UDI Team Members

Your Team


Stephen Adams

Executive Director

Stephen attended Dalhousie University, graduating with a B. Sc. in ’82 and a B. Comm in ’86.  He worked for Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals from 1986 until 2009 and Warner Chilcott from 2009 until 2013.

In 1991, he was elected to Halifax City Council, and in 1994 was elected by his peers as Deputy Mayor, making him the youngest Deputy Mayor in the history of the city.  He also served as Deputy Mayor of HRM in 2007-08.  In October of 2020, Stephen retired as a Councilor from Halifax, after serving 29 years.

As a member of city council, he served several years as chair of Halifax and West Community Council, Western Community Council, Chebucto Community Council and numerous standing committees.  During his lengthy career, he represented urban, suburban and rural communities, giving him a keen insight on the challenges they faced.   He has extensive knowledge  regarding government processes at the municipal level, which will prove invaluable in moving UDI’s mandate forward.  His experience in the private, government and volunteer sectors, combined with the relationships he has developed with municipal staff over the years will help bring a united voice to UDI.

Stephen continues to support community groups offering his knowledge and expertise in moving their initiatives forward and is in his 10th year as the GM/Owner of the Spryfield Attack Junior Hockey Club.


Stephanie Rhoden

Member Services Coordinator

Stephanie Rhoden, born and raised in Jamaica, is a business graduate of Cambrian College is Sudbury, Ontario and is a dedicated member of the UDI Nova Scotia team. She has been in the business accounting and administrative industry for roughly five years, and is eager to continue her growth in the business industry.

As the Member Services Coordinator, Stephanie is readily available to assist industry leaders and the Nova Scotian community in any issues or concerns that may arise so that we can all strive in the new developments here in the Maritimes.

When she is not assisting members, Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, graphic design, and swimming in her past time.