Halifax: One of Canada’s Fastest Growing Economies11:45am-1:30pm | Marriott Eaton Centre - 525 Bay St. , Toronto
Halifax has one of the fastest growing metropolitan economies among the 28 cities covered in the Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook.
Halifax ranks as one of the top 10 cities to do business in North America. It is the regional hub for finance and insurance, IT and transportation. Connected to global markets and hours from New York, Toronto and Europe, it is an excellent location for trade through its ports. Halifax’s economic growth is being driven by $129B in major projects in Atlantic Canada including shipbuilding, energy and new real estate developments.
Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax, will address members and guests at the Economic Club to share details about Halifax’s growth.
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City of Halifax
Mike Savage was 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.
He 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.