Sali Sabean Chapter President
Sali is a part of numerous hunting and conservation organizations. As a licensed guide in NS/NFLD she operates a successful Outfitter business, Ursa Major Outfitters alongside Shan Cunningham which specializes in Black Bear hunts. With a background in business admin and over 18 years in the service industry she’ll be the first to admit she’s a people person! Also a certified Trapper and Learn to Fish instructor, Sali spends a lot of time in the backcountry exploring hunting areas and chasing fins on the water. When she’s not in her own backyard, she’s hunting and fishing Internationally bringing her experiences back to share as Prostaff for Basspro/Cabelas and Spypoint. Her determination to continue our hunting heritage through education and conservation has earned her a position as Director on the International Safari Club board, sitting on several committees as well as recently being appointed the Eastern Committee Rep for SCI Canada. Find her on Instagram @salicunningham
Dave Kelly 1st Vice President
Dave began going hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather at the age of 6 growing up in Ontario. He spent time trapping through high school, and was a scout and venture leader. Dave has hunted moose in Newfoundland, deer, bear, upland game and migratory birds in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He has been a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for 20 years, was an official scorer for the NS Big Game Society, is a qualified range safety officer, firearms instructor and holds a holster qualification with the NFA. Dave is currently the Vice President of the N.S. Chapter of SCI and was one of the founding members. He originally joined to ensure there was quality hunting left for his grandsons. Dave has worked in the retail side of the hunting and fishing industry since 2008.
Shannon Cunningham 2nd Vice President
Shan has been a lifelong hunter and angler and has been the 2nd Vice President of the SCI Nova Scotia Chapter since the chapter was formed. He was the chapter’s board representative for the past year with the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and was just recently elected the Vice President of that organization. Shan is also a member of many of the hunting and fishing organizations throughout Nova Scotia and is a strong advocate of protecting the privileges that we have. He is also a licensed hunting and fishing guide where he owns and operates Ursa Major Outfitters along with his wife Sali. Shan also staffs for a number of companies in the hunting and angling industry, and is also the social media liaison for SCI Nova Scotia as well as a brand ambassador for Safari Club International. Find him on Instagram @shancunningham
Stacy Montgomery Treasurer
Katinka Horvath Secretary
Matt Balcombe Board Member, NSFAH Board Representative
Matt is a lifelong hunter and angler born and raised in Nova Scotia, he is passionate about conservation and protection of wild areas and currently sits as SCI Nova Scotia’s representative on the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters Board. Matt prefers to spend is spare time exploring Nova Scotia’s wilderness by canoe in search of brook trout with his fly rod. Matt has made his career as an environmental engineer, designing treatment systems to clean domestic and industrial wastewater as well as contaminated sites runoff to protect our province’s waterways. He is also the owner/operator of Wild Northeast Outfitters providing guided backcountry fly fishing trips, and works as a moose hunting guide for Excellent Adventures of Red Lake Ontario each fall. You can connect with Matt on Instagram @balco_outdoors
Scott Brown Board Member
My name is Scott Brown and I have served as a board member for SCI Nova Scotia since its inception. I sat as the founding president and am honored to sit on the board and see our chapter grow. I am looking forward to being involved with SCI as a board member for years to come.
I was Born in Alberta and grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, pursuing both elk and bighorn sheep whenever possible. From a very young age, I have loved the outdoors and everything that it has to offer. I started hunting at a later age in life, but have always been connected to the outdoor lifestyle and spend any extra time allowed out in the woods. I enjoy rifle hunting and am also looking at the chance to pick up bow hunting. I have hunted in several provinces, and have also had opportunities to hunt in Europe and South Africa as well.
I Started this Chapter to give a voice to the region’s hunting and fishing community. To give a platform to those that want their pursuits in the outdoors to go unhindered, to stop being challenged because of their desire to provide for family, both recreation and sustenance. I am really looking forward to seeing this regions SCI chapter grow and give that voice to our community.
Morgan Bruce Board Member
John Lynch Board Member
Brody Nelson Board Member