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President & Chief Executive Officer - Halifax Partnership (Filled)

Building a Thriving, Prosperous Halifax.

The Halifax Partnership, the city’s economic development organization, is an influential and ambitious network of over 120 private and post-secondary partners and all three levels of government who are accelerating business growth, attracting new investment, strengthening the community and helping people succeed. Together they market Halifax to the world, help businesses reach their full potential, and track and report on Halifax’s economic progress.

The Partnership has a catalytic role to grow the population to 550,000 and GDP to $30 billion by 2031. To achieve these goals, the Partnership and its partners are implementing Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan 2016-21, supported by four five-year strategic goals with a focused and measurable plan of action to make Halifax a vibrant, thriving and inclusive city. The plan builds upon and leverages Halifax’s unique strengths – its ocean advantage, its educated and innovative research and start-up community, and its superb urban/rural lifestyle.

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has a rare opportunity to build on the region’s current momentum and profoundly impact the future, by taking the next big step in realizing the potential of the city’s economic growth.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO takes a lead role in articulating the economic development vision for Halifax and building for its future. Additionally, this position is responsible for the day to day management of the organization, including a team of 40 staff, and is accountable for operations, administration, marketing, human resources and finance functions.

The successful candidate is a 21st century leader who thrives in a diverse, digital and entrepreneurial world and who fosters relationships with partners and staff that are collegial, collaborative and action-oriented. Naturally curious, the President and CEO fosters co-creation and is both strategic and disciplined about implementation, delivering on commitments and achieving results. The CEO is comfortable in a high-profile role and has a track record of galvanizing the business community and diverse stakeholders to achieve a shared purpose. The successful candidate can work collaboratively beyond HRM to network and foster mutually beneficial opportunities across Nova Scotia.

The President and CEO has at least five years of CEO or senior executive leadership experience with demonstrated business or economic development expertise. The CEO has a post-secondary education in business or a related discipline and understands the principles and general trends within the economic development industry. The successful candidate has a broad understanding of and is engaged in the economic and social fabric of the community. The CEO has sophisticated leadership skills spanning a network of stakeholders across three levels of government, economic development partners, investors and private sector organizations. The new CEO has an excellent record of leading and building high-performing teams as well as a superior ability to build and cultivate strong relationships with internal and external partners.

To learn more about the Halifax Partnership, please visit

For further information, please contact Kim West or Amy Reid at 902-422-2099.

Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting is a Canadian talent management firm focused on capturing the full potential of people in organizations by supporting a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

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