Halifax Partnership Plans Accelerated Growth in Halifax

June 21, 2017

HALIFAX, NS – The Halifax Partnership today at its Annual General Meeting used the backdrop of the new Discovery Centre to share its plan to accelerate economic and population growth in Halifax.

President and CEO Ron Hanlon outlined a plan over the next three years to expand the Partnership’s Sell Halifax program, working with Mayor Mike Savage to attract new business investment and strengthen international partnerships. The AGM also heard that the Partnership will be taking a much more active role in fostering Halifax’s innovation ecosystem in collaboration with private, public, post-secondary and government partners.

“We regard Halifax’s growth goals with a positive sense of urgency. There is great opportunity, but it will take a concerted effort to try new and better ways of doing things,” says Matt Hebb, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Ours is a partnership among private investors, all levels of government, and the community, and this gives us a unique ability and responsibility to help strengthen innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems.”

Ron Hanlon adds, “the elements of success are in place, and the opportunity has never been greater for Halifax to achieve its economic growth targets. The Partnership is excited to be leading the charge to make Halifax the most inclusive, international, opportunistic place for business and people.”

The AGM included the appointment of the 2017-18 Board of Directors and remarks from Chair, Matt Hebb and Mayor Mike Savage. It also included a panel discussion on Accelerating Growth and Innovation in Halifax with panelists Chris Huskilson, President & CEO, Emera Inc.; Tracy Kitch, President and CEO, IWK Health Centre; and Ron Hanlon.

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 and Economic Development at Dalhousie University, was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016-17 for a two-year term. 

Members of the 2017-18 Board of Directors are:

Representing the Private Sector

  • Margaret Brigley, Corporate Research Associates
  • Rob Carruthers, Deloitte
  • Roger Howard, RBC Royal Bank
  • Hector Jacques, Halifax Port Authority
  • Anita Perry, BP Canada Energy Group
  • Winston Morton, Bulletproof Solutions Inc.
  • Donna Alteen, Time+Space Media

Representing the Community at Large

  • Erika Beatty, Screen Nova Scotia
  • Cory Bell, Lindsay Construction
  • Matt Hebb, Dalhousie University, Chair of the Board
  • April Howe, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
  • Ron L’Esperance, Group ATN, Vice Chair of the Board
  • Beste Alpargun, SEAMARK Asset Management Ltd.

Representing Halifax Regional Council

  • Councillor Lorelei Nicoll, HRM
  • Councillor Tony Mancini, HRM

Observers to the Board

  • Ken Martin, ACOA
  • Mayor Mike Savage, HRM
  • Captain Paul Forget, Maritime Forces Atlantic
  • Jacques Dubé, HRM
  • Vacant, Province of Nova Scotia

CLICK HERE to download the Halifax Partnership’s 2016-17 Annual Report.


For more information, please contact:

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Krista Juurlink

Manager, Communications
Halifax Partnership
(902) 490-7105