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Atlantic Canada Without Borders: Tearing Down Barriers to Take on the World

January 11, 2013 - February 1, 2013

Join APEC for a thought-provoking breakfast event on how Atlantic businesses are breaking down regional barriers to build partnerships and compete globally.

February 1, 2013   -    Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel    -    1919 Upper Water Street
                                                                  "Halifax Ballroom" A & B 
7:30 am - Registration
8:00 am - Breakfast and Panel Discussion
9:30 am - Event Concludes
APEC Member rate         - $50
APEC Non-Member rate - $60
Table pricing (8 seats)     - $350  
Atlantic Canada is often seen as a patchwork of provincial and municipal fiefdoms, each protecting their own turf. But our business visionaries see something greater in Atlantic Canada: a region teeming with untapped opportunities and partnerships, unconfined by barriers that limited us in the past. The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council brings together four such business leaders at an exciting breakfast discussion that will explore: how Atlantic Canadian companies are evolving beyond our borders to become more interconnected; how this evolution is helping Atlantic firms build partnerships to expand into global markets; and how provincial governments can “catch-up” to these fundamental shifts already underway in the business sector. 
Thanks to our event sponsor:

 The breakfast panel will be moderated by APEC president Elizabeth Beale, with the following event speakers:

Cathy Bennett has built her business skills from the ground up. As the CEO and owner of the Bennett Group of Companies, she has expanded her restaurant business and moved into new sectors such as real estate, international recruitment, industrial construction and fabrication. Well known in St. John’s as the past Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Cathy is playing an increasingly important role in Atlantic Canada's broader business community through her involvement on the boards of APEC, Bell Aliant and the Shaw Group and through her diverse investment holdings.

Shannon MacDonald oversees Deloitte’s marketplace presence in Atlantic Canada as the firm's Atlantic Practice Managing Partner, while also serving as a member of Deloitte’s national Board of Directors. Shannon was selected in 2012 as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Women's Executive Network in recognition for the leadership role she has played both regionally and nationally. She has also been an active board member of APEC, the Greater Halifax Partnership and other organizations, where she has proven a vocal proponent for increasing the interconnectedness of business across the region and developing new opportunities for Atlantic cooperation.

Kim West has been shaping the public dialogue in Atlantic Canada for 20 years, previously as a principal of MT&L and now as a partner with National Public Relations. Through 4Front Atlantic and as past Chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Kim has been active in fostering cooperation and building momentum for positive change among the business community. Her belief in creating opportunities across industries and political boundaries is exemplified by her recent involvement in the “Power of NL Coalition” and her work to help Atlantic companies compete globally.

Jo Mark Zurel has long been at the forefront of fostering private-sector cooperation in Atlantic Canada at his investment company Stonebridge Capital, which invests in a variety of regional start-ups and high-growth companies. As a current director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Major Drilling International and in his previous role as Chair of the St. John's Board of Trade, Jo Mark has been active in building bridges among the region’s business community and beyond. As APEC's First Vice-Chair Jo Mark has also been instrumental in encouraging regional dialogue on how Atlantic Canada can become more competitive and entrepreneurial.


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