Looking ahead

Looking ahead

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In my role at the Chamber, I’ve had endless opportunities to meet the business owners and leaders of Halifax. I’ve been lucky enough to see firsthand our growth and our potential in tech and innovation, in life sciences, in research and development at the universities, and in oceans. I see it daily in the success stories highlighted in Business Voice, on our members’ social media and in conversations with our Board members.

I know Halifax is working hard to put our city on the map and I want to take a moment to celebrate all your hard work thus far. We’ve had a pretty great year.

I returned to Nova Scotia in 2012 after an absence of almost 20 years to an unemployment rate of 9.6 per cent in this province that has now, after concerted effort by both the private sector and government, dropped to 6.2 per cent and in Halifax as low as 4.9 per cent, a record low. The average hourly salary is up, and consumer purchasing power increased over the last quarter.

We saw international enrolment in Halifax universities continue to climb and totalled 7,000 students in the 2017-2018 school year.

And to top it all off, Nova Scotia’s population as of Jan. 1, 2019 was 965,382, the highest population for our province on record.

Halifax has a lot to be proud of right now and we’re looking forward to even more success in the coming year.

In May's issue of Business Voice, you’ll read about one of Halifax’s superstars, our incoming Chair of the Board, Margaret Chapman. Margaret is a passionate champion of our business community. She sits on a variety of boards and continuously contributes her time and knowledge to the arts, health care, social enterprises and more.

Her focus this year is on inclusion in the business community. Click here to read more on Margaret’s insights on how we can achieve more together by providing a seat at the table to a diverse group.

Sticking to our growth theme, we’ve also focused on Halifax’s future in May's issue. Mayor Savage gave a frank and optimistic look of where Halifax is heading in the next decade. Click here to read the city’s lofty and ambitious goals, and we hope you’ll see yourselves participating in these goals in the next few years.

We also have lots of great features in this issue featuring or written by local women. Great timing, considering our next Wonder Women conference is happening next month, June 21. We hope you can join us for an uplifting day of women supporting women and sharing candid and personal advice on how to succeed in business. Happy reading!

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