ATLANTIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT:  Talent Retention & Entrepreneurism
Presented by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU)
Casino Nova Scotia, Compass Room, Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS
Friday, June 24, 2016


Opening Keynote:

        The Hon. Scott Brison, M.P. (Kings-Hants), President, Treasury Board
       Innovation and Immigration:  The Key to Solving the Demographic Challenge in Atlantic Canada

What we Know about Retaining Talent in Atlantic Canada

Moderator: Anna Stuart, Managing Partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

   Julie Cafley, Vice-president, Public Policy Forum – The Road to Retention
   Margaret Brigley, COO, Corporate Research Associates – 2016 Graduate Retention Study
   Finn Poschmann, CEO, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council 

Entrepreneurism in Atlantic Canada:  Connecting the Next Generation     

Moderator: Doug Robertson, President  & CEO, Venn, Moncton, NB 

    Peter Moriera, Principal,
    Angelo Casanas, Manager, Startups & Partnerships, Genesis Centre, Memorial University
    Heather Howatt, Managing Partner, Results Marketing & Advertising

Presented by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU)
Thursday, February 19, 2015


TALENT – The Hon. Dr. Kevin Lynch, Vice-chair, BMO Financial Group
Presentation: The Talent Imperative in the New Global Reality

Moderator: Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President, University of Prince Edward Island
Saeed El-Darahali, President and CEO, SimplyCast and Member, One Nova Scotia coalition
Charles Ayles, Assistant Deputy Minister, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Population Growth Division, Government of New Brunswick

INNOVATION – Mr. John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Industry Canada
Presentation: Innovation and Canada’s Ability to Compete Globally

Moderator: Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial University
Dr. Martha Crago, Vice President, Research, Dalhousie University
Anthony Patterson, President and CEO, Virtual Marine Technology Inc.
Mark Ploughman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland Labrador

ENTREPRENEURISM – Dr. Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande, President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and Chairman of Tejas Networks

Moderator: Dr. David Wheeler, President, Cape Breton University
Panel:Dr. Mary Kilfoil, Academic Lead for the Starting Lean Initiative, Dalhousie University
Calvin Milbury, President and CEO, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
Gerry Pond, Co-Founder, Mariner

WRAP-UP – Dr. Daniel Muzyka, President and CEO, The Conference Board of Canada

Moderator: Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President, University of Prince Edward Island