Halifax Partnership Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors and Launches Emerging Leaders and Innovators Advisory Board

Posted: June 30, 2022

Alison Gillan, APR, CMP

Vice President, Marketing & Communications


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Halifax, NS - June 30, 2022 - Halifax Partnership held its 2022 Annual General Meeting today at the Halifax Convention Centre with over 100 Investors, business leaders, and community members in attendance.

The Partnership shared results and achievements from 2021-2022 and announced its 2022-2023 Board of Directors and its inaugural Emerging Leaders and Innovators Advisory Board. Halifax Partnership’s team and network of private, public, and post-secondary investors and partners collectively helped hundreds of businesses, residents, and communities throughout the municipality recover from the pandemic and succeed last year.

“Halifax Partnership’s business intelligence and economic expertise combined with our connected and collaborative network of investors and partners are incredible advantages that drive growth and prosperity in our city,” says Wendy Luther, President and CEO of Halifax Partnership. “As we embark on implementing Halifax’s new five-year economic strategy, we’ll continue working together to achieve our shared vision of an inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous Halifax for all.”

During the AGM, four of 17 winners from the Halifax Innovation Outpost’s recent food and climate action challenges pitched their ideas and prototypes to improve security and decarbonize the Halifax economy. Presenting organizations included: One North End and The ReCover Initiative, Hope Blooms’ Solar Awnings, Hope Blooms’ Digital Currency Point of Sale (POS), and Easy Platter.

The Annual General Meeting, led by Rob Carruthers, outgoing Chair of the Board, included the appointment of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors. Halifax Partnership is governed by a 19 member Board of Directors representing a diverse cross section of Halifax business, government, and community leaders.

Cory Bell, Former Vice Chair of Halifax Partnership’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Economic Strategy Advisory Committee, was elected Chair of the Board. Cory is the President and CEO of Lindsay Construction and has been named a five-time Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business Magazine.

“I truly believe that Halifax’s new inclusive economic strategy will help build a better city for both business and residents over the next five years and beyond,” says Bell. “Our ability to deliver on that promise hinges on all of us working together, and the private sector has a significant role to play. I’m excited to serve as Halifax Partnership’s new Chair of the Board, and I encourage the private sector to join the Partnership’s network and be part of building a better Halifax.”

Halifax Partnership’s Board of Directors also announced its inaugural Emerging Leaders and Innovators Advisory Board. This new board will provide business and community leaders aged 40 and under an opportunity to act as an advisory council, bringing new and diverse perspectives to the organization and its Board of Directors.

Members of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors

  • Cory Bell – Board Chair, President, Lindsay Construction
  • Donna Alteen – Vice Chair, CEO, Time & Space Media Ltd.
  • Sarah Buckle - Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer, EfficiencyOne
  • Carrie Cussons - President & CEO, Events East Group
  • Patrick Fitzgerald – Partner, Cox & Palmer
  • Andrea Forbes-Hurley - Managing Partner, KBRS
  • Mike Johnston - Founder & CEO, REDspace
  • David Landrigan - Vice President, Nova Scotia Power
  • Louis Lawen – President & CEO, Lawen Group
  • Winston Morton – Chief Technology Officer, SimpTek Inc.
  • Vinita Savani - RBC Regional President, Atlantic Canada, RBC
  • Anita Swamy – Vice President, Operations, Medavie Blue Cross

Representing Halifax Regional Council:

  • Waye Mason – Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Paul Russell – Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Observers to the Board

  • Mike Savage - Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Jacques Dubé – Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Scott Farmer – Deputy Minister, NS Department of Economic Development
  • Chuck Maillet – Vice President, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Captain Sean Williams - Base Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic

Members of the 2022-23 Emerging Leaders and Innovators Advisory Board

  • Rilla Banks, Lawyer, Municipal Group of Companies
  • Peter Gale, Chief Commercial Officer, ReelData, A.I.
  • Alyssa Hill, Senior Manager, KPMG
  • Tianshu Huang, Director, Data Science, SimpTek
  • Sharon Ishimwe, Executive Director, MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning
  • Jeff Kielbratowski, Co-founder, Harbr
  • Mitchell MacLellan, Wealth Management Consultant, Owens MacFadyen Group
  • Nicole MacNeil, Manager, Talent Management, Irving Shipbuilding, Inc.
  • Katie Newcombe, Manager, Organizational Development, Davis Pier Consulting
  • Mrugakshee Palwe, CoHost & Business Developer, Go Full Crypto
  • Elizabeth Smith, Alexander Keith’s Brewery Sales Manager, Labatt Breweries of Canada

Download the Halifax Partnership’s 2021-22 Annual Report: https://halifaxpartnership.com.



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