Peter Chapman, SKUFood & Alain Bossé, The Kilted Chef
Peter Chapman, SKUFood & Alain Bossé, The Kilted ChefOpening Keynote Presenter

Thursday June 16 | Bluenose Room A&B

8:45 a.m.

Food For Thought

Alain Bossé, also known as the Kilted Chef, has travelled the world from kitchens to convention centers sharing his expertise and love for buying and eating local ingredients. With his signature tartan kilt, proud Acadian heritage and undeniable flair for cooking with local, Alain has earned a reputation as Atlantic Canada’s culinary ambassador.

Peter Chapman’s career in food and beverage started at a store where he learned the importance of listening to consumers and the challenges of implementing strategies at retail. He went on to work with Canada’s largest food retailer, Loblaw for 19 years. Peter helps producers and processors across the country get their product on the shelf and into the shopping cart.

A for Adventure, Jan-Sebastian Lapierre & Chris Surette
A for Adventure, Jan-Sebastian Lapierre & Chris SuretteClosing Keynote Presenters

Friday June 17 | Outside- on the Property of Oak Island Resort | 10:00 a.m

The Adventure of Moving Forward

An Interactive Session On How Living In A World Class Region Can Affect Our Professional Goals, Our Community Growth And Our Mental And Physical Well-Being.

Chris and Jan from A FOR ADVENTURE have spent decades travelling and documenting Nova Scotia and Canada. Through their popular CBC radio show and Bell Fibe One Television series, they have explored nearly every nook and cranny of this glorious corner of the world. Along the way, they have not only encountered countless breathtakingly beautiful areas, but they’ve met an endless stream of amazing people who are working hard to make Atlantic Canada a top rated place to live, work, and play. 

Honorable Dr. Donald H. Oliver C.M. O.N.S. Q. C.
Honorable Dr. Donald H. Oliver C.M. O.N.S. Q. C.

Thursday June 16 | Bluenose Room A&B

11:00 a.m

Equality and Municipal Government: Making the Business Case for Diversity

The Honorable Donald H. Oliver, CM, ONS, QC, retired as a member of the Senate of Canada in 2013 after twenty-three years of service. He now resides at his beloved farm in Pleasant River, Queens County, Nova Scotia. Oliver rose to serve with distinction as Deputy Speaker in the Senate of Canada, as Chairman of six standing committees of Parliament; as Chairman or Deputy Chairman of seven inter-parliamentary associations; and as a ubiquitous spokesperson for diversity, pluralism, fairness and equality, for which he was awarded five Honorary Doctorate degrees from Canadian Universities.

Panel Presentation
Panel Presentation

Thursday June 16 | Bluenose Room A & B

1:00 p.m.

Sharing Local Municipal Innovative Projects


  • Mayor Matt Risser, Town Of Lunenburg
  • Martha Horsman, Climate & Energy Program Manager, Town Of Mahone Bay
  • Chris McNeill, CAO, Region Of Queens Municipality


Mike Davis
Mike DavisCEO at Davis Pier

Thursday June 16 | Bluenose Room A & B

1:45 p.m.

Using Behavioural Science to Make Local Government More Effective

Mike Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Pier Consulting, as well as President and Chair of the board of Pier Labs, the social innovation outpost of Davis Pier. With 20-years of experience in consulting working with government clients in Canada as well as across Europe, Africa, and Asia he is well-regarded not only for his ability to design and architect strategies and solutions to complex public sector issues for clients, but also for overseeing their implementation. Mike leads Davis Pier’s social innovation efforts focused on helping government by using behavioural science, service design and evidence-based policy approaches to improving policy-making and program design.

Mike has a Master’s degree in Behavioural Sciences from the London School of Economics, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University. Mike is on the Board of Directors of Kids Help Phone as well as the Tribe Network. In Spring 2022, Mike was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine.

Sustane Technologies Inc.

Thursday June 16 | Mahone Room | 1:45 p.m.

What Happens to that Bag you Place on the Curb?

Panel Presentation
Panel Presentation

Friday June 17 | Bluenose Room A & B | 8:50 a.m.

What are you doing to ensure that your local government reflects and embraces the diversity of the communities you serve?


  • Jenny Benson Pratt, Director of Policy, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives
  • DeRico Symonds, Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives
  • Tracey Jones-Grant, Managing Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Halifax Regional Municipality


Panel Presentation

Friday June 17 | Mahone Room | 8:50 a.m.

Understanding the Enablers and Barriers to Local Environmental Stewardship


  • Richard Harvey, Manager of Policy and Planning, Strategic Planning and Design, Parks & Recreation, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Lisa Matte, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement, Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Friday June 17 | Bluenose Room A&B

11:15 a.m.

Provincial Update

Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing will give an update on their latest initiatives.

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