Elysia Percival was first introduced to EDN as a Co-operative Education student during her second year at Saint Mary’s University. This work experience led to her invitation to become an active member of the EDN Board of Directors, where she has sat for the past five years.
During this time, Elysia has graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a major in Marketing and has developed her career in the media industry. She currently works as a Digital Product Manager with The Chronicle Herald, focusing on digital sales strategy and innovation.
She will continue to bring her enthusiasm, interpersonal skills and drive for success to the 2016/2017 Board of Directors as this years President.
Mary Jane Copps
Mary Jane Copps is the CEO of Telephone Talent Inc. , a North American company focused on excellent telephone communication skills. Through workshops, coaching, keynotes and customized training, she gives companies and individuals the power to communicate effectively on the phone. Her expertise has been recognized throughout North America and Europe by a wide-range of media – radio, television and print – including the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Huffington Post, CTV and Global. She is also the author of The Phone Book – Essential Telephone Communication Skills, and was recently presented with the national 2016 BDC Mentorship Award through Futurpreneur Canada.
Mary Jane has been an EDN Board member for 5 years, two as President and will complete her final term in 2016/17 as Past President.
Tanya has been referred to as one of the most technically astute and competent human resources management and occupational health and safety practitioners in the Atlantic area. Tanya has worked within a wide range of industries (including municipal government, sales, mining, manufacturing, contact centre, services, security, head hunting, IT and consulting) and is valued for the eclectic approach she has developed around problem solving. Tanya obtained her national human resources designation, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) certification in 2001. Tanya has won a number of awards including: the national John T. Ryan Safety Award (for two consecutive years), the Mel Hebb ACCESS Nova Scotia award for creating an environment of inclusion, and the USG Award of Excellence. Historically, Tanya has served as: Board of Directors and Chair of the HR Committee, ECMA; Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Committee, CAFÉ; HR Advisor to the Board Chair, Black Cultural Society; Chair of the Entertainment Committee, Phoenix House Celebrity Dreamscapes.
Hasan is an Associate at McInnes Cooper in their Halifax office and is part of their Corporate and Business Law group. Hasan graduated from the University of New Brunswick with his Bachelor of Law in 2011. He was awarded the Law Faculty Prize in recognition of his high academic standing and extra-curricular activities. While at the University of New Brunswick, Hasan concentrated his studied on corporate transactions, commercial and bankruptcy law, securities law and tax law. Hasan holds a bachelors of Commerce (High Distinction) from the University of Toronto. Hasan has also successfully written the Level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam and the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). Prior to attending law school, Hasan worked as an accountant. Hasan is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society.
Leah has a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University with a major in Accounting. She is now continuing her education at the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountants. Leah has been an Accountant at Deloitte LLP since May 2011 working in the Private Company Services Group. Leah has also been volunteering for Dress for Success Halifax since 2012 preparing the monthly bookkeeping. She is looking forward to working with the board of EDN.
Keith Gelhorn was diagnosed with AD/HD (Inattentive Type) in March of 2009. He returned to work with 6 months worth of Ritalin and a hope that everything would come easy from then on out. What he soon realized was that while Ritalin did help him focus during the course of the day, it had little effect on the years of accumulated bad habits. He then began to educate himself on AD/HD and during the process learned of a type of specialized support called AD/HD Coaching. He called the psychologist who had diagnosed him and asked to be referred to such a coach in Kelowna, British Columbia where he was living at the time. The psychologist said he had never heard of such a thing. There was only one doctor in the area that specialized in AD/HD (in children) and there was a year plus wait to obtain an appointment.
Eventually, Keith was finally able to find and attend an adult support group for adults facilitated by Pete Quily in Vancouver B.C. close to 1.5 years after he was originally diagnosed. The experience was life changing. It was powerful to sit amongst peers and feel comfortable admitting and celebrating the fact that he has AD/HD. He spoke with Pete and conversed on how he would like to one day be a coach myself. They discussed the steps he would take to get there and the rest was history!
In September 2010, after suffering a back injury at work, Keith decided then and there that he would finally fulfill his lifelong goal of returning to school as well as becoming an AD/HD Coach. He sold his house in Kelowna, British Columbia and moved 6,000 kms away to Nova Scotia in July of 2011. He started online evening courses with the ADD Coach Academy in addition to Human Services full time at NSCC Truro during the day in September 2011. In June 2013, He graduated (Honours) with a diploma in Disability Supports and Services.
Janice has attained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree and is the
Executive Director of TEAM Work Cooperative, a specialized employment agency serving persons with disabilities.
Janice currently sits as the co chair for the Collaborative Partnership Network, the Ability Starts Here Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment and the Persons with Disabilities Employability Table and is a board executive on the Ability Employers and a board member of the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities and sits as an advisory to the Work Bridge Association.
Janice lives the kaizen philosophy of continuous and lifelong learning.
Kyle completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Management from Saint Mary’s University in May 2014. During his university career, Kyle volunteered his time with Enactus Saint Mary’s as a project manager for Access-Ability, a project which aims to help local entrepreneurs with disabilities take their businesses to the next level. Kyle’s project worked directly with EDN, facilitating a mentorship by matching an Enactus member with each of the 10 EDN clients who participated.
While completing his undergrad Kyle co-founded a marketing company in 2013. In his role as President, Kyle was responsible for the overall performance and direction of the company. This experience helped develop Kyle into a young business leader, and grew his passion for entrepreneurship.
Currently Kyle is working in the financial services industry as a Financial Services Officer at League Savings and Mortgage Company, which is owned by the Credit Unions of Atlantic Canada. In the fall of 2015 Kyle began graduate studies in the Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions program through the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University.
Kyle is thrilled to be a part of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, and looks forwards to contributing to the success of EDN.
Nadine Wentzell is a Workplace Drug and Alcohol Consultant with over 25 years’ experience addressing the health and safety risks of substance abuse in the workplace. She is a pharmacist, educator, facilitator, speaker, author and consultant. The majority of Nadine’s work focusses on policy development, implementation, application and auditing of drug and alcohol programs. With her open and collaborative style Nadine helps her clients tackle the many thorny issues related to substance abuse, using a process that engages all stakeholders, even those who may initially appear resistant. She advocates for a pro-active and balanced approach to address this huge health and safety risk that’s frequently ignored, and if addressed, usually handled inconsistently or ineffectively. Nadine is a change agent in an area where few dare to tread.
Wendy joined the team at Sandler Training after developing her career in the Medical Diagnostic and Health Sciences sectors. She holds a BSc in Biology from Mount Saint Vincent University and feels fortunate to have partnered her love for science with her passion for business at the beginning of her career.
She spent 8 years with Precision BioLogic holding positions in Sales and Sales Management where she focused on actively listening to customers to improve their experiences with the company, as well as providing meaningful feedback into product development. Creating cross-functional strategies to drive the business forward and negotiating large, complex contracts are a few of the achievements of which she is most proud.
Wendy launched into the world of retail sales with Ascenta where she spent 4 years developing new lines and channels of business. Researching, creating the appropriate contacts and developing them into meaningful partners allowed her to drive profitable new lines of business for Ascenta.
Wendy serves on the Advancement and External Relations Committee at Mount Saint Vincent University and enjoys teaching students at University of New Brunswick’s Technology Management and Entrepreneurship program. She also feels fortunate to work with several talented startups through partnerships with Volta, Propel ICT, and Innovacorp.
Sandler trained both in President’s Club and Strategic Sales Management, Wendy is thrilled to have found her home as a Partner with Sandler. She believes that business happens not between companies, but rather between people. She is grateful to share her life with her children Connor and Nina, her partner Andre, and their dog Tobes.
Scott is a poet, entrepreneur, and business owner specializing in marketing communications and professional writing.
A storyteller since he was able to speak, Scott has dedicated his life to helping others tell their stories. He has written video games, advertising, websites, comic books and more.
Scott holds a BA (English/Economics) from Acadia University and a MA (Economics) from the University of Waterloo. He spent most of his professional career in telecommunications, a field that let him combine his love of talking with his love of technology. He’s an advocate for mental health and the prevention of child abuse, and has worked with trauma survivors, institutions, and governments on ways to heal and support people suffering from the effects of childhood trauma. He has written and spoken extensively on mental health issues and has reached a global audience of over one million people.
Scott has been a member of the EDN Board of Directors since 2015 and currently chairs the Marketing and Communications Committee. He lives in Halifax and spends his spare time writing or cycling.
Susan Eldridge loves small business! She has established, operated and sold a tourism business with an international clientele; has been a REALTOR® for 15 years experienced in problem solving, contract writing and negotiation; and is an experienced facilitator on a range of business topics. As the owner of Market to Market Consulting and co-owner of Business Women Connect (BWC), Susan is a Strategic Business Connector. Passionate about small business, she has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs operating a wide variety of businesses and has previously specialized in roles working with immigrant business owners, women business owners, and artisans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a diploma in Public Relations, and a certificate in international trade. Well-traveled and curious, she speaks three languages and enjoys quirky challenges and a good laugh.
Camille is from Hazelton, a small community in Northern British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Allison University in 2012 (minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science). Business formally intersected her life during a one-year position working for a sustainable development organization in rural Panamá (Global Brigades). Working as a program advisor, she recruited and led university groups to volunteer with in-country staff in mobile medical/dental clinics for underserved or inaccessible communities. As such, she developed skills ranging from HR to marketing to accounting to consulting. While she was initially on a pre-dental track, she made the switch to business in 2015, and is set to complete her Masters in Business Administration in Spring 2017.
Camille completed her MBA’s eight-month Corporate Residency (Aug 2016) as an account manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada. This experience helped sharpen her financial skills, as well as client relationship-building and management. During this time, she also took part in several existing intra-office committees (diversity, wellness, social), but also took it upon herself to create and chair an environmental committee. She was invited to oversee plans for the full-scale workplace renovation (2nd largest project for the firm across the country) and contribute in ways that allowed her to assure plans incorporated sustainable practices for the office.
Camille is passionate about cooking, travel, sports (watching and playing), but also spending quality time with those closest to her. Following her graduation from Dalhousie University, she hopes to secure a job that wrangles her educational background with her newly-acquired business acumen, as well as her desire to make the world a better place – one cause/action at a time!