5:00pm - 5:30pm
Annual General Meeting

The Event Atlantic Society Annual General Meeting is the annual gathering of the organization’s shareholders where the current directors present their reports and an election of officers is held.

From the World Sledge Hockey Challenge to the Tim Hortons Brier and FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifier, Atlantic Canada hosted its share of great events and there is more to come. Join representatives from each of the four Atlantic Provinces who will provide an overview of sport tourism and event activity in their region over the past year.

Moderated by:
​Wayne Long
Chair, Event Atlantic


1:20pm - 2:00pm
Our Culture is Alive and Well

Andy McLean ECMAs
Jennie King Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Kelly Murphy PEI International Shellfish Festival

Events in Atlantic Canada provide unique opportunities to showcase and celebrate our heritage, while driving economic benefits to the region. Join our panel of seasoned event experts as they reveal their individual strategies that maximize their investments and resources to deliver outstanding results.

Moderated by:
Stacey Jones-Oxner
Director, Events Nova Scotia

2:10pm - 2:50pm
The Future of Event Atlantic Society
(workshop session)

Entering its fifth year of existence and having hosted Summits in all four Atlantic provinces, where does Event Atlantic go from here? Join the discussion on such topics as:

  • Membership based organization
  • Event collaboration and attraction
  • Consulting Services / Information sharing
  • Future Summits

Moderated by:
Grant MacDonald
GM Events Inc.

Event Atlantic Society Reception

Join fellow Event Atlantic and CSTA delegates at as we share a beverage or two at HFX Sports Bar & Grill  (1721 Brunswick Street) while enjoying some great live East Coast music. .

Summit Agenda

11:30 -12:30 Onsite Registration, Halifax Convention Centre

12:30 - 1:15pm
​Luncheon Keynote Address

Nova Scotia’s Andrew Russell competed on the National Sprint Canoe Team for six years competing in several national and international events. Andrew had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The athlete or competitor experience at an event is sometimes overlooked, but it's often critical to the success of an event. He'll share his insights into events, as well as his role with Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada and their bid to host the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, N.S.

4:00pm - 4:50pm
Small Town Challenge. Big Time Results

Nick Sharpe World Jr. A Hockey Challenge
Kevin Dicke Acadia University
Denis Leblanc Town of Shediac

We are pretty sure that the Olympics will probably never come to our region. (and that’s ok). But what is small town Atlantic Canada doing to think big and attract the world to their doorstep.  Listen and learn from these event professionals who have achieved success by thinking out side the box.

Moderated by:
Neal Alderson
Manager, Events Nova Scotia

3:00pm - 3:50pm
Event Bidding NSO Roundtable Discussion

The landscape to host international and national championships is quickly shifting which means an increased role for all stakeholders in bidding communities. Join decision makers from the following National Sports Organizations (NSOs) who will explain their rationale and process for awarding events.
Dean McIntosh Hockey Canada
Director, Marketing Services

Jessie Daly Soccer Canada
Senior Manager, Events

Moderated by:
​Seamus O’Keefe
SOK Associates Inc.

The 4th Annual Atlantic Canada Event Summit was held on March 6, 2018 in conjunction with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance's 2018 Sport Event Congress

Over 75 delegates attended the Atlantic Canada Event Summit which was co-hosted by the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax at the Halifax Convention Centre