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Meet our Advisory Board

Sevens

Geoffrey Macchum

Partner at Stewart Mckelvey

For Geoff’s clients, the stakes involved in litigation are quite significant and affect their bottom line. He works with national and multinational commercial insurance companies, building contractors, building suppliers, directors and officers of corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Chartered Banks and regional business interests involved in litigation disputes. 


Dr. Robert Abraham, MD, FRCPC

Co-founder of ABK Biomedical Inc.

Dr. Abraham co-founded ABK Biomedical Inc. and led ABK as CEO until August 2018 having raising over $12 million in equity investment and over $5 million in additional non-dilutive grant funding. ABK Biomedical is developing next generation imageable Y-90 radioembolization products and has a 6000 sq.ft. manufacturing and R&D facility and has 18 employees. He is currently Chief Medical Officer and conducts research on the innovative products being developed. Dr. Abraham is also co-founder and CMO of Covina Biomedical Inc. which is developing minimally invasive bone augmentation systems.

Kurt Benson

Co-Founder, Director of Business Development of Tidal League

Kurt has always been a dedicated fan of the game. With his partnership in Tidal League, he is able to bring his expertise in business management to basketball. Aside from his commitment to Tidal League he is also the Vice President of Business Development at Magnified Public Relations.

Shaun Carvery

Detective/Cst Halifax Regional Police

Shawn has been a police officer since 2001. In his career he has training in numerous different fields. He is currently assigned to the  integrated VICE/ICE team

Kevin Springer

Co-Founder/President at Proposify

Originally from southern Maine, Kevin is a co-founder at Proposify and keeps the operational side of the business and running smoothly. Kevin is also an athlete, dedicated coach, and talented musician who used to own a music club. Many years ago, Kevin actually owned a coffee company in Florida so he's kind of our in-house aficionado.

Thane Smith

Head Coach at the YMCA 

Thane Smith, is a true basketball staple in our city, coached Halifax Grammar 2000-2002 and at the Community Y from 1997 until 2019, both Girls and Boys along the way. Thane has coached with BNS from 2010-2017 and Halifax West Girls from 2011- 2013

Lead his BNS team to a silver medal at Nationals...

Steven Marcus

Head Coach of the St John edge Professional team

Steve attended St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., where he was a roommate of Toronto’s Andrew Nicholson, who would go on to enjoy an NBA career (Nicholson is currently playing in China). Marcus was the St. Bonaventure team’s student manager, and was part of the 2012 squad which won the Atlantic 10 championship and went to the NCAA Tournament.

After university, Marcus spent two years with Maine of the NBA G-League (it was the D-League then), working as the assistant director of basketball operations under coach Scott Morrison of P.E.I. (Morrison is currently an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.)

Following his stint with Maine, Marcus worked a spell with Adidas sportswear, primarily with NBA and WNBA players on commercial and promo shoots.

In 2016-17, Marcus was back in basketball again, working as a graduate assistant coach at NC State under head coach Mark Gottfried.

It was in Raleigh that he met Jeff Dunlap, NC State’s director of basketball operations. So when Dunlap was hired as the Edge’s first coach in 2017-18, he brought Marcus along with him to Newfoundland.

Stephanie Folahan

Co-founder / CFO

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Raised in a single parent household Stephanie was determined to exceed the low expectations set forth for her by family, teachers and other authority figures due to her family situation.

Stephanie graduated from Halifax West High School where she was the “MVP” of the school’s basketball team and previously held records for the 100 and 200 meter dash.

Upon graduating high school Stephanie attended Saint Mary’s University and also later graduated from Eastern College. She is now a Senior Accountant, specializing in payroll and income tax. Stephanie is the force responsible for the behind the scenes operations of Halifax basketball and is also the Owner of Premier Tax Services.

While being very successful professionally nothing tops Stephanie’s proudest accomplishment which is her family, comprised of her wonderful husband and three children.

Naofall 'Ming" Folahan

Founder / CEO

Originally from (Benin) Africa, Ming grew up with a wonderful family and a passion for basketball. At an early age, Ming was head and shoulders taller than all of his friends - much like he is today.

At 16, Ming was recruited by a prep school in the States where he was nominated 'McDonald's All American' in his senior year of high school. He would ultimately land himself a full scholarship to Wagner College, where he would play for the brother duo Bobby and Danny Hurley. Bobby, an accomplished NBA player turned professional coach and Danny has coached players who would go on to win NBA championships.

Known for his legacy as 'All-Time Leading Shot Blocker at Wagner, Ming also ranked second in the country for shot blocks in his senior year. To this day, Ming still holds the record for most shots blocked in a single game.

Working just as hard off the court, Ming graduated with a degree in International Business and Marketing. After trying out for NBA teams including the Knicks, Spurs, and Nuggets, he signed a professional contract to play in the NBL (Canadian Basketball League). Since his move to Canada, Ming has met his wife, Stephanie, and together have three children. Working in his community and raising his kids, Ming realized he had a passion as strong as basketball - being a father. By combining the elements of basketball and empowering the next generation, Ming and Stephanie created Halifax Basketball Inc. and Halifax Prep.

The company is devoted to making quality basketball programs available to as many kids as possible. The dedicated father of two knows firsthand the challenges parents face with raising children in today's economy, and works around the clock to reach as many children as possible.