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.
As the financial controller and Director of Finance & 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.
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.
Lucas is the Navigator for the Downtown Halifax core. With previous experience working with the homeless in Victoria, BC, he brings a deep understanding of the challenges people on the streets face. As Program Coordinator for Navigator Outreach, Lucas is committed to providing direct and compassionate support to homeless and street-involved individuals. He is dedicated to helping those on the margins access the mental health, addictions, and housing services they need to move forward with their lives. Through outreach efforts and personalized assistance, Lucas seeks to make a difference in the community's most vulnerable. Learn more about the Navigator Outreach Program here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Becca is responsible for maintaining a well-organized workspace for all team members at DHBC. As a Halifax local, she grew up watching Downtown grow around her, and is thrilled to be a part of the team helping make it the best Downtown ever! Outside of the office, you can often find her on road trips around the province or watching baking shows on a rainy day.
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.