Board Member Recruitment – Rural HRM

Board Member Recruitment – Rural HRM

CBDC Blue Water is seeking community and business-minded persons to serve on our Board of Directors, representing rural Halifax County.

As a volunteer Director, you will be part of a team that directly impacts your community by contributing to business development and rural job creation. We encourage individuals with strong community connections, integrity, personal experience as a business owner/manager, or financial, legal, industry/sector or professional expertise to join our energetic and engaged Board.

CBDCs (Community Business Development Corporations) are a network of independent, not-for-profit organizations that work in cooperation with all levels of government and the private sector to meet the needs of small businesses. CBDCs assist with the creation of small and medium-sized businesses and in the expansion and modernizing of existing businesses by providing financial, advisory, and technical services.

CBDC Blue Water supports business development and growth from the Eastern to the Western end of HRM, excluding the former cities of Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. We have 8 employees who serve our clients from offices in Porters Lake, Sheet Harbour, Spryfield, St Margaret’s Bay and Sackville. In addition to offering business financing, training, and advice, we also administer the Self Employment Program. Our Board plays a key role in our mandate to contribute to vibrant and prosperous communities by supporting business development, growth, and success.

Our staff and management are responsible for our operation and day-to-day activities. The board contributes by making local investment decisions and providing organizational governance and oversight. Board meetings are held monthly or as required at our main office in Porters Lake (Board members may also attend virtually). Board members review the loan applications prepared by CBDC staff prior to the board meeting, where the applications are discussed, and the board makes lending decisions. Travel to meetings is reimbursed in accordance with established guidelines and a meal is provided for in-person meetings. Board Members are appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for up to 2 additional three-year terms.

If you would like to join our team of committed volunteers, please complete our application form, and include your community engagement, background, and any other relevant information. For more information on CBDC Blue Water, please visit our website ( and follow us on Facebook (, LinkedIn (, and Instagram (@cbdcbluewater).

Please reach out if there are any accommodations that would make the application process easier. Please submit your completed application form to Chris Atwood at


Applications must be received by Friday, June 9th at 4:00 pm