NSCC Student Wins #HireMeHalifax Pitch Competition

HALIFAX, NS – The Halifax Partnership is pleased to announce that Matthew Burton has won the Game Changers #HireMeHalifax competition with the top prize of $1,000. Matthew, an NSCC finance student, was selected from 10 finalists who pitched themselves to Halifax employers live at the #HireMeHalifax event on March 27.

Nick Punjabi won second place ($300), and Madeline Jewers won third place ($200). The winners' and finalists' pitches can be viewed here.

Enthusiastic students and recent graduates submitted their best elevator pitch videos to the Game Changers #HireMeHalifax contest held in February. Ten young professionals were chosen to deliver their pitches live to a judging panel at the #HireMeHalifax event held yesterday. Over 200 students, recent graduates, and business leaders attended.

"Our city has a wealth of young talent: local and international graduates as well as young professionals with drive and enthusiasm who can make an incredible impact on businesses.” says Ron Hanlon, President and CEO of the Halifax Partnership. “We need to help our young talent thrive and succeed so they can put down roots here. We need to take the lead on being recognized as a place for young people to start a business or find a job. It is key to a successful future.”

The Partnership also released the 2018 edition of the Game Changers Guide to Hiring Youth yesterday, providing the Halifax business community with the information and connections they need to hire and provide opportunities for young talent in Halifax. To view the guide, visit: To view the guide, visit: HalifaxGameChangers.com.


#HireMeHalifax Winners and Finalist Profiles


Matthew Burton
Matthew is a driven and determined finance student in his final semester at NSCC. With his military background and the ability to learn and adapt quickly, he's ready for the challenges ahead. 

Nick Punjabi
Nick is a global citizen with East and West Indian heritage. An ambitious digital and communications graduate, Nick is a Venture for Canada Fellow and has worked with Fusion Halifax and RBC.

Madeline Jewers
Madeline is a self-motivated soon-to-be graduate from NSCC with a diploma in Finance. She is passionate about sharing her financial advising and planning knowledge to improve quality of life for others.


Additional Finalists

Stephen Smith
A recent graduate with a PhD in history from Queen’s, Stephen is excited for a future in Halifax. With extensive work experience in tour guiding and education, he could be just what you’re looking for.

Molly Marcott
Molly is a self-proclaimed “communications geek” with a passion for storytelling. Graduating from the Dalhousie Bachelor of Commerce program this spring, she is eager to put her skills in marketing to the test.

Sam Levac-Levey
Sam is a mechanical engineer who is passionate about fighting climate change. He has designed rocket parts, robots, drones, and more. He runs a happiness group and has lead teams of more than 30 people.

Lorenzo Gallardo
Lorenzo will be graduating from NSCC Ivany campus with a Business Administration diploma, and a concentration in entrepreneurship. As co-president of his school’s Enactus team, he has developed leadership, marketing, and entrepreneurial skills.


Chad LeRue
Chad is graduating from Dalhousie with a Mechanical Engineering degree in May. His passion is renewable energy. He has experience working in a battery research lab and leading a society dedicated to renewable energy projects.

Adrienne Motas
Adrienne will be graduating from NSCC this year with an Accounting Degree and CPA. She is passionate in the business environment and working hard to achieve a successful career and bright future.

Lu Xu
Storyteller Lu learned multimedia and writing skills from her journalism degree at the University of King’s College. She’s bilingual in Mandarin and English, and culturally adaptable with extensive international working experience.


Media Contact:

Brittany Warren 
Communications Specialist 
Halifax Partnership 
O: 902-490-8928