Halifax Partnership Announces Winners of 2017 Game Changers Awards at Gala

October 31, 2017

The Halifax Partnership is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Game Changers Awards, recognizing exceptional Halifax employers and Connectors who demonstrate leadership in hiring youth, providing meaningful experiential learning opportunities and inspiring others to take action in retaining youth. The awards were presented at the Game Changers Awards Gala last night, with over 300 guests in attendance.

“We are pleased to be able to celebrate the outstanding businesses and individuals who support our youth with the Game Changers Awards Gala. Together, we are changing the game for our youth, our city and our province,” said Ron Hanlon, President & CEO of the Halifax Partnership.

This year, the Partnership received over 100 nominations for the Game Changers Awards. Nine awards were presented at the gala. The recipients are:

Best Youth Employer Awards:

  • AGADA Biosciences Inc. (small business category)
  • Spring Loaded Technology (medium business category)
  • Citco (Canada) Inc. (large business category)

Experiential Learning Awards:

  • Halifax Refugee Clinic (small business category)
  • Kinduct Technologies (medium business category)
  • Stantec Consulting Inc. (large business category)

Connector Program Awards:

  • Best Super Connector Award - Chris O'Shea, BDC
  • Best Super Connector Award - Shelagh McCorry, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Best Connector Organization - NATIONAL Public Relations

Presented by TD, the Game Changers Youth Retention Action Plan is a private-sector driven initiative to retain young talent in Nova Scotia. Its ambitious goal is to reduce the province's net annual youth outmigration to 0 by 2019. 

“I recently moved to Halifax, and the young professionals that I’ve had the opportunity to meet so far are outstanding. It's important to identify ways to retain this talent so they can continue benefitting the city,” said Scott Belton, Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust – Atlantic Region.
Since Game Changers began, net interprovincial outmigration of youth aged 20-29 has improved dramatically. In 2014-15 it was 1,500. In 2015-16, we saw net 222 youth leave the province. This was an unprecedented improvement for our region. Last year’s outmigration estimate is currently 231, showing the start of a positive trend more young people staying in Nova Scotia.

“We at the Halifax Partnership are so proud of our province’s progress to date, and it is thanks to our business community,” said Hanlon. “We’re making great strides, and we need to keep the momentum going.”


Media Contact:

Brittany Warren
Communications Specialist
Halifax Partnership
o: 902.490.8928