Destination Halifax Ambassadors Honoured

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 16:00

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On November 21, fifteen local professionals from Destination Halifax’s Ambassador Program were recognized for their role hosting a major Halifax event in 2013. The honourees celebrated with Destination Halifax members and staff at a private function in the World Trade and Convention Centre.

Representing a wide range of industries and professions, the Ambassadors share a common desire to host a successful event that will bring their colleagues together while showcasing the Halifax region. By going above and beyond what’s expected of their position, the collective efforts of the Ambassadors resulted in thousands of delegates from Canada and around the world converging in Halifax in 2013, thereby stimulating considerable economic and community growth.

In addition to the Ambassador honourees, Destination Halifax awarded the Ambassador Program’s highest honour, the Paragon Award, to Susan MacKay and Mary Pyche. The Paragon recognizes individuals whose event brought significant social and economic impact to the Halifax community.

MacKay and Pyche co-chaired the 2013 National Mental Health Police Liaison
Roundtable. There, they united police and mental health workers to discuss how to best respond to people in mental health emergencies.

"Hosting the Roundtable here allowed Halifax to share local best practices with experts from other Canadian communities," said Patricia Lyall, President and CEO, Destination Halifax. "Delegates could then bring these Halifax-grown practices back to their home communities."

After attending the first Roundtable in 2012, MacKay and Pyche engaged other groups to secure support for a 2013 program in Halifax. Working with Halifax Regional Police, Community Policing Partners, the Nova Scotia Justice Department and the Capital Health Mental Health Crisis Team, MacKay and Pyche hosted the conference in June. They shared knowledge, reported on training initiatives and gained insight into how mental health, justice and policing often intersect.

"Susan, Mary and all the Ambassadors play a significant role in bringing prosperity to the Halifax region," said Jeff Turner, New Business Development Manager, Destination Halifax. "We're lucky to have such great champions here in Halifax."

Since its inception in 1983, the Ambassador Program has honoured 265 people. The Program is an alliance of individuals and organizations who achieve economic growth for the Halifax region through the promotion of Halifax as a premier meetings and conventions destination.

Visit to learn more about each Ambassador and the program’s recognition categories.

2013 Ambassador Program Honourees

Sandra Attersley - Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering
Jim Baillie - Canadian Seed Growers' Association
Christine Corbin - Building Owners & Managers Association
Paul Frank - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Jim Frost - Canadian Transportation Research Forum
Jim Gates - International Association of Firefighters
Rita Kay - Birthright International
Denise Leblanc - BioMarine 2013
Dan Lynch - Canadian Transportation Research Forum
Doug MacDonald - Canadian Seed Growers' Association
Scott MacIntyre - National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Susan MacKay - National Mental Health Police Liaison Roundtable
Christopher McMaster - International Yeast Lipid Genetics Conference
Lynn Miller - Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
Mary Pyche - National Mental Health Police Liaison Roundtable