Husband, Dad, Community Leader
I was born and raised in HRM and am a graduate of Dalhousie University. I also completed executive and management programs at Queen’s University, York University, and the University of Toronto. My wife Sandra and I returned to HRM in 2000 (after living and working for 13 years in Moncton, Vancouver and Toronto) to raise our family in Bedford – Wentworth.
Education and Work Experience
I majored in Political Science and History, prior to pursuing a 30 year career in business. During my business career I worked for large organizations, small businesses, several start-ups, briefly ran my own business, and I led a non-profit economic development organization and think-tank. Prior to becoming a Regional Councillor, I was president & CEO of novaknowledge, a Director of Business Development at AOL; the Worldwide Channels Manager for Electronics Workbench software, and a Vice President of QUICKLAW. I consider myself very fortunate to have conducted business in 10 provinces, 33 US States, and in over a dozen countries.
I was honoured to be first elected to Halifax Regional Council in a bi-election in 2008. I was subsequently re-elected in general elections in 2008, 2012, and 2016. As you may be aware, I endeavour to use my passion for history and political science, extensive business experience and training, and my familiarity with economic development to guide my decision making and to serve residents. It will therefore come as no surprise that I remain a strong supporter of the objectives of groups such as the Halifax Partnership, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Bedford Business Association, FUSION Halifax, and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia that are striving to grow our economy and to combat our demographic challenges. I also strongly believe in the importance of protecting our environment and have enjoyed working with organizations such as the Sackville Rivers Association, Re-Imagining Atlantic Harbours, Friends of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes and the Sandy Lake Conservation Association.
I am an extremely proud and blessed husband and father! I have been married for 25 years this summer to Sandra Toze. She is the Director of the School of Information, and a professor within the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. We have two daughters that were raised and educated in Bedford – Wentworth. Liz recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Honours First Class in Neuroscience and a minor in Applied Ethics. She has been accepted into the Master of Science in Global Health program at McMaster University. Emily is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Justice and Society at Dalhousie University. She completed the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College and played on their volleyball team. Sandra and I (and the girls) are dog and cat lovers and owners.
HRM and Community Boards and Committees
I am honoured to serve on the following HRM Boards and Committees as part of my Council duties. I have learned a great deal as a result of my participation, and I strive to bring forward my values, experience and perspective in combination with those of residents.
Volunteers are critical to our community and society. Therefore, I am proud and fortunate to assist on a number Community boards and committees with volunteers that are making a huge and positive impact in Bedford-Wentworth.
- HRM North West Community Council
- Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee
- HRM Executive Standing Committee
- The HRM volunteer North West Planning Advisory Committee
- HRM CAO Review Committee
- HRM Transportation Standing Committee
- Halifax Regional Library Board
- The Bedford Days Working Group
- The Bedford Residents Association
- The Light Up Bedford Parade Committee
- In the past I Chaired the Ridgevale Homeowners Association for over 6 years, prior to being elected to Regional Council.
- I previously served on the Bedford Volunteer Awards Committee.
Meet my Family
Much has changed in our district since I was first elected in 2008. It’s a larger district with new boundaries that encompass Larry Uteck, Starboard Drive, Royal Hemlocks, West Bedford and more. While the number of families I represent has changed over the past 12 years (and my hair has gone a little “fairer”), my commitment to the priorities we all share remains the same. Take a trip down memory lane and watch a collection of my TimTV episodes, a series created during the past municipal elections to help residents get to know me, my family, my supporters and the community I call home.
Pay no mind, of course, to the dates at the end of the video (they’re from elections past).
Election day this year is October 17 2020.