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Board of Directors

Leanne Tremblay

Leanne is an experienced communicator, avid traveler and lover of all things outdoors. Having moved more times than she can count, Leanne has always returned to Halifax and is excited for her favourite city’s future.


Kristie Forbes
Vice Chair

Kristie is an experienced marketer who loves nothing more than uncovering powerful insights, telling great stories, and eating great chocolate. Kristie was selected as one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 by Marketing Magazine, and has recently relocated back to her hometown and favourite place in the world – Halifax.

Ali Algermozi
Director of Development

Ali is a motivated, enthusiastic, and dedicated leader; with experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, human resource and a diploma in networking systems. He has years of experience collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds and possesses a keen interest in the Nova Scotia business community.

Sara Espinal Henao
Corporate Secretary

Maggie Hua

Sandra Thomson
Director, Events & Emerging Ideas

Cory Richard
Director, Marketing & Communications

Cory is a communications professional with a made in Halifax education. He’s passionate about social media, great stories, and is always up for a chat over a good cup of coffee.

Laila Youssef
Director, Member Relations

Laila comes from an international entrepreneurial background, with a strong passion for career and personal development, cultural diversity & inclusion. She strongly believes in empowering youth and taking charge in making changes within our city to help make it a better place for everyone. Constantly looking tochallenge myself and others to realize their full potential and to find gaps in which we can improve upon and thrive.


Corinne Abraham
Director, Arts & Culture

Corinne is a results-oriented leader with strong communications skills. She is an avid traveller and has recently completed her MBA. Corinne loves the diversity of the Arts and Culture scene in Halifax which has led her to volunteer with a number of local organizations. She is excited for her work with Fusion in making Halifax a better place to live.

Matthew Martel
Director, Entrepreneurship

Jackie Nguyen
Director, Health & Wellness

Jackie is passionate about population health and creating supportive environments where the healthy choice is the easier choice. A proud Haligonian, born and raised, Jackie is constantly excited about what her city has on offer.

Elora Gehue
Director, Immigration & Diversity

Katrina Leighton
Director, People Factor

Katrina is a fundraising professional, creative problem solver and ocean junkie. She prides herself on
building meaningful, trusting relationships and loves that because she lives in Halifax she can go from a
boardroom to a beach in 30 minutes.

Cory Porteous
Director, Sustainability

Cory is passionate about learning, exploring and the outdoors. Motivated by the satisfaction of solving a stubborn problem, he is excited by the opportunity to use that passion to help create a Halifax we can all enjoy for years to come.

Joseph Gnemmi
Director, Urban Development