Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic and business development with over 30 years of experience in banking, venture capital, and international finance.
As CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) for over a decade, he consistently surpassed targets, assisted in the revitalization of Halifax’s downtown core, and played a key role in the province being named by fDi Intelligence as the best-performing region in North America in attracting inward investment. Prior to his NSBI tenure, Stephen was Vice-President of one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms and a corporate banker with Canadian and international banks.
From 2015-2020 Stephen was the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB), the lead business development organization for New Brunswick, and Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Small Business. Under Stephen’s leadership, ONB consistently exceeded its targets, had among the best results in Canada, and produced the best results in the province in over 20 years. ONB attracted some of the top companies in the world, and with the creation of CyberNB within ONB, New Brunswick was recognized as the premier jurisdiction in Canada for cybersecurity. ONB was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for four years in a row and one of Canada’s Top 40 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2018.
CyberNB, established under Stephen’s leadership, is a dedicated team focused on advancing the cybersecurity sector and strengthening the province’s skilled workforce. With ONB and CyberNB’s leadership, New Brunswick has attracted national attention and secured major investments from global players such as Siemens, Bell Canada, and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and worked to introduce cybersecurity/IT curriculum into the province’s K-12 education system.
Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was named one of the Top 500 most influential people in Financial Centres worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame. In recent months, he has participated as a judge at the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards, Accenture’s Healthcare Innovation Challenge, and Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Awards.
Stephen earned a prestigious X ring from St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University, obtained an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and completed executive-level studies at Harvard, University of Chicago and Queen’s University.
He is currently on the board of directors for the Conference Board of Canada and has served on boards for the IWK Children’s Health Centre and the QE2 Hospital Foundation, championed Junior Achievement, and was the inaugural Chair of the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Fundraiser. Stephen has also participated in the World Triathlon Championships, the Boston Marathon, and the Canadian University Hockey Championships.
Stephen and his wife Sandy have two boys, Connor and Shaun, and a pug named Humphrey.