The PIER Team
Centre for Port Development and Innovation
Patrick Bohan, PPM, CCLP, MBA
Director of Government Relations & Stakeholder Engagement
In his role, Patrick works with enterprise-wide stakeholders for the Port of Halifax (HPA) and The PIER, as well as various levels of government to pursue long-term collaboration and understanding. Prior to this, he spent over 20 years in the marketing and business development area for the HPA - working across the organization including with port partners in cargo and cruise ship development.
He has over 28 years of transportation, trade and international business experience and in 2020 was awarded the CITT’s Award of Excellence. He is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western and SMU. He is accredited by the CITT as a Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) and the American Association of Port Authorities as a Professional Port Manager. He's a family man and enjoys travelling and exploring the world, cooking, trail cycling and hiking.
Sherry Scully, BEd, MBA, PHD
Director of Workforce Development
Dr. Sherry Scully is the Director of Workforce Development at The PIER. Sherry has more than two decades of experience conducting primary research and contributing to literature, resources, and strategy and program development related to workforces in evolving industries and those in transformation.
In her current role with The PIER, she is examining barriers to entry to port careers, for under-represented workers. She will consider the growth and evolution of the transportation industry and the implications that has for our regional and national workforce.
Sherry holds an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology and management from Dalhousie University, as well as an MBA and two degrees in Education. A strong advocate for learning, Sherry volunteers with educational development efforts internationally, and in her spare time can be found snorkeling in the ocean or wandering a mountain top - exploring sea to sky!
Workforce Development Implementation Lead
As the PIER's Implementation Lead, Eddy will be developing and executing a strategy to engage underrepresented workers in the transportation, supply chain, and logistics industries. As a member of the African Nova Scotian community, much of his work will focus on engaging youth, mid-career talent, and entrepreneurs from the ANS community, in port and port-adjacent careers. Eddy will also be working with the Workforce Development team to implement awareness building programs, youth-oriented initiatives, a work integrated learning program, and recruitment strategies targeting diverse talent
Eddy is the grandson and namesake of the longest active civil rights protestor in North American history. He spent the majority of his life living, learning and growing on the lands where the community of Africville once stood. His experiences from such a remarkable time in history have shaped him to become a small business owner, co-host and co-creator of an award winning podcast, community advocate/activist as well as a consultant.
When he is not working or on the front lines he spends the majority of his time trying to be a positive role model for his three children. Eddy is an avid sports fan, when he does not have his laptop or book in his hand, he is either watching or playing basketball.
As operations lead for The PIER, Ryan is responsible for day-to-day operations, member, event, and partner engagement, and facilities management. With a passion for the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, Ryan has held positions with multiple Innovation Hubs across Nova Scotia including Ignite ATLANTIC and Volta, where Ryan was project lead for the building of Volta’s 60,000 square foot innovation space. Ryan studied at Cape Breton University and Université Sainte-Anne. He also has a passion for sports such as hockey and golf and has been an active volunteer with Feed Nova Scotia for several years.
Communications & Programming Coordinator
In her role Emma develops and implements communications materials and strategies and provides support for events and programming for The PIER on behalf of the Halifax Port Authority’s Communications Team. Emma is a graduate of both MSVU and NSCC, and brings experience in communications, marketing, human resources, and arts administration to the team having worked in a wide variety of industries, most recently in marine energy.
She’s involved in her community and spends most of her time in the great outdoors.
Karra joined the team at The PIER in the summer of 2022. Her educational background is in Medical Office Administration. She has over ten years in the administrative field and has prior experience through various industries including healthcare, insurance, recruitment, and education. Karra plays an active role in The PIER’s day-to-day operations. Her enthusiastic attitude and professional dedication are a great addition to The PIER family.
In her spare time, she likes to travel, read, and do bit of gardening. Baking is in her bones, and she will always have something delicious to bring in to her colleagues.