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The Department of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management hosts many educational sessions with local industry leaders – Our Experts. Our Learners and Leaders Conferences, Career Weeks, and Social Enterprise for a Day (SE4D) Conferences are interactive and offer our students opportunities to learn about jobs in business and tourism through a series of key note speakers, industry panels, and opportunities to participate in the community.

Learn from CEOs who share their thoughts on how to successfully lead within their organizations. Listen to Entrepreneurs who share stories of their careers, marketing strategy experiences and the importance of thinking "without a box". Learn how businesses can be used to contribute to social change.

Our videos highlight potential careers, how to get a job upon graduation, and career advancement in all our major and minor areas. The educational sessions are great for current students and interested students who are looking for insight into potential career paths for each specific degree.

Are you interested in learning what we offer our students?

Watch our videos!

March 7th to 10th

All sessions are held in Seton Academic Centre, Auditorium B & C.

Most sessions will be recorded and live streamed. 

Go here for subject area panel dates.

Tourism and Hospitality Management Panel

Kevin Burgess, Sales Manager, Ambassatours
Megan Delaney, General Manager, Cambridge Hotel and Suites
Autumn Fiske, Travel Expert, Travel Only
Melanie Lowe, Front Desk Supervisor, Delta Barrington
Megan Patriquin, Sales Manager, The Westin Nova Scotian

Entrepreneurship Panel

Robert Apold, President, Aqua-Check Inc., Director, Natural Forces
Cyra Belbin, Integration Manager - Marketing, NSLC
Costa Elles, Owner, Ela Greek Tavern
Jonathan Ross, Vice President, John Ross & Sons Ltd.
Costa Zafiris, Education Facilitator, CEED

Accounting and Finance Panel

Christine MacEacheran, CPA, Levy Chase Carter MacLean
Shaun MacIntyre, Director, Commercial, CUA
Sabet Makhoul, Investigator, CRA Criminal Investigations Divisions
Sarah Oliver, Chief Financial Officer, Fortune Bay Group


Marketing Panel

John Allen, Allen Nuisance Wildlife Operator, Gryphon Bird Control
Cyra Belbin, Belbin Integration Manager - Marketing, NSLC
Sean Coyle, Regional Manager Marketing, Casino Nova Scotia
Sheri Landry, Manager, Regional Brand and Retail, Atlantic & Midwest, Rogers


Management Panel

David Craig, Regional Manager, Eastlink
Pat Forbes, Owner Operator, Forbes Kia
John Lauzon, Director, Anixter
Paul Lavers, Owner, Blue Shed Inc.


Tyler Hayden

Living Life Large

CEO Leadership Panel

Share their thoughts on how to successfully lead within their organizations.
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.

Winter 2015

The two-day event is fast, fun and focused. Volunteers from local agencies, social enterprises and educational institutions team up with participating students to help create each social enterprise.


Hear from Wendy Keats keynote speaker as she shares her
perspective on Social Enterprises (People, Planet, Profit)

Winter 2013

2nd annual social enterprise for a day event

Winter 2012

Elizabeth Church, Vice President Academic, MSVU
Simon d'Entremont, Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Ben Barry, Ben Barry Agency Inc.,
Tim Bissell, SEED and Morgan Whitman, Morgan Marketing

Tourism and Hospitality Management Panel

Ryan Barry, Owner & Director of Operations, Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions & College Instructor, NSCC
Heather Brown, General Manager, The Five Fisherman
Avril Mulholland, Sales & Marketing Manager Kitchen Door Catering
Susan Wilson, Human Resources Manager at SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

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Tourism and Hospitality Management Panel Videos

International Business Panel

Chris Hornberger, CMC, Partner, Halifax Global Inc.
Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of the Offshore Energy Research Association of NS & VP, DDI Canada
Pernille FischerBoulter, President & CEO, Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc.
Dr. Andrew Manning, Professor, Education, MSVU

Entrepreneurship Panel

Michelle Cleary, Owner and Director, Maple Tree Montessori Preschools
Jana Dempsey, Principal Owner, Hand Maiden Fine Yarn and Fleece Artist
David Eisnor, President, South Shore Farms & Owner of David Eisnor Property Management
Joachim Stroink, Owner, Trailshop and Rackology & MLA, Halifax Chebucto in the NS Legislature

Accounting and Finance Panel

Nathan Ward, Recruitment Consultant, TD
Ronda Dwyer, CMA, Director, Corporate Development, Parkland Fuel Corporation
Joelle Dollard, CA, Senior Manager, WBLI Chartered Accountants
Andre Bellefeuille, CMA, Director of Marketing, Business Development and Communications, CPA Atlantic School of Business
Mary Kate Archibald, Principal, Eckler Ltd.

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Accounting & Finance Panel Videos

Marketing Panel

Sean Buckland, Director of Sales, Ambassatours Gray Line and The Murphy's The Cable Wharf
Lindsay Cross, Brand & Integrated Marketing Specialist, MSVU
Ken McCormick, Senior Sales Representative for NS and PEI for Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Jo-Anne McLean, Director, Non-aeronautical Revenue & Corporate Marketing, Halifax International Airport Authority
Shannon Pennell, Media Strategist, Pennell Media

Management Panel

Gary Dorhan, Senior Service Manager, Bell Aliant
Ken Lawrence, Plant Manager, P&H Milling Group
John MacDonald, Executive Director, Alcohol & Gaming Division, Service Nova Scotia
Janet Martin, VP, Commercial Finance Services, RBC 


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CEO, Marketing & Management Panel Videos

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