Our Team

Brian Aird – Executive Director

_JP05519 Brian Aird brings to his role of Executive Director of EDN a varied career that has included twelve years of running his own business and eight years as a provider of services supporting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs.

Brian combines his open and creative mind with his dedication to collaborative partnerships. Through operating his own ventures and working in a variety of businesses, Brian has experienced and understands many of the challenges of entrepreneurship. As a service provider to entrepreneurs he has experienced and understands many of the intricacies involved in effectively serving members and participants.

Brian has two children, enjoys biking and he thrives on participating in varied discussions over a fresh cup of coffee at any of his favorite cafes.

Archie Gillis – Business Counselling Coordinator

Archie GillisArchie Gillis has been working as the full-time Business Counselling Coordinator with EDN since 2006.  In this role he provides one-on-one business counseling, plans workshops and events, links entrepreneurs with other business partners/professionals and much more.

In his own business endeavors he has successfully engineered, patented and tested new products that include musical instrument innovations, computer hardware and software applications and even bio-medical devices and processes.

In his free time he plays music with a number of groups and as a solo performer.

 Abigail Rogers- Project Coordinator

IMG_4333 Abigail Rogers is a co-op student at Dalhousie university who is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Managing People and Organizations and a love of Economics. As a student from rural Nova Scotia, she is actively engaged in the community and is proud to call Nova Scotia her home.  

Abigail’s experience working in family businesses and with other local companies and organizations brought her to EDN. She has a unique perspective on entrepreneurship due to growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, which she looks forward to sharing with EDN members. Abigail is excited to share her knowledge of marketing with EDN members, with a goal of helping them to grow their businesses. 

In her free time, she enjoys exploring Halifax with her friends and reading a good book.