Board of Governors


Kurt MacLeod


Kurt works as a financial consultant with Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia and specializes in debt advisory, corporate restructuring and corporate insolvency.

Growing up on Prince Edward Island next door to his grandmother, a retired high school music and piano teacher, music was always a significant part of Kurt’s life. Since picking up his first violin at the age of six, Kurt has performed extensively in Ca nada and abroad. His professional music career began in 2007 when he joined the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds today. Since moving to Halifax in 2009, Kurt has continued to seek opportunities to participate in, and grow the local music community, including performing with Nova Sinfonia and other various local group. Kurt’s connection to the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts began in the early 2000’s as a participant in the Kiwanis Music Festival and continues today in his current role as Treasure

Robert Gilbert

Vice Chair

Rob Gilbert holds a PhD in Pharmacology and Neurosciences and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. For many years his research and advocacy has focused on the effects of mental disorders on individuals and their loved ones. Rob joined the MCPA Board of Governors in 2017, contributing expertise in non-profit fundraising and community development.  Lacking artistic ability, Rob lives vicariously within the arts community by contributing his time and fundraising talents.  He has been a lifetime supporter of various artistic communities and holds a fondness for musical and dance performance art. In his spare time Rob owns and operates the Indian Harbour General Store, one of Canada’s oldest mercantile.

D. Mark Laing


D. Mark Laing has been a designer and art director in film & television since 1990, and from 2006 – 2016 taught in the Screen Arts Program at NSCC. He continues to be a sessional lecturer at NSCAD in the Media Arts Division, and at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Computer Science. His credits in television include numerous dramas, comedies and children’s series. Before going into film, Mark practiced architecture in Halifax and Toronto. Two of his children studied music (violin and piano) at the MCPA and he is strongly committed to performing and visual arts education in the Maritimes.

Lynn Loder

Retired Chartered Professional Accountant who worked in public practice, primarily in audit, accounting, taxation and business advisory services for a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations. All three of her children participated in Kiwanis Festivals and piano exams at MCPA.

Christine McCulloch

Recently retired after a 37 year public service career in the provincial public service, her most recent position was as Chief Electoral Officer for the Province of Nova Scotia. She held that position for 7 years during which time she headed up the rewriting of the new Provincial Elections Act and established the first independent provincial elections office in Nova Scotia. Her other government experience included extensive work in governance, regulatory and corporate affairs and legislative drafting. She has three grown & successful children, is a lifelong fiber artist and devoted gardener. She continues to work in the field of legal and legal editorial writing.

Edith Hancock - MCPA Association

Edie (Edith) Hancock joined the Board of Governors of the MCPA in 2006 for approximately 4 years.   She volunteered after that period with fundraising for The Conservatory for several years and joined the MCPA Association 3 years ago and is currently their President.   Other volunteer work includes being a trained mediator with NS Department of Justice(5 yrs), Board member with Youth Alternative Society (5 yrs) including a term as President, a member of the Professional Standards Committee with NS Real Estate Association.    She is a successful Realtor in Halifax with over 30 years experience. 

Susanne Brown - Interim Dean of Music (Ex-Officio)

Bio to follow shortly

Andre Pretzel - Music Faculty

Bio to follow shortly

John Murray (Ex-Officio)

Born in New Brunswick but lived in Nova Scotia for over 50 years. John worked for the Department of Lands and Forestry for 32 years as a Forester. Retired in 2017 and moved over to the Conservatory. His long-standing love of music reflects the fact that during his formative years his mom sang as a guest soloist at numerous churches in Metro and Cape Breton. He studied piano for several years plus learned how to play bagpipes in his younger years