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Senior Management Team

We are a small team with a broad diversity of educational and professional backgrounds—but we all share passion for being the trusted stewards of our responsible gaming industry and a drive to have a significant positive impact on our communities.

 

Bob MacKinnon MBA, CA, ICD.D

President & CEO

Bob MacKinnon joined NSPLCC in 2003 and is the President & CEO for the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC). In this role, he provides strategic leadership within a complex and diverse business environment. Bob approaches this multi-faceted environment with a focus that provides direction, follow-through and results. His leadership style inspires personal and group excellence, transforming something strong into something superb.

 

Bob joined NSPLCC in 2003 as Vice-President, Finance for NSPLCC. Prior to joining NSPLCC, Bob was with an IT firm for 13 years during which he had a variety of roles, including operations management, finance/accounting, and sales.

 

Bob is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Masters of Business Administration degree from Saint Mary’s University and is an Institute Certified Director.. In the community, Bob is a volunteer Board member and Treasurer of the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax, and is very involved in collaborative efforts to establish residential hospice in the Halifax area. Previously, he was on the Board of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and was involved as an organizer of the Blue Nose International Marathon in its two inaugural years.

 

When not at work, Bob and his spouse’s time is occupied raising their two young children, meaning many hours building Lego, playing with dolls, and at the rink and loves it.

Chris Brown, CPA, CF, CBV

Vice President, Gaming Operations

Chris Brown joined the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation in 2015 as Vice-President Gaming Operations where he provides strategic leadership and operational direction and guidance within regulating gaming in Nova Scotia. Chris leads corporate projects, fosters social responsibility by ensuring it is fully integrated into business strategies and initiatives and manages operator contracts. 

Prior to joining NSPLCC, Chris spent a year with the Department of Economic Development working as a lead on a number of high profile projects.  Prior to that role, he spent approximately 13 years with KPMG LLP, leaving the firm as an Associate Partner in the organization’s Transaction Advisory Services group.  He gained significant experience in acquisitions and divestitures, project evaluation, business valuation, restructurings and receiverships, due diligence, infrastructure management, litigation support, and general advisory services. His clients included public sector and those in the private business sector across a variety of industries.

Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Business Valuator and a has a Corporate Finance designation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Mount Alison University. Chris is an active community volunteer holding current board positions with Scotian Winfield Inc., and Propel Bioenergy Canada Ltd and volunteers time with his children’s activities.

Brad Conrad

Director, Policy and Planning

Brad Conrad began his career with the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC) in 2007 and has held various leadership positions within the organization including Operations, Risk Management and Compliance.  Brad is currently the Director, Policy and Planning and provides leadership and oversight for the organizations business planning and budgeting processes.  Brad is also accountable for leading the achievement of the corporation’s social responsibility mandate, including effectively leading responsible gambling and  community based programs that benefit all Nova Scotians.

Brad is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and is an active community volunteer.  Prior to joining NSPLCC, Brad spent more than 11 years working in senior management roles in operations, strategic planning, marketing and sales.  In addition Brad can draw upon the experiences gained from working in a broad range of diverse industries, including exporting value add products around the world, working in the agricultural sector and the consumer packages goods sector.

When not working or spending time with his wife and two boys, Brad coaches several sports including hockey, soccer and lacrosse and sits on a number of Boards for provincial sport organizations.

Cindy Mills, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance

Cindy Mills is the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation’s Director, Finance and has been with the corporation since November 2006. She is responsible for the finance function including general accounting and reporting, internal control, financial planning and budgets, tax, treasury and transactional services. Having begun her career in New Brunswick, Cindy spent 12 years with the Miramichi Regional Health Authority. In the role of Director of Finance, she was responsible for all financial matters including accounts payable, receivable, general accounting, budgeting and payroll, in addition to workload and statistics management. Cindy then relocated to Nova Scotia to work in Amherst as the Director of Finance and Administration for Atlantic Combustion Technology Incorporated before eventually joining NSPLCC. Cindy, a Certified Management Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University. She previously served on the Board of the New Brunswick Council for CMA Canada. Currently, in her spare time, she enjoys tutoring college and university students in accounting and management.