Our Team

Brian Aird – Executive Director

_JP05519 Brian Aird brings to his role of Executive Director of EDN a varied career that has included 12 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 endeavours 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.

Jessica McKee-Mitchell – Project Coordinator

IMG_9357Jessica is a co-op student from Saint Mary’s University who is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Her educational background combined with her travelling and volunteer experiences have instilled in her the importance of contributing to a society that welcomes and accepts individuals from all cultures, backgrounds, and capabilities.

Through her experience working within the employment services industry, Jessica has developed a strong understanding of the labor market, as well as various networking strategies. By combining this knowledge with her passion to help others, Jessica strives to effectively help current and aspiring entrepreneurs along their journey to reaching their personal goals of owning their own business.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and planning which country she’s going to visit next.