Chair- Jim Horwich
A native of Halifax, Jim is a graduate of Dalhousie University. In 1983, Jim received his CA designation with Doane Raymond (Grant Thornton). Jim has been in private practice since 1985 and has provided leadership in business advisory, assurance and taxation services for over 30 years to a broad and diversified owner managed and non-profit client base. As an independent auditor and external accountant, Jim has reported on financial statements for a large number of greatly diversified business enterprises, non-profit organizations and industries throughout Nova Scotia. As a tax advisor, Jim’s experience includes developing tax effective strategies dealing with growth, business succession, estate planning, personal and corporate tax minimization, and wealth preservation. As a business advisor, Jim has successfully guided a number of clients through mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financing proposals, debt restructuring, business succession and estate planning issues.
Jim has also been involved in the ongoing development, implementation and training of audit methodologies to DHR staff.
Jim is a member the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Treasurer - Jim Merkley, Cape Breton
Jim joined the Board of the Parkinson Society, Maritime Region at the December, 2012 Annual General Meeting, and now serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. A graduate of the CMA program, he is the Vice President of Operations for the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Jim holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and a Biology degree from Queens.
Jim is a proud member and past President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. He has also served with the March of Dimes, Canadian Diabetes Society, the United Way, and the YMCA. Jim was Chair of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Club and the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex, and served as a member of the Sydney Tar Ponds Clean-Up Community Liaison Committee.
He and Wyneth have three children - Anne, John, and Glen. Jim's father lived for many years with Parkinson's, and he looks forward to the opportunity to focus his volunteer efforts as a member of the Parkinson Society, Maritime Region Board.
Secretary - Jane Mitchell, Halifax
Jane is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in event marketing at the national and international levels, and in PR and sponsorship. Her strengths run from big picture thinking to tactical program implementation and includes strong communication and people skills. Prior to his passing, Jane's father lived with Parkinson disease for several years.
Jane has an interest and understanding in the importance of exercise in the lives of those living with Parkinson's disease, even for those approaching end of life.
Director- Giles Oland, Halifax:
Giles Oland is the President of Airfire Telephone & Data Inc. Airfire provides high speed internet, telephone service, and hosting to business. Giles founded Halifax Wireless in 2005. In 2007 Halifax Wireless merged with LandlordIT Inc. and subsequently acquired the former “Airfire Telecom” to create a facilities based communications service provider with fibre, wireless, and data centre assets. Airfire is a niche service provider enabling sophisticated telecommunications solutions for business, government, and service provider customers.
Giles received his Industrial Technology degree with a minor in Management in 1999 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and is a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute (UNB) Entrepreneur Leadership Program. After working for 5 years in the steel and printing industry in various technology and management roles, Giles worked as an ERP and telecommunications consultant which led to participation in start-up and young companies.
Giles is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and currently serves on the Management Committee of the Wallace McCain Institute at the University of New Brunswick.
Director- Dale Ritchie, Moncton
Dale is an entrepreneur and educator living in Moncton NB. Currently he has three businesses that cover mobile and online gaming, a post-secondary Arts and Design School and an Art Gallery. His community involvement is long and varied. It has included positions on several boards of Governors of Maritime universities and colleges, the Discovery Centre in Halifax and local service and not-for profit organizations.
Director- Greg MacQuarrie, MBA, CMC, Halifax
Greg is a senior manager in the Halifax office of Deloitte and leads their Human Capital practice specific to the Public Sector. He recently relocated to Halifax from Toronto where he was very involved with the Alzheimer Societies of Canada and Toronto. His father, a Maritimer, has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson. Greg is looking forward to sharing his skills and knowledge with PSMR as we work together to make the Maritimes a better place for those who live with Parkinson disease.
Director- Ian Dunbar, Halifax
Ian is an Associate at McInnes Cooper Halifax Office, with a focus on commercial litigation, estate litigation, insurance and construction law. Ian was recruited through his law firm for his legal expertise and interest in becoming more involved in a community based organization.
Vice Chair – Charles Cox
Charles holds degrees from Saint Mary’ s University in Business and Dalhousie University in Law and is a graduate of Directors College with C.Dir. and A.C.C. designations. He has been practicing law since 1977, founding both the Livingstone Cox firm, and the C.F. Cox Law Office.
A long standing supporter of the Truro community, Charles has served on the Truro Town Council for 15 years as, among other positions he held included, Chair of the Tourism Committee, Vice Chair of the Police Commission, and twice Deputy Mayor of the Town of Truro. Charles has also served as Chair for the Halifax District Board of Referees, Director for the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Director for the Atlantic Lotto Corporation, and as an Advisory Board member for Kerr Controls Ltd.
Director & Chapter Liaison by Appointment - Ron Cote, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Ron is the Vice President of the PSMR Cape Breton East Chapter, past Secretary Treasurer to the United Mine Workers of America, Project Liaison Officer to the Community Employment Innovation Project, and Officer Manager for the Vince Ryan Old Timers Hockey Tournament.
Ron, who has lived with Parkinson’s for six years, lives in Glace Bay with his wife Colleen. Ron has been very active within his community, having spent 25 years coaching little league baseball, ten years with the Police Boys club, and has served on the Parish council of his church. Ron keeps physically and mentally active fishing, bowling, working out at the gym, playing cards and solving crossword puzzles.
Director – Don Larkin, St. Peter's Bay, PEI
Don holds an EMBA from Saint Mary’s University, an Advanced Certificate in Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution, as well as a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Kings College. Don is currently retired, bringing with him an extensive career in sales and management as President of the CHS National Distribution Company, National Sales Manager to Riviera Sunglasses and Regional Auditor to the National Sales Manager of Sears.
Don has been an active member of the Eastern P.E.I. community, as the General Manager of the Eastern P.E.I. Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) from 1998-2010. He has worked on over 100 community development projects in Eastern P.E.I's 17 communities, and has designed and implemented programs for lending and business start-ups.
Don was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1998 is currently enjoying a relatively healthy and active lifestyle. His hobbies and interests include family, antique cars, motorcycles, flying, travelling and P.E.I.