Meet the Executive Team of Climb Nova Scotia

Anne Giles 


A small human with a big personality. Spends most of her time hanging off a rope. Has two teenagers she thinks are the coolest humans. Often dreams of mountains and big adventures.

Jack Hillman

Access Chair

Samantha MacDonald 


Started climbing as a way to keep moving after finishing my varsity career in soccer and haven’t looked back. If I’m not training for my next competition or projecting outside you can find me behind the lenses of my camera.

Sometimes known as ‘The Best Second in Nova Scotia’ because he can follow any pitch, be it rock, ice or choss, and stay out all day in terrible conditions with little to no actual climbing without complaining. He sends hard when the mood strikes, but the tradeoff might be cams that are either welded into cracks or sent sailing from the top.

Kelly is the current Cape Breton representative on the board. You can tell by the way he seems to know every single person at Seven Bays Bouldering and will chat with each of them while flashing blues on two busted ankles. He’s also a master of the dreaded Cape Breton finishing move, ‘The Drop-In,’ so if you happen to strike up a conversation with a friendly stranger at the gym, be warned that he is likely to show up at your house unannounced, will not take his shoes off at the door, and will lure you to go climbing with a promise of a rope and rack already in his trunk.

Professional schmoozer, cool mom, known to send routes while humming the Pina Colada song, will dance anywhere anytime, is rarely without a smile and is definitely one of the most stoked climbers at the crag. Motto - "The best climber is the one having the most fun"

Generally an alright guy. 

Kelly Buchanan

Communications Master

Vanessa Burns

Community Outreach

Casey Durrette

Social Media

Todd has been climbing and active in the Nova Scotia climbing scene for over 20 years. He is a prolific route developer, producer of the climbing film “Eastern Tide”, and co-author of Nova Scotia’s most recent guidebook. Needless to say, he’s invested in our little community.

Luke Hyslop


Todd Foster

Guidebook Guru

Jamie Simpson 

Members at Large

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