Halifax Partnership Announces New Director of Innovation Halifax

Posted: November 5, 2021

Patrick Farrar

Director, Innovation Halifax

Halifax Partnership is pleased to announce Patrick Farrar as the new Director of Innovation Halifax. Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for growing startups and scaleups in Canada.

“We are thrilled to have Patrick join our team to continue supporting the rapid growth of startups and scaleups in Halifax. Patrick will work with partners to advance Halifax’s Innovation District while connecting entrepreneurs and established companies to the city’s research and innovation assets and opportunities,” says Wendy Luther, President and CEO of Halifax Partnership.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Patrick led several Canadian startup organizations, including Venture for Canada as COO and the Startup Zone as CEO. Throughout his career, he has advised regions on optimizing their entrepreneurial ecosystems and enhancing supports and training for entrepreneurs.

“I’m excited to support the next phase of growth in Halifax,” says Patrick. “Having grown up here, I’ve seen Halifax evolve and become one of the most sought-after Canadian cities to live in and do business. The city's diversity, economic progress, and innovation ecosystem provide a great foundation for the future development and growth of startups and scaleups.”

Halifax is one of Canada’s most exciting technology and innovation hubs with an Innovation District that has the potential to fuel significant growth of viable startups and scaleup companies. The district is a concentrated area in the heart of Halifax where entrepreneurs, firms, and organizations are connecting and collaborating to generate and accelerate new ideas. It is home to seven post-secondary institutions, multiple startup incubators and innovation hubs, and over 2,000 companies including startups and scaleups in the IT, life sciences, Clean tech, and Ocean tech sectors.

Halifax Partnership is leading the advancement of the Halifax Innovation District with support from the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality and in collaboration with public, private, and post-secondary partners.

Media Contact:
Alison Gillan, APR
Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations & Communications
Halifax Partnership


[email protected]


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