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LUNCHEON: The Power of Partnership - How Businesses and Not-For-Profits can Connect for Greater Impact

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Name: LUNCHEON: The Power of Partnership - How Businesses and Not-For-Profits can Connect for Greater Impact
Date: February 14, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM AST
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Building a stronger, more vibrant community requires many hands, hearts and big ideas. It also requires collaboration and a shared commitment to those we collectively serve. The Chamber proudly serves more than 1,750 members from the business and community sectors, recognizing the role each plays in moving good work forward together.  

The business community plays an important role in the work of not-for-profit organizations, contributing expertise, volunteerism, board leadership, advocacy and philanthropic contributions.  These efforts reflect the fact the business and broader community relies on and benefits from the work of community sector organizations as they improve quality of life, standards of living, address gaps where no government services exist, improve health care and education, and create opportunities where we can fulfill our human desire to give back. 
At the Chamber, we believe partnerships can pave the way to greater impact.  As individual organizations are working hard to grow, gain efficiencies and innovations inside their organizations for 2020 and beyond, this luncheon will provide the space and inspiration to reflect on the opportunities that await outside as well.

Join us to hear from our panel of local leaders and experts who will explore what not-for-profit organizations can do to identify and develop meaningful partnerships with the business community, both in service of our goals and the communities we serve.  



Patrick Sullivan 
President and CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Sullivan is the CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and has over 30 years of marketing and general management experience. Mr. Sullivan began his career at Procter and Gamble in Toronto and held progressive marketing positions in Toronto, Halifax, as well as domestic and international markets.

He has been General Manager and President for both start-up and large organizations, including and Most recently Mr. Sullivan was the CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. He enjoys running and has run half-marathons, marathons and in October of 2011, completed a 250km run across the Sahara Desert. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount St. Vincent University.



Anne Melanson, BPR, CFRE
President, Bloom Non Profit Consulting Group Inc.

Anne (Coyle) Melanson, BPR, CFRE, is President of Bloom Non Profit Consulting Group Inc., a Canadian consultancy she founded ten years ago.

With 30 years’ experience Anne is one of this country’s most seasoned experts in charitable fundraising, capital campaigns and major gifts, leadership development, organizational governance and fundraising communications.

For ten years, she led capital campaigns, major gift programs and development planning files as a staff person for two leading Canadian universities: Saint Mary’s University and Acadia University.

She has led or been consultant to over 80 organizations in Canada and beyond. Anne has served regionally and nationally as a leader of AFP. She has held her CFRE designation since 2008. Her contributions have been included in publications like Advancing Philanthropy Magazine and Excellence in Fundraising in Canada (Volume II), and she has presented a TEDx Talk in the widely-acclaimed thought leadership TEDx series.

Hon. Joanne Bernard, E.C.N.S
President and CEO, Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Joanne Bernard has been building communities for over 20 years in Nova Scotia.  In 2002, Joanne established the Margeurite Centre, the only residential facility for women recovering from addictions and abuse in Nova Scotia.

In 2005, she was tasked to lead Alice Housing, which offers second stage housing for women and children leaving abusive relationships. In 2008, she developed Healing the Bruises, the only interventionist therapy program in Atlantic Canada for child witnesses of domestic violence.

Ms. Bernard’s strong leadership and commitment to Alice Housing, led to numerous national awards for program delivery.  Most notably multiple wins for the much coveted Donner Award.  Ms. Bernard was awarded the Peter F Drucker award for Non Profit Management in Canada in 2011.

Elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 2013, Ms. Bernard was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where she served as Minister of Community Services, Housing Nova Scotia, Disabled Persons Commission and Advisory Council for the Status of Women. She served as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Dartmouth North from 2013 to 2017.

Ms. Bernard is currently President and CEO of Easter Seals Nova Scotia and has increased both the physical footprint and program capacity of that organization further positioning the organization as a leader in program delivery for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Ms. Bernard holds of Bachelor of Arts (Political Science with Distinction) from Mount Saint Vincent University, Masters of Arts (Political Science) from Acadia University and a Certificate of Leadership from Saint Mary’s University.

In 2009, she received the Holly House Award for her work on the issue of homelessness and in 2015 received the Inspire Award for her Public Service. Ms. Bernard currently holds positions on the Board of Governors and Alumni Association of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Joanne is married to Annette, mother to grown son Taylor and proud owner of 4 rescued cats and her greatest joy is her granddaughter Kalliope (Ka-li-o-pee), born in 2018.
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water St.
Halifax, NS B3J 3J5

Date/Time Information:
Friday, February 14th, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Contact Information:
Kayla Lynch, Event Coordinator, (902) 481-1229
$59.95 / Table of 10 $599.50
Future Members:
$89.95 / Table of 10 $899.50
All prices subject to HST

Not-for-Profit / Student Discount available upon registration

Contact Mandi Bowser with any questions or concerns about registration. 
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