About the Commission

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s (the Commission) mandate is to provide investors with protection from practices and activities that tend to undermine investor confidence in the fairness and efficiency of capital markets and, where it would not be inconsistent with an adequate level of investor protection, to foster the process of capital formation.

The Commission is comprised of up to eight commissioners who are appointed by Order-in-Council and the legal, accounting, and administrative support staff who carry out the day-to-day business and operations of the Commission under the direction of the Executive Director of Securities who is the chief administrative officer. The overall responsibility for the Commission, including its administrative, enforcement, policy and law making and adjudicative functions, rests with the Chair of the Commission who is its chief executive officer.

Chair - Paul Radford, KC

Paul Radford is a corporate and commercial lawyer at Patterson Law in Halifax, whose practice includes business purchases and sales, commercial real estate transactions,  insolvency, corporate reorganizations and tax planned wills and estates. Paul was appointed King’s Counsel in 2008.   Paul has been the Chair of the Commission since 2015, and previously served as the Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2015 and as a Commissioner since 2006.  

Vice Chair - Valerie Seager

Valerie Seager is a lawyer who recently retired as a Vice-President - Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the Halifax International Airport Authority and previously practiced as a securities lawyer in Toronto and Vancouver.  She has been a Commissioner since 2012.

Current commissioners:

Tom Atkinson

Tom Atkinson served as Executive Director, Enforcement, for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, from 2016 until 2022. Prior to joining the SFC, Tom was Director of Enforcement at the OSC, and before that he was President and CEO of Market Regulation Services Inc. Tom began his career as an Assistant Crown Attorney at the Ontario Court of Justice.  Tom was appointed as a Commissioner in August, 2023.

Anne Day

Anne Day is a recently-retired executive with more than 25 years experience working with public companies listed on the TSX and NYSE, primarily in the mining sector. She has experience working with investors, regulators, securities exchanges and other capital market participants as well as with public company disclosure requirements. Anne was appointed as a Commissioner in May, 2022.

John Maxwell

John Maxwell has been employed with a commercial lending institution since 1992, and currently serves as Managing Director, Ontario Risk Management, working out of his home near Halifax.  Prior to this he was the Atlantic Region Head with responsibility for teams in NS, NB & NL.  John has also worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Saint John and Halifax .  John is a CPA. He was appointed as a Commissioner in August, 2023.

Heidi Walsh-Sampson

Heidi Walsh Sampson is a practicing lawyer and an Assistant Professor of Business Law in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. She is also a Strategic Contracts Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada. She is a member of the bar in three Canadian jurisdictions and practiced securities law in British Columbia and Alberta before returning home to Nova Scotia. She has served as a Commissioner since 2017.