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

As executive director, Emily leads a multifaceted program of industry awareness, member development, marketing, events, export initiatives, and the province’s buy local program to keep Nova Scotia top of mind for both locals and visitors. She is the liaison with the board of directors as well as key government stakeholders in representing the association and its members.

Sacha Smith

Sacha Smith

Manager of Membership Services and Marketing

Sacha is an NSCC Public Relations graduate. She has been the Manager of Membership Services since January 2017 and Manager of Marketing since November of 2018. Sacha is the primary contact for Taste of Nova Scotia members, working to help grow their businesses, as well as leading the association’s marketing strategies, initiatives, and campaigns.

Brenda Wilson

Brenda Wilson

Accounting Manager

With 11 years’ experience as accounting manager, Brenda manages all accounts receivable and payable for Taste of Nova Scotia. She also manages the day to day operations of the association and leads numerous projects, including export missions and consumer events.

Emily Hiltz

Manager of Events & Social Media

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. In her role, she leads the communications and social media strategies for Taste of Nova Scotia, as well as the management of numerous consumer and corporate events.

Janice Mitchell

Gift Basket Coordinator


With a background in retail merchandising and a tremendous eye for detail, Janice has managed Taste of Nova Scotia’s Gift Basket program for 15 years. She works closely with our membership to showcase a wide variety of unique Nova Scotia culinary products for both our corporate and consumer clients.