Meet the small but mighty team that’s committed to building strong, vibrant and diverse communities throughout Nova Scotia by enabling and inspiring effective philanthropy. We are a group of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Daniel Holland

Daniel joined CFNS as CEO in June of 2020. He is a tri-sector leader with experiences that span the fabric of our communities: collaborating with leaders in business, non-for-profit, and the public service. In this role, he combines his passion for work in the charitable and not-for-profit sector with his business sensibilities to activate his network of relationships across various levels of the public sector so that as a community, we can do more good, locally and across Nova Scotia.

Daniel’s passion for community has been an obvious driving force since his earliest days of volunteering as a child. He is recognized as a natural collaborator, convening conversations about how to effectively support others through dedicated effort with important causes, by leading boards in the not-for-profit sector, and volunteering when it is just another set of hands that is needed.

His profile is one that leverages a mix of consulting, business development, financial markets advisory, and accountable operational roles that support growth for regional businesses and charitable organizations. Through his finance expertise, facilitation experiences, and empathetic relationship building, Daniel is trusted to help the organizations he leads to develop, grow, and realize important operational and business goals.

He has a BA in Political Science (McGill), and an MBA with a focus on Change Management and Organizational Behaviour (INSEAD). Daniel is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors with the ICD.D designation.

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Emma Kay Sarty
Grants & Engagement Manager

Emma joined CFNS in January 2022. She is finishing her PhD in Sociology (Dalhousie University) which focuses the funding relationship between women’s charitable organizations and different types of donors across Canada. Her research work is grounded in a passion for helping communities and their organizations thrive through the donor-donee relationship.

In addition to her own research interests, Emma has been involved in other projects that studied affordability and change in the Atlantic region. She has also volunteered and worked other charitable and not-for-profit organizations from which she brings a genuine understanding of the range of grantee needs and opportunities for philanthropic impact. As a lifelong resident of Nova Scotia, with roots in Halifax and Lunenburg County, her passion for the province has informed her research and her work.

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Beth McKay

Accounting has been the common thread throughout Beth’s career. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator, Beth has been coaching one-on-one and working with groups for more than 10 years. She’s been successful in finance, film, and entrepreneurship.

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Stephanie Clark
Special Liaison

With over 27 years of management experience leading organizations from the hospitality industry, distributorship sales, beauty industry, media/broadcast, finance industry, national and international business consulting to her current role as Founder and CEO of The Blue Door Group, Stephanie Clark brings extensive expertise in the development of corporate cultures that generate growth, employee retention and customer service in organizations. With years of experience in coaching and mentoring business professionals, Stephanie has a focus on building organizations that are profitable while being people-centered and making a difference in their communities.

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