I’m an activist, entrepreneur, educator and municipal councillor. I‘ve grown businesses, led member organizations and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. My career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and I’ve also acted as a business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.
I worked hard to first get elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2012 and I was re-elected in 2016 due in part to what Halifax Magazine referred to as my “relentless constituency work.” During my terms, I’ve supported council as it implemented campaign finance reform, landlord registration and upgrading recreation facilities for all residents of Halifax.
I currently serve as a board member of the Halifax Partnership as well as being a member of several other boards and committees. I’m the Past President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities, having served as President from 2018 to 2019.
My employment experience has allowed me to develop a broad network in the city. I founded and was Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association from 2001 to 2010, and was an instructor in Music Business at the Nova Scotia Community College from 2007 to 2012. I have been involved with several community organizations, including the Gottingen Street Merchants Association, Khyber Arts Society, Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia, and as a long-serving member and past-President of Music Nova Scotia.
I have an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and a Community College Education Diploma from NSCC. I grew up in Dartmouth and as a ‘Navy brat’ I have spent time living across Canada and around the world but I always came back to Nova Scotia. My wife and I love spending time exploring our city and its diverse communities. We raised our kids here and have called peninsular Halifax our home for 25 years.
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ABOUT THE SITE
Wayemason.ca / Halifaxpolitics.ca has been a home for political discussion, investigations and resources that shine a light on the political scene in Halifax Regional Municipality since 2005. I started the site as the personal blog and online journal but in short order it evolved into a political blog and website. I turned it into my political website in 2012. Halifaxpolitics.ca still forwards here. I kept the historic stuff here so it would all be in one place.
You are invited to participate in discussion as long as you follow the same rules as at any face to face public meeting – so no swearing, rudeness, threats or any of the things that would have you removed from a public meeting. I reserve the right to edit all comments, and to moderate all comment threads, based on that criteria. Your comment is likely to be edited, moderated or deleted if it contains phobic content (based on race, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc), is a personal attack or threat toward another anyone, or is entirely unrelated to the entry topic.