Chief Paul (PJ) Prosper of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation has announced that Rose Paul is the successful applicant for the new position of Chief Executive Officer of the Bayside Development Corporation. The corporation is the Band’s business arm that will manage the development of reserve lands on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway.
“Rose has all the business and leadership credentials required to guide our long-term economic development,” said Chief Prosper. “She has committed herself for more than a decade to helping our community grow – including the construction of the $13.5 million Trans Canada Highway interchange at exit 36-B, which opens up direct access to our community and will bring significant traffic to our new Bayside Travel Centre.”
Darryl McDonald, director of administration, says the hiring committee worked diligently to find the right person for the position. “Rose has shown through her commitment and dedication to be the successful candidate.”
Due to weather delays this spring, construction of the $11 million travel centre is expected to be completed by October 1st.
As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Paul will help oversee Band businesses that provide own-source revenues, including fisheries, tobacco shop and gas bar operations and the entertainment centre. She will develop a five-year strategic plan that will include capacity development and provide options for the board of directors on diversifying and investing in businesses through economic development partnerships. As CEO she will report directly to the corporation’s board of directors. She continues her current responsibilities for community economic development.
Ms. Paul obtained her Masters in Business Administration from Cape Breton University and was chosen valedictorian of the inaugural Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Francis Xavier University.
She has won numerous awards and recognition, including the 2017 Cando Economic Developer of the Year award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the Nova Scotia Community Spirit award.