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In lieu of a virtual conference, we will be holding FOUR regional events. These events will happen between September 2022 and March 2023 around the province.


November 17, 2022
South Shore / Valley
Oak Island Resort &
Convention Centre

December 6, 2022
Cape Breton
Membertou Trade &
Convention Centre

February 23, 2023
HRM / Central
DoubleTree by Hilton
in Dartmouth

March 30, 2023
Inn on Prince Hotel &
Conference Centre
in Truro

Cape Breton

Tuesday, December 6, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre


Welcome and Elder Blessing

In This Session | Reflecting on our Journey: Building Digital Employment Services
Ernie Chan, Project Manager, Employment Services, Labour Skills, and Immigration

Ernie Chan is a Project Manager at Employment Nova Scotia. He supports projects using project management and technical skills, and by providing subject matter expertise on Nova Scotia Works operations and service delivery, ensuring in-person and digital services are aligned with user needs.

Since going live in December 2020, Nova Scotia Works Online has served as an important service access point for Nova Scotians seeking career and employment supports in the digital space.

As we approach our second anniversary, we are excited to reflect our journey to date with you: looking at the impacts of our service releases, uncovering insights from our user behaviour/analytics, and sharing lessons learned from our human-centred design approach.

In This Session| Gender Diversity and How to Be More Welcoming and Inclusive to Our Ever-changing Population
Madonna Doucette, The Youth Project

Madonna Doucette is a grassroots community organizer from Cape Breton with deep roots in the non-profit sector of the CBRM. She refers to herself as a professional homosexual as she has been a rural queer educator for 12 years now, most recently being promoted as Director with the Youth Project. In 2022, under her leadership, the Youth Project opened a new youth drop-in centre for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and their allies in downtown Sydney.

The Youth Project presentation will focus on gender diversity and how to become more welcoming and inclusive to our ever-changing population.  We will explain the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, do some myth-busting about the trans community and provide examples of ways to support and accommodate while becoming a better ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ community.  We will end the presentation with a Q&A and provide printed resources for attendees.

Lunch Break

In This Session | Inclusive Leadership while Adapting to a Changing Workforce
Bradley Daye and Matt Thomson, Placemaking 4G

Bradley Daye was born and raised in Halifax NS. He is a community leader, coach, and member of the African Nova Scotian community. NS. As the Grandson of Delmore Buddy Daye, community development is always top of mind. He is an empathetic leader with a successful background in professional sports having played and coached football at both the university and professional level. He also has a proven track record of taking an idea from incubation to success, with the launch and scale of two businesses and a non-profit organization.

Matt Thomson is a social entrepreneur who grew up in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. Living with a passion for joy, fulfillment, determination and love, Matt brings his authentic self to all that he does. With the life-purpose of leading courageously toward love, his leadership journey has always been rooted in empathy and collaboration, whether throughout his football career, professional career, entrepreneurial career, or parenting/fatherhood journey. Matt strives to reflect and honour his values which are to: Amplify, Inspire and Transform.

Together, Bradley and Matt founded P4G (Placemaking 4G) and Cluster Employment, and collaboratively run both organizations

The employment landscape is changing fast. It is on employers to adapt to new ways of working with new talent and it takes an inclusive and purposeful approach to get it right. Join Matt Thomson and Bradley Daye, co-founders of Placemaking 4G, as they share their experiences and lessons learned on how to build an inclusive workplace culture where every person can thrive.

Coffee and Networking Break

Tyler Simmonds is a public speaker and award-winning filmmaker who speaks openly about his experience living with mental illness, reminding people that recovery is possible and emphasizing the importance of vulnerability, mindfulness, and achieving your “flow state” through creativity and meditation. In 2016, the Huffington Post named him one of the 10 Inspirational people under 30 you should be following on Twitter. Twitter is where Tyler engages with over 35 thousand followers. Through his advocacy work, Tyler aims to inspire others.

Tyler has found success in film, with his Award-Winning piece, In My Mind, which is just one of the many artistic projects he has created over the years. Through his many channels, Tyler is inspiring people in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world with the power of vulnerability, creative fearlessness, and authenticity. Tyler has produced short films for mental health advocacy and coping strategies which have led to him winning awards for his influence on social media, advocacy for youth inspiration, the film industry, and with Canadian mental health services providers. He is passionate to help others through his story. His mission is to have honest conversations with others to bring awareness to undiscussed personal problems to positively impact others through his presentations. Tyler delivers presentations on mental health, health & wellness, resilience, overcoming adversity, diversity & inclusion, and BLM movement.


Meet and Greet, Music, and Prize Draw