New Board Executive Announced at AGM

Perennia held it’s first public Annual General Meeting June 2nd at the Kentville Research Station to a packed house of 50+ guests.  At that time, a new Board Executive was announced.  Read the news release below.

For Immediate Release

New Board Executive Appointed for Agri-Food and Seafood Development Agency

Kentville, Nova Scotia – Perennia, the provincial development agency focused on creating growth in Nova Scotia’s agri-food and seafood sectors, has a new Board chair and vice-chair.

The following appointments were made at the Perennia Annual General Meeting June 2nd in Kentville:

  • Charles Keddy, Chair Keddy is owner and operator of C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc. and Keddy’s Farm in Kentville, Nova Scotia
  • Noël Després, Vice-Chair Després is President and CEO of Comeau’s Sea Foods Limited in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
  • Milton Wood, Treasurer Wood is Director of Manufacturing with Oxford Frozen Foods in Oxford, Nova Scotia
  • Dannie Hansen, Secretary Hansen is Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation and Public and Corporate Affairs for Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

“I have been chair working side-by-side with this new industry board for the past year,” said the Honourable Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia’s minister for both agriculture and fisheries and aquaculture. “It was the right time to move the leadership of the board to our industry leaders so they can advance Perennia and the industries as they have their own businesses.”

“Perennia is a unique and exciting organization that already has, and can continue to have, a tremendous impact on the agriculture and seafood sectors,” said Keddy.  “ I am very much looking forward to working with the Board, staff and industry to support substantial growth in both sectors.”

Other board members-at-large are: Ray Ivany President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University; Christine Penney, Vice President Sustainability and Public Affairs at Clearwater Seafoods; Bill Hay is Chairman of Trucorp Investments Limited; Victor Oulton is part owner of WG Oulton & Sons Ltd; Don Sproule is an established businessman and former hog, turkey and chicken producer; and Edgar Samson, President and CEO, Premium Seafoods.

Perennia is a provincially-owned development company that works with farmers, fishermen, processors and food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Services are offered in field services, food safety, and product development and commercialization.  It operates the Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia which has a commercial pilot plant, product development and analytical labs, and start-up space for businesses.


For more information, contact:
Lynne Godlien, Perennia
(902) 678-7722, ext 229