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.

Mr. Walker was appointed to the Halifax Water Board effective December 1, 2010, and elected Vice Chair on March 31, 2011.

Mr. Walker has been a resident of District 10 for 48 years. He was first elected to Halifax City Council in a by-election in January, 1994, and was subsequently elected to Halifax Regional Municipality Council in December, 1995. Mr. Walker was re-elected in October 2012 to represent District 10, Halifax - Bedford Basin West.

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.

Colleen Rollings was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on February 21, 2019 and 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.

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 Blackburn was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on December 13, 2016.

Ms. Lisa Blackburn grew up in HRM, graduating from The University of King’s College in 1990. For the last 30 years she has been a journalist working in radio, television and print. She was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2016 to serve the district Upper Sackville-Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank and Lucasville.

Councillor Nicoll was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on April 11, 2017. Ms. Nicoll was elected to Regional Council in 2008 and re-elected by acclamation in the 2016 election.

In addition to her role as Commissioner on the Halifax Water Board, she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Audit and Finance Standing Committee, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Standing Committee and is a member of the Executive Standing Committee. She serves on the Board of the Halifax Partnership and is the HRM representative on the Canadian Urban Transportation Association. Ms. Nicoll is also a member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, Cole Harbour Harvest Festival Society, Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association, as well as serving on the Board of Directors at Cole Harbour Place.

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 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 is scheduled to earn his CPA designation in 2019.

Schedule of Board Meetings

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

Board Agendas & Materials

 

Date Agenda & Board Package (PDF) Minutes (PDF) Video
July 18, 2018 (AGM) Agenda & Board Package Minutes - Approved July 18, 2019  
March 28, 2019 Agenda & Board Package    
May 22, 2019 Agenda & Board Package    
June 20, 2019 Agenda & Board Package Minutes - Approved September 26, 2019 Video
July 18, 2019 (AGM) Agenda & Board Package Minutes will be reviewed/ approved at the 2020 AGM Video
September 26, 2019 Agenda & Board Package Minutes will be reviewed/ approved at the next Regular Board Meeting (November 28, 2019) Technical Difficulties - Not Recorded

 

Agendas and reports for regular meetings of the Board will be posted 3-5 business days in advance of a meeting.

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

Attend or Watch a Board Meeting

Halifax Water Board Meeting live streams and recordings can be found on the Halifax Water YouTube channel, here.

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.