Lisa Coates

Lisa Coates

Dartmouth North

Lisa is a trailblazing entrepreneur and business advocate, and a bi-racial, only child raised by her single white Cape Breton mother. She’s journeyed from employee, to entrepreneur to cancer survivor to employee to student to mentor all the way as a single female warrior. Along the way, she’s worked as a bartender, real estate agent and Atlantic Canada’s first Black female general contractor.

Lisa is the founder of the Nova Scotia Professional Black Business Network, which aims to grow and foster professional development within the province’s black communities. She’s a former member of the Centre for Women in Business and has served as a board member of Better Business Bureau for the Atlantic Provinces and a proud supporter of Women’s Unlimited and Nova Scotia Film Industry.

Lisa built a successful general construction company based in Burnside from the ground up. Her work ethic, knowledge, and the results she got for her clients earned her industry awards from TrustedPros™ in 2016 and 2018 for Dartmouth Contractor.

Lisa lives in Dartmouth with her dog Miss Melanie the Doxie.