Mount Saint Vincent University’s Department of Business and Tourism celebrates its 40th annual conference

On Thursday, October 30th, 2014, the 40th Annual Business & Tourism Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University will connect university and college students with the best in Atlantic business. Experienced CEOs, human resource specialists, and leading entrepreneurs will highlight important skills for young professionals, offering a glimpse of what it takes to succeed after graduation.

“The Mount recognizes the importance of learning routed in experience and the value of connecting students with leaders in their fields,” said Dr. Peter Mombourquette, Chair of the Mount’s Department of Business and Tourism. “Our conference brings business lessons to life, helping to build a real-world understanding of what’s taught in the classroom.”

Jessica and Rebecca Skinner are two perfect examples of the power of experiential learning in kick-starting careers. Twins and soon-to-be graduates of the Mount’s Business Administration program, both Jessica and Rebecca secured their first full-time jobs through co-op placements before they wrapped up their degrees – Jessica with BDO Canada and Rebecca with Nova Scotia Business Inc. Both will be attending portions of the conference and they will also share the podium at the Mount’s fall convocation at 2 p.m. on November 2nd as Valedictorians. (Read their story here.)

Conference Program Details


Rosaria Student Centre, Multi-purpose Room (MPR), Second Floor
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

Schedule Highlights

Morning Keynote:
9:30 a.m., Rosaria MPR
Ross Simmonds, owner of Foundation (content marketing)

CEO Leadership Panel:
12:55 p.m., Rosaria MPR
Mickey MacDonald, President, Micco Companies
Michael Duck, founder and President, SureShot Dispensing Systems
Joyce Carter, President & CEO of Halifax Airport Authority
Valerie Payne, President & CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Hanspeter Stutz, President & CEO, Grand Pre Wines Limited

Afternoon Keynote:
2 p.m., Rosaria MPR Chris Webb, owner Pavia Gallery-Espresso Bar & Cafe

Evening Keynote:
6 p.m., Rosaria MPR
Susan Stewart, organizational learning and development consultant turned author and professional speaker and former stand-up comic

About Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. The Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development.

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Media interested in attending the conference or interviewing any of the individuals mentioned above are asked to please make arrangements in advance via:
Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
Mount Saint Vincent University