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Senior Management Team

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

 

Bob MacKinnon MBA, CPA, CA, ICD.D

President & CEO

Bob MacKinnon is the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), a Crown corporation governed by the provincial Gaming Control Act, that oversees the conduct and management function of gaming in the Province. Bob is on the Board of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) where he is the Audit Committee Chair, and serves on the Governance Committee. He is also on the Board of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) and serves on its Fiscal Relations Committee. Bob is on the Board of Hospice Halifax, and is the Chair of its Development Committee.

Over his career, Bob has held a variety of roles in operations management, finance and accounting, and sales. He approaches his role with a focus that provides direction, follow-through and results within a complex business environment. 

Bob is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) degree and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Saint Mary’s University, completed the Directors Education Program (DEP) through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is an Institute Certified Director (ICD.D). 

Outside of the office, Bob is active with his young family and in the community.

Chris Brown, CPA, CF, CBV

Vice President, Gaming Operations

Chris Brown joined Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) 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 NSGC, 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 a current board position with Scotian Windfield Inc. and volunteers time with his children’s activities.

Kara Dort, CPA, CA, BBA

Vice President, Finance and Strategy

Kara joined Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) in 2017 and is the Vice President of Finance and Strategy. In this role, Kara is responsible for contributing strategy formulation and execution of initiatives as well as being accountable for providing strategic leadership to NSGC’s financial management and internal controls. Kara is charged with advancing support for regulated gaming, and furthering the Corporation’s social responsibility commitments to ensure the integrity of the gaming industry.

Prior to joining NSGC, Kara worked in the retail industry for Sobeys Inc. for 10 years holding roles in various areas of the business including, external reporting, national finance, convenience and fuel as well as shared services.

Kara is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Kara is a member of Home and School, is Treasurer and a member of Parish Council and has organized fundraisers for parents of children in crisis at the IWK. Kara’s favourite role is that of mom to two young children. Kara enjoys spending time with her family, living an active lifestyle and exploring the outdoors. 

Brad Conrad

Director, Policy and Planning

Brad Conrad began his career with the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) in 2007 and has held various leadership positions within the organization including Operations, Strategic Planning, Corporate Social Responsibility, Communications, 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 NSGC, 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 packaged goods sector.

When not working or spending time with his wife and two boys, Brad volunteers as a coach in the local sporting community in various sports.

Cindy Mills, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance

Cindy Mills is Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s (NSGC) 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 NSGC. 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.