Our Board of Directors
Gordon Slade, President & Chair
Gordon Slade, President & Chair, originally from Placentia Bay, has spent much of his career in public service, serving as Deputy Minister of Fisheries for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as vice-president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In 1996, he became an independent consultant in the fields of heritage, cultural tourism and community development. He was CEO of One Ocean, an organization that encourages dialogue between the fishing and petroleum industries, from 2002 to 2010. He is currently Chair and President of the Atlantic ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network; Chair and Managing Director of Battle Harbour Historic Trust; Chair of the Shorefast Foundation; Chair of the Fogo Island Arts Corporation; and Chair of the World’s End Theatre Company. In 2005 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for his work in preserving and promoting the province’s heritage.
Peter MacArthur, Secretary Treasurer
Peter MacArthur, Secretary Treasurer, was born in Miramichi, NB, and has lived and worked in each of the Atlantic Provinces. He has been married to Jannette (Chafe) MacArthur since 1984. They have no children but are currently blessed (?) with a household of six cats at their home in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Since 1988, Peter has been employed by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA), a self-sufficient Crown Corporation providing marine pilotage throughout Atlantic Canada (www.atlanticpilotage.com). Since 1997, he has been Chief Financial Officer responsible for the financial well-being of the company. His duties also include being Corporate Secretary, chief negotiator for collective agreements and other contracts, and overall responsibility for the administrative functions of the APA.
Peter studied management and accounting at several post-secondary institutions. He is a Certified Management Accountant and has been on the board of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network since October 2004.
Don Sheehan, Artisan Representative
Don Sheehan, Artisan Representative, is a businessman who has interests in several small and medium sized businesses in Atlantic Canada. He has held senior positions in the private sector and sits on the boards of both private and non-profit organizations. In 2006 he purchased Atlantic ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network member Amos Pewter from the founders. He resides in Nova Scotia with his wife and their three boys and has an interest in all things related to his family, ocean, food and wine.
Stephen Knudsen, Artisan Representative
Stephen Knudsen moved to Newfoundland over 40 years ago from his hometown of Toronto, where he had been an Industrial Engineer with Dehavilland Aircraft and ITT Grinnell, to take over a fish merchant and retail business in the rural community of St. Lunaire-Griquet. He soon realized the need for berry products and established The Dark Tickle Company in 1990. An early member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® movement, he joined the network in 2001 as the idea of a stand-alone Atlantic network was under review and evaluation for funding. Very involved in his community, Stephen is a founding member and past board member of: the Grenfell Historical Society, the Aurora Nordic Ski Club, and the Nortip Business Development Corporation; founding and current member of the Petit Nord Nature and Heritage Society; past Board member of the Grenfell Regional Health Services and the Rooms Corp; past committee member of the Newfoundland Archeological Heritage Outreach Program through Memorial University; and many other committee and board involvements.