4Front Atlantic Conference

Preliminary Program of Events

WTCC Halifax, NS - Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Welcome and Introduction

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

8:00 - 8:05 am

Overview and programme for the rest of the day

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

8:05 - 8:10 am

Keynote Address

Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey

8:10 - 9:00 am

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

9:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 10:50 am

Emerging Leader’s Panel

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

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

10:50 - 11:30 am

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

11:30 - 11:35 pm

Luncheon Address

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston

11:35 - 12:00 pm

Buffet Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Introduction of Declaration of Action

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

1:20 - 1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions and Galleria Walk

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

1:30 - 2:30 pm

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

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Thank you to 4Front Atlantic Conference Participants

John Bragg, George Cooper and Kevin Lynch

4:00 - 4:15 pm

Conference News

Time for Action: 4Front Atlantic committee responds to OneNS report

HALIFAX, Friday, February 14 – The 4Front Atlantic advisory committee welcomes the strong recommendations and urgent call to action detailed in the recently released report by the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. The report titled, Now or…

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Immigration a buoy for Atlantic Canada

Today, structural trends and seismic events are reshaping economies, societies, politics, power and expectations around the globe. The future is hiding in plain sight, and the question before us is whether we have the wisdom to spot it, and the…

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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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