Meet the DHBC Team
We are a small and mighty bunch, who work on behalf of our members and Board of Directors.
Paul (or @Downtownpaul as he’s known on Twitter) is the voice for all things Downtown Halifax. He is a passionate advocate for the need to make the right decisions and investments in Downtown, so that it can continue in its role as the economic, cultural, artistic, historic, and entertainment hub of the city and province. He leads the talented and dynamic team at DHBC.
Paul’s favourite thing about Downtown
The fine-grained, historic street pattern from 1749, means that I am never more than a short block or two from the nearest donair
As the financial controller and Director of Operations, Kimberly is the glue that holds all the pieces together. Kimberly's extensive experience with project management, accounting, and not-for-profit management helps keep everything DHBC does on time and on budget. Kimberly manages DHBC's yearly budgets and the office, organizes Downtown beautification and logistics projects, and oversees the DHBC Downtown Halifax Crew.
Kimberly’s favourite thing about Downtown
Sipping iced tea on the various patios around Downtown.
Allana MacDonald Mills
It’s Allana’s job to develop and deliver all the marketing and promotional materials for DHBC. A native Haligonian, she has over 10 years of marketing experience on the agency side having worked in Toronto and Halifax on a variety of clients. Her goal is to develop and execute marketing campaigns and programs that get more "feet on the street" in Downtown Halifax.
Allana’s favourite thing about Downtown
How family-friendly it is. Halifax Dance, the Discovery Centre, the Submarine playground, the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market – you can keep kids busy all year round!
Specializing in connecting the street-involved population with community support and services, Eric can be found walking and driving all over the city. Previous to the Navigator program, he had the privilege to work with street-involved populations in shelters and as a housing support worker. Eric has a background in social work and geography while focusing on advocacy and community development. Eric is passionate about ending poverty and working to help different communities be heard. The Navigator Street Outreach program is a partnership between DHBC and Spring Garden Area Business Association. Visit the Navigator webpage for more details.
Eric’s favourite thing about Downtown
The variety and quality of amazing food that can be found within a five-minute walk from our offices.
Jonathan is responsible for the management and execution of DHBC’s placemaking programs, events, and initiatives. In addition to his Bachelor of Community Design with a double major in Urban Design & Planning and Sustainability, Jonathan also has experience working with HRM’s Planning & Development business unit. He has a passion for creating vibrant and inclusive public spaces with a strong understanding of how such spaces impact the community.
Jonathan’s favourite thing about Downtown
Whether you’re walking or rolling along the waterfront or cycling along the protected bike lanes on Hollis or Lower Water Streets, there is always an active way to travel within the Downtown area.
With a background in marketing and communications, Jessica enjoys connecting with people to reach creative and strategic solutions. She has a passion for all things local and works to engage, promote, and act as an advocate for DHBC and its members. You may be greeted by her at our Welcome Centre when she is not visiting Downtown businesses or attending events. Outside of work, she is a fitness instructor and nature lover who enjoys exploring all that our beautiful province has to offer.
Jessica’s favourite thing about Downtown
There is something for everyone to enjoy. The diverse range of local shops, restaurants, entertainment, services, and attractions are enjoyed by those who spend time working, living, or visiting Downtown Halifax.
Raf’s role is to assist in marketing and communications activities, such as social media and website updates. He works to help promote Downtown as the ideal place to live, work, and have fun! Raf is passionate about sharing the dynamic, diverse, and vibrant stories of the people and businesses that make up the district.
Raf’s favorite thing about Downtown
The eclectic mix of picturesque scenery, local art, world-class restaurants, entertainment for all ages, historical buildings, and so much more — all in a few city blocks!
Harley’s role is supporting the DHBC team and their administrative needs. Growing up just outside the city, Downtown was always a destination for her. Passionate about the unique businesses and people Downtown, Harley looks forward to returning to the heart of the city and helping wherever she can. When not behind the desk at the Welcome Centre, she can be found walking her dog, or volunteering at The Floatation Centre.
Harley’s favourite thing about Downtown
The walkability of all the best things Halifax has to offer! From historical sites to the water, to dog-friendly patios, it’s always a new adventure!
Jayme Lynn Butt
It’s Jayme’s job to tell DHBC’s story. Joining us with 20 combined years working in radio, PR & fundraising, Jayme is excited to develop DHBC’s media relations and advocacy programs. Outside of the office, Jayme can usually be found with her son exploring beaches, snuggling kitties, and seeing as much live music and theatre as humanly possible.
Jayme's favourite thing about Downtown
Neptune Theatre! We are so lucky to have this magical place. Go to all of the shows. #supportneptune
With a background in economics, political science and journalism, Ryan is responsible for gathering census data from all downtown businesses. He has published articles for CityNews Halifax about local developments, beaches, university tuition, and more.
Favourite thing about downtown:
The density & walkability of downtown Halifax makes it the most environmentally friendly place to live in Atlantic Canada. Also, the link system is great for when the weather is poor!
Mini oversees the day-to-day interactions at the DHBC office as she is Downtown most days. Although she spends the majority of her time in her office bed, she is very friendly and enjoys greeting staff and visitors alike.
Favourite thing about downtown:
Ham breakfast wraps from Bird's Nest Cafe and walks to Peace and Friendship Park.