Fred Morley

Executive Vice President & Chief Economist

Fred Morley is Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of the Halifax Partnership. In this role, Fred leads the team that developed Halifax’s award winning approach to business retention and expansion, managed and wrote Halifax’s first economic strategy, initiated the community’s first immigration strategy, and worked to attract high profile new investors that have created hundreds of jobs in Nova Scotia. Most recently Fred developed a new innovation in integrating recent immigrants into communities called the Connector Program that has spread to more than a 20 communities in 4 countries.

Prior to his time at the Partnership, Fred held senior management roles in Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Nova Scotia Economic Development.  He was a member of the team created NSBI and was the first manager hired by the new organization. Prior to this he was Director of the Marketing and Research Branch of Nova Scotia Economic Development, a Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of Nova Scotia, Senior Policy Analyst and Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and taught in the Economics Department of Saint Mary’s University.

Mr. Morley is the author of over 100 articles on economic development and has presented his views to hundreds of organizations, companies, and government groups around the world.  His organizations have received more than two dozen awards for excellence in marketing and research.

Fred is a Board Member of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which invests in research excellence in Canada’s postsecondary institutions. Fred also serves on the Boards of the International Economic Development Council in Washington DC, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, the Saint Mary’s Business Development Centre and the Gorsebrook Research Institute.  Fred is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Business Retention and Expansion International.

In 2014 Fred received a “Fellow Member” designation from the International Economic Development Council in Washington DC. “for recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the field of Economic Development”.  He only the second Canadian to receive a “FM” designation.