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30 Aug

Monique Arsenault

Monique is the Director, Innovation and lead on the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative for Develop Nova Scotia.  Prior to joining the Develop Nova Scotia team, Monique was with the provincial Department of Business where she led the rural Internet file for three years.  She is a bilingual BA graduate with a Marketing concentration, and has 15 years of provincial economic development experience with organizations including Invest NB and Department of Business New Brunswick. Monique and her team are responsible for extending access to high quality, reliable Internet to at least 95% of Nova Scotians.
29 Aug

Stella Bowles

Stella Bowles prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s
LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal
contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have
allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal
straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along
the river.
Three years since her initial research, Stella continues to be an
advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province wide.
She has teamed up with Coastal Action Foundation and together they
have started a campaign training other kids to become citizen
scientists and test their own waterways.
Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the Action for Nature
International Young Hero’s Award from California and the Canada’s
Walk of Fame Community Hero Award. In a completely separate
project, she has also recently become the youngest ever published
Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River,
written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire
other youth to become advocates for issues they care about.

“I’ve learned that kids do have the power to make change,” says
Stella. “And I’m just getting started.”

27 Aug

Tara Mccartney

Tara is an ex-corporate manager (Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom) turned social entrepreneur and progressive development specialist with multiple projects & companies based out of India. 

From basic services for the rural poor such as clean water, solar energy, menstrual hygiene products & profitable income generation such as social tourism via the non-profit United for Hope & its partner for-profit, Shakti Empowerment Solutions to ethical textile production for European retailers through her full- service agency, Fairfactia, Tara has extensive knowledge of the challenges & the opportunities of social entrepreneurship and progressive rural development in India.

A resident of India, holding an OCI card she has spent years living in some of India’s most challenging rural areas and is based primarily out of the Kushingar District, Eastern Uttar Pradesh. She firmly believes in living in the communities she and her team are trying to develop.

Her repertoire of engaging speaking, workshop & collaboration opportunities include:

  • Smart Villages in Rural India
  • Go-to-Market for Social Enterprises in Developing Markets
  • Involving men in Women’s Empowerment Projects
  • From Corporate Ladder to Indian Villages – a personal journey
  • Areas of WASH, Education, Menstrual Hygiene, Clean Energy, Women’s Empowerment and Ethical Textiles
19 Aug

Landon Getz

Landon J. Getz is a Vanier Scholar, Killam Laureate and PhD Student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at Dalhousie University. His academic work is focused on a group of ocean bacteria, called Vibrio, which play important roles in marine nutrient cycling, but also cause infections in animals and humans. This work was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award in 2019, as well as funding from the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship program at both the Master’s and Doctoral level, the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholars Award, the Killam PreDoctoral Scholarship, and the Canadian Vanier Scholarship. Landon’s work has resulted in 6 peer-reviewed journal publications. Further, Landon is an impassioned teacher, having been awarded the President’s Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Dalhousie Legacy Awards in 2019 for his teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University.  Landon is also an LGBTQ+ advocate, the founder of Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM (QAtCanSTEM), and on the organizing committee for the upcoming QAtCanSTEM Colloquium. Landon strives to raise awareness for a more critical engagement with ethics among STEM fields, having published many commentaries and a peer-reviewed journal article on frontier science like CRISPR/Cas9 and its regulation and consequences worldwide. He has been interviewed by DalNews and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his work. Landon is passionate about environmental ecology; climate change mitigation; equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM; and scientific and research ethics.

Twitter: @landongetz


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07 Aug

Chris Hornberger

With more than 30 years’ experience as a business leader, Chris brings
a deep understanding of the issues facing today’s leaders. As an
executive coach and management consultant and a founding partner
in Halifax Global Inc., she specializes in providing executives with
strategic counsel, coaching and advisory, and planning and facilitation
Prior to launching her coaching and consulting career, Chris worked
in the public and private sectors in Canada and the US as an executive
in workers’ compensation, health insurance and health IT. Her clients
represent diverse sectors including health care; research and scientific organizations; post-secondary
education institutions; and social services and government services organizations; among others.
Many of Chris’ clients are women leaders nationally, regionally and locally. Much of her work is about
diversity and inclusion including women in technology, persons with disabilities, and immigrants and
Passionate about women’s issues, Chris is a past member of the executive and board of the International
Women’s Forum Canada – Atlantic Chapter and acts as a mentor to young women and men through the
Halifax Partnership Connector Program, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia and
Futurpreneur. She currently serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside.
Accreditations and Education:
• Certified Executive Coach – Royal Roads University
• Fellow Certified Management Consultant – CMC-Canada, Canadian Association of
Management Consultants
• Bachelor of Arts – University of Western Ontario

• Office: 902-491-4483
• Mobile: 902-449-1902
• E-mail:
• Website:

07 Aug

Ghada Koleilat

Ghada I. Koleilat received her BASc (2006) in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, her MASc (2008) and her Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. 

During her graduate studies, she developed the world’s first functional colloidal quantum dot tandem solar cell employing a single quantum tuned material. She also conceived a material processing that enabled prolonged stability and improved electrical properties in photovoltaic junctions based on colloidal quantum dots. That process is now patented and licensed to InVisage, Inc.  Before joining Dalhousie University in August 2016, Koleilat did her postdoctoral training at Stanford University where she investigated the properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes and their potential in photovoltaics.   

Her work has frequently been highlighted in major media outlets like Nanotechweb, Materials today, National Post, MIT’s Technology Review and Engadget, to name a few. Her first publication (ACS Nano 2008) was one of the 10 highest cited articles in the journal for 4 years.  She has received several presitigious highly competitive awards for her research work, most notably the Banting PDF (2012). She was ranked 3rd among all the engineering and natural science applicants (PDF NSERC applicants). Recently, she was awarded the tri-agency funded New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration stream award.

07 Aug

Sreejata Chatterjee

Sreejata is the co-founder and Head of Product at LeadSift – a sales intelligence platform. She’s responsible for the design, architecture & shipping of LeadSift products, figuring out how to deliver maximum value to the customers, and also picking up snacks for the office. As a female-tech-immigrant-entrepreneur, her journey has been exciting, but sometimes lonely. Outside of work, she’s a guest lecturer at Saint Mary’s University, co-hosts a Data Science meetup and runs a small-scale catering company but you’re most likely to find her chilling over wine and food after an (easy!) hike.
07 Aug

Shelley Hessian

Shelley Hessian is executive director of Start-Up Yard at COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship).

COVE ( is a global centre for ocean innovation and collaboration on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour. Start-Up Yard operated by Innovacorp ( helps ocean technology start-ups accelerate their development through facilities, programs, incubation, funding, shared equipment, expertise and mentoring.

Shelley has more than 20 years of experience working with small business enterprises, specifically in project management, business development and planning, and strategy implementation.

Before becoming executive director of Start-Up Yard at COVE, Shelley was Innovacorp’s manager of programs and business acceleration. She worked one-on-one with Innovacorp’s early stage technology client companies and led the organization’s many acceleration programs and other initiatives, such as I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, Early Stage Commercialization Fund, Start-Up Visa Program, CleanTech Accelerate Program, OceanTech Development and Demonstration Programs, and Business Over Breakfast series. She also oversaw Innovacorp’s work with Nova Scotia companies and entrepreneurial communities outside Halifax, and managed the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre, an incubation facility for early stage life sciences ventures.

Prior to joining the Innovacorp team, Shelley was manager of consulting and skills development at Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre, which offers professional business consulting services, skills development and customized training programs to entrepreneurs.

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with a concentration in information technology from Saint Mary’s University. She is also a certified project management professional.

03 Aug

Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon, PhD, O.C., FCAE, FRSC
President Emerita and Professor, Geomatics Engineering

University of Calgary

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is president emerita and professor, geomatics engineering at the University of Calgary after serving as president and vice-chancellor from July 2010 until December 2018. Prior to her term as president, Dr. Cannon served as dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. An expert in Geomatics Engineering and Professional Engineer, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 in both industrial and academic environments, and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide. Dr. Cannon’s work has been recognized with many national and international honours including the Johannes Kepler Award from the U.S. Institute of Navigation, APEGA’s Centennial Leadership Award and the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada. 

Dr. Cannon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering and an elected Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering. She served as co-chair of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable, was a past chair of Universities Canada, and was a member of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) in addition to many other boards and advisory councils. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees the Aga Khan University, a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies and a corporate director.

In 1998, Dr. Cannon was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and in 2006 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Acadia University, the Université de Montréal, and SAIT. In June 2019, Dr. Cannon was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

03 Aug

Sue Molloy

Dr. Sue Molloy, Ph.D., P.Eng., Ocean Engineer and academic researcher in Halifax, NS. 

Dr. Molloy is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is President of Glas Ocean Electric and is an active consulting engineer, researcher and adjunct professor of Ocean Engineering. Dr. Molloy specializes in Electric Boats & Ships, Marine Renewable Energy and Sustainable Engineering. Through both Glas Ocean Electric and her consulting company, Dr. Molloy’s current and recent projects have been for clients such as the Canadian Space Agency, Transport Canada and Black Rock Tidal Power.  

Dr. Molloy’s doctoral work focused on ship propulsion and diesel-electric propulsion. Dr. Molloy has produced a number of reports for provincial and federal agencies that address marine testing facilities, tidal power, electric boats, and marine noise.  

Dr. Molloy is the international chair for the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) River Turbines Performance Project Team (PT) (62600-300), a Canadian delegate on the Design PT of IEC TC114 Marine Energy and is a former board member of Marine Renewables Canada.  She is the former co-chair of the Canada-China track II energy dialogue marine renewable energy subcommittee.

Dr. Molloy has taught over 20 university courses including sustainable engineering and turbomachines for Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering and sustainable industrial design and renewable energy at OCAD University in Toronto. As an adjunct professor at Dalhousie and also in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Molloy is working on a range of tidal power research projects. Dr. Molloy has been publishing regularly in journals and at conferences since 2001, is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ocean Technology and the SUT Journal of Underwater Technology and regularly reviews for Elsevier and IEEE. Dr. Molloy reviews grants for the US Department of Energy and NOAA and is a member of the NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Molloy’s consulting clients include ocean-related SMEs, tidal power project developers, non-profits, academia, and government.