Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables
Tory Rushton was raised in Oxford, Nova Scotia and growing up he was very active in the hockey community where he played for the Oxford Colts and later took a spot as an up-and-coming referee. Rushton was fortunate to officiate some high levels of hockey and enjoyed my time on the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association Executive in its early stages. Today, he is an active coach for his son’s hockey teams and enjoys watching the young players play the sport and develop into tomorrow's coaches.
Upon graduation from NSCC, Rushton started an electrical apprenticeship. He completed all the hours required and technical training here in Nova Scotia. He had the benefit to see both the construction side and industrial side of this trade and was very fortunate to be able to do all this right here at home. Tory has also worked in the fire service field as a fire technician and inspector including travelling all over the Maritimes and some of Quebec and Eastern USA doing work for all levels of government and the private sector.
Before being elected in June 2018, Tory was a production manager for Oxford Frozen Foods at the battered product facility. After working for Oxford Frozen Foods as an Industrial Electrician, this promotion came as a new challenge to his life. It was an opportunity to utilize some of the training he received at both Oxford Frozen Foods and my position as Chief at the Oxford Fire Department.
For the past 20 years, Tory has been a proud member of the Oxford Fire Department and has served 5 consecutive years as Deputy Chief and the past 12 as Chief. Tory is a graduate of the Dalhousie Fire Service Leadership and Management programs and sit on different executives in the Province of Nova Scotia and in the Maritimes.
Tory and his wife Tracy reside in the Town of Oxford and have 3 children.