WAYNE ADAMS, C.M.,O.N.S., ECNS.
African Nova Scotia Agri-Projects Coordinator
Dr. Wayne Adams works with Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. as a Special Project Co-ordinator. Key deliverables are: compiling an inventory of agriculture and fishery related businesses owned by or located in black communities in Nova Scotia; working with Perennia’s agriculture and food specialists on key areas of opportunity; developing an opportunities guide, and meeting with leaders and members of communities to assess interest business start-ups in the agri-food and seafood sectors.
Wayne has been an entrepreneur, columnist, journalist, politician, lifelong hobby farmer, and an environmental activist.
Wayne was Nova Scotia’s first black person elected to the Legislature, and subsequently the first Black Cabinet Minister. He served as Minister of Supply and Services; Minister of Environment where a major accomplishment was the introduction of the first comprehensive solid waste resource management strategy in Canada, designed to reduce the amount of solid waste being generated in Nova Scotia by more than 50% within two years; and Minister responsible for the Harness Racing and Boxing Commissions; and was also Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization and the establishment of Canada’s first province-wide integrated 911-emergency response system.
Wayne served as Founding President of Chebucto Windfields Inc., and President of the Nova Scotia Environmental Industries Association. He owned the consultancy of ‘Adams Management Group’, and was a partner in ‘Nova ReNew Inc.’ an environmental group reprocessing waste plastics.
Wayne holds an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws Degree from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, was inducted to the Order of Canada in 2004, and in 2011, he was invested into the Order of Nova Scotia.
A Chartered Consultant in good standing with the American Consultants League, Wayne has several local and national citations; he was named Person of the Year in 2004, by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and was declared an Honourable Member of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia for life in 2012.