Current Board of Directors (2017-18)

Scott PickupChair: Scott Pickup

Scott is a corporate and commercial lawyer in Halifax, working as in-house counsel for a large Atlantic Canadian company. Before starting his career in law, Scott worked in many capacities in the music industry, including as a musician, sound engineer, DJ, talent booker, and radio personality.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys playing music with pals, golfing, and sailing.

gregboardGreg Dobson

With a major in marketing, Greg earned his Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in 2014. While pursuing his degree, he also worked for Red Bull, which served to cement his love of all things marketing. After graduation, Greg was quickly picked up by the region’s largest digital agency. Covering a lot of ground in just two and half years, he worked with an impressive portfolio of brands, including Nova Scotia Power, Jazz Aviation, Nova Scotia Nurses Union, Pharmachoice and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He currently works as an Account Manager at Trampoline branding, working with clients such as Cineplex, Tourism Nova Scotia, Pier 21, and Saint Mary’s University.

When Greg isn’t playing guitar and singing, he can be found pouring his passion for marketing into his charity event in honour of his late brother, which sees local NHL players and fundraisers compete in a one day hockey tournament with all proceeds benefitting inherited heart disease research at the QEII Foundation. To date, Greg’s tournament has raised $560,000 in four years, and has given out over 20 scholarships across Nova Scotia for youth exemplifying leadership in their communities who want to realize their goals in post-secondary education. Greg also sits on the From the Heart Campaign committee, a capital campaign at the QEII that has raised over $4.57 million for improved heart surgery facilities and treatment through the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

josheyehmcJosh Eye

Josh is a modern day renaissance man and business owner in Nova Scotia, working in renewable energy, technology and the Ontario resource industry.  Before business ownership, Josh worked in various capacities of the music industry, as a musician, an audio engineer and occasionally in promotion… Or, the guy picking up all the food during long studio sessions…

Josh has a degree in Business Administration (Acadia University), a diploma in Audio Engineering (Pacific Audio Visual) and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management (Saint Mary’s Univerity).

Outside of work, Josh enjoys playing/writing music with good friends, racing flat-water canoes and eating nachos.

Aaron McKenzie Fraser - photographer - http://www.amfraser.comTrevor Floyd

Trevor is the Director of Public Affairs for Groupm5 and has a strong knowledge of government and political processes acquired through over a decade of providing research, analysis and strategic advice to senior government leaders on highly sensitive issues. Most recently, he had the key leadership role in the Offices of the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board and the Minister of Environment for Nova Scotia. Before joining the provincial government, Trevor spent eight years with the federal government at both the political and bureaucratic level in Ottawa and Halifax.

Trevor is an alumnus of St. Francis Xavier University, where he completed a Master of Science. He regularly volunteers with the MS Society of Canada and has served on the Board of the Nova Scotia Youth Experience in Science (NSYES!). He is an avid fly-fishermen, a lover of music and remains active in hockey.

genevieveHMCGenevieve MacIntyre

After spending the majority of her school years as a part of school bands and choirs, Genevieve has years later once again found herself involved with and supporting ensemble music, this time as a member of the HMC Board and in the soprano section of the Big Choir.

Genevieve is the Faculty and Alumni Communications Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University. She has many years of experience in communications, coordination, education, and journalism. Her writing interests include arts and culture (mainly music and book reviews) and human interest or feature stories. Over the years her volunteer work has included Ronald McDonald House Atlantic, VoicePrint Canada, the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and GIVETOLIVE.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English Major) from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College, and a Master of Arts in Communication from Mount Saint Vincent University.

In her free time Genevieve enjoys hiking, travelling, reading, going to concerts, and playing board games and trivia. She also enjoys writing book reviews for Atlantic Books Today.

mcnuttphoto-hmcRyan McNutt

Ryan McNutt is a public relations professional and freelance writer based in Halifax, with more than 10 years of experience helping tell the stories of researchers, rock stars and everyone in between. A senior communications advisor at Dalhousie University, Ryan has also contributed critical writing about music and pop culture for outlets including The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Exclaim! and the Coast. He has been a jury member for the Juno Awards, the East Coast Music Awards and the Polaris Music Prize, in 2013 serving on the Polaris grand jury. Some of his notable volunteer commitments have included the Atlantic Film Festival and the 2011 Canada Winter Games, where he served as co-chair of athletes’ entertainment. Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree (History and English) from Acadia University, an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC and a Master of Arts in Musicology from Dalhousie.

Matthew_NewellHMCMatt Newell

Matt is a partner with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax with a focus on corporate work, primarily commercial real estate. Matt also volunteers his time and expertise with the not-for-profit society The Housing Trust of Nova Scotia, whose goal is to build and lease high quality affordable housing. When not at work, Matt loves spending time at his cabin in the woods and picking a tune around a campfire.

Join our Board

The Halifax Music Co-Op is looking for new Board members.

We’re  fiery young non-profit determined to make ensemble music accessible to everybody in Halifax. And we’re looking for individuals to join our Board and be part of a broader movement in our arts community: music for everyone.

What we do

The Halifax Music Co-Op:

  • Provides a fun, safe, welcoming environment where musicians of all ages and skill levels
    can learn and play great music together
  • Helps our members grow — not just as musicians, but as individuals
  • Ensures all members have access to quality learning opportunities, regardless of
    financial situation
  • Challenges the conventional definitions of what an ensemble can be through
    adventurous, collaborative concerts and programming

What we’re looking for:

Enthusiastic, eager Board members who can help us advance our mission. In particular, we’re
looking for skills in (but not limited to):

  • Fundraising
  • Bookkeeping
  • Human Resources
  • Business Operations

At the moment, we’re looking to add a small number of members to our Board — ones who can
hit the ground running and will commit themselves to advancing the HMC’s mission. If the fit
proves right for you and the organization, names of prospective new Board members would be
submitted to the Board for consideration of approval for a one-year term.


Email with a resumé/CV and any other relevant materials. Feel free to ask us
any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Halifax Music Co-op is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and respectful
community committed to teaching and working in an equal opportunity and
multicultural environment. The HMC strongly encourages applications and participation
from all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. This
includes, but is not limited to, women, racially visible persons, Indigenous people, persons
of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and persons with a disability.