Province Releases Report on Yarmouth Ferry


Panel Profiles

The province has asked an expert panel to review existing studies on ferry service between Yarmouth and the United States and meet with various stakeholders to evaluate the conditions required for a viable service.

The panel of tourism, ferry and business experts will provide arms-length, independent advice to help the province formulate a definitive recommendation regarding ferry service.


Peter Nicholson retired as founding President of the Council of Canadian Academies in December 2009.The Council—a not-for-profit organization—supports studies by independent experts on issues of public importance. Dr. Nicholson grew up in Annapolis Royal and received degrees in physics from Dalhousie (1995) and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University in California (1969). His varied career has included senior positions in academia (University of Minnesota); business (fisheries, banking and telecommunications); and public service (several federal government departments and the OECD in Paris). Dr. Nicholson was the chief policy advisor to Prime Minister Martin from 2003 to 2006, before assuming the presidency of the Council of Canadian Academies. Dr. Nicholson has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie, Acadia, the University of Quebec, and McMaster. He is a Member of the Order of Canada awarded in recognition of his contributions to business and public policy.


Michele McKenzie served for four years as Deputy Minister of the former Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage in 2003 just before becoming President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). Ms. McKenzie has had a long career in destination marketing and was the Regional Public Sector representative for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador on the CTC Board of Directors. She served as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and was a member of the Executive and Human Resources Committees.


Elizabeth Beale has been President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council since 1996. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years as a consulting economist, advising senior levels of government on regional planning and economic strategies for Atlantic Canada. Her policy and research interests cover a wide range of topics related to the economy of Atlantic Canada including energy, the labour market and innovation strategies. Ms. Beale has authored numerous studies on public policy topics and is a frequent media commentator. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Economics from Dalhousie University. Ms. Beale has taken an active role in a number of professional and community organizations. She is a past Governor of Dalhousie University, and is currently a member of the National Statistics Council and a Director of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University.


Mary R. Brooks is the William A. Black Chair of Commerce at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and the Editor of Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Business and Management. She is one of the founding members of the International Association of Maritime Economists, and is also the founder and chair of the Port Performance Research Network, a network of more than 50 scholars interested in port governance and port performance issues. She has served on numerous boards, including the Board of the Halifax International Airport Authority and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. She was appointed to the Marine Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in November 2008, and that appointment has been renewed to 2014.


Peter Wild is the Managing Director and founder in 1985 of G. P. Wild (International) Limited, a consultancy that provides independent advice to both national and international clients, especially in the cruise tourism, ferry, fast ferry and ro-ro sectors. Mr. Wild holds a BSc degree with honours in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales, and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Member of the Nautical Institute, a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and a Freeman of the City of London.

Other expertise as needed will be involved in the review process.

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