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Manulife, Allianz partner on property

Manulife is joining with German insurance and asset management company Allianz in a venture that will see them co-invest up to $1 billion in U.S. real estate 

Dalhousie appoints new dean of medicine

Dalhousie University will soon have a new dean of its faculty of medicine.

Credit Union Atlantic CEO Marie Mullally joins NSBI Board

The president of Nova Scotia's largest credit union and the former head of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. has joined Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Bell Aliant expands fibre-optic availability

Bell Aliant has made a fibre-optic network available to one million potential customers 

Armour Group unveils $200M plan to redevelop former Blackberry property in Bedford

An innovative, creative and collaborative hub where high-tech startups can coexist with established businesses is coming our way.

Holiday spirit coming to Neptune Theatre with A Christmas Story 

Ralphie and the whole gang - along with a fish-net clad leg lamp - will be bringing the holiday cheer to audiences at the Neptune Theatre with a performance of A Christmas Story, which beings Friday 

Nova Scotia partners with DAL, NSCAD to help create student-led startups

The Nova Scotia government is partnering with Dalhousie University and NSCAD University to create a hub for engineering, business and design experts to come together in hopes of creating student-led startups. 

DHX Media signs publishing deals

DHX Media Ltd. reported a big jump in first-quarter revenue, which rose to $43 million from $27 million a year earlier following its acquisition of the Family Channel and others.

Bell Aliant makeover starts 

Customers won’t notice any immediate change now that Bell Aliant has gone private, new top boss Dan McKeen says. But changes are in store for employees, starting with senior executive changes announced Monday.

Paul Sobey to serve as SMU Chancellor

Paul Sobey has been named the next chancellor of Saint Mary’s University.

Dalhousie University part of Canada's Phonotics Hub

Canada is leader in phonotics research and development, and continues that trend in the field of quantum technologies.

Airport impact on N.S. soars to $1.29b

Halifax Stanfield International Airport contributed $1.29 billion to Nova Scotia’s economy in 2013, according to an economic impact report commissioned by the Halifax International Airport Authority.

stlink widens wireless TV reach

New Discovery Centre in Halifax gets $1m from Royal Bank of Canada

A kinetic wall that shimmers like fish scales when it rains. A 22-metre floating staircase with steps like piano keys. A bubble park with big balloon trees.

Eastlink widens wireless TV reach

Baseball fans consider this: with Eastlink’s new Maestro Wireless TV technology, it is easy to pick up a television and head off to the garage to watch the World Series in total privacy, if that’s your thing.

Halifax Shipyard takes big delivery

Some marvels of engineering met for the first time and danced together on the Halifax waterfront Wednesday, compliments of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and the Halifax Port Authority.

WearWell, NSLC efforts honoured

Spilled beer that is turned into biofuel. Fabric scraps used to make automotive insulation.

Innovacorp helps Nova Scotia's 'immature' risk capital system learn to thrive

In an ideal world, Stephen Duff says he would be out of a job.

“If we’re wildly successful with our mandate at Innovacorp, we won’t exist,” said the president and CEO of the business development agency.

Unifor, Bell Aliant reach deal

Bell Aliant and its workers represented by Unifor have reached a tentative contract, the union announced Wednesday.

Grocers federation honours Pete's Fine Foods

Pete’s Fine Foods is being inducted into an independent grocer hall of fame.

SMU to offer B. Com program in Zhuhai, China

Saint Mary's University is lanching a bachelor of commerce program in China.

Macdonald Bridge closure in Halifax explained

After 60 years of faithful service, the deck of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge is wearing out and needs to be replaced. Dubbed "The Big Lift," work will begin on the $150-million project in mid-2015. The suspended span will be removed in 46 sections, each weighing up to 120 tonnes.

Neptune Theatre throws opens its door

Neptune Theatre is holding an open house on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring food and beverage vendors, retailers, service providers and cultural organizations, plus a 24-hour ticket sale to kick off Neptune’s 2014-15 Season.

Asa Kachan announced as CEO for Halifax Public Libraries

Asa Kachan has been chosen to head up the 14 branches within the Halifax library system.

The current registrar and assistant vice-president of enrolment management at Dalhousie University, Kachan will begin her work as chief executive officer and chief librarian of the municipal library system Nov. 1.

BCE gets shares to take Aliant private

BCE Inc has acquired the shares it needs to privatize regional subsidiary Bell Aliant Inc.

Armour Transportation Systems expands in the Maritimes

One of the Maritimes largest trucking companies is expanding in Halifax, bringing hundreds of jobs to the port city.

Name change: Scotiabank Centre name taking its place on Metro Centre building. 

It’s been known for weeks that the Halifax Metro Centre was getting a new name. In case you had forgotten, it’s now there for you to see. Workers were putting up the new Scotiabank Centre sign on Monday in the same place where the Halifax Metro Centre logo had been for the past 35 years

Nova Scotia rolls out $150K in aid for Dal bike lane

The Stephen McNeil government went inside a sun-kissed building at Dalhousie University on Friday to trumpet its contribution to a proposed bicycle lane on the campus of the Halifax school.

Lights, camera, action: Atlantic Film Festival ready to take over Halifax

As the Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) draws closer and closer, executive director Wayne Carter said staff are busy running around Halifax confirming which guests are coming and setting up a big screen in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, where only dancers and musicians have appeared.

RBC unveils new downtown Halifax digs

Amid the din of preparations Wednesday for the grand opening of the RBC Waterside Centre, artist Laura Jean Forrester was painstakingly putting finishing touches on an intriguing sculpture.

RBC occupies about half of the nine-storey centre at 1871 Hollis St., with about 120 staff at its new Atlantic regional headquarters, business centre, and retail storefront at the high-profile location bounded by Duke, Hollis and Lower Water streets.

Theatrical journey: Neptune Theatre to begin new season with Into the Woods

Be careful what you wish for.

That’s the premise behind Into the Woods, the Tony-Award winning musical that premieres in Halifax on Friday, kicking off the Neptune Theatre’s 52nd season.

New Alzehimer's test possible after Dalhousie discovery

Clinical trials could start in two to four years on a new process for positively identifying Alzheimer’s disease in living patients after a discovery by researchers at Dalhousie University.

Killam Properties of Haifax makes Ontario Investment

Killam Properties Inc. of Halifax has agreed to acquire a 50 per cent interest in Kanata Lakes Apartments II, a new 152-unit apartment building in Ottawa, for $24.4 million.

HRM council ponders $680K information storage contract

Halifax regional council will vote Tuesday on whether to award a $680,243 contract to ABM Integrated Solutions for information storage services.

New Dal Housing officially opens

The green roof isn’t quite green yet, but the paint has dried and students have moved into the newest residence at Dalhousie University.

LeMarchant Place, a new 165,000-square-foot building at the corner of South and LeMarchant streets, officially opened its doors on Thursday.


Irving expects Arctic patrol ships contract to be signed by January

The president of Irving Shipbulding Inc. says he expects to have a contract to build Canada's Arctic offshore patrol ships signed in January

Manulife buys Canadian operations of Standard Life for $4-billion

Manulife Financial Corp. is acquiring the Canadian operations of Britain’s Standard Life PLC in a $4-billion deal that builds both insurers’ wealth businesses and boosts Manulife’s presence in Quebec.



Haligonians Karen Sheriff, Pernille Fischer Boulter among Women of Influence

A couple of Halifax business executives were named to the Top 25 Women of Influence list for Canada on Tuesday.

Karen Sheriff, president and CEO of Bell Aliant, and Pernille Fischer Boulter, president and CEO of Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc.,and had their names officially added to this year’s edition of the list by Women of Influence Inc.

Irving hails reno milestone

The ships haven’t yet come in, but renovations at the Halifax Shipyard are being celebrated as a milestone of the much-anticipated federal shipbuilding contract.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will install the last piece of structural steel at its new assembly and ultra hall production building at the Halifax facility Wednesday

Rebecca Cohn makes bottoms top priority with cushy new seats

Many concert or recital goers put seating comfort and convenience front and centre during their nights on the town.

Whether they like a particular performance or not, ticket holders’ rear ends — and backs — can be somewhat sore by the time the last encore is performed or a standing ovation is acknowledged.

An opportunity to enhance the experience of people attending events at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, was seized this summer with the installation of new theatre seating.

Halifax accountants join Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP of Toronto announced Wednesday the partners and staff of Horwich Rossiter in Halifax will join the firm Friday. (February 26, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Clearwater sales soar

Clearwater Seafood Inc. showed record sales last year amid increasing demand for its seafood, despite posting a net loss in the fourth quarter. (February 26, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

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Firm focuses on student digs

Matthew Moore landed on Halifax’s apartment rental scene as a Saint Mary’s University student.

Eastlink nabs 4 wireless licences

Halifax-based Eastlink went up against Canada’s biggest mobile operators in the nation’s biggest-ever auction of wireless frequency space and landed four licences for $20.3 million.

Chorus Aviation posts net income boost

Chorus Aviation Inc. of Halifax reported a successful fourth quarter and another profitable year Thursday. (February 20, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

IMP Electronic wins award from Boeing

IMP Electronic Systems of Hammonds Plains has received a 2013 gold performance excellence award from Boeing Co. (February 18, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

West Texan celebrates Nova Scotia

PR storyteller Artalejo, from National Public Relations, says province needs to focus on affirmation, not comparison. (February 11, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Symphony Nova Scotia eyes new concert hall

The director of Symphony Nova Scotia says a new concert hall in Halifax would bring a “completely new listening experience for the audience,” and is hoping a recent petition can grab the attention of Mayor Mike Savage and regional council. (February 11, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Shipbuilding Update

Since Irving's last update on August 21, they want to keep you informed on recent and upcoming activities regarding Irving Shipbuilding. (February 10, 2014, Irving Shipbuilding Inc.)

Ship design on track

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is moving on to the next stage in the design process of the new Arctic offshore patrol ships that will be built in Halifax. (February 6, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Nova Scotia Power improves safety record

Nova Scotia Power workers beat the utility’s safety record last year. (February 5, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Fibre optic growth key to Bell Aliant increasing revenue

Halifax-based Bell Aliant Inc. will have more than one million homes on its home fibre optic network by the end of 2014, Karen Sheriff, president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday.  (February 4, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Maine wind project involving Emera clears regulatory hurdle

A $96-million Gulf of Maine wind energy project that involves Emera Inc., the parent of Nova Scotia Power Inc., is gathering steam. (January 31, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Halifax power station’s old bones get new heart

The bones of the original generating station are the same, but it’s got a new heart. Today, it’s Nova Scotia Power’s award-winning corporate headquarters and the first LEED platinum-certified building in Atlantic Canada. (January 27, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Tech savvy stands out in contest

The provincial innovation agency released on Monday the regional winners and runners-up of the biennial competition.The winning company in each of the five zones is more steeped in proprietary technology than in previous years and is farther down the entrepreneurial path than past winners. (January 27, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

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Light show puts spotlight on mental health

Mental illness was in the limelight in downtown Halifax on Saturday evening. A crowd gathered at Grand Parade for a brilliant light show projected onto Halifax City Hall. (January 26, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

NSBI scores on DHX shares

Nova Scotia Business Inc. has sold its shares in DHX Media Ltd., more than doubling its initial investment. (January 24, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

CBCL gets nod as top company at Halifax Chamber awards

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has named CBCL Ltd. of Halifax as the business of the year. (January 24, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Herenberg’s method: Work hard, do your best

Herenberg is a finalist for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year Award. (January 22, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Dalhousie partners with Israeli university on new ocean research centre

Halifax students will be able to study the Red Sea through a new ocean studies centre at Ben-Gurion University, while Israeli students will get the chance to learn about the North Atlantic. (January 22, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Tech firms need sales help

The presentation this week of Deloitte Canada’s tech outlook indicated there are some interesting opportunities for Atlantic Canadian startups, and showed where the region has to improve its ecosystem. (January 22, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Value-added products crucial to ‘vital’ trade

Ad-Dispatch has been nominated in the International Business category in the 2014 Halifax Chamber of Commerce Awards being presented this week. (January 21, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

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With growth opportunities limited, Eastlink thinks big on Big Data

The chief executive officer of Eastlink is taking a deeper dive into the data centre business – one of the hottest growth sectors in telecom – at time when his Halifax-based cable company is craving more growth. (January 20, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

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Halification big winner in Apps4Halifax contest

Halification received two gold awards for app in the categories Your City and Go Green at an award ceremony at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

Port secures bunker C supply

The nearly 1,000 cargo ships that use port facilities annually will have access to the cheaper bunker C, also known as heavy fuel oil, from Sterling Fuels Ltd.

HRM launches public talks on how to improve the downtowns in both Halifax, Dartmouth

HRM announced a series of public meetings called Downtown … I’m In. The meetings will be held Saturday, Feb.8 to capture ideas about creating a more vibrant downtown experience in Halifax and Dartmouth.

Battered Fish among finalists in small business category

The Battered Fish is one of four finalists in the small business category in the upcoming 2014 Halifax Business Awards, hosted by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

A trailer park journey to Neptune Theatre for local actor John Dunsworth

Local actor John Dunsworth, known best to fans as alcoholic park supervisor Jim Lahey, returns to Neptune Theatre this week in the play Having Hope at Home. (January 14, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

The votes are in: Christopher Stannix the new Halifax ferry name

When the newest Halifax ferry takes to the harbour waters this spring, it will bear the name of a local war veteran who was killed in action. (January 13, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Wireless auction could ring up benefits for N.S.

Nova Scotia’s Bragg Communications Inc. (Eastlink Wireless) is expected to be one of the bidders for wireless spectrum when Industry Canada begins the much-anticipated auction of the 700-megahertz spectrum level on Tuesday.(January 9, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Terminal’s bridge plan

It will be business as usual at the Fairview Cove container terminal during the rebuilding of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. “It will be a simple matter to co-ordinate these movements with the construction schedule." (January 8, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

‘Ground stop’ at Pearson airport creates backlog in Halifax

A backlog of passengers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport is slowly starting to clear, but a spokesperson says travellers should still check their flight status before heading to the airport.(January 7, 2014, Metro News Halifax)

Delayed Nova Scotia travellers wait in airport limbo

Last week's blizzard and cold temperatures have passed, but more flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled on Tuesday because of severe weather in other parts of North America. (CBC News, January 7, 2014)

US Airways adds flight to help stranded Nova Scotians

US Airways added another flight from Philadelphia to Halifax on Sunday morning to help Nova Scotia travellers stranded in the American city get back home. (CBC News, January 5, 2014)

Taking aquaculture to new depths

Open Blue cages deeper than usual fish farms, process more eco-friendly.Mike Magnus says his latest business venture will revolutionize the global seafood industry. (January 3, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

Tech startup aims to ease way for apps

CoastalForge Inc.was recently named one of 25 finalists in Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.  (January 2, 2014, Chronicle Herald)

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Halifax startup has leg up on knee issue

Spring Loaded Technology started raising funds and applied for Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition. The provincial Crown corporation recently named the company a finalist for the Halifax region. (December 30, 2013, Chronicle Herald)

McInnes Cooper of Halifax buys N.L. firm

McInnes Cooper of Halifax has acquired Newfoundland and Labrador law firm Ottenheimer Baker.

Dalhousie gets funding for fish farm research

Cooke Aquaculture will spend $800,000 on Dalhousie research into sustainable fish farming, the university said Tuesday.

Irving awards $28.2m in contracts to modernize Halifax shipyard

Irving Shipbuilding has awarded $28.2 million in contracts to Canadian-based suppliers as part of its efforts to modernize its shipyard in Halifax to build the next fleet of navy warships.

Swimming in surplus: Financial update shows HRM could end year $6 million in black

City accountants gave Halifax regional councillors a little Christmas cheer this week with news that the municipality is expected to end the fiscal year with a healthy surplus.

Bell extends broadcast deal with NFL

Bell Media and the National Football League have signed a multi-year extension of their broadcast partnership that will see more NFL games on more channels and give Bell digital media rights.

High-tech studies: Dalhousie University’s 3D printers opening up world of possibilities

Forget white paper: a machine at Dalhousie University can show off its printing skills on toy trucks with movable wheels, iPhone cases, bracelets and puzzles.

Dal student lands Rhodes Scholarship

Fourth-year Dalhousie University biology major Michael Mackley is one of a select few who have received the Rhodes Scholarship.

IBM donates private cloud to Nova Scotia post-secondary schools

IBM Canada is giving a multi-million dollar private cloud to a consortium of seven post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia for analytics-related studies, it was announced this morning.

Rogers buys broadcast rights to NHL games in Canada

Rogers Communications has taken control of NHL television and multimedia rights in Canada after reaching a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement with the league.

Halifax Port Authority announces solid cruise season

In press release issued today, the Port of Halifax said it experienced a solid cruise season.

City Matters survey says downtown Halifax revitalization a top priority for residents

More than 80 per cent of respondents to the 2013 City Matters survey, conducted for Metro Halifax and the Greater Halifax Partnership by MQO Research, said revitalizing downtown is important or very important.

Serving and protecting: City Matters poll gives Halifax police high marks

Respondents to the 2013 City Matters survey gave the Halifax police force the highest ranking of any municipal service.

Metro Transit scores rise in survey ahead of major overhaul of technology, service

The head of Metro Transit says an improved grade for public transportation on the 2013 City Matters survey is welcome news – and he’s cautiously optimistic the numbers will continue to improve.

Killam posts occupancy rise after bid to retain tenants 

Tenant retention and marketing efforts paid off for Halifax’s Killam Properties Inc., with rental occupancy up about two per cent in the third quarter.

Chinese show hooks N.S. seafood firms

Seven Nova Scotia seafood companies are taking part in the 2013 China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Dalian, China.

Eastlink offers users Personal Cloud

Eastlink upped its Internet offering Tuesday with the unveiling of a new consumer-friendly off-site data storage service called Personal Cloud.

Emera, Nalcor reach deal aimed at Link go-ahead

The partners in the Maritime Link have reached a deal aimed at allowing the $1.5-billion project to go ahead.

Dal research gets $2.5m lift 

Dalhousie University is getting a $2.5-million industrial research chair to study ways of improving data transmission underwater.

Big Data at Dal

Big data analytics is growing and Dalhousie University is getting into the field in a greater way.

BDC Venture Capital invests in RUMAnalytics and AnalyzeRE 

BDC Venture Capital announces that it is committing $1.5 million to 10 recent graduates of three Canadian technology accelerators, including, for the first time, two graduates of Launch36, an accelerator for Atlantic Canadian startups.

Halifax Stanfield racking up awards 

The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has landed several accolades recently.

Discovery Centre gets $1 million from Medavie

Medavie Health Foundation is giving $1 million over five years to the new Discovery Centre. The money will go toward the Medavie health gallery, one of the many exhibits that were announced Tuesday.

Dalhousie announces $1.5 million commitment from the RBC Foundation

Dalhousie University today announced a $1.5 million commitment from the RBC Foundation to Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability to support the new Sustainability Leadership Certificate (SLC) program

Government of Canada invests in efficiency and competitiveness at the Port of Halifax

Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence announced federal funding for new technology development at the Port of Halifax.

Dalhousie University students trying make McNabs Island ‘relevant’ again

A group of planning students at Dalhousie University says more needs to be done to protect McNabs Island and make it “relevant” to HRM residents once again.

Canadian carriers taking orders for BlackBerry 10 with keyboard

Loyal Canadian BlackBerry users who refuse to give up their keypad will finally have a chance to upgrade to a newer version.

Dalhousie Announces Scotiabank $1.5 Million Donation to Rowe School of Business

Dalhousie's Rowe School of Business today announced, as part of the Bold Ambitions campaign, a $1.5 million donation from Scotiabank.

Eastlink puts more punch into home security system

Eastlink has expanded its new home security system to allow customers to remotely unlock doors, turn up the heat and receive word when the kids get home from school.

Chronicle Herald journalists recognized by Atlantic Journalism Awards

The Chronicle Herald has garnered 14 nominations in this year’s Atlantic Journalism Awards.

Neptune Theatre set to get sassy with Legally Blonde: The Musical

The sassy legal genius – and her little dog – who set Harvard Law boys on fire in the 2001 hit movie is now coming to Halifax.

Dalhousie plans for new fitness facility

Feedback from Dalhousie students and staff regarding a new fitness and recreation facility will be presented this week at the university.

BlackBerry grows its smartphone crop

BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins plans to unveil a broader array of new smartphones this year, catering to markets around the world, as the company works to recoup a stronger position with devices for more than just business users.

BlackBerry surprises with $98M profit

BlackBerry posted a profit in the fourth quarter as the smartphone maker gave a first glimpse of its performance since unveiling its latest suite of smartphones several weeks ago.

Bell Aliant invests $7 million to extend FibreOP in Valley

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOP™ presence to 13 additional communities in the Annapolis Valley. 

Coin counters coming to TD

TD Canada Trust is installing automatic coin counters at six branches in Nova Scotia, all in the Halifax area.

Art meets science at SMU’s Data Cave

When American photographer Lisa Frank sent her three-dimensional “paintings” to Saint Mary’s, Deupree, the director of the Halifax university’s Institute for Computational Astrophysics, was awestruck.

Nova Scotia Power building achieves LEED Platinum certification

Nova Scotia Power’s office building located on the Halifax waterfront became the first building in Atlantic Canada to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Mentors on tap for new entrepreneurs

Budding entrepreneurs are being sought for a new mentorship program involving some of Nova Scotia’s top businesspeople.

NovaScotian Crystal finds buyer

NovaScotian Crystal Inc.’s future got a lot clearer Thursday. 

BlackBerry gets order for 1 million new smartphones

Shares of BlackBerry rose more than eight per cent on Wednesday after the company announced it has sold one million of its new smartphones to a mystery buyer

Clearwater revenues hit record high

Clearwater Seafoods Inc. says it had the highest revenues in its history in 2012.

Ottawa supports new skills building, mentoring program for women

Women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada looking to grow their businesses will benefit from the Advanced Management and Mentoring Program, designed to help participants address business challenges and enhance their business growth potential.

Training group eyes expanded markets

Sandler Training Halifax is poised for growth after being cleared to handle North American accounts by its corporate headquarters in the United States.

Eastlink launches new wireless service, includes no-term contracts

A homegrown communications company is now rivaling with some of Canada’s wireless giants.

Province strikes deal with BlackBerry

Today, the provincial government announced it will support BlackBerry to maintain its Nova Scotia base as well as establish a BlackBerry 10 Centre of Excellence, investing $2 million annually for five years.

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013

On February 12, let’s talk about mental health and end the stigma around mental illness

Abidali sees Halifax’s untapped potential

FROM overseeing multimillion-dollar development projects to explaining the ins and outs of teenage love to Middle Eastern parents, there aren’t many things Taleb Abidali won’t do to see that the city he loves lives up to its potential

ISL achieves a second Google Partner certification

ISL Web Marketing & Development, Atlantic Canada’s largest Digital Marketing Agency, is pleased to announce that it has achieved Google AdWords Certified Partner status.

Events company gets nod from Ottawa

ISL Web Marketing & Development, Atlantic Canada’s largest Digital Marketing Agency, is pleased to announce that it has achieved Google AdWords Certified Partner status.

Visa joins BlackBerry mobile phone payment technology

BlackBerry users will soon be able to charge purchases at the cash register to their Visa cards using technology implanted in the company’s new smartphone models.

Program designed to help students become innovators, leaders

If you are a technologist and an innovator, and you think you have an entrepreneurial bent, then do I have the training program for you!

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 phone features shown off at CES 2013

Today at a meeting away from the main Consumer Electronics Show floor, RIM gave us a look at the latest build of BB10 to show off all the newest features

Emera eyes turnaround at Grand Bahama

Nova Scotia’s Emera Inc. is projecting 2013 to be a turnaround year for one of its Caribbean investments

List of Canada's top family-friendly firms for 2013

Congratulations to Dalhousie University for making it to Globe and Mail's list of top family-friendly firms for 2013.

MacDonald in talks with Killam on downtown redevelopment project

Mickey MacDonald is in negotiations with Killam Properties Inc. regarding a $60-million downtown redevelopment project.

Royal Bank had record profit in 2012, with $1.9b earnings in 4th quarter

The Royal Bank (TSX:RY) says it had a record annual profit in 2012, including $1.9 billion of net earnings in the fourth quarter.

Eastlink and Cisco unveil multi-device video system 

Nova Scotia’s Eastlink and Cisco Canada fired up one of the more sophisticated mobile video systems available in North America at simultaneous events in Halifax and Toronto on Tuesday. 

Casino Nova Scotia named "Corporate Sponsor of the Year" by Music Nova Scotia

Congratulation to Casino Nova Scotia on being named "Corporate Sponsor of the Year" by Music Nova Scotia. It's year-round partnership with Music Nova Scotia is part of our ongoing commitment to developing and supporting local talent.

Killam grows N.L. holdings

Killam Properties Inc. continued to pursue its Canadian expansion in the third quarter, acquiring more land in St. John’s, N.L.

Halifax Marriott eyes $5-million makeover

The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel is planning a $5-million renovation that will start later this month. 

Long Islanders welcome N.S. power crews in their own special way

A Long Island, N.Y., woman was so happy to see power crews from Nova Scotia on her street Saturday that she jumped into the arms of one startled worker.

Executive training with a twist in a changing world

The class of Halifax Port Authority employees is concentrating intensely on the issues that affect responsible leadership. Before they wilt, they take a break. But instead of checking e-mail or grabbing a coffee, they start dancing.

The dance break is a component of the program Dalhousie University's faculty of management offers executives and is intended to enhance the students’ performance, according to JoAnne Akerboom, executive director for the faculty.

RBC spreads out with centres in Upper Tantallon, Bedford 

The Royal Bank of Canada is branching out with its retail store concept in the Halifax region.

HRM firm acquires Ricoh’s Maritime base 

A Dartmouth office supply and services company is acquiring the Maritime portfolio of Ricoh Canada Inc., an international leader in photocopiers and printers.

N.S. container port triples volume in wake of Sandy

The Port of Halifax has been inundated with cargo diverted from the United States because of damage from superstorm Sandy. 

Eastlink adding home security to its list of integrated services

Eastlink, Atlantic Canada’s biggest cable-services provider, added home security to its portfolio Monday. 

N.S. recognizes energy-wise firms

Congratulations to Mount Saint Vincent University who won the Shooting Star award at Efficiency Nova Scotia's first Bright Business Awards.

Halifax firm offers network of 'influencers'

As millions of people increasingly spend more time on social media, small businesses and major brands are looking for ways to reach that massive audience.

Canada's top 100 employers for 2013

Congratulations to the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University for making in onto Globe and Mail's list of the top 100 employers for 2013.

Dartmouth firm wins contract

Dartmouth contractors Black & McDonald Ltd. have been awarded a $3 million contract to replace heat pumps at a government of Canada building in Moncton.

Loblaw nears sustainability goal

With the help of a Nova Scotia company, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is nearing its goal of getting all of its seafood from suppliers using sustainable practises

$26-million TD Centre renovation to begin next week

Work on renovating and expanding the TD Centre in Halifax will begin Monday, but don’t expect to see construction crews just yet.


The following investors have been recognized by Progress Magazine on its 2012 list for Top 101 Companies of Atlantic Canada ranked by revenue:

Rogers opens site to learn and buy

Rogers Communications Inc. was promising a more tactile shopping experience with the launch in Halifax on Thursday of its first new retail concept store in Atlantic Canada in Halifax.

Gearing up for holiday spectacle

The Downtown Halifax Business Commission is looking for businesses and community groups that want to be part of The Chronicle Herald’s 17th annual Holiday Parade of Lights.


High-tech tracker hits the waves

Since June 19, Dalhousie has sent the G5 swimming from the Newfoundland and Labrador coast, through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, around the Cape Breton coast and then out closer to Sable Island. Then they told it to come home, fishing it out of the ocean near Sambro on Wednesday morning.

Something for every film fan

From Canadian epics and U.S. indie buzz films to emerging East Coast talent and European masters, the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival promises eight days of intense film immersion from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20.

Dalhousie system would test ballast water

Dalhousie University is working on a system to test the cleanliness of ballast water, the only such facility in Canada, just as new regulations could be introduced that would govern what ships could discharge at ports around the world.

Junior Achievers pitch business ideas at conference

The Next Generation Leaders Forum, a one-week crash course on leadership, entrepreneurialism and solving real-life business challenges, wrapped up Friday with the Ultimate Business Challenge.

Merkel signs science research agreement in Halifax

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Halifax Thursday for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on scientific research between Dalhousie University and the Helmholz Association of German Research Centre.

ACOA offers lifeline loans to budding businesses

For early-stage entrepreneurs, clearing out bank accounts to invest in a product that hasn’t yet proved itself is like leaping out of a plane without a parachute.

Symphony Nova Scotia presents 2012 Concertmaster Award

Dr. Richard Goldbloom and Dr. Ruth Goldbloom were presented the 2012 Symphony Nova Scotia Concertmaster Award, the orchestra’s highest honor.

Demand spurs Bell Aliant’s fibre-op growth

Consumer uptake and customer demand has prompted Bell Aliant to invest heavily in its growing fibre optic network.

TruLeaf thrives, thanks to ACOA cash

A little more than a year since sprouting into existence, a Truro agri-food startup continues to grow, and financial support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency was an important part of the process, the company president says.

German Chancellor headed to Halifax 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make her way to Dalhousie University on Thursday, where she will participate in a roundtable meeting with oceans scientists and grad students.

Mickey Mouse welcome in Halifax

As the Halifax Port Authority looks to ramp up cruise ship activity, Disney Magic’s nine calls to Halifax this season represent a major coup.

Dalhousie signs licensing deal with Toronto equity firm

Dalhousie University’s industry liaison and innovation office announced that Toronto private equity investment firm York Bridge Enterprises, Inc. had signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement on a prototype of a lighter, more efficient pneumatic rotary engine.

Ottawa donates $654K to Neptune Theatre fund

As Neptune Theatre gears up for its 50th season this fall, the federal government announced Friday it will donate $654,000 to Neptune's Endowment Fund.

Superbug-fighting N.S. firm gets shot in arm

A Halifax biomedical company developing antibiotics to treat superbugs is getting $500,000 in venture capital from Innovacorp.

Tender out for massive waterfront project

Waterfront Development Corp. Ltd. has issued a tender for the Cunard Block development on the Halifax waterfront, the largest project in the provincial Crown agency’s history.

NSBI exec moves to Atlantis Systems

A Nova Scotia Business Inc. official Alan Forsey is the defence simulation company’s new vice-president of sales and marketing, Atlantis announced Wednesday.

Molten blobs magically transformed

NovaScotian Crystal turns out nearly 400 crystal goblets, snifters, vases, lamps and bowls a day.

Hillier joins N.S. defence simulation company

Canada’s former top soldier has joined Atlantis System Corp.’s board of directors, a coup the firm’s chief executive officer says will give it 35 years of insight into the military’s needs and its future direction.

Cardiologist takes reins at Doctors N.S.

John Finley, a pediatric cardiologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, has taken over the reins at Doctors Nova Scoita.

Dalhousie updates parking passes

Students and staff at Dalhousie University can buy their parking passes online, starting this fall.

Bell Aliant all in on fibre optics

In the high stakes world of telecommunications, Bell Aliant is betting its fibre optic network will set it apart from increasingly stiff competition.

Marine piracy on deck at Dal

A working group of international piracy experts from the legal, naval, shipping, academic and NGO sectors will meet at the university from Tuesday through Friday to analyze and make recommendations on key piracy issues.

SMU's website to get $100,000 reboot

Terminalfour, a web content management company in Dublin, announced Wednesday that it has delivered a $100,000 web content management system to facilitate the growth of the Halifax university’s website.

Halifax waterfront gets blue flag seal of approval

The Halifax waterfront on Wednesday became the first place in Nova Scotia and the first coastal marina in Atlantic Canada to receive the international blue flag designation.

BMO: Halifax Has Growth in its Sails-Let's Create 12,000 Jobs Together

  BMO releases report on HRM - outlook for economy, housing and labour market

Clearwater surf clam, snow crab fisheries certified

Clearwater Seafoods Inc. has had its Arctic surf clam and Nova Scotia snow crab fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Dalhousie, U.S. company collaborate on hearing technology

A new collaboration between Dalhousie University and an American company may lead to better devices for the hearing impaired.

Helly Hansen forms joint venture

Helly Hansen Canada Ltd. of Dartmouth has formed a joint venture with Norway’s Hansen Protection AS.

Atlantic Lottery hands profits over to Atlantic provinces

The Atlantic Lottery Corp. says it generated $369 million in profits in the most recent fiscal year which the corporation, owned by the four Atlantic provinces, handed over to the provinces to be spent on services, such as health care, education and roads.

Delta’s Halifax-to-LaGuardia daily flights ready for takeoff

 Delta Air Lines is once again giving Nova Scotians a chance to take a bite out of the Big Apple.As of today, 50-seat regional jets destined for LaGuardia Airport will depart Halifax Stanfield International Airport twice daily.

NSBI invests $800,000 in Dartmouth e-voting company

A Dartmouth electronic voting company is looking to increase its share of the national market, and has received a funding boost from the province.

Exporters flying high over Halifax Stanfield runway extension

The extension of the main runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport will be a definite benefit for exporters, said Brent Davis, general manager for exporter Canadian Gold Seafood Company.

Halifax waterfront wares catching commercial wave

The most wanted tourist destination in Nova Scotia is an affordable, high-traffic place for aspiring entrepreneurs to test the waters.

Scotiabank and Killam Properties win ISIS awards

At St. Mary’s Boat Club, ISIS held it’s Annual General Meeting which included the presentation of the 3rd Annual ISIS Awards! Scotia Bank is the recipient of the Dick Smyth Award and Killam Properties is the recipient of the ISIS Community Group Award.

Zim adds exotic shipping links with new container service

Word of the new service was one of several bright spots revealed during the Halifax Port Authority's annual meeting in Halifax.

Halifax Port Authority to manage Sheet Harbour terminal

The port authority was chosen in consultation with community groups on the basis of its approach to marketing and business development.  

Halifax's Angus L. Macdonald Bridge work will span 2015-2016

$200 million will be spent on the biggest bridge project in Halifax since the opening of the A. Murray MacKay bridge in 1970

Dalhousie University battles invasive marine life

Invasive marine organisms carried from port to port in ship ballast water are a serious and costly global problem that Dalhousie University is helping to fight.

Crystal firm creates pattern to celebrate Canada

NovaScotian Crystal’s new Canadian Spirit pattern is a way of giving back to the country he and his compatriots now call home, says Jack Tebay, one of the founders of Canada’s only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal.

EastLink transforming storefront spots

Two months after unveiling its new brand image, the cable and communications firm rolled out its new retail environment Monday.

HRM provides information to householders on the benefits of recycling plastic containers, including bags

Extended plastics program has resulted in a significant decrease of plastic containers and bags at landfills.

Cunard Block could see 17 storey residential and commercial development

Waterfront Development Corp. proposes a $75M development between Bisohp's Landing and Nova Scotia Power building. 

Waterfront Development Corp. receives $400,000 from ACOA for Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge Race event

"Nova Scotia’s tourist season will get a major boost this year with the appearance of tall ships from the United States as part of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge Race..."

Moves leaves Clearwater sitting pretty

Clearwater Seafoods Inc. was able to announce sweeping changes to its capital structure Wednesday that leaves the shellfish giant positioned for future growth.

Eastlink to go high-def by July 2012

 "Today's announcement shows the company's commitment to find innovative ways to be more competitive and further enhance the services provided to Nova Scotians and customers across Atlantic Canada"

Nearly 9,000 get the inside story on business

Almost 9,000 people have signed up for The Chronicle Herald’s Business Insider since it was launched last fall.

Port of Halifax scores top rating for environmental efforts

Internationally recognized Green Marine program rates the Port of Halifax a five out of five for environmental leadership

Clearwater claws into Chinese market

Consumer reasearch paid off: Clearwater is now one of the biggest shellfish exporters to China

Saint Mary's University to receive $99,000 to help youth overcome barriers to employment

The Government of Canada's Skills Link program will help Halifax youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

NASCAD Roots on Display

At least a third of the over 60 artists, artist collectives and curators in Oh, Canada, opening today in North Adams, Mass., have connections to NSCAD University.

Bell Aliant introduces FibreOp Twitter App

Bell Aliant Inc. brings the best social TV experience to Atlantic Canadians with a new Twitter app for FibreOP TV. The app integrates the best Twitter features with regular TV programming on the biggest screen in the home.

EastLink beefs up HD service

EastLink has advanced its high-definition film lineup with the rollout of a new Canadian service called Hollywood Suite.

Cash by phone nears reality

Canada’s biggest wireless companies are poised to reap a financial windfall in the years ahead as consumers begin using their cellphones to make payments at the cash register.

Clearwater named province's top exporter

Clearwater Seafoods of Bedford grabbed top honours at the provincial export achievement awards Tuesday in Halifax.

Waterside Centre to be home to new RBC headquarters and retail, private and commercial banking store.

RBC invests $17M into 36,000 sqare feet of office space near Historic Properties- the first new business structure in Halifax in 20 years.

Cox & Palmer and Stewart McKelvey top rankings of Canadian law firms:

15th and 23rd places were awarded, respectively, to both firms for 'working on public debt and equity financing transactions in the first quarter.'

Halifax International Airport Authority Reports on 2011 – A Record Year

At its annual public meeting, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) reflected on 2011 as a year of significant accomplishments (more)

The Chronicle Herald wins three 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards

Three Chronicle Herald journalists win top nods at the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards in Fredericton (more)

Irving Shipbuilding Ranked # 1 Defence Company in Canada for 2012

Canadian Defence Review has released its annual survey and ranking of defence companies in Canada (more)

Corporate Research Associaties creates tool for social media market research

CRA is making it easier to understand social media usage and trends (more)

Admiral Insurance is a great place to work

Admiral Insurance has earned a fourth place finish as one of Canada's best places to work (more)

McInnes Cooper lands nomination for website

McInnes Cooper has received a Webby nomination for 'best law website' (more)

SMU Building to get May 1 start

Construction is slated to begin on a new $15M building at Saint Mary's University (more)

NSAC to merge with Dalhousie

The Nova Scotia Agricultural College will soon become Dalhousie’s School of Agriculture in a recently announced merger (more)

Eastlink bragging up high-speed service

Eastlink is touting faster speeds for a new internet service targeted at ‘power users’ (more)

Sandler Training expands ownership

Sandler Training is growing with the addition of a new partner (more)

Delta Barrington to get new restaurant, lounge

A new restaurant at the Delta Barrington will add contemporary flair to the downtown dining scene (more)

Clearwater Earnings Jump

Clearwater Seafoods is feeling positive after announcing that 2011 sales are up 5.5% (more)

Nova Scotia Crystal produces Titanic tribute

Intricate Titanic glass-ware has inspired Nova Scotia Crystal to create a product pattern to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking (more) 

Innovacorp graduates another business from incubation program

Local aerospace company MilAero is ready to expand on its own after growing too large for Innovacorp's business incubation program (more)

Waterfront Development Corp. helping to turn Dartmouth Cove into 'vibrant mecca'

HRM and Waterfront Development Corporation are hosting a four-day public planning session to help set a vision for Dartmouth Cove (more)

Tall Ships closes in on fundraising goal

The 2012 Tall Ships festival is nearing its fundraising goal, but is still looking for volunteers to assist with this year's event (more)

Ocean Nutrition buys Peru plant

Ocean Nutrition has made a big move in its quest to become to world's top Omega-3 supplier (more)

Helly Hansen wins DND contract

Helly Hansen was recently awarded a $500,000 contract to provide Canadian Forces with marine life preservers (more)

Emera's quarterly profit doubles 

2011 was a good year for Emera, with profits in Q4  almost doubling its earnings from a year prior (more)

MSVU receives $2.25-million donation for new teaching, learning and research centre

Mount Saint Vincent University will name the new building after donor Margaret McCain (more)

Fibre Optics bounce Bell Aliant into profitability

Bell Aliant says its return to profitability in Q4 is in large part thanks to the company's new Fibre Optics service (more)

Heritage Gas plans new Halifax lines

Heritage Gas has announced six kilometres of new natural gas lines on the Halifax penninsula (more)

RIM hiring 30 at Bedford office

Research in Motion has announced plans to hire an additional 30 staff at its Halifax office (more)

Saint Mary's names new business school Dean

Dr. Patricia Bradshaw has been named Dean of the Sobey School of Business(more)

Medavie Health Foundation launches grant program

The Medavie Halth Foundation, associated with Medavie Blue Cross, has launched a new program to provide grants to a number of partner groups (more)

Halifax Chamber of Commerce announces Halifax Business Award winners

Investors Clearwater Seafoods, The Shaw Group, and Steve Durell, President of Irving Shipyards were among this year's recipients (more)

Emera ups investment in wind energy

Emera has announced an $83 million investment in wind power projects (more)

MediaBadger says local businesses are getting in wrong with social media

While more companies are using social media, few are using it to actively engage the public, according to a new study conducted by MediaBadger (more)

BellAliant brings social TV to FibreOP customers in NS

FibreOP users will soon be able to access Facebook on their televisions thanks to a new app (more)

Irving Shipbuilding online supplier registry goes live

Companies interested in supplying goods or services for the $25B Irving ships contract are invited to add their name to a newly created online registry that will be used by Irving to identify potential suppliers for future work. (more)

Heritage Gas inks deal with Oxford Frozen Foods

Heritage gas, a local natural-gas company, has landed a large contract (more)

Coroporate Research Associates advises businesses to be diligent about marketing, research

When it comes to understanding your market, asking the right question is just as important as asking one at all, says Corporate Research Associates (more)

Admiral Insurance shows growth in line with Halifax's bright employment picture

Admiral insurance is expected to add over 100 employees in 2012, this after doubling expectations for growth in 2011 (more)

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