Halifax Partnership Celebrates 20 Years and Announces New Board

 June 27, 2016

The Halifax Partnership held its Annual General Meeting and 20 year anniversary celebration today at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

The meeting included the appointment of the 2016-17 Board of Directors, highlights and results from 2015-16, and remarks from: Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Robin McAdam; newly appointed Chair, Matt Hebb; Halifax Partnership President and CEO, Ron Hanlon; Mayor Mike Savage; and Managing Partner of NATIONAL Public Relations and long-term Partnership investor, Sarah Young.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Halifax Partnership,” said outgoing Chair Robin McAdam. “Today, over 125 private and public sector partners invest in the Partnership and are working together to facilitate economic growth and define Halifax’s future.”

When the Halifax Partnership was created 20 years ago, the business community and the newly formed Halifax Regional Municipality believed it needed a more collaborative, effective approach to economic development – a model that allowed for both private and public sector investment, and engagement, in Halifax’s economic growth.

Then, as now, the Partnership’s mandate is clear: to promote and sell Halifax to our community and the world; to help local businesses prosper and reach their full potential by connecting them to the resources they need; andto keep score on Halifax’s economic progress withtools like the Halifax Index.
The Partnership also leads Halifax’s economic growth agenda. In 2015-16, the organization led the development of Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan for 2016-21 and is now working with partners, investors and stakeholders to execute the plan.

“A more aggressive growth agenda is needed to ensure a bright future for Halifax. A status quo approach won’t do,” said Ron Hanlon, President and CEO of the Partnership. “It’s time to kick Halifax’s economic growth into high gear, and for the public and private sectors to work together with a positive sense of urgency.”

The Partnership is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors representing a diverse cross section of Halifax business, government and community leaders. Matt Hebb, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations at Dalhousie University, was appointed Chair of the Board for 2016-17.  Members of the
2016-17 Board of Directors are:

Representing the Private Sector:
•    Robin McAdam, Emera Inc., Past Chair
•    Margaret Brigley, Corporate Research Associates
•    Rob Carruthers, Deloitte
•    Roger Howard, RBC Financial Group
•    Hector Jacques, Halifax Port Authority
•    Anita Perry, BP Canada Energy Group
•    Maureen Reid, BoardWorks Consulting Inc.

Representing the Community at Large:
•    Erika Beatty, Screen Nova Scotia
•    Cory Bell, Lindsay Construction
•    Jennifer Gillivan, IWK Foundation
•    Matt Hebb, Dalhousie University, Chair of the Board
•    Ron L’Esperance, Group ATN

Representing Halifax Regional Council
•    Councillor Lorelei Nicoll, HRM
•    Councillor Tim Outhit, HRM

Observers to the Board
•    Peter Hogan, ACOA
•    Mayor Mike Savage, HRM
•    Captain Chris Sutherland, Maritime Forces Atlantic
•    John Traves, HRM
•    Vacant, Nova Scotia Department of Business

To download the Halifax Partnership’s 20th anniversary magazine, which includes the 2015-16 annual report, visit: http://www.halifaxpartnership.com/en/home/about-us/annual-reports.aspx

Media Contact:

Krista Juurlink
Manager, Communications  
Halifax Partnership
(o) 902-490-7105