Our Team

Meet your partners for success!

Eric Crowell, Director

Eric Crowell, CA, MBA

Eric has worked with over 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses since working as SSBDC Director since 1997. Along with his work consulting to businesses in the local community, Eric has participated on consulting projects all around the world, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia, specifically in the field of economic development and business growth. Eric has owned and operated a number of business interests. He has co-authored a book on managing high growth businesses in Nova Scotia and has specific insight on the role of innovation in business growth. Eric has an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.



Matt MacPhee, BA, MSc
Lead Consultant

Matt is a consultant at the Sobey School Business Development Center and part-time faculty member in the Management Department at Saint Mary’s University. He has a Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and several international coaching and consulting certifications. Matt has trained and coached hundreds of businesses across Atlantic Canada over the last three years and is interested in working with young growth-oriented companies.



Skills Development & Training

Michael Sanderson, MBA
Manager, Skills Development & Training

Michael has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, economic development and professional training. He has extensive leadership and project management experience and has been responsible for the development and delivery of varied projects including multi-year employability training programs for recent graduates, employability training programs for priority youth, conference planning and coordination, a variety of research and consulting projects, and professional development training. In addition, he has gained significant entrepreneurial experience. Michael is a Faculty Advisor for the award winning Enactus team at Saint Mary’s University.



Jason Turner
Senior Project Manager

Jason is a graduate of the Institute for Human Services Educations' Youth Worker Diploma program, and is currently working toward a B.A. at Saint Mary's University. Prior to working with the SSBDC, Jason was employed within the public school system as a substitute teacher and an Educational Assistant, as well as a personal care worker in small-options homes. Jason has been working with the Skills Development and Training Division of SSBDC since October of 2004 as a Senior Project Manager, focusing on administering employability programs for Halifax youth, as well as promoting entrepreneurship at Saint Mary's. Jason is also a Faculty Advisor for the award winning Enactus team at Saint Mary’s University.


 Administrative Staff

Paulette Campbell
Office Administrator