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The Right Honourable David Johnston

Governor General of Canada

David Johnston began his professional career as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 1966, moving to the Law Faculty at the University of Toronto in 1968. He became dean of the Faculty of Law…

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Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company

In his 27 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004…

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Cathy Bennett

CEO and owner of Bennett Group of Companies

Cathy Bennett is CEO and owner of Bennett Group of Companies, a dynamic integrated force of Atlantic Canadian firms. The services of the Bennett Group range from industrial, commercial, and residential construction and fabrication to recruitment, turnkey executive office solutions,…

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John Bragg

John Bragg

President and Co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

John Bragg, President and Co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited graduated from Mount Allison University with degrees in Commerce and Education. Mr. Bragg established Oxford Frozen Foods in 1968.

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George Cooper

George Cooper

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

George Cooper is a senior partner and the Chair of the Board of McInnes Cooper, an Atlantic Canada law firm. He is Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts.

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David Finlayson

National Marketing Manager with Climate Technical Gear

David Finlayson is the National Marketing Manager with Climate Technical Gear – manufacturers and distributors of Helly Hansen workwear and flotation products. David has been involved with the PC Party in a volunteer policy role and is seeking the nomination…

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Dr. Richard Florizone

Future President of Dalhousie University

Effective July 1, 2013, Dr. Richard Florizone will become the 11th President of Dalhousie University. Since 2005 he has served as Vice-President (Finance & Resources) at the University of Saskatchewan and he is currently on secondment as Senior Adviser to…

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Stephen Hartlen

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

Stephen Hartlen is the assistant vice president of industry relations and executive director of the office of Industry Liaison and Innovation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation Office commercializes research at the university, manages…

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Kevin Lynch

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch

Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group

Kevin G. Lynch is Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group. In this role, Mr. Lynch is a key strategic advisor to senior management.

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Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge

Chief Correspondent/Anchor

Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials.

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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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