Invasion Volleyball Club. 

heather.knight@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Maria MacIntosh, Communications Officer 

maria.macintosh@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

Colleen Proudfoot, Business Counselor and Resource Navigator    

Colleen grew up in an entrepreneurial family in New Glasgow. She attended Bishop’s University in Quebec, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Colleen has experience in economic development and working with small businesses, having worked at both Pictou Regional Development Commission and CBDC NOBL.  She appreciates the important impact local businesses have in their communities and worked at her parent’s small business for several years prior to becoming a co-owner of the company. Following the successful sale of the business, Colleen joined the Pictou County Partnership. She looks forward to contributing to Pictou County’s growth and prosperity in her role at the Partnership.

 colleen.proudfoot@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

 

Cindy James, Business Counselor | Entrepreneur in Residence 

Cindy James, a dynamic Silverpreneur, boasts a two-decade career with profound contributions to the pet industry, business development and higher education. Since 2016, she has focused on the joy of pet care, culminating in the establishment of Crafty Beasts Brewing Company in 2020. In education, Cindy's passion shines as an educator and small business coach. She innovatively shapes young minds and aspiring entrepreneurs, emphasizing inclusivity and lifelong learning. A captivating public speaker, Cindy has left lasting impressions at conferences, seminars, and workshops. Her writing further spreads awareness and knowledge about her life journey, shared through her recent podcast with The Success Journey.  

cindy.james@pictoucountypartnership.com 

 

 

Jamie Grant, Business Outreach & Engagement Officer 

Jamie Grant, founder of Root Cellar Farms, is a driven entrepreneur who turned a simple side hustle into a thriving microgreens business. Jamie's journey began when his family moved to Nova Scotia. Recognizing a growing need for locally sourced greens in the community, Jamie decided to establish his microgreens venture. He’s transformed his basement into a productive space for Root Cellar Farms. Beyond the business, Jamie enjoys being a dedicated parent to his four children and supporting his wife's nursing career. Finding a comfortable balance between his personal and work life has allowed Jamie to enjoy life in Nova Scotia.

 jamie.grant@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

Heather Poulin, Business Outreach & Engagement Officer

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Heather was taught to be independent and inquisitive. Her family relocated often in her youth, usually to smaller towns, showing Heather firsthand how her mother’s involvement in community affairs could directly affect status quo. A family reunion brought her east in 2001, ultimately influencing her to relocate to the Maritimes permanently.  Heather and her partner established their own small business, a restaurant in New Glasgow called The Bistro. The popular go-to, special occasions hot spot operated from 2002 to 2023, awarded ‘Community Builder’ recognition, ‘Small Business of the Year’ and published in ‘Where to eat in Canada’ every year since inception. 

heather.poulin@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

David Crowell, Finance Officer

David Crowell spent 12+ years working for Sobeys
in numerous departments and positions, including Budget Coordinator for Retail Operations, and Retail Accounting. 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.  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.         

                                                                             david.crowell@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

Becky Cowen, Director of Immigration and Community Integration

Becky joined the Pictou County Partnership team in November 2019. 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, Nova Scotia with her family, she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Becky holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an Honours in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of New Brunswick, and an Immigration Law Practitioner’s Diploma from the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. Becky leads the Partnership’s immigration programs including work with the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) and the Kudos Employer Immigration Onboarding Program.

becky.cowen@pictoucountypartnership.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Santos, Community Connections Coordinator 

Sarah Santos has 20 years of experience in strategic planning, events coordination, corporate communications, sponsorship, and advertising. Throughout her career, she worked for a variety of organizations in Brazil and Canada, from a symphony orchestra and an art museum to a large media group and a multinational natural resources company. Sarah moved from Rio de Janeiro to Pictou County in 2019 and recently joined the Partnership as our Community Connections Coordinator. In her new role, she will be working to connect local organizations with newcomers who have chosen to call Pictou County home.

sarah.santos@pictoucountypartnership.com