The Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R8, Canada
Atlantic Conference on Public Administration

Save the Date: October 13 & 14, 2020 It's our 20th conference!

Save the Date: October 13 & 14, 2020 It's our 20th conference!

Save the Date: October 13 & 14, 2020 It's our 20th conference!Save the Date: October 13 & 14, 2020 It's our 20th conference!

Thursday January 24th

Setting the Stage: Atlantic Canada’s Economy and Stories of Innovation in Practice


This introductory session will set the stage for the conference through a discussion around the current economic state in Atlantic Canada and trends that set the region apart from the rest of Canada. This session will explore how innovation could support Atlantic Canada’s economic growth and will provide stories of innovation from across the Atlantic region from both a private and public sector perspective. 


Thomas Storring


Director of Economics and Statistics, Nova Scotia Department of Finance

Richard Saillant,


Economic Consultant, Ph.D Student  (Dalhousie University, Political Science)

Alex MacBeath


Managing Director, Island Capital Partners  

Mike Davis


Partner and Managing Director, Davis Pier Consulting 

International Trade Panel

Hosted by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance

2019 is bringing about new challenges and uncertainties when it comes to international trade. Trade agreements that have existed for decades are being renegotiated (NAFTA, BREXIT) and new trade agreements (CETA, TPP)  are opening up opportunities for Canadian businesses.  The trade landscape is becoming more complex and changes to these and other policies could have cascading effects on Canadian industries. How do we manage these risks and take advantage of newly presented trade opportunities? What should Atlantic Canadians be thinking about in this turbulent environment? This panel will bring together a group of trade experts to discuss global trade issues from an Atlantic Canadian perspective. Taking place on January 24 at the Atlantic Conference on Public Administration (ACPA), the panel discussion will feature Maryscott Greenwood, Pierre Pettigrew and Colin Robertson. 


Maryscott Greenwood


Principal in Dentons' Public Policy group; Chief Executive officer of the Canadian-American Business Council

Pierre Pettigrew


Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada; Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA)

Colin Robertson


Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute


Simon D'Entremont


Nova Scotia Department of Seniors

Friday January 25th

Innovation for the Future of Healthy Communities

Presented by Davis Pier Consulting

Healthy people contribute to a healthy Atlantic Canadian region. A healthy region supports a healthy economy. This expert-led panel on community health will discuss policy interventions and innovations needed in our respective communities to develop a healthier future across Atlantic Canada in these changing times. Topics will include the structural social determinants of health, harm reduction, reducing health disparities and promising practices of maximizing health services during times of fiscal constraint. 


Dr. Robert Strang


Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia

Dr. Lois Jackson


Professor of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University

Cameron Campbell

Director of Primary Health Care, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

Dr. Ron Milne


Family Physician with Nova Scotia Brotherhood’s health care team

Tari Ajadi (Facilitator)

PhD Student, Dalhousie University Political Science 

Solution Rooms

Annika Voltan


Executive Director, Inspiring Communities

Dr. Christine Saulnier


Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Paul Shakato


 Inspiring Communities 

Jennifer McGill


Associate, Davis Pier

Jane Ouillette


Analyst, Davis Pier

Soap Box

Tina Henningar


Population Growth Coordinator, NOW Lunenburg County 

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