Paul is President of Gateway-Meridian Insurance. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Meridian DLT (Canada) Ltd., a Canadian and Cayman Islands based financial technology company involved in carbon trading, global commodity trade finance, emerging markets banking, transportation, telecommunications and real estate. Paul was previously the Chief Compliance Officer at Numus Capital Corp, a registered Exempt Market Dealer in Canada. He serves as Corporate Secretary of TSXV listed resource company Antler Gold Inc., as a Director of CSE listed blockchain development company eXeBlock Technology Corp, and previously served as Corporate Secretary of Northwest Arm Capital Inc., a TSXV listed Capital Pool Company. He served as the Manager of Investor Relations at Numus Financial Inc., a venture capital firm focused on early-stage, high-growth companies since the firm’s inception in 2014. He is registered as a CCO and Dealing Representative in multiple jurisdictions across Canada.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kings College and has completed numerous courses in the investment industry including the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Course at the Canadian Securities Institute and Exempt Market Proficiency Course at the IFSE Institute. He serves on the Board of Governors of the University of King’s College where he sits on the Executive Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Advancement Committee. He is also President of the University of King’s College Alumni Association and President of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment Association and serves on the Regimental Senate.
Matthew Pickup Vice President, Gateway-Meridian Insurance
Matthew is Vice President of Gateway-Meridian Insurance. He is an experienced founder and builder in the financial technology and renewable energy sectors. He is Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Asset NA Inc., a Canadian based company involved in carbon trading and creating a consumer market for Carbon Offsets. He is Director of Technology at Meridian DLT (Canada) Ltd, where he is leading the development of green data projects.
Matt has a strong background in cleantech and social enterprise and was recently part of a large tidal energy project in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, worked as Vice-President of Strategy and Partnerships for blockchain venture development studio BlockCrushr Labs, and founded Fosch Capital where he worked with more than 100 companies, raising tens of millions of dollars in non-dilutive capital via grants, vouchers and debt.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and serves on the boards of Carbon Asset NA Inc. and Meridian DLT (Canada) Ltd.
Keith Dexter CEO
Keith has been employed with noted international corporations such as Procter & Gamble, and Phillip Morris in Sales, Sales Management, and Management positions. He is founder of several Nova Scotia based companies.
Keith has earned numerous industry awards, has served as a director of national and local boards, and has been involved in leadership of local community organizations.
Keith is CEO of Gateway. Other business interests include investments in Real Estate, Business Brokerage, and the Financial Services industry.
Born in Halifax, NS, Keith holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. He resides in Seabright, NS.
Ryan Smith Vice President Commercial Insurance, Partner
Ryan has been working in the general insurance industry for over a decade, working for some of the largest regional and international companies in Nova Scotia. Ryan has an entrepreneurial drive which translates to a true understanding of what is important to business owners, and how to provide the best value for their insurance and risk management programs. Ryan most recently built his own successful brokerage, Harbourtown Insurance, started in 2015. The opportunity to partner with Gateway Insurance was one Ryan saw as the best fit for his current and new clients, allowing for a larger support system and leverage with the insurance markets. Ryan has taken on the role of Vice President of the Commercial Insurance division, working out of the Halifax Head Office alongside Keith Dexter. Ryan will be focused on building customized insurance programs for small to medium size businesses.
Born in Halifax, Ryan is a proud Atlantic Canadian who enjoys golf, travel, and most importantly spending time with his wife Holly and young son Levi.
Mike Wilson Account Manager, Commercial Insurance
Mike is a graduate of Dalhousie University Business School and a native of Ontario. Determined to make Nova Scotia his home, he accepted his first employment role as General Manager of one of metro’s largest The UPS Stores. He also became a partner in Freshman Services – a student Storage & Moving company before entering the insurance industry with Gateway.
Mike provides experience and advice in all areas of Insurance, including Business & Commercial, Home & Auto, Health & Employee Benefits, as well as Life Insurance products.
Outside the office, Mike is an avid sailor and a member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. He also enjoys spending time on the ski hill or in the hockey rink.
Abby MacLellan Account Manager, Home & Auto Insurance
Abby is a Business graduate of Nova Scotia Community College. She is an experienced insurance brokerage professional specialising in Personal Lines. She holds her CAIB and CSIP insurance designations.
Born and raised in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Abby enjoys the beach, spending time with friends and her family and dog. Abby resides in Halifax.