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Ray Ritcey
Chief Executive Officer

Ray has over 35 yearsí experience in the energy industry in Canada. He has held executive positions in both the natural gas and electric industries working with such industry leaders as TransCanada Pipelines, Ontario Hydro, Enbridge and AltaGas. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for Halifax Water.

For 10 years he led the development and build out of natural gas distribution in Nova Scotia and was the founding President of Heritage Gas Limited.

Born and raised in Halifax, Ray holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration from Saint Maryís University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant. He lives in Halifax with his wife Debbie and they have two grown children.
Lori Peddle
Business & Operations Manager

Lori joined the association as Business & Operations Manager in May of 2012. She brings to the team over a decade of operations and administrative experience.

Previous positions include Director of Operations at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Administrative and Rentals Coordinator for Neptune Theatre.

In addition to managing the associationís finances, Loriís role is to improve the overall efficiency of the Association.

Lori's time within the theatre community enhanced her love of the arts and she now spends much of her spare time volunteering in the community. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Eastern Front Theatre.

Lori holds a history degree from Acadia University. Originally from Corner Brook, NL, Lori resides in Halifax with her partner and their chocolate lab.
Louise Hawkins
Member Relations Coordinator

Louise brings to her role as Member Relations Coordinator over 15 years of customer service experience in a variety of industries. She gained valuable experience in business development and marketing as a small business owner. Most recently Louise worked for a local technology company as Director of Brand Integration and Customer Service.

She has volunteered her time extensively with school and non-profit associations including previous board positions at both Gymnastics Nova Scotia and Halifax ALTA Gymnastics Club.

Louise grew up in Nova Scotia and holds a Bachelor of Home Economics Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She lives in Fall River with her husband John, and they have three grown children.
Paula Lehr
Events & Communications Manager

Paula brings to her role as Events and Communications Coordinator over 15 years of experience in the private/corporate sectors as well as the municipal government environment. Throughout her career as a communications and marketing professional, she has gained valuable experience in business development and event management paired with over 10+ years in the print media industry. Her passion consists of working closely with clients to promote, market and enhance their position in the marketplace through events, economic development initiatives and advertising. Her new role combines these skillsets and she is excited to grow into a trusted voice for the association members going forward.

Paula has sat on several Boards and Committees including the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce and the Georgian Triangle Humane Society in Collingwood Ontario.

Paula grew up in Ontario and holds a Marketing and Advertising Diploma from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. She recently moved to Atlantic Canada last summer and now lives in Lawrencetown with her partner Dave, and their black Labrador retriever, Abby. She is looking forward to getting involved in the business community here.
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