Halifax Partnership Presents 2014-15 Results and Appoints New Board of Directors

HALIFAX, NS, June 25, 2015 – The Halifax Partnership held its Annual General Meeting today at the Westin Nova Scotian. The meeting included reappointment of Robin McAdam, Vice President of Major Developments at Emera, as Chair.

The Partnership had a very successful year attracting, retaining and growing business, talent and investment in Halifax. The organization achieved 93% of its business plan objectives and 100% of Halifax’s economic strategy targets for a total organizational performance of 96% in 2014-15.

As Halifax’s economic development organization, the Halifax Partnership leads the development and implementation of Halifax’s Economic Strategy. The city’s current five year strategy – AGREATERHalifax – expires this year. Year-end results for 2014-15 were:

Outcome Measures Unit Level (2014) % Change

Grow Business Tax Base $ Millions $7,400  |  6.5%  |  4 of 4 targets achieved

Grow Employment Levels Thousands 222.8  |  0.3%

Grow Personal Income Per Capita  $42,121  |  2.3%

Grow the Population Thousands 414.4  |  1.1%

Interim President and CEO, Michele McKenzie, reported on the Partnership’s 2014-15 business plan results and major activities. The 2014-15 annual report can be downloaded at www.halifaxpartnership.com/annualreport

Board Chair, Robin McAdam closed the meeting by providing highlights from the 2015-16 Business Plan, A Time for Bold Action. A key priority for the Partnership this fiscal year is increasing and strengthening private sector leadership in economic growth. The Partnership will work closely with its investors and the larger business community to launch the Game Changer Action Plan – a private sector response to the oneNS Report – and to develop Halifax’s 2016-21 economic strategy.

“The Partnership firmly believes that economic growth and prosperity is created by the private sector,” said McAdam. “As a private-public economic development organization, the organization is uniquely positioned to strengthen private sector leadership, investment and engagement in growing Halifax’s economy and achieving the goals outlined in the oneNS Report.”

The following Board Members were appointed at the annual general meeting:

Representing the private sector investors of the organization:

* Robin McAdam – Vice President, Major Developments, Emera (Chair of the Board of Directors)

* Margaret Brigley – President & COO, Corporate Research Associates

* Rob Carruthers – Partner, Deloitte

* Roger Howard – Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Financial Group

* Hector Jacques –Board Director, Halifax Port Authority

* Anita Perry – Vice President, Government and Public Affairs and Regional Manager, NS, BP Canada Energy

* Maureen Reid – Corporate Secretary, The Shaw Group Limited

Representing the community at large:

* Erika Beatty – Independent Producer and Project Manager

* Jennifer Gillivan – President and CEO, IWK Foundation

* Matt Hebb – Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, Dalhousie University

* April Howe – Career Solutions Practice Leader, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

* Ronald L’Esperance - Managing Partner, Group ATN and President, ATN Consultants, Inc.

* Peter Spurway – Vice President, Corporate Communications and Airport Experience, Halifax International Airport Authority (Past Chair of the Board of Directors)

Representing Halifax Regional Council:

* Gloria McCluskey – Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

* Lorelei Nicoll – Deputy Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Ex-officio (Non-voting Members)


* Mike Savage - Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

* Richard Butts - Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality

* Peter Hogan - Vice President, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

* Captain Chris Sutherland - Base Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic

* Catherine Woodman - Deputy Minister, Department of Business

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About the Halifax Partnership

The Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s economic development organization. It helps keep, grow and get business, talent and investment in Halifax. It does this through leadership on economic issues, its core programs and partnerships across all sectors, and by marketing Halifax to the world. www.halifaxpartnership.com

Media Contact:

Krista Juurlink Manager, Communications Halifax Partnership

490-7105 (o) 223-9170 (c) 

kjuurlink@halifaxpartnership.com