Board of Directors

Gary Scales, President

Gary (LLB, LLM) is PEI’s Regional Lead Partner for the law firm McInnes Cooper, where his practice focuses on business law, corporate finance, commercial real estate transactions and immigration law. He is a member of the Law Society of PEI, the Canadian Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Bishop’s University, his law degree from UNB Law School, and Masters in International Business Law from the London School of Economics.

Gary is actively involved in his community, having served on many community and charitable organizations, notably as Chair, Board of Governors, Law Foundation of PEI; PEI Branch Chair and National Executive Committee Member, Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section; Past Chair, Provincial Easter Seals Society Fundraising Campaign; Past Director, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce; Past Director, PEI Division of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Young Canadians Challenge; Past Director, United Way of PEI. Gary is also a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

Dr. David Keenlyside, Vice-President

David is the executive director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, a position to which he was appointed in March 2007. Born in British Columbia, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a doctorate in New World archaeology from the University of Calgary. He is an archaeologist and museum curator by profession and worked at the National Museum of Man in Ottawa. He later worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization as the Atlantic Provinces Archaeologist, a position he held for 35 years. He also served as curator of the Canadian Children’s Museum for four years. David has a broad range of heritage interests and has served in various capacities in professional and volunteer organizations across Canada.

Barbara MacNutt, Secretary

Barbara (BA, BEd, MEd) is a lifelong learner and specialist in adult and continuous education and teaching. She is a graduate of Prince of Wales College, Dalhousie University, and Mount Saint Vincent University, and is currently a PhD candidate. Over a 45-year period, Barbara taught in junior high school, college, and university. She is the recipient of various local and national awards for contributions to the field of adult learning and served as the manager of PEI’s Literacy Secretariat from 1996 to her retirement in 2017.

Among her many achievements, Barbara coordinated partnerships between the province and PEI Literacy Alliance Tough Challenges, Great Rewards. Her focus is on ensuring that learning opportunities are available province-wide for Islanders to increase their essential skills required for success in the knowledge economy. With fellow board member Ginny McGowan, Barbara also served the Foundation as a member of the Management Committee for a special project with Workplace Learning PEI to advance workplace literacy.

John Scales, Treasurer

John was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, and graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was employed with Island Fertilizers Ltd. from 1980 to 1999 as the general manager responsible for locations in the maritime provinces and the US state of Maine. He is currently the president and general manager of Phillips Agri Services, based in Charlottetown. John is a past member of the Board of Directors or the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, past president of the Atlantic Fertilizer Institute, and past member of the Atlantic Region Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He has been a Rotarian since 1985 and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

Jinny Greaves, PEI Literacy Alliance Representative

Jinny is the Executive Director of the PEI Literacy Alliance. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UPEI. She has worked in the community sector for almost 20 years. Ten of those years have been working with the PEI Literacy Alliance to advance literacy for all Islanders. In 2015, she was awarded Reading Town’s Champion of Reading Award. She sits on the developmental Board of the newly incorporated Community Sector Network of PEI. She is also a proud mom of two young children.

Grant Sweet, Province of PEI Representative

Grant Sweet has worked for over 20 years in various management capacities with the Government of PEI. Some of those roles included Directorships of Community Development, IT Infrastructure, and Immigration. He is currently responsible for the divisions of Adult Education, International Student Recruitment, and Trades and Apprenticeship Training. Grant graduated from Carleton University in 1987 with a BA in Undergraduate Law and Public Administration and followed that up with a diploma in Urban Planning from Holland College. He currently resides in Cornwall and co-manages a home building business with his two children, Kirstin and Spencer.

Dr. Virginia (Ginny) McGowan, Director

Since graduating with a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1989, Ginny (BA, MA, PhD) has held various academic, applied research, and federal government positions investigating addictions, mental health, and federal corrections issues (correctional education, violent extremism, Indigenous healing, gender, diversity) in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She was the founding Coordinator of the University of Lethbridge’s Addictions Counselling Program, receiving a national award for an interactive educational CD. She now holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine (Community Health and Epidemiology).

She is currently a partner in McGowan & Co.: The Write Edit Group and sole proprietor of The Business Mentoring Solution. Ginny has been a volunteer tutor with the PEI Literacy Alliance and is a board member of Workplace Learning PEI Inc. as well as a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

Dr. Ron Macdonald, Director

Ronald J. Macdonald (BSc, BEd, MEd, PhD) has been a junior and senior high school science teacher in Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada, for 15 years. He has also been an information technology integration specialist and professional development facilitator. Ron’s research includes supporting science teacher communities of practice when they are integrating technologies; gender differences in students’ attitude toward science when technologies are used; the merging of theory and practice in teacher education and project-based learning in science. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education and a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Ron is the past-president of the PEI Literacy Alliance Board of Directors.

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