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I have ideas and solutions

Innovation and productivity are the drivers of economic growth. They thrive where diverse networks of businesses, ideas, people and organizations interact; consider the Ideas Festival as the collision of the minds that instigates change.

I care about the future of Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada's aging demographic means young people need to increasingly take on positions of leadership in business and government. The need to collaborate has never been greater to build that critical mass required to attract foreign investment, build economies of scale and repatriate our talent.

The world is changing rapidly everyday

The rapid pace of economic and social change, including the rise of developing countries, is forcing us to more effectively stimulate, communicate and apply new ideas. Importantly, there is no consensus around which ideas should be used.

2013 Speaker's list

Dr. John F. Hamm

Former Premier of Nova Scotia

Dr. John HammBorn

April 8, 1938, New Glasgow


- Wife Genesta Hartling and children John Cameron, Jeffrey Peter and Jennifer Byers –Seven grandchildren


- Stellarton


- 1955 New Glasgow High School Graduate

- 1958 Bachelor of Science, University of King’s College

- 1963 Medical Degree, Dalhousie University

Community/Professional Experience

- Family Practice – 32 years (Pictou County)

- 2nd Lieutenant, Canadian Army (Infantry)

- President, New Glasgow Rangers hockey team

- President, Aberdeen Hospital Medical Staff

- President, Pictou County Medical Society

- Warden, St. George’s Church

- Chair, Executive of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia

- President, College of Family Physicians of Nova Scotia

- Member, Medical Council of Canada

- Member, Provincial Medical Board

- President, Medical Society of Nova Scotia

- Chair, Aberdeen Hospital Foundation

Political Involvement

- 1993 – 2006 MLA, Pictou Center

- 1995 – 2006 Leader of the P.C. Party of Nova Scotia

- 1995 – 1998 Leader of her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

- 1998 – 1999 Leader of Third Party

- 1999 – 2006 Premier of Nova Scotia

Awards and Recognition

- 1959 Bob Walter Award at King’s College

- 2000 Annual Leadership Award, New England-Canada Business Council

- 2006 Judge J. Elliott Hudson Distinguished Alumnus Award at King’s College

- 2007 Honorary Member of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia

- 2009 Award of Excellence – French Language Service Champion

- 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award – New England-Canada Business Counsel

- 2009 Honorary Diploma from Nova Scotia Community College

- 2010 Officer of the Order of Canada

- 2012 Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Recent Activities

- Member of Steering Committee of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation of   Canadian Blood Services

- Member of National Board of Early Childhood Development

- Chairman of the Board - University of King’s College

- Chairman Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada

- Chairman of Board of Directors of Northern Resources

- Council Member of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

- Co-Chair of Democracy 250

- Board of Directors of the Sobey Art Foundation

- Honorary Chair Big Brothers Big Sisters 2010

- Honorary Chair of 50th Anniversary of Pictou County United Appeal 2010

- Co-chair of the Financial campaign for the Pictou County Wellness Center

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