Province-wide Conference Invites Nova Scotians to "Step Up"

HALIFAX, NS, June 8, 2015 - On June 16, Nova Scotians from all parts of the province will come together in a conversation that invites us all to “Step Up” to the challenge of building our province’s future.

In eleven different communities, people from all walks of life will be linked to a provincial dialogue to help grow a stronger Nova Scotia. The focus of the day will be on inviting Nova Scotians to step up to our challenges and opportunities.

There will be an opportunity to check back in with Ray Ivany and take aim at goals that were contained in the Now or Never Report, as well as explore ideas that were not part of the report.

New research on the attitudes of Nova Scotians will be released. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas in small groups and identify potential collaborators on projects of shared interest. 

Engage Nova Scotia, the Halifax Partnership, the Cape Breton Partnership, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, and many other partners and sponsors have come together to host this unique one-day conference that will showcase success and mobilize change.

“The Stepping Up conference creates an opportunity for all Nova Scotians to discuss how we – individually and collectively - can take actions that will lead to greater economic growth and prosperity in our province,” says Michele McKenzie, Interim President and CEO of the Halifax Partnership. “Together, we can achieve our shared vision for Nova Scotia.”

“Nova Scotia is facing challenges and opportunities that are too complex for any one sector to tackle alone. This conference is about Nova Scotians stepping up to play their part in a new way of getting things done,” says Danny Graham, chief engagement officer of Engage Nova Scotia.

“Partnering in an event such as this makes a lot of sense to us,” says Keith MacDonald, chief executive officer of the Cape Breton Partnership. “Our membership represents the Cape Breton business community, but recognizes that too much time is spent drawing lines around our particular areas of the province, when working together will result in shared success for all of us.”

The conference is taking place simultaneously in Halifax, Sydney, Yarmouth, Truro, Middleton, Antigonish, Amherst, New Glasgow, Greenwich, East Hants, Tatamagouche, with parts of the agenda live streamed from the Halifax Central Library.

Registration is free, but a commitment to attend is required in advance. To sign up, or participate in the conference via live stream, go to


For more information, or to arrange an interview with either Michele McKenzie, Danny Graham or Keith MacDonald contact:

Nancy M Watson

Engage Nova Scotia

(902) 456-3151


Krista Juurlink

Halifax Partnership

(902) 490-7105


Keith MacDonald

Cape Breton Partnership

(902) 562-6059 Office

(902) 565-8577 Mobile