Operations Department

Chris Grover, Acting Director of Operations / Director of Finance

Chris Grover, Acting Director of Operations / Director of Finance

Mr. Chris Grover, CPA, CGA, was appointed as the Acting Director of Operations in December of 2021.  Mr. Grover was appointed as Director of Finance in December 2016. Mr. Grover started with the former Strait Regional School Board in April 2015 as the Coordinator of Financial Services and served as the Acting Director of Finance prior to his permanent appointment. Mr. Grover began his career with an international accounting firm in the public accounting sector. He then moved on to a 10-year career with a National leading grocery retailer.

Mr. Grover’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Accounting Major) and a Diploma in Engineering from St. Francis Xavier University. He also holds a professional accounting designation through CPA Nova Scotia. Mr. Grover has held a number of progressively senior positions throughout his career giving him a wide range of experience in accounting, budgeting, taxation and financial reporting matters.

Under the leadership of the Director of Operations, the Operations Department is responsible for the provision and operation of safe and efficient facilities and fleet for the students and staff of the Strait Regional Centre for Education. The Department’s responsibilities include:

• Facilities maintenance;
• Capital planning and project management;
• Energy management programs and projects;
• Fleet operations;
• Driver training and licensing;
• Fleet maintenance;
• Health and safety program management;
• Air quality monitoring, investigations and remediation; and
• Fire safety programs administration.

The Transportation Department operates a large fleet of busses transporting approximately 96% of students over an area of 11,000 square kilometres. The system is totally owned, operated and maintained by the Regional Centre. Facilities management functions are primarily conducted utilizing Regional Centre employees including custodial services, building operations and most facility maintenance functions. Regional Centre’s resources are augmented by specialty contract services. The Operations Department’s core functions are centrally managed from facilities in Mulgrave. A combination of Regional Centre and contract services is utilized to perform capital construction functions.

Please contact:

Belinda Shea, Administrative Assistant, Property Services; 902-747-3647

Denise Kelly, Administrative Assistant, Transportation Services; 902-747-3642

Bussing emergency telephone number: 902-747-3642; 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Operations Department Staff Members

All staff may be reached at 902-625-2191 or 902-747-3647.

Chris Grover - Acting Director of Operations; 902-747-3647

Ian Fraser -  Manager of Facilities Operations; 902-747-3647

Stephen Bennett - Manager of Facilities Maintenance; 902-747-3647

James Shaw - Assistant Manager of Facilities; 902-747-3647

Ronald Organ - Manager of Student Transportation; 902-747-3645

Holly Wood- Assistant Manager of Transportation Services; 902-747-3645

Mary Swinamer - Transportation Router; 902-747-3645

Dale Burton - Assistant Manager of Fleet Maintenance; 902-747-3637

Karen MacDonald - Manager of Occupational Health and Safety; 902-747-3647

Kathy Betts - Safety Advisor; 902-747-3647

Millie Pelrine - Inventory Clerk/Dispatcher; 902-747-3642

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