Atlantic Leader Insights

Exploring the enhancement of Atlantic Canada’s economy through the strengthening of its workforce


Atlantic Canada’s economy is fuelled by a diverse array of private and public sector entities that employ thousands of people and contribute to our region’s growth and prosperity. But how are these organizations optimizing the potential of their people? What insights have they gained about the future of our economy from their innovative initiatives?

KBRS recognizes the critical importance of attracting, developing and retaining inspiring leaders and top talent within Atlantic Canada. We sat down with leaders at several high-impact Atlantic Canadian organizations to talk about our region’s opportunities and challenges. The result is a series of interviews that capture these leaders’ insights on how we can enhance our economic outlook by strengthening our workforce.

In Conversation with...

  • Jim Hanlon
    CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise & Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship

    Drawing on 40 years of experience in the Canadian tech industry that encompasses aerospace, defence, and the marine monitoring field, Hanlon tells us why Atlantic Canada has a competitive advantage in the oceans sector, how we can build on this, and why places such as Norway and Waterloo, ON, offer a template for achieving our goals.

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  • Lydia Bugden
    CEO and Managing Partner, Stewart McKelvey

    From the helm of one of the largest law firms in Canada, Bugden reflects on the value of forging your own path to leadership, how technology has impacted workflow and client delivery in the professional services sector and why Atlantic Canada’s cities are well placed to win the war for talent.

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  • Laura Lee Langley
    Commissioner, Nova Scotia Public Service

    Reflecting on her extensive public service experience, Langley shares her perspectives on the importance of workforce diversity, why she is so passionate about advancing the issue, and why leaders need to be learners if they truly want to make progress in creating inclusive workplaces.

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  • Stephen Lund
    CEO, Opportunities New Brunswick

    Lund speaks to the importance of being proactive in economic development and why ONB has targeted cybersecurity and cannabis as priority growth industries.

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Who would you like to hear from?

Contribute to the conversation. Nominate an Atlantic Canadian leader who has their finger on the pulse of the unique challenges and opportunities organizations in the region face. They could be featured in an upcoming issue.

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