Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Our People

ACOA is made up of dedicated people working for you and the prosperity of the Atlantic region. With 30 offices throughout Atlantic Canada, our well-known ACOA teams have the region covered, working with business and communities to help make things happen for Atlantic Canada.

The President of ACOA, Francis P. McGuire, is responsible for the administration of the Agency's operations and its employees.

The ACOA head office is located in Moncton, New Brunswick. Regional headquarters are located in each Atlantic provincial capital city, under the direction of vice-presidents who are responsible for implementing ACOA's programs and policies. ACOA’s executive team includes:

  • President - Francis P. McGuire
  • Vice-President, Policy, Programs and Communications  – Daryell Nowlan
  • Vice-President, New Brunswick – Kent Estabrooks
  • Acting Vice-President, Newfoundland and Labrador – Bill Grandy
  • Vice-President, Nova Scotia – Chuck Maillet
  • Vice-President, Prince Edward Island – Patrick Dorsey
  • Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Services – Stéphane Lagacé
  • Senior Advisor (Energy) – Andrew Noseworthy

Through an Ottawa office, ACOA ensures that Atlantic Canada's interests are reflected in both the policies and programs developed by other departments and agencies of the federal government. 

Looking for an ACOA employee? Check our online directory.

Our History

ACOA Ministers since 1987

ACOA Presidents since 1987

Public Service Renewal

ACOA continues to focus on its people, encouraging new ideas and embracing a culture of innovation, collaboration and engagement. Read the report on ACOA’s Public Service Renewal Results for 2016.