Greater Halifax Partnership receives top international honours

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2012 - Halifax, NS –The Greater Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program received two top international awards this week from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest professional organization for economic development practitioners. 

They included a gold award for multi-year economic development and a gold award in the category of human capital which distinguishes economic development efforts that better integrate and align economic and workforce development activities.

“It is an honour to have our economic development efforts recognized internationally, particularly the Connector Program, which received two gold awards,” said Fred Morley, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at the Partnership. “The Connector Program is helping to retain talent and facilitate business growth, both of which are essential for economic growth in Halifax and the region.”

Supported by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Connector Program links immigrants, international students and most recently young and emerging talent with local businesses so they can grow their professional networks and connect with employment opportunities in Halifax. The Connector Program has achieved great success. To date, 120 Participants have secured jobs and the program has been replicated in 10 other cities across Canada.

The Partnership also received four additional marketing awards from IEDC for a total of six, the most awards won by any organization this year.  The “Halifax Needs” advertising campaign and the refresh of the Partnership’s website both received gold awards, while “Being Greater Halifax” (the Partnership’s online annual report) and “Building Online Communities” (our new media efforts) received silver awards.

"We recognize Greater Halifax Partnership for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Greater Halifax Partnership demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities."

The Economic Developers Association of Canada also presented the Partnership with an award this week for the “Halifax Needs” advertising campaign.

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About the Greater Halifax Partnership
The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development. IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,400 members, IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, professional development and certification, publications, research, advisory services, and legislative tracking. Visit


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2012 Awards & Achievements

  • Canadian American Cities Online Marketing Index - 1st in Canada, 2nd overall in North America
  • International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development Awards - 4 Gold Awards
  • International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development Awards - 2 Silver Awards 
  • Economic Developers Association of Canada Marketing Award