Board of Directors

Board Chair

Tom Emodi
Tom has practiced, researched and taught architecture since 1973 in Australia, Canada, The Middle East, China and Africa. Between 1983 and 2004 he was a Professor in Architecture first at The Technical University of Nova Scotia and then at Dalhousie University. He served 6 years as Dalhousie’s Founding Dean of Architecture and Planning (1997-2003). Currently he serves as the Chair of Ryerson University’s Programme Advisory Committee for the Department of Architectural Science and on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Continuing Care Centre in Nova Scotia.
Tom is Owner and Principal at TEAL Architects+Planners Inc. Colleagues and clients appreciate Tom’s strong capacity to develop and communicate design ideas using simple graphics to guide team strategies and actions. He is passionate about working collaboratively with clients and their communities to determine environmental, economic and social priorities. Tom and the TEAL team have a portfolio of innovative projects including planning, urban design and architecture for public and private sector clients.

Vice Chair

Jeff Parker
Jeff’s management career spans the US Air Force, Hewlett-Packard in Boston, and DHL in Prague. While Jeff and his wife have lived and worked abroad, they are most proud to now call Eastern Passage their home. As a local business owner, Jeff enjoys spending time with his two children and offering his diverse experience to the Board at OVCCC.


Peter Lamey
Peter Lamey is a lawyer, practicing in the areas of tax, corporate law, and estate planning at the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. A lifelong Nova Scotian, Peter was raised in Chester, completed a Bachelor of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University, and attended law school at the University of New Brunswick before returning to Halifax to begin his practice. Peter is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the Canadian Bar Association, and is also an avid sailor and gardener.


Councillor Bill Karsten
Bill Karsten was elected to Regional Council in 2004 to represent District 7, Portland – East Woodlawn.  He was re-elected in 2012 and currently represents District 3, Dartmouth South Eastern Passage. Councillor Karsten has lived in Dartmouth for 25 years with his wife Muriel and his two daughters, Kerry and Meaghan. He has a thirty-year business background in Sales, Marketing and Management. Most recently he spent twenty-two years as District Manager for Curtis Industries of Canada Ltd.  A dedicated volunteer, he has volunteered with a local softball association, the Canadian Cancer Society, Child Find NS and is a member of various HRM & Community Boards and Committees.

Suzanne Robichaud
Suzanne Robichaud hails from Weymouth, Nova Scotia where she was born and raised a proud Acadian. Suzanne obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University. She then attended law school at l’Université de Moncton, obtaining her Bachelor of Laws. Ms. Robichaud practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, real estate law and wills and estates. Suzanne’s niche is servicing the increasing French population in the HRM.
Ms. Robichaud is an active member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Suzanne is president of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and serves as a volunteer board member l’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE). She is also a member of the Centre for Women in Business, and la Chambre de commerce francophone d’Halifax.

JoAnne Phillips, BSc(Hons), BSc(N), RN
JoAnne Phillips is a registered nurse working in mental health. She also has a degree in neuroscience and experience in research and lab management.  Despite her strong scientific background, JoAnne also has a lifelong interest in visual arts, humanities, and spirituality.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, JoAnne eagerly moved to Halifax in 1993 and has lived in this area for most of the past 23 years, except for various temporary work opportunities across Canada and some international travel in her 20s.  Two years ago she realized her dream of home ownership and currently lives with her partner in the Southdale community of Dartmouth.

Chris Peters
Chris Peters is an experienced realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic. After having enhanced his leadership, presentation and negotiation skills, while working within management for large Telecom companies for over 15 years, Chris decided to make a career change. His entrepreneurial spirit, strong communication skills, and passion for working with people led him naturally to a career in Real Estate. Chris is a pleasant, hardworking,organized and an enthusiastic professional who will use all his skills to promote and achieve the best interests for Ocean View. Chris and his wife Karen have called Eastern Passage home since they moved there in 2004 from Toronto. They are proud parents of their two active & spirited boys, Isaac and Elijah. Chris enjoys camping, hiking, geocaching and giving back to the community he loves. He knows the area and is an active member of the community (Executive member and coach with Eastern Passage Soccer, Chair of Tallahassee PTO and various other community and church committees).

Dorothy Edem
Dorothy Edem is a registered occupational therapist. She graduated with degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie in 1997 and a Master degree in Health Services Administration in 2004.
Dorothy has extensive experience in Mental Health and psychosocial rehabilitation, including teaching, design, implementation and evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Services. She is currently working as Program Leader with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Mental Health and Addictions Program.
In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor and with the School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is a member of PSR/RPS Canada Board and one of the founding members and president of PSR Nova Scotia Chapter.
Dorothy moved to Halifax from Cape Breton in 1994 to attend Dalhousie university and has lived in Halifax for the past 22 years. Dorothy is hard working, optimistic, pleasant, trustworthy, flexible, people-oriented, enthusiastic and fully committed to contribute positively to any organization she works with.

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