Silver Economy Summit 2021 – May 27th & 28th

As people and organizations interested in aging, we thought you may be interested in this free virtual conference.  The Silver Economy Summit 2021 is being presented by the province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors on May 27 and 28.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic requires full focus and attention for so many Canadians. We are very grateful for their work. The pandemic also means “stay home and be safe,” which may make this an ideal time for a virtual conference.

The Silver Economy Summit will showcase the positive impact of older adults in the province, help participants understand the trends, needs and interests, and highlight the opportunities that this growing demographic presents.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Olive Bryanton, M.Ed, Ph.D, a PEI-based educator and advocate for older adults; Dalhousie Medical School assistant dean Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed; and motivational speaker and entertainer Terry Kelly. The summit will conclude with a “call to action,” to ensure these important topics live beyond the conference.

Older Canadians are the backbone of their families, the voluntary sector, and their communities. Join us to learn about the work, tools, supports and resources in place that can help them continue to contribute their talents, knowledge, and experience.

Click HERE to register today or find out more information:


9:00 am – 9:15 am
  • Iain Rankin (Speaker) Premier of Nova Scotia, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Kelly Regan (Speaker) Deputy Premier, Minister of Seniors, Province of Nova Scotia
9:15 am – 10:15 am
Growing old is a privilege that not everyone has an opportunity to experience. My understanding of this phenomena expanded and grew as I learned from the experts – those experiencing being an older person living in rural communities and how this h… See More

10:15 am – 
10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:15 am
  • Lorraine Whitman (Speaker) President, Native Women’s Association of Canada
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Main Hall

In 2018 Kornferry, one of the largest Human Resource consulting firms in the world, published an in-depth research report titled ‘The 8.5 Trillion Dollar Talent Shortage’.
In the report it showed that by the year 2030 there will be a glob…

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2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
  • John Hamblin (Speaker) Board Member, Aging 2.0, Halifax and Community Links Nova Scotia
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Retirement isn’t what it used to be……and that’s a good thing. While retirement once meant ‘a hard stop to work at age 65’, it now means ‘a kaleidoscope of possibilities, including work, leisure, v…

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6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Matt Tapper (Speaker) General Manager, Ulnooweg Development Group
  • Findlay MacRae (Speaker) Executive Director, Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Ray Savage (Speaker) Entrepreneur, No Job Too Small
  • Penny Steele (Speaker) Entrepreneur, Cabot Trail Art and Cabotto Chocolates
  • Paul Gerin (Speaker) Business Development Officer, ACOA – Business Information Services
  • Barry Stevens (Speaker) President, Stevens Solutions & Design Inc. – 3D Wave Design
  • Stephen Shaw (Speaker) Executive Director, CBDC
Meet older adults who started their own businesses, and learn more about the supports and resources available for Older Adults interested in entrepreneurship

FRIDAY, May 28th

8:30 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed (Speaker) Assistant Dean, Serving and Engaging Society,, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
10:00 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Embracing the Older Worker: How cultivating an age-friendly workplace can ease your recruitment challenges and help to position you as an “Employer of Choice”
Ask any business in Nova Scotia and they will tell you that attracting and re…

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11:15 am – 12:00 pm
  • Terry Kelly (Speaker) Motivational Speaker, Canadian Musical Artist

I am looking forward to spending time with you, this session is designed especially for you and will be peppered with music, anecdotes, and humour. My intention is to pick up the thread from the preceding presenters and continue offering, i…

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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Danny Graham (Speaker) Chief Engagement Officer, Engage Nova Scotia
  • Catherine Hart (Speaker) Communications and Project Specialist – Engage Nova Scotia, Engage Nova Scotia
  • Hailey Vidler (Speaker) Engagement and Evaluation Lead, Engage Nova Scotia
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

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