Meet our Team

We are a small but mighty team of professionals dedicated to putting Nova Scotia on the culinary map.

Emily Haynes

Emily Haynes

Executive Director

902.492.9291 Ext 111
Emily@tasteofnovascotia.com

Emily leads the Taste of Nova Scotia team and ensures that all projects and events are in line with our strategic plan. She is the liaison with the board of directors as well as key government departments and stakeholders in representing the association and our mandates.

Christine White

Director of Communications & Marketing

902.492.9291 Ext 115
christine@tasteofnovascotia.com
@eatdrinkns

Christine manages the communications, marketing and media relations for Taste of Nova Scotia. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of  the
association’s communications, marketing strategies and public relations activities.

Sacha Smith

Sacha Smith

Manager of Membership Services

902.492.9291 Ext 112
membership@tasteofnovascotia.com

Sacha is a Public Relations graduate from the NSCC. She has previously done a work term with Taste of Nova Scotia and most recently worked with Muwin Estate Wines Ltd. as their Sales and Communications Manager. She also brings 10 years experience in customer service and 5 years experience in sales and marketing.

Brenda Wilson

Brenda Wilson

Project Coordinator

902.492.9291 Ext 114
taste@tasteofnovascotia.com
accounting@tasteofnovascotia.com

As Project Coordinator, Brenda manages the day to day operations of the Taste of Nova Scotia office. She is also the main contact for both accounts payable and accounts receivable. Brenda is also involved with the organization and execution of Taste of Nova Scotia trade and consumer events.

Emily Hiltz

Events & Social Media Coordinator

902.492.9291 Ext 113
events@tasteofnovascotia.com

Emily is a graduate of the public relations program at the NSCC who also holds a bachelor of journalism honours degree from the University of King’s College. After previously working for Taste in both a work term and projects capacity, she’s recently returned to the team as the Events and Social Media Coordinator.

Janice Mitchell

Janice Mitchell

Gift Basket Consultant

902.492.9291 Ext 117
giftbaskets@tasteofnovascotia.com

With a background in retail merchandising and a tremendous eye for detail, Janice manages Taste of Nova Scotia’s Gift Basket program. She works closely with our membership to showcase a wide variety of unique Nova Scotian culinary products for both our corporate and consumer clients.

Alisha Bainbridge

Communications & Events Assistant

902.492.9291
Alisha@tasteofnovascotia.com

Alisha is currently pursuing her advanced diploma in public relations from NSCC with the work-term at Taste of Nova Scotia being her final step. Alisha received her bachelor of business administration from the University of New Brunswick and brings two years of marketing and communications experience to her role. Alisha looks forward to working with the team to promote Taste of Nova Scotia and its fantastic members.

Deepika Bali

Communications & Events Assistant

902.492.9291
projects@tasteofnovascotia.com

Deepika is a second year public relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently completing her first co-op work term at Taste of Nova Scotia. She brings seven years experience in food service as well as a strong passion for the local food and drink industry.

Laura Flemming

Visitor Experience Coordinator

902.492.9291
culinaryprogram@tasteofnovascotia.com

Laura is a second year public relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently completing her first co-op placement with Taste of Nova Scotia. She has a background in sales and customer service, and is looking forward to further developing her communications skills in the non-profit sector.

Rohit Ponnaiya

Wine Education Seminar Coordinator

902.492.9291
Rohit@tasteofnovascotia.com

Rohit is in the public relations program at NSCC and is currently doing his work term with Taste of Nova Scotia. He has a background in journalism and history from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie. With more than a decade in the hospitality industry, he is excited to bring his experience to Taste of Nova Scotia.