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 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!

Stay tuned for details on the October 19th 2023 conference!

October 19th 2023

Tickets are on sale in MCC 405. 

Cash only please. Limit of 2 Tickets per person. 

Conference runs 9:30am to 7:30pm in the MPR.

Here are some highlights of the 49th conference:

CEO Panel – Dynamic Leaders for Positive Change: This year’s CEO panel features dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of innovation in their respective fields, driving positive change in businesses and communities. We are honored to have the following distinguished panelists:

Alumni Panel – Forging Success in Careers and Business: A panel discussion where students will have the opportunity to learn how to forge success, secure that first job, earn promotions, and start successful businesses. The panelists include:

HR Panel: Gain insights into the current job market and industry trends with our HR panel, who will provide valuable information for our students’ career development.

Workshop Sessions: 

Info Sessions:

Keynote Speaker: We are thrilled to have Dave Carroll as our keynote speaker.

Huge thank you to our sponsors:

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Check out below for previous year’s highlights. 

October 13th 2022

Thank you to all who attended and supported the 48th Annual Learners & Leaders Conference. The Fall 2022 conference marked the event’s return to campus, gathering students, faculty and industry professionals together for a day of learning and networking. The conference featured a CEO panel, a human resources panel, a MSVU graduate panel and multiple career-based workshops. Ross Simmonds, Founder and CEO of Foundation Marketing, delivered an exceptional keynote speech, and students were able to draw inspiration from business and tourism leaders throughout the entire event.

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Opening Remarks

Get Motivated! Graduates of MSVU Tell All!

Graduate student panelists: Matt Brown, Colin Everett, Melanie Lowe and Nick Mombourquette

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CEO Panel

Business and Tourism Learners and Leaders conference CEO panelists: Eugénie Jason, Brad Lawlor, Matthew Martel and Sylvia Parris-Drummond

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Human Resource Panel Session

Learners and Leaders business and tourism conference human resource panelists: Nick Beynon, Beth Connell, Coralie Gallant, Sydney Hiltz, Jessica Hughes, Milia Khuramshina, Selena Landon, Carol Logan, Krista Martin, Lisa Whynott

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Keynote Speaker

Business and Tourism Learners and Leaders conference keynote speaker Ross Simmonds

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Centre for Women in Business, Enterprise, CPA, Councillor Shawn Cleary, MSVU Alumni

January 27th 2022

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Missed the Human Resources Panel? Watch it now!

Missed the Keynote address? Watch it now!

Missed How to Network in a Virtual World? Watch it now!

Thank you so much panelists for making the 47th conference a success!

January 28th 2021

46th Annual MSVU Business and Tourism Learners and Leaders  Conference

HR Panel

Learners and Leaders Conference 2021 HR panel

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CEO Panel

Learners and Leaders Conference 2021 CEO panel

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Entrepreneurship Panel

Learners and Leaders Conference 2021 Entrepreneurship panel

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Graduate Student Panel

Learners and Leaders Conference 2021 Graduate Student panel

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Thank you Panelists!!

October 24th 2019

L & L conference

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Watch the events on our YouTube channel
Media Release

Opening Remarks – Dr. Kim Kienapple Dean of Professional Studies

Kaitlyn Bellefontaine
Chanel Mazerolle
Lindsay Shea
Brittany Thompson

CEO Panel
Lydia Bugden – CEO and Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey
Greg Curwin – Founder of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture and the Principle of JenMar Business Design
Patty Howard – Founder and CEO of Kitchen Door: Innovative Food Company
Dave O’Connor – Founder and President of Glow the Event Store

Lunch and Keynote Cleve Sauer

2 + 2 Session for NSCC Students, Peter Mombourquette, Chair, Department of Business and Tourism

Workshop Sessions
Human Resource Panel Sessions
Networking Reception and Silent Auction

Dinner & Keynote Mr. Edwin Frizzell Regional Vice President Accor Hotels Central Canada & General Manager, Fairmont Royal York

Presenters, panelists and business and tourism student volunteers at the 45th learners and leaders conference in 2019.

Business and Tourism Graduates who sat on a panel session for the 45th annual Learners and Leaders conference in 2019.

October 25th 2018

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Media Release

Welcome and Opening – Dr. Kim Kienapple, Dean of Professional Studies
Morning Keynote – Kevin Robinson, CEO, Robinson’s Cannabis

CEO Panel:
Mark Lever – President & CEO, The SaltWire Network
Craig Lynk – CFO, Atlantic Corporation Limited
Marie Mullally – President & CEO, CUA
Sara Napier – President & CEO, United Way Halifax
Doug Nugent – Group Rental Manager in Atlantic Canada with Enterprise Holdings
Patrick Sullivan – President & CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

2+2 Information Session for NSCC Students, Kyle Steele, Manager, Student Recruitment

Workshops sessions
Business Pitch
Enterprise Management Trainee Program – Come Work for Us!
CPA Atlantic School of Business – Join the Pros!!
What the !#$! is Business Casual? Personal Branding & Networking for Emerging Leaders

Human Resource Panels

Reception, Networking, Silent Auction

Dinner and Keynote – Alisa Alyward, Regional Vice President, Metro Halifax, Royal Bank of Canada

Announcement of Silent Auction Winners and Closing Remarks

2018 Details

October 26th 2017

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 SimmondsMichael Duck, and Dave Carroll. Workshops were held by CPA Atlantic and CPA NS, the Centre for Women in BusinessBreathing 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.

Media Release

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 EvansDoobTool Inc.
Diandra PhippsNational Access Cannabis
Evan PriceTruro Herbal Company
Andrew RobinsonRobinson’s Cannabis Incorporated

Evening Keynote: Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars!)

October 27th 2016

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 Church1-800-GOT-JUNK

Keynote Cleve Sauer, Therapeutic Clown – watch the video.

Media release

2016 Details

October 22nd 2015

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 ReganPresident, 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.

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