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Leading through safety

Nova Scotia has established its strategy for a clear direction forward, which is being led by the One Nova Scotia Commission. In order for One Nova Scotia to be successful, workplace safety needs to be accepted and embraced as a business priority.

On November 9, a group of Nova Scotia’s most prominent leaders came together to ignite a conversation about the importance of workplace safety and the role it plays in our province’s future. Hosted by the Hon. Kelly Regan, Minister of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and Stuart MacLean, CEO of WCB Nova Scotia, the discussion was facilitated by Danny Graham, Chief Engagement Officer with Engage Nova Scotia.

Leadership Matters 2015 is available for viewing in two parts - click here for the first portion of the morning discussion and here for the second.


Danny Graham

Danny Graham, Facilitator

Over a 20-year period, Danny Graham has held senior positions in business, law, government and politics. He is currently a Special Advisor to McInnes Cooper on business matters and the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

He is an experienced litigator, having been lead counsel in cases at all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. He was Vice President of the Canadian Bar Association in Nova Scotia, and was on the National Executive of the CBA Criminal Justice Section.

Danny has been a senior advisor on justice matters to Justice Canada and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as a consultant to the governments of Thailand, Jamaica and Ukraine.

In Nova Scotia, he is working with businesses, communities and government agencies on a variety of strategic matters – ranging from corporate social responsibility, to citizen engagement, to aboriginal rights and innovative leadership. He is currently Nova Scotia’s Chief Negotiator in the Made in Nova Scotia Process – the comprehensive rights reconciliation process amongst the Mi’kmaq, the Province and Canada.

Danny was the leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and the MLA for Halifax Citadel in the Nova Scotia Legislature. He was the founding chair of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and Envision Halifax, and has been recognized by various organizations and news publications for his public and community leadership.

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7:30am: Arrival and networking with light breakfast
8:25am: Welcome from Duff Montgomerie, Deputy Minister of Labour and Advanced Education 
8:30am: Opening remarks from Hon. Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
8:45am: Remarks and panel introductions from Danny Graham
9:00am: Facilitated discussion with panelists
10:55am: Questions from the audience
11:20am: Closing remarks from Stuart MacLean, CEO of WCB Nova Scotia


  1. Rob Bennett, Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Canada, Emera Inc.
  2. Janet Knox, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  3. Stéphane Turbide, General Manager Halifax Operations, Pratt and Whitney Canada
  4. Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President &CEO, Digital Nova Scotia
  5. Janet Hazelton, President, Nova Scotia Nurses' Union
  6. Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, President, Mount St. Vincent University
  7. Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College
  8. Paul LaFleche, Deputy Minister, Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  9. Richard Butts, Chief Administrative Officer – Halifax Regional Municipality
  10. Joan Jessome, President, Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union
  11. Paul Vining, Chief Executive Officer, Cutlass Collieries, Cline Group Co
  12. Dan Monk, Owner, Monk Renovations
  13. Cynthia Dorrington, Vice President , Client Relations, Vale and Associates
  14. Mark Dreschel, Vice President, Health Safety & Environment, Bird Construction