Habitat Nova Scotia Appoints New CEO

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Gant as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Mr. Gant will champion the charity’s mission of bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

“Rick is an exceptional leader whose impressive relationship-building and financial management skills will be invaluable as Habitat works towards achieving its vision and undertakes the biggest project in the organization’s history, Habitat Way,” said Bill MacAvoy, chair of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors.

As CEO of Habitat Nova Scotia, Mr. Gant will oversee the non-profit’s operations, including the proposed 95-home development in Spryfield, and the continuation of builds across the province.

“I am honoured to lead this exceptional team and be part of an organization that is truly addressing the growing need for safe, healthy, affordable homes here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Gant. “I look forward to working with the volunteers, sponsors and supporters to take the organization to the next level, helping even more families build a strong foundation for their future.”

Mr. Gant has over 25 years of experience building strong relationships with business and community leaders. Most recently, he was CEO of Boomerswork.com, where he secured capital investors and took the employment agency from a start-up to a functional, revenue-generating business. Prior to that, Mr. Gant built his 26-year career at RBC where he held senior management positions in investor and treasury services before retiring as the Atlantic Regional Director in 2014. Mr. Gant has also provided leadership to numerous volunteer-driven associations. He currently sits on the Alumni Board of Directors at Mount Allison University, is an advisor and mentor in Dalhousie’s Startup Lean program, and is the past chair of the Sunshine Dreams for Kids. He has an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.