Board of Commissioners

Halifax Water Board Members, Annual General Meeting Minutes & Board Reports

The Halifax Water Board of Commissioners includes four members of Halifax Regional Council appointed by Council, three residents of Halifax municipality who are appointed by Council and the Chief Administrative Officer of Halifax municipality or a Halifax municipal employee appointed by the CAO.

The Board meets once every quarter, usually the last Thursday of that month.

The Halifax Water Board of Commissioners will uphold a policy of openness and transparency, balanced with its roles in representing the interests of Halifax Water, its customers and other stakeholders.

Board meetings are open to the public and to the media in accordance with a Resolution of the Board passed on September 27, 2018.

Meet the Board Members

Halifax Water Board of Commissioners

Mr. MacMullin was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on June 20, 2017, Board Chair on September 26, 2019 and is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Mr. MacMullin has held a variety of senior executive positions within the private and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development. His private sector experience includes senior positions in infrastructure commissioning, technology development and environmental industries. Mr. MacMullin has a BSc (Chemistry) from Acadia University, an MBA from Saint Mary's University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Colleen Rollings was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on February 21, 2019, Vice Chair October 17, 2020 is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Ms. Rollings is a project manager leveraging her 25 years experience as a professional engineer designing and constructing infrastructure for public safety.   She has held senior management roles within the regulated utility industry, designing and constructing more than 500 kilometres of natural gas pipelines in Nova Scotia. Ms. Rollings has been recognized for her achievements by Engineers Nova Scotia, and is an Engineer in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University.  Ms. Rollings is a graduate of Western University in London, ON.

With over 30 years of public sector leadership experience, Brad has served the residents of HRM for the past 16 years in the role of Director for several diverse portfolios including: Environmental Management Services, Harbour Solutions Project, Corporate and Strategic Planning, Chief Information Officer, Community Services, Parks & Recreation, and currently Transportation & Public Works.

Brad is certified as a Professional Engineer. He has a Diploma in Engineering Sciences from CEGEP St-Jean, PQ, an Engineering Degree from Royal Military College, Kingston, and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Councilor Zurawski was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on January 15, 2019.

Mr. Zurawski’s  career in the media has covered virtually all media (print, radio, television, and new media) in almost every capacity, from journalist to host to writer to producer and illustrates his communications skills in identifying, developing and negotiating innovative technologies, partnerships, strategic alliances and relationships with support from private and public sectors.

Mr. Zurawski has a B.Sc. in Physics and mathematics from the University of Windsor. His M.A. is in educational research.  His work to promote science and learning on all levels was rewarded in November of 2013 with the Discovery Centre’s Science Champion Award.

Learn more about Councilor Zurawski

Councillor Hendsbee was first appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on December 13, 2011 and remained on the Board until October 31, 2016. Councillor Hendsbee’s current appointment became effective November 12, 2019.

In addition to his role as Commissioner on the Halifax Water Board, Councillor Hendsbee has many years' experience in politics at the municipal, provincial and federal level. In the past, he has served as a volunteer on many provincial and federal election campaigns. In addition to serving as Executive Assistant to a provincial Cabinet Minister, he spent four years as a Member of Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Preston.

Municipally, Councillor Hendsbee has over a decade of experience as a Councillor. He has spent the past five years as Halifax Regional Municipality Councillor for District 3, and from 1993 to 1999 as a Halifax County Councillor for District 8 - Preston - The Lakes. He served as Deputy Mayor from November 2008 to November 2009.

Mr. Farquhar was appointed to the Halifax Water Board effective August 4, 2019, and is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Mr. Farquhar is a Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the oil & gas pipeline industry.  His diverse engineering background includes Project Management, Pipeline Control, Pipeline Design, Health & Safety and Incident Response.  He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and has worked professionally in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta.

Mr. Farquhar changed careers in 2013 and is currently the Controller of Scotia Fuels Ltd., a private company that provides heating oil in Halifax.  He studied in the Saint Mary’s University business program, and he earned his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2020.

Councillor Adams was first appointed to the Halifax Water Board by Regional Council on April 1, 2005, and remained on the Board until March 31, 2008. Councillor Adams's current appointment became effective on May 12, 2020.

In 1994, he was elected as Deputy Mayor of Halifax, becoming the youngest deputy mayor to serve in the city's history. In November 2007, he was elected Deputy Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality.

Councillor Adams was born and raised in Spryfield, attending local schools and graduating from J.L. Ilsley High School in 1979. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in 1982 and a Bachelor of Commerce in 1986. Stephen began his professional career in 1986 with Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals and retired from that position in November 2013.

Schedule of Board Meetings

Efforts will be made to advise should the meeting times or locations be changed.

Board Agendas & Materials

Halifax Water Board Meetings are being held through video conference to adhere to health advisories related to COVID-19.

 

Date Agenda & Board Package (PDF) Minutes (PDF) Video
January 30, 2020 Agenda & Board Package January 30, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes - Approved on March 26, 2020 Video
March 26, 2020 Agenda & Board Package March 26, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes - Approved on June 25, 2020 Not Recorded (COVID-19)
June 25, 2020 Agenda & Board Package June 25, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes - Approved on September 24, 2020 Video
July 16, 2020 Agenda & Board Package Minutes will be reviewed/approved at the next Annual General Meeting Video
September 24, 2020 Agenda & Board Package Minutes will be reviewed/approved at the next Regular Board Meeting (November 26, 2020) Video

 

Agendas and reports for regular meetings of the Board will be posted in advance of a meeting. Halifax Water does not provide print copies of board packages.

Please note: Board package materials may be revised at any time up to, or during meetings.

Attend or Watch a Board Meeting

Links to register to attend a virtual Halifax Board Meeting can be found in the table above.

Halifax Water Board Meeting recordings can be found on the Halifax Water YouTube channel.
Halifax Water YouTube Channel

Attendance & Conduct During Board Meetings

  • Individuals must arrive in advance of the meeting start time
  • Attendees may not comment or ask questions during the meeting
  • All cell phones, email devices and other electronic devices must be turned off
  • Private photographs or recordings of proceedings are not permitted

Anyone who violates the above protocol, or is disruptive to the proceedings, will be asked to leave and may be prohibited from attending future meetings.

Media & Questions

In the event that the attending media have questions arising from the Board meeting, the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator or General Manager will be available upon adjournment to address queries.

What is an In-Camera Meeting?

In this context, an in-camera meeting means an "in private" session. It involves a confidential meeting, or a portion of a meeting, taking place with only Board members present. These meetings are sometimes called "Board only" sessions.

The Board may move in-camera or hold special meetings that are not open to the public where it determines it is in the best interest of the Commission to do so.

The Chair may order that the meeting move in-camera or any Commissioner may request a matter be dealt with in-camera in which case a vote will be taken to move a meeting to in-camera proceedings. If a majority of the Board agrees, the matter shall be dealt with in-camera.  

The following matters may be dealt with in-camera:

  • Matters involving property
  • Matters involving litigation
  • Human resource issues
  • Contract negotiations
  • Legal advice subject to solicitor-client privilege
  • Litigation or potential litigation
  • Professional staff appointments, re-appointments and credentialing issues

Any matter that the Board determines should be the subject of an in-camera session.  

Persons designated by the Chair may remain during an in-camera session.

Corporate Governance Manual

The Halifax Water Board Governance Manual sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Halifax Water Board, the individual Board members, and the Board Committees. This Manual should be read in conjunction with the Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

View the Corporate Governance Manual