What’s next for Halifax? According to the Halifax Partnership, continued growth in innovation, immigration and entrepreneurship

September 25, 2018

HALIFAX, NS – The Halifax Partnership held its Annual General Meeting today at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott Hotel, where they shared what's next for Halifax and celebrated achievements in innovation, immigration and entrepreneurship. Over 180 investors, business leaders and community members attended.


“Halifax is undergoing dramatic shifts and moving forward in bigger and bolder ways,” says John Rogers, Halifax Partnership’s Interim President & CEO. “Together, we are driving a more innovative culture and increasing efforts to sell Halifax globally to attract new business, investment, and highly skilled international talent that can support existing ventures and develop new ones.”
The Halifax Partnership is working with its investors, partners and the community towards Halifax’s ambitious vision to grow the city’s population to 550,000 and its GDP to $30 billion by 2031. It will also continue to accelerate innovation and immigration and sell Halifax in global markets. “Halifax has the potential to emerge as one of the top cities of its size in North America for innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Matt Hebb, Chair of the Halifax Partnership’s Board of Directors.
The Annual General Meeting included the appointment of the 2018-19 Board of Directors and remarks from Board Chair, Matt Hebb; Interim President & CEO, John Rogers; and Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta.

The Partnership is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors representing a diverse cross section of Halifax business, government and community leaders. Matt Hebb, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016-17 for a two-year term. His term has been extended until the appointment of a permanent President & CEO later this year.
Members of the 2018-19 Board of Directors are:
  • Matt Hebb, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, Chair of the Board
  • Ron L’Esperance, Group ATN, Vice Chair of the Board
  • Beste Alpargun, Seamark Asset Management Ltd.
  • Donna Alteen, Time + Space Media
  • Cory Bell, Lindsay Construction
  • Margaret Brigley, Corporate Research Associates
  • Rob Carruthers, Deloitte
  • April Howe, NS Public Service Commission
  • Hector Jacques, Halifax Port Authority
  • Winston Morton, SimpTek Inc.
Representing Halifax Regional Council
  • Councillor Lorelei Nicoll, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Councillor Tony Mancini, Halifax Regional Municipality
Observers to the Board
  • Chuck Maillet, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Captain (N) D.E. Mazur, CD, Maritime Forces Atlantic
  • Jacques Dubé, Halifax Regional Municipality
To download the Halifax Partnership’s 2017-18 Annual Report, visit: Annual Reports - Halifax Partnership


For more information, please contact:

Alison-Gillan    Alison Gillan
VP, Marketing, PR & Communications
Halifax Partnership
(902) 719-6797


About Halifax Partnership:

The Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s public-private economic development organization. The Partnership drives and accelerates economic growth by selling and marketing Halifax to the world, helping businesses reach their full potential and tracking Halifax’s economic progress. The Partnership’s network of over 115 influential and globally connected partners are committed to building a thriving, prosperous Halifax. www.halifaxpartnership.com.