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Meet the Trustees Serving Bedford, Dartmouth, Kentville, Enfield & Beyond

Professional Debt & Credit Counselling
Serious financial problems can be the result of job loss, over-extended credit, a marriage breakdown, or health issues. Salyzyn & Associates Limited wants you to know that you are not alone in your financial troubles. Most Canadians will experience financial problems at some point in their lives. That’s why our team of trustees are here to help you get back on track with debt and credit counselling.

Helping You Find Debt Relief
Salyzyn & Associates Limited is a family owned firm that has been serving Nova Scotia for more than 18 years. With a personalized service, we can help you understand Canadian legal debt processes including debt consolidation, proposals, and bankruptcy.

Guiding You on the Path to Financial Stability
Book a free initial consultation with Salyzyn & Associates Limited and sit down with one of our Licensed Insolvency Trustees. We have the experience and professional knowledge to tailor a program that can address your specific debt concerns.

Meet the Team

Get to know the team at Salyzyn & Associates Limited and learn how our experience in the financial industry can help you with your bankruptcy, consumer proposal, or debt and credit counselling. We have four offices in Dartmouth, Bedford, Kentville, and Enfield (non-resident) and serve clients throughout Halifax, the Annapolis Valley, and Nova Scotia.

Leanne Salyzyn

Leanne Salyzyn grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988. The following year, she relocated to Quebec City and attended Laval University studying French for Non-Francophones and subsequently her MBA in French. In 1990 she moved to Montreal and obtained employment at a multi-national accounting firm in the corporate insolvency department. She continued to upgrade her education at Concordia University. In 1991, she moved to Toronto and obtained employment at an insolvency firm specializing in consumer insolvency. She obtained the status of Insolvency Counselor and Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional in 1996. After succeeding at the National Insolvency Exam (NIE) she obtained her federal license as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in 1997 for the jurisdiction of Ontario. In 1998, she returned to Nova Scotia to fulfill her dream of operating her own insolvency practice and working with her father, Mike. Leanne is the CEO and managing partner of Salyzyn & Associates Limited.


Leanne has been a national board member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) since 2008. She was vice president and past president of the Nova Scotia Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (NSAIRP). She is the only woman to ever hold these esteemed positions. Over the past two decades Leanne has volunteered countless hours to both national and the provincial insolvency committees such as the NSAIRP, CAIRP Standards of Professional Practice Committee, CAIRP Governance Committee, CAIRP Education Committee, and the Consumer Insolvency Small Practice Committee. She has volunteered as an official marker of the NIE exam and was a CAIRP annual conference committee rep for Halifax in 2008.


Leanne is the founder and first chairperson of the Atlantic Canada Network of IWIRC. She is the first woman in Eastern Canada to receive the highest professional designation awarded to an insolvency practitioner: a fellowship presented in August 2015. She was also a finalist for Canadian Association of Family Enterprise’s (CAFE) Nova Scotia Family Enterprise of the Year Award 2015.


She is a firm believer in giving back to the community and proudly supports the MS Society, Phoenix Youth, and the Canadian Cancer Society.


She is a frequent guest debt blogger for Halifax Magazine and debt guru on Global Maritime Morning segment “Dollars & Sense.”

Mike Salyzyn

Mike Salyzyn was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, but resides in Dartmouth, NS. He graduated from Mount St. Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, receiving the Ted Osborne Memorial Award. He is a Certified General Accountant.


Mike was the first director of the Orderly Payment of Debts program for the Province of Nova Scotia. In 1973, he joined the federal bankruptcy branch of Industry Canada (then “Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada”). For many years, he worked out of Ottawa, ON, as Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy (Development and Training). Eventually, he took an early retirement from the Federal Government and formed Salyzyn & Associates Limited in Lower Sackville, NS.


Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the insolvency field. He has been a Licensed Insolvency Trustee since 1981. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) and a certified Bankruptcy Insolvency Counsellor.


Mike was instrumental in establishing the Insolvency Counsellor’s course in Canada, development of the Official Receiver course for the Federal Government (Bankruptcy Division – Ottawa) and establishment of the Trustee Tutorials for educational development of future trustees. He has served on numerous committees for the CAIRP over the years and has been involved in the drafting of Amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act over many decades.


In his spare time, Mike can be found playing hard in a hockey rink or on a golf course.

Brenda Wood

Brenda grew up in Riverview, New Brunswick and moved to Halifax in 1987 to attend Saint Mary’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Honors in Psychology in 1991. Brenda brings over 20 years of financial recovery experience to Salyzyn & Associates Limited. She is an Insolvency Counsellor and earned her Licensed Insolvency Trustee designation in 2006 after successful completion of the National Insolvency Exam. Brenda enjoys providing the education and tools needed by debtors to assist them in their financial recovery plan.


For the past 10 years Brenda has committed many hours as a volunteer with the Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP). She is the past chair and a current member of the Course Material Review Committee for the Canadian Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals Qualification Program (CQP). Brenda was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the CAIRP Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2012. Additionally, Brenda is the past Treasurer of the Enfield District School Parent Teacher Action Group and is currently Fundraising Chair for Corridor Minor Baseball Association.


Brenda is the first vice-president of the Atlantic Canada Network of the International Woman’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.


When not camping, Brenda can be seen cheering on her sons’ East Hants Penguins hockey team and Nationals Baseball team.

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