Event (Upcoming)

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June 2018

Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage to address the Economic Club

11:45am-1:30pm | Venue TBC - , Toronto

In the heart of Halifax is an emerging Innovation District, a place where startups, business incubators, corporations and risk capital are anchored by Canada’s highest concentration of post-secondary academic institutions in a region that offers an enviable lifestyle alongside proximity to global business centers. We have the Talent, Location and Cost + Innovation (TLC+I) advantages required for companies to succeed. 

Atlantic Canada has generated more than $2 billion in exits over the last five years; the Royal DSM acquisition of Ocean Nutrition for $540 million and the sale of Radian 6 to Salesforce for $326 million are but two examples of the many companies that have been built in - and continue to be serviced out of - Halifax, Nova Scotia. With the introduction of the Ocean Supercluster to the region, we anticipate an additional $14 billion in GDP, new companies and thousands of new jobs will be generated. 

The elements of success are in place and the opportunity has never been greater for Halifax. 

Please join Mayor Mike Savage as he shares a lunchtime presentation on Halifax’s unique opportunities and how they are accelerating growth.

Mike Savage

Mayor
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mike Savage

Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012. Mayor Savage ran on a platform to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in the country, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community.

On October 15, 2016, Mayor Savage was elected to a second term based on a platform of sustained progress in making the Halifax region a place where residents can live, belong and thrive.

Mayor Savage is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus and a strong voice in support of local economic development, immigration, social equity, and infrastructure investment.

In October 2015, Mayor Savage was selected by his counterparts from across the country to co-chair the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Syrian refugee response task force. The role allowed him to draw on his long political experience to help draw cities together to share best practices in response to the Syrian refugee and resettlement.

In the fall of 2015, Mayor Savage became president of the World Energy Cities partnership, an international organization of cities with significant energy sector interests.

In March 2016, he was honoured as a Modern Maker of Canada by the Canadian Institute on Governance during a ceremony recognizing the growing role of civic leaders in driving the economic prosperity for the country.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Mike Savage served as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011, during which time he played a national role as Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources, Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Mayor Savage has also had a career in business as General Manager of S. Cunard and Co., Director of Sales and Marketing for Nova Scotia Power Inc., Vice
President at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, and Vice President at M5 Communications.

Mayor Savage has demonstrated community leadership in social, health and cultural organizations, as a board member for the IWK Health Centre and Neptune Theatre, as a former President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, and through his involvement with Junior Achievement, The Red Cross, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the United Way.

Mayor Savage and his wife Darlene have two children, Emma and Conor, and continue to make their home in Dartmouth where Mayor Savage grew up and attended school before graduating from Dalhousie University.

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