Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Conference


Thank you to those who answered the call to action! View the report for a summary of the proceedings as well as copies of the speaker slide decks.


This year's Conference Featured






David Audretsch

Author of "Everything in its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions and States"

David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies.  Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness.  His work has specifically included the impact of public policy on... Click to read more  







Benson Honig

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Immigration, (dis)Entrepreneurship and Start-up Nation, Israel Specialist

Benson Honig (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Studying entrepreneurship worldwide, his research interests have taken him to some of the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world, and in particular,  the ecosystem... Click to read more 





Dane Stangler

Author of "Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem"

As Vice President of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dane Stangler serves on the Foundation’s senior leadership team and leads a staff of more than twenty economic... Click to read more 






Ellen Farrell, PhD

Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Expert

Ellen Farrell is at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University and completed her doctoral work at the University... Click to read more 





Gerry Pond

Innovator, Entrepreneurial Champion and Catalyst for a Regional Approach to Entrepreneurship

Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As the CEO of NBTel and the President of its successor, Aliant Telecom, he was at the helm during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian.... Click to read more 




Colin Mason

Entrepreneurship & Regional Development Professor, University of Glasgow

Colin Mason is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He previously held a Chair in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde and before that was at the University of Southampton. He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and University of Manchester (PhD) and has held visiting positions at universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.... Click to read more 


Where to Go

All events will be held at Saint Mary's University:
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 3C3
Specific rooms will be indicated in the Schedule of Events. Not sure how to navigate campus? Click here to view a campus map. 

Where to Stay

 Participants of the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem are invited to take advantage of a preferred rates at our two partner Hotels: 


Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3G5 

Reservations can be made by:


Telephone: 1-888-810-7288


Please quote “Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” to get the preferred rate of $139.00.



1181 Hollis Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2P6 Canada


Reservations can be made by:

Telephone: 1-888-627-8553

Online: Click here.


Please quote “Saint Mary’s University (SMU)” to get the preferred rate of $157.00. 


How Much?

 Regular price is $395+tax. There is also a student rate of $145+tax.