Halifax Chapter History
The Halifax Chapter (originally the Halifax-Dartmouth Chapter)
inaugural meeting was held on December 7th 1989.The first Annual
Meeting was held in 1990 with the Constitution being adopted, and a
Bank balance of $1600.The initial fees were set at $35, and
remained at that level for some time.
|The following were the elected officers for
||Dave Smart (later to be President)
- Ron Myers
- Francis (Frank) Fleet
- Frederick Donaldson (also later President)
As many of the initial executives were Federal (Armed Forces) it
was some time before Provincial members joined in numbers. Our
meeting place was the Halifax Armories, which had a lot of parking
and no rent. Later parking became a problem. In 1992-1993, new
locations were explored with a variety of different speakers and
venues. Our frequency of meetings, attendance and interest all
started to decline in 1995. This situation continued to exist until
after we hosted the 1998 PSMW where we had 312 attendees, and when
we were able to attract the attention and interest of the province.
Our financial base improved as well.
Chair of PSFMW 1998 Halifax welcomes delegates to the event's
evening gala. At the time, Major Donaldson was ending a 4-year term
as the President of the Halifax Chapter, and some fourteen years
later is back at the helm.
In 1998/99 we had a membership of 59 members. This was very
encouraging as we had sought regular Provincial input from our
inception. Under the leadership of Dave Smart we performed a
comprehensive review of all the Chapter activities resulting in a
direction to obtain a standard meeting place and time and attempt
to attract a more varied attendance. ln April 2000, Richard Neville
spoke to a joint meeting of FMl and Nova Scotia federal
From 2000 a new executive emerged with a strong Provincial
presence, Kevin Malloy, the Controller for the Province emerged as
the new President. He was determined to keep the Chapter
financially sound and plan a more focused and less frequent
delivery of topic that would be of interest to our members. We have
carried on from this point with increasing efforts to now entice
the Federal members to attend on a more regular basis. We have
developed a Memo of Understanding with Health Canada to use the
Learning Centre Plus and have attempted to meet with the Federal
Council and similar agencies to develop interest and
PSMW 2010 Conference
Chairs, Mark Huard (National) and, Kathryn Burlton (Local),
welcomed delegates on the first day of the conference.
The 23rd Annual Public Sector Management Workshop was held in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, from June 13th to 15th, 2010. Over 300
participants enjoyed an additional 15 breakout sessions with 25
speakers on the themes of Innovations in Accounting, The Economy,
The Environment and The Human Connection. The Honourable Pierre
Pettigrew, former federal cabinet minister and now an International
Relations Advisor with Deloitte gave a fascinating speech following
Tuesday's lunch. The final event was a plenary session featuring
economist Jeff Rubin, best-selling author of "Why Your World is
About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller".
Along with lots of superb local food and entertainment, Maritime
hospitality, the beautiful warm weather, and the efforts of a
committed group of volunteers, the event was deemed a great
success. Our speakers have always been of high caliber and we are
continuing to increase our efforts in publicity and feedback from
the public sector in the Halifax Metro Area.
Visit the Halifax Chapter's Web pages for full details
on events and activities.