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This year, we were pleased to announce that we received 150 nominations for the third and final Game Changers Awards. Nine awards were presented on October 17, 2018 to deserving businesses, organizations and individuals. 

Check out this year's winners and nominees! 

Watch the 2018 Game Changers video!


Net Outmigration by Age Group 1995-2014

Every year, Nova Scotia sees a net loss of 1,300 young people between the ages of 20-29, taking their vision, talent, energy, income, and drive with them. Youth retention is one of our greatest challenges and best opportunities for long-term economic growth.


Game Changers

  • TD Logo - GC Profile Page


    Experience is important, but so are training & people who bring unique skills & capabilities.

    Recently, we spoke with Scott Belton, Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Region at TD to talk about the importance of fostering a smooth transition for entry-level employees.

  • SMU Logo - Web - GC page


    Immigration is not only about population growth, but creating a talent pool that fuels the economy.

    Dubbed Canada's International University, Saint Mary's is a leader in Nova Scotia and Canada in recruiting international students into its academic programs. With the highest percentage of international students of any university in Canada, Saint Mary's welcomes students from more than 119 countries world wide.

  • Scotian Materials Logo - GC Page

    scotian materials

    There are opportunities for a higher degree of responsibility here.

    Robert MacPherson, President of Scotian Materials Ltd., knows what it’s like to be a new graduate looking for opportunities in Nova Scotia. This may be the reason Robert is dedicated to hiring new graduates and co-op students.

  • DNS Logo - GC page

    digital nova Scotia

    When I look at my team, I am reminded why I chose to hire young professionals.

    As the industry association for Nova Scotia's fastest growing sector, Digital Nova Scotia provides advocacy, multi-sectorial industry intelligence, facilitates connections between industry and talent, and delivers high-level programming to ensure Nova Scotia’s $1.5 billion digital technologies industry continues to flourish. 

  • MindSea Logo - GC Page


    I decided, why not? I did have the theory, knowledge and drive.

    To many young people looking for their first job, the idea of reaching out to the CEO of a company they are interested in may seem out of the question. However, Catherine Richardson wants to let others know that not only is this something they should consider doing, but in fact it helped her build her network, her confidence, and in turn, her career.

  • Beaumont and Co Logo - Web

    Beaumont & Co.

    Retaining the thousands of international students who study here, would be huge for Halifax.

    Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Sean and James Court, Beaumont & Co. is a custom exhibit and display manufacturer and distributor and a Game Changers Best Youth Employer winner.

  •  NSCC Logo - GC Webpage

    NSCC - Oceans Tech

    We train these grads just as industry did in the past.

    Thousands of new graduates complete their studies in Halifax each spring and fall, walking away with degrees and excellent theoretical knowledge, but they don’t always have the on-the-job skills that are needed. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is working to bridge this gap.

  • Pattison Logo - GC Page

    pattison outdoor advertising

    My advice for employers is to just take the chance. You will be impressed.

    Prior to becoming a Game Changer, Sherry Kirwan, General Manager of Pattison Outdoor Advertising for the Atlantic Region, says she was skeptical about hiring youth and believed some of the common myths. 

  • Ocean Sonics - GC Page

    ocean sonics

    Everything they do helps our company grow and expand.

    Every student hopes to find a co-op placement or internship that leads to full-time, permanent work. For Pierre, this hope is his reality.

  • EfficiencyOne Logo - GC Page

    natalie irwin

    I teach recent grads how to create a network and expand it.

    Super Connector Award winner, Natalie Irwin, became a Connector in December 2014 and met with five Connectees and has consistently referred participants to contacts in her network.

  • CBCL Logo - GC Page

    CBCL Limited

    If you want to find a career in Halifax, the Connector Program is a great opportunity.

    A Game Changers Award winner for best Connector Organization, CBCL has helped connect new graduates with many engineering contacts and industry networks.

  • Grant Thornton Logo - GC Page

    Grant THorNToN

    At Grant Thornton, we have a culture that is vibrant, evolving and changing.

    Consistently ranked at the top of their industry for Best Workplaces in Canada and a Game Changers Best Youth Employer Award winner, they believe passionately in hiring and retaining youth.

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Hiring youth pays off. Hiring young talent not only helps them gain professional experience, but helps your business and our city grow.

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Offering experiential learning opportunities to students and graduates is a low-cost, low-risk opportunity for your business to explore new talent.

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Gain access to prequalified talent while helping youth build their professional networks and break into the labour force.

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Be a Game Changer.

We need to close the gap and stop our youth from leaving. In Game Changers, every business has a role to play. 

Learn more in our new Game Changers Guide to Hiring Youth. It has the information and resources you need to HIRE young professionals, provide EXPERIENCE through experiential learning opportunities and CONNECT young people to local professional networks and career opportunities in their fields. 


Our city has a wealth of young talent - local and international graduates and young professionals with drive and enthusiasm who can make an incredible impact on your business. We need to help our youth thrive and succeed so they can put down roots here.


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