That time of year again

That time of year again

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President | Published: April 5, 2023

Change is not only one of the only constants in life, but also often the best way to keep moving forward. And so it is with the Halifax Chamber Board of Directors.

It’s been a great past year — with too many accomplishments to list, due in large part to our parting Chair, Vice Chair, and Board members. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals for their service and many hours put into assisting the crucial work of the Chamber over the last year:

Faten Alshazly (outgoing Chair), WeUsThem
Chris Cowper-Smith (outgoing Vice Chair/Incoming Chair), Spring Loaded Technology and Mable Health
Mark Sidebottom, Nova Scotia Power
Andrew de Freitas, TMSI
Chris Googoo, Ulnooweg

On the heels of this good-bye, of course, is a big welcome to our incoming Board members:

Martina Kelades, Life Out Loud
Melissa Mbeba, Delectable Desserts
Mohammad Ali Raza, Cox & Palmer
René Gallant, Nova Scotia Power

In this issue, we introduce you to our incoming Chair, Chris Cowper-Smith, and Vice Chair, Ann Divine. Two familiar faces to many of you, and a powerful union for the next fiscal.

We also turn our attention to Mental Health Month, taking place in May. The Halifax Chamber, in its ongoing work promoting healthy workplaces in entrepreneurship and business, continues to emphasize the importance of viewing and taking care of mental health much the way you would physical. Three local entrepreneurs give us a sense of how they approach the issue — both in business as well as in their own lives.

And finally, keep an eye on our Events Page for all the most up-to-date info on what’s coming down the pike. A few notable mentions: Our AGM, taking place on Wednesday, April 26, and our Spring Dinner, taking place at the Halifax Convention Centre on Wednesday, May 17.

As always, we’re working hard for you, our members, and are happy to hear from you. So please continue to reach out, sharing thoughts and ideas. Email me at or find me on Twitter: @prezhfxchamber.

*The 2023-2024 Board of Directors is in effect as of the Annual General Meeting on April 26, 2023.

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