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The general manager of the Greater Halifax Partnership has moved
to the provincial government. Francis MacKenzie is the new
executive director, investment and trade, at Economic Development
and Tourism.

The appointment is among several senior management changes
announced today by Richie Mann, minister of economic development
and tourism.

Mr. MacKenzie had been vice-president and general manager of the
Greater Halifax Partnership. Before that, he worked for the
Bedford Economic Development Commission. 

In the same round of appointments, Michele McKenzie has been
named executive director of the Nova Scotia Marketing Agency. Ms.
McKenzie was formerly head of Tourism Nova Scotia and one of the
key architects of the provincial Tourism Strategy. She has played
a key role in building new partnerships with the industry.

"I'm thrilled to have people of this calibre coming into these
important jobs," said Mr. Mann. "Francis can now apply his
considerable talents to attracting investment and trade
opportunities for the entire province. The collaborative approach
that Michele used to such great effect in Tourism will help us in
marketing the entire province." 

An executive director has also been named to the department's new
Public Private Partnership Initiative. Andy Hare, who has been
director of trade, will provide guidance and advice on projects
and actively look for new partnering opportunities for
infrastructure development or provision of services. 

In other moves, David Oxner, assistant to the deputy minister,
has become executive director at Tourism Nova Scotia; Roy
Sherwood has moved to Economic Development and Tourism's lending
and finance division as executive director; Don Robertson has
become acting director, trade; Doug Giannou will lead a Cape
Breton economic development initiative; and Don Leet will assume
added responsibilities as president, Nova Scotia Resources Ltd.

"These moves have created an exceptional senior management team,"
said Mr. Mann. "We are now poised to work more effectively than
ever with the business community and other partners to grow the
economy and to make Nova Scotia the best place to do business in

The appointments are effective immediately.


Contact: Rick Alexander
         Economic Development and Tourism
         E-mail: e-mail

jlw                        July 3, 1997      2:50 p.m.