News release

New Appointment to Board of Directors

The chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s (NSBI) board of directors, Janice Stairs, today, Dec. 2, announced the appointment of Tom Hickey to the board.

Mr. Hickey, an entrepreneur and business owner for 17 years, is originally from Glace Bay, where he maintains the head office for Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, which services Atlantic Canada. Mr. Hickey is also president and CEO of T. Hickey Enterprises, which has been operating since 2001. T. Hickey Enterprises has 13 operating companies under his management. He is also CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Ltd.

"We are pleased to welcome Tom Hickey to NSBI's board," said Ms. Stairs. "His business experience at home as well as in international markets such as the Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe will be a key asset."

In addition to his industry experience, Mr. Hickey is an active community member having volunteered in several charities including the Canadian Diabetes Association, as well as coaching his two daughters in competitive hockey.

Mr. Hickey has been recognized with several awards such as being named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Eastern Canada's Top 50 CEOs, BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s board is made up of some of the top business minds from communities throughout the province, representing a diverse range of sectors and business interests.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

The chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s board of directors, Janice Stairs, today (December 2nd), announced the appointment of Tom Hickey to the board.

Mr. Hickey is from Glace Bay, where he maintains the head office for Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, which services all of Atlantic Canada. Mr. Hickey is also president and CEO of T. Hickey Enterprises and CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Limited.

He has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Eastern Canada's Top 50 CEOs, BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

-30-

Media Contact:

Mel Rusinak
902-424-6390 Email: