4Front Atlantic Conference

About 4Front 2013: How

On May 30, 2013 the business community, from leaders of established companies to our emerging innovative professionals, committed to action. Panel discussions, keynote speakers and breakout sessions covered how we can work together to move the needle in Atlantic Canada, and see real, positive economic change.

The 4Front Action Plan details 15 things you can do on an individual level or a corporate level to help our region succeed in the changing global marketplace. Read the Action Plan and commit to action today. To continue today’s momentum, in one year’s time, the 4Front Steering Committee will release a report card detailing how we’re performing as a region on what we’ve outlined in 2013.


2013 Speakers

The Right Honourable David Johnston

Governor General of Canada

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company

Cathy Bennett

CEO and owner of Bennett Group of Companies

John Bragg

President and Co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

George Cooper

President and vice chancellor at the University of King’s College

David Finlayson

National Marketing Manager with Climate Technical Gear

Dr. Richard Florizone

Future President of Dalhousie University

Stephen Hartlen

Assistant Vice President, (Industry Relations) and Executive Director, Dalhousie University

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch

Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group

Peter Mansbridge

Chief Correspondent/Anchor

Karen Oldfield

President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

Gerry Pond

Chairman, Mariner Partners Inc.

Mark Sherman

General Manager Refining, Irving Oil

Ian Smith

Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Seafoods (Clearwater)

John Risley

President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated

Ian Thompson

Associate Publisher, The Chronicle Herald


Welcome and Introduction

John Bragg, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

Overview and programme for the rest of the day

George Cooper, President of the University of King’s College and Counsel, McInnes Cooper

Keynote Address

Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey

Panel Discussion-Key Issues/Recommendations from the Topic Leads

Moderated by Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC News and Anchor of The National

  1. Talent: Mark Sherman, General Manager Refining, Irving Oil
  2. Innovation & Productivity: Stephen Hartlen, Assistant Vice President, (Industry Relations) and Executive Director, Dalhousie University
  3. Going Global: Ian Smith, CEO Clearwater Seafoods Ltd.
  4. Access to Capital: Gerry Pond, Chairman, Mariner Partners Inc.
  5. Government: Cathy Bennett, President of Bennett Group of Companies and George Cooper, President of the University of King’s College and Counsel, McInnes Cooper


Emerging Leader’s Panel

Moderated by Karen Oldfield, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Halifax Port Authority

Young Leaders panel discuss the recommendations, expected impact and their individual commitments/expectations

Singing of O Canada and Introduction of The Right Honourable David Johnston

Luncheon Address

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston

Buffet Lunch

Introduction of Declaration of Action

John Risley, Director & Co-Founder, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.

Breakout Sessions and Galleria Walk

Participants indicate their support of the initiatives and specific actions they will take to support the initiatives.

Panel – Continuing the Momentum

Moderated by Peter Mansbridge with Ian Thompson, Associate Publisher, Halifax Chronicle Herald; David Finlayson, National Marketing Manager, Climate Technical Gear; Richard Florizone, President Elect, Dalhousie University; Dominic Barton; Kevin Lynch and John Risley

Closing Remarks and Thank you to 4Front Atlantic Conference Participants

John Bragg, George Cooper and Kevin Lynch.

Conference News

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Immigration a buoy for Atlantic Canada

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Can the east coast economy be revived?

It’s been more than four decades since Kevin Lynch left Cape Breton Island to pursue a career that would carry him to the top of the federal civil service, as clerk of the Privy Council. Atlantic Canada, meanwhile, has remained…

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Media Contacts

Emily Farlow

NATIONAL Public Relations
(902) 425-1860

Sandra Goodwin

McInnes Cooper
(902) 444-8438

Ronald Monet

BMO Financial Group
(514) 877-1873