Luminaries gather in Halifax for 2017 STARTS NOW — A CANADA 150 conference series on June 4, 2013

June 3, 2013

Multi-city conference series aimed at developing best ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017

What do these top luminaries from a diverse range of pursuits including the arts, culture, business and technology have in common?

Soulafa Al-Abbasi – Director of Immigration & Diversity, Fusion Halifax
Nadine Belliveau – President, Association acadienne des artistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Gregg Curwin – President and CEO, TruLeaf
Jac Gautreau – Creative Producer and Director, KA’NATA
Danny Graham – Special advisor, McInnes Cooper
Allison Kouzovnikov – Director, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia
Robert Orr – Former CEO, Ocean Nutrition
Jowi Taylor – Founder and CEO, Six String Nation
Tammy Williams – Creative consultant

These great influencers will gather in Halifax, on Tuesday, June 4 for an exploratory discussion on how best to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. They will present their thoughts on today’s Canada, its future and how to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The conference will be co-hosted by Stéphane Côté, host, Le réveil, Radio-Canada, and actor Bette MacDonald, of Mr. D on CBC Television.

CBC/Radio-Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and VIA Rail Canada, is sparking the national conversation about Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series, in collaboration with other local and national organizations.

The conferences are being held in both official languages and bring together citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country, representing every demographic of our diverse society. This series of regional conferences is taking place across the country from April to June 2013. Ideas and suggestions generated at the conferences will be compiled and presented at the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW summary event in Ottawa on June 27.

The Halifax event is one of a dozen related conferences being held across the country, aimed at informing, inspiring and incubating local and regional projects and ideas to celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation, and to develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives. Canadians have the opportunity to watch the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conferences via live stream on the interactive digital platform at Additionally, Canadians can participate in the conferences live by submitting comments to @cbclive and using #Canada150 on Twitter.

For additional event information and speaker bios, please visit

For further information or to arrange access/interviews, contact:

Johanne Huard, Radio-Canada
Regional communications manager

Renee Weekes
Senior publicist, CBC
416-205-2053 (office)
416-729-7945 (cell)

For VIA Rail Canada
Jacques C. Gagnon
Senior manager, Community and Media Relations, Legal and Corporate Affairs

For Community Foundations of Canada
Anne-Marie McElrone
Vice president, Public Engagement
613-236-2664 x 304

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