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Holland College Board of Governors announces new chair, vice chair

July 27, 2017

Newly-appointed Holland College Board of Governors chair Mike O’Brien and the new vice chair and chair of Finance Penny Walsh McGuire.

Charlottetown, PEI – The Holland College Board of Governors has announced the appointment of a new chair and vice chair.  Michael O’Brien is taking over from Kent Scales as chair of the board, and Penny Walsh McGuire moves into the seat of vice chair, and chair of the finance committee.

O’Brien is the twenty-sixth chair of the Holland College Board of Governors.  He has been an active member of the finance committee and board of governors since March 2013. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Dunstan’s University and received his fellowship designation with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Prince Edward Island.  He is a member and past president of the Prince Edward Institute of Chartered Accountants, a board member of JKN Inc., chairman of the Audit Committee for Solarvest Bioenergy Corp., and a member of the Friends of UPEI Hockey.  O’Brien has served in the roles of deputy minister for the department of Development and Technology, as provincial deputy treasurer, as a managing partner with Coopers and Lybrand, Chartered Accountants, a general practice partner with RD Manning & Co., and a senior business advisor with McInnes Cooper, Barristers & Solicitors. O’Brien’s long record of community work includes serving in leadership roles for many organizations, boards and committees, including the United Way of Prince Edward Island, Sport PEI, the 1991 Canada Winter Games, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, the Indemnity and Allowance Commission, the Bank of Canada, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, and the PEI Energy Commission.

Ms. Walsh McGuire joined the board of governors in April 2017. She is currently executive director of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the chamber, Penny was executive director of Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc. For this work, she was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Meritorious Service.  As chief marketing officer for the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Penny led marketing and communications for the award-winning Atlantic Canada House at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  A graduate of Holland College and UPEI, she holds a diploma in Events and Conventions Management, a Bachelor of Business Tourism and Hospitality, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration. She volunteers with a number of community organizations including the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and the St. Dunstan’s Parish Refugee Committee, and is a member of the PEI Humane Society Board of Directors,

Holland College president Dr. Brian McMillan thanked Kent Scales for his exemplary leadership as chair of the college’s board of governors.

“We are grateful for Kent’s years of service and his contributions to the board,” he said.  “I am confident that under the guidance of Mr. O’Brien and Ms. Walsh McGuire, the college will continue to thrive and maintain its relevance and significance to the Island community, and beyond.”

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