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Learners & Leaders Business and Tourism Conference

The event offers a spectacular opportunity for students to speak with experienced professionals, draw inspiration from entrepreneurs who started with a dream, learn from human resource professionals, network with industry professionals, and be guided by exceptional keynote speakers as well as Human Resource Professionals from various industries. 

Learning Passport Eligible

Why Attend?

  • Network for an entire day and evening with a wide range of industry professionals who are coming here specifically to meet with students from the Mount and NSCC.
  • Develop skills in relationship building.
  • Listen to the latest from motivated speakers on a wide range of topics such as accounting, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, communications, innovation, and tourism and hospitality management.
  • Talk with CEOs to get leadership facts and information.
  • Maybe even meet your future employer!

The 43rd annual Learners and Leaders: Igniting Success Conference was held on October 26th at Mount Saint Vincent University and hosted by the Department of Business and Tourism. The mandate of the conference is to bring together student learners and industry leaders for a day and evening of networking, workshops, knowledge transfer and skill development. Over 250 students from the Mount and NSCC attended this year's event with another 60 industry professionals volunteering their time and expertise for our students.

Keynotes were Ross Simmonds, Michael Duck, and Dave Carroll. Workshops were held by CPA Atlantic and CPA NS, the Centre for Women in Business, Breathing Space Yoga Studios and Girl On Fire, and Enterprise Inc. Additionally over 20 human resource professionals held panels for all of the student discipline areas and the evening ended with a gala dinner attended by more than 225 people.

The conference provides our students with a valuable opportunity to make direct industry contacts as well as showcase their diverse talents and skills to potential employers. 

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And watch the events through our YouTube channel.

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Welcome & Ross Simmonds, Motivational Keynote Speaker - Watch the Video

Michael Duck, CEO, SureShot Solutions - Watch the Video

Marijuana Industry Panel – emerging trends in Canada - Watch the Video
     Brett Evans, DoobTool Inc.
     Diandra Phipps, National Access Cannabis
     Evan Price, Truro Herbal Company
     Andrew Robinson, Robinson's Cannabis Incorporated

Evening Keynote: Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars!)

IgnitingSucess

It was a successful day with our sold out conference, students from NSCC, Holland College and the Mount got some great advice and learned a lot from our guest speakers. Great to see so many industry experts during the day and at the Dinner supporting our students.

Now you can watch the events through our YouTube channel.

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Welcome & Tyler Hayden, Motivational Keynote Speaker & Team Building Activity Expert -watch the video.


CEO Panel
- watch the video.

       Rob Normandeau – President, SeaFort Capital

       Sarah Young – Managing Partner, NATIONAL (Atlantic Canada – Halifax)

       Permjot Valia – CEO & Founder, Mentorcamp


Afternoon Keynotes - watch the video.
       Brian Scudamore & Erik Church, 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Keynote Cleve Sauer, Therapeutic Clown - watch the video.

 

Media release

2016 Details

2015 Learners & Leaders 41st Annual Business & Tourism Conference

What a great conference with over 50 Leaders sharing their knowledge and experiences with approximately 220 business Learners from across the province.

MSVU, NSCC and Holland College students enjoyed keynote speakers, panel and workshop sessions ending the evening with a networking reception with local industry leaders.

The event offers a spectacular opportunity for students to speak with experienced professionals, draw inspiration from entrepreneurs who started with a dream, learn from human resource professionals, network with industry professionals, and be guided by exceptional keynote speakers as well as Human Resource Professionals from various industries.

The Expert Presenters:

Tyler Hayden - Living Life Large, Speaker and Motivator

CEO Leadership Panel
Rob Normandeau, President, SeaFort Capital
Donnald Clow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Crombie REIT
Paul LeBlanc, Founder and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Extreme Group
Amy Regan, President, Skinfix Inc.

Cleve Sauer
- Therapeutic Clown, Speaker and Motivator

Danny Graham,Q.C., former leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and MLA for Citadel Halifax, and currently Chief Engagement Officer with Engage Nova Scotia.

CEO Leadership Panel

share their thoughts on how to successfully lead within their organizations.
Marie Chapman, the first appointed CEO CIMP 21- Pier 21
Michael Duck, Founder and CEO of SureShot Dispensing Systems
Joyce Carter, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA)

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Christopher Webb

shares the story of his career as an entrepreneur. Christopher is an artist and he and partner Victoria Foulger own PAVIA Gallery-Espresso Bar & Cafe, with locations in Herring Cove and the Halifax Central Library.


Ross Simmonds

Digital Strategist, Entrepreneur, Blogger and Speaker shares his marketing strategy experiences with students at the Business and Tourism Learners and Leaders Conference. 


Tanya Priske

Learn from Tanya Priske, Executive Director for the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University as she talks the importance of thinking "without a box" as an entrepreneur.

View More of our Entrepreneurship Panel Videos
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