Speaker Profiles

Stephen Lund

Stephen Lund


Opportunities New Brunswick

Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic development with over 30 years’ experience in business development, venture capital and international finance.

Since 2015, Stephen has been the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB) the provincial crown corporation where he leads a team of experienced professionals to deliver a broad mandate to grow the economy. ONB is bringing new money and new jobs to every corner of New Brunswick and generating a positive return on investment for all New Brunswickers. With Stephen’s leadership, ONB has consistently exceeded results, is outperforming every other Canadian economic development agency jurisdiction on a per capita basis and has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employer’s for two years in a row.

Stephen has a track record of success. As CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. 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 dubbed the best-performing region in North America in attracting inward investment.

Stephen’s hard work and commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was added to the list of the top 500 most influential people in Financial Centre worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame.

When he’s not working to close deals, you’ll likely find Stephen supporting his community or on the ice. He is currently on the Board for the Conference Board of Canada and has served on boards for the IWK Health Centre and the QE2 Hospital Foundation, champions 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 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.

Stephen is proud to be back in his home province, with his wife Sandy and their pug Humphrey. They have two sons, Connor and Shaun at university.

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