The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce
has been a pillar of the local business community for more than 40 years.
A non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Chamber is an advocate for business and for regional economic growth. As a member-based organization, the Chamber offers unique affinity benefits to its members, organizes education and training events, and undertakes special projects of value to business and the community. It plays a leadership role in the promotion of workplace diversity and inclusion. Known for its efforts to collaborate with local government and economic development organizations, the Chamber also plays an active role in support of the overall Pictou County non-profit /charitable sector.
We have a strong member base of more than 240 local businesses and organizations. Our members represent all sectors of the economy and include local government and non-profits.
To be an essential element in the growth and sustainability of Pictou County.
To build community through a business lens.
To represent and support the Pictou County business community through innovation, leadership and advocacy.
Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Core Values
At the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, our foundation is built upon a set of core values that guide our every action and decision.
These core values shape our identity and influence every decision we make. Together, they inspire us to create a thriving business community and contribute positively to the prosperity of Pictou County.
We commit to integrity in all our interactions, ensuring transparency, truthfulness, and ethical conduct are the cornerstones of our organization. We believe that honesty is the compass that keeps us on the right path.
Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Board Members
With 27+ years in finance, Rick Gallant, Regional Director at Assumption Life, is an experienced investment professional. His international career includes roles like Regional Sales Manager and Private Client Stockbroker. Returning to Canada in 2010, he excelled in IIROC, MFDA, and Insurance channels, serving diverse clients. Beyond his career, Rick is dedicated to community service, having led the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce as President, showcasing his commitment to local business development and community engagement. As Chamber of Commerce President, Rick blends his vast experience with a passion for community growth to advance local businesses and bolster the community’s economic fabric.
Jack Kyte is a graduate of Acadia University and the University of Western Ontario and spent 35 years in senior management in Nova Scotia’s pulp and paper industry. He is the former Executive Director of the Pictou Regional Development Agency and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Efficiency Nova Scotia. He has served on the Atlantic Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Pictou County Environmental Protection Project and the Aberdeen Health Foundation. Jack has been Executive Director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce since 2013.
Peter Murray CPA.CA
Peter understands the importance of community organizations and has been part of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, the Summerside Y Service Club, CMHA (PEI division), Basketball PEI and numerous other community committees and events. In addition to serving as the treasurer of the chamber, he is currently the chair of the board of directors for the YMCA of Pictou County.
Secretary and Events Committee
Chair of Event Committee
Chair of Membership and Engagement Committee
Lydia Sayeau, Chair of the Membership and Engagement Committee for the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, is a skilled entrepreneur with a diverse background in Photography and Graphic Design. She has held roles in marketing, non-profits, and tech firms in Toronto and Halifax. Lydia is Co-founder and CEO of BRAEVR Media and New Brooklyn Media Inc., where she efficiently manages day-to-day operations. Her leadership shapes strategic direction, emphasizing personal connections, and fostering a reputation for quality and innovation. Lydia’s commitment to the community and passion for business branding has inspired others and driven her professional growth while upholding values of excellence and authenticity.
Membership and Engagement Committee
Bonnie O’Toole serves as a member of the Membership and Engagement Committee. She is an educator in the Business Administration Program at NSCC Pictou Campus. Prior to her academic role, she held a senior managerial position at Bell Aliant for fourteen years until 2010. Following this, she embarked on a thirteen-year entrepreneurial journey, specializing in providing government-funded business skills training to industry and business association members across Nova Scotia. Bonnie holds an MBA from the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.
Membership and Engagement Committee
Reshmu is an Employee Career Coach with Nova Scotia Health. As part of her work, she supports Nova Scotia Health employees on career progression and professional development.
Reshmu has a passion for organizational and community development. She believes one must cultivate traits to increase passion towards their work and community. It is vital to create sustained gains and to develop the resilience needed to withstand challenges and disruptions.
Administrative and Marketing Coordinator
Jonathan is a community leader at Pictou Landing First Nation. He is the owner of Mi’kma’ki Strong, a unique line of First Nation themed clothing, and is a member of his community’s Band Council. He is a past winner of the Chamber’s New Business of the Year Award.
Whether you are looking to expand your network, improve your business, or make a positive impact in your community, the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is here to help you grow and prosper.