Phillips Selected for Prestigious Women in Trade and Entrepreneurship Exchange Program

For Immediate Release

Nancy Phillips, Director of Investment and Trade at the Greater Halifax Partnership and the Executive Director of the Halifax Gateway Council, is one of six Canadian women who have been invited to visit the United States under the Women in Trade and Entrepreneurship, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

IVLP participants are current and emerging leaders from across the world who are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. embassies. Phillips was invited by the United States Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, to participate in the 21-day professional exchange program aimed at deepening understanding and ties between Americans and citizens of other countries.  

“We are delighted that Nancy has been selected for such a prestigious program promoting cultural exchange and collaboration between the United States and Canada,” says Paul Kent, President and CEO of the Greater Halifax Partnership. “Given her experience and leadership of the Halifax Gateway Council and the Partnership’s investment and trade efforts, it’s natural that she would be asked to participate in a project focused on women in trade and entrepreneurship.”

From February 25 to March 16, the Canadian delegation will visit five U.S. cities – Washington, Kansas City, Austin, Denver and San Francisco - to learn about entrepreneurial efforts initiated by women in the U.S. and the influence of social, economic and political factors on U.S. private enterprises.           

“This is a tremendous opportunity to cultivate lasting relationships with our principal trading partner that will pay dividends for years to come,” says Joyce Carter, Chairperson of the Halifax Gateway Council and Vice President, Finance CFO & CSO Halifax International Airport Authority. “Nancy is an outstanding ambassador for Halifax, and she will add immense perspective and value to the exchange.”

About the Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, the Halifax Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the international Port of Halifax, two super post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.  The Halifax Gateway Council provides a forum for transportation stakeholders in the Halifax region to work together to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Gateway. The council is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Greater Halifax Partnership. 

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