Well known community leader, Rustum Southwell is appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer and will join United Way Halifax May 19, 2015. His term will extend to the conclusion of the search for a permanent CEO.
Peter Fardy, chair of United Way’s Board of Directors, expressed the board’s unanimous endorsement saying, “ Rustum is well known to United Way Halifax as a former Board member and committed volunteer. He is well respected by United Way’s board, staff and the wider community. He is an effective leader and relationship builder. The board is confident he will excel in this role.”
Mr. Southwell owned and managed various franchises in the food industry for a number of years, before becoming the first and founding CEO of the Black Business Initiative (BBI), a role he held for 17 years. Under his leadership, the BBI became a leader in developing an entrepreneurial culture that is helping to drive economic vibrancy in Nova Scotia. He is an able and innovative administrator with significant expertise in strategic planning, business and entrepreneurial development and corporate governance.
He is currently chair of Hope Blooms and is an active member of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Prostate Cancer Canada’s Atlantic Regional Advisory Council. In addition to United Way Halifax, he has served on the boards of the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Nova Scotia Community College. In 2012, Southwell was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and Nova Scotia.
United Way’s Board of Directors has appointed a committee chaired by John Rogers, Stewart McKelvey, to begin the search for a President and CEO to lead United Way into the future.
United Way Halifax is an influential voice for change through public policy and courageous leadership. With a proven record that extends beyond funding, it is a valued partner on homelessness and affordable housing and a catalyst for neighbourhood renewal. It is at the centre of a cultural shift toward healthy, active lifestyles. Founded in 1925, United Way works with community partners to build sustainable solutions for the future while also supporting services to improve lives today. learn more