Board of Directors
Hector Jacques was appointed to the position of director of the Halifax Port Authority in March 2012 for a term of three years by the Halifax Regional Municipality. He was elected by the Board as Vice-Chair in October 2015. Mr. Jacques comes to this position after having served on the Board of Directors for three years including the Governance Committee; Human Resources and Compensation Committee; Seaport Committee; and is Chair of the Security, Environment and Safety Committee.
Mr. Jacques is an accomplished businessman and engineer. He is the former CEO and co-founder of Jacques Whitford. For 37 years, Jacques Whitford was one of the largest engineering firms in Canada. Through Mr. Jacques’ leadership the company expanded and grew to 45 offices across Canada, the United States and around the world. In 2009, Jacques Whitford was acquired by Stantec.
Hector has received numerous awards in recognition of his dedication and contributions to the field of engineering and commitment to the community. In October 2002, the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia presented Hector with its Gold Medal, an award designed to bestow distinction on outstanding engineers in Nova Scotia and to recognize exceptional achievements in the field. In 1996, Hector was named Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year and he was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 2001. Mr. Jacques was made an officer of the Order of Canada in October 2007.
Tom Hayes was appointed to the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors effective June 2014 for a term of three years by the Province of Nova Scotia. Mr. Hayes is Managing Director of Pelorus Venture Capital Ltd., a regional venture capital fund focused on Atlantic Canada. He brings over 45 years of managerial and senior executive experience in the private, public and volunteer sectors to the Halifax Port Authority.
During the 1980s, Mr. Hayes served as President of Atlantic Ventures Trust, an institutional private venture capital fund for Atlantic Canada. As CEO of Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd., from 1987 to 1997, Mr. Hayes led Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. through a major restructuring resulting in the company being recognized as a top small business in Canada and winning the prestigious Canada Award for Business Excellence. He was recognized as a winner in the Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Mr. Hayes also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Premier for Nova Scotia.
An active community volunteer, Tom Hayes has served as Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), a Director of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, a Governor of St. Francis Xavier University, Chair of the Halifax-Dartmouth Port Development Commission, a Director and Secretary of the Marine Hotel Association, and Vice-Chair Tall Ships 2000. He is also a past member of the NS Provincial Council, the Boy Scouts of Canada, the Board of Junior Achievement of PEI and a member of Big Brothers of Moncton, NB.
Ted Larsen was appointed to the position of director of the Halifax Port Authority in May 2012 for a term of three years as a Port User nominee.
Mr. Larsen is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University. He began his career as a reporter with the Halifax Herald, where he covered marine affairs. In this assignment, he gained valuable knowledge of the shipping world and the importance of the competitive position of the Port of Halifax.
In private business, Mr. Larsen successfully established and ran an independent communications and public relations practice for a number of years. He has developed, owns and manages a small portfolio of commercial and residential real estate, and is active in the private lending sphere, providing mortgage and bridge financing for commercial and residential property owners and developers.
Mr. Larsen has also held senior communications and administrative positions in the public service.
He has lived all of his adult life in Halifax, where he has been involved in many community volunteer activities over the years. He is the father of three grown children.
Lantz Siteman was appointed to the position of director of the Halifax Port Authority on February 14, 2013 for a term of three years as a Port User nominee. Mr. Siteman studied business law, business psychology and financial management at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University. He was Canada Trust Company’s district vice president and regional manager for Atlantic Canada until he retired in 2001. As part of the executive team, he contributed to the planning and merger of two national companies in the 1980s, coordinating operations in the Atlantic Provinces to help bring the project to fruition.
Mr. Siteman has served on a range of boards and has been involved in several community ventures since his retirement. In addition to his work with the Halifax Port Authority, Mr. Siteman currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Nova Scotia Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (CUDIC). He previously served as vice chair of the Association for the Eastern Shore Industrial Development Corporation, committee chair of the United Way of Halifax, director of the Eastern Shore Tourist and board member for the Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia.
Jim Spatz was appointed May 2016 by the Government of Canada as the Federal director to the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Spatz is a dedicated business leader and philanthropist. After spending 13 years as a medical doctor, Jim Spatz became Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties Limited, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading real estate development firms. He has taken on leadership roles in several organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee) and Blue Line Innovations Incorporated. He is a member of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank Advisory Board and serves as a Life Director of Neptune Theatre. Jim also served on the Board of Governors for Dalhousie University from 2001 – 2015, and served as Board Chair from 2008 – 2014. Jim currently sits on the National Executive Committee for the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.