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Senior Management Team

We are a small team with a broad diversity of educational and professional backgrounds. We are driven to have a 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 People & Culture Committee. He previously served on the Governance Committee. Bob is also on the Board of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) and serves on its Fiscal Relations 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 family and in the community. Recently, Bob was nominated as Volunteer of the Year and awarded this distinction in June 2019 by MPI Atlantic Chapter for his contributions in the community. 

Bob was a long-time Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee of Hospice Halifax, and played a key role in establishing the province’s first residential hospice. 

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.

Diane Mombourquette

Vice President, Finance and Strategy

Diane Mombourquette was welcomed to Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s (NSGC) team in 2019 as the Vice President of Finance and Strategy. In this role, Diane is responsible for contributing to strategy formulation and execution of initiatives.  She is also accountable for financial management and internal controls. Diane is charged with furthering the Corporation’s social responsibility commitments to ensure the integrity of the gaming industry and advancing support for regulated gaming.

Diane is a senior executive with a diverse background in finance, operations, marketing, events and administration from a broad range of industries. As a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, she obtained her CPA, CA designation in 1991 and began her career with Grant Thornton in Halifax and Vancouver. Diane spent 15 years as an executive in British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality industry. While there she helped establish the Whistler Centre for Sustainability where she remains an active founding member.

In 2011, Diane returned to her home province of Nova Scotia as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Wolfville. She was the Chief Operating Officer at Ramia Group of Companies for more than six years before making the move to NSGC. Diane is active on various boards and committees, including the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, and still finds time to enjoy her favourite outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, swimming and skiing.

Brad Conrad

Director, Gaming Operations

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, Gaming Operations where he provides business and operational leadership and strategic thinking to deliver results. Prior to joining NSGC, Brad spent more than a decade working in senior management roles in operations, strategic planning, marketing and sales. Brad draws upon his years of experience working in a broad range of industries, including exporting value-add products, bio-technology field and working in consumer-packaged goods industry to effectively manage the regulated gambling business in Nova Scotia.

Brad is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and is an active community volunteer. 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.

Allison Connors, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance

Allison Connors joined the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) team in September 2021 as the Director of Finance. In this role, Allison provides advice and guidance around financial reporting, analysis, planning, and internal controls and auditing.  In addition, she helps to determine annual financial goals and is accountable for the efficiency and effectiveness of the finance group.

Prior to joining NSGC, Allison worked at Nova Scotia Business Inc. leading the operational planning, budgeting and corporate metrics reporting. Prior to that role, she worked at various public companies where she gained experience in financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), technical accounting and financial analyses.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She is an active community volunteer and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking and running.