2013 Conference

Halifax’s future is promising.  Whatever you want to do, now is the time. 

Halifax has never been better positioned for long-term growth and prosperity, and everyone should be thinking about how they can take advantage. The second annual Halifax State of the Economy conference held on May 22, 2013 provided an opportunity for business, government, post-secondary, and not-for-profit leaders to discuss Halifax’s economic progress, identify challenges and mobilize for the opportunities ahead.

The Partnership thanks everyone who attended or presented at the conference, and provided support in developing The Halifax Index. A special thanks to our presenting partner, The Chronicle Herald; our gold partner, Halifax Regional Municipality; our silver partners, RBC, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and Eastlink; and our bronze partners, Saint Mary's University, Deloitte, Stewart McKelvey, and the Westin Nova Scotian. 

 We look forward to the next State of the Economy conference and the release of the third Halifax Index. It is our intention to continue the dialogue started at this year’s conference. Stay tuned for a whitepaper on building an innovation culture in Halifax and ways in which our community can work together to realize our collective vision for Halifax.

Rebecca Ryan, Founder of Next Generation Consulting, presented "Is Your Business Future-Ready?" 

If you knew the future, how would you respond? Companies that can anticipate and respond appropriately to emerging trends have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  Rebecca presented emerging customer, employee, and marketplace trends that will reshape business.

Panel Discussion on Talent

  • Rebecca Ryan, Founder, Next Generation Consulting
  • Peter Moorhouse, Vice President, People, T4G Limited
  • Glen Dormody, Regional Vice President for Metro Halifax, RBC 
  • Soulafa Al-Abbasi, Director, Immigration and Diversity, FUSION Halifax
  • Saeed El-Darahali, President and CEO, SimplyCast

Presentation of the Halifax Index

The Halifax Index is a definitive look at Halifax's economic and community progress. It tells our city’s story – the strength of our economy, the health of our community, the sustainability of our environment – and provides insights for actions that will strengthen and grow our city.

Terry Stuart, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte, presented "The Future of Productivity: Clear choices for a competitive Canada."

Terry highlighted key recommendations for companies, government, and academia on improving productivity through innovation.

Stay tuned for videos from the State of the Economy Conference....

Speaker BIOS

rr_headshotRebecca Ryan

Founder, Next Generation Consulting

Is Your Business Future-Ready?If you knew the future, how would you respond? Rebecca Ryan is a futurist, an economist (don't hold that against her) and is described as a "human spark plug." In this session, Rebecca shared insights about the future workforce, next-gen technologies, new social norms, customer expectations, and more to help YOU build (or rebuild) a company that's future-ready. 

Rebecca Ryan's Bio

Terry Stuart

Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte

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Terry Stuart discussed the latest research findings from Deloitte's report entitled, The Future of Productivity: Clear choices for a competitive Canada. He addressed: What is driving Canada's poor productivity performance? Why is the productivity gap between Canada and other countries so big? How can Canada prevent its "gazelle" firms from turning into "water buffaloes"? How can we drive growth and competitiveness to ensure a prosperous future? Terry also highlighted key recommendations for companies, government, and academia on how to improve Canadian productivity by innovating.

Terry Stuart's Bio