Carrie Cussons is President & CEO of Events East Group managing the Halifax Convention Centre, a 120,000 sq. ft. Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Halifax, Scotiabank Centre, the largest multipurpose facility in Atlantic Canada with a seating capacity in excess of 10,000 and Ticket Atlantic, the region’s primary ticket provider.
Since joining the organization in 2009, Carrie has been a strategic lead in all areas of the business with a core responsibility for ensuring the delivery of corporate and operational initiatives to support business growth and success.
Prior to her appointment as President & CEO, she was Chief Financial Officer and the led the Corporate Services group, including finance, human resources and technology. In this role, she was responsible for the strategy for the Halifax Convention Centre championing the development and activation of the organization’s approach to prepare its team and operations for a successful transition to our new corporate structure and opening of the new Centre.
Carrie brings a diverse business background, including over two decades of management experience with a concentration in financial and operational leadership. She has held executive leadership and finance roles in a variety of public and private sector organizations including the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the CCL Group and Ernst and Young. She has played a leading advisory role on business strategy, measurement and financial reporting.
A graduate of Acadia University, she received her CPA, CA designation in 1991, and in 2015, she completed the Director’s Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors. Carrie is currently a member of the Women’s Leadership Collaborative, the International Women’s Forum of Canada, Secretary of NAIG (North American Indigenous Games), Halifax Partnership Board of Directors and Chair of their Audit Committee, and the CUA Board of Directors. Carrie also holds industry memberships in IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers), AIPC (International Association of Convention Centre Centres, Convention Centres of Canada and ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association).