Chris Atwood – Director
Chris has been the Executive Director of the Yarmouth Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) since July 2005. For 6 years prior to this he worked for the South West Shore Development Authority as a Development Officer and was primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Access Program (CAP) and agriculture development initiatives for South Western Nova Scotia. Chris has been involved with a number of international development initiatives and has worked on projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Thailand, Nigeria, the former Czechoslovakia and Swaziland.
Chris graduated from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in 1990 with a BSc. (Agr) in Plant Protection and grew up in Pictou County on the family sheep and vegetable farm.
Chris is an active community volunteer and has served as President of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists, Chair of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce, Chair of the Yarmouth Development Corporation and Chair of the South West Nova Community Access Society. He has also served on the Board of the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network and AACBDC Atlantic Canada Community Business Investment Fund Board.
Specialties: Innovative results-driven professional with extensive track record in economic and business development and project management in Eastern Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. Chris excels at building and motivating teams and is detail-oriented with strong project management and proposal development skills.