Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Meet the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors.   You can click on each name to reveal additional information about each of our directors.


Julie Taylor – President, Skin Decision Inc.


Skin Decision originally opened in Truro in 2006, and also has a second location in downtown Halifax. Both beautifully appointed studios focus on piercing, with fine jewelry specialists in house, and extensive collections of gold and gemstone body jewelry.

Julie serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for her professional organization, the Association of Professional Piercers. Always eager to help her industry, Julie was instrumental in forming body art legislation in Nova Scotia, as well as reopening guidelines for the body art industry in the province. She instructs classes on communication for body artists, and will be expanding her role as an educator in the future.

Julie tries to represent small businesses in her role as a Chamber of Commerce board member.

Doug MacInnes – Regional Sales Manager, Wilson’s Heating


Doug is a former small business owner and currently holds the position of Regional Sales Manager and Truro Branch Manager for Wilson’s Heating. His involvement in economic development throughout Colchester over the past 25 years has given him a great understanding of how important it is to support our local businesses.

Doug is a lifelong resident of Lower Onslow and believes in giving back to the community which has supported him in business for so many years. As well as serving on the Chamber board of directors Doug also volunteers with many other non-profit organizations locally. Including the board of directors for Scotia Pool, President of the Lower Onslow Community Centre Society, and a very proud Big Brother for the past 8 years to his little brother Shawn.

Heidi Sponagle – Director of Sales, Inn on Prince Hotel & Conference Centre

Heidi was born and raised in the village of Thorburn, just outside New Glasgow. She has lived all over Canada for 15 years, but moved home to be closer to family. She started working in the hotel industry when Holiday Inn Express Stellarton-New Glasgow opened in 2008 and never left. She has been working in Truro at Holiday Inn and now Inn on Prince since October 2017. Passionate about all things Nova Scotia and dedicated to promoting our beautiful province to the world.

Fran Grant – Realtor, RE/MAX Fairlane Realty


Fran Grant was previously on the board of the Chamber from 2013 to 2018 and a real estate agent since 2008. With a B.Sc in Home Economics and a background in hospitality working out West, real estate has been an awesome change and energizing challenge. In fact, working in the self-employed sector, in addition to her husband doing the same, it has been invaluable to be a part of the Chamber – from the value of the networking and educational opportunities that it brings, through the ability to be up to speed on the issues that are faced by our business community and to understand that a shared voice can go a long way. She encourages everyone to be involved and active in what the Chamber has to offer.

Andrew Lake – Project Manager/Estimator, Will-Kare Paving

Andrew Lake is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Technical University of Nova Scotia, and University of Nevada: Reno, from which he received a Master of Science. Andrew spent two years working for a large construction company in Watsonville, California where he was employed in the quality control department. Andrew is presently employed with Will-Kare Paving as a Project Manager/Estimator.

Andrew is a past President of the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Nova Scotia Road Builder’s Association and Past Chair of the Nova Scotia Asphalt User-Producer’s Association.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with his family. Andrew is a married father of two.

Glen MacKenzie – Operations Manager, AEL Millwright Services


Glen has worked in the Truro area for the last 25 years. After graduating from Saint Mary’s University in 1995, and working for a year in Halifax he returned to Truro doing contract work through his own IT company. This lead to working for a local Machining and Millwright company for 20 years.

In 2016 he became a Co-Owner in AEL Millwright Services, a Div. of Agricultural Enterprises Limited, a company that has operated in the Truro area since 1976.

As an active volunteer, Glen has been involved with the Bible Hill Kinsmen since 1997, becoming a Life Member in 2018, a mentor/ big brother with Big Brother Big Sisters for seven years and a member of the North Shore ATV Club for over ten years helping to build trails in the local area. Most recently, Glen has joined a provincial trails committee with ATVANS working towards connecting & building better trails across Nova Scotia.

Vonda Hazzard – Owner, NovelTea Bookstore Cafe

Christian Thompson – General Manager, Truro Nissan

Phillip Smith – Assistant Manager, Home Hardware Stores Ltd., Eastern Dealer Support Center

Phillip is the assistant manager for Home Hardware Stores Ltd., Eastern Dealer Support Center. Having worked in a distribution environment since 1999, Phillip’s working career has always been in the Colchester area and now wants to be part of the Chamber to help give back to the business community that has supported him. Phillip hopes that his contributions to the Chamber will help enrich business growth and development in the community. Phillip’s family consists of his wife Jennifer, their two children Addison and Elliot and puppy Georgia.

Eric Tanton – Senior Wealth Advisor
Associate Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management