What are Roundtables?
As part of our strategic plan the Halifax Chamber of Commerce has committed to expand the policy process and involve more members in leadership issues and we continually look for more opportunities to do this. We also look for opportunities to be part of the solution by creating platforms for Chamber members and the broader community to contribute to the conversation on the issues that effect us all.Roundtables will facilitate knowledge sharing and position the Chamber and its members as community leaders and the conveners of great ideas and important conversations on issues that affect our community. Our aim it to choose topics that are of interests to small and medium sized business.
Roundtables will be ideal venues for giving and receiving targeted feedback, an opportunity for learning and a professional exchange, meeting colleagues with shared interests and ultimately, engaging in in-depth discussions with the business community. Our panel will listen; ask questions and comment, while we could all capture the conversation for broader distribution including releasing key points to the media and our membership through @ Issue newsletters.
How Will I Participate?
Roundtable Chair – A Board member that hosts and manages the proceedings of the session(s)
Panelist – a person appointed by the Chamber who the Chair or the Chamber feels would aid the Chair in either the facilitation of the session or the interpretation of the information presented and discussed.
Presenter – a person invited by the Chamber and/or the Chair to provide a verbal and/or written response to the questions posed
Participant – a person invited by the Chamber and/or the Chair to participate in the roundtable discussion by asking questions or providing comment on the information presented by the presenters or other maters deemed to be relevant and adding to the understanding of the issue. This person would literally sit at the table.
Audience – persons who have interests in the topic or issue but who have not be chosen to be part of the roundtable group. If time allows the Chair may ask the audience if they have any relevant questions or comments. The Chair may also ask an audience member to join the roundtable group as either a presenter of a participant if a seat is available.
Roundtable events will happen over lunch hour. A light lunch will be served between 11:30-12:00. Our Chair will welcome our guests and hand the floor over to our presenter to speak for 10 – 15 minutes on the decided topic and then open the floor to discussion to the participants. This is an opportunity for discussion around the topic and an information exchange between members for 30-45 minutes. The goal is to discuss issues facing the business community and potential solutions that we can work together to initiate and bring forth a potential solution. The Chair will conclude our topic and discuss the next step in the process by 1:15pm. The location of the roundtable will be determined on an individual basis.
Upcoming Roundtable Topics:
Monday, November 26 Roundtable on Economy & Competitiveness with guest presenters Allison Kouzovnikov of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and Fred Morley of the Greater Halifax Partnership
Halifax Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
656 Windmill Rd, Suite 200
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light lunch to be served; discussion begins at 12:00 p.m.
Please note that seating is limited! To register, contact Becky Davison, Marketing & Communication Specailist, (902) 481-1234.
Other Upcoming sessions:
Karen Myers, Regional Director - Atlantic Region, Manpower will be hosting our final Roundtable of 2012 at the Chamber offices on Friday, December 14th from 11:30am - 1:15pm. Join us as we talk about talent and productivity. Talent is the new “it,” and the race for talent is leading organizations to expand their talent acquisition horizons. Those organizations that realize the importance of mobilizing their workforce will win in the Human Age. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate in this discussion.
Please note that seating is limited! If you'd like to participate in this discussion, please RSVP to Becky Davison (mailto:email@example.com) , Communication and Membership Engagement Coordinator, (902) 481-1234.