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Ken Rowe, IMP

Described as Atlantic Canada’s happy warrior, Rowe is regarded as one of those rare people who believes that with the right combination of tenacity, perseverance and appetite for risk, anything can be accomplished.  Learn how he went against the tide and be inspired.

John Swain, Swain Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.

John is a born and bred small town boy who traveled the world for work but always knew that someday he would once again call Nova Scotia home. He opened his own accounting firm, Swain CPA Inc., in 2008, with offices on the South Shore and Metro Halifax.  The company’s purpose is to inspire small business. John believes in the people he works with, giving back to the community, spoiling his family, and he happens to be a hell of a cook. He’s a husband, father, cool uncle and rocking musician.

John will take the group through a typical 'Inspiration Session' - a standard offering enjoyed by Swain clients - which covers anything from:


  • 'Why' we start businesses

  • 'How' we choose to service our customers and

  • 'Who' we choose to service


The presentation should provoke deeper thought into how existing or prospective small business owners can operate - not good - but great businesses! 

Hugh MacKay, MLA

Hugh MacKay was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Chester-St. Margaret's in 2017.

Before becoming an MLA he acted as a consultant in the geo-information technologies sector. He is the Executive Director of GeoAlliance Canada and the Founder and Director of Doors Open Halifax.

Mr. MacKay is Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Business.

He is Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee. He is a member of the Public Accounts, Resources, Veterans Affairs and Private & Local Bills Committees.