CLC Members

Stephen Feist - CLC Chair 

Sean Day - Co Chair

David Garbury 

Hughie Stewart

Owen McCarren 

Archie Mackenzie

Marc Genuist 

Jim Lerikos

Roger Porter

Paul Maclsaac

Ryan Smith

Member Bios are provided below.

Stephen Feist - CLC Chair 

Community involvement: Past CAO for the Town of Antigonish and active member of the Antigonish Legion

 

Personal Interests: Hiking, kayaking, Sailing, and Nature Photography

 

Stephen has over 35 years of government experience working for municipal and provincial governments. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, a Master’s in Urban Planning and a Master’s in Public Administration. Stephen has taught Sustainable Communities for several years at the Dalhousie Continuing Education Program. Stephen has also done volunteer work on municipal capacity building and economic development in Indonesia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.

 

For the past 10 years, while living in the Antigonish Area, Stephen has been kayaking and sailing the length and breadth of Antigonish Harbour. Stephen is also a member of the Antigonish Boat Club.

Sean Day - Co Chair

Community Involvement: Recreation, Business

 

Personal Interests: Environment, Business, Recreation

 

Sean has lived in Antigonish for over 20 years and is the current president of the Antigonish Boat Club which operates from Seabright on Antigonish Harbour. Sean enjoys recreational activities around and on the harbour such as hiking, cycling, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. He is interested in how we can build stronger more inclusive and vibrant communities. 

 

In terms of work, his interests lie primarily in the area of sustainability (fiscal, environmental, and social) as it relates to development. Sean is a private consultant in the planning and development field.

David Garbury 

Community involvement: Biology Professor at St. FX

 

Personal Interests: Environment

 

David has lived in Antigonish since 1984 and over the past 30 years has carried out numerous research projects in and around Antigonish Harbour. 

 

David is a professor of Biology at St. FX with a major interest in environmental issues associated with climate change and issues facing estuaries. His expertise is in the biology of sea plants, including eelgrass,  and the impact of various factors on these. He has 30 years of experience studying Antigonish Harbour and its diversity of plant and animal life, (i.e., seaweeds, eelgrass, ducks, geese, ribbed mussels).

Hughie Stewart

Community involvement: Municipal Government, Business, Tourism, Recreation

 

Personal Interests: Environment, Aboriginal Community, Agriculture, Fishing, Tourism, Business, Recreation

 

Hughie is the Deputy Warden of the municipality of the country of Antigonish and takes interest in any project that affects the county and its residents. He has lived in Antigonish County for 73 years, been a business owner for 50 years, and a representative in district 3 for 22 years. Through business interests and political committees he has a vested interest in the municipality and its growth.

Owen McCarren 

Community involvement: Municipal Government

Personal Interests: Bio Pending. 

Owen is the Warden of the municipality of the country of Antigonish. More bio pending. 

Archie Mackenzie

Community Involvement: Business, Fishing

Personal Interests: Environment, Fishing, Business, Agriculture, Tourism 

Archie is a lifelong resident of Antigonish County.  He is a fisherman, a quarry operator, and an active member of several fishing-related organizations. Having fished commercially for many years, both in the lobster fishery as well as holding licenses for Silversides, smelts, and eels within Antigonish harbour. He is now transitioning his enterprise to his son. Archie has been fishing since the age of thirteen and takes a keen interest in every aspect of the fishing industry. 

 

Archie has been a member of the North Bay Fishermans Co-op, since its inception. He was a member of the Harbour Authority for fifteen years, is a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Fleet Planning Board and Gulf Bonafide Fishermen's Organization. Archie is also a lifelong member of  St. Columba’s parish in Lakevale.

Marc Genuist 

Community involvement: EMO/First Responder, Recreation

 

Personal interests: Environment, Kayaking, Fishing, Recreation, Tourism 

 

Marc has lived in Antigonish part-time for 15 years and permanently for the past 5 years. Marc and his partner live on the waterfront of the harbour and use the harbour regularly to swim and kayak. Marc is the Team Lead for the Canadian Red Cross's Emergency response team based in Antigonish, is a kayak enthusiast, and organizes pool sessions in the winter to assist kayakers to perfect their rolling and self-rescuing skills. Marc volunteers with the Red Cross Help program and volunteers with the Strait Area Search and Rescue team. Marc is a member of several Sea Kayaking groups in the province.

 

Marc and his partner are also avid hikers and regularly hike at nearby Fairmount Ridge. They were part of a group about 15 years ago which tried to rejuvenate the boat club with new facilities and better public access including walking or hiking trails on the nearby Crown land. They have had many friends visit from across Canada and Europe who have marveled at the potential for outdoor recreation that exists in our region.

Jim Lerikos

Community Involvement: Business, Fishing, 

 

Personal interests: Environment, Aboriginal Community, Fishing, Tourism, Business, Recreation

 

Jim has lived in Antigonish since 1967. Many know Jim as the man that founded The Wheel Pizza, and The Lobster Treat restaurant. Since then he has remained involved in the community in many ways. He is the past president of The Antigonish River Association, Director, and past president of the Antigonish Eastern shore Tourist Association, past member of VON, and a current member of the North Eastern Christmas Tree Association. 

 

Jim has been and continues to be a frequent user of the harbour for hunting, fishing, and boating. His interests are political, climate change, water quality, greenhouse gases, projects that have far-reaching effects on our community, interaction with governments and communities. 

Roger Porter

Community Involvement: Fishing, Business, Environment 

 

Personal Interests: Environment, Fishing, Business, Recreation

 

Roger has lived in Antigonish since 1972. He is a member of the Antigonish River Association and The Ecology Action Center. He is a retired dental surgeon who practiced at his dental practice in the town of Antigonish. Over the past 40 years, Roger has hunted and fished in the harbour. Roger owns a boat and Kayak and uses both extensively.

 

When Roger and his wife moved here in 1972 they first lived in town until 2001, then moved to the harbour front on Terra Tory Drive until 2015.  They now live in Mount Cameron while their son still lives on Terra Tory drive.

Paul Maclsaac

Community Involvement: Recreation 

 

Personal Interests: Environment, Fishing, Agriculture, Recreation

 

Paul is a Senior Aquatic Operations Technician at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. He was born and raised in Antigonish and holds a summer home in Ballantyne's Cove. Paul is the Vice-President of the Cobequid Salmon Association, a non-profit organization interested in the health and well-being of the 22 rivers draining into the Bay of Fundy. Paul has a background in fin-fish aquaculture with 27 years of experience in the sector. He is very interested in the potential of Antigonish Harbour for economic development and for the sanctuary of wildlife. He feels strongly that both goals can co-exist.

 

He enjoys the outdoors: gardening, fishing, and boating. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Nova Scotia Basketball Officials working up to 80 games per year. He is actively involved in the Colchester area with local youth basketball (President of Colchester Basketball Association) and

Ryan Smith

Bio Pending.

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