Research symposium discusses impacts of changing demographics in Atlantic Canada

A discussion on the future of work and housing in Atlantic Canada is underway today at Saint Mary’s University. The Impact of Demographic Shift on the Future of Work and Housing in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia perspective) is a one-day research symposium to discuss the future of work and housing in Atlantic Canada in light of the region's aging population. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Simon D’Entremont, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
  • Dr. Suzanne Cook, York University

The event also features two panels of experts, who bring years of experience to the discussion.

Panel on the Future of Work

  • Dr. Karen Foster,  Dalhousie University
  • Thomas Storring, Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury
  • Jo-anne Stone, The Stone Group
  • Ian MacDonald, Volunteer Chair CARP N.S.
  • Moderator: Terry Murphy, Saint Mary’s University

Panel on the Future of Housing

  • Dr. Martha MacDonald, Saint Mary’s University
  • Jillian MacLellan, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Benjamin Nycum, Nycum William & Associates
  • Kevin Hooper, United Way Halifax
  • Moderator: Ian Munro, Halifax Partnership

Similar events are planned in NB, PEI, and NL. Based on the proceedings of these events, the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging, and Diversity will prepare a report to be released in the coming months.

Sino-Canadian Trade Summit at Saint Mary's

Trade experts, government officials, business executives and researchers came together on Thursday, November 16th, to discuss trade between China and Nova Scotia at Saint Mary’s University. The summit provided a platform for the exploration of trade and business relationships between Nova Scotia and China, as well as enhancing educational and cultural understanding.

Speakers and presenters included:

  • Dr. Prof. Ye Jianmin, Dean of the School of Management, Xiamen University will attend as the designated representative of the President of Xiamen University
  • Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority
  • Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University
  • Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority
  • William Allaway, CEO and Owner, Acadian Maple Products
  • Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership
  • Dr. Stephen Jones, CEO, 4Deep

 The goals of the summit were to:

  • Celebrate existing trade relations between Nova Scotia and China
  • Explore ways to grow bilateral trade
  • Build mutual understanding and cultural appreciation across cultures

Speakers included experts in international trade, Canadian and Chinese government representatives, and local business leaders with trade experience.

The Nova Scotia Sino-Canadian Trade Summit was a partnership between Saint Mary’s University, the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary’s University, and the Sobey School of Business.

Two students recognized with inaugural Fred and Nali George Scholarships

Fred George, Mariah Williams, Nali George, Susan Summerby-Murray, Jake Arsenault, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray

Fred George, Mariah Williams, Nali George, Susan Summerby-Murray, Jake Arsenault, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray

Students at Saint Mary’s University are already benefiting from a generous gift from Dr. Fred and Mrs. Nali George. Fred George received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Saint Mary’s in 2011 and is the recipient of a Saint Mary’s Distinguished Community Service Award. He and his wife, Nali, are dedicated philanthropists who share the University’s commitment to global awareness and social responsibility.

Jake Arsenault

Jake Arsenault

“I am very grateful to be the inaugural recipient of the Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Entrepreneurship,” said fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student, Jake Arsenault. “It’s a great honour to be acknowledged by such an accomplished and generous family. This award will certainly alleviate some of the financial stress I experience as a full-time student with my own business.” 

A 5th generation woodworker who was born and raised in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Arsenault launched a business while taking a Sobey School of Business course called Structuring the Startup. His company, Creative Urban Timber, is focused on repurposing Nova Scotian trees into beautiful tables and other unique creations.

Mariah Williams

Mariah Williams

As the inaugural recipient of the Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Geology/Business Studies, fourth year Geology major Mariah Williams is also the beneficiary of the George family’s generosity. “I am extremely grateful for the George family’s philanthropy and support and very honoured to see my hard work rewarded in this way,” said Williams. “In addition to helping me balance a heavy academic workload with part time employment as a research assistant, this award will afford me the time to engage in co-curricular activities and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.”

In addition to maintaining top marks in her Bachelor of Science program, Williams serves as Vice-President of the Saint Mary’s University D. Hope Simpson Geology Society. Last summer she worked as a Geo technician in the Yukon on the exploration site at Triumph Gold: an experience she hopes to use as the basis for her Honours project in deposit exploration.

“I am delighted to see these new endowed scholarships having an impact on such promising young people,” said Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray. “Fred and Nali George are valued members of the Saint Mary’s community. Thanks to their generosity, our students will go on to do remarkable things.”

The Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Entrepreneurship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in the Sobey School of Business who has declared a major in either Entrepreneurship or Global Business Management. The Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Geology/Business Studies is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student who is enrolled at Saint Mary's University in a major or honours program in Geology, with preference given to students in the BSc combined Geology and Business Program.

Saint Mary's statement regarding Loney Bowl

Saint Mary's University is pleased with the prompt action of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the decision of Associate Chief Justice Deborah Smith. The decision reinstates the Loney Bowl, the final game in the AUS Conference that determines the conference champion.

Saint Mary's reaffirms our position that the player eligibility question was put to rest and there isn’t and hasn’t been any impediment to Saint Mary’s position to play in the Loney Bowl. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has seen fit to recognize the importance of the university football season to players, coaches, support staff, Faculty and alumni in the Atlantic Region and across Canada. We are pleased that the Court has agreed with our position that the game should proceed. We are ready to play. We look forward to the game on Tuesday.

Margaret Murphy
Associate Vice-President, External Affairs
Saint Mary’s University