Meet Our Team

We are a team of business advisors, economists, investment attraction specialists, and champions of Halifax.

Executive Team

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Wendy Luther, MBA, CITP

President & CEO

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Wendy Luther, MBA, CITP

President & CEO

Joining the Halifax Partnership as President & CEO in June 2019, Wendy leads the organization toward achieving the Halifax Economic Growth Plan’s ambitious goals of growing our population to 550,000 and GDP to $30 billion by 2031. She is a champion for Halifax, bringing public-private sector leadership experience in representing Halifax and Nova Scotia nationally and internationally. Wendy is passionate about building deep, collaborative relationships with the business community, our investors, and other stakeholders to support what the Partnership does best – playing a leading role in positioning Halifax as a city of the future, where businesses and people thrive.

What excites Wendy most about Halifax is that it is a magnet for young people and a catalyst for vibrant businesses.

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Ruth Cunningham

Senior Vice President, Programs & Operations

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Ruth Cunningham

Senior Vice President, Programs & Operations

Ruth has overall operational and implementation responsibility for the Partnership’s business plan, short and long-projects, and initiatives. As a thought leader within the organization, she fosters a culture that encourages excellence in client service, innovation, high performance and deep collaboration with businesses and communities. Ruth brings over 25 years of broad public and private sector experience in corporate governance, project management, and marketing and communications to her role.

What excites Ruth most about Halifax is the possibilities - it takes great people to make great things happen, and we have the vision and fearless tenacity to get it done!

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Tanya Walters

Corporate Liaison

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Tanya Walters

Corporate Liaison

As Corporate Liaison, Tanya's role is two-fold: Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and Corporate Secretary to a 19 member Board of Directors. Tanya has been with Halifax Partnership since 2005 and has over 13 years of governance and senior administrative experience.

What excites Tanya most about Halifax is the cool city vibe coupled with Maritimes hospitality - including a variety of beaches a mere 30 minutes away from the downtown core.

Corporate Services

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Karen Reinhardt, CPA, CA

Director, Corporate Services

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Karen Reinhardt, CPA, CA

Director, Corporate Services

With over 30 years experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant in public, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Karen is the Director of Corporate Services with Halifax Partnership. She oversees the financial and risk management, human resource strategy and implementation, and information technology processes.

What excites Karen most about Halifax is the energy - it transfers to optimism and action, which benefits-all ages, cultures and abilities.

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Angela Cochrane

Accounting Coordinator

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Angela Cochrane

Accounting Coordinator

As the Accounting Coordinator, Angela works closely with the Director of Corporate Services to manage accounting and finances. She has a comprehensive background in customer service and has worked in various accounting departments over the past 20 years.

What excites Angela most about Halifax is the growing economy and diverse, ever-changing population. She believes it’s a beautiful city that is perfect for both professional and personal living.

Investment, Trade & International Partnerships

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Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

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Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

Nancy brings considerable insight and leadership to the Halifax Partnership strategic business attraction and local business support team. She has worked with companies from every sector of the economy and shares her insights about Halifax with companies around the globe. Nancy provides strategic management to Halifax's international relationships including the World Energy Cities Partnership an organization comprised of 19 of the world's leading energy capitals who are committed to fostering the transition to a more sustainable energy future. As well, Nancy is a current board member of the Consider Canada Cities Alliance (CCCA) a national organization comprised of 14 of Canada’s largest regions who are focused on positioning Canada as the preferred location for foreign investment and trade. Nancy is a graduate of both Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent University and is an Alum of the US Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

What excites Nancy most about Halifax is that it's a great time to be selling and promoting Halifax, it feels like the city has unlimited potential.

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Jason Guidry

Director, Trade & International Partnerships

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Jason Guidry

Director, Trade & International Partnerships

Jason works one-on-one with businesses to help connect them to the resources and partners they need to succeed and prosper. He uses his public and private sector experience in business retention and expansion, investment attraction, and sector development to make Halifax a welcoming place for businesses, and assists with their integration into the Halifax business community. Jason’s Acadian roots give him the ability to serve businesses in both French and English.

What excites Jason most about Halifax is that it offers him and his family the opportunity to live a rural lifestyle at the very edge of suburbia, and yet be so close to everything the city has to offer.

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Minder Singh

Senior Account Executive, Commercialization, SmartBusiness Program

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Minder Singh

Senior Account Executive, Commercialization, SmartBusiness Program

With over 20 years of international business and consultancy experience, Minder works to connect the local business community with partners and resources that can help them overcome obstacles and seize opportunities for business success in Halifax. He specializes in research and development commercialization. Minder is fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Malay/Bahasa, and Tamil.

What excites Minder most about Halifax is its bright future.

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Hector Fraser

Senior Account Executive, SmartBusiness Program

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Hector Fraser

Senior Account Executive, SmartBusiness Program

Hector is a trusted business advisor who brings more than 10 years experience in public and private sector account management and sales to his role. He proactively and strategically promotes Halifax’s low business costs, highly educated workforce, and thriving industry sectors to national and international companies that could benefit from having a Halifax location.

What excites Hector most about Halifax is the increased optimism and collaboration and how companies from all over the world are seeing Halifax as a location to do business.

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Al Tek

Business Attraction Executive

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Al Tek

Business Attraction Executive

Al is a seasoned business professional bringing 12+ years of business growth, innovation, and technology transformation experience working with Halifax-based businesses. He attracts national and international businesses to Halifax with its’ value proposition of Talent, Location, Cost – Innovation (TLC+I) and collaborates with the public/private sector, education institutes, and sector organizations, to maximize business connectivity, relationships, and growth. Al speaks English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Teochew.

What excites Al most about Halifax is its future in the blue and green economy.

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Dolores Atwood

Account Executive, SmartBusiness

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Dolores Atwood

Account Executive, SmartBusiness

Dolores is a dedicated community advocate and is passionate about seeing growth in her community. An avid volunteer, Dolores has served on numerous local, provincial, and national boards. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the top 25 immigrants in the Maritimes by “My Halifax Experience".

With more than 20 years of experience working on immigration, education, community, and economic development issues in rural Nova Scotia, Dolores has equipped herself with a special skill set fitting her role as Account Executive for Rural SmartBusiness at Halifax Partnership.

What excites Dolores most about Halifax is experiencing the multi-cultural vitality that comes from the city's growth and diversification.

Investor Relations & Service

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Amy Stewart

Director, Investor Relations & Service

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Amy Stewart

Director, Investor Relations & Service

With significant expertise in marketing, business development and strategic relations across public and private sectors, Amy oversees key business and investor relationships for the Halifax Partnership. Formerly, head of sales for The National Film Board of Canada, Amy has extensive capability navigating relationships across public and private spaces. She is skilled in facilitating conversations among and between diverse audiences to achieve shared desired outcomes.

What excites Amy most about Halifax is witnessing unprecedented collaborative energies among Halifax leaders as we forge ahead toward our shared vision of the vibrant, confident global city Halifax is becoming.

African Nova Scotian Communities

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Carolann Wright

Director, Capacity Building & Strategic Initiatives African Nova Scotian Communities

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Carolann Wright

Director, Capacity Building & Strategic Initiatives African Nova Scotian Communities

Carolann is a trained facilitator and mediator with over 30 years’ experience in the economic development sectors in Halifax, Toronto, South Africa and now Ghana. She works with the African Nova Scotian Community in the areas of strategic, community and business planning and labour market development.

What excites Carolann most about Halifax is that it is the home of the oldest population in Canada of Africans in the diaspora.

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Terry Dixon

Program Coordinator, African Nova Scotian Connector Program

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Terry Dixon

Terry is the Coordinator of the African Nova Scotian Connector Program. He connects African Nova Scotian graduates in Halifax to a wide network of business leaders in order to increase their representation in the workforce.

With a depth of experience in community development and leadership, Terry has worked as the Director of the Community YMCA and, most recently, as a Job Developer for YMCA and Nova Scotia Works. Additionally, he is an avid community volunteer, acting as the founding member of the North End Business Association and serving as a past board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Black Business Initiative.

What excites Terry the most about Halifax is the city’s continued growth in the diversification of its population.

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Jenée Jarvis

Program Coordinator, Capacity Building and Strategic Initiatives

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Jenée Jarvis

Program Coordinator, Capacity Building and Strategic Initiatives

Jenée has a background in office administration, but her heart and passion is in community work. As program coordinator she supports the work of the African Nova Scotian Road to Economic Prosperity and all of the committees completing this work. She is responsible for the management of special projects, event logistics, meetings, and everyday office tasks.

Jenée worked in government for over 10 years which giving her an understanding of policies and practices used by each level of government. Her work with and on behalf of her community contributes to the strength of her work with the Halifax Partnership and the African Nova Scotian Road to Economic Prosperity.

What excites Jenée most about Halifax is the rich African Nova Scotian history.

Marketing & Communications

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Alison Gillan, APR

Vice President, Marketing, PR & Communications

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Alison Gillan, APR

Vice President, Marketing, PR & Communications

Alison is a senior marketing, communications and public relations strategist who has spent more than 25 years working with companies in Halifax and across Atlantic Canada. She specializes in stakeholder engagement that deepens the Partnership’s relationships with partners, investors and business leaders. She leads the marketing and communications team as they promote Halifax and the Partnership's successful programs locally and around the world.

What excites Alison most about Halifax is that she's meeting new people with great new ideas everywhere across this city.

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Krista Juurlink

Director, Marketing Communications & Strategic Initiatives

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Krista Juurlink

Director, Marketing Communications & Strategic Initiatives

Krista is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic marketing and communications activities and initiatives, including corporate communications, stakeholder relations, media relations, events and special projects. Her specialized training and experience in economic development, investment attraction marketing and international development influences the strategies and programs she delivers. She is the winner of an International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award of Excellence for her Partnership communications work.

What excites Krista most about Halifax is the energy on the streets and how we’re welcoming more young people and newcomers every day who see Halifax as a place of opportunity where they can live their best life.

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Inzamul Rakib

Digital Marketing Strategist

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Inzamul Rakib

Digital Marketing Strategist

After completing his M.A. (Communications) in 2019 from Mount Saint Vincent University, Rakib, along with his wife and daughter decided to call Halifax home. Rakib is primarily responsible for selling Halifax to both local and global audiences through web and digital marketing initiatives. His expertise includes marketing strategy, campaign management, content development, and marketing automation. Rakib loves helping students with their career-related inquiries. He also guides enthusiasts who want to pursue their higher studies in Canada.

What excites most Rakib about Halifax is its calm nature, beautiful landscapes, and most importantly, the way immigrants get a warm welcome from the city and its amazing people.

Research & Economic Analysis

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Ian Munro

Chief Economist

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Ian Munro

Chief Economist

As Chief Economist, Ian manages the Partnership’s research strategy to provide timely economic intelligence and analysis on the Halifax economy. He leads our team of economic researchers and policy analysts and draws from more than 25 years as a professional economist in both the public and private sectors.

What excites Ian most about Halifax is that the prevailing mood is now one of optimism.

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Paul Jacob

Economist & Policy Analyst

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Paul Jacob

Economist & Policy Analyst

For nearly a decade, Paul has worked as an Economist and Policy Analyst with the Partnership, cultivating an in-depth knowledge of Halifax and its business climate. He works to ensure a rigorous standard of factual accuracy and acts as an advisor and analyst on special projects with our teams. He specializes in breaking down complex data and subjects and communicating them in a way that is easy to understand.

What excites Paul most about Halifax is seeing the tide of educated newcomers and young people find professional jobs in Halifax.

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Jigme Choerab

Economist & Business Attraction Researcher

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Jigme Choerab

Economist & Business Attraction Researcher

Jigme’s role as Economist & Business Attraction Researcher supports both the economic research and the outward facing business attraction teams with information gathering, economic analysis, and data reporting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the City University of New York, and a Master’s in Applied Economics from SMU.

What excites Jigme most about Halifax is the plethora of opportunities that the city provides to newcomers. He has never felt more at home anywhere else on earth.

Innovation District

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Patrick Farrar

Director, Innovation Halifax

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Patrick Farrar

Director, Innovation Halifax

As a startup consultant and mentor for several businesses across Canada, Patrick has helped launch and foster several growth startups, supporting efforts in raising millions in financing. Attending Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden, the top school in the world for research on Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Patrick developed research on growing long-standing, thriving businesses.

What excites Patrick about Halifax is how it has continued to evolve and grow into one of the most sought-after Canadian cities to live in.

Labour Market Development

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Robyn Webb

Director, Labour Market Development & Executive Director, National Connector Program

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Robyn Webb

Director, Labour Market Development & Executive Director, National Connector Program

Robyn leads the Partnership's talent attraction and retention initiatives and teams, including the award-winning Connector Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. With a strong business acumen and considerable sales and recruitment experience, Robyn has advanced communication skills that allow her to actively engage all levels of decision makers and build productive relationships with a diverse client base. As the Executive Director of the National Connector Program Robyn partners with and supports Canadian communities and industry associations interested in launching the Connector Program.

What excites Robyn most about Halifax is the vibrancy created by the 35,000 students attending our universities and colleges.

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Nathan Laird

Program Manager, Connector Program

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Nathan Laird

Program Manager, Connector Program

Nathan manages the day to day operations of the Partnership's award-winning Connector Program. Now in its 10th year, the program helps recent grads and newcomers to the city build their professional networks by connecting them to business leaders across many sectors. With almost 15 years working with Fortune 500 firms in business development and management roles, matched with his experience managing a recruiting company and being involved in hundreds of interviews, Nathan is able to provide real world tips to the program's Connectees to improve their job search efforts.

What excites Nathan most about Halifax is the city's unmistakable energy and working to help to secure Halifax's long term future.

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Alida Campbell

Manager, National Connector Program

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Alida Campbell

Manager, National Connector Program

With a background in Community Development and International Higher Education, Alida has a decade of experience helping communities and individuals develop their resiliency. As the National Connector Program Manager, she supports connector communities across Canada, and Internationally, ensuring they benefit from the program. Her focus is always on helping people access tools and supports so they can thrive wherever they choose to call home. A proud Rotarian and Youth Exchange Alumni, Alida knows the power of a network, and how beneficial it can be throughout one’s life.

What excites Alida most about Halifax is its robust culture. Whatever you want to eat, see, visit, learn about, or explore, Halifax will have just what you are looking for.

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Nishka Rajesh

Employer Engagement Specialist

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Nishka Rajesh

Employer Engagement Specialist

Being a young graduate and immigrant, Nishka is passionate about helping others like her. She matches young grads, international students and immigrants to professionals who already have an established career in Halifax. Nishka has lived in three different countries and speaks five languages - English, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Japanese.

What excites Nishka most about Halifax is the growth in diversity!

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Celia Deer

Account Executive, Atlantic Immigration Program

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Celia Deer

Account Executive, Atlantic Immigration Program

As a Program Coordinator for the Partnership's Connector Program, Celia connects recent and local graduates, immigrants, and newcomers (Connectees) with businesses and community leaders (Connectors) in their industry of interest. She brings with her 19 years of customer service experience with the Bank of Nova Scotia, enhancing her capacity to connect with people and form meaningful relationships. Her personal mantra is “to be the best part of somebody’s day”, as she is passionate about helping and being of service to others.

What excites Celia most about Halifax is the melting pot of cultures and the potential it has to grow from the diverse experiences these cultures have to offer.

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Thomas Martin

Program Coordinator, Connector Program

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Thomas Martin

Program Coordinator, Connector Program

As a Program Coordinator for the Partnership's Connector Program, Thomas connects recent and local graduates, immigrants, and newcomers (Connectees) with businesses and community leaders (Connectors) in their industry of interest. As a soon-to-be graduate from the MTEI program at Saint Mary’s University, Thomas aims to leverage his experience in project management and business development to help students and newcomers uncover the wealth of opportunities Halifax offers. Knowing that not every path is the same when coming to a new city, his experiences will help Connectees expand their networks and build meaningful connections in Halifax.

What excites Thomas most about Halifax is how quickly the city is growing, especially the growth of the technology sector.

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