The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse is managed by a Board of Directors generally made up of at least eight (8) members and no more than (11) members. These include economic stakeholders from throughout Nova Scotia, but mainly from the Acadian and Francophone regions of the province. The Board of Directors meets regularly to discuss and make decisions on its directions, necessary interventions and how its projects are going. CDÉNÉ’s partners are often invited to attend meetings as observers. However, only members of the Board of Directors may vote.

Members of the Board of Directors of the CDÉNÉ

Charles Gaudet
Management and Educational Consultant

Ronnie LeBlanc
Warden, Municipality of Clare

Georgina Aucoin
Director of Benefits, Scotia Investments Limited


Alvin Martell
Councilor, Municipality of Richmond

Alfred Arthur Poirier
Deputy Warden, Municipality of Inverness

Allister W. Surette
President of Université Sainte-Anne

Danny Muise
Deputy Warden, Municipality of Argyle

Lise Despres
Executive Assistant, Comeau Sea Foods Ltée, Comeau Foods Division

Claude Patrice Poirier
Owner of Cheticamp Welding Machine Shop

Rod Samson
Paramedic, emergency medical services, Premium Seafoods

Yalla Sangaré
Director of the Administrative Science Department, Associate Professor, Université Sainte-Anne

If you are interested in being part of the Board of Directors of the CDÉNÉ, contact the Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ at 902-424-3970 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..