Our talented professionals share a commitment to client service in keeping with our mission and values.
BOARDWORKS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Maureen Reid is the President and Founder of BoardWorks Consulting Inc. As an advisor to governing boards and senior executives in the public, private and non-profit sectors, she has had a critical impact on organizations in the business, education, energy, health, cultural and charitable sectors in Atlantic Canada and beyond.
Prior to establishing BoardWorks in 2001, Maureen spent the bulk of her career as a partner in the Labour and Employment Law Group of McInnes Cooper, a regional law firm. Over her professional career, she has also held senior leadership positions in a learning technology start-up and more recently with The Shaw Group Limited, a land development and manufacturing company.
Maureen has a law degree, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in adult education. In May 2016, Maureen received a Doctor of Civil Law degree, honoris causa, from Saint Mary’s University. A non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, she received her certification as a professional director from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in 2006. Maureen is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and is also a Certified Forum Facilitator (CFF) with YPO/YPO Gold.
In 2011, Ms. Reid completed a nine-year term as a director of Assumption Life, a Canadian insurance and financial services company. She was elected as Chair of that board in 2009, becoming the first woman to serve in that capacity since the company’s establishment in 1906. She also chaired the Human Resources and Governance Committees during her tenure on the Board and also served a term on the Audit Committee.
Active as a community volunteer, Maureen currently serves as a director of the Halifax Partnership where she chairs the Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School and the Sackville Badminton Club.
She has also served as the Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board of Directors, Chair of the IWK Health Centre Foundation Board, Vice-Chair, Government Affairs with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, President of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (CAPSLE) and President of the Neptune Theatre Foundation. Past service also includes roles as governor and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School; Director, Succession Planning on the International Women’s Forum Canada Board of Directors; Director of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Foundation; Vice-Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors; and Chair of a provincial Voluntary Planning task force mandated to develop heritage strategy recommendations to the Provincial Government.
Ms. Reid is an Honorary Director of the Neptune Theatre Foundation and the IWK Health Centre Foundation.
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Karen is a seasoned business consultant having worked with organizations large and small across a range of sectors. With clients, Karen has a reputation for being a senior business partner with a keen sense of urgency and strong creative skills who helps to solve complex business problems and get things done. Karen also brings a broad range of operations and planning experience to every assignment.
Karen’s extensive career in business includes leadership roles with a number of organizations including Mercer (Canada) Limited where, in addition to her senior consulting role, she was a Principal and National Partner. Karen has served on many national and regional not-for- profit boards.
Karen is a member of the Pension Committee of Moosehead Breweries Limited and is a Trustee of the company’s pension plan. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University, chairs that board’s Governance Committee and is also a member of the board’s Executive and Human Resources committees. Karen is a past member of the Board of Governors of Halifax Grammar School and was a member of that board’s Governance Committee. Her past volunteer experience includes service as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – Atlantic Chapter, a member of the CBCF National Board (where she chaired the Human Resources Committee), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Grace Maternity Hospital Foundation, the IWK Health Centre Foundation (where she chaired the Investment Committee), Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Special Olympics, governing council of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI) – Atlantic Region.
Karen has received her certificate for completion of the Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions from the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Karen has Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from Saint Mary’s University.