LUNCHEON: Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri, Bank of Canada

September 5, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Bank of Canada recently decided to keep the interest rate unchanged. The Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri will discuss Canadian & global economic developments and how they were taken into account in September's interest rate decision.

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July 23, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | Stubborn Goat Beer Garden

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Name: GLOBAL POSSIBILITIES: A Half Day Export Session
Date: September 19, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM ADT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
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Event Description:

Morning Keynote: 
Tightening sounds frightening; this time, it's actually good news.

 Are we ever satisfied? It doesn't seem so. For years, humanity has been clamoring that there hasn't been enough growth. Now it seems there is too much. It's an instant flip that's now focused on how tight things are getting. Hear from Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist at EDC, who will give you advice on how to make the year ahead an international success for your company.

Peter G. Hall - Vice-President and Chief Economist 

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC's economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.


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Workshop & Panel: Selling Outside Your Client Zone: How to Know Where to Grow

Nova Scotians know that growing their business means stretching beyond our borders, so where do you look for that new client? Starting with understanding your client zone and utilizing that insight to plot your next steps is critical. Let's figure out how far from home do you need to go to find new clients!

Hear from business leaders who have successfully expanded into different geographical regions.

Facilitated by:

Jessica McCall, Export Development Executive, NSBI
Jessica McCall has 11 years of experience working with exporting companies on international trade missions and has been an adult educator for 17 years. Jessica holds a CITP designation with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), BA and BSc. degrees and an Adult Education Certificate from Dalhousie University. Jessica is an Export Development Executive and a member of the NSBI Export Readiness Team. The team's focus is to work with companies that are export curious, new to export or those that are exploring new markets.  


Kyle Schmeisser, Director, Export Development 
As the Director, Export Development at Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), Kyle leads a team of experienced export development executives. This team works to build export capacity in Nova Scotia SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), and helps these companies access new markets, leverage global opportunities and participate in global value chains.
Kyle has held a variety of diverse roles at NSBI over the past decade, ranging from research and strategy to business development. His approach is one of collaboration with partners with an eye to developing business and helping to grow Nova Scotia's economy.Kyle was named one of the 21Inc Leaders for Nova Scotia in 2012. Through this leadership development program, Kyle has become part of a strong network of leaders with a common goal of seeing Nova Scotia prosper as a province. Kyle has a love of sports including golf, baseball, hockey and curling. He was a member of Team Nova Scotia at the 2012 Tim Horton's Brier in Saskatoon. Kyle holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and holds CSI's Financial Management Advisor designation.


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Luncheon Keynote:

James E. Rooney - President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, one of the region's leading business associations.
Under Rooney's guidance, the Boston Chamber has become the leading voice of the business community on public policy issues, weighing in on important matters such as our region's public transportation infrastructure, economic mobility, health care costs, workforce development and policy regarding our state's competitiveness. In addition, Rooney has focused on broadening the Chamber's membership, including introducing new programs and initiatives designed to attract and retain next generation leaders, minority-owned and small businesses.
Prior to joining the Chamber in 2015, Rooney was executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority for nearly 15 years, overseeing the development and construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and leading the management teams of four MCCA owned facilities in Massachusetts. Before moving to the MCCA in 2001, Rooney served two years as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, chairing the Mayor's cabinet and playing a critical role in all aspects of City governance including education, public safety, public works and transportation.  He began his public career at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the nation's 4th largest transit system, where he spent 18 years, starting as a track laborer and ending as Deputy General Manager, serving a year as Acting General Manager during a gubernatorial transition.  During the 1990s, Rooney served in senior positions at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and the Central Artery Project, Boston $15 billion "Big Dig" highway project.
Rooney has served in leadership positions on several boards of directors and currently sits on professional and non-profit boards including the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) North American Advisory Board/Mexico Tourism Board, the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), The Partnership, Inc., and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).
Rooney has been recognized many times throughout his career for both professional and civic contributions including a PCMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the global meetings industry and a City of Boston Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership and advocacy for immigrant advancement and diversity.  Rooney was recently named one of Boston's Top 10 Most Influential People by Boston Magazine. 
Rooney grew up in South Boston and attended the prestigious Boston Latin School, graduating as president of his class. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and attended the Boston University Graduate School of Management.

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Event Sponsors:
  • Export Development Canada

Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax NS  B3J 0E6

Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, September 19
8:30am - 1:30pm


 Keynote Address: Peter Hall, Vice President & Chief Economist, EDC
 Workshop & Panel : NSBI: Selling Outside Your Client Zone
 Keynote Address: James Rooney, President & CEO, Boston Chamber of Commerce
 Event Concludes

Contact Information:
Ashley Stobo, Events Specialist (902)481-1236

$75.00 / Table of 10 $750.00
Future Members
$99.95 / Table of 10 $999.50
All prices subject to HST

Not-for-Profit / Student Discount available upon registration

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Chamber 101

July 17, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Halifax Chamber Office, 32 Akerley Blvd

Join us for an information session about how you can leverage your Chamber membership.

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August 21, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | CURVE at South Park

Join Southwest Properties and the Chamber at CURVE at South Park - the latest residential development in downtown Halifax, for an evening of connecting, sharing and building relationships.

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